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August 20, 2017

Airborne 08.18.17: NBAA v KSMO, Sully Attacked, DB Cooper Update

Also: New NASA Admin?, Anti-Aviation Hypocrites, Airberlin, Sky Hopper, Drone v Carrier, Jet Aviation, Airman Retires

The NBAA joined five other stakeholders to file a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the legality of a "settlement agreement” between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica. The highly unusual agreement, which was concluded last January with no public input and with disregard for numerous mandatory statutory requirements, would restrict and ultimately prohibit aviation access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport. “As this filing

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AMA Drone Report 08.17.17: MULTI-GP Int'l Open, Drone v Chicago, Reno Drone Race

Also: Yuneec Extended Service Plan, UAV on A/C Carrier, Blue Angels Incident, Drone Operator Safety Act

MultiGP’s 2017 MultiGP International Open, conducted on the grounds of AMA HQ turned out to be a recordsetter! The AMA crew has reported that some 300 quadcopter pilots inundated Muncie, Indiana, August 8-13 for the much-anticipated Riot-MultiGP International Open. The races were held at AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center and in addition to plenty of opportunities to simply fly for the fun of it, pilots competed at eleven tracks spread out across nearly 1,100 acres. Racers came from a

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Airborne-Unmanned 08.15.17: Reno Drone Races, DoD CrackDown, Blue Angels v UAV?

Also: Kansas DOT-AirMap, CIRRUAS Drone Program, Daytona Beach PD UAS, Virginia UAS SAR

The Reno Air Racing Association has signed an agreement with the MultiGP Drone Racing League to host the National Drone Racing Championship during this year’s National Championship Air Races. The drone races will be held in the Air Races on-site drone zone. "The addition of MultiGP’s National Drone Racing Championship into the air races allows our fans to experience exciting drone technology up-close and personally,” Tony Logoteta, Director of Finance for the Reno Air Racing Association said. The inc

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RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs

It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off something TRULY REMARKABLE - which will require us to make BIG CHANGES. So... ANN is officially looking for a new home for a major new initiative... hopefully, a permanent one. We are now in the implementation phases of THE most significant upgrades we've ever undertaken and preparing to make significant operational modifications to accomodate them. As a result, we're currently inviting proposals for a NEW airport/office studio facility to serve as a home base and studio for new programming about to be introduced by the Aero-Ne

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Next X-37B Mission Slated For September

Secretive Mini-Shuttle Reportedly Being Prepped For Launch

The X-37B space plane may fly again in September, but the Air Force is playing the actual launch date close to the vest.

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Apollo Aviation Group Acquires 38 Aircraft In First Half Of 2017

Size Of Fleet Expands To Over 160 Aircraft

Apollo Aviation Group, a multi-strategy aviation investment manager, has contracted to purchase 38 aircraft in the first half of 2017 for a total gross purchase price of $910 million.

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Long Goodbye: Reserve Airman Retires After 41 Years

Robert Wegeman Jr. Joined the Air Force At 19

When a 19-year-old Robert Wegeman Jr. left Louisiana and joined the Air Force in 1976, Star Wars didn’t exist, Rocky had yet to fight Apollo, gas was 60 cent per gallon, the A-10 Thunderbolt was less than six months old, the F-15 was less than two years old and the main military fighter aircraft was the F-4.

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Lockheed Martin Successfully Integrates First Modernized A2100 Satellite

Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1 Communications Satellite Moves To Final Assembly

A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of the company's first modernized A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018.

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New England Patriots Purchase Two Boeing 767s

Retrofitted New Team Planes With All First-Class Seating

The New England Patriots have become the first NFL franchise to purchase its own team planes.

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Aurora Signs $499 Million Air Force Contract

Will Support The ASAPTR Program

Aurora Flight Sciences has been awarded a $499 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force in support of the ASAPTR program. The competitively awarded Aerospace Systems Air Platform Technology Research (ASAPTR) contract is to conduct research for affordable, revolutionary capabilities for the warfighter.

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ACR Electronics Acquires United Moulders Ltd.

ACR Provides Safety And Survival Equipment For The Aviation Market

ACR Electronics, Inc., confirmed it has acquired United Moulders Ltd. (UML), a United Kingdom based designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art lifejacket inflating devices.

