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June 23, 2019

Airborne 06.21.19: IFR SpaceX Launch, Daher Buys Quest, ATSB On C-210

Also: USAF Thunderbirds, Delta Good Deed, Commercial Aircraft Production, Embraer KC-390

Just about the time when you think you’ve finally seen it all with SpaceX, they do something that you haven’t EVER seen before... in more ways than one! Recently SpaceX scored another successful launch and landing of components of a Falcon 9 supporting the Candian Space Agency’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission. Falcon 9’s first stage for launch of RADARSAT Constellation Mission previously flew on Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission in March 2019. Following stage separation, Falcon 9’s first stage returned to land on SpaceX’s nearby Landing Zone 4 (LZ-4) at Vandenberg

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Airbus Helicopters And Safran Team Up For Greener Vertical Flight

Global Industry Leaders Sign Innovation Cooperation Agreement In Preparation Of Horizon Europe Research Program

Airbus Helicopters and Safran Helicopter Engines are teaming up to prepare the future of cleaner, quieter and more efficient vertical flight, ahead of the upcoming Horizon Europe research program which should be carried out during the next decade.

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Raytheon And Black Sage Team To Deliver Counter-Drone Tech

Companies Working Together To Defend Against Drone Incursions

Raytheon Company and Black Sage are now partnering through a formal teaming arrangement to provide an integrated drone detection and mitigation system for civil authorities, critical infrastructure and military organizations around the world.

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LMC To Invest $142 M In Arkansas Operations

Expansion Of Camden Facility To Create More Than 300 New Jobs

Lockheed Martin is investing $142 million in its Camden facility in Arkansas and adding 326 new jobs by 2024. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined Lockheed Martin executives during the Paris Air Show announcing this impactful investment and demonstrating on an international stage, Arkansas' favorable conditions for the aerospace business.

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China Airlines Intends To Upgrade Fleet With Boeing 777 Freighters

Taiwan's Flag Carrier To Modernize Its Fleet With Up To Six Of The World's Largest, Most Capable Twin-Engine Freighters

Boeing and China Airlines have announced the airline's intent to order up to six 777 Freighters to modernize its cargo fleet. China Airlines plans to transition to the world's largest and longest range twin-engine freighter as it launches operations from Taipei to North America and Europe – two key markets that provide higher yields for the carrier.

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Drones To Light Up Skies Around Cal Expo During The California State Fair

Great Lakes Drone Company To Provide The Aerial Entertainment

The California State Fair has partnered with Dish to bring a series of innovative and exciting Drone Light Shows by Great Lakes Drone Company (GLDC) to Cal Expo during the California State Fair July 12-28, 2019.

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Starshade Would Take Formation Flying to Extremes

Future Mission Would Involve Two Spacecraft Flying Some 25,000 Miles Apart

Anyone who's ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while airborne. In work sponsored by NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP), engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are taking formation flying to a new extreme.

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Collins Aerospace Secures More Than $1.5 Billion In Maintenance Agreements

Recent Deals Include First MRO Agreements With Africa's Largest Airline, Ethiopian Airlines

Collins Aerospace announced at the Paris Air Show it has recently been awarded more than $1.5 billion in tailored agreements for components spanning its Power & Controls and Aerostructures business units—across multiple commercial platforms with global commercial customers.

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Raytheon Wins $234 Million U.S .Navy Contract

Will Provide 23 Joint Precision Approach And Landing Systems

Raytheon has won a four-year $234 million initial low-rate production contract from the U.S. Navy to outfit all of its nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and amphibious assault ships with 23 Joint Precision Approach and Landing Systems. JPALS is a GPS-based precision landing system that guides aircraft to precision landings in all weather and surface conditions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.23.19): Ground Controlled Approach

Ground Controlled Approach A radar approach system operated from the ground by air traffic control personnel transmitting instructions to the pilot by radio. The approach may be conducted with surveillance radar (ASR) only or with both surveillance and precision approach radar (PAR). Usage of the term “GCA” by pilots is discouraged except when referring to a GCA facility. Pilots should specifically request a “PAR” approach when a precision radar approach is desired or request an “ASR” or “surveillance” approach when a nonprecision radar approach is desired.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.23.19)

Aero Linx: The Tailhook Association The Tailhook Association is an independent, fraternal, nonprofit organization internationally recognized as the premier supporter of the aircraft carrier and other sea-based aviation. The purposes of the Association are: to foster, encourage, develop, study, and support the aircraft carrier, sea-based aircraft, both fixed and rotary wing, and aircrews of the United States of America; and to educate and inform the public in the appropriate role of the aircraft carrier and carrier aviation in the nation's defense system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.23.19)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "This future cooperation with Airbus in the frame of the Horizon Europe program is a great opportunity to prepare propulsion systems for future helicopters. Today, Safran is the most capable provider of integrated and efficient propulsive systems, with the widest gas turbine power range and a complete range of electric systems for hybrid electric propulsive solutions, in addition to strong testing, qualification and certification expertise. We are very pleased to partner with Airbus Helicopters in this journey for a lower environmental footprint of air transport.” Source: Franck Saudo, president of Safran Helicopter Engi

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