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November 30, 2018

Airborne 11.30.18: Plane Theft, iFly Indoor Skydiving, SAIB For Aspen

Also: SpaceX Commercial Crew, LOT Passengers Pay Up, Long Island Heli-NIMBYs, Latest SH09 Prototype

Last week, two teenage boys were arrested near the Vernal Regional Airport after landing a small plane they had stolen from a private airstrip in Jensen, Utah. At this time, investigators believe the boys, ages 14 and 15, left a group home on the Wasatch Front earlier this week and made their way to eastern Utah, where they have been staying with friends in the Jensen area. This morning the teens gained access to a tractor and drove it to the air strip in Jensen, where they stole a fixed-wing, single engine light sport aircraft. The plane was witnessed flying very low along US-40 near Gusher, about 32 miles west of Jensen. For those who might like to experience skydiving freefall

CAE Introduces CAE Rise For The Defense Market

Data-Driven Training System Provides Real-Time Insights And Standardized Evaluations (Rise) For Continuous Military Pilot Training Improvement

This week at at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC), CAE announced the launch of CAE Rise for the defense market.

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Kaman Receives Orders for Two Additional K-MAX Aircraft

Announces Lot III Production Authorization

Kaman Aerosystems has received orders for two additional K-MAX helicopters, expanding the fleet of operators to two new customers who will take delivery in the coming months. Further, given consistent demand the company has approved continuous manufacture of the versatile medium lift workhorse aircraft with the authorization of Lot III production.

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Pilatus Delivers First PC-24 Air Ambulance

Goes To Royal Flying Doctor Service Of Australia

The very first PC-24 with medevac interior has been handed over to the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS Western Operations). Pilatus presented the key to PC-24 serial number 105 to RFDS CEO Rebecca Tomkinson on November 26 in Stans. Configured for patient transport, this PC-24 was especially developed to meet the particular needs of the RFDS and has been equipped for medevac missions all over Australia.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Announce Order For Additional 777 Jets

Amid Record Financial Results And Strong Demand, Turkey's Flag Carrier Adds Three Boeing 777 Freighters Turkish Airlines has ordered three 777 Freighters as the flag carrier of Turkey continues to soar on record financial results and double-digit passenger and cargo growth. The order adds more of the long-range freighter to Turkish's fleet as the airline pursues its goal of becoming the world's largest cargo carrier.

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Airbus Expands Global Partner University Network

Delivering Digital Skills For The Future

The 3-day annual meeting of the Airbus Global University Partner Program was held in Zhuhai, China alongside the International China Airshow. The annual meeting gathers over 80 university and Airbus delegates with the aim of exploring innovative ways to develop the competencies required by the aerospace industry and to build a better talent pipeline from partner universities into Airbus.

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South Florida Man Flew Sightseeing Flights Without A Valid Commercial License

Convicted And Sentenced To Three Years' Probation For The Offenses

Mario Cruise, owner and operator of South Florida Air Tours (SFAT), was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Miami, FL earlier this month to 3 years’ probation and a $200 assessment fee for operating an aircraft without a valid commercial pilot’s certificate and making false statements to FAA. As a condition of his probation, Cruise cannot own, operate, act as a consultant, be employed in, or participate in any manner in any aviation-related concern.

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Terra Drone Acquires Skeye To Accelerate Global Expansion

Will Become European HQ For The Japanese Company

Japan-based Terra Drone has acquired a majority stake in European drone service provider Skeye. Skeye will become the European headquarters of Terra Drone. With this acquisition, Terra Drone has become one of the largest drone service companies, with more than 250 employees and presence in all continents.

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Axiom Space And Danish Aerospace Company Announce Joint Effort

Will Collaborate On Astronauts' Next-Gen Health Monitoring Technology

Commercial space station developer Axiom Space (Axiom) and Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), creator of astronauts' wearables and other health monitoring devices, announced a collaboration to develop and test next-generation human performance monitoring and exercise technology for use in space.

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USMC Procures New InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS System

Fills 'Urgent Need' Request For Field User Evaluation

InstantEye Robotics has secured a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in support of PMA-263, the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) Program Office, to field 32 InstantEye Mk-3 GEN5-D1 SUAS systems.

