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December 12, 2017

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

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

Pilatus has obtained type certificates from the FAA and EASA for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market. The PC-24 development project was officially announced in 2013, but work on the Super Versatile Jet has in fact been in progress for the past eleven and a half years. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed av

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

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

A little outside our normal coverage responsibilities, nonetheless, we’re intrigued by AMA’s newest agreement... AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device. “AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessi

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FAA Releases Beta Test Of Online Pilot Records Database

Will Expedite Sharing Of Records Among Airlines Making Hiring Decisions

The FAA has released its beta test of its online Pilot Records Database (PRD). The PRD will expedite the sharing of pilot records to help commercial airlines and operators make informed hiring decisions.

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Boeing Responds To Canadian Government F/A-18 Decision

Company Says It 'Respects' The Decision To Buy Classic Hornets From Australia

Boeing has issued a statement on the Canadian Interim Fighter Capability Project, following an announcement that the Canadian Government will not purchase new F/A-18 Super Hornets for a fleet modernization program.

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Qatar Airways Reconfirms And Upsizes Its Order For 50 A321neo ACF

Order Supports Carrier's Expansion

Qatar Airways has re-affirmed its earlier order for 50 A320neo with a firm order for 50 A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration). The selection of the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family reflects the airline’s need for efficiency and additional capacity. This updated order replaces the original one placed in 2011.

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

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

In a global first, online orders were delivered in Zurich between September 25 and October 13 with the aid of vans & drones. Mercedes-Benz carried out a unique pilot project to test on-demand delivery of e-commerce orders – and it was a resounding success. On ten days, a total of around 100 flights were made without incident over the city of Zurich. Following the release of an FAA directed study showing that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) may damage aircraft more than bird strikes during collisi

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Blue Origin Hints At New Shepard Test Flight

Would Be The First Since 2016

The FAA has issued a NOTAM restricting flight near Blue Origin's west Texas launch facility in anticipation of a New Shepard flight test this week.

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FAA: Enjoy Your Holiday Laser-Light Display Responsibly

Pilots Report Being Affected By Residential Laser Light Displays

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

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U.S. Navy Prepares To Search For C-2A Aircraft

COD Went Down In More Than 16,000 Feet Of Water In The Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy will deploy a team of deep water salvage experts to search for the C-2A Greyhound aircraft that crashed in the Philippine Sea on the way to USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Nov. 22.

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Lithium-Ion Battery Fails On Dreamliner

Overheated During United Flight From Dulles To Paris

A lithium-ion battery aboard a United Airlines Boeing 787 en route from Washington Dulles Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris overheated and failed during the transatlantic flight on November 13.

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Ariane 5 Mission With 4 Galileo Satellites Is A 'Go' For Launch

Mission Set For Liftoff December 12

The latest cluster of four Galileo spacecraft has been cleared for liftoff from the Spaceport in French Guiana on Arianespace Flight VA240, using an Ariane 5 to loft these latest additions to Europe’s civilian-run satellite navigation constellation.

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Seaplane Service Being Tested In Mumbai

SpiceJet Conducting Trials In Conjunction With Japanese Firm

Seaplane service connecting Mumbai with smaller cities could return to western India under a program being explored by low-cost carrier SpiceJet and Japan's Setouchi Holdings.

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Belavia To Add A Further E195 To Its Embraer Fleet

Firm Order Confirmed Valued At $53.5 Million

Embraer and Belavia, Belarusian Airlines, the national carrier of Belarus, announced today a further firm order for one current generation E195 jet for delivery in 2018. The firm order, with a list price value of $53.5 million, will be included in Embraer's 2017 fourth-quarter backlog.

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Rolls-Royce Signs Trent 7000 Contract With New Customer Aircalin

Engines Powering Two A330neo Aircraft For The Carrier

Rolls-Royce and New Caledonian airline Aircalin have formally signed contracts for Trent 7000 engines to power two Airbus A330neo aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service; TotalCare.

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Gone West: Alaska Aviation Pioneer Cliff Everts

Accumulated More Than 30,000 Hours Over His Aviation Career

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

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Gone West: SC Aviation Hall Of Fame Inductee Gerald Ballard

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

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

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Air Force Has Completed OA-X Evaluation Process

Has Yet To Release Winner Of The Competition

The U.S. Air Force has completed its evaluation of the "light attack" aircraft demonstration held last August in New Mexico, but has not yet revealed the results.

