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December 27, 2019

Airborne 12.27.19: Open Airplane Shutdown, Bell Valor, Jetman VTOL

Also: Teen Steals King Air, Allegiant Air Troubles, Sherpa Avionics Upgrade, Sioux Gateway Penalty

Open Airplane, which was designed to make it easier to rent an airplane, and FlyOtto, which matched passengers with pilots traveling to their destination, shut down as of Monday, December 23. Founder Rod Rakic writes that the concept of the business was to make it as easy to rent an airplane as it is to rent a car, and to take the hassle and expense out of renting an airplane. Open Airplane began operation in 2013 with some 5,000 pilots signed up to get updates on the program. The network grew to include more than a hundred locations, with hundreds of aircraft available to rent across the US. At last count, 67% of the pilots who joined the service had an OpenAirplane operator based

Erickson Completes 2019 Delivery For The Korean Forest Service

The Toughest Jobs Call For The Toughest Aircraft

Erickson has delivered "K8" to the Korean Forest Service (KFS), completing the delivery of their 2019, two aircraft order. This brings KFS operational fleet up to 6x S-64 Air Crane helicopters. KFS and Erickson share nearly a 20-year relationship, with developing a model firefighting and emergency response program complete with by-the-hour maintenance services, pilot training, and delivery of remanufactured aircraft.

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American Airlines Donates Last 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-80 Aircraft

Retired Airliners Go To CareerTech In Oklahoma City And Lewis University In Romeoville, Illinois

After retiring the last of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fleet to Roswell, New Mexico, in early September 2019, American is donating the last two MD-80 aircraft to CareerTech in Oklahoma City, and Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. Last week, the airline ferried the first of the donated planes to Will Rogers World Airport (OKC), and the other aircraft was ferried to Lewis University Airport (LOT).

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Pacific Coastal Airlines Names New Executive Team

Rob Kidner Tapped As vIce President, Corporate Development

Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to announce its new Executive Leadership team, part of an ongoing reorganization plan designed to improve overall efficiency, better support its operations, and position the B.C. based airline for current and future growth opportunities.

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KC-46A Pegasus Completes First Around-The-World Flight

Journey Took 13 Days, Provided Extensive Training Opportunities

A KC-46A Pegasus crew from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing completed the aircraft’s first flight around the world Nov. 26. The first global circumnavigation for the KC-46A Pegasus provided extensive training opportunities for maintainers and aircrew at multiple locations on a seven-leg, 13-day journey that included its debut at the 2019 Dubai Air Show, or DAS.

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Aerion Supersonic Selects Potez AĆ©ronautique As AS2 Supplier

Company Will Design The Doors For The Supersonic Jet

Aerion Supersonic has selected Potez Aéronautique to design the doors of the AS2, the first privately built supersonic business jet.

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NBAA Announces Education Sessions For West Palm Beach Regional Forum

Event Planned For January 29 In South Florida

The first NBAA Regional Forum of 2020 is Wednesday, January 29 in West Palm Beach, FL. This one-day event offers an opportunity to visit with vendors, view aircraft on display and participate in education sessions.

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Australia DoD Awards $3 Million + Contract To Kratos

Trainer Upgrades Advance Australia Defence Helicopter Aircrew Training Simulation Center

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it was awarded a AUD $4.8 million (approximately $3.3 million U.S.) contract by the Australia Department of Defence to deliver hardware, software and technical data package upgrades to their Kratos Maintenance Blended Reconfigurable Aviation Trainers (MBRATs) and CH-47F Chinook Avionics Trainer (CAT).

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FlightSafety Promotes Matthew De Foe

Named Manager Of The Paris Le Bourget Learning Center

FlightSafety International announces that Matthew De Foe has been promoted to Manager of the company’s Paris Le Bourget Learning Center. He assumes this responsibility from Yannick Kerriou who has left the company.

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Berry Aviation Receives 10 New Part 145 Class Ratings

Celebrates Opening Of MRO/FBO Hangar

Berry Aviation, a private aviation company with a portfolio of services that includes government, private charter, scheduled and on-demand freight, component maintenance repair and overhaul, and fixed-base operations, recently announced the grand opening of its 31,400-square-foot maintenance hangar in San Marcos, TX.

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NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report From C208 Accident In Costa Rica

Twelve People Were Fatally Injured When The Aircraft Impacted Mountainous Terrain

The NTSB has released a probable cause report from an accident which occurred on New Year's Eve, 2017 in Punta Islita, Costa Rica that resulted in the fatal injury of the two pilots and 10 passengers on board the Cessna 208.

