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November 27, 2019

Airborne 11.27.19: FAA Busts KSMO, 737 MAX 10 Debut, Homebuilt Accidents

Also: Gone West-Pat Luebke, CAE-Jazz-Seneca, Dubai Airshow, Safe Skies Act

It’s about time... after years of watching the FAA let the city of Santa Monica kill off one of California’s most vital airports, someone in Washington apparently has had enough. An aggressive Part 16 complaint made by a number of airport tenants, operators, the NBAA (whose leadership on this issue has been prominent), and others in 2016, resulted in an FAA investigation that found the city dealing fast and loose with airport funds, and its responsibility to operate lawfully, in accordance with FAA Airport Grant agreements. In the November 8th finding, the FAA ruled that the city was guilty and not in compliance with Grant Assurance 25, stating that it failed to meet requirements under the FAA

General Dynamics Begins Gulfstream G500 Deliveries To Europe

Fleet Continues To Grow Around The World

Deliveries of the Gulfstream G500 have begun in Europe. An undisclosed Western-Europe-based charter operator took delivery of the first aircraft slated for operation in Europe at Gulfstream Aerospace headquarters in Savannah, GA.

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Spaceship Orion Takes Its First Voyage

Loaded Onto A Super Guppy Aircraft To Travel From Florida To Ohio

The Orion spaceship took off on board a Super Guppy aircraft from the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, November 24: destination the world’s largest thermal vacuum chamber, owned by NASA. This is where the hot test phase of several months will begin for the spacecraft. The Super Guppy landed at Mansfield, Ohio. The transfer to Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, took place Tuesday, November 26th.

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Bowl Of Noodles Delivered Via Drone In China

First Drone Cargo Delivery Of An Airbus & XAG Joint Development Codenamed 'Project Vesper'

The start of a limited delivery trial in Guangzhou, China, as part of the joint development of a drone cargo service, was announced today at XAG headquarters.

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AVT And USAF Complete Latest Phase Of X-MADIS Field Testing

System Being Evaluated For Counter-Drone Capability

Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) recently completed the next phase of field testing with its counter UAS system, the eXpeditionary Mobile Air Defense Integrated System (X-MADIS), for the U.S. Air Force. The latest event was conducted at an undisclosed location and focused on optimizing the system for the Air Force’s selected platforms. The testing continues to validate the performance characteristics of the X-MADIS for the Air Force’s programs, and provides critical information for documenting operational procedures.

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Embraer Delivers Its First Jet To The Spanish Airline Binter

Carrier Establishing A New Model In Europe

The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer delivered the first of five E195-E2 model aircraft, a new model in Europe, this Thursday. They were acquired a year ago by the Spanish airline Binter as part of the Canary Islands company's growth of long-distance flights.

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NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance Aircraft Completes Successful Ferry Flight

Flew 22 Hours Non-Stop Across The Atlantic

Northrop Grumman Corporation has successfully ferried the first of five NATO Alliance Ground Surveillance (AGS) aircraft, via a non-stop, 22-hour transatlantic flight. The aircraft took off on Wednesday, Nov. 20, from Palmdale, California and landed approximately 22 hours later on Nov. 21 at Sigonella Air Base, Sigonella, Italy.

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Russian Pilot Suffers Heart Attack During Flight

Plane Made An Emergency Landing At Platov International Airport

The co-pilot of an Aeroflot A320 suffered a heart attack during a flight Sunday, causing the flight to be diverted to Platov International Airport in southern Russia.

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Swarm Of 800 Drones Lights Up Nanchang Flight Convention

Created Giant Airplanes In The Sky During The Show

Attendees to the Nanchang Flight Convention were treated to a spectacular display as a swarm of 800 drones created a giant airplane in the sky at the close of the event.

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Air University Welcomes Lt. Gen. Hecker As Commander, President

Previously Served As The Vice Director Of Operations For The Joint Staff At The Pentagon

Lt. Gen. James B. Hecker took over as the commander and president of Air University during an assumption of command ceremony Nov. 22, at Maxwell Air Force Base.

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Fuel Truck Collides With Jets At DFW

Aircraft Were Parked, And No Serious Injuries Reported

An Allied Aviation fuel truck collided with two American Eagle Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft at DFW airport Monday morning, resulting in damage to both the aircraft and the truck. Fortunately, no serious injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

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

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AD: Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes

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PRODUCT: All Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes.

