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May 23, 2016

Airborne 05.23.16: Si2 Lands in Dayton, BellHeli Relocation, Santa Monica Update

Also: Rockwell Collins, RC Antonov AN-225, Safety Culture In Alaska, Sonic 'Thump', Drone Reg. Data, Aiming For Mars, Hawaiian Pilots

The Solar Impulse-2 crew alerted ANN, early Saturday morning, that it’s next step in their trek around the world was about to depart Tulsa, Oklahoma, and head for Dayton, Ohio. They departed Tulsa at 4:22am local time and, after a successful flight, landed at Dayton International Airport 16 ½ hours later. Si2 spent a week at the Tulsa International Airport until a clear weather window allowed them to continue their flights across the United St

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Airborne 05.23.16: Si2 Lands in Dayton, Bell Heli Relocations, Santa Monica Update

Also: Rockwell Collins, RC Antonov AN-225, Safety Culture In Alaska, Sonic 'Thump', Drone Reg. Data, Aiming For Mars, Hawaiian Pilots
 
The Solar Impulse-2 crew alerted ANN, early Saturday morning, that it’s next step in their trek around the world was about to depart Tulsa, Oklahoma, and head for Dayton, Ohio. They departed Tulsa at 4:22am local time and, after a successful flight, landed at Dayton International Airport 16 ½ hours later. Si2 spent a week at the Tulsa International Airport until a clear weather window allowed them to continue their flights across the United States. The selection of Dayton, which was the home of Orville and Wilbur Wright, seems most apropos. Bell Helicopter has announced plans to relocate several programs in or

Boeing Retains U.S. Air Force Executive Aircraft Maintenance Role

Air Force Awards Seven-Year, $319 Million Contract For C-32, C-40 Support

Boeing will continue maintaining and supporting the U.S. Air Force’s C-32A and C-40BC executive aircraft through a new seven-year, $319 million contract awarded in March.

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NASA Plans June Deep Space Rocket Booster Test

Two Minute Full Duration Test Planned For June 28

NASA is planning to test the largest, most powerful booster in the world for the agency's new deep space rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), on June 28 at Orbital ATK Aerospace System's test facility in Promontory, Utah.

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Diamond Aircraft Announces Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Demonstration Tour

Began May 20 At AOPA Fly-In In Beaufort, NC

Diamond Aircraft is continuing with the 2016 US aircraft demonstration tours after successful tours of the Southwest and Southeast over the past several months.

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Flying With DRAGON Improves Capabilities

Upgraded FMS Flight-Tested Aboard AWACS Airplane

A recent successful test flight of an upgraded Flight Management System Suite for the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) provides the warfighter with enhanced battle management capabilities.

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Spirit AeroSystems Announces First Scholarship Recipients

Awarding More Than A Half-Million Dollars To Kansas Students

Spirit AeroSystems joined the Kansas Board of Regents to announce the inaugural class of Spirit Scholars, recipients of more than $570,000 of scholarship support.

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NetJets Europe Announces Partnership With The London Heliport

Only CAA-Certified Heliport In The City

NetJets Europe has unveiled a key investment in the London private aviation market, through a partnership with The London Heliport, which is the only Heliport in the city certified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The Heliport will be known as NetJets London Heliport and will feature extensive branding for both NetJets and its sister company, Executive Jet Management Europe (EJME), within the building and around the landing site.

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Total Force Effort Trains Future KC-46 Pilots

Preparing For Arrival Of The Aircraft At McConnell AFB

A group of total force Airmen has been selected to participate in the initial operational test and evaluation of the KC-46 Pegasus as the Air Force prepares for the tanker’s arrival at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas.

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Banyan Authorized To Install Advent eABS On King Air 300s

Anti-Skid Braking System Recently Recently Received FAA STC

Banyan Air Service has been approved as an authorized dealer and installation facility for Advent Aircraft System’s recent FAA STC for the advanced-technology GPS/digital anti-skid braking system (Advent eABS).  This STC is for Beechcraft King Air B300/B300C equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line GPS 4000S or Garmin G1000/430W/530W avionics.

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New Holding Pattern App For Pilots Introduced

First Of Its Kind To Include Wind Computations

Aviation Mobile Apps has launched Holding Pattern Computer for iOS, an app that goes a step beyond others in its category. Unlike other holding pattern apps, Holding Pattern Computer takes the wind into account and makes all the calculations that a pilot needs to fly a perfectly timed holding pattern.

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One KC-130R Hercules Refuses To Quit

Aircraft First Entered Service In 1997

The Tactical Airlift Program (PMA-207) foreign military sales (FMS) team delivered a KC-130R Hercules May 2, from the U.S. Navy fleet to the Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh).

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GECAS’ Cargo Aircraft Group Underway With First 737-800NG P-To-F Conversion

Program Announced At Paris Air Show Last Year

GE Capital Aviation Services has begun its inaugural 737-800NG passenger-to-freighter conversion with Miami-based Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI). GECAS announced the launch of its AEI passenger-to-freighter conversion program at the Paris Air Show in June 2015.

