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November 16, 2017

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo

A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018. It would again require the registration of drones weighing more than about half a pound with the federal government. "Congress finalized legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restore the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members," said the AMA. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terrorism threat to the U.S. homeland. “After careful consideration of the curren

Orbital ATK's Cygnus Completes Rendezvous And Berthing With ISS

'S.S. Gene Cernan' Delivers Approximately 7,400 Pounds of Cargo and Scientific Experiments

The “S.S. Gene Cernan” Cygnus spacecraft has successfully completed its rendezvous and berthing maneuvers with the International Space Station. This marks the eighth successful berthing with the orbiting laboratory by a Cygnus spacecraft.

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EgyptAir Named As Newest 787 Dreamliner Operator

Airline Leasing Six 787-9s From Largest Dreamliner Customer

EgyptAir has made a lease agreement with Boeing and AirCap that will place six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with the carrier. The national flag of Egypt, is leasing the airplanes from Dublin-based AerCap, the world's largest 787 customer with more than 115 787s owned or on order.

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CDB Aviation Confirms Order For 90 A320neo Family Aircraft

Leasing Company Calls Order A 'Sound Financial Investment'

Dublin-based CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC has placed a firm order for 90 A320neo Family aircraft during the Dubai Airshow 2017. The agreement was reached in two steps: an original purchase agreement signed in 2014 for 45 A320neo Family aircraft, which remained undisclosed to date, and the firming up of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) announced at the 2017 Le Bourget Paris Airshow in June 2017 for an additional 30 A320neo and 15 A321neo aircraft.

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Textron Begins Delivery Of 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX Turboprops To Botswana

Will Provide Charter, Cargo And Logistics Services Through Mack Air

Textron has begun delivery to Tuareg Aviation Ltd. for 10 Cessna Grand Caravan EX turboprops to be operated by Mack Air (Pty) Ltd. The company will use the aircraft to provide charter, cargo and logistic services between a network of independently owned bush safari lodges in the popular Okavango Delta and Kalahari Plains regions of Botswana. The aircraft will partially replace Mack Air’s current fleet, which currently also includes Grand Caravan turboprops.

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Bombardier Inks Order For Two New Q400 Turboprops With Nordic Aviation Capital

NAC Will Provide An Operating Lease To Jambojet Ltd Who Will Be The Operator Of The Aircraft In Kenya

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has concluded a firm purchase agreement for two new Q400 turboprops with Nordic Aviation Capital ("NAC") in September 2017. NAC will lease these two Q400 aircraft to Jambojet Ltd, based in Nairobi, Kenya. With the addition of these aircraft, NAC has increased its Q400 portfolio to 87 aircraft, and remains the largest fleet owner and lessor of the type in the world, while Jambojet will now operate three Q400 aircraft on lease from two lessors. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $64 million.

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Aviation Educators Engineer New Route To Aero Degrees At Dubai Airshow

University of South Wales Partners With Fujairah Aviation Academy (FujAA)

The University of South Wales (USW) and Fujairah Aviation Academy (FujAA) have announced that they will offer students a new route to combined engineering degrees and industry accreditation in aircraft maintenance.

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P&WC To Provide Abu Dhabi Aviation With Customized Engine Support Services

Agreement Convers PT6C-67C-Powered Helicopter Fleet

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed a 20-year Fleet Management Program (FMP) contract with Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) for 22 PT6C-67C engines that will power the airline's fleet of Leonardo AW139 helicopters which primarily serve the offshore oil and gas industry in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and India. The FMP will also include the installation of P&WC's FAST Solution for advanced prognostics and engine health management.

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PurePower Geared Turbofan Selected For New EgyptAir C Series Aircraft

Selection Announced At Dubai Air Show

The PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine to power up to 24 new Bombardier CS300 aircraft. The order was announced during an event at the Dubai Airshow, which was attended by officials from EgyptAir, Bombardier and Pratt & Whitney. It includes 12 CS300s with purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2018.

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Dassault Showcases Falcon 8X, 900LX Trijets At Dubai

Ultra-Long Range Falcon 8X Marks First Year In Middle East Service

Dassault Aviation highlighted its new ultra-long range Falcon 8X business jet at this year’s edition of the Dubai Air Show at the Dubai World Central.

