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April 24, 2018

Airborne 04.23.18: Hemisphere Suspended, Thunderbirds Fly, Apple v Drones

Also: New NASA Administrator, AD For CFM56-7B, Engine Display Upgrade On C-441, First BBJ MAX

Textron Aviation has suspended work on the Citation Hemisphere large business jet, citing ongoing problems with the Safran Silvercrest engine selected to power the new airplane. Textron CEO Scott Donnelly announced the suspension during a conference call with analysts last week. "I think everybody knows there have been some issues around the engine that was slated for that aircraft," Donnelly said. The USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team has resumed operations and practice following the fatal injury of pilot M

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Airborne/Barnstorming 04.23.18: We Can Do So Much Better...

I'll Admit It... We're A Mite Frustrated, But We're ALSO Not Quitting... Ever

Comments/Analysis/News/Video by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell We've accomplished so much over the past 20+ years, but now find ourselves with what we consider to be innovative/disruptive and productive plans to help aviation get back on track -- and are having real problems getting them launched. As possibly the last remaining truly credible independent aviation media source that hasn't cow-towed to aero-disappointments like Icon or Cirrus -- or other special interests -- we still have only one allegiance... to tell YOU the trut

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For CFM56-7B Engines

Follows Uncontained Engine Failure On SWA 1380

As expected, the FAA has released an emergency AD 2018-09-51 for CFM International S.A. (CFM) Model CFM56-7B engines. The emergency AD was prompted by a recent event in which a Boeing Model 737-700 airplane powered by CFM56-7B model engines experienced an engine failure due to a fractured fan blade, resulting in the engine inlet cowl disintegrating.

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AMA Drone Report 04.19.18: AMA Leadership, FAA Reauthorization, Coachella

Also: New French Regs, Drone Boot Camp, Public Safety Drone Standards, DroneShield Protects NASCAR

It’s a little bit sad and yet a bit cool to see AMA make an exciting change in leadership as hard-working executive Director Dave Mathewson, passes the baton to long-time AMA’s Public Relations and Government Affairs guru, Chad Budreau. AMA Boss, Rich Hansen tells us that, Dave Mathewson’s announcement that he planned to resign as AMA’s Executive Director (ED), the Executive Council (EC) has launched a nationwide search to fill this extremely important position. The process will con

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Southwest Gives Each Passenger On Flight 1380 A $5,000 Check

Adds $1,000 Travel Voucher As Apology For The Flight

Southwest has compensated every passenger aboard Flight 1380, which suffered an uncontained engine failure last week, a check for $5,000 and a $1,000 travel voucher in an effort to retain their business.

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ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2018 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

E-I-C Note: There's very little we can say yet, but there is a reason why this may be THE year to throw in with ANN to cover the extraordinary event that is OSHKOSH. Like in years past, we have something up our sleeves -- actually SEVERAL big somethings -- BUT, this year, they could be some of the biggest upgrades/surprises we've pulled off yet -- so we're going to be changing quite a few things about how we cover Oshkosh, as a result. IF YOU want to be a part of this unique adventure, speak up NOW, rather than later, because we're going to looking for the best volunteer folks we can find and are planning to do

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Blue Angels #5 Damaged By Bird Strike During Performance

Plane Made An Early Landing During Vero Beach Air Show In Florida

Blue Angels #5 suffered about $1 million in damage when it ingested a bird into its engine during a performance Saturday at the Vero Beach Air Show in Florida.  

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NTSB Finds Pilot In 2016 Ohio Accident Was Impaired Found Alcohol And Marijuana

Found Alcohol And Marijuana In His System When Accident Occurred

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from an accident in which the pilot of a Van's RV-4 struck a zipline cable in Oregonia, OH on October 16, 2016.

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Red Bull Air Race Championship Series Underway

Hall Crowned Champion Of Cannes At Historic French Premiere

The premiere of the Red Bull Air Race in France sparked high drama over the Riviera this past weekend. Looking for a return to the form that has twice made him runner-up in the World Championship, Hall flew first in the Final 4, clocking 57.692.

