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July 11, 2017

Airborne 07.11.17: Breitling DC-3, Bell 525 Flies Again, Pax River CH-53K

Also: UAL v Two-Year Old, Aero-Calendar, Fatigue Regs, Upgraded Hawks, Zipline Drones, Honeywell, Alaska-Virgin America

A team backed by watchmaker Breitling is working to fly a DC-3 around the world, making it the oldest airplane to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. The aircraft will be making several stops across the U.S. this summer, including Oshkosh. It recently landed in Seattle after flying over eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The tour marks the 77th anniversary of the DC-3, which arguably changed the airline industry. The airplane being flown around the world was initially deli

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Airborne 07.11.17: Breitling DC-3, Bell 525 Flies Again, Pax River Welcomes CH-53K

Also: UAL v Two-Year Old, Aero-Calendar, Fatigue Regs, Upgraded Hawks, Zipline Drones, Honeywell, Alaska-Virgin America 
 
A team backed by watchmaker Breitling is working to fly a DC-3 around the world, making it the oldest airplane to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. The aircraft will be making several stops across the U.S. this summer, including Oshkosh. It recently landed in Seattle after flying over eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The tour marks the 77th anniversary of the DC-3, which arguably changed the airline industry. The airplane being flown around the world was initially delivered to American Airlines in 1940 before it was drafted into service the U.S. Army. Bell Helicopter has confirmed that the Bell 525 Relentless prog

Airborne-Unmanned 07.11.17: Facebook Aquila, Drone De-Registration, UAV IDs

Also: USCG UAS, Africa Drone 'Air Corridor', MIT Gas-Powered Drone, MS Drone Factory
 
Facebook has completed the second flight of its Aquila drone -- which it hopes to use to provide internet connectivity to remote areas of the world ... and this time the aircraft landed safely. The 1 hour and 46 minute flight concluded with a smooth landing at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The company learned some lessons from the first flight, which ended with the drone being damaged when it impacted terrain. For those hobby drone or model aircraft pilots who had to register their UAV with the FAA a year or so ago,  there is now a way for you to remove their information from the FAA's registration list ... AND get their $5 back. But it's not as easy as it was

Marine Corps Aircraft Down, 16 Fatally Injured

KC-130 Went Down Monday Afternoon In Mississippi

A Marine Corps KC-130 transport aircraft went in LeFlore County, MS on July 10 at approximately 4 p.m. CDT, claiming the lives of 16 service members.  The flight originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC.  FAA officials contacted the Marine Corps when the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar over Mississippi. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time; the incident is under investigation.

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NTSB Determines 2016 Alaska Crash A Double Suicide

Husband And Wife Were Said To Be 'Inseparable'

An accident which occurred on December 15th last year in Alaska has been ruled a double suicide by both medical examiners and the NTSB.

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Investigators: Photo Central To Earhart Documentary Does Not Show The Aviatrix

Photo Dated After 1940, At Least Three Years After She Vanished

Investigators for the U.K. newspaper The Daily Mail say that a photograph central to a documentary which aired Sunday on cable's The History Channel about Amelia Earhart does not show the lost aviatrix about to board a boat on the island of Jaluit in the Pacific Marshall Islands.

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Cal Fire Again Warns Against Flying Drones Near Wildfires

Flights Can Force Aerial Firefighters To Stop Flying, Leading To More Damage

California fire officials are again warning hobby drone operators to not fly their aircraft near any wildfire.

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AEA's 2017-18 Pilot's Guide To Avionics Unveiled At AirVenture

Annual Publication Will See First Distribution At Oshkosh

Published annually by the Aircraft Electronics Association, the 2017-18 edition of the Pilot's Guide to Avionics will be unveiled with free distribution at the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin, July 24-30. AEA staff members will distribute thousands of complimentary copies to pilots and aircraft owners at the AEA's AirVenture booth in Hangar B at Wittman Regional Airport.

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Boeing Donates $1 Million To Six Nonprofits At The Warrior Games

Includes $600,000 For U.S.-Based Veterans Nonprofits To Provide Recovery And Rehabilitation Services

Boeing recently announced a $1 million donation to benefit six nonprofit organizations providing rehabilitation and well-being services for veteran and civilian groups, globally. The announcement was made in conjunction with Boeing's sponsorship of the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games which took place throughout Chicago, June 30 to July 8.

