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April 25, 2016

Airborne 04.25.16: Solar Impulse 2 in USA, New 737 MAX?, ANN/AEA 2016 Live Sked!

Also: Night Commercial UAV Flights, XTI Aircraft, VFA 115, Lockheed Martin LM-100J, Allegiant Pilot Discrimination?, Jepp Flitedeck

It could be said that competition begets innovation, and that seems to be the case with Boeing. It’s reported that Boeing is considering a 150 seat version of its new 737 MAX airplane in light of competition from Bombardier's CSeries airliners. The airplane, which for now the company is calling the 737 MAX 7X, would have a significantly longer range and carry more passengers than the 126-seat model currently in development. It’s reported that Boe

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Airborne 04.25.16: Solar Impulse 2 in USA, New 737 MAX?, ANN/AEA 2016 Live Schedule!

Also: Night Commercial UAV Flights, XTI Aircraft, VFA 115, Lockheed Martin LM-100J, Allegiant Pilot Discrimination?, Jepp Flitedeck
 
It could be said that competition begets innovation, and that seems to be the case with Boeing. It’s reported that Boeing is considering a 150 seat version of its new 737 MAX airplane in light of competition from Bombardier's CSeries airliners. The airplane, which for now the company is calling the 737 MAX 7X, would have a significantly longer range and carry more passengers than the 126-seat model currently in development. It’s reported that Boeing offered steep discounts to United Airlines on the 737 MAX to win their business. It had always been known that crossing the Pacific Ocean would be one of the most dif

Solar Impulse 2 Completes Pacific Crossing

Accumulates Several Likely World Records Along The Way

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) landed at the Moffett Airfield in northern California late Saturday night local time completing its crossing of the Pacific Ocean with several world records.

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NASA Works To Improve Solar Electric Propulsion

Technology Being Developed For Deep Space Exploration

NASA has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. of Redmond, Washington, to design and develop an advanced electric propulsion system that will significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable deep space exploration missions, including the robotic portion of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) and its Journey to Mars.

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UK MOD Awards Awarded 10-Year SAR Contract In The Falkland Islands

AAR Leveraging Its Defense Experience And Diversifying Its Airlift Operations

The UK MOD has awarded a contract for Search & Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter services in the Falkland Islands to AAR Airlift. The 10-year contract is valued at about $275 million.

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Aerochine Aviation Purchases Bell 407GXP

Will Be Used For Corporate And VIP Transport Missions

Bell Helicopter has announced the sale of a Bell 407GXP to Aerochine Aviation at the Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (ABACE) held last week. The aircraft will be outfitted for corporate and VIP transport, which continues to be a strong market segment throughout China.

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CAA, EASA Qualify Ansett Aviation Asia FFS

A320 Sim Supplied By TRU Simulation + Training

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have qualified an A320 FFS X Full Flight Simulator installed at Ansett Aviation Asia by TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. to Level-D.

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Textron Aviation Bolsters Factory-Direct Support Programs

Coverage Provided For Citation, King Air And Hawker

Textron has added new factory-direct coverage programs – Pre-Buy Assurance, Extended Care and King Air Direct – furthering its commitment in supporting the world’s largest installed fleet. Through these new programs, Citation, King Air and Hawker customers can increase efficiency, reduce costs and optimize the value of their aircraft.

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Turkish Airlines Pilots To Fly With Havelsan Simulator

Level-D Sim Produced In-Country

Havelsan, a software and systems provider based in Ankara, Turkey, has announced that it will manufacture the first domestic simulator to be used in pilot training for Boeing 737NG aircraft operated by Turkish Airlines. This device will provide both low-cost and safe training for pilots and also will be the first civil (non-military) airplane simulator to be provided by Havelsan.

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UK Company Acquires Plans For Spitfire Props

Hercules Propellers Has Regulatory Hurdles To Overcome Before Production Can Start

There is a large demand for propeller blades for Spitfire Aircraft in the U.K., so when Hercules Propellers' founder Rupert Wasey acquired about 200 original drawings of the original prop design for the iconic WWII fighter, he counted himself very lucky indeed.

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CSF Welcomes Associate Member AECOM

Has Been Integral In Development Of Many Facilities For The Industry

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation continues to grow its membership, announcing the addition of a new associate member, AECOM.

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Vietnamese Distinguished Visitors Tour P-3C Orion Aircraft

Relationship-Building Mission Presents Learning Opportunities

Distinguished visitors from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam visited the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron (VP) 47 for a tour of a P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft Apr. 13.

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Sentinel-1B Will Complete Europe's 'Radar Vision'

Launched April 22 From French Guiana

Pre-launch preparations for the Sentinel-1B satellite, carrying an Airbus Defense and Space built radar instrument, are in full swing at Europe´s Kourou Spaceport in French Guiana. The satellite, which has Thales Alenia Space Italy as prime contractor, was launched on April 22 by a Soyuz launcher.

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Los Angeles Realtors Turn To Helicopters For High-End Clients

New Trend Is Shopping By Air In LA

While the debate over helicopter noise rages around the country, including in southern California, some Realtors there have turned to helicopters as a way to show properties to potential buyers willing to shell out the money for the flights.

