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April 06, 2015

Airborne 04.06.15: Gone West-Tuskegee's Leahr, AEA2015 LIVE!, 2015 Endeavor Awards

Also: Prince William, ANN Webcast Schedule, Indoor Skydiving, Elite Interface, Airbus C295W, NATA Honors Pistole, Candy Powered Rocket

John Leahr, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Friday, March 27, at the age of 94. Leahr had been one of the famed group of Black pilots that flew fighter escort for bomber missions during World War II. He belonged to the 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen, and flew bomber escort sorties in Europe. On April 8th through the 11th, ANN will be at the 2015 AEA convention from top to bottom…from beginning to end. We’ll provide daily reports on the Aero-News network website, and broadcast video reports on our daily Airborne Unlimited videocasts. We start things off on Wednesday, April 8 at 9:30 in the morning Eastern Time w

Airborne 04.06.15: Gone West-Tuskegee's Leahr, AEA2015 LIVE!, Endeavor Awards

Also: Prince William, ANN Webcast Schedule, Indoor Skydiving, Elite Interface, Airbus C295W, NATA Honors Pistole, Candy Powered Rocket

John Leahr, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Friday, March 27, at the age of 94. Leahr had been one of the famed group of Black pilots that flew fighter escort for bomber missions during World War II. He belonged to the 332nd Fighter Group, the Tuskegee Airmen, and flew bomber escort sorties in Europe. On April 8th through the 11th, ANN will be at the 2015 AEA convention from top to bottom…from beginning to end. We’ll provide daily reports on the

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LM Begins Final Assembly Of NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

Will Collect And Return Samples Of An Asteroid To Earth

In a clean room facility near Denver, Lockheed Martin technicians have begun assembling a NASA spacecraft that will collect samples of an asteroid for scientific study. Working toward a September 2016 launch, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will be the first U.S. mission to return samples from an asteroid back to Earth.

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NASA Announces New Partnerships For Key Deep-Space Capabilities

A Dozen U.S. Companies Chosen For NextSTEP Program

Building on the success of NASA's partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites.

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Airbus Helicopters Signs First HCare Fleet Availability Contract In Asia

Agreement Made With Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps

The fleet of 10 AS365 Dauphin rotorcraft operated by Taiwan’s National Airborne Services Corps (NASC) will be covered by Airbus Helicopters’ HCare Infinite Fleet Availability services under a five-year agreement valued at approximately $58.7 million.

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AW169 Flight Training Device Ready For Use

All New Training Device Now Operational In Italy 

A new AW169 Flight Training Device (FTD) has been made operational at that AgustaWestland's A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. The device has been certified by a joint EASA and Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC) team to FTD Level 2 as per CS-FSTD(H), the certification specification for Helicopter Flight Simulation Training Devices.

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NATA Honors Former TSA Administrator John Pistole

Also Recognizes Association's Long-Time Safety Advocate Amy B. Koranda

NATA will honor former Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John S. Pistole with the 2015 William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial Award and announced that long-time NATA employee Amy B. Koranda is the recipient of NATA’s Distinguished Service Award.

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WestJet Announces Departure Of CFO

Airline Will Conduct Search For Successor To Vito Culmone

WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky this week announced the resignation of Vito Culmone, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President, Finance, effective May 29, 2015. Vito will be joining another Calgary-based organization in a similar capacity.

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Legacy Flight Training Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Opens Second Training Facility At KSDL

Legacy Flight Training’s second training center is now open for business. The new Legacy Flight Training facility, at the Air Commerce Center at the Scottsdale Airport (KSDL), joins Legacy’s facility at the Vero Beach Municipal Airport, in providing PA-46 specific flight training and full-motion simulator training.

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Quadcopter Hack: Laser Beam Attached To UAV

German Tinkerer Makes A 'Balloon Hunter'

We have to admit that when this story first popped up, it looked like an early April Fool's joke. But it appears it's the real deal. A person described as a "cyberpunk" by Gizmag has put a 3-mW red laser for aiming and a 1.5-W laser for shooting/burning on a Amewi AMX-51 Quadcopter.

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Stinson Airport Marks 100 Years

South Texas Airfield One Of Only Two To Reach The Century Mark

Many of us won’t reach 100, but when someone does, we honor them for they have achieved distinction. In the aviation world seldom do you hear anything being old since it is a relatively new adventure both in mind and spirit.

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DroneDeploy Raises $9 Million

Series A Funding Led By Emergence Capital

DroneDeploy, a start-up that provides cloud-based software solutions for commercial drone operations, has raised $9 million in Series A funding led by Emergence Capital, with participation from previous investors SoftTech, DataCollective and Angelpad. The investment adds to the $2 million in seed funding the company received in September 2014 and is a strong signal that backers are confident the start-up can continue its growth.

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Mexico Becomes Launch Customer For New Airbus C295W

Latest Variant Equipped With Winglets

The Mexican Navy (Semar) has become the launch customer of the latest version of the Airbus C295 medium transport aircraft - the new C295W equipped with winglets.

