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August 16, 2018

Airborne 08.15.18: Bell 525 Milestone, Parker Solar Probe, NIMBY Nonsense

Also: Aerion Supersonic, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Australia GA Maintenance, Flight Training Legislation

The Bell 525 Relentless program is closing in on an anticipated 2019 certification, as yet another milestone was completed as part of a series of rigorous test protocols. The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. “We successfully completed hot weather testing last week in yuma, arizona,” said Troy Caudill, Chief Test Pilot, Bell 525 Pro

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Airborne-Unmanned 08.14.18: Wing Delivery, Pilot Unions, Drones Herd Birds

Also: Cyberhawk, Oceans Unmanned, VerdeGo Aero, Swift Engineering

A pioneering commercial BVLOS delivery by drone brought ice cream to a two-year-old in a demonstration conducted in Virginia by Alphabet's Wing. The delivery flight covered 1.4 miles, and arrived within eight minutes from the time the order was completed by the mom of the lucky toddler. It was conducted under new rules that allow some states and other government entities to experiment with BVLOS drone flights put in place last year. Among those in attendance at the demonstration was Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's UAS Integration Off

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It's ALIVE! 2018 AirVenture Innovation Preview Program Now Available

Get The Inside Details On THE Most Exciting NEW Innovations And Product Announcements From OSHKOSH 2018...

The staff of EAA and the Aero-News Network were pleased to release the latest in a series of novel Aero-TV/Airborne programs designed to draw attention to the most innovative and aggressively oriented companies in the aviation universe -- and most particularly, those with REAL news to impart at AirVenture 2018. ANN and EAA have joined together again to present the highly successful "AirVenture Innovation Preview," (which we call the "AIP", for short), to highlight the incredibly innovative and news-making products that provid

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FAA Establishes Restrictions On Drone Operations Over Additional DOD Facilities

Three Sites In Missouri Added To The List

At the request of its Federal security partners, the FAA is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about drone operations over national security-sensitive facilities by establishing temporary flight restrictions specific to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

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Aviation Stakeholders Urge Quick Passage Of Long-Term FAA Reauthorization

Bill Awaiting Action In The U.S. Senate

A group of aviation stakeholders has sent a letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate urging quick action on a long-term reauthorization bill for the FAA.

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NTSB Recommends Additional Training For Turbulence Forecasts

Part Of An Ongoing Investigation Into A Fatal Accident Involving A Pilatus PC 12

The NTSB has issued two safety recommendations to the National Weather Service concerning forecasting low-level turbulence following an accident involving a Pilatus PC-12 which fatally injured three people.

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Boeing Names Aerospace Industry Leader To Head Boeing AvionX

Brendan Curran Brings Diverse Aerospace Expertise To The Organization

Boeing has named Brendan Curran president of Boeing AvionX, an organization formed last year to pursue the development and production of avionics and electronics systems.

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Yuneec Introduces All-New Portable Folding Drone

Voice Control And Facial Detection Among The Features Of The New Aircraft

Yuneec International has introduced its all-new Mantis Q, the latest extension of Yuneec's award winning consumer lineup, is now available for pre-order in the United States. Mantis Q is an adventure ready drone controlled via mobile device or remote, features voice control technology and is small enough to tuck away inside a bag. The Mantis Q also features foldable arms for optimal portability and convenience, up to 33 minutes of battery life and autonomous flight modes with top speeds over 44 miles per hour.

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FAA Proposes To Discontinue HIWAS Services

Comment Period Open Through August 22

The FAA is requesting public comment on the agency's proposal to discontinue the Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service (HIWAS).

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New Airplanes On The Way For The Blue Angels

Upgraded F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets Ordered From Boeing

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a contract valued at $17 million to Boeing for 11 new aircraft for the Blue Angels. The order is for the retrofit documentation and kits to convert nine F/A-18E and two F/A-18F Super Hornets into a Blue Angel configuration.

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No Recovery Of Aircraft That Went Down In Alaska

National Park Service Says Getting To The Aircraft Is Too Risky

Recovery of an airplane that went down earlier this month in Denali National Park is too risky to attempt, according to the National Park Service.

