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April 15, 2019

Airborne 04.15.19: Stratolaunch!, SpaceIL Heartbreak, 1st Flt-Flaris 1

Also: Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro, Avenatti's Jet Seized, Harris Awarded $84 Million, 915 iS SB
The gigantic Stratolaunch program, envisioned and spearheaded by the late Paul G. Allen, has successfully completed the first flight of the world’s largest all-composite aircraft. With a dual fuselage design and wingspan greater than the length of an American football field, the Stratolaunch aircraft took flight at 0658 PDT, Saturday,  from the Mojave Air & Space Port. Achieving a maximum speed of 189 miles per hour, the plane flew for 2.5 hours over the Mojave Desert at altitudes up to 17,000 feet. As part of the initial flight, the pilots evaluated aircraft performance and handling qualities before landing. SpaceIL got ever so close, but in the end

Aeroterm Announces New Air Cargo Expansion At KMIA

Tenant Is World's Largest Express Transportation Company, FedEx Express

 Aeroterm has announced an agreement with Miami-Dade County for the expansion of its air cargo facility at Miami International Airport (KMIA). Aeroterm holds a ground lease at MIA and leases the facility to FedEx Express. The agreement to extend the Aeroterm ground lease and expand the facility was approved by the County Commission on March 19th.

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The Manned Electric Aircraft Market Set To Grow To $12.29 Billion By 2029

Rise In Environmental Concerns And Safety Issues Cited In Visiongain Report

Manned electric aircraft are being designed to lessen the level of noise, air as well as ground pollution. Gradually there has been numerous changes in the technology that has ultimately resulted in the market growth. Aircraft are being introduced that have the potential to carry out a controlled landing at the times of engineering failures.

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U.K. MoD Launches $2.6 Million Fund To Counter Drones Threat

Competition Seeks Proposals To Tackle Future Threats From UAS

The U.K. MoD has launched a $2.6 million competition for proposals to tackle the future threats of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The competition, run by the Defense and Security Accelerator (DASA), the MoD’s innovation hub, will seek robust and cost-effective next-generation solutions to the risks posed by hostile UAS.

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Historic DC-3 To Arrive At Greenville Downtown Airport

Flagship Detroit Foundation To Offer Rides In The Iconic Aircraft

Over 60 years ago, DC-3s landed regularly at the Greenville Downtown Airport (KGMU) in South Carolina.  Their mission was to safely transport commercial airline passengers to their destination of choice.  DC-3s have been doing just that since 1936 when American Airlines convinced Douglas Aircraft to increase the size of their DC-2, which held 14 passengers, to accommodate 21 in a newly designed DC-3.

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StandardAero Celebrates 500th CFM56-7B Delivery

Program Was Launched In June, 2009

StandardAero recently celebrated the delivery of the company’s 500th CFM International CFM56-7B turbofan engine from its overhaul facility in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. This milestone engine powered a Boeing 737 Next Generation passenger jet operated by a major North American airline supported by StandardAero via offload agreements with its valued partner GE Aviation.

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Triumph Group Awarded Contract To Support MQ-25 Unmanned Tanker

Contract For Hydraulic System Components Supports The U.S. Navy's First Unmanned Aerial Refueling Program

Triumph Group has been awarded a contract by Boeing to supply critical hydraulic system components for the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling program.

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Learjet 70 And Citation Sovereign Join Nationwide Clay Lacy Charter Fleet

Learjet 70 Available For Charter From Oregon’s Portland International Airport, Citation Sovereign Charters From Waterbury-Oxford Airport Near New York City

Clay Lacy Aviation has expanded its charter fleet in Oregon and Connecticut with a six-passenger Bombardier Learjet 70 and a nine-passenger Cessna Citation Sovereign with high-speed streaming Wi-Fi. The Learjet 70 is a fast, comfortable choice for travel throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. It has a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles, providing nonstop flights from Portland to Anchorage, Detroit, Louisville, Atlanta and Cabo San Lucas.

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International Women’s Air & Space Museum To Host Rocket Day

Set For June 12, 2019

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) will host its annual Rocket Day on June 12, 2019 from noon to 3 p.m. IWASM will team up with the Great Lakes Science Center and NASA’s Glenn Research Center for an afternoon of fun learning about the science of rockets. Children will hear about the history of rockets, witness the launching of various rockets, and set off film canister rockets (weather permitting).

