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December 25, 2015

Classic Aero-TV: Avilution Flight System - Future-Proofing Tomorrow's Avionics?

Innovation, Such As That Seen At Avilution, Is As Much An Evolutionary Process As It Is Revolutionary

At Sun ‘n Fun 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, came across a company by the name of Avilution and talked with its founder, Mark Spencer. Avilution is in the process of developing an aircraft avionics and flight display system that does what you expect in all such systems, but they do it in a different way. Avilution had an aircraft on display with a system that looked like a typical glass cockpit that included the MFD and the PFD. However, Spencer says these are simply standard indu

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A Memorable Merry Christmas From Our Dear Friend(s), Frank Kingston Smith(s)

From Two Great Men... An Aero-Holiday Memory

One of the greatest joys I have as the so-called boss of ANN is the many people I meet and the precious few that I get to know as friends. Two of my great friends have had the same name... Frank Kingston Smith, Senior and Junior. Frank Sr. has been gone a number of years now but our memories of him are fond and numerous... though his son is still often a vociferous advisor and co-conspirator via email. Some time ago, Frank, Jr., sent me a really great message... and it made for a fitting way by which I can wish you all a very Merry Christmas -- Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C

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First Flight: Epic Aircraft E1000 Prototype

Chief Pilot Says Airplane 'Performed Just As Expected'

The Epic E1000 prototype FT1, sporting tail number N331FT, took its first flight on December 19th, at approximately 1600 local time from the Bend Municipal Airport (KBDN). Upon completion of the scheduled 20 minute flight, Epic Chief Pilot, David Robinson, reported “The aircraft handled extremely well and performed just as expected.”

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Southwest Airlines Settles FAA Lawsuit With $2.8 Million Penalty

Agency Had Alleged Safety Violations On The Part Of The Airline

Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest) and the United States settled a lawsuit involving allegations that Southwest violated FAA safety regulations in its maintenance of its Boeing 737s, as well as other pending administrative matters. The settlement requires operational changes by Southwest designed to enhance its oversight of and control over third parties that perform maintenance on Southwest aircraft.

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Klyde Morris 12.25.2015

Perhaps There Will Be A Visit From The Ghost Of Spaceflight Future ...


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Airbus Begins Production Of Beluga XL

Performs First Metal Cut For Rear Fuselage Assembly

The first cut of the Beluga XL MSN001 rear fuselage has been successfully achieved in Spain, paving the way for the final assembly to begin in early 2017. MSN001 will be the first Beluga XL to fly.

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ROTOR FX Launches

A New Global Showcase For Selling Drone Technology

After a year and a half of development, Drone-Classifieds new global market portal has been activated and is scheduled for full release on January 1st.

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Cecil Spaceport Plan Would Put NE Florida Into The Space Race

East Coast's Only Horizontal Launch Spaceport Looking To Increase Business

Cecil Spaceport has an aggressive plan to begin generating a small profit after five years of operation. That's the assessment offered by a "Strategic Business Plan Executive Summary" obtained by the Jacksonville Business Journal through a FOIA request.

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Space Training Adventure And Research Launches Mobile Space Camp

STEM Program Electrifies Student Interest In Earth And Space Sciences With Leading Engineering Simulation Software

If your kids can't travel to space camp, maybe space camp will come to them. Students across the United States will soon be able to experience the thrill and adventure of space travel thanks to a new partnership between Space Training Adventure and Research (STAR) and ANSYS. This partnership will enable STAR to inspire and educate young minds about earth and space science by leveraging ANSYS simulation software.

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Is The End Of The 747 In Sight?

Boeing Having Trouble Finding Buyers For The Original Jumbo Jet

Boeing is continuing to struggle to find buyers for the 747, which has some analysts writing the obituary for the airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.25.15)

"We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice. And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate." Source: Astronaut Frank Borman, at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Apollo 8 mission held in 2008.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.15): Off-Route Vector

A vector by ATC which takes an aircraft off a previously assigned route. Altitudes assigned by ATC during such vectors provide required obstacle clearance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.15)

Quiet Aircraft Association

In the mid-1960's, Lockheed engineers turned their attention to the challenge of designing a quiet aircraft that could see (but not be seen or heard) in the night. 

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