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April 06, 2018

Airborne 04.06.18: TBird Pilot Lost, Supersonic VSS Unity, Great Lakes A/L

Also: PC-24 Delivered, Robinson Helicopter AD, Mercy Flight Southeast, USAF To Acquire 22 AC-208

There are few details about the actual accident, but the Air Force has confirmed that one of the pilots of the  Thunderbirds demonstration team was fatally injured Thursday in a training accident. More recent info disclosed that Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an accomplished pilot with more than 3,500 hours of flight time was lost. SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity safely and successfully completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight Thursday. VSS Unity took off at 8:02 am local time with Mark &ld

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NTSB: Piper PA-28 Broke Apart In Flight In Daytona Accident

Embry-Riddle Student, FAA Examiner Fatally Injured

A Piper PA-28R-200 (Sample image shown--not actual aircraft) with two people on board broke up in flight Wednesday over Daytona, FL Wednesday, resulting in the fatal injury of an FAA examiner and Embry-Riddle student on board the airplane.

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Airborne 04.06.18: TBird Pilot Lost, Supersonic VSS Unity, Great Lakes A/L

Also: PC-24 Delivered, Robinson Helicopter AD, Mercy Flight Southeast, USAF To Acquire 22 AC-208

There are few details about the actual accident, but the Air Force has confirmed that one of the pilots of the  Thunderbirds demonstration team was fatally injured Thursday in a training accident. More recent info disclosed that Thunderbird #4, Maj. Stephen Del Bagno, an accomplished pilot with more than 3,500 hours of flight time was lost. SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity safely and successfully completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight Thursday. VSS Unity took off at 8:02 am local time with Mark “Forger” Stucky and Dave Mackay in the cockpit, attached to the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, piloted today by Mike Masucci and Nicola Pecile. The mated vehic

Norway's Wider√łe Receives World's First Embraer E190-E2 Jet

Will Begin Revenue Service Later This Month

Embraer and Widerøe, Scandinavia's largest regional airline, celebrated the delivery of the manufacturer's first production E190-E2 today at a ceremony at Embraer's facility in São José dos Campos. The Norwegian airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic routes later this month.

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NASA Brings Universe Of Discovery To USA Science And Engineering Festival

Two-Day Public Event Planned For This Weekend

Step into the future of aviation and space exploration with NASA at the USA Science and Engineering Festival on Saturday, April 7, and Sunday, April 8, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.

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Airbus Takes Order For First H160 For The Latin American Market

Aircraft Will Be Delivered To An Undisclosed Customer

Airbus Helicopters has signed the first order for one H160 with an undisclosed customer in Brazil for private and business aviation operations. This order, the first from a Latin American customer, came after a flight demonstration in Marignane where the customer experienced first-hand the step-change in passenger comfort that the H160 brings to the market.

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Triumph Group Partners With Gulfstream

Will Optimize Business Jet Structures Supply Chain

Triumph Group has reached an agreement in principle with Gulfstream Aerospace that would optimize Triumph’s role in the supply chain of Gulfstream’s business jet wings, leading edges, stringers, skins, flaps, and composite components. The agreement includes a plan for reallocation of work between Triumph’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Nashville, Tennessee, facilities and Gulfstream’s Savannah, Georgia, operation based on where the work is best performed.

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Boeing Secures Services Contract For Canada's Chinooks

Five-Year Performance-Based Logistics Contract To Provide Lifecycle Support For Royal Canadian Air Force's Fleet Of CH-147F Chinooks

Boeing and the Canadian government have agreed to an amendment to an existing performance-based logistics (PBL) contract. Under the $313 million fixed-price amendment, Boeing will continue to provide full system logistics, engineering support, supply chain, data analytics and training services to the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) fleet of 15 CH-147F Chinooks through 2023.

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PC-24 Delivered To Western Aircraft

Boise, ID-Based Company Is An Authorized Pilatus Sales And Service Center

The Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Center Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup Company, took delivery of the first PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to the Pilatus dealer network.

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CLT To Temporarily Close Runway 5/23 For Taxiway Reconstruction

FAA To Reroute Flights During Construction

Starting April 9, reconstruction to portions of Taxiway A at Charlotte Douglas International Airport will necessitate the temporary closure of Runway 5/23. The repair work will take approximately seven months and is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving. During the reconstruction of Taxiway A, Runway 5/23 will be used solely as a taxiway.

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Oregon SAR Organization Introduces New Drone

Will Soon Deploy Aerial Technology International Purpose-Built UAV

Portland, OR-based Mountain Wave Search and Rescue will soon deploy a new purpose-built drone to assist in its SAR efforts.