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Paramount Business Jets Establishes New Aircraft Sales Division

Will Include Midsize Aircraft, BBJ Up To 747

Established aircraft charter broker provider Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) recently established a dedicated sales division to facilitate the matching of prospective owners with light, midsize and large jet aircraft – including Boeing Business Jets and passenger-configured Boeing 747s – best-suited for their needs and missions.

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Aero-TV: Goes Like Heck! - Wipaire's Boss 182 Amphibious Conversion

Upgrades For Your 182…

Sun ‘n Fun 2016 presented the opportunity to see some really interesting things, and a hopped-up Cessna 182 on floats, called the Wipaire Boss 182 Amphibious, runs pretty high on the list for displaying the, “Right stuff.”

Aero-TV: Goes Like Heck! - Wipaire's Boss 182 Amphibious Conversion

Upgrades For Your 182…

Sun ‘n Fun 2016 presented the opportunity to see some really interesting things, and a hopped-up Cessna 182 on floats, called the Wipaire Boss 182 Amphibious, runs pretty high on the list for displaying the, “Right stuff.” ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had the opportunity to stop by the Wipaire display to take a look at this mean looking piece of machinery. To get the scoop, Tom met up with Brittnie Brink, who is with aircraft sales at the Wipaire Company.

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AeroSports Update: EAA AirVenture Begins…Sort Of

The Gates Aren’t Open Yet, But The FAA AirVenture NOTAM Has Been Issued Meaning The Fuse Is Lit

On Monday, May 16, AeroSports Update clued our readers in to our plans to publish a series of safety articles relating to the prevention of loss of control accidents that address the specific procedures for pilots flying into Wittman Regional Airport (OSH) during EAA-AirVenture. Today, we’ll give you an idea of how this is going to work.

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Klyde Morris (05.23.16)

Klyde's Not Thrilled With General Media Crash Coverage, Either...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Third Eye Blind Highlights EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Opening Day Concert

San Francisco-Based Band To Perform July 25

Third Eye Blind, the San Francisco-based band that has sold more than 12 million records with a string of Top 20 hits, will get EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 off to an energetic start when it headlines the fly-in’s popular opening night concert on Monday, July 25.

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U.S.-Australian Team Moves One Step Closer To Hypersonic Flight

Rocket Successfully Flown At Woomera Test Range In Australia

An experimental rocket launched at the Woomera Test Range in Australia as part of the joint research program, HIFiRE (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program) this week reached an apogee of 91,000 feet (278 km) and achieved the targeted speed of Mach 7.5 (seven and a half times the speed of sound).

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NASA To Demonstrate Sonic 'Thump' Compared To Standard Sonic Boom

Event To Take Place May 31 At Armstrong Flight Research Center

NASA is planning a comparative demonstration of the currently louder sonic boom to a quieter, more community-friendly sonic "thump", which NASA looks to achieve through an experimental aircraft for Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST).

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Airborne 05.20.16: NATA: User Fee Folly, SpaceX Update, AMA Scholarships

Also: Cropduster Tragedy, ANN/Airborne Team Update, FAA SAIB, Gulfstream G650ER, Drone Market Growth, Gripen E, American Airlines

The FAA recently released a study of scheduled and non-scheduled air operators which was mandated by Congress as part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. According to the report, there are 2,155 charter operators utilizing 10,655 aircraft. Seventy percent of charter fleet is helicopters and piston or turboprop airplanes. Charter aircraft serve more than 3,000 airports, and most charter establishments average 19 employees, have one or two aircraft

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Rockwell Collins Unveils ADS-B Driven Airspace Modernization Packages

Upgrades For Pro Line 21-Equipped King Airs

Rockwell Collins has unveiled three Pro Line 21 upgrade packages for King Air turboprops that give operators more flexibility in equipping their aircraft for next-generation airspace and procedures. The upgrades are FAA-certified and EASA-validated and available now through all Rockwell Collins-authorized dealers.

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Quotation Memoir Honors Late Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

'Reflections Of The Moon' Is An Astronaut's View On 'Life After Space'

In the recently-released memoir "Reflections of the Moon: Retrospections on Earth, Mankind, and War", Tulsa-OK author Carol Mersch pays tribute to her long-time friend, Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.16)

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.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.16): National Flight Data Center

National Flight Data Center A facility in Washington D.C., established by FAA to operate a central aeronautical information service for the collection, validation, and dissemination of aeronautical data in support of the activities of government, industry, and the aviation community. The information is published in the National Flight Data Digest.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.23.16)

“It is a game-changing technology identified in the 2016 Defence White Paper and could revolutionise global air travel, providing cost-effective access to space.”  Source: Australian Chief Defense Scientist Dr. Alex Zelinsky, after an experimental rocket launched at the Woomera Test Range in Australia as part of the joint research program, HIFiRE (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program) this week reached an apogee of 91,000 feet (278 km) and achieved the targeted speed of Mach 7.5 (seven and a half times the speed of sound).

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