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Travolta Will Fly 707 To Australia

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

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

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Air Canada To Launch New Domestic Routes For Summer 2018

Non-Stop Air Canada Rouge Seasonal Services Start In June From Montreal-Victoria, Toronto-Nanaimo And Toronto-Kamloops

Air Canada has announced new non-stop, seasonal services will begin next June from Toronto to Nanaimo and to Kamloops, and Montreal to Victoria, British Columbia.  All new flights are now available for purchase online and through travel agents.

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Port Richey, FL Man Arrested For Laser Incident

Targeted Sheriff's Helicopter Landed And Apprehended Him

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

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

Get Your Breaking News Out To The Industry

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

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.17)

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

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.17): Direct User Access Terminal System (DUATS)

A system that provides current FAA weather and flight plan filing services to certified civil pilots, via personal computer, modem, or telephone access to the system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.17)

The Chief of Naval Air Training

The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) headquartered at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas oversees the Naval Air Training Command (TRACOM).

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December 11, 2017

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

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

Pilatus has obtained type certificates from the FAA and EASA for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market. The PC-24 development project was officially announced in 2013, but work on the Super Versatile Jet has in fact been in progress for the past eleven and a half years. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed av

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Boeing Forecasts Stable Growth, Funding Diversification For Aircraft Financing

Says Diverse Markets Will Continue Upward Trend

Boeing anticipates diverse markets and participants will continue the upward trend in availability of efficient financing for record new aircraft deliveries in the next year.

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FAA Proposes Special Conditions For Bell 525 Helicopter

Current Regulations Do Not Include Adequate Safety Standards For The Type, Agency Says

The FAA has posted a Notice of Proposed Special Conditions for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter in the Federal Register. The agency says that the helicopter will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with fly-by-wire flight control system (FBW FCS) functions that affect the pilot awareness of the flight control modes while operating the helicopter.

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FAA Offers Space Launch Licensing Ideas To National Space Council

Regulatory Streamlining Is The Goal Of The Effort

The FAA has submitted a proposed set of regulatory reforms to the National Space Council chaired by Vice President Mike Pence to create a "21st century licensing process" for commercial space flight.

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Canada Bails On Super Hornet Deal With Boeing

Will Acquire Jets From Australia Rather Than Purchase New Aircraft, Citing Trade Dispute

Boeing's trade dispute with Bombardier has led the Canadian government to cancel its plans to buy 18 Super Hornet jet fighters, according to sources familiar with the situation.

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ERAU Becomes First University To Achieve Rigorous Safety Registration

Completes Second Stage Of The International Standard Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Registration

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has done something no other university flight operation has done: passing the second stage of a famously intense international safety registration process.

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Spirit AeroSystems Plans Major Expansion, Job Growth In Wichita

Will Invest $1 Billion, Add 1,000 New Jobs

Spirit AeroSystems has announced plans for major expansion and growth, including the addition of 1,000 jobs and capital investments totaling $1 billion over the next five years at its Wichita, KS facility. The growth is fueled by a number of factors: increasing production rates on existing commercial aircraft programs, growth in Spirit's Fabrication and Defense businesses and other new business pursuits. The announcement solidifies Spirit's presence in Wichita and Kansas for decades to come.

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Klyde Morris 12.11.17

And So, It Comes Down To A Single Ant ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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SecAF, CSAF Direct Review Of All Air Force Programs

Will Examine Whether The Right Services Are Being Provided The Right Way

Air Force senior leaders have directed a Zero-Based Review of all Air Force programs, budget accounts and associated manpower authorizations in preparation for assembling the Fiscal Year 2020 Program Objective Memorandum and Future Years Defense Plan.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Celebrate The Airline's First 777 Freighter

Carrier Has A Second Airplane On Order

The first of two Boeing 777 Freighters has been delivered to Turkish Airlines. This airplane and a second freighter on order will help the airline expand its cargo business.