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GUTMA And ASTM International Sign MOU On Drone Standards

Aimed At Helping Air Traffic Managers Leverage Standards To Integrate Drones Into Airspace Systems Worldwide

Global standards organization ASTM International and the Global Unmanned Traffic Management Association (GUTMA) have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at helping air traffic managers leverage standards to integrate drones into airspace systems worldwide.

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ALPA Urges FAA To Issue Final Secondary Barrier Rule Immediately

Urges Pilots, Passengers And Advocates To Contact The Agency

Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, ALPA has been working to get federal legislation passed that would make the installation of secondary flight deck barriers mandatory on newly manufactured passenger aircraft. This unrelenting effort was successful, and ALPA scored a major victory when Congress passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, a bipartisan effort that among other measures mandated secondary flight deck barriers on newly manufactured passenger airliners.

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Industry-Led Partnership To Advance The Availability Of SAF In Canada

Demand Is Growing As The Airline Industry Looks To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint

The Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), SkyNRG, Waterfall Group and Vancouver Airport Authority today announced the launch of BioPortYVR, an industry-led project to increase the supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). BioPortYVR supports provincial and federal government climate action commitments and is an important step towards a made-in-B.C. solution for the introduction of SAF across Canada.

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Sling Pilot Academy Awards 2019 Scholarship

CA’s Anthony ‘Tony’ Jimenez Scores $20K Award

Throughout his journey from Costa Rica to the United States, California student pilot, Anthony ‘Tony’ Jimenez, has dreamed of becoming a professional aviator.

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Spring Air Show Returns To Dalton, GA After A Hiatus Of More Than 30 Years

Wings Over Dalton Planned For May 9-10, 2020

In conjunction with the City of Dalton, GA; JLC Air Show Management will host the first air show in Dalton, GA in more than three decades. The Inaugural Wings Over Dalton GA will take place on May 9-10, 2020 at the Dalton Municipal Airport.

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Avmax Group Celebrates The Delivery Of Two New Viking Series 400 Twin Otters

Aircraft Will Be Used For A CNPCIC Contract In Chad

Avmax Group and Viking Air Limited are celebrating the delivery of two new Viking Series 400 Twin Otter aircraft on Tuesday. These new aircraft will be used for a CNPCIC contract in Chad, which will fly personnel between N’Djamena and their bases in the south. At the end of November, the aircraft will be ferried to Chad, and then on January 1, 2020, they will begin flying for the contract.

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First ATR 72-600 Takes Flight In The U.S.

Silver Airways Says It Is 'Reinventing' The Regional Flying Sector

Silver Airways has received FAA and DOT certification to begin operations of its new 70-seat ATR 72-600 aircraft, becoming the first airline to operate the state-of-the-art airplane in the U.S. The ATR-600 series aircraft is specifically designed for short-haul markets, but with the same look, feel and customer amenities of larger jetliners. Over the past year, Silver Airways has undergone a complete operational, fleet and customer service transformation and in doing so is reinventing the regional flying sector.

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Airborne 11.25.19: AEA 3Q Sales, $20K Drone Fine, NTSB OV-1D Prelim

Also: AMA Expo Shutdown, Boeing on SWA 1380, Air Wisconsin Pilots, Tunisair Express, ANN Staff Openings

AEA has released its third-quarter 2019 Avionics Market Report. In the first nine months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $2,287,701,583.05, or more than $2.2 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 14.3% increase in total sales compared to the first nine months of 2018. During the third-quarter months of July, August and September, sales increased 14.9% compared to the same time frame one year ago. Sometimes, me

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.27.19)

“We’re thrilled to be working more closely with GUTMA staff and members. Their perspective at the standards development table and in other interactions will help ensure a strong technical foundation for new UAS technologies and innovations emerging in the aerospace industry.” Source: Brian Meincke, ASTM International vice president of finance, business development, and innovation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.19): Cruise

Used in an ATC clearance to authorize a pilot to conduct flight at any altitude from the minimum IFR altitude up to and including the altitude specified in the clearance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.19)

Aerospace Web is a non-profit site operated by engineers and scientists in the aerospace field. The goal of this site is to provide educational information on a variety of subjects ranging from aviation to space travel to aerospace technology.

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