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November 10, 2018

The Other Shoe Finally Drops... Hawkins Out As CEO Of Icon Aircraft

Despite The Faint Praise, Hawkins' Exit Has Long Been Forecast

The other shoe has dropped... Kirk Hawkins, the driving force behind the Icon Aircraft program and a massive litany of mis-steps, is no longer the CEO of the foundering aircraft concern. Icon is wrapping up the matter with as much positive spin as they can, though the company admits that Hawkins has resigned as CEO, and will reportedly stay on in "an undefined role" while President and COO Thomas Wiener will lead the company in the interim.

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Bombardier's Q3 Announcements Leave Workers In The Dark

Company May Cut As Many As 5,000 Jobs Globally

Unifor members at Bombardier were left in the dark when the Company announced plans to cut 5000 jobs globally. Bombardier also announced the sales of its Q Series turboprop aircraft program and business aircraft flight and technical training units. 

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NASA Goes Quiet Over Galveston For Supersonic Flight Series

Testing Program Got Underway November 5

NASA has begun a series of quiet supersonic research flights off the coast of Texas near Galveston to test ways to measure the community’s response to a unique acoustic experience. Normally, an aircraft flying at supersonic speeds (faster than Mach 1, the speed of sound) produces a sonic boom so loud that, today, commercial supersonic flight is prohibited over land.

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U.S. EP-3 Intercepted Over The Black Sea

High-Speed Pass By Russian SU-27 Deemed 'Unsafe'

On Nov. 5, 2018, a U.S. EP-3 Aries aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian SU-27. This interaction was determined to be unsafe due to the SU-27 conducting a high speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, putting at risk the pilots and crew.

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Tecnam Deems ‘Airshow China 2018’ A Success

Anhui Lantain International Flight Academy Places Order For 30 Training Aircraft

Tecnam and its local aerospace partner Liaoning United-Air ShenYan Co. Ltd (LUSY) announced today an order for a fleet of 30 aeroplanes from the Anhui Lantian International Flight Academy (ALIFA).

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NGC Set To Launch Pegasus XL Rocket Carrying ICON Satellite For NASA

Mission To Be 44Th Flight Of World's First Privately-Developed Commercial Rocket

Northrop Grumman Corporation is prepared to launch the company’s air-launched Pegasus XL rocket aboard its Stargazer L-1011 airplane from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on November 7, at approximately 3:05 a.m. EST. This will be the 44th flight for Northrop Grumman’s unique air-launched Pegasus rocket.

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ATAC Breaks Ground On New Adversary Center Of Excellence

Facility At Alliance Airport In Fort Worth, TX Will Be Home To French F1s

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC), part of Textron Airborne Solutions, has broken ground on its new Adversary Center of Excellence (ACE) at Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The company also revealed its first reassembled ex-French Air Force Mirage F1’s purchased last year in a deal for 63 aircraft and many spare parts.

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Airshare To Add Gogo AVANCE L3 To Fleet Of Embraer Phenom 100s

Company Has 11 Of The Aircraft In Its Fleet

Gogo Business Aviation’s latest connectivity solution for light jets – Gogo AVANCE L3 – has been selected by Airshare for installation across its entire fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft.

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Kratos Completes 3rd Milestone In Critical USAF Satellite Deployment Study

Looking Into Migration Of The Command And Control System For Over 20 Spacecraft

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has successfully completed the third phase of a pathfinder study for migrating the Command and Control System – Consolidated (CCS-C) ground system to the Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) architecture. CCS-C currently operates a fleet of over 20 Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) satellites in four different constellations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.10.18)

“This is the first time in decades that we have reached out to a large community as part of our supersonic research. We’ve measured the noise levels and the impact on structures, as well as surveyed people for annoyance, to make certain that these tests are safe and well-planned. We greatly appreciate Galveston’s interest and support.” Source: NASA’s Commercial Supersonic Technology Project Manager Peter Coen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.10.18): Primary Flight Display (PFD)

A display that provides increased situational awareness to the pilot by replacing the traditional six instruments used for instrument flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.10.18)

Beechcraft Heritage Museum

A must-see for all Beech fans. The collection has been accumulated via donation or loan of aircraft and artifacts.

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