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Hispanic Man Says Texas Drones Illegally Target Mexicans

Sues To Stop Aerial Surveillance Of U.S./Mexico Border

A resident of Laredo, TX of Hispanic descent has filed a lawsuit against Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the state of Texas saying aerial surveillance of the border between Texas and Mexico racially targets Mexicans.

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Angle Of Attack System Approved For Mitsubishi MU-2

Device Calibrated For All Flap Settings On The Aircraft

The FAA has approved a new Angle of Attack (AoA) system for Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft. The Angle of Attack system was developed in cooperation with Alpha Systems AOA.  For the MU-2 turboprop installation, Alpha Systems customized its standard AOA System to incorporate all MU-2 flap settings. 

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Drone Hit Airplane? Maybe Not So Much

Transport Minister Said Object 'May Have Been A Plastic Bag'

A report of a drone possibly colliding with a British Airways A320 on approach to Heathrow nearly broke the Internet. There were tons of breathless stories and offers to media outlets for "experts" to discuss the "problem."

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AeroSports Update: AMA Response To The Senate FAA Reauthorization Bill

The Academy Of Model Aeronautics Advises Its Members That The Senate Bill Is Disappointing For Responsible Model Aircraft Operators

It may seem odd to link model aircraft flying with the FAA Reauthorization Bill, but because of the issue with drones, model aircraft operators had reason to fear that severe restrictions were on the way. The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) advised their members that membership participation in the process helped limit the damage the bill caused, but all is not well.

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Klyde Morris (04.25.16)

Klyde Deals With An Uninspired Cartoonist...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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World's Largest Rocket Contest Brings Nation's Top Student Rocketeers To D.C.

TARC Announces Top 100 Teams Competing For National Championship

One hundred teams of students across the country are advancing to the 2016 National Finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC). These teams beat nearly 700 others to succeed in one of the most competitive qualifying rounds of the program's 14-year history. They will now compete at the final fly-off on Saturday, May 14 outside of Washington, D.C.

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Jeppesen Enhances Mobile Flitedeck Capabilities

Data-Driven Information Access Improves Pilot User Experience

Jeppesen recently introduced a new single installation option for its iPad-based Mobile FliteDeck electronic flight bag (EFB) solution, which now provides access to both IFR and VFR real time flight data.

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Airborne 04.22.16: MH370 Debris Report, Solar Impulse 2, Expired Trump Plane

Also: Europe’s First TBM 930, AEA Convention 2016, Hawaiian Airlines, King Schools, Rolls-Royce, Pipistrel, Ghostdrone 2.0

It’s been just over two years since Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 370 disappeared, and the Australian government has taken the lead in the search to find a definitive answer to the question of what happened to that airplane. It’s reported that on December 27, 2015 and February 27, 2016, two items of debris were independently found, approximately 137 miles apart, on the Mozambique coast. Both items were delivered to the relevant Civil Aviation Authori

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Continental Motors, Aviall Sign Master Distributor Contract

Company Becomes Responsible For Providing All Parts For Gasoline Engines

Continental Motors Group has partnered with Aviall as its domestic and international Master Distributor for aftermarket parts, effective immediately. Aviall will from today be responsible for providing Continental Motors gasoline engine spare parts. Diesel parts will be added in Phase II at a later date.

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Camcopter S-100 Demos Capability During Canadian Icebreaking Operations

UAS Shown To Canadian Coast Guard, Navy, Transport Canada, Others

At the end of March 2016 at Fogo Island in Canada, Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) successfully demonstrated its capabilities to a host of dignitaries from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Royal Canadian Navy, Transport Canada, the Canadian National Research Council and the University of Alaska in partnership with the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Lightweight Lower Cost Aerial Cinematography Lands In The U.S.

System Can Be Operated On Robinson Helos, Gyrocopters

Dynamic Perspective GmbH has selected Rotor FX LLC of Los Angeles to be its service, training, repair and warranty center partner in North America for its lightweight DynaX5 stabilized gimbal technology.

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Former Allegiant Pilot Claims Age Discrimination In Lawsuit

Says The Airline Is Systematically Targeting Older Pilots

A former pilot for Allegiant Airlines has filed a lawsuit against the carrier claiming he was fired due to his age.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.25.16)

Aero Linx: The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education The National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education is a membership organization that was formed in 1993 when the founding member groups signed a formal charter and established a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Together with the FAA, we actively promote aviation and space education while supporting schools’ initiatives at the local, state and national levels. The NCASE was formed in a cooperative spirit between the aviation industry and the FAA to present a united voice on aviation education issues. We work with aviation educators, government officials and industry representatives to marshal education resources and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.25.16): Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron A device normally located on uncontrolled airports and used as a landing direction indicator. The small end of a tetrahedron points in the direction of landing. At controlled airports, the tetrahedron, if installed, should be disregarded because tower instructions supersede the indicator.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.25.16)

"As an aeronautical engineer and former naval aviator, I learned early that an AOA system offers an optimum way to maintain a safe margin above stall. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), loss of control remains a major cause of aircraft accidents. Widespread use of an AOA indicator of this quality and capability would, without doubt, result in a significant reduction in those types of accidents for the MU-2 or any other similar category aircraft." Source: Rick Wheldon, Vice President of Turbine Aircraft Services, Inc. following the announcement that the FAA has approved a new Angle of Attack (AoA) system for Mitsubishi MU-2 aircraft. The Angle of Attack system was developed in cooperation with Alpha Systems A

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