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National Training Aircraft Symposium Tackles Pilot Shortage

Event Held At ERAU Daytona Beach Campus

A worldwide pilot shortage and new, innovative ways to enhance aviation training are key discussions this week in Daytona Beach, FL at the 2018 National Training Aircraft Symposium: The Changing Role of the Pilot, hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Gulfstream G600 Makes Steady Progress Toward Certification

Aircraft Currently In Certification Field Performance Stage

The G600 has begun FAA certification field performance testing, according to a news release from Gulfstream.

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Singapore Lands On Wilhelmsen As A Maritime Partner For Drone Delivery

Announced During The Aviation Community Reception, Hosted By The Civil Aviation Authority Of Singapore (CAAS)

Wilhelmsen Ships Service is one of only four companies to have received the funding, following a Call-For-Proposal (CFP) by CAAS and the Ministry of Transport. The CFP aims to support the development of systems and technologies to enable innovations within the wide-ranging use of UAS. The maximum funding available for each project is $1.5 million (Singapore dollars), or up to 50% of the total project qualified costs.

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Airbus Aerial Helps Insurers During California’s Carr Wildfire

High Resolution Satellite Imagery Used To Speed Claims Processing

Powered by Airbus Aerial’s data analytics and high-resolution satellite imagery from Airbus Intelligence, insurance companies are helping their policyholders begin to recover from the tragic Carr wildfires — already one of the top ten most destructive wildfires in California history. At present, these wildfires continue to burn and are only 27% contained.

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IAM Welcomes 60 Aircraft Engineers At Sunwing

New Union Members Based At Pearson Airport In Toronto, Canada

Sunwing Aircraft Engineers and their supervisors based at Pearson Airport in Toronto, Canada have voted to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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Thai Aviation Services S-76D Fleet Achieves 10,000 Flight Hours

Milestone Reached In Record Time Of Under Two Years

Thai Aviation Services has accumulated 10,000 flight hours on its S-76D fleet in record time of less than two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky’s first Customer Support Center in Thailand, according to Sikorsky parent company Lockheed Martin.

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NASA Research Could Reshape Understanding Of How Planets Form

Scientists Identify Meteorite With Earth-Like Chemicals Dating Back To The Earliest Days Of The Solar System

Researchers have identified a new type of meteorite with the potential to reshape our understanding of planetary formation. A new paper from scientists at the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division (ARES) at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, show that the meteorite has an Earth-like chemical composition and mineralogy that dates back to the earliest days of solar system formation. They also confirmed that this meteorite is the oldest igneous variety ever cataloged.

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Gulfstream Names Prestige Jet As Sales Representative In Benelux Region

Appointment Further Strengthens Company’s Focus On European Market

Gulfstream has expanded its relationship with Prestige Jet, its independent sales representative in France, Italy and Switzerland, by adding the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) region to the company’s sales responsibilities.

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ANN FAQ: How Do I Become A News Spy?

We're Everywhere... Thanks To You!

Even with the vast resources and incredibly far-reaching scope of the Aero-News Network, every now and then a story that should be reported on slips through our fingers. There's a lot of news out there, and sometimes we just don't get to all of it... so we came up with the idea of News Spies.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.16.18)

"The 11 million people who work to make aviation fly count on this long-term legislation for their safety and security too. The FAA’s success and that of the aviation system will be significantly enhanced by progress and passage of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill." Source: Excerpt from a letter sent by aviation stakeholders to the leadership of the U.S. Senate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.18): Homing

Flying the aircraft on any heading required to keep the needle pointing to the 0° relative bearing position.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.16.18)

Association of Professional Drone Pilots

The Association of Professional Drone Pilots says on their website that they help drone pilots run their UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) program safely and legally. Both public and private entities adding a drone program to improve efficiency and quality need the right expertise to make the most of their investment.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

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August 15, 2018

Airborne 08.13.18: Bizarre Q400 Theft, Female Hurricane Hunters, One Week Wonder

Also: Colorado Reservists, Flight Examiner Bribe Attempt, Boeing 737 Logjam, World Helicopter Day

An airport worker, first identified as a mechanic, and then as a ramp agent, apparently took unauthorized possession of a Horizon Air Q400 twin turboprop, powered it up, and somehow took off without permission from Sea-Tac Airport late Friday night. There are extensive questions (and few answers) as to how he took control, got the aircraft powered up, and then gained access to a runway to engage in a takeoff -- and how much supervision/surveillance surrounded the airplane. Throughout the flight, the only pe

