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April 24, 2019

Airborne 04.24.19: Northrop N-9M Down, Paid Flt Training, AF Pilot Shortage

Also: Hartzell Beech 1900 Props, Rafale Ejection, Kissimmee Gateway Airport, FlightSafety

Tragedy has struck the warbird community as the last remaining Northrop N-9M, restored and flown by the Planes of Fame Museum, was lost in an accident in Norco, CA. The aircraft appears to have impacted, after witness reports of some kind of power outage, in a nearby prison yard, where the debris and fire damage seems to have all but consumed the aircraft. The pilot did not not survive. The single seat, twin-engine, Northrop N-9M was built as something of a development platform for Northrop's flying wing ambitions... The aircraft was used to research and define the aerodynamics for what would come later -- the Northrop XB-35 and YB-35 flying wing long-range, heavy bombers, which boasted mas

EASA Issues Emergency AD For Tamarack ATLAS Winglets

Applies To Cessna Citation Jets With The Devices Installed

EASA has issues an emergency AD for Cessna Citation jets with Tamarack ATLAS active winglets installed. The AD was issued April 19.

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Silver Airways Operates First New ATR-600 Series Flight In The United States

Marks The First Delivery Of A New Aircraft To A U.S. Independent Regional Carrier In Decades

Newly transformed and customer focused Silver Airways on Monday launched of regularly scheduled flights aboard its new ATR-600 series aircraft. The first ATR aircraft (N400SV, serial number 1214) was christened “Mile Marker Zero” in honor of the iconic Key West landmark in a Silver Airways employee naming contest.

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Lockheed Martin Inaugurates F-16 Production Line In Greenville, SC

F-16 Block 70 Production To Begin Later This Year

Lockheed Martin hosted a ceremony recently to celebrate its new F-16 production line in Greenville, South Carolina. F-16 tooling and equipment previously in Fort Worth, Texas, has since been installed in a newly-refurbished hangar in Greenville, where the company will begin manufacturing F-16 Block 70 aircraft later this year.

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Eviation Selects magniX To Support Development Of First All-Electric Plane

Electric Propulsion Company Joins World-Class Team of Partners to Evolve Eviation's Nine-Passenger Alice Aircraft Fleets

 Eviation Aircraft has selected electric propulsion developer magniX to provide its 375 horsepower magni250 propulsion system for Eviation's Alice nine-seater plane. The magniX propulsion system will be one of two propulsion options for Eviation customers to choose. magniX joins an expanding pool of industry-leading partners that will play a key role in bringing the first zero-emission, all-electric regional commuter plane to market.

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NGC's Cygnus Spacecraft Successfully Completes Rendezvous And Berthing With ISS

Marks NGCs 11th Successful Voyage To The Orbiting Outpost

The Northrop Grumman “S.S. Roger Chaffee” Cygnus spacecraft successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station Friday morning. The mission marks the company’s 11th successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory.

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ExpressJet Welcomes Ajit Jacob As Managing Director Of Transformation

Will Lead Expansion Of The Company's Corporate Infrastructure And Support Functions

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express carrier, recently welcomed Ajit Jacob as Managing Director of Transformation. In this newly created role, he will lead expansion of the company's corporate infrastructure and support functions, as the airline grows with new Embraer E175s and hires more than 600 pilots in 2019. 

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Helijet To Propose 'Going Private' Transaction

Family And 'Insiders' Already Own 88 Percent Of The Company's Shares

The board of directors of Helijet International has received a proposal from a Helijet director for a "going private" transaction (the "Transaction"). Insiders and their extended family and one other extended family currently own 88% of the outstanding common shares of Helijet (the "Helijet Shares") and will not participate in the Transaction (the "Non Participating Shareholders"). The Transaction is to be completed on or before September 16, 2019 (the "Effective Date") by the purchase of the approximate 12% of Helijet's outstanding Helijet Shares owned by public shareholders ("Public Shareholders") by one director (the "Purchaser").

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Future Hypersonics Could Be Artificially Intelligent

Sandia To Lead Academic Coalition To Develop Autonomy For Aerospace

A test launch for a hypersonic weapon — a long-range missile that flies a mile per second and faster — takes weeks of planning. So, while the U.S. and other states are racing to deploy hypersonic technologies, it remains uncertain how useful the systems will be against urgent, mobile or evolving threats.

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California Man Reunited With Prosthetic Leg Lost During Skydive

Appliance Was Found In A Lumberyard With Shoe Still Attached

Someone made an unusual discovery Monday in a lumberyard in Coverdale, CA. A prosthetic leg fitted with a tennis shoe was found on the ground at the business.