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CC-130J Super Hercules Delivers IRB Commitments For Canada

Completed Commitments One Year Ahead Of Schedule

Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the Aircraft Capability - Tactical (ACP-T) Acquisition Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) commitments valued at $1.4 billion associated with Canada's purchase of 17 CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft in 2007.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.17)

Aero Linx: Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum The Delaware Valley Historical Aircraft Association Harold F. Pitcairn Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, located in Horsham, Pa. The museum's mission is to preserve aviation history in the greater Delaware Valley, including the contributions of Harold F. Pitcairn, as well as the men and women who served at NASJRB Willow Grove, for the education and benefit of future generations.

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ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release

Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and the most quaint of air shows. After having seen the best and the worst in press releases over the years, we have some ideas to help companies do so much more to help themselves, both with ANN and with the general media.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.17): Maximum Authorized Altitude

Maximum Authorized Altitude A published altitude representing the maximum usable altitude or flight level for an airspace structure or route segment. It is the highest altitude on a Federal airway, jet route, area navigation low or high route, or other direct route for which an MEA is designated in 14 CFR Part 95 at which adequate reception of navigation aid signals is assured.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.20.17)

“The F-106 was ahead of its time... Performance-wise, I felt it was comparable to the (F-15) Eagle. It kept us busy back then. We were accomplishing 20-plus sorties on a daily basis.” Source: After 41 years of service and 16 different Air Force aircraft maintained, now-Tech. Sgt. Wegeman, 919th Special Operations Maintenance Group, retired and said goodbye to the Blue August 14, on his 60th birthday. During his career, Wegeman, currently a quality assurance aircraft inspector, maintained T-33s, EB-57s, F-15s, A-10s, F-4s, MC-130Es, C-145s, and C-146s, but his favorite aircraft was his first one – the F-106 Delta Dart.

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August 19, 2017

FAA Changes Night Landing Rules At KSFO

Move Follows Incident In Which An Air Canada Crew Lined Up To Land On An Active Taxiway

The FAA has issued new rules for night landings and tower staffing at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) following an incident in which an Air Canada A320 nearly landed on a taxiway where four other airliners were lined up waiting to depart from the airport.

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Sen. Wicker: Mississippi Will Help Write The Next Chapter Of Drone Technology

New DHS Partnership Solidifies State’s Work With Unmanned Systems

Mississippi’s leadership in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is reaching new heights, thanks to a recent partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Our state was chosen in April to host the department’s UAS demonstration range facility for testing small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones. DHS plans to use these systems to help U.S. Border Patrol agents perform their monitoring, detection, and search-and-rescue operations.

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HondaJet Ranks As Most-Delivered Jet In Its Category During 1st Half Of 2017

Data Reported By GAMA

Honda Aircraft Company today announced that the HondaJet was the most-delivered jet in its category for the first half of 2017, as reported by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

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Saving Lives With Dart’s Cable Cutter System

Wire Strikes Account For About 16 Percent Of All Accidents, Safety Experts Say

The team at Dart Aerospace has made it a priority to promote safety within today's helicopter industry.

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Harris Delivers Navigation Payload For Third LM GPS III Satellite

Will Be Integrated Into Spacecraft For Launch This Summer

The third of 10 advanced navigation payloads has been delivered by Harris Corporation to Lockheed Martin, which will increase accuracy, signal power and jamming resistance for U.S. Air Force GPS III satellites.

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FRC East Inducts First F-35A

Arrives In Cherry Point, NC For Upgrades

The Navy's Fleet Readiness Center East received the first F-35A Lightning II for upgrade in Cherry Point, NC on Aug. 9. The aircraft variant, primarily operated by the Air Force, was flown from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to FRC East to receive several depot and field-level airframe modifications.

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NASA Awards Contract To Extend Operations Of Research, Development Center

Extends Agreement Between Caltech And NASA For Management At JPL

NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.

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Carrier Air Wing Five Squadrons Conduct 'Heritage' Flight Over Solomon Islands

Trained Above Key Battlegrounds From WWII With Modern Aircraft

Aircrew from Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW 5) had the unique opportunity to experience storied World War II history during the 17-1 patrol cycle aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), July 31.