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Airborne 08.15.18: Bell 525 Milestone, Parker Solar Probe, NIMBY Nonsense

Also: Aerion Supersonic, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Australia GA Maintenance, Flight Training Legislation

The Bell 525 Relentless program is closing in on an anticipated 2019 certification, as yet another milestone was completed as part of a series of rigorous test protocols. The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. “We successfully completed hot weather testing last week in yuma, arizona,” said Troy Caudill, Chief Test Pilot, Bell 525 Pro

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Flight Training Legislation Introduced In The U.S. Senate

The American Aviator Act Would Help Pay For Flight Training For Veterans

A bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would establish flight-training services to assist veterans who want to become commercial airline pilots. The American Aviator Act, which was introduced by Senators John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), will authorize grants through the FAA to support training opportunities for veterans who are not already military pilots.

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ICAO Americas And Caribbean Aviation Security Roadmap Endorsed

Will Align Regional Programs With ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan

Stressing that it will align respective national and regional programs and targets with ICAO’s new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP), ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu is welcoming the recent endorsement of an Aviation Security Roadmap for the UN specialized agency’s North American, Central American, Caribbean (NACC) and South American (SAM) Regions.

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NGC Opens New Facility Bringing Innovation And Jobs To Oxnard, CA

Ceremony Attended By National, Local And Northrop Grumman Officials

U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) joined Northrop Grumman Corporation executives and local officials recently for the formal opening of Astro Aerospace’s new facility in Oxnard, California. The 140,000 square foot manufacturing center will increase efficiency and help Astro Aerospace manage its growing portfolio of work.

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Workhorse Group Inc. Closes $10.35 Million Public Offering Of Its Common Stock

Company Will Use The Money For Inventory, Working Capital And Corporate Purposes

Workhorse Group, which is developing the SureFly hybrid VTOL aircraft and HorseFly drone delivery system, has closed its previously announced underwritten public offering of 9,000,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $1.15 per share. In addition, Workhorse has granted the underwriter a 45-day over-allotment option to purchase up to 1,350,000 additional shares of its common stock at the public offering price. All of the common stock was offered by the Company.

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True Course Simulations (TCS) - Read It, Watch It, And Do It

ERAU Prescott Uses A Faculty Developed Simulation Program To Improve Student Pilot Training

If you are an incoming flight student attending the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, True Course Simulations (TCS) is now required as part of the private pilot coursework. TCS is intended to provide students with a convenient, less expensive and more effective set of tools for preparing, practicing and reinforcing flight training in order to get the maximum value from the costliest components, time with Instructor Pilots (IPs) and in-flight training.

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Garmin Expands Navigation Databases To Include South America

Compatible With Multiple Certified And Portable Systems

Garmin has added new, cost-effective Garmin Navigation Database information for South America. This database will soon be available in the newly expanded Americas OnePak, which offers coverage in North, Central and South America and provides database updates across all Garmin avionics and a portable in a single aircraft.

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AMA Drone Report 08.09.18: UK Kid/Drone Ban?, FAI Int'l, UAV 'Attack' Fallout?

Also: FAA: NO Drones Near Wildfires, Solar-Powered Record, Louisiana UAVs, Drone Center Of Excellence

The U.K. has new drone rules under consideration that would ban people under 18 years old from owning a drone weighing more than 250 grams... or 0.55 pounds. The proposal could allow youngsters to fly heavier drones under adult supervision if the aircraft is owned by and registered to an older person. The restriction is pegged to the age at which an insurance policy can be issued. Other suggestions in the proposed bill that is targeted for implementation later this year are online safety tests and requi

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Australia Implements New General Aviation Maintenance Rules

CASA Says The New Regulations Will Minimize The Regulatory Burden On General Aviation

The first step is being taken to develop a set of streamlined new maintenance regulations for Australia’s general aviation sector. New maintenance regulations will minimize the regulatory burden on general aviation, keep compliance costs as low as possible and be based on the best practices of other leading aviation nations.

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Ravn Alaska Approved By IATA To Join Its Safety Registry

Completes Highly Successful International Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)

Ravn Air Group (Ravn) president & CEO, Dave Pflieger has announced that, after successfully completing the IATA operational safety audit, Corvus Airlines (d/b/a Ravn Alaska), was added to the IOSA Registry.