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Airborne 12.08.17: AMA Joins GoFly, Mackay Trophy Heroes, KSMO To The Rescue

Also: Orion Parachute Test, Workforce Shortage Issues, Cygnus Departs ISS, Myrtle Beach AirShow

AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device.“ AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close-air-supp

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PVCC To Hold 2nd Annual Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference

Program Designed For Public Safety Professionals

Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will hold the Second Annual Public Safety Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Conference for first responders and public safety professionals.

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New BINGO Fluid Detector Gives Pilots A Better Fuel Management Tool

Alarm Indicates Presence / Absence Of Most Fluid Types

Radiant Technology LLC, also known as Belite Electronics, has introduced the BINGO Fluid Detector which instantly provides an indication of fluid presence or absence. It is ideal for use in aviation and in fluid process control as well. It is typically installed at the point in the tank where the pilot wants to be alerted. For instance, at one-quarter tank remaining.

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NASA Plans Orion Spacecraft Parachute Test In Arizona

Will Be Dropped From A C-17 Flying At FL350

NASA is planning a test of parachutes for the agency's Orion spacecraft Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. This test is the fifth in a series of eight to qualify the parachute system for crewed Orion missions.

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Air Show Planned For Myrtle Beach In 2018

U.S. Navy Blue Angels To Headline The Show

JLC Air Show Management will host the first air show in Myrtle Beach in more than a decade. The announcement of the Wings Over Myrtle Beach Air Show, to be hosted on April 28-29, 2018 at the Myrtle Beach International Airport, coincides with the official confirmation of the event's headliners. During the 2017 convention for the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) in Las Vegas, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels announced plans to include the coastal Carolina venue in its 2018 air show schedule.

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ESA Awards Contract To QinetiQ To Build Spacecraft Docking System

Will Allow Soft Docking Of Small Spacecraft With ISS

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a €26.6 million ($31.5 million) contract to QinetiQ to produce a new docking mechanism for the International Space Station (ISS).

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CAE Expands Training Solutions Relationship With JEJUair In Korea

Two New CAE-Built Boeing 737NG Full-Flight Simulators Sold To JEJUair

CAE and South Korean low-cost carrier JEJUair have signed a new training solutions agreement, including the sale of two CAE-built Boeing 737 full-flight simulators (FFS) to JEJUair. The CAE 7000XR Series simulators will be equipped with the innovative CAE Tropos 6000XR visual system and will be delivered to the CAE Korea training center (CAE Flight and Simulator Services Korea Ltd.) which will provide maintenance services. CAE already provides instructor-led training services to JEJUair.

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Mitchinson Flight Center Joins Air Georgian's SOAR Program

Raises Awareness About Aviation Careers For High School Students In Canada

Air Georgian's SOAR program for aviation career awareness, recruitment and retention continues to grow with the addition of Mitchinson Flight Center to their flight school program. The partnership provides a career pathway for instructors at Mitchinson to become First Officers with Air Georgian, giving them an entryway into the Air Canada network.

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GE Aviation, Praxair Open Jet Engine Coatings Facility

New PG Technologies Joint Venture Coating Operations Center Is In Ellisville, Mississippi

GE Aviation and Praxair Inc. have opened a new facility for their PG Technologies business, which specializes in advanced coatings that enable jet engines to withstand higher temperatures and stresses. PG Technologies is a joint venture between Praxair Surface Technologies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of industrial gas company Praxair Inc. and GE Aviation that focuses on the development, support, and application of specialized coatings tailored for GE Aviation's current and future engine platforms.

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NLR Signs Agreement For Unique Drone Experiment

BVLOS Flights Will Take Place In March, 2018

Six representatives of government, business and knowledge institutions – including the Netherlands Aerospace Center (NLR) – signed an agreement at Groningen Airport Eelde last week to perform out-of-sight drone flights.

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Air Astana To Modernize Airbus Fleet

A320neo, A321neo and A321neoLR To Enter Service By 2020

  Air Astana, the flag carrier of Kazakhstan, is destined to become one of the largest A320neo Family operators in Central Asia and CIS over the next three years. The airline became the first operator of this type in the region in 2016 and the fleet will grow to 17 aircraft by 2020. Air Astana will then operate 6 A320neo, 7 A321neo and 4 A321neo LR types. All aircraft will be acquired on operating lease basis in accordance with agreements that were signed for 11 aircraft in 2015 and 6 aircraft in 2017.