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ANN FAQ: Contributing To Aero-TV

How To Get A Story On Aero-TV News/Feature Programming

How do I submit a story idea or lead to Aero-TV? If you would like to submit a story idea or lead, please contact Jim Campbell via the link below. Please include the following information when submitting a story idea or lead: who the intended subject is, a general story outline of said subject, important dates or deadlines for the story lead, and any appropriate contact information for both yourself and related subjects.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.19.17)

"Unmanned systems are at the crossroads of so many diverse fields that strong partnerships are crucial to maximizing their potential. Mississippians have repeatedly demonstrated an ability to collaborate across local, state, and federal levels." Source: U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.19.17): Correction

An error has been made in the transmission and the correct version follows.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.19.17)

Flying Physicians Association

FPA members are devoted to promoting aviation safety and education, cross-disciplinary medical education, charitable and public benefit activities that capitalize on their medical and aviation skills, and social activities involving like-minded physician-pilots.

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August 18, 2017

Stephan Brown Resigns As President And CEO Of The CAF

Board Will Begin A Search For His Replacement Immediately

Stephan C. Brown has resigned from his post as president/CEO of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) effective August 17, 2017.

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Airborne 08.18.17: NBAA v KSMO, Sully Attacked, DB Cooper Update

Also: New NASA Admin?, Anti-Aviation Hypocrites, Airberlin, Sky Hopper, Drone v Carrier, Jet Aviation, Airman Retires

The NBAA joined five other stakeholders to file a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the legality of a "settlement agreement” between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica. The highly unusual agreement, which was concluded last January with no public input and with disregard for numerous mandatory statutory requirements, would restrict and ultimately prohibit aviation access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport. “As this filing

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ONE Aviation 'Canada' Program Unveils First Developmental Airframe

One Of A Series Of Sequential Prototypes Will Help Develop The Forthcoming EA-700

The ONE Aviation 'Canada' program, which ANN exclusively detailed last year for the first time, is about to kick into high gear. A re-winged Eclipse airframe, which will be used to document various aerodynamic aspects of the design upgrade has been shown off publicly prior to a test program that will eventually involved at least three escalating airframe programs before a complete EA700 flies. A ONE Aviation Spokesman noted that, "ONE Aviation is proud to announce the roll out of N990NE. This is one of our experimental prototypes that has been fitted with a new wing as part of the "Project Canada/EA-700" development. The new wing is one of the exciting features of th

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Aero-TV: Senator Inhofe on Protecting GA - An Aviation Hero's Steadfast Efforts

Discussing ATC Privatization And More With Aero-News At AirVenture

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has been a strong advocate of General Aviation throughout his Senate Career. In an interview with ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, he said that the concept of ATC privatization is dead in the Senate. Inhofe said that the FAA Authorization bill reported out of the Senate does not contain language that would allow for the privatization of the nation's air traffic control system, and now, in his estimation, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) does not have the votes in the house to pass the legislation.

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Klyde Morris 08.18.17

Silence IS Golden, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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USGS To Conduct Aerial Fault Mapping In Oklahoma

Surveys Will Take Six To 10 Weeks To Complete

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and Oklahoma Geological Survey are teaming up to better understand the location of deep faults and subsurface geology via airborne technology.

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Cosmic Opportunity For Radiation Research At ESA

Calls For Proposals For Experiments To Be Conducted In Darmstadt, Germany

Cosmic radiation is considered the main health hazard to human spaceflight and space exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond, which is why ESA has made cosmic radiation a focus of its research program.

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Aeroflot Receives Sixth New Airbus From AviaAM Financial Leasing China

A320 Delivered August 15 To The Russian Flag Carrier

A sixth new Airbus A320 family aircraft has been delivered to Aeroflot through a joint venture between AviaAM Leasing and the Henan Civil Aviation Development and Investment Company (HNCA) – AviaAM Financial Leasing China.

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Airborne 08.17.17: GA Sales Report, Google Lunar XPRIZE, ATC Privatization

Also: Gustave Whitehead, AirVenture Innovation Preview, Learjet 75, HondaJet, ALEA, Honeywell, F-5N

GAMA has published second quarter GA airplane shipment and billings data. The general aviation industry delivered 995 airplanes at a value of $9 billion during the first half of 2017. "Results for the second quarter of this year are very much like the first – mixed, with some bright spots,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “We hope rule rewrites in the U.S. and Europe, reorganization of the FAA certification directorate, and ongoing certification and regulatory reform efforts in C

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ICAO Secretary General Promotes Aviation Development Priorities In Kazakhstan

Stresses Need For Adequate Funding And Human Resources For Civil Aviation Functions

Highlighting that only 5% of annual global development financing currently supports aviation infrastructure or related projects, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu delivered a determined message to Kazakhstan’s political leaders last week on the need to prioritize air transport development in the years ahead and optimize the tremendous opportunities for economic development inherent in projected air transport growth.