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StandardAero, Airbus Enter Into Exclusive Negotiations

Discussing Acquisition By StandardAero Of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS

StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc. (“StandardAero”) and Airbus SE (“Airbus”) have announced that they have entered into exclusive negotiations with respect to an acquisition by StandardAero of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS (“Vector”) from Airbus.

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Horizon Air Group Acquires Starbase Jet

Gains Full Ownership, Including Air Carrier Certificate

Horizon Air Group has acquired World Class Jet dba Starbase Jet, including the air carrier certificate, to be rebranded Horizon Jet Management. This provides the company tremendous forward momentum in offering the highest quality service and aviation management to its clientele. The acquisition allows Horizon to not only assist clients with aircraft sales and charter services, but also FAA licensed aircraft operation, all under one roof.

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Netherlands Aerospace Center (NRL) Tests Large Drone

Aircraft Being Evaluated At Twente Airport

A large drone was recently tested by Netherlands Aerospace Center (NRL) at Twente Airport. NLR is using the XCalibur+ Jet Trainer – a drone approved for professional use in accordance with the Assessment Specifications for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Class 1 (AS-RPAS1) – to gain experience in operating drones powered by jet engines. The first test flights with the XCalibur+ have already been successfully completed.

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Report: Aircraft Evacuation Market Worth $1.73 Billion By 2022

Nearly Six Percent Annual Growth Forecast Through The Period

A new report indicates that the aircraft evacuation market is projected to grow from $1.30 billion in 2017 to $1.73 billion in 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 5.96% during the forecast period.

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Patrick AFB Personnel Participate In Long-Range Rescue At Sea

Two German Citizens Rescued After Their Boat Caught Fire

In a concerted effort throughout July 7, 2017 and into the early hours of July 8, approximately 80 Citizen Airmen and four aircraft from the 920th Rescue Wing successfully rescued 2 German citizens whose vessel caught fire approximately 500 nautical miles off the east coast of southern Florida.

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Developer Asks For Zoning Change Near Prescott Municipal Airport

Airport Stakeholders Raise Concerns About Encroachment

Developers hoping to create a planned community near the Prescott (AZ) Municipal Airport (KPRC) have asked the city of Prescott to rezone a portion of the James Deep Well Ranch due south of the airport.

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Skydiver Fatally Injured In Mid-Air Collision Accident

Experienced Skydiver Was Participating In A Group Jump

A skydiver was fatally injured Saturday during a group jump at Skydive Spaceland Houston on Saturday after he collided with a second jumper as the formation broke. The other skydiver was injured, but survived.

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Airborne 07.11.17: Breitling DC-3, Bell 525 Flies Again, Pax River CH-53K

Also: UAL v Two-Year Old, Aero-Calendar, Fatigue Regs, Upgraded Hawks, Zipline Drones, Honeywell, Alaska-Virgin America

A team backed by watchmaker Breitling is working to fly a DC-3 around the world, making it the oldest airplane to complete a circumnavigation of the globe. The aircraft will be making several stops across the U.S. this summer, including Oshkosh. It recently landed in Seattle after flying over eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The tour marks the 77th anniversary of the DC-3, which arguably changed the airline industry. The airplane being flown around the world was initially deli

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Airborne-Unmanned 07.11.17: Facebook Aquila, Drone De-Registration, UAV IDs

Also: USCG UAS, Africa Drone 'Air Corridor', MIT Gas-Powered Drone, MS Drone Factory

Facebook has completed the second flight of its Aquila drone -- which it hopes to use to provide internet connectivity to remote areas of the world ... and this time the aircraft landed safely. The 1 hour and 46 minute flight concluded with a smooth landing at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The company learned some lessons from the first flight, which ended with the drone being damaged when it impacted terrain. For those hobby drone or model aircraft pilots who had to register their UAV with the FAA a year or so ag

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FAA Announces Infrastructure Grants

Award Go To Airports Across The Country

The FAA has announced AIP grants to hundreds of airport across the country. In a release, the FAA said it will award $105.3 million in airport infrastructure grants to 133 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

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Two Mustangs Have Issues At Duxford Air Show

Berlin Express Lost Its Canopy, Miss Velma Made Off-Airport Landing

Two U.S. P-51 Mustangs involved in the Duxford Flying Legends Air Show over the weekend, but fortunately both pilots were uninjured in the incidents.