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Airborne-Unmanned 04.17.18: XPO 2018, Drone Broadcasts, Airbus Inspection Drone

Also: NZ AFB Drone Incident, Police UAVs, Inaugural Drone Boot Camp, Predator 5M Flight Hours

This is it! THE major unmanned exposition of the year -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 starts Monday, April 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM and runs through Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4:00 PM (MDT) at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, CO. This premier event unites the largest global community of drone, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems leaders to shape the future of the industry. Featuring the largest and most comprehensive trade show, this event is the spot to learn from daily keynotes with tech visionaries and 200+

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Melanie Astles To Be First Female Pilot Competing In Red Bull Air Races

Five-Time French Aerobatics Champion Sponsored By Michelin For The Series

Five-time French aerobatics champion Melanie Astles will be competing in this year's Red Bull Air Race Championship Series thanks to a sponsorship from Michelin.

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United Airlines Takes Delivery First 737 MAX 9

Aircraft Features Special Livery Previously Reserved For Airline's Dreamliner Fleet

United Airlines has taken delivery of its first 737 MAX 9 aircraft from the Boeing Delivery Center in Seattle, WA. The new aircraft, which arrived right after Earth Day, reduces fuel use and CO2 emissions significantly compared with older generation aircraft.

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AHS Rebrands As The Vertical Flight Society

Change Approved By The Board March 6

AHS International has rebranded the Society to be a more accurate reflection of its membership and role in the world. After years of discussion and months of debate, the Board of Directors of AHS International voted to change the identity of AHS to the “Vertical Flight Society,” the moniker that the Society had been using in various forms for at least a half century. While not a legal name change, the “Vertical Flight Society” will become the “trade name” for AHS.

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U.S. Army Suspends Acceptance Of AH-64E Apache Attack Helicopters

Cites Safety Concerns With Bolts That Secure The Main Rotor Blades

The U.S. Army has suspended acceptance of AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from Boeing, citing what the service says is a "serious safety concern" with the aircraft.

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AUVSI Announces Additional Speakers For XPONENTIAL Conference

Adds CO Gov. Hickenlooper, U.S. Transportation General Counsel Bradbury, GSA Acquisition Innovation Advocate Hamm To The Roster

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Department of Transportation General Counsel Steven Bradbury and GSA Federal Systems Integration and Management Center Director Chris Hamm will deliver keynote addresses at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on April 30 to May 3. Newly added show features will also highlight trends and experts in the unmanned systems and robotics industry.

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ALPA Ramps Up Opposition To H.R. 4 Section 744

Urges Members To Contact Sponsor Of An Amendment That Would Remove The Language From The Bill

ALPA is ramping up its opposition to language included in the most recent FAA reauthorization bill that would change the requirements for pilots aboard cargo aircraft.

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EASA Certifies Ardiden 3C Engine

Jointly Developed By Safran Engines And China Aero Engine Consortium

EASA has certified the new Safran Helicopter Engines Ardiden 3C. Powering the Avicopter AC352, the engine has been jointly developed and built by Safran Helicopter Engines, Dongan and HAPRI, parts of the Aero Engine Corporation of China (AECC) consortium.

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Mosquito-Packed Drones Set To Join Fight Against Zika And Other Deadly Diseases

UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Develops The System

The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the non-profit group WeRobotics, have developed a drone-based mechanism overcomes a critical bottleneck in the application of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to control insect pest.

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Lockheed Martin Submits Proposal For USAF GPS IIIF Program

Program Calls For Production Of Up To 22 New Satellites

Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed. The GPS IIIF program intends to produce up to 22 next-generation satellites.

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Remembering The F-117 Nighthawk

First Stealth Aircraft Retired From Active Service A Decade Ago

It’s been 10 years since the F-117 Nighthawk retired, an aircraft so secret Nevada folklore labeled it a UFO. The Nighthawk pilots were known by the call sign “Bandit,” each earning their number with their first solo flight. Some of the maintainers were also given a call sign, said Wayne Paddock, a former F-117 maintainer currently stationed at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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Aero Spray Inc. Changes Name To Dauntless Air

Appoints New CEO And Expands Fire Boss Fleet

With a commitment to accelerate the industry’s transformation to a modernized approach to aerial firefighting, Aero Spray Inc., a U.S. operator of AT-802F Fire Boss aircraft, has rebranded as Dauntless Air. The company also today announced the expansion of its fleet and the recent naming of a new CEO, Brett L’Esperance. Dauntless Air now owns and operates 11 Fire Boss and one wheeled AT-802F aircraft, which feature the latest in firefighting technology, including onboard thermal imaging units and gel blending systems, and serve as early strike tools for containing wildfires.