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Su-57 Down In Russia

Pilot Ejected Safely During Flight Test Sortie

An Su-57 "Felon" belonging to Sukhoi went down in Russia earlier this week, resulting in the total loss of the airplane. The pilot was able to eject safely and was recovered by an Mi-8 search and rescue helicopter.

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AD NUMBER: 2019-22-08

PRODUCT: Leonardo S.p.A. Model AW169 and AW189 helicopters.

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Aero-TV: The New G700 - Gulfstream's Massive Revelation

Gulfstream G700 Is Expected To Enter Into Service In 2022
A new flagship for the Gulfstream business jet line has been introduced at NBAA-BACE 2019 in Las Vegas. The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.

Aero-TV: The New G700 - Gulfstream's Massive Revelation

Gulfstream G700 Is Expected To Enter Into Service In 2022

A new flagship for the Gulfstream business jet line has been introduced at NBAA-BACE 2019 in Las Vegas. The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience. Gulfstream announced the G700 on the eve of the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas. During the event, Gulfstream president Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mockup of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstrea

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Proposed Rule On Remote ID For Drones Released

Comment Period Will Be Open For 60 Days

The FAA has announced a proposed rule that would continue the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, into the nation’s airspace by requiring them to be identifiable remotely.

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Canada TSB Releases Report From May DC-3 Accident

Finds Landing Gear Was Extended Early During Emergency Return To The Airport

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released a final report from an accident which occurred on May 3, 2019 involving a Buffalo Airways DC-3 which suffered an engine issue shortly after takeoff from Hay River/Merlyn Carter Airport.

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Air Canada Takes Delivery Of Its First A220

Carrier Has 45 Of The Aircraft On Order From Airbus

Air Canada has taken delivery of its first A220-300, designed, built and delivered from the Mirabel A220 program facilities in Canada. The first aircraft out of an order of 45 will enter service in January 2020, making Air Canada the first airline to operate the A220-300 in North America.

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Spirit AeroSystems To Suspend Boeing 737 MAX Production In January 2020

Will Communicate With Boeing For A Timetable For Resuming Production

Boeing has directed Spirit Aerosystems to stop all 737 MAX deliveries to Boeing effective Jan. 1, 2020, due to Boeing's announced temporary suspension of 737 MAX production. Accordingly, Spirit will suspend 737 MAX production beginning on Jan. 1. Spirit will continue to communicate with Boeing regarding the timetable for resuming production.

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EAA Affirms Place Of Legacy Model Aircraft At UAS SRM

Organization Presents Safety Data At A Safety Risk Management Panel In Washington, D.C.

EAA affirmed that legacy model aircraft can safely be integrated into the NAS — as they have been operated inside controlled airspace and near airports for decades without causing a safety risk to full-scale aircraft — in a Safety Risk Management panel (SRM) in Washington, D.C.

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Pilot Training Next Begins Third Iteration January 2020

Part Of Air Education And Training Command’s Initiative To 'Reimagine' How Learning Is Delivered To Airmen

Pilot Training Next begins its third iteration January 2020, but before moving forward, Detachment 24 officials are looking back at lessons learned from PTN version two.

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Klyde Morris 12.27.19

Klyde Has Some Unique Holiday Traditions


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Airborne 12.23.19: Starliner 'Anomaly', 'Iron Man' Suit, Navy Pilots

Also: 737 MAX Suspension, Aerospace Center For Excellence, Delta And Wheels Up, Academic Scholarship

Boeing's CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle was launched into orbit early Friday morning, but the spacecraft experienced what Boeing called an "off-nominal insertion" and failed to reach the proper orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station. The Starliner is in an orbit that allowed it to be brought safely back to Earth at White Sands, NM on Sunday. A British inventor wearing a flying suit that is entirely 3-D printed has flown the suit at speeds up to 85.06 miles per hour, setting

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.27.19)

“This delivery is a historical moment and makes all of us at Airbus Canada extremely proud.” Source: Philippe Balducchi, CEO, Airbus Canada Limited Partnership and Head of Country, Canada for Airbus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.27.19): Feathered Propeller

A propeller whose blades have been rotated so that the leading and trailing edges are nearly parallel with the aircraft flight path to stop or minimize drag and engine rotation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.27.19)

EASA Issues Opinion on ICA and Parts Documentation

EASA has issued Opinion 07/2019 – along with two comment response documents (CRD) – in answer to consultation provided to the agency’s notices of proposed amendment (NPA) pertaining to instructions for continued airworthiness (NPA 2018-01) and “installation of parts and appliances that are released without an EASA Form 1 or equivalent” (NPA 2017-19).

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