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AFAS To Award More Than $6 Million In Annual Grants, Scholarships

Recipients Are Dependents Of Active Duty And Retired Airmen

The Air Force Aid Society will award more than $6 million in Gen. Henry Hap Arnold education grants and AFAS merit scholarships to the dependents of active duty and retired Airmen.

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Final Agenda for 2018 UAS Summit & Expo Announced

Event Will Provide Attendees With A Comprehensive Overview Of The Current State Of The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry

The final agenda for the 12th annual UAS Summit & Expo, the upper Midwest's premier unmanned aircraft systems event, has been released. Taking place August 20-22 in Grand Forks, ND, the 2018 agenda includes a keynote presentation from secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Heather Wilson and presentations from North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp, and Representative Kevin Cramer.

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Jeff Bezos To Keynote 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference

Will Provide His Perspective On Space And Technology To The Air Force Association

The Air Force Association (AFA) announced today that Jeff Bezos, Founder of Blue Origin and Founder & CEO of Amazon, will provide an address during AFA's 2018 Air, Space & Cyber Conference held September 17-19, 2018 in National Harbor, MD.

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DroneDek Awarded U.S. Patent For Last Mile Drone Delivery

Company Says Technology Could Disrupt Mail/Parcel Delivery Industry

A company developing what it calls the "mailbox of the future" technology has been awarded a U.S. Patent for last mile drone delivery. DroneDek says it is set to disrupt the parcel, package and mail delivery industry by leveraging several patent claims it was awarded that combine to make it a "mailbox on steroids".

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Bell Announces Delivery Of Bell 429s To Jamaica Defence Force

Deep-Rooted Military Customer Introduces Three Bell 429S To Existing Bell Fleet

Bell Helicopter has delivered two Bell 429s to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). A third Bell 429 is scheduled for delivery to the JDF next year. The three aircraft will be used to complete a range of missions including, search and rescue, medical evacuations, natural disaster relief, national security and military training.

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San Diego Fire Department Begins Remotely-Piloted Drone Testing

Aircraft Controlled Using Telepresence Technology Platform

The San Diego Fire Department has launched a pilot program to use drones to assist in its firefighting efforts. The aircraft will be equipped with cameras to give aerial views of fire scenes, use thermal imagers to help identify people or hotspots, and help firefighters on the ground plan the best course of action for fighting a fire.

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New Theory Emerges In MH370 Disappearance

Analyst Says A Stowaway Is 'Likely' Responsible For The Mystery

A new theory has been presented by an aviation analyst who says a stowaway is the mostly likely explanation for the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in 2014.

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Toronto Airport Screeners Reject Contract Offer From Garda

Strike Vote Not Yet Scheduled

Pre-Board Screening officers at Toronto's Pearson and Billy Bishop airports have rejected Garda's final offer regarding negotiations.

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Utah Man Flies Airplane Into His Own Home

Sustains Fatal Injuries In The Intentional Act

A pilot who had been arrested on domestic violence charges was fatally injured when he intentionally flew an airplane into a home he owned in Utah where his wife and adult son were staying.

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ANN FAQ: Disqus

A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations

Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-based comment tool you can use to talk about stories on Aero-News with your friends.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.15.18)

“Aviation security has experienced a major shift over the past two years. With new resolutions supporting its effectiveness and sustainability being adopted by the most recent ICAO Assembly, and by the UN Security Council.Source: ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.15.18): Holding Pattern

A racetrack pattern, involving two turns and two legs, used to keep an aircraft within a prescribed airspace with respect to a geographic fix.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.15.18)

Senate Poised To Order FAA To Study Safety Of One-Pilot Cargo Flights

A report in Forbes looks at the FAA reauthorization legislation under consideration in the U.S. Senate. which would order the FAA to launch a study of cargo flight operations using a flight crew of one, instead of two pilots.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

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AD: Various Model 234 And Model CH-47D Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2018-16-11

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Airborne 08.15.18: Bell 525 Milestone, Parker Solar Probe, NIMBY Nonsense

Also: Aerion Supersonic, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Australia GA Maintenance, Flight Training Legislation 