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Large U.S. Airline Selects Astronics To Supply Inflight Entertainment Hardware

Will Serve As The Cornerstone Of An Initiative To Enhance Passengers’ Inflight Experiences

Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for global aerospace, defense, and other mission-critical industries, announced today that it will supply inflight entertainment system hardware for a next-generation inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) system being developed by one of the largest airlines in the United States. Under the agreement, Astronics’ products will equip nearly 50 of the airlines’ new widebody aircraft.

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Army Concludes New Equipment Training for Gray Eagle Extended Range

Training Covered New Maintenance Procedures, Manuals And Ground Support Equipment

The U.S. Army has completed its New Equipment Training (NET) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky for the MQ-1C ER Gray Eagle Extended Range. The training covered new maintenance procedures, manuals and ground support equipment associated with the MQ-1C ER, which is a new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) produced by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI).

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-07-05

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A318 and A319 series airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 airplanes.

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AD: Dassault Aviation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-07-01

PRODUCT: Certain Dassault Aviation Model FAN JET FALCON and FAN JET FALCON SERIES C, D, E, F, and G airplanes.

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Airbus Selects Seven Finalist Teams To Shape The Future Of Aerospace

Students Will Present 'Fly Your Ideas' Projects To Airbus On June 27

Airbus experts have selected seven teams for the 2019 final of world-class competition Fly Your Ideas which invites students from around the world to innovate in key areas for the industry: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality. The finalist teams were selected after a three-month development phase working with support from Airbus mentors.

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XPONENTIAL 2019 To Host The Inaugural Americas Summit In Chicago

The First Co-Located Event Conducted In English And Spanish Explores Drone Industry Development Across The Americas

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host the Americas Summit at XPONENTIAL 2019 on Tuesday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Purdue To Collaborate With Frontier Airlines And Airbus

Adding Passenger Jet Training To Professional Flight Curriculum

Purdue Polytechnic Institute’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology (SATT) has reached an agreement with Frontier Airlines and Airbus to add Airbus A320 (A320) passenger jet training to the school’s Professional Flight professional flight curriculum. As a result of this partnership, Purdue becomes the only university to offer A320 Type rating in its bachelor degree program.

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uAvionix, ProfiCNC, And HEX Announce ADS-B IN Capability For The Cube Autopilot

New Carrier Board Will Be Available In July Of This Year, Company Says

uAvionix, designer and manufacturer of Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) equipment for unmanned and manned aircraft has announced a partnership with CubePilot (ProfiCNC and Hex) designer and manufacturer of the world leading “The Cube” autopilot (Formerly known as “Pixhawk”) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – to integrate ADS-B IN receive capability into its Carrier Board.

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The Villages Flying Club Helps EAA Chapter 534

Makes $500 Donation To The Leesburg, FL Chapter

The Villages Flying Club, made up largely of pilots and aviation enthusiasts who live in The Villages, FL made a sizable cash donation to the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 of Leesburg, FL on Saturday, April 20.

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FAA Prepares For Audit Of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Finances

Has Subpoenaed Invoices Paid From Airport Funds

In preparation for an in-depth audio of alleged financial improprieties at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the FAA has subpoenaed "any and all unredacted legal invoices paid using revenue or funds" from the airport or any other airport account from October 2012 to September 2018.

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Only Flying Northrop N9M Down In Norco, CA

Pilot Fatally Injured, Plane Severely Damaged

The only flying example of the Northrop N9M went down Monday in a prison yard of the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, CA, according to the FAA.

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Airborne 04.22.19: Cirrus Emergency AD, Indoor Skydiving, Praetor 600

Also: CFI PROficiency Initiative, Damaged Falcon Heavy Core, Enhanced MD 969, ICAO’s 193rd Member

To the surprise of few who have chronicled the many issues troubling the Cirrus SF50 program, the FAA has issued an emergency AD for SF50 Vision Jets following multiple reports of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) System engaging when not appropriate. The SWPS or ESP systems may engage even when sufficient airspeed and proper angle of attack (AOA) exists for normal flight. This AD requires replacing the AOA sensors with improved AOA sensors,

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.24.19)

“The Airbus A320 is one of the most frequently used jet aircraft in the airline industry. Connecting our flight students to A320 type training further sets Purdue apart from other flight schools.” Source: Manoj Patankar, Raisbeck Engineering Professor of Aviation Technology and head of SATT at Purdue University.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.19): Mandatory Block Altitude

An altitude depicted on an instrument approach chart with two underscored and overscored altitude values between which aircraft are required to maintain altitude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.19)

The Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association

The purpose of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association is to promote seaplane flying and safety programs pertaining to seaplane operation throughout the State of Minnesota.

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