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November 18, 2018

Airborne 11.16.18: GAMA 3Q/18 Report, Virgin Orbit, Lawyers v Drones

Also: Hugh Oldham Retirement, UFO Sightings, Pilots Question 737 MAX Training, Air Combat Command

GAMA has published its 2018 third quarter aircraft shipments and billings report. The overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft increased in the first nine months compared to the same time period in 2017, but with some mixed performance within the types. Total billings compared to the same period in 2017 decreased. “This is one of those few times since the great recession that we have seen all segments up in shipment numbers,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. Virgin Orbit has completed

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The JetBlue Foundation Celebrates National STEM Day

Awards Grants To Power STEM Initiatives In Puerto Rico

The JetBlue Foundation has awarded $135,000 in grants to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programs in Puerto Rico to aid in long-term post-hurricane recovery. Grants of varying amounts were provided to organizations that are investing in the island’s future and placing aviation and STEM top-of-mind as career choices for students.

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Canada’s Airports Welcome Engagement With New Federal Advisory Council

Focus Is On Jobs And The Visitor Economy

The Canadian Airports Council have welcomed the announcement of an Advisory Council on Jobs and the Visitor Economy to assist Minister of Tourism and Official Languages Melanie Joly in the development of a tourism strategy by next summer. As a major air transport stakeholder, Canada’s airports look forward to meeting with the council to bring high-level awareness to the challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s airports and industry partners.

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Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard's Star

Red Dots Campaign Uncovers Compelling Evidence Of Exoplanet Around Closest Single Star To Sun

The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth — a so-called super-Earth. One of the largest observing campaigns to date using data from a world-wide array of telescopes, including ESO’s planet-hunting HARPS instrument, have revealed this frozen, dimly lit world. The newly discovered planet is the second-closest known exoplanet to the Earth. Barnard’s star is the fastest moving star in the night sky.

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Prototype Of A 'Flying Taxi Of The Future' Assembled At NUST MISIS

Russian Aircraft Has Passed 'Several Tests'

A prototype of the "aircraft of the future" has been assembled at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) MISIS KINETICA High Complexity Prototyping Center in Pakistan at the request of the Russian company Bartini. The "air taxi" has already successfully passed several tests, Bartini says, and the company plans to complete development and present the air taxi on the commercial market by 2020.

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American Airlines Flight Attendants Commemorate 25th Strike Anniversary

Holding A Nationwide Informational Picketing Event

American Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) are sounding the alarms today (Sunday) by informational picketing systemwide on a historic date commemorating the Flight Attendant Strike of 1993, a strike which effectively shut down the carrier’s operation 25 years ago.

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Cosmic Collisions: SOFIA Unravels The Mysterious Formation Of Star Clusters

Researchers Studied The Distribution And Motion Of Ionized Carbon Around A Molecular Cloud Where Stars Can Form

The sun, like all stars, was born in a giant cold cloud of molecular gas and dust. It may have had dozens or even hundreds of stellar siblings – a star cluster – but these early companions are now scattered throughout our Milky Way galaxy. Although the remnants of this particular creation event have long since dispersed, the process of star birth continues today within our galaxy and beyond.

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DAC International Adds Thommen Avlight X Aviation Flashlight To Line

Targeted To BizAv, Special Mission And Commercial Air Transport Customers

Thommen Aircraft Equipment is pleased to announce that its new AVLight X Multipurpose Aviation Flashlight is now available for sales from DAC International, one of Thommen’s official premium resellers.

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First Lawsuit Filed In Connection With Lion Air Flight 610

Florida-Based Law Firm Announces Suit On Behalf Of Family Of Accident Victim

Attorney Curtis Miner, a partner at Coral-Gables, Florida-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson and lead counsel for the plaintiff, today announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of one of the passengers on Lion Air Flight 610 against The Boeing Company, the manufacturer of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft that crashed 13 minutes after takeoff on October 29, 2018.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.18)

Aero Linx: The Aero Club of PA The Aero Club of PA was organized in December, 1909 in Philadelphia for the purpose of “educating the public on matters of aeronautics”. Our goal remains intact as we organize aviation-related seminars, presentations and field-trips, sponsor an annual Wright Brothers dinner and award aviation scholarships at our annual scholarship dinner.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.18): Mode C Intruder Alert

Mode C Intruder Alert A function of certain air traffic control automated systems designed to alert radar controllers to existing or pending situations between a tracked target (known IFR or VFR aircraft) and an untracked target (unknown IFR or VFR aircraft) that requires immediate attention/action.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.18.18)

“Tourism is a major economic driver for Canada, a $97.4 billion industry that employs some 1.8 million Canadians, with about 194,000 direct jobs at Canada’s airports. These are not only in Canada’s biggest cities but also in regional economic centres and small communities throughout the country. Tourism does help every part of the country, urban and rural, and it does supports middle class jobs that cannot be easily replaced. Many of these are in air transport and given the important role of air transport to the success of our tourism sector, an effective tourism strategy must consider the government role in addressing issues and opportunities identified by Canada’s airports and our partners in the air travel supply chain.”

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