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FlightSafety Updates The Flight Deck Of Its Dash 8 300 Sim

Simulator Used For Bombardier Aircraft Training

FlightSafety International has made a significant upgrade to the flight deck of its simulator used for Bombardier Dash 8 300 aircraft training. The simulator is located at the FlightSafety Learning Center in Toronto, Canada.

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ANN FAQ: Airborne Partnership Initiative Partner Input

It's A Collaboration, And We Want To Hear From YOUR Organization

It is no longer enough, in our view, to build a successful business... but to build a successful structure by which this business (and our valued partners) can collectively have a positive impact on the industry that wasn’t possible, individually.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.24.18)

"We value you as our customer and hope you will allow us another opportunity to restore your confidence in Southwest. In this spirit, we are sending you a check in the amount of $5,000 to cover any of your immediate financial needs.” Source: Southwest Airlines CEO Kelly.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.18): Foreign Object Damage (FOD)

Damage to a gas turbine engine caused by some object being sucked into the engine while it is running.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.18)

Protect Section 336 of the FAA Act – Model Aircraft is the “Feeder School” of STEM and Aviation

Google is lobbying Congress for an airspace “land rush” premised on kicking out the natives – by over-regulating model aircraft.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2018-08-01

PRODUCT: Airbus Helicopters Model EC225LP helicopters.

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AD: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders

AD NUMBER: 2018-07-22

PRODUCT: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG-500MB gliders that are equipped with a Solo 2625 02 engine modified with a fuel injection system following the instructions of Solo Kleinmotoren GmbH Technische Mitteilung Nr. 4600-3 and identified as Solo 2625 02i.

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April 23, 2018

Airborne 04.23.18: Hemisphere Suspended, Thunderbirds Fly, Apple v Drones

Also: New NASA Administrator, AD For CFM56-7B, Engine Display Upgrade On C-441, First BBJ MAX

Textron Aviation has suspended work on the Citation Hemisphere large business jet, citing ongoing problems with the Safran Silvercrest engine selected to power the new airplane. Textron CEO Scott Donnelly announced the suspension during a conference call with analysts last week. "I think everybody knows there have been some issues around the engine that was slated for that aircraft," Donnelly said. The USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team has resumed operations and practice following the fatal injury of pilot M

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Reducing Loss-Of-Control Accidents In General Aviation Focus Of NTSB Roundtable

Event To Be Held Tuesday At NTSB HQ In Washington, D.C.

The NTSB will host a roundtable Tuesday on preventing in-flight loss of control in general aviation. The purpose of the event is to facilitate a discussion about possible solutions to prevent loss of control, which has played a role in more than 40 percent of all single-engine, fixed-wing general aviation fatal accidents.

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Xcel Energy Announces A New Milestone For Drone Technology

FAA Approves Waiver To Fly Unmanned Aircraft Beyond Line Of Sight

Xcel Energy will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly unmanned aircraft beyond the operator's line of sight when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver, CO.

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Trans States Airlines and Frontier Airlines Announce New Pilot Flow Agreement

New Partnership Guarantees Participating Trans States Pilots A First Officer Position At Frontier In As Little As Two Years

Trans States Airlines pilots now have a direct pathway to the Frontier Airlines flight deck.  An agreement inked by the two airlines guarantees participating Trans States pilots a First Officer position with the Denver-based Airbus operator after as little as two years of service with Trans States.

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Bombardier Delivers First Challenger 650 Converted Into Air Ambulance

Swiss Air-Rescue Rega Receives First Of Three Specially Configured Aircraft

Bombardier is pleased to announce that it has delivered the first Challenger 650 aircraft converted into an air ambulance, to long-standing customer Swiss Air-Rescue Rega. The Swiss air ambulance service will take possession of two more Challenger 650 aircraft this year, replacing its earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet.

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Sonaca Aircraft Unveils The Sonaca 200 At AERO Friedrichshafen

Airplane Has Completed The Flight Tests Program And Is About To Be EASA Certified In The CS-VLA Category

After having successfully completed the static tests program as well as all the stability, noise, vibration, performance and stall tests, the Sonaca 200 completed its flight test program with the spin tests which were conclusive. These tests closed the certification program which had been started in 2015 by Sonaca Aircraft.

