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November 20, 2017

Airborne 11.20.17: Airlander Accident, Good News For E-AB's, Avionics $Boost$

Also: CH-53K King Stallion, BizAv Tax Break?, Wingsuit BASE Jumper Lost, 2018 Top Hawk Program
 
The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304/Airlander 10 has been involved in yet another accident... this time when the massive inflatable broke loose from its moorings. The 302 foot airship had flown another test flight, Friday, and was moored through Saturday when something occurred breaking loose the vehicle and causing extensive damage to the airframe. Two people were reported to have suffered minor injuries as the vehicle deflated automatically once its safety systems were engaged following its disconnection from the mooring mast. The was no attempt to fly the vehicle at the time of the accident and none had been scheduled following the previous day's excursions. Fat

Airborne 11.20.17: Airlander Accident, Good News For E-AB's, Avionics $Boost$

Also: CH-53K King Stallion, BizAv Tax Break?, Wingsuit BASE Jumper Lost, 2018 Top Hawk Program

The Hybrid Air Vehicles HAV 304/Airlander 10 has been involved in yet another accident... this time when the massive inflatable broke loose from its moorings. The 302 foot airship had flown another test flight, Friday, and was moored through Saturday when something occurred breaking loose the vehicle and causing extensive damage to the airframe. Two people were reported to have suffered minor injuries as the vehicle deflated automatically once its safety systems were engaged following its disconnection from th

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Boeing Expands Oman Air 787 Global Fleet Care Services To Include Engines

Oman Air First To Include Propulsion Support In A 787 Dreamliner Services Package

Boeing has announced an agreement to provide custom services from the Boeing Global Fleet Care portfolio to Oman Air. The agreement, which provides Line Replaceable Unit support for 787 Dreamliner engines, builds on the foundation of a previously contracted Component Services Program with the airline in 2015 and strengthens the services commitment.

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Falcon Aviation Expands Its Commitment To The H160

Adds Three Aircraft To Original LOI Signed May, 2016

Falcon Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have signed a new MoU at the Dubai airshow expanding their commitment to the H160, adding three additional helicopters to the original Letter Of Intent (LOI) signed in May 2016.

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Simulator Play Can Lead To DRL 2018 Slot

Tryouts Are Open For Drone Racers Worldwide

If you think you have what it takes to be a professional drone racer, this could be your chance to find out. The 2018 Swatch DRL tryouts are now open to players worldwide, according to Seam Community.

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Webb's First Space Targets Chosen

Subjects Range From Huge Gas Giant To Organic Molecules

Gas giant Jupiter, organic molecules in star-forming clouds and baby galaxies in the distant Universe are among the first targets for which data will be immediately available from the James Webb Space Telescope once it begins casting its powerful gaze on the Universe in 2019.

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Alaska Airlines To Discontinue Flying To Havana, Cuba

Aircraft And Crews Will Be Re-Deployed To Routes With Higher Demand

Alaska Airlines has announced that it will end a daily flight between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. The last flight is planned for Jan. 22. The airline will redeploy aircraft used to serve Havana to markets with higher demand.

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GA-ASI's MQ-9 Used In Successful Anti-Submarine Warfare Demo

UAVs Relayed Data From Sonobuoys Tracking Underwater Targets

The remote detection and tracking of submerged contacts, such as submarines, was demonstrated using an MQ-9 Predator B Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) during a U.S. Naval exercise on October 12th. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) participated in this successful demonstration of new maritime patrol capabilities that included anti-submarine warfare.

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Airbus Signs In Orbit Demonstration Contract With ESA

Will Propose Affordable Flight Opportunities Based On The Cost-Effective Platform Derived From The Oneweb Program

Airbus Defense and Space has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for an in-orbit demonstrator within the frame of ESA’s Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) Pioneer program.

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CSF Congratulates Chairman Alan Stern On His Honor From The RAS

Has Been Named An Honorary Fellow In The Royal Astronomical Society

CSF congratulates Alan Stern on his induction into the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS). His inclusion as an Honorary Fellow in the RAS was marked on Friday, November 10, 2017 after a formal announcement was made in 2015.

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Bell Helicopter Increases Support In The United Arab Emirates

Approves Abu Dhabi Aviation As An Authorized Customer Service Facility

Bell Helicopter has appointed Abu Dhabi Aviation as an authorized Bell Helicopter Customer Service Facility (CSF) for Bell 412s and Bell 212s to support continued customer growth in the Middle East.

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Bigger And Better Stampede Drone Pavilion To Take Off At ISE 2018

Event Set For Next February In Europe

The ProAV industry’s largest drone exhibition is set to return to ISE 2018 as Stampede, and bring a larger and even more broadly focused Drone Pavilion to ISE 2018 (February 6-9, 2018) at the RAI Center in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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DARPA Tests Space Technologies To Protect Against Emerging Threats

Contract Awarded To BAE Systems To Develop Evaluation And Analysis Testbed

DARPA has awarded BAE Systems a contract worth up to $12.8 million to develop an innovative space evaluation and analysis testbed to support the development, integration, evaluation and analysis of advanced space enterprise command and control (C2) tools and capability technologies.

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AD: Rockwell Collins, Inc. Traffic Surveillance System Processing Unit

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PRODUCT: Certain Rockwell Collins, Inc. TSS-4100 Traffic Surveillance System Processing Units that incorporate TSSA-4100 Field Loadable Software (FLS) Rockwell Collins part numbers 10-0052-002/-003/-010/-011/-012/-100/-101 and are installed on airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Pondering The Pilot Shortage - Phoenix East Aviation Provides Details

The Current Infrastructure Is Not Adequate To Meet The Demand…
 
There is undoubtedly a pilot shortage. That is the assessment of John Michael Bingham, President and CEO of Phoenix East Aviation, one of the nation's largest flight schools headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL.

