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August 23, 2019

Airborne 08.23.19: 'Starman' Intercept?, Paraglider, World Aerobatic

Also: Boeing 737 MAX Panel, FAA Warns Aboout AOA Sensors, Mission To Jupiter, Aviation Coalition

Earlier this week, we said somewhat tongue-in-cheek that Elon Musk might try to recover the Tesla Roadster that was launched aboard the first Falcon Heavy launch and put it back on the road. And while that might not happen, it appears that Musk is at least mulling a mission to take some photos of his car in space. Musk said on Twitter Sunday that SpaceX might launch a photo mission to catch up with the roadster and take some pictures of Starman. But he did not offer any more details about how such a mission would be completed. Italian paraglider Joachim Oberhauser has won the 16th FAI World Paragliding Championship after a nail-biting two-week-long competition in Krushevo, North Mace

Jazz Aviation Expands Instructor Pathway

Adds Toronto Airways Inc To The Network

Jazz Aviation, a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation, is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Toronto Airways (TIA) for the carrier to become the twentieth organization in the Jazz Aviation Pathways Program (Jazz APP).

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DroneResponders Unveils Technical Experts Program

Adds Advisors To Support Public Safety UAS

The DroneResponders Public Safety Alliance, the world’s fastest-growing 501(c)3 non-profit program supporting public safety UAS, has launched a Technical Experts Program (TEP) to assist public safety and emergency services professionals and agencies who require first-hand subject matter expertise in deploying and managing their drone programs.

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Westpac Little Ripper Partners With Amazon Web Services

Provides Near-Real-Time Video Streaming Via The Cloud

Westpac Little Ripper drones has teamed up with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to produce what is hoped to be the world’s lowest latency video stream via a drone. The companies have been working together for the last 6 months to reduce the latency.

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Problems With GE9X Engine May Delay 777X First Flight To 2020

Was Initially To Have Flown In June Of This Year

Boeing says that there has been a delay in the first flight of its 777X airliner caused by issues that have been developed in the GE9X engine.

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SkyWest Airlines Names Greg Wooley Vice President - Airport Operations

Steve Black To Retire After 28 Years With The Airline

SkyWest Airlines has appointed Greg Wooley to the new position of vice president – Airport Operations, effective September 6, 2019. In this position, Wooley will be responsible for airport ground operations at all SkyWest and vendor-handled locations, as well as the development and implementation of their respective operational procedures and policies.

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AE Industrial Partners Completes Acquisition Of Columbia Helicopters

Terms Of The Transaction Were Not Disclosed

AE Industrial Partners, LP ("AEI"), a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Columbia Helicopters ("Columbia" or the "Company"). Terms of the transaction, announced on July 18, 2019, were not disclosed.

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Heisha Launches New VTOL Fixed Wing Drone

Designed Primarily For Agricultural Uses

Chinese technology company Heisha has recently launched the new autonomous system. The D.NEST F300 combines a fixed-wing VTOL autonomous drone with an auto-charging station.

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Lockheed Martin Announces First Title-Sponsored Space and Air Show

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds To Fly During The Event In Orlando, FL

Lockheed Martin will serve as the title sponsor for the first-ever Lockheed Martin Space and Air Show, Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2020. It will be held at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, near downtown Orlando. The show will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and it will feature numerous company air, ground and space assets.

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State Department Approves F-16 Sale To Taiwan

Notifies Congress Of Possible Sale Of Up To 66 Jets To The Country

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) for 66 F-16C/D Block 70 aircraft and related equipment and support for an estimated cost of $8 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Tuesday.

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SpaceX May Attempt To Intercept 'Starman'

Small Spacecraft Could Take Some Photos 'In A Few Years'

Earlier this week, we said somewhat tongue-in-cheek that Elon Musk might try to recover the Tesla Roadster that was launched aboard the first Falcon Heavy launch and put it back on the road. And while that might not happen, it appears that Musk is at least mulling a mission to take some photos of his car in space.

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes

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Airborne 08.21.19: F16s 4 Sale, Roadster In Space, 200th Bell 505

Also: NetJets Pilot Sues, United 'Bottle to Throttle', Inhofe Workforce Development, Earnhardt Update

An aircraft brokerage and leasing firm in Palm Beach, FL has listed an F-16AM Block 20 Mid-Life-Update aircraft for sale on its website, and the company says it has three similar aircraft available that could form a "mini-squadron" of the airplanes for a private owner. The plane is being offered by Jet Lease. It was acquired from Jordan which has been liquidating some of its older-model F-16s after that country bought newer models from Belgium and the Netherlands between 2008 and 2017. What is different

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Pence: Space Command Will Launch At The End Of August

Congressional Funding Is Required To Establish The New Command

Speaking at Tuesday's meeting of the National Space Council, Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. Space Command will officially start on August 29th. Air Force General John Raymond has been selected and confirmed as the first leader of the command.

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Airbus Aerial Receives Waiver for Urban BVLOS UAS Flights

Authorized To Conduct Operations Over Populated Areas In North Dakota

The FAA has granted a waiver to Airbus Aerial authorizing Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations in Grand Forks, ND without the need for a visual observer. The waiver allows Airbus Aerial to conduct such operations as part of North Dakota Department of Transportation’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP).

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U.S., Japan Agree To Increase Additional Daytime Services At Haneda

Allocates 12 Slot Pairs For Both U.S. And Japanese Airlines

U.S. and Japanese delegations met Wednesday in Tokyo to sign an agreement that would increase daytime services between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and U.S. destinations.  The proposed amendment to the U.S.-Japan Open Skies Agreement allocates 12 new slot pairs (12 arrivals and 12 departures daily) for U.S. air carriers and 12 new slot pairs for Japanese air carriers. 

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CSF Files Comments On FAA Launch And Reentry Licensing Requirements

Says NPRM Lacks Adequate Clarity, Supporting Guidance Documents

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation has filed comments and recommendations to the FAA’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for streamlined launch and re-entry licensing requirements. And while the CSF appreciates the FAA's efforts to modernize its regulations, it sees potential issues with the NPRM as it is currently written.

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Joachim Oberhauser Wins FAI World Paragliding Championship

Meryl Delferriere Wins Women's Gold

Italian paraglider Joachim Oberhauser has won the 16th FAI World Paragliding Championship after a nail-biting two-week-long competition in Krushevo, North Macedonia, August 7-17, 2019.

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Allegiant Announces Aircraft Base In The Lehigh Valley

Brings New Jobs And Future Growth Opportunities

State and local officials joined executives from Allegiant Travel Company Tuesday as the company announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Lehigh Valley International Airport (KABE) in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Allegiant's growth plans in the state include creating at least 66 new, high-wage jobs.

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Klyde Morris 08.23.19

Something Tells Us That They'll Develop That Skill Pretty Quickly ...


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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.23.19)

"The United States Space Force will ensure that our nation is prepared to defend our people, defend our interests, and to defend our values in the vast expanse of space and here on Earth with the technologies that will support our common defense for the vast reaches of outer space." Source: Vice President Mike Pence.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.19): Center Of Pressure

A point along the wing chord line where lift is considered to be concentrated. For this reason, the center of pressure is commonly referred to as the center of lift.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.19)

How Flat Earthers Nearly Derailed a Space Photo Book

From Open Paper, a story about one man's project to document the space program, and how a highly engaged group of conspiracy theorists can override a fact-based endeavor’s internet ads.

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