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Spirit Pilots Prepare For Labor Action

Voting Open August 21 Through September 8

Leaders of the Spirit Airlines pilot group, represented by the Air Line Pilot Association, Int’l (ALPA), voted unanimously to send a strike-authorization ballot item to the 1,600 Spirit pilots for a vote opening August 21. Should the vote pass, the measure would allow the pilot leaders to call for a lawful strike if the National Mediation Board (NMB) releases the Spirit pilots into self-help and a 30-day cooling-off period is completed. The vote closes on September 8.

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Textron Aviation And TAM Celebrate At LABACE 2017

Mark 35 Years Of Delivering Class-Leading Aircraft And Support

Textron Aviation  and longtime channel partner TAM Aviacão Executive are marking 35 years of successfully delivering world class aircraft and support solutions to customers in the region during the 2017 Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE) at the Congonhas Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Throughout the three-day event, Textron Aviation and TAM are showcasing the business jet, turboprop and piston platforms best suited for the Latin American region, including the Cessna Citation Latitude, Cessna Citation CJ3+, Cessna Citation M2, Beechcraft King Air 350i, Cessna Grand Caravan EX and Beechcraft Baron G58.

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Sky Hopper Cargo Drone Being Developed In Scotland

Hopes To Support Isolated Communities Using Sustainable Methods

A group of entrepreneurial UK engineers has plans to build a mid-mass logistics drone for global markets. The system will be aimed initially at remote and isolated communities, but is planned to be fully capable of near urban operations in due course.

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Next Evolution Of Kratos Mako Tactical UAS Completes Successful Flight Tests

Enhanced With A Suite Of Mission Systems Normally Found On Manned Aircraft

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions recently completed a flight test series evaluating the next evolution of the UTAP-22 Mako Unmanned Aerial System that was first introduced and demonstrated in late 2015. 

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Bombardier, MAGA Aviation Expand Authorized Service Center Agreement

Will Enhance Support For Customers In South America

Bombardier has announced that MAGA Aviation of Campinas, Bombardier Business Aircraft's maintenance support partner in Brazil and South America, recently received approval to carry out maintenance on Bombardier Global Express and Global 5000 aircraft models. MAGA Aviation has been a Bombardier Authorized Service Facility (ASF) since 2013.

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Man Lands Drone On New U.K. Aircraft Carrier

Says The Arrival Was Accidental Due To High Winds Which Triggered Autoland Feature

A hobbyist's drone landed on the deck of Britain's newest aircraft carrier last month while she was docked in Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands.

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NAVAIR Weapons Division Hosts RAAF For Training, Test Deployment

Month-Long Exercise Involved More Than 130 RAAF Personnel

The sea, air and land ranges at Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division were abuzz with F/A-18 Super Hornet and EA-18G “Growler” aircraft as over 130 members of the Royal Australian Air Force conducted a large-scale, joint operational test and evaluation deployment at China Lake and Point Mugu from May 1 until June 3.

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NASA Flight Suits Wind Up At Titusville, FL Thrift Store

Space-Worn Garments Purchased For 20 Cents Each By Two College Students

Two college students rummaging through bins at a Titusville, FL thrift store hit the jackpot when they came across five blue space-worn NASA flight suits and a white "control" suit. Now, the suits may be helping fund their educations.

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Aero-TV: Senator Inhofe on Protecting GA - An Aviation Hero's Steadfast Efforts Continue

Discussing ATC Privatization And More With Aero-News At AirVenture
 
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has been a strong advocate of General Aviation throughout his Senate Career. In an interview with ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, he said that the concept of ATC privatization is dead in the Senate.