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Dynetics Selected For Demonstration Phase Of DARPA’s Gremlins Program

Receives 21-Month, $38.6 Million Contract

Dynetics, Inc. has been selected as the top performer for Phase 3 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Gremlins program. Managed out of DARPA’s Tactical Technology Office (TTO), the objective of Gremlins is to accelerate the ability to perform aerial launch and recovery of volley quantities of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs). This capability, once demonstrated and matured, enables a significant expansion of distributed architectures for airborne operations.

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Klyde Morris (04.23.18)

Klyde Is As Mystified With Recent Aero-Poilitics As We Are

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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ForeFlight Mobile To Feature Jeppesen VFR Data, Expands Presence In Europe

Data-Driven Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Charting Information Will Be Dynamically Rendered On ForeFlight Mobile Maps

Jeppesen has announced that interactive Jeppesen European visual flight rules information will be available within the ForeFlight Mobile iOS-based app for general and business aviation flying.

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Boeing Delivers First 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter

Launch Customer GE Capital Aviation Services Takes Delivery

The first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF) has been delivered to launch customer GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). The freighter will be operated by West Atlantic Group, based in Sweden.

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Airborne 04.20.18: Continental Jet-A Seminole, SWA Fallout, NYC NIMBY's Helo's

Also: Teamsters Talk Allegiant, Coleman Young Airport, Miracle Flights, IN Av Repair Biz Cleared

Piper has selected the Continental Motors CD-170 compression ignition engine fueled with Jet-A to power the next generation of the Piper PA-44 Seminole. After selecting the CD-155 Jet-A engine to power the Archer DX, Piper Aircraft extends its Jet-A powered range of trainer aircraft with the PA-44. By transitioning to Jet-A burning engines, the Seminole DX addresses the requirements expressed by many customers across the world, especially in the many regions where Avgas availability and cost is a concern. "O

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Aviation Students Encouraged To Apply For CHC Grant Opportunities

Financial Assistance Available For The CHC Safety & Quality Summit

CHC Helicopter and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, have announced the opportunity for aviation students to apply for a number of grants to attend the 2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit in Dallas this October. This partnership will support students with fully-funded travel and entrance to a renowned industry safety event, as well as a place on one of the leading Human Factors training courses in aviation.

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Mission To The Moon: Stratasys Joins Forces With LM And PADT

Will Engineer Advanced 3D Printed Parts For NASA's Orion Mission

Stratasys Ltd. and Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies are teaming with Lockheed Martin Space to deliver next-generation 3D printed parts for NASA’s Orion deep-space spacecraft. Key to the project are Stratasys advanced materials – including an ESD variant of the new Antero 800NA, a PEKK-based thermoplastic offering high performance mechanical, chemical, and thermal properties.

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Leonardo Demonstrates Its AW159 Helicopter To Malaysia’s Armed Forces

Aircraft Already In Service With The Republic Of Korea Navy And Will Enter Service With The Philippine Navy In 2019

Leonardo, with the support of the UK’s 847 Naval Air Squadron, presented its AW159 Wildcat helicopter to Malaysia’s Armed Forces at Royal Malaysian Navy Base Lumut and Leonardo Helicopters’ facility at Subang Airport, near Kuala Lumpur last week. The two AW159 Wildcats are part of the French Navy’s five month amphibious deployment, Exercise Jeanne d’Arc, to the Middle East, Asia and South Pacific and are embarked on the helicopter assault ship FS Dixmude to provide a battlefield reconnaissance capability to the deployed forces.

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Apple Grounds Drone Flights Near Its New Campus

Has Been Asking The Person Documenting Construction To Leave The Premises When He Flies

Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been regularly capturing videos of the construction of Apple's new circular campus in ... dubbed "Apple Park" ... being build in Cupertino, CA. But that looks like Apple is not particularly keen on the idea.

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Osage Nations Repurposes Former Airpark For Drone Training

First Responders Crafting Real-Life Scenarios On The Vacant Land

A former airport in Tulsa that has been abandoned for years is now being used by the Osage Nation for training drone pilots.