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FAA Certifies Robertson Crash-Resistant Fuel Tank For AS350/EC130

Deliveries To Launch Customers Are Already Underway

The FAA has certified Robertson Fuel Systems' retrofittable crash-resistant fuel tank (CRFT) for the Airbus AS350 and EC130 family of light single helicopters.  Production deliveries to launch partners Air Methods Corporation (AMC) and WeatherTech Aviation LLC are already underway, with additional orders now being taken from operators worldwide. EASA certification of the CRFT is expected to follow shortly.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.17)

Aero Linx: National Association of Flight Instructors Founded in 1967, NAFI is dedicated exclusively to "raising and maintaining the professional standing of the flight instructor in the aviation community." Through the years, NAFI has kept that pledge. Now, more than ever before, we are moving to enhance this original commitment. NAFI is not only the national association that serves the full spectrum of the flight instructor community, but also maintains the finest benefits package available for everyone from the independent instructor to those teaching at flight schools. NAFI recognizes that flight instructors are truly the "teachers of flight" as well as the front line for "quality control" in our

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ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site

We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.17): Stopway

Stopway An area beyond the takeoff runway no less wide than the runway and centered upon the extended centerline of the runway, able to support the airplane during an aborted takeoff, without causing structural damage to the airplane, and designated by the airport authorities for use in decelerating the airplane during an aborted takeoff.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.11.17)

“What we turned in was a list of ideas that we had identified as things that might be helpful in terms of regulatory streamlining... Nobody had to twist our arms on this. We’ve been trying to decrease the regulatory burden on everybody, both the government and the industry.” Source: FAA associate administrator for commercial space transportation George Nield commenting during a panel discussion at the SpaceCom Expo December 5th in Houston.

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

Also: Engine Coatings Facility, Wrong Runway At JFK, ATR 72-600 Flight Sim, Regional Airline Association
 
Pilatus has obtained type certificates from the FAA and EASA for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market. The PC-24 development project was officially announced in 2013, but work on the Super Versatile Jet has in fact been in progress for the past eleven and a half years. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed aviators Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, has announced the formation of VerdeGo Aero, an innovative new aerospace company with a mission to provide the u

December 10, 2017

ICAO Seminar Drives Progress Toward Greener Airports

Number Of Airports Worldwide Showing Strong Growth

ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu opened the UN aviation agency’s Seminar on Green Airports last week at its Headquarters in Montréal. The seminar was organized to permit ICAO Member States and industry stakeholders to exchange ideas on the latest technological, operational and policy advancements with an environmental focus which can assist the ongoing efforts of airports globally to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and assure more sustainable operations.

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NBAA, Industry Leaders Work To Address Workforce Shortage Issues

Solutions Discussed During The First BAMC Workforce Summit

As the industry grapples with the best way to address current and future staffing shortages, more than 25 representatives of business aviation organizations recently met at NBAA’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to discuss ways that industry stakeholders can confront these issues, particularly for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight attendants.

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Airbus Helicopters Completes AS565 MBe Panther Deliveries To Mexican Navy

Delivers Final Two Multi-Mission Panther Helicopters Out Of An Order For Ten

The Mexican Navy has received its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016 and the remaining six during the course of 2017.

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AA Is First Retrofit Customer For Airbus’ New Airspace XL Luggage Bins

To Be Installed On The Carrier's A321 Fleet

American Airlines (AAL) has chosen Services by Airbus to provide cabin upgrades for 202 of its A321s in-service – the largest retrofit project in Airbus history. The airline will be the first retrofit customer for Airbus’ new Airspace XL bins. The larger bins provide a 40 percent increase in storage space for carry-on bags, reducing bin crowding and the need to check bags at the gate, allowing a more relaxed boarding experience to both passengers and cabin crews.

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Grunt Style Air Show Majors Premieres As The Industry's First National Tour

The Inaugural Series Brings Together A Collection Of The Most Prestigious Air Shows In The Country

The launch of the inaugural 2018 Grunt Style Air Show Majors tour was announced Monday at the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) annual convention in Las Vegas. Grunt Style