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Leesburg High School Senior SPARK Club Visits Leesburg International Airport

Students Toured Several Aviation Businesses At The Airport

Imagine being a 17-year-old student walking the grounds of an international airport! That’s just what 29 seniors from Leesburg High School encountered on Saturday, November 17. They were accompanied by teacher Nancy Hunter and coach Mary Bailey.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A330-200 Freighter, A330-200, and A330-300 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2018-23-13

PRODUCT: All Boeing Model 747-8 and 747-8F series airplanes.

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The EU Paves The Way To Establish The Common European Drone Services Market

'Amsterdam Declaration' Adopted During EASA High Level Conference On Drones

The European Commission, EASA and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management together with the National Authorities and industry have adopted the “Amsterdam Declaration” concluding two days of lively discussions at the EASA High Level Conference on Drones.

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A4A Applauds New Air Service Agreement Reached Between U.S. And U.K. Governments

Will Ensure Continued Operation Of Transatlantic Routes

U.S. Airline industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A), is praising the new Open Skies air service agreement reached between the governments of the United States and United Kingdom that will ensure continued operation of vital transatlantic routes. Both governments' tireless efforts to conclude this new agreement provides the legal framework for the 20 million passengers and more than 900,000 tons of cargo flown between the two countries annually. 

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NUAIR Alliance Announces Successful Joint Flight Operations Demonstration

First-Of-Its-Kind Detect And Avoid System Technology Enables Drone Operators To Avoid Collision With Conflicting Systems Or Objects That Are Airborne

The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR) has successfully demonstrated a new Airborne Collision Avoidance System (ACAS) for small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. The first-of-it-kind test flights for ACAS sXu (the newest member of the ACAS X family designed specifically for small unmanned aircraft) were held at Griffiss Airport in Rome, New York, in October of this year.

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Workhorse Group Signs Research And Development Agreement With U.S. Military

Unnamed Branch Of The Military Will Test SureFly eVTOL Aircraft

Workhorse Group has entered into a CRADA (Cooperative Research and Development Agreement) with a branch of the U.S. Military. The CRADA will enable a collaborative R&D program focused on military applications of the Workhorse's SureFly eVTOL personal air vehicle.

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EAA Members Win In First Air Race 1 China Cup

Steve Senegal Takes Top Honors In His Arnold AR-6 Endeavor

Steve Senegal, EAA 478025, held off Tim Cone, EAA 374465, in a dramatic finish in the gold final at the Air Race 1 China Cup in Wuhan City, China. Steve, flying his Arnold AR-6 Endeavor, clocked speeds of more than 230 mph during the final.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Oil Systems On Some Cessna 208B Airplanes

Check Valves Failed On Three Aircraft

The FAA is aware of three events involving failure of check valve part number C100490-1, Item No. 82 of Figure 03 in the Illustrated Parts Catalog Rev. 23 involving the oil system “Valve – Flap Check” on serial numbers 208B2197 and 208B5000 and on. These airplanes are commonly referred to as “208B EX” or “EX” and incorporate the Textron PT6A-140 engine installation.

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Klyde Morris 11.30.18

If There's More Than One Rover, You're Racing


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Airborne 11.28.18: Incredible LAFD Rescue!, Intel Shooting Star, Boeing 777X

Also: Boeing Didn't 'Intentionally Withhold', NASA Mobilizes, APS Upset Recovery, B-21 Raider Support

Simply extraordinary... that’s the first reaction any knowledgeable pilot has to a video just released by the LA Fire Department. Risking lives to save lives is what firefighters do but LAFD Air Operations Pilots David Nordquist and Joel Smith took it to new heights at the Woolsey Fire on Friday, November 9th. While actively conducting a water drop on a flank of the massive blaze, the pilots of "Fire 4" received a request for a follow-on mission to conduct a rescue at nearby Castro Peak in the hil

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.30.18)

“We need to regulate differently on drones, faster and better, encouraging innovation while ensuring safe, secure and socially acceptable operations. The drone community has a key role in providing feedback to the regulators, which we use to identify the areas that the European Institutions and industry need to focus on.” Source: Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director, on the adoption of the "Amsterdam Declaration" at the EASA High Level Conference on Drones.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.18): Phugoid Oscillations

Long-period oscillations of an aircraft around its lateral axis. It is a slow change in pitch accompanied by equally slow changes in airspeed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.30.18)

See How It Flies

Aerodynamics on screen, diagrams included. Extensive site includes typical topics such as angle of attack, maneuvering speed, airfoils and more.

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