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OFFSET 'Sprinters' To Pursue State-Of-The-Art Solutions For Second Swarm Sprint

OFFSET Seeks Contributors For Second “Swarm Sprint” To Enhance Swarm Autonomy For Heterogeneous Swarm Systems In Urban Environments

DARPA’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program envisions future small-unit infantry forces using small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and/or small unmanned ground systems (UGSs) in swarms of 250 robots or more to accomplish diverse missions in complex urban environments. By leveraging and combining emerging technologies in swarm autonomy and human-swarm teaming, the program seeks to enable rapid development and deployment of breakthrough swarm capabilities.

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AAR Signs Component Repair, License & Parts Supply Agreements With Honeywell

Long-Term Contract Makes AAR A Channel Partner And Builds On Existing Partnership

Aviation services company AAR has signed a long-term Repair and Overhaul License agreement along with a Parts Supply agreement with Honeywell Aerospace. AAR will be providing repairs of over 1,800 Honeywell base part number and line replacements unit (LRU) repair items in AAR’s New York and Amsterdam component repair shops.

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Field Aerospace Wins USAF T-1A Avionics Modification Program

Contract Includes Upgrades To 178 Aircraft And 30 Training Devices

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $155.7 million contract to Field Aerospace to upgrade the avionics on the entire T-1A trainer fleet of 178 aircraft and 30 training devices. The U.S. Air Force formally announced the small business award on February 14, the result of a competitive acquisition for which the USAF received eight offers.

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First Powered Flight For VSS Unity

Marks The Start Of The Final Stage Of The Spacecraft's Flight Test Program

SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity safely and successfully completed her first supersonic, rocket-powered flight Thursday. After two years of extensive ground and atmospheric testing, the passing of this milestone marks the start of the final portion of Unity’s flight test program.

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Boeing, Jet Airways Announce New Order For 75 737 MAX Airplanes

Fleet Replacement For Indian Airline

Boeing and Jet Airways today announced a new order for 75 737 MAX airplanes as India's premier international airline looks to the new and improved 737 jet to power its future growth.

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GAMA, U.S. Congressional And Industry Leaders To Celebrate GA Manufacturing

Jobs Rally Being Held Today In Olathe, KS

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will host a jobs rally celebrating the contributions of the general aviation manufacturing industry to the Kansas and U.S. economies on Friday, April 6.

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Lion Group Finalizes $5.5 Billion LEAP-1A Engine Order

Agreement Covers 380 Powerplants For Airbus Airplanes

Transportation Partners, the leasing arm of Lion Group, and CFM International have finalized an order for 380 LEAP-1A engines to power Airbus A320neo/A321neo aircraft. The final engine order, which is valued at $5.5 billion U.S. at list price was originally announced in February 2016, while the aircraft order was announced in March 2013.

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Shell Aviation, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team Continue Their High-Flying Partnership

Extension Covers Next Three Years

Shell Aviation has extended its partnership with the AeroShell Aerobatic Team for a further three years. Shell Aviation’s AeroShell Lubricants has been the proud sponsor of the aerobatic display team since 2003, with the pilots relying on the protection that the company’s range of high-quality engine oils and greases provide.

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Whirly-Girls Promote Five Mid-Year Scholarship Opportunities

Applications Due May 1

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 mid-year scholarship season. This mid-year scholarship cycle focuses on providing five women with the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge and network by attending one of three industry-leading conferences: The CHC Safety & Quality Summit, HeliSuccess Career Development Seminar, or HAI HELI-EXPO. These awards are suitable for female aviators at all career stages as well as those reentering the industry.

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Klyde Morris 04.06.18

April Fools Was Last Sunday, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 04.04.18: Junkers Returns!, OSHA Reinstates Pilot, Tecnam P2010

Also: SpaceX To Provide Broadband, EAA ‘Spirit Of Aviation’, Jeppesen & Bad Elf, Master Instructors

Almost a century after the maiden flight of the Junkers F 13, its historic replica has once again been certificated. 100 years ago, Hugo Junkers' undertook the design and series production of the world's first all-metal airplane, the Junkers F 13. The airplane proved to be one of the most significant milestones in the history of air travel. Today, Junkers are pleased to announce two remarkable achievements in the reconstruction of this aircraft type: Program founder and investor Dieter Mor

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.06.18)

“Even with AMA managing a portion of the recreational community and funding broader educational efforts, the FAA is still under-resourced to handle the growing surge in commercial drones, Part 107 waiver requests and future rulemakings. Eliminating Section 336 will exacerbate the demand on the agency’s resources." Source: Statement from the AMA concerning a call by the Commercial Drone Alliance for the removal of Section 336 from the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.18): Dutch Roll

A combination of rolling and yawing oscillations that normally occurs when the dihedral effects of an aircraft are more powerful than the directional stability.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.06.18)

The International Aviation Club of Washington, D.C.

New trends and critical developments throughout international air transportation are the focus of the International Aviation Club of Washington, DC.

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