Aero-TV: Pondering The Pilot Shortage - Phoenix East Aviation Provides Details

The Current Infrastructure Is Not Adequate To Meet The Demand…

There is undoubtedly a pilot shortage. That is the assessment of John Michael Bingham, President and CEO of Phoenix East Aviation, one of the nation's largest flight schools headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL. At NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, Bingham told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that becoming a pilot is a great career choice for young people right now, because every airline sees what's coming in the future over the next few years, and that is an "acute shortage of pilots."...

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Barnstorming: Where Do We Go from Here? And How Do We Get There?

After 20+ Years of Shaking Things Up, There Is Still So Much More to Do

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you’re willing to throw ‘common sense’ out of the window? To throw caution to the wind… to pursue that which you feel is one of the most important things you can do… even when there are other more conventional pursuits to follow? Welcome to the thought, passion and mission behind Aero-News… where what we’ve done may not have always made the most sense, in terms of the health and welfare of our business, but it came from the heart, and it came about because we believed (above all else) that it was the right thing to do. But doing the right thing has a price--one that has grown

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FAA Fields Prototype UAS Airspace Authorization System

Designed To Automatically Approve Most Requests To Operate UAVs In Specific Areas Of Airspace

The FAA is evaluating a prototype system that the agency expects will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes.

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Say What? AOPA Says Halladay Accident May Unfairly Taint Icon...

Executive Director Of The AOPA Air Safety Institute Says The Accident Could Give The Airplane An 'Unfair Reputation'

E-I-C Note: OK... I'm a little stunned by this... not only does it appear that AOPA has appointed itself an apologist for all things 'Icon' -- but it also seems to have no problem suggesting a probable cause for the tragic Roy Halladay accident LONG before the facts are in and a proper investigation can be completed. This piece lauds Icon and their errant CEO, Kirk Hawkins, despite the fact that the company has proven itself incompetent on a number of levels, has engaged in fraudulent statements and conduct, has acted wildly and recklessly through its promo and demo programs, it's over a half decade behind original schedules, has ov

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Senate Tax Reform Bill Includes Incentives For Business Aviation

Would Lower Taxes On Some Payments Made To Management Companies

The tax reform bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate would reduce some taxes paid by companies that manage private jets. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision that would decrease the amount of tax owed by such companies on fees collected for maintenance, storage and staffing for the aircraft.

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AUVSI Announces LiquidPiston As Winner Of Novus Unmanned 2017

Winner Of Selected Group Of Innovative Startups Impressed Industry’s Leading Venture Capitalists With State-Of-The-Art Engine Designs

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced LiquidPiston as this year’s winner of Novus Unmanned, a conference of premier innovators and investors in unmanned systems technology from around the world. The event took place in San Francisco on Nov. 1.

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Textron Aviation Announces 2018 University Partners For Top Hawk Program

Five Schools Selected To Receive New Skyhawks For Flight Training

Textron Aviation has selected the following universities for the 2018 Top Hawk program: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Dubuque, Lewis University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott and California Aeronautical University. Each university will take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, university recruiting efforts and promotional activities throughout the year.

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Update: Wave Amphibious Sport Aircraft

Vickers Aircraft Company Is Moving Towards Production

The Vickers Aircraft Company reports that it is moving closer to production of its Wave amphibious sport airplane in its November, 2017 blog post. According to the company, the Wave has a fixed landing gear system, named Cross-Over.

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Klyde Morris (11.20.17)

Klyde Reflects On The Current State of Airline Unrest

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NBAA Announces 2017 Kern Professionalism Award Recipients

Eighteen will Be Honored In A Variety Of Categories

The NBAA has recognized 18 recipients of its annual Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Award, which honors individuals in the business aviation industry for outstanding professionalism and leadership in support of aviation safety.

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Airborne 11.17.17: Cabri G2 Heli-Upgrade, NBAA/KSMO, USAF Pilot Shortage

Also: Electronic Flight Bags, SNC's Dream Chaser, flydubai Buys 225 737 MAX, Scottish Airshow Nixed

The FAA has approved Service Bulletin 17-009 for the Guimbal Cabri G2 that allows the pilot to use additional horsepower from the aircraft’s Lycoming 0360-J2A engine. Previously the allowed power had been 145 horsepower. The new rating allows the pilot to utilize 160 horsepower without any negative implications to operating costs or additional inspections. NBAA has filed its final brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the legality of the unprecedente

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.17): State Aircraft

State Aircraft Aircraft used in military, customs and police service, in the exclusive service of any government, or of any political subdivision, thereof including the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia, but not including any government-owned aircraft engaged in carrying persons or property for commercial purposes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.17)

Aero Linx: The Air Transport Association of Canada The Air Transport Association of Canada came into existence as a result of a conference of aircraft operators and aircraft manufacturers held in Ottawa (at the Chateau Laurier Hotel) on November 18, 1934. Forty-one delegates from commercial companies were present, as well as nine representatives from the Civil Aviation Division, which was then under the Department of National Defence, and five members of the National Research Council. The association was called the Commercial Air Transport and Manufacturers' Association of Canada. At the inception of the Association, and during its first three years of existence, the membership consiste

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.20.17)

"I no longer know if personal aviation… the kind that we dreamed of as kids, and now attempt to pursue as adults, has a future… I just know that it if it is to have one, that we need to wake up, quit fooling ourselves, and start building a healthy involved sustainable community to support it. And right now, we don’t have it. Not even close. We have an industry that turns its head and ignores what kills it off, bit by bit… we have a preponderance of leaders that are afraid (or unwilling) to lead… and we work in a climate in which those who try to do the right thing are often attacked/ridiculed for it—without a peep from those who benefit from those

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