The Bell 525 Relentless program is closing in on an anticipated 2019 certification, as yet another milestone was completed as part of a series of rigorous test protocols. The Bell 525 program recently completed hot weather testing in Yuma, Arizona at temperatures up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit as well as high altitude operations to density altitudes of 14,000 feet. “We successfully completed hot weather testing last week in yuma, arizona,” said Troy Caudill, Chief Test Pilot, Bell 525 Program. “The aircraft performed very well and we are gathering test data for certification.” NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched Sunday to begin its journey t

August 14, 2018

Airborne-Unmanned 08.14.18: Wing Delivery, Pilot Unions, Drones Herd Birds

Also: Cyberhawk, Oceans Unmanned, VerdeGo Aero, Swift Engineering

A pioneering commercial BVLOS delivery by drone brought ice cream to a two-year-old in a demonstration conducted in Virginia by Alphabet's Wing. The delivery flight covered 1.4 miles, and arrived within eight minutes from the time the order was completed by the mom of the lucky toddler. It was conducted under new rules that allow some states and other government entities to experiment with BVLOS drone flights put in place last year. Among those in attendance at the demonstration was Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's UAS Integration Off

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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched For Development Of Drone Parachute System

Goal Is To Make Safe Flight Over People Possible

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the development of a drone parachute system that its designer hopes will lead to approval of flights over people.

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Air Force Seeks Nominations For SecAF Prestigious STEM PhD Program

Open To Services Most Highly Qualified Active Duty Captains

As part of a continuous effort to develop exceptional leaders in a highly technical environment, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson is introducing the Secretary of the Air Force Prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Ph.D. Program for the service’s most highly qualified active duty captains.

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Aerion Supersonic Coming To Los Angeles

Hiring Event Planned For September

Aerion is recruiting talent at the director and lead engineer levels for the AS2 supersonic aircraft at an event planned for September 21 in Los Angeles, CA. The company is seeking experienced program directors and subsystem engineers.

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SITAONAIR Pilot Weather Solution Certified By Inmarsat

Will Deliver Real-Time Weather Information On SB-S Platform

SITAONAIR’s EFB Weather Awareness Solution (eWAS) is the latest application certified by Inmarsat for use across its next-generation SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) communications platform for the flight deck, allowing airlines to now receive the latest weather view in real-time during flights.

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Community Group Questions Skydiving Operation Near CA Wildfire

But FAA Says Skydive Elsinore Is Not Inhibiting Firefighting Operations

Questions have been raised about a skydiving operation that conducts flights out of Slylark Airport (7B6) by a community group which claims that the skydiving aircraft may be interfering with efforts to fight the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest.

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Five Injured In Accident At Abbotsford Airshow In Canada

Plane Went Down Shortly After The Show Ended

A 1930’s era biplane identified as a de Havilland Dragon Rapide went down at 5:30 p.m. local time Saturday on the runway of Abbotsford International Airport shortly after the Abbotsford International Airshow wrapped up for the day.

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General Atomics Expands Footprint At Grand Sky

GA-ASI Will Add 14.5 Acres To Its Leased Space

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) will significantly expand the company’s presence at North Dakota's Grand Sky, which claims to be the "first and only fully operational civil unmanned aerial systems (UAS)-focused research and development park in the U.S."

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Veteran Astronaut And Aviator Retires From NASA

'Ray J' Johnson Piloted More Than 50 Aircraft, And The Space Shuttle

Gregory C. "Ray J" Johnson, who piloted the space shuttle and more than 50 different aircraft, has retired after 28 years of service to the agency. Johnson came to NASA in 1990 as a research and instructor pilot in the Aircraft Operations division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. He was selected as an astronaut in 1998 and piloted space shuttle Atlantis on the STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009.

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EPIC World Tour Helicopter Circumnavigation Comes To A Close

Two Pilots Returned To Whistler Municipal Airport In Vancouver, Canada August 5

Ninety-seven days from their date of departure, pilots Ruben Dias of  Whistler, Vancouver Canada and his co-pilot Mischa Gelb landed their Robinson R66 helicopter back at Whistler Municipal Airport completing the world's fastest antipode circumnavigation in a helicopter.

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Award-Winning Gulfstream G600 Makes Latin American Debut At LBACE

Conference Opens August 14 In São Paulo

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s next aircraft to be certified, the award-winning Gulfstream G600, will make its Latin American debut as part of the company’s static display at the upcoming Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) in São Paulo.