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Dassault Aviation Welcomes UAE Mirage 2000-9 Upgrade Plans

Continues A 40-Year Relationship With The UAE Armed Forces

The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces announced their intention to sign with Dassault Aviation a contract for the upgrade of their Mirage 2000-9 fleet during the Dubai Airshow.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-23-04

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A300 B4-600R series airplanes; Model A300 B4-603, B4-620, and B4-622 airplanes; Model A300 C4- 605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4-605R airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-23-02

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Boeing, flydubai Sign Historic Deal For 225 737 MAX Airplanes

Valued At $27 Billion, Deal Is Largest Single-Aisle Jet Purchase By A Middle East Airline

Boeing and flydubai have signed a landmark agreement for 225 737 MAX airplanes with a list price value of $27 billion. The deal represents the largest-ever single-aisle jet order – by number of airplanes and total value – from a Middle East carrier.

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Indigo Partners Doubles Existing A320Neo Family Order

Makes Commitment For An Additional 430 Aircraft

Airbus and Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase by the four airlines of 430 additional A320neo Family aircraft. The aircraft will be allocated among the ultra low-cost airlines Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary) upon the completion of final purchase agreements between Airbus and the four airlines.

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FAA Announces New Guidance For Electronic Flight Bags

Makes Two Significant Changes Requested By Aviation Stakeholders

The FAA has issued an updated Advisory Circular (AC) for aircraft system designers, installers and operators seeking design and use guidance for hosting electronic flight bag (EFB) applications on both portable devices and installed equipment.

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Aircraft Management Services Legislation Included In Tax Overhaul

NATA Commends Senate Finance Committee For The Action

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday released the modified chairman's mark for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation to reform and simplify the nation’s tax code. The revised legislation now contains a provision, sought by NATA, clarifying that aircraft management services are not subject to air transportation taxes. The new section is based on bipartisan legislation (S.321) sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Earlier this week, Senator Portman filed the legislation for consideration as an amendment.

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Syracuse Takes Leadership Of EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council

Georgia Resident Has Long Experience In Aircraft Building And In EAA Activities

Vic Syracuse, a longtime Experimental Aircraft Association member and aircraft builder from Locust Grove, Georgia, has been named chairman of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council. He succeeds Rick Weiss, whose term as chairman ended this month.

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Wilson, Goldfein Emphasize Need For FY18 Budget In State Of The Air Force Speech

Says Continuing Resolution Is Delaying Efforts To Increase Readiness

The Air Force must have a higher and more stable budget to provide security for the nation, said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein during the State of the Air Force address Nov. 9, 2017, at the Pentagon.

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Huerta Reflects On His Tenure At The FAA

Makes Speech To The Aero Club In Washington, D.C.

As his term at the FAA comes to an end early next year, Administrator Michael Huerta spoke today at the Aero Club in Washington, D.C.  With a perspective spanning more than seven years at the agency, his remarks focused on the importance of  building partnerships with stakeholders to continue advancing America’s global leadership on aviation.

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AMA Drone Report 11.09.17: Commercial Drone Insurance, FAI Drone Races, DJI Quiz

Also: AR Drone Flight Sim, San Diego State Drone Lab, SkyPixel Photo Competition, AMA Regulatory Efforts

More benefits are in the works for AMA members! This comes through the offering of new membership benefits for those who fly for business, allowing AMA members to purchase commercial drone insurance at a special low rate. “For more than 40 years, AMA has provided its members with liability insurance for recreational flying. Our new commercial drone insurance is a natural extension of our member benefits and comes at a time when the commercial drone industry is growing fast. Many of our members

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.16.17)

“The sky above our heads is one of this nation’s most valuable assets. We must protect it, and help it thrive. “We’ve got some tough questions to answer. But I’m confident we’re prepared to face them head on.” Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, in a speech to the Washington Aero Club.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.16.17): True Airspeed

Actual airspeed, determined by applying a correction for pressure altitude and temperature to the CAS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.16.17)

Dayton Aviation Trail

There is a lot of aviation history in Dayton, OH, which is celebrated by The Dayton Aviation Trail. The trail grew out of a regional economic development conference held at the University of Dayton on November 18-19, 1980. 

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