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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Airborne 12.11.17: Pilatus PC-24 Cert, VerdeGo Aero, Canada Nixes Hornets

Also: Engine Coatings Facility, Wrong Runway At JFK, ATR 72-600 Flight Sim, Regional Airline Association

Pilatus has obtained type certificates from the FAA and EASA for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market. The PC-24 development project was officially announced in 2013, but work on the Super Versatile Jet has in fact been in progress for the past eleven and a half years. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has announced the formation of VerdeGo Aero, an innovative new aerospace company with a mission to provide the upcoming multibillion-dollar urban transportation market with a safe, clean, and quiet hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraf

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

AMA Drone Report 12.07.17: AMA Supports GoFly, ALPA v UAS, EU Drone Regs

Also: Drones Hunt Pythons, MI State Regs, Thanksgiving Drone Flying, Drone Collision Report

A little outside our normal coverage responsibilities, nonetheless, we’re intrigued by AMA’s newest agreement... AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device. “AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” Following the release of an FAA directed study showing that UAS may damage aircraft more than bird strikes during collisions, Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l renewed the union's call for Congress to give the FAA

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 12.05.17: Mercedes Drone Deliveries, ALPA v UAVs, Tyndall RPAs

Also: ESA Eyes High-Altitude Aerial Platforms, Coptrz Provides UAS, Amazon Patent, UAS Integration

In a global first, online orders were delivered in Zurich between September 25 and October 13 with the aid of vans & drones. Mercedes-Benz carried out a unique pilot project to test on-demand delivery of e-commerce orders – and it was a resounding success. On ten days, a total of around 100 flights were made without incident over the city of Zurich. Following the release of an FAA directed study showing that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) may damage aircraft more than bird strikes during collisions, Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l renewed the union's call for Congress to give the FAA the authority to regulate hobby drones, though the narrative he invokes is not altogether correct nor firmly verified. The Air Force has selected Tyndall Air Force B

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

FAA: Enjoy Your Holiday Laser-Light Display Responsibly

Pilots Report Being Affected By Residential Laser Light Displays

Each holiday season for the past several years, the FAA has received reports from pilots who said they were distracted or temporarily blinded by residential laser-light displays.

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Gone West: Alaska Aviation Pioneer Cliff Everts

Accumulated More Than 30,000 Hours Over His Aviation Career

One of the pioneers of aviation in Alaska has Gone West. Cliff Evert passed away last Tuesday at his home in Fairbanks at the age of 95.

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Gone West: SC Aviation Hall Of Fame Inductee Gerald Ballard

U.S. Air Force Veteran And Entrepreneur Was 78 Years Old

One of the best-known aviators in South Carolina and south Georgia has Gone West at the age of 78. Gerald Ballard passed away December 4. The cause of death was not reported.

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Travolta Will Fly 707 To Australia

Aircraft Being Donated To The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS)

The Boeing 707 that belongs to John Travolta but which was previously an airliner for Qantas is being returned to Australia after being donated by the actor the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS).

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Port Richey, FL Man Arrested For Laser Incident

Targeted Sheriff's Helicopter Landed And Apprehended Him

A shirtless man in Port Richey, FL was arrested last week for pointing a laser beam at a helicopter by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office personnel flying the targeted aircraft.

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

ANN FAQ: What Does The Airborne Partnership Initiative Mean For Your Business

Get Your Breaking News Out To The Industry

A partnership between ANN and others in the aviation/aerospace industry offers more exposure, a greatly lessened strain on individual resources, and the pivotal advantage of starting out with what is already a solid, professional award- winning platform…which is Airborne Unlimited.

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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.17)

“This is a common-sense resource that will allow airlines to quickly and easily check the qualifications and background of pilots before they are hired. The families of Flight 3407 have worked tirelessly to make sure important reforms are put in place to keep our skies safe” Source: Congressman Chris Collins, on the publication of a Beta pilot information database by the FAA.

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