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NASA Astronaut Says He May Have Seen Something Alien During Shuttle Mission

NASA Officials Say There Is An Easy Explanation For What Leland Melvin Saw

During a mission on space shuttle Atlantis, astronaut Leland Melvin saw something he described as "curved" and "organic looking" floating near the spacecraft outside the payload bay. He revealed the sighting in a Twitter exchange with UFO Sightings Daily August 4th.

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Airborne-Unmanned 08.14.18: Wing Delivery, Pilot Unions, Drones Herd Birds

Also: Cyberhawk, Oceans Unmanned, VerdeGo Aero, Swift Engineering

A pioneering commercial BVLOS delivery by drone brought ice cream to a two-year-old in a demonstration conducted in Virginia by Alphabet's Wing. The delivery flight covered 1.4 miles, and arrived within eight minutes from the time the order was completed by the mom of the lucky toddler. It was conducted under new rules that allow some states and other government entities to experiment with BVLOS drone flights put in place last year. Among those in attendance at the demonstration was Earl Lawrence, director of the FAA's UAS Integration Office. “You did see something historic today,” Lawrence said. “They can share the fact that the U.S. does have package delivery in its future.” dvancements i

August 13, 2018

Airborne 08.13.18: Bizarre Q400 Theft, Female Hurricane Hunters, One Week Wonder

Also: Colorado Reservists, Flight Examiner Bribe Attempt, Boeing 737 Logjam, World Helicopter Day

An airport worker, first identified as a mechanic, and then as a ramp agent, apparently took unauthorized possession of a Horizon Air Q400 twin turboprop, powered it up, and somehow took off without permission from Sea-Tac Airport late Friday night. There are extensive questions (and few answers) as to how he took control, got the aircraft powered up, and then gained access to a runway to engage in a takeoff -- and how much supervision/surveillance surrounded the airplane. Throughout the flight, the only pe

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Klyde Morris 08.13.18

Klyde Has An 'Aha' Moment

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 08.10.18: ANN Flies Sling TSi, Indoor Skydivers, Bob Hoover Artistry

Also: 2Q-18 Avionics Sales, HondaJet Elite Deliveries, Pilot Sentenced, Drone Herds Birds

The day after Oshkosh 2018 came to a close, ANN’s Jim Campbell had the chance to be the first aviation journalist to get an early evaluation of the new Sling TSi--literally just out of the box that it was shipped in, from South Africa to Oshkosh. While it‘s unfair and improper to do a full flight test of an aircraft that barely had an hour or two on it since it was assembled in the US, the one hour shakedown flight did give Jim the chance to see if the Sling TSi has the potential we hoped it has... and

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Airborne 08.13.18: Bizarre Q400 Theft, Female Hurricane Hunters, One Week Wonder

Also: Colorado Reservists, Flight Examiner Bribe Attempt, Boeing 737 Logjam, World Helicopter Day

An airport worker, first identified as a mechanic, and then as a ramp agent, apparently took unauthorized possession of a Horizon Air Q400 twin turboprop, powered it up, and somehow took off without permission from Sea-Tac Airport late Friday night. There are extensive questions (and few answers) as to how he took control, got the aircraft powered up, and then gained access to a runway to engage in a takeoff -- and how much supervision/surveillance surrounded the airplane. Throughout the flight, the only person on board, Richard Russell, engaged in sightseeing and radical maneuvers that included rolls and inverted flight. Russell admitted that much of his flight experience came from

August 11, 2018

Airborne 08.10.18: ANN Flies Sling TSi, Indoor Skydivers, Bob Hoover Artistry

Also: 2Q-18 Avionics Sales, HondaJet Elite Deliveries, Pilot Sentenced, Drone Herds Birds

The day after Oshkosh 2018 came to a close, ANN’s Jim Campbell had the chance to be the first aviation journalist to get an early evaluation of the new Sling TSi--literally just out of the box that it was shipped in, from South Africa to Oshkosh. While it‘s unfair and improper to do a full flight test of an aircraft that barely had an hour or two on it since it was assembled in the US, the one hour shakedown flight did give Jim the chance to see if the Sling TSi has the potential we hoped it has... and

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‘Aviatrix’ Joins Airborne News’ Expanded Programming Roster For Fall 2018

New Airborne Program Highlights News & Features Dedicated To Women in the Aviation/Aerospace Community