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GA-ASI Demos Flight Deck Taxi Capability For MQ-25

Deck Operations Use Special Director Wands To Guide Aircraft

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling to include taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate. As part of the proposed MQ-25 solution, GA-ASI has demonstrated that the new carrier-based unmanned tanker can integrate with the complexities of existing flight deck operations.

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Jiangsu Jet Signs Agreement For Jeppesen Operator Platform

Next Generation Operation System Improves Functionality And Efficiency

A three-year agreement has been inked between Jeppesen and Jiangsu Jet to provide the China-based business aviation operator with Jeppesen Operator, an online business aviation platform.

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Cobham To Supply LM Orion Crew Module Elements

Components Include Environmental Controls And Life Support

Cobham announced at the 34th Space Symposium that it has recently been awarded contracts by Lockheed Martin Space to supply a suite of space-rated life support and propulsion components for NASA’s Orion deep space exploration spacecraft. The components will fly on the Exploration Mission-2 crew module, the first flight of Orion with astronauts onboard. Components for the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) include regulators, positive pressure relief valves, check and relief valves, pyrotechnic valves, and oxygen service valves used to maintain a life sustaining environment for the astronauts.

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Fokker Techniek Awarded First Ever Airbus ACJ319neo VIP Completion

Work To Begin On K5-Aviation Airplane In May, 2019

On the first day of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Fokker Techniek, a business of GKN Aerospace, has announced that it has signed a contract with long-term customer K5-Aviation for the first ever ACJ319neo VIP completion. The completion starts in May 2019 and is scheduled to be ready for delivery at the beginning of 2020. This order comes in addition to the already contracted completions.

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Indiana Aviation Repair Business Cleared In Lawsuit

Airframe Components Found Not Responsible For King Air Damage

Indiana-based aviation repair business Airframe Components has been found not liable for damage to the horizontal stabilizer of a Beechcraft King Air 200 plane as claimed by a medical transport company.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.18): Precipitation Radar Weather Descriptions

Precipitation Radar Weather Descriptions Existing radar systems cannot detect turbulence. However, there is a direct correlation between the degree of turbulence and other weather features associated with thunderstorms and the weather radar precipitation intensity. Controllers will issue (where capable) precipitation intensity as observed by radar when using weather and radar processor (WARP) or NAS ground based digital radars with weather capabilities. When precipitation intensity information is not available, the intensity will be described as UNKNOWN. When intensity levels can be determined, they shall be described as: a. LIGHT (< 30 dBZ) b. MODERATE

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.18)

Aero Linx: The Society for Aviation History The Society for Aviation History is based on a long and established successful tradition. We are dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of aviation history or any related activity. Our Creed is the preservation of past, present, and future aviation history, the preservation of aviation artifacts: be it literature, aircraft, or support items, and the continued education of the general public in aviation related matters. The original group was formed as a chapter of the American Aviation Historical Society in 1985 by the late Arthur P. Dowd and Howard "Ace" Campbell. Lindy E. Hollingsworth was its first elected president (1986-1997) and John Symons s

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.23.18)

“More general-aviation pilots and passengers die from accidents involving loss of control in flight than any other single factor. Our goal is for these experts to discuss solutions available to prevent loss of control and to identify the path forward in our continued joint effort to improve safety.” Source: NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt will moderate the participant-driven discussion on preventing in-flight loss of control in general aviation. The purpose of the event is to facilitate a discussion about possible solutions to prevent loss of control, which has played a role in more than 40 percent of all single-engine, fixed-wing general aviation fatal accidents.

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Airborne 04.23.18: Hemisphere Suspended, Thunderbirds Fly, Apple v Drones

Also: New NASA Administrator, AD For CFM56-7B, Engine Display Upgrade On C-441, First BBJ MAX

Textron Aviation has suspended work on the Citation Hemisphere large business jet, citing ongoing problems with the Safran Silvercrest engine selected to power the new airplane. Textron CEO Scott Donnelly announced the suspension during a conference call with analysts last week. "I think everybody knows there have been some issues around the engine that was slated for that aircraft," Donnelly said. The USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team has resumed operations and practice following the fatal injury of pilot Major Stephen "Cajun" Del Bagno during training on April 4. Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh released a video announcing the resumption of operations

April 22, 2018

Saab Delivering Digital Towers To First Airport Without Traditional Tower

System To Be Installed In Sälen, Sweden

Saab will be installing and operating digital towers for the new Scandinavian Mountains Airport in Sälen, Sweden. It is the first airport in the world to be designed and built without a traditional tower.

