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April 02, 2018

Airborne 04.02.18: Rob Holland Emergency, WWI @OSH18, FAI Drone Racing

Also: Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion, 'Learn To Fly' Month, Airborne Wireless Network, FlightSafety Int'l
Airshow pilot Rob Holland had a rather harrowing experience late last month, and told much of the story on his Facebook page: Among his remarks, Rob reported that... "...I thought I would fill you in about the events of the past few days... First to get it out of the way, I’m 100% fine. That said, On March 25th I took off from NAS Kingsville, Texas for a cross-country flight. About 15 minutes into the flight... I lost all engine power." Rob reported that the canopy was covered with oil and that he had to rely on his MGL Avionics system to guide him to a short deserted runway. The final year of World War I centennial activities at EAA A

FlightSafety International 777-300ER FFS Enters Service

Assist With Training For The Japan Air Self-Defense Force

A new Boeing 777-300ER full flight simulator built by FlightSafety International for use by the Japan Air Self Defense Force to train crews for operation of their new VIP transport aircraft has entered service. The simulator is installed at the Chitose Air Base in Hokkaido, Japan.

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DJI Gives Drones More Power For Commercial Use

Zenmuse XT2 Thermal Camera And Payload SDK Transform DJI's Drones Into Specialized Platforms

DJI has unveiled new technology and tools to customize its enterprise drone platforms for specialized tasks such as infrastructure inspection, precision agriculture, firefighting and search and rescue.

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ANA Holdings, Honda Aircraft Company Announce Strategic Partnership

Goal Is Expansion Of The Business Jet Market

ANA Holdings (ANAHD) and Honda Aircraft Company have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership supporting the expansion of the business jet market around the globe by using Honda Aircraft's technologically advanced HondaJet.

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GFC 500-Equipped Cessna 172 Embarking On U.S. Tour

Will Travel Around The Midwest And Southeast U.S. This Month

Garmin is pleased to announce the aviation team will be conducting customer in-flight demo’s with the GFC 500 digital autopilot. Throughout the month of April, Garmin will be visiting select locations throughout the Midwest and Southeastern U.S., offering demonstration flights of the cost-effective retrofit autopilot solution that brings unprecedented levels of capability, reliability and affordability to single-engine, fixed-wing general aviation aircraft.

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Low-Flying Airplane To Study Geology Of The Central UP In Michigan

Residents And Visitors May Witness A Low-Flying Airplane Beginning In April

The U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a high-resolution airborne survey to study the geology under a region of the central Upper Peninsula, Michigan, until as late as July, 2018. The data will help USGS researchers improve their understanding of geology, including buried rock types and faults, in the region.

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Drone USA Announces A Reseller Partnership With Skyfire Consulting

Will Provide Certificates Of Authorization And Waivers to Police, Fire And Emergency Services

Drone USA,has announced a reseller partnership with Atlanta-based Skyfire Consulting, a company that specializes in assisting police, fire and private corporations with filing Certificates of authorization and/or waivers with the FAA.

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Man Struck By Airplane Taking Off From The Ice In Alaska

Photographer Survived The Impact With Head Injuries

A wheel-equipped, twin-engine, turbine-powered de Havilland DHC-6 (Twin Otter) airplane, N716JP, struck a pedestrian after takeoff from a remote sea ice airstrip, about 140 miles north of Deadhorse, AK, according to the NTSB.

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NASA Awards Contract For Environmental Compliance, Operation Services

Navarro Research And Engineering Wins The Business For White Sands Test Facility

NASA has awarded a contract to Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc., of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for continued environmental compliance and operation services at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

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U.S., ROK Officials Celebrate Debut Of Korea’s First F-35A

Ceremony Attended By More Than 450 Guests

Republic of Korea and U.S. government leaders recently celebrated the public debut or ‘roll out’ of the first Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) F-35A Lightning II at the Lockheed Martin Fort Worth production facility. The event marks a major F-35 program milestone, strengthening national defense and global partnerships.

