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January 28, 2017

A Stunning Betrayal: FAA Caves In To Santa Monica NIMBY Demands

Aviation Community Stunned... Unexpected Announcement Made Without Av-Stakeholder Consult

The news has caught the aviation community without warning... and apparently without significant consult as the FAA sent out a press release announcing they had given into the demands and rhetoric of the anti-Santa Monica Airport movement -- who often campaigned without fact or reason. But here it is... the FAA statement intones that, "The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica, California have reached a settlement agreement to resolve longstanding litigation over the future of Santa Monica Airport. The agreement requires the city to maintain continuous and stable operation of the airport for 12 years, until December 31, 2028, and after that the City has

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IATA, UNCTAD Collaborate To Boost Global Adoption Of Cargo Messaging Standards

Has Been Fully Integrated Into System Used By 90 Countries Worldwide

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced that IATA’s Cargo-XML messaging standard has now been fully integrated into ASYCUDA World, the UNCTAD automated customs management system used by 90 countries worldwide for their customs procedures.

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JetSuiteX Pushing Forward Despite Santa Monica Foot-Dragging

Low-Fare Flights Will Begin On Schedule Feb 6, CEO Says

With or without permission from the City of Santa Monica, JetSuiteX plans to begin scheduled operations out of Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) on February 6.

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New Spacesuit Unveiled For Starliner Astronauts

Lighter, More Comfortable Suits Designed For The New Boeing Spacecraft

Astronauts heading into orbit aboard Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft will wear lighter and more comfortable spacesuits than earlier suits astronauts wore. The suit capitalizes on historical designs, meets NASA requirements for safety and functionality, and introduces cutting-edge innovations.

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Live Drone Racing Streamed From Sebring

Pilots Competing For A $10,000 First Prize

If you've ever been to Sebring for the Sport Aviation Expo, you know that the city is known for its auto racing heritage.

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TC Approves ADS-B Installation On Certain Bombardier Aircraft

Challenger 604/605 And 300 Aircraft Approved For Modifications By Flying Colours

Transport Canada has approved the installation of ADS-B Out equipment on Bombardier Challenger 604/605 and 300 models by Flying Colours.

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The International Drone Racing Association Launches Drone Pilot Insurance

Three Multiple-Aircraft Packages Available

The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) will launch the first primary UAV Aircraft Liability Insurance policy to cover drone pilots worldwide. Included with the rollout of IDRA’s membership service, each IDRA member will be insured, with a $1,000,000 UAV Liability coverage limit including operations for Recreational Use, UAS training for competitions, and Racing/Competitions around the world.

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DSCA Notifies U.S. Government Of Potential Apache Contract For Kuwait

Would Provide Sustainment And Contractor Logistics Support For AH-64D Helicopters

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for sustainment and contractor logistics support for AH-64D Apache Helicopters. The estimated cost is $400 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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X-47B Departs Pax River

Aircraft Being Shipped Back To Northrop Grumman's Manufacturing Plant In CA

An X-47B unmanned aircraft departed NAS Patuxent River, Md. Jan.26 for cross country trip back to Northrop Grumman's manufacturing facility in Palmdale, CA.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.28.17)

"The most important part is that the suit will keep you alive. It is a lot lighter, more form-fitting and it's simpler, which is always a good thing." Source: Astronaut Eric Boe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.28.17): Procedure Turn Inbound

That point of a procedure turn maneuver where course reversal has been completed and an aircraft is established inbound on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.28.17)

Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

By any measure, the drone industry is exploding. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community.

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