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Jeppesen And Blackshape Extend Long-Term Agreement

Boeing Company Will Provide Multiple, Integrated Services

Jeppesen, and Blackshape, an Italian manufacturer of high performance general aviation aircraft, today announced they will extend their cooperation through a long-term agreement. The agreement will include the distribution of spare parts for Blackshape aircraft, a new 10-year agreement for bundled Jeppesen navigation data to be installed at every new Blackshape aircraft delivery and the exploration of integrated pilot training.

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Canada's Bow Valley College Offers UAV/Drone Certification Courses

Will Assist Drone Professionals And Hobbyists Ahead Of New Transport Canada Rules

Canada's Bow Valley College, through its School of Continuing Learning, helps drone enthusiasts and professional UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or “drone”) operators prepare for new and updated aviation laws that will limit where and how they can be flown. Two comprehensive certification courses will be offered at Bow Valley College’s Okotoks and High River campuses beginning May 4, 2018.

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Bombardier Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Of Tianjin Service Center

Facility Completes First 120-Month Inspection On A Challenger Jet

Bombardier Business Aircraft celebrated the first anniversary of the state-of-the-art Tianjin Service Center, inaugurated in collaboration with its partner, the Tianjin Airport Economic Area (TAEA), in April last year. The facility is a testament to Bombardier’s dedication to growing business aviation in the Greater China region and to strengthening its long-term relationship with TAEA.

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Airbus’ A330neo Continues Toward Its 2018 Service Entry

Flight Evaluations Take Two Test Aircraft To Locations Around The Globe

The A330neo is demonstrating its capabilities as the newest member of Airbus’ proven and highly-reliable twin-engine A330 Family, with flight testing continuing ahead of its planned service entry in Summer 2018. Two test aircraft have logged more than 700 hours aloft in the 200-plus flights performed as of 10 April, according to A330neo aircraft integration and flight testing integrated product team (IPT) leader Jean-Christophe Bonjour.

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Miracle Flights Announces 640 Free Medical Flights Performed In March

Represents 13 Percent Increase Over February's Total

The nation's leading medical flight provider, Miracle Flights, concluded March with 640 free flights provided to families of children battling rare and life-threatening illnesses, according to the Las Vegas–based charity.

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Air Canada To Save 160 Metric Tons of Carbon On Earth Day

Reduction Credited To Innovative Biojet Fuel Project At Toronto Pearson Airport

Air Canada will save 160 metric tons of carbon on 22 domestic flights this Earth Day through an innovative biofuel demonstration project at Toronto-Pearson Airport. Under the project, coordinated by Canada's Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), Air Canada is a leading partner, introducing 60,000 gallons of sustainable biofuel blended into the airport's multi-user fuel supply system to show the feasibility of biofuel use in shared fueling systems Canadian airports.

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Drone Helps Lead To Two Arrests In Stockton, CA

Homicide Suspect One Of Those Taken Into Custody

Stockton, CA police are crediting one of their six drones for providing information that led to the arrest of two suspects last week.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.22.18): Permanent Echo

Permanent Echo Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth’s surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain. Permanent echoes are distinguished from “ground clutter” by being definable locations rather than large areas. Under certain conditions they may be used to check radar alignment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.22.18)

Aero Linx: The Airline Pilot's Historical Society The Airline Pilot's Historical Society is a non-profit, charitable foundation whose purpose is to educate through the preservation of aircraft parts and components. What money we raise goes either to educational projects, or to children's hospitals and organizations that specialize in the needs of children. We are all volunteers...we have no paid employees. Founded in 1997.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.22.18)

"For those reasons, a key measure of success is not, 'Did we provide the most flights possible?' but 'Did we provide the most comfortable flights possible?'—for instance, by avoiding stressful layovers and preventing long drives to and from the airport. Our mission is to provide hope to these families, and how we deliver that hope matters." Source: Miracle Flights CEO Mark E. Brown, noting that the nation's leading medical flight provider, Miracle Flights, concluded March with 640 free flights provided to families of children battling rare and life-threatening illnesses, according to the Las Vegas–based charity. Established in 1985, Miracle Flights arranges commercial airline flights at no cost to help children with complex med