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Qatar Exercises Options For 12 Additional Rafael Fighters

Country Will Eventually Operate 36 Of The Aircraft

Qatar finalized options for the purchase of 12 additional Rafale fighters last week.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH

AD NUMBER: 2018-07-01

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (now Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH) Model EC 135 P1, P2, P2+, T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters.

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AD: Honda Aircraft Company LLC

AD NUMBER: 2018-06-10

PRODUCT: Certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA-420 airplanes.

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Tiangong-1 Chinese Space Station Reenters Over The South Pacific

Returned To Earth Sunday, Posed No Threat To Populated Areas

The Tiangong-1 Chinese space station reentered the Earth's atmosphere at about 8:16 EDT Sunday over the South Pacific ocean, according to the U.S. Strategic Command's Joint Force Space Component Command (JFSCC).

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NASA Prepares To Launch Next Mission To Search Sky For New Worlds

TESS Is Slated For Launch April 16

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is undergoing final preparations in Florida for its April 16 launch to find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life.

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Boeing Delivers First 737 MAX For SCAT Airlines

First Of The Re-Engined 737s For Service In Kazakhstan

Boeing and SCAT Airlines recently celebrated the delivery of the Kazakhstan carrier’s first 737 MAX 8 airplane, one of six that the airline will operate as it expands its fleet and service.

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May Is 'Learn To Fly' Month

FSANA Has Ideas For Flight Schools About How To Attract And Retain Students

Learn to Fly Month, which starts May 1, 2018, is a continuation of the month-long initiative that the Flight School Association Of North America (FSANA) began last year. It is intended to facilitate flight training providers in attracting new potential entrants into the field of aviation. FSANA is again encouraging flight schools and organizations to collaborate and hold events and promotions focused on getting more people to learn to fly.

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SIU Aviation Taking The Skies With New Aircraft

School Takes Delivery Of Three Piper Arrow Aircraft

For Patrick Perillo, the opportunity to fly in planes once piloted by his father is “an honor and humbling.” “It’s really cool to have that experience and share that with my dad,” said Perillo, a senior in SIU Carbondale’s aviation management and flight program from Geneva. “But now, here in 2018, I would say it’s time for a little upgrade for newer students coming into the program.”

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FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2018 Is Coming Soon

'Fast And Furious' Billed As 'The Biggest Drone Racing Series On The Planet'

The FAI Drone Racing World Cup 2018 is coming to a city near you soon. A massive 24 World Cup contests are already registered on the FAI calendar for this third edition of the FAI Drone Racing World Cup, up from 16 last year and 9 in 2016. That makes the World Cup the biggest drone racing series around, and means lots more opportunities for both pilots and fans to enjoy the electrifying thrills of top-level drone racing.

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Klyde Morris (04.02.18)

Klyde Undertakes Some International Aviation Studies


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Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion Heavy Lift Helicopter Arrives In Germany

Will Make International Debut At ILA Berlin Air Show

A CH-53K heavy lift helicopter built by Sikorsky has arrived in Holzdorf, Germany ahead of its international debut at the ILA Berlin Air Show. This is the first time a King Stallion helicopter has been loaded into a C-17 Globemaster and transported to the base of a European ally.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.02.18): Flight Level

Flight Level In the United States, pilots flying above 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) are required to set the digits in the altimeter's Kollsman window to 29.92. The resulting altimeter reading is called a flight level. When the Kollsman window is set to 29.92 (1013.2 millibars) and the altimeter reads 30,000 feet, the altitude is stated as, "Flight Level 300 (three zero zero)."

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.02.18)

"I could not have lived or could not have done [what he has done] without either general aviation, which of course I was part of, I owned aircraft since 1968, but also, commercial aviation." Source: From an interview by the Flight School Association Of North America (FSANA), with Mario Andretti about his love of flight and his involvement as Learn to Fly Month Honorary Chairman.

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