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September 27, 2019

Airborne 09.27.19: Airbus H145 Tops Andes, Continental's New Digs, Meyers 200 4 Sale

Also: CloudAhoy Pro, Sonaca Aircraft, Boeing And Air New Zealand, Doors-Off Helicopter Accident

Airbus’ H145 has set its skids down on the Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Southern Hemisphere, culminating at 22,840 feet. This is the first time a twin-engine helicopter has landed at this altitude. The conditions for this mission were extreme, due to the atmospheric conditions in the area and the winter season. The aircraft took off from Mendoza, Argentina, flew 30 minutes to the foot of the Aconcagua where it began its ascension. After 15 minutes of climbing, the helicopter landed at 1:45 p.m. local time on the summit, at a temperature of -22ºC. The crew onboard the helicopter consisted of Alexander Neuhaus, experimental test pilot and Antoine van Gent, experimen

Hong Kong Airlines Opens HKA Training Academy

Offering Advanced Training Services In State-Of-The-Art Facility

Hong Kong Airlines' HKA Training Academy (HKATA) was officially opened this week. The airline's first training facility in the airport island of Chek Lap Kok not only marks a significant milestone in the airline's history, it also reaffirms Hong Kong Airlines' investment and confidence in the city it has called home for 13 years.

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DJI Introduces P4 Multispectral For Precision Agriculture And Land Management

World’s First Integrated Multispectral Imaging Drone Built To Power Farming’s Next Generation

DJI says it is setting a new standard for easy-to-use agricultural drone applications with P4 Multispectral, the world’s first fully integrated multispectral imaging drone designed for precision agriculture and environmental management.

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NASA Langley Opens Registration For Spring 2020 SAND Competition

Will Address Some Of The Safety Critical Risks Associated With Flying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles In The NAS

Registration for NASA Langley's Safeguard with Autonomous Navigation Demonstration (SAND) Challenge is now open. The SAND Challenge will be an opportunity for small businesses to compete in an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle competition. The challenge will address some of the safety critical risks associated with flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the national airspace system such as flight outside of approved airspace, unsafe proximity to people or property, and critical system failure.

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CAAS And Thales Establish Joint Aviation Innovation Research Lab

Will Play A Key Role In Developing Advanced ATM Capabilities

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Thales have announced the establishment of a S$30 million (approx. $22 million U.S.) Joint Aviation Innovation Research (AIR) Lab in Singapore to drive innovation in new air traffic management (ATM) technologies. The agreement to establish the AIR Lab was signed between Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General, CAAS, and Mr Jean Ferré, Vice-President Air Traffic Management, Thales on the sidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Innovation Fair in Montreal.

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Cranfield University To Help Startups Develop Aviation Technology

Will Create A U.K. Aviation Innovation And Technology Entrepreneurship

Cranfield University has been awarded £1.2 million (approx. $1.5 million) to create a U.K. Aviation Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship cluster, named AVIATE+, helping small businesses develop the technology of the future. One of 20 University Enterprise Zones (UEZ), Cranfield will use its world-renowned expertise in this area to support start-ups and SMEs with specialist facilities, programs and collaborations.

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Wheels Up Acquires Avianis Systems

Adds The Private Aviation Technology And Flight Management Systems Platform To Its Portfolio

Private aviation company Wheels Up has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain material assets of Avianis Systems, LLC, a private aviation technology company that provides an advanced Flight Management System ("FMS") for private aircraft owners, operators, management companies, charter brokers, and flight departments.

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JSSI Acquires Aviation MRO Software Specialist Tracware

Move Intended To Enhance Technology-Enabled Services

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), an independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the aviation industry, has acquired maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) software specialist Tracware Ltd to enhance its growing suite of technology-enabled services. This is the latest in a series of strategic acquisitions for JSSI, which includes Conklin & de Decker and S3 Aero Specialists.

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Pratt & Whitney GTF Engines Powers JetBlue's New Airbus A321neo

Airline Has 85 GTF-Powered Airplanes On Order From Airbus

Pratt & Whitney, along with Airbus and JetBlue Airways, celebrated the entry into service of JetBlue's A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. The event was commemorated with a gate celebration at John F. Kennedy Airport's Terminal 5 in New York with representatives from JetBlue, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney in attendance.

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Airbus Demonstrates ACH160 On A Yacht For First Time

Participating In The Monaco Yacht Show This Week

Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) this week has been demonstrating the world’s most advanced medium helicopter – the ACH160 – to prospective customers at the Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s foremost superyacht event.

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IAF Pilot Becomes First Female Squadron Commander

Female Pilot Is A 'Role Model And Inspiration' To Other Women, IAF Commander Says

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has its first female squadron commander. Lt. Col. G is a "role model and inspiration to thousands of women" in Israel, said Israeli Air Force Commander Amiram Norkin.

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AD: De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-18-05

PRODUCT: Certain De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier, Inc.) Model DHC-8- 400 series airplanes.