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World's First Candy Powered Hybrid Rocket Successfully Launched

Candies Served As Combustor To Launch Rocket To Over 800 Feet In Altitude

On March 7, the Candy Rocket Project Committee, organized by Japanese confectionery maker UHA Mikakuto Co. and aerospace experts, successfully launched a hybrid rocket using candies for fuel for the first time in the world. The launch was successfully conducted twice. The highest altitude reached was 813 feet.

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Classic Aero-TV: Real Aviation Leadership -- AEA's Paula Derks, Part 1

A Comprehensive Overview of the State Of The Avionics Industry

While at the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) convention held in the Spring of 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell interviewed Paula Derks, the President of AEA. This video is part 1 of this interview. When asked about the general condition of the aircraft electronics industry, Derks replied that sales are up and back-orders are starting to take place. The advancement of aircraft avionics is not only having its effect on new production aircraft, older planes now become more usable and efficient through the avionics and new engine i

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Klyde Morris (04.06.15)

Klyde Looks (Again) At The Soft Spot Of The FAA


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AeroSports Update: WACO Celebrates 30th Anniversary Of The New WACO YMF

WACO Owners Join For The 30th Anniversary Celebration And Owners Meeting July 9-11

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first delivery of the reintroduced WACO YMF. To celebrate the milestone, WACO is inviting owners of WACO built aircraft to come visit the factory, and fly together up the coast of Michigan to the beautiful destination of Mackinac Island.

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iFly GPS Introduces New Portable Device

iFly 740 Has 7-Inch 1300 Nit Touchscreen

Adventure Pilot has unveiled its new iFly 740 GPS, a premium portable navigation solution for pilots. The iFly 740 GPS aims to provide pilots with unprecedented touchscreen brightness, exhaustive ADS-B compatibility, emergency backup power and substantial performance improvements. Adventure Pilot is focused on and committed to bringing affordable GPS solutions to VFR and IFR pilots.

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Elite's New Cables Interface Handheld GPS’s With Flight Simulators

Allows Pilots To Practice With Their Portable Garmin Devices While Using COTS Software

Elite Simulation Solutions now offers GPS interface cables to connect your own flight simulator to Garmin 696 and 796 handheld GPS units. The cable connection to the handheld GPS allows it to show live georeferenced position reporting of your flight simulator’s position so you can fly your flight simulator the same way and with the same devices you would in a real aircraft.

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Airborne 04.03.15: Seaplane Event Flooded Out, Airshow Scare, AEA2015 LIVE Sked

Also: FAA Extends NBAA Exemption, Barnstorming: Stopping KSMO Madness, VA Heli School Problems, Facebook's Large UAVs, JetBlue Pilot Sues, More 787-10 Dreamliners!

Due to record rainfall over the last 6 months, SUN ‘n FUN has made a decision to cancel the Seabird Splash-In that has been held annually on Lake Agnes at Fantasy of Flight during the SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo being held later this month. The Lake Agnes water level is more than 2 feet above normal, which creates numerous hazards to seaplane operations in the form of hidden obstructions and, very shallow and long approache

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Academy Museum Of Motion Pictures Acquires Rare Prop

Model Of 'Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle' Used In 2001: A Space Odyssey

Film director Stanley Kubrick purposely destroyed most of the sets, props, costumes, and models used to film his epic "2001: A Space Odyssey" to prevent them from being used in other films. So when a rare example of one of the models from the movie came up for auction recently, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures grabbed it for $344,000.

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HAI Seeks Members For UAS Committee

Newly Established Group To Focus On Unmanned Aircraft Systems

HAI is establishing a new committee dedicated to issues related to the growth of the market for small UAVs.

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Prince William Now A Civilian Pilot

Starts Work For Bond Air Services In The U.K.

It's not as if he needs the job, really, but Prince William has started his new position as a helicopter pilot for Bond Air Services in the U.K.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.06.15)

Aero Linx: Royal Aeronautical Society The guiding principles of the Royal Aeronautical Society are embodied in this extract from the Society’s Royal Charter: “The objects and purposes are the general advancement of aeronautical Art, Science and Engineering and for promoting that species of knowledge which distinguishes the profession of Aeronautics (which expression includes Astronautics)”. As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, it exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.15): GPWS: Ground Proximity Warning System

GPWS: Ground Proximity Warning System A radar-based flight deck system to give pilots audible warning by means of horns, hooters, taped or synthetic voices of terrain close beneath an aircraft’s flight path. One of the GPWS’ warnings might be: “TERRAIN! WHOOP WHOOP! PULL UP!”

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.06.15)

"The Duke of Cambridge has today started work as an employee of Bond Air Services. Over the coming months he will undertake job-specific training before he begins piloting missions for East Anglian Air Ambulance during the summer. The mandatory training will involve simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training." Source: That's Kensington Palace, commenting on the Duke of Cambridge's new job as a civilian flyer. The Royal Family said in August that this job will be the Duke's primary occupation, but his roster will take into account the duties and responsibilities he will continue to undertake on behalf of The Queen, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.

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