The Aero-News Network, the producer of aviation’s longest running Daily aviation video news program series, Airborne, is pleased to announce the addition of ‘Airborne-Aviatrix’ to this year’s upcoming production schedule. It is the Airborne news team’s intention to produce innovative and compelling programming dedicated to the role of women in aviation and aerospace. Airborne-Aviatrix (AAx) will start as a weekly web news program produced under the Airborne programming mantra and will consist of stories, news and features about the important and under-reported role many of today’s women are playing in the A

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August 10, 2018

Airborne 08.08.18: NATA v AOPA, Continental Builds!, New CAF Boss

Also: NBAA Still Fighting For KSMO, NTSB Staff, Airport Fund Scandal, NavMonster Updates

NATA is continuing to 'educate the public' in light of the AOPA campaign recently referred to as “Denial of Airport Access & Egregious FBO Fees.” NATA urges the industry and public to gain a better understanding of the landscape of general aviation to avoid potential unintended consequences derived from AOPA’s misguided assumptions on pricing at publicly-funded airports. “We believe AOPA’s initiative risks increasing costs for users, will redirect resources from important operationa

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August 09, 2018

AMA Drone Report 08.09.18: UK Kid/Drone Ban?, FAI Int'l, UAV 'Attack' Fallout?

Also: FAA: NO Drones Near Wildfires, Solar-Powered Record, Louisiana UAVs, Drone Center Of Excellence

The U.K. has new drone rules under consideration that would ban people under 18 years old from owning a drone weighing more than 250 grams... or 0.55 pounds. The proposal could allow youngsters to fly heavier drones under adult supervision if the aircraft is owned by and registered to an older person. The restriction is pegged to the age at which an insurance policy can be issued. Other suggestions in the proposed bill that is targeted for implementation later this year are online safety tests and requi

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August 08, 2018

Airborne 08.08.18: NATA v AOPA, Continental Builds!, New CAF Boss

Also: NBAA Still Fighting For KSMO, NTSB Staff, Airport Fund Scandal, NavMonster Updates

NATA is continuing to 'educate the public' in light of the AOPA campaign recently referred to as “Denial of Airport Access & Egregious FBO Fees.” NATA urges the industry and public to gain a better understanding of the landscape of general aviation to avoid potential unintended consequences derived from AOPA’s misguided assumptions on pricing at publicly-funded airports. “We believe AOPA’s initiative risks increasing costs for users, will redirect resources from important operationa

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May 07, 2018

Edic Horizon International Flight Academy Signs For Two Bell 429s

Flight Training Facility Expands Services To Include Twin Engine Aircraft

Bell Helicopter has announced a signature from Edic Horizon International Flight Academy to purchase two Bell 429 aircraft. Based at Al Ain International Airport, Edic Horizon International Flight Academy utilizes their fleet of entirely Bell aircraft to provide flight training to a variety of international students.

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May 04, 2018

Jet Aviation Completes Acquisition Of Hawker Pacific

Transaction Valued At $250 Million

Jet Aviation has completed its acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of Civil MRO, Fleet and FBO Services, and Aircraft Sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The transaction is valued at $250 million.

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December 31, 2017

Parker Aerospace Awarded Contract To Provide Emirates’ 777X Hydraulic Pumps

Hydraulic Engine-Driven Pump And AC Motor Pump From Parker Aerospace Chosen As Supplier-Furnished Equipment For Emirates’ New 777X Fleet

Parker Aerospace, a business segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced a pump call-out agreement with Emirates for its 777X aircraft. Emirates is the launch customer of the new Boeing aircraft with an order book of 150 777X, one of the single largest aircraft orders by value in the history of US commercial aviation. Parker will provide the hydraulic engine-driven pump and AC motor pump on the fleet of 777X wide-body airplanes.

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December 29, 2017

Flight Inspection (FI) Market Worth $5.57 Billion By 2022

Growth Forecast To Be 4.31 Percent During The Period

According to the new research report, now available on ASDReports, "Flight Inspection (FI) Market by Solution (System, & Services), End User (Commercial Airports, Defense Airports), Services Type (Commissioning, Routine, Special Inspection), System Type (Fixed, Mobile, Ground-based) and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The Flight Inspection (FI) market is projected to grow from an estimated $4.51 billion in 2017 to $5.57 billion by 2022, at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 4.31% during the forecast period.

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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