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AD: Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-18-09

PRODUCT: All Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Model 382, 382B, 382E, 382F, and 382G airplanes; and Model C-130A, HP-C-130A, EC-130Q, and C-130B airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Tom Schnell's Mi-2 - Modern Work For Elder Russian Helos

An Historic Aircraft Solving Modern Challenges
Sitting in the Warbirds area at AirVenture 2019 was a pair of Soviet-era MI-2 helicopters which are being used as testbeds for a lot of new technology at the University of Iowa.

Continental Celebrates New Home

State Of The Art Manufacturing Facility Starts Operations

It was pretty obvious from interviews over the last year that engine building giant, Continental, (now rebranded as Continental Aerospace Technologies) was investing heavily in the future... and with more than just their pocketbooks... A major shift in strategies and a focus on the next-generation has been behind a number of upgrades and changes that have come to pass, of late. Most recently; Continental held a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to publicly unveil their new, state of the art, 275,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Continental announced the $75 million investment as a part of the "Blue Marlin" -- which includes a $45 million investment in new manufacturing equipment. T

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Aero-TV: Tom Schnell's Mi-2 - Modern Work For Elder Russian Helos

An Historic Aircraft Solving Modern Challenges

Sitting in the Warbirds area at AirVenture 2019 was a pair of Soviet-era MI-2 helicopters which are being used as testbeds for a lot of new technology at the University of Iowa. The aircraft is used to test cutting-edge avionics, enhanced vision systems, and other innovations. It is designed to allow instrumentation to be changed quickly, letting researchers make adjustments to their experiments and more quickly bring their ideas to fruition.

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Speakers Highlight Remote ID Rulemaking, Safe Operations During Hill Day

Many In Congress Feel The FAA Is Moving Too Slowly On The Issue

One of the biggest topics of discussion during AUVSI’s annual Hill Day on Wednesday, Sept. 25 was remote identification and the progress, or lack thereof, on this rulemaking.

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Virgin Galactic Announces Major Milestone In Manufacture of Next Spaceship

Has Mated The Fuselage And Cabin To The Completed Wing Assembly

The follow-on spacecraft to VSS Unity is continuing to take shape at the Spaceship Factory in Mojave, CA. The fuselage and cabin for Virgin Galactic's next spaceship have been mated to the completed wing assembly, and the two tail booms have been mated to the spaceship’s rear feather flap assembly. The completion of these two milestones brings assembly of the next SpaceShipTwo a major step forward.

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ICAO And Embry Riddle Formalize New TRAINAIR PLUS Agreement

Will Offer A New Course Entitled 'Fundamentals Of Cybersecurity For Aviation'

In a special ceremony held at ICAO Headquarters in Montreal, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University formalized its participation in ICAO’s TRAINAIR PLUS program by offering a new course entitled "Fundamentals of Cybersecurity for Aviation."

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AeroVironment Announces CFO Transition

Appoints Brian Shackley Interim CFO

AeroVironment has announced that senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) Teresa Covington will resign to become CFO of a private company, effective October 18, 2019. Brian Shackley, AeroVironment vice president and controller, has been appointed interim chief financial officer, effective October 18, 2019.

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Sonaca Aircraft Unveils Its New Assembly Site

Current Order Book Full Through The Next 12 Months, Company Official Says

On September 20, Sonaca Aircraft unveiled its new facilities which are located at the Namur aerodrome in Belgium. The infrastructure includes an assembly hall, offices as well as a showroom. The aerodrome’s two parallel runways favor movements and allow for testing and operations all year long.

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Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 Receives Transport Canada Certification

Powering The Bombardier Global 5500, 6500 Aircraft

The Pearl 15, the latest addition to Rolls-Royce’s market-leading business aviation engine portfolio, has received official certification by Transport Canada (TCA). The engine, which was developed at the Rolls-Royce Center of Excellence for Business Aviation engines in Dahlewitz, Germany, is the exclusive engine option for the newest members of Bombardier’s Global business jet family, namely the Global 5500 aircraft and the Global 6500 aircraft.

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Klyde Morris 09.27.19

Avoid The Phrase 'Open The Pod Bay Door' At All Costs, Klyde


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Airborne 09.25.19: Longitude Cert, Chipper Biz 4 Sale, MQ-25 1st Flight

Also: Lawsuit Filed In Amazon Accident, FedEx Pilot Arrested, Dixon Flies MAX Sim, Pilot Barbie

The FAA has awarded Type Certification to Textron Aviation's Citation Longitude business jet, paving the way for customer deliveries. FAA Type Certification follows ‘the most robust’ flight, structural and component qualification testing completed on a Citation to date. The experimental and demo fleet completed close to 6,000 hours of flight time. In addition to 11,000 test points during the certification process, the Longitude also completed a 31,000-nautical mile world tour. The Longitude is pro

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.27.19)

“Every industry out there has the folks out there that don’t play by the rules, and that’s what we have to worry about.” Source: Representative Sam Graves (R-MO), speaking about drone Remote ID legislation during AUVSI Capitol Hill Day.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.19)

USMC/Combat Helicopter Association

The USMC/Combat Helicopter Association was begun by a few former helicopter pilots who wondered what had become of the people they used to fly with during the Vietnam War. Like so many, we had lost contact over the years with some close friends that we had made during our combat tours in Vietnam. Therefore, with a couple of phone calls, we began locating people.

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