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Boeing, FedEx Express To Collaborate on ecoDemonstrator Testing

Fifth Generation Of ecoDemonstrator Features Two Industry Leaders Working Together And Flight Testing Aboard A 777 Freighter

As part of the continuing effort to accelerate aerospace innovation, Boeing and FedEx Express will work together to fly the next ecoDemonstrator. Starting in 2018, a new Boeing 777 Freighter made for FedEx Express will test emerging technologies, such as propulsion advancements and flight deck innovations.

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U.K., Norway To Lift Restrictions On H225LP And AS332L2 Super Puma Helicopters

Move Follows Extensive Investigation, Testing And Changes To The Helicopter And Its Maintenance

The U.K. and Norwegian aviation authorities have set out plans for the lifting of operating restrictions on H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters. The restrictions were imposed following the fatal accident of a H225 near Turøy in Norway in April 2016. The two helicopter types, popularly known as Super Pumas, were restricted from being used commercially by U.K. and Norwegian operators.

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Aero-News AirVenture Update: This Is So Cool! #OSH17COOL

We Need YOUR Help To Find The Coolest Stuff At EAA AirVenture 2017, #OSH17COOL

Stuff that’s new is cool… we get it… that’s why we’re bringing our AirVenture Innovation Preview webcast to you on Saturday evening, July 22, to introduce the things that are new and unique at EAA AirVenture 2017. However, there is a lot of cool stuff that has little to do with being new stuff, but still deserves the designation of 'cool.' This is where we need your help. Despite the fact we have the largest news staff on the ground at AirVenture, our nearly 30 staffers still aren’t enough to find out what’s ‘really cool’ because what’s really coo

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One More Reason To Celebrate Oshkosh -- ANN To Select Best Sportplanes of 2017!

In An Age Clouded By Icon's Flim-Flammery, We Want To Suggest Companies/Planes We Believe You Should Trust As we have in year's past... though not recently... ANN is dusting off one of our reader's favorite programs -- our "Flyer's Dozen" of the best SportPlanes and and companies we believe deserve your consideration for an airplane of your own. The SportPlane business has been through some rough times these last few years as a few companies let us down... badly... Icon Aircraft chief among them. And face it, it didn't help that the economy was not in the best shape and the struggle to enjoy aviation hasn't gotten any easier. So... here's the deal... we're going to be putting together profiles of all the likely suspects and we want YOUR inpu

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Rotax Corrects Fuel Pump Service Bulletin

Warns Against Submerging Fuel Pump During Maintenance

Rotax has issued an urgent correction to its recently released service instruction: SI-912 i-015 Fuel pump service kit for ROTAX Engine Type 912 i (Series). This Service Instruction contains a procedural error and will soon be replaced with a revised version.

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Drone Pilots In Australia Fined By CAA

Penalties Ranged From $900 To $1,440 (Australian)

Drones flown near an Easter egg hunt and a wedding have cost their pilots hundreds of dollars in fines. A drone pilot has also been fined $1440 for flying in Sydney Harbour restricted airspace and flying within 30 meters (approx. 100 feet) of people.

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Santa Monica Turns Up Its Nose At Airport Grants

Will Not Accept Federal Monies Available To 'All Airports'

Those AIP grants mentioned in a story elsewhere here on Aero-News today? Well, with the closure of the Santa Monica Airport well in the works, though not a done deal, the city of Santa Monica is reportedly spurning the FAA when it comes to potential federal grant money that could help the airport as long as it remains open.

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Airborne 07.10.17: Chambliss Wins Red Bull, Virgin Galactic, XCOR

Also: TSA Failures, Waiex-Alaska, Drone Arrest, Life Flight, UAV Mkt, SpaceX $$$, Intelsat 35e

American Kirby Chambliss got his first win in a long time in the Red Bull Air Race series in the stop at Budapest, Hungary. Nine years and 40 races since he last stood atop a Red Bull Air Race podium, the two-time series champion came alive last week, taking the fourth – and most prestigious – round of this year's championship with a run nearly six-tenths of a second faster than anything he'd managed all weekend, denying Hungary pace-setter Pete McLeod at the final hurdle. Following the October 31,

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.11.17)

“U.S. airports are huge economic drivers.” Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.17): Wake Turbulence

Phenomena resulting from the passage of an aircraft through the atmosphere.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.11.17)

Abandoned and Little-Known Airfields On this site, you'll find information on vanished or abandoned airfields & their unusual histories categorized by state.

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