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RAAF Receives Latest P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

Will Be Based At RAAF Base Edinburgh

Minister for Defense, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Minister for Defense Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC have announced receipt of the latest P-8A Poseidon aircraft into the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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Harris Awarded $84 Million Contract To Produce Experimental Space Vehicle

Demonstrates New Position, Navigation And Timing Capabilities To Improve GPS Resiliency

Harris Corporation has received an $84 million contract to produce Navigation Technology Satellite-3 (NTS-3), an experimental satellite that will demonstrate new position, navigation and timing capabilities to improve the resiliency of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

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GA-ASI’s Certifiable Ground Control Station Controls First End-To-End Flight

Flight Originated From The Yuma Proving Grounds In Arizona

The Certifiable Ground Control Station (CGCS) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) was used to control the complete flight of an MQ-9B SkyGuardian, including takeoff and landing, on March 12th. This is the first time the CGCS has been used to control an entire end-to-end flight of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA).

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L3 To Deliver Electronic Warfare Aircraft To Australia

Awarded A Contract For Four MC-55A Peregrine Aircraft With Next-Generation Airborne EW Capability

L3 Technologies has been awarded a prime contract with an estimated value of more than $1 billion to deliver four aircraft with next-generation airborne electronic warfare (EW) capability to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

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Democrat Senators Introduce 'Safety Is Not For Sale' Act

Group Says Legislation Is In Response To Recent Boeing 737 MAX Accidents

Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, has introduced the Safety is Not for Sale Act, legislation that would require air carriers to adopt additional safety features and ensure all non-required safety enhancing equipment is offered or provided to air carriers without an additional charge. The Senators say the two 737 MAX 8 aircraft involved in the Lion Air crash and the Ethiopian Airlines crash lacked two safety features that could have helped the pilots and aviation mechanics recognize false readings from the sensors connected to the aircraft’s new flight control system.

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PteroDynamics Receives Patent For 'Transwing'

Foldable Wing Structure Designed For Manned And Unmanned VTOL Aircraft

California-based PteroDynamics has developed a patented aircraft design it calls "Transwing" which folds and unfolds its wings during flight. The result is a transition between a multicopter and a regular fixed wing airplane and the company says it's unlike any aircraft design you have ever seen.

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AUVSI Announces Keynote Speakers For XPONENTIAL 2019

Lineup Includes Experts From Government And Industry

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has announced keynote speakers who will lead conversations about how unmanned systems are shaping the future at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, on April 29 to May 2, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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FAA To Hold Workshops For Denver Metroplex Project

Will Hold 12 Sessions At Various Locations Around The Region

The FAA will hold 12 public workshops between April 29, 2019 and May 16, 2019 in and around Denver about proposed airspace improvements over the metropolitan area.

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NTSB: Dog In Cockpit Contributed To Fatal Accident

Commercial Pilot, 90, Fatally Injured In July 2017

The NTSB has released a probable cause report from an accident which occurred July 1, 2017 which fatally injured 90-year-old commercial-rated pilot Jerry Naylor.

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Klyde Has The Warm and Fuzzies...


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Airbus Launches 'Skywise Health Monitoring'

U.S. Airline Allegiant Air Is Early Adopter

Airbus has launched first operations of a new Skywise service – Skywise Health Monitoring (SHM) – with Allegiant Air on its A320s. Dynamically coupled with Skywise Reliability Services (SRS) and Skywise Predictive Maintenance (SPM), SHM is hosted on Skywise, gathering live diagnostic feeds from the aircraft through its Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) link to the airline’s information system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.19): OROCA

OROCA An off-route altitude which provides obstruction clearance with a 1,000 foot buffer in nonmountainous terrain areas and a 2,000 foot buffer in designated mountainous areas within the United States. This altitude may not provide signal coverage from ground-based navigational aids, air traffic control radar, or communications coverage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.19)

Aero Linx: SouthWings The dedicated staff, board of directors and volunteer pilots of SouthWings rally a broad range of environmental, community and government entities around key environmental issues in the Southeast. Founded in 1996, SouthWings is a non-profit conservation organization that provides a network of volunteer pilots to advocate for the restoration and protection of the ecosystems and biodiversity of the Southeast through flight.  We have flown thousands of individuals and organizations to educate community leaders, policy-makers, and the media, and to collect scientific data on forests, watersheds, historic landmarks, and the globally significant ecosystems of the Southe

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.19)

“For Boeing, safety features that could have saved 346 lives on two of their 737 MAX 8s were yet another profit center, deemed optional like premium seats, extra bathrooms, or fancy lighting. Aviation safety cannot be a luxury that is bought and sold for an extra fee, but a standard part of our fleets, engrained in every bolt, sensor, and line of code on an aircraft. The Safety is Not for Sale Act will ensure that all safety-enhancing equipment is never sold as a la carte add-ons.” Source: Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a member of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, has introduced the Safety is Not for Sale Act, legislation that would require air carriers to adopt additional safety features and ensure all no

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