Airborne 08.18.17: NBAA v KSMO, Sully Attacked, DB Cooper Update

Also: New NASA Admin?, Anti-Aviation Hypocrites, Airberlin, Sky Hopper, Drone v Carrier, Jet Aviation, Airman Retires

The NBAA joined five other stakeholders to file a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, challenging the legality of a "settlement agreement” between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica. The highly unusual agreement, which was concluded last January with no public input and with disregard for numerous mandatory statutory requirements, would restrict and ultimately prohibit aviation access to Santa Monica Municipal Airport. “As this filing makes perfectly clear, NBAA will defend our nation’s critical aviation infrastructure and protect general aviation’s access to airports and airspace,” said

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August 17, 2017

GAMA Publishes Second Quarter Rotorcraft Shipment Data

Bunce: Rotorcraft Are A 'Solid Bright Spot' In The Industry

GAMA has today published the second quarter rotorcraft shipment report. The rotorcraft industry delivered 465 aircraft in the first six months of 2017, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to the same period of last year. The value of the deliveries was $1.9 billion compared to $1.5 billion in 2016.

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Airborne 08.17.17: GA Sales Report, Google Lunar XPRIZE, ATC Privatization

Also: Gustave Whitehead, AirVenture Innovation Preview, Learjet 75, HondaJet, ALEA, Honeywell, F-5N

GAMA has published second quarter GA airplane shipment and billings data. The general aviation industry delivered 995 airplanes at a value of $9 billion during the first half of 2017. "Results for the second quarter of this year are very much like the first – mixed, with some bright spots,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “We hope rule rewrites in the U.S. and Europe, reorganization of the FAA certification directorate, and ongoing certification and regulatory reform efforts in C

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AMA Drone Report 08.17.17: MULTI-GP Int'l Open, Drone v Chicago, Reno Drone Race

Also: Yuneec Extended Service Plan, UAV on A/C Carrier, Blue Angels Incident, Drone Operator Safety Act

MultiGP’s 2017 MultiGP International Open, conducted on the grounds of AMA HQ turned out to be a recordsetter! The AMA crew has reported that some 300 quadcopter pilots inundated Muncie, Indiana, August 8-13 for the much-anticipated Riot-MultiGP International Open. The races were held at AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center and in addition to plenty of opportunities to simply fly for the fun of it, pilots competed at eleven tracks spread out across nearly 1,100 acres. Racers came from a

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Airborne 08.16.17: Skydive Myrtle Beach Update, WWII Mosquito, USMC Op Reset

Also: New Legend, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, NFL 767s, Boeing Board, Singapore Airlines, NE Drones, Stuart Jet Ctr

Horry County, SC government officials have has reversed their story on alleged safety violations by Skydive Myrtle Beach, saying in a cover letter for 126 documents requested in a Freedom of Information Act request that they "may or may not demonstrate violation by Skydive Myrtle Beach of Horry County Department of Airports Minimum Standards, as that assessment has not been undertaken." Two years ago, those same documents were used as evidence in complaints against the business to both the

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Airborne 08.17.17: GA Sales Report, Google Lunar XPRIZE, ATC Privatization

Also: Gustave Whitehead, AirVenture Innovation Preview, Learjet 75, HondaJet, ALEA, Honeywell, F-5N

GAMA has published second quarter GA airplane shipment and billings data. The general aviation industry delivered 995 airplanes at a value of $9 billion during the first half of 2017. "Results for the second quarter of this year are very much like the first – mixed, with some bright spots,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “We hope rule rewrites in the U.S. and Europe, reorganization of the FAA certification directorate, and ongoing certification and regulatory reform efforts in Congress, including fuller utilization of the delegation authorization, will spur higher numbers in future quarters this year and the next.” The piston airplane segment

AMA Drone Report 08.17.17: MULTI-GP Int'l Open, Drone v Chicago, Reno Drone Races!