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April 20, 2018

Airborne 04.20.18: Continental Jet-A Seminole, SWA Fallout, NYC NIMBY's Helo's

Also: Teamsters Talk Allegiant, Coleman Young Airport, Miracle Flights, IN Av Repair Biz Cleared

Piper has selected the Continental Motors CD-170 compression ignition engine fueled with Jet-A to power the next generation of the Piper PA-44 Seminole. After selecting the CD-155 Jet-A engine to power the Archer DX, Piper Aircraft extends its Jet-A powered range of trainer aircraft with the PA-44. By transitioning to Jet-A burning engines, the Seminole DX addresses the requirements expressed by many customers across the world, especially in the many regions where Avgas availability and cost is a concern. "O

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Airborne 04.18.18: FAA Reauthorization, New Bose, Std. Libelle 201 BE

Also: USAF Changes ARFF Standards, Aims Community College, Trent 1000 Package C Update, Global 7000 Extends

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has introduced a bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the FAA, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation. Bose has introduced a new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset. Designed

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April 19, 2018

AMA Drone Report 04.19.18: AMA Leadership, FAA Reauthorization, Coachella

Also: New French Regs, Drone Boot Camp, Public Safety Drone Standards, DroneShield Protects NASCAR

It’s a little bit sad and yet a bit cool to see AMA make an exciting change in leadership as hard-working executive Director Dave Mathewson, passes the baton to long-time AMA’s Public Relations and Government Affairs guru, Chad Budreau. AMA Boss, Rich Hansen tells us that, Dave Mathewson’s announcement that he planned to resign as AMA’s Executive Director (ED), the Executive Council (EC) has launched a nationwide search to fill this extremely important position. The process will con

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April 18, 2018

Airborne 04.18.18: FAA Reauthorization, New Bose, Std. Libelle 201 BE

Also: USAF Changes ARFF Standards, Aims Community College, Trent 1000 Package C Update, Global 7000 Extends

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has introduced a bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the FAA, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, continue investment in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation. Bose has introduced a new active noise cancelling headset for the flight deck, the Bose ProFlight Aviation Headset. Designed

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Airborne 04.16.18: Terrafugia Jobs, Planes Of Fame Airshow, King Schools

Also: A321LR Goes Long, Elbit Acquires Universal, Becker Avionics, Avionica MiniQAR

Terrafugia created 75 new US-based jobs within the past 12 months and is on track to add at least another 50 more by the end of the year, according to the company. Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group (Geely Holding) acquired Terrafugia in Fall 2017. Aviation enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the lawsuit between Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation FBO and Planes of Fame Air Museum has been settled and the air show will go on this year. The settlement was reached with all parties interested in reuniting the aviation

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April 17, 2018

Airborne 04.16.18: Terrafugia Jobs, Planes Of Fame Airshow, King Schools

Also: A321LR Goes Long, Elbit Acquires Universal, Becker Avionics, Avionica MiniQAR

Terrafugia created 75 new US-based jobs within the past 12 months and is on track to add at least another 50 more by the end of the year, according to the company. Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group (Geely Holding) acquired Terrafugia in Fall 2017. Aviation enthusiasts will be pleased to learn that the lawsuit between Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation FBO and Planes of Fame Air Museum has been settled and the air show will go on this year. The settlement was reached with all parties interested in reuniting the aviation

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Airborne-Unmanned 04.17.18: XPO 2018, Drone Broadcasts, Airbus Inspection Drone

Also: NZ AFB Drone Incident, Police UAVs, Inaugural Drone Boot Camp, Predator 5M Flight Hours

This is it! THE major unmanned exposition of the year -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 starts Monday, April 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM and runs through Thursday, May 3, 2018, 4:00 PM (MDT) at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver, CO. This premier event unites the largest global community of drone, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems leaders to shape the future of the industry. Featuring the largest and most comprehensive trade show, this event is the spot to learn from daily keynotes with tech visionaries and 200+

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December 31, 2017

Drone Charges Against Journalists In Myanmar Dropped

Two To Be Freed From Detention On January 5, Authorities Say

Charges filed against two journalists for illegally flying a drone over Parliament in Myanmar have been dropped by local authorities.

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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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