Also: Yuneec Extended Service Plan, UAV on A/C Carrier, Blue Angels Incident, Drone Operator Safety Act

MultiGP’s 2017 MultiGP International Open, conducted on the grounds of AMA HQ turned out to be a recordsetter! The AMA crew has reported that some 300 quadcopter pilots inundated Muncie, Indiana, August 8-13 for the much-anticipated Riot-MultiGP International Open. The races were held at AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center and in addition to plenty of opportunities to simply fly for the fun of it, pilots competed at eleven tracks spread out across nearly 1,100 acres. Racers came from all over the globe... A drone operator with a Part 107 license was recently cited by the City of Chicago for flying his aircraft over people without consent... except that it didn'

August 16, 2017

Airborne 08.16.17: Skydive Myrtle Beach Update, WWII Mosquito, USMC Op Reset

Also: New Legend, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, NFL 767s, Boeing Board, Singapore Airlines, NE Drones, Stuart Jet Ctr

Horry County, SC government officials have has reversed their story on alleged safety violations by Skydive Myrtle Beach, saying in a cover letter for 126 documents requested in a Freedom of Information Act request that they "may or may not demonstrate violation by Skydive Myrtle Beach of Horry County Department of Airports Minimum Standards, as that assessment has not been undertaken." Two years ago, those same documents were used as evidence in complaints against the business to both the

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Airborne 08.15.17: Lycoming AD, Reno Drone Racing!, Santa Monica NIMBYs

Also: Icon A5 Accident, Aero-Calendar, Land Remote Sensing, Storm Aviation, Frontier, World Helicopter Day, Hubble

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the connecting rods in certain models of Lycoming engines, and asked for comments on the AD (2017-16-11). The AD requires an inspection of connecting rods and replacement of affected connecting rod small end bushings. It was prompted by several reports of connecting rod failures resulting in uncontained engine failure and in-flight shutdowns (IFSDs). The FAA says it has received 5 reports of uncontained engine failures and IFSDs due to

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August 15, 2017

Airborne 08.15.17: Lycoming AD, Reno Drone Racing!, Santa Monica NIMBYs

Also: Icon A5 Accident, Aero-Calendar, Land Remote Sensing, Storm Aviation, Frontier, World Helicopter Day, Hubble

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the connecting rods in certain models of Lycoming engines, and asked for comments on the AD (2017-16-11). The AD requires an inspection of connecting rods and replacement of affected connecting rod small end bushings. It was prompted by several reports of connecting rod failures resulting in uncontained engine failure and in-flight shutdowns (IFSDs). The FAA says it has received 5 reports of uncontained engine failures and IFSDs due to

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Airborne-Unmanned 08.15.17: Reno Drone Races, DoD CrackDown, Blue Angels v UAV?

Also: Kansas DOT-AirMap, CIRRUAS Drone Program, Daytona Beach PD UAS, Virginia UAS SAR

The Reno Air Racing Association has signed an agreement with the MultiGP Drone Racing League to host the National Drone Racing Championship during this year’s National Championship Air Races. The drone races will be held in the Air Races on-site drone zone. "The addition of MultiGP’s National Drone Racing Championship into the air races allows our fans to experience exciting drone technology up-close and personally,” Tony Logoteta, Director of Finance for the Reno Air Racing Association said. The inc

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Airborne 08.14.17: Concorde Return?, KSMO RWY Plans, DC Overflights

Also: San Mateo $$, Verhees Delta, Midwest Express, BizAv Activity, Cal Fire, AAR Ldg Gear, jetAVIVA

The Concorde SST was retired in 2003 by British Airways and Air France after the plane's popularity waned following an accident in 2000 in Paris. But there are some who hope to see the airplane fly again, and they have been engaged in a years-long fundraising effort to make that happen. Now, Club Concorde says it has raised the $156 million to acquire one of the retired aircraft and bring it back to flight status both for private charters and air shows. The plans for the destruction of the Santa Monica a

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August 14, 2017

Airborne 08.14.17: Concorde Return?, KSMO RWY Plans, DC Overflights

Also: San Mateo $$, Verhees Delta, Midwest Express, BizAv Activity, Cal Fire, AAR Ldg Gear, jetAVIVA

The Concorde SST was retired in 2003 by British Airways and Air France after the plane's popularity waned following an accident in 2000 in Paris. But there are some who hope to see the airplane fly again, and they have been engaged in a years-long fundraising effort to make that happen. Now, Club Concorde says it has raised the $156 million to acquire one of the retired aircraft and bring it back to flight status both for private charters and air shows. The plans for the destruction of the Santa Monica a

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August 09, 2017

It's ALIVE! 2017 AirVenture Innovation Preview Program Now Available

Get The Inside Details On THE Most Exciting NEW Innovations And Product Announcements From OSHKOSH 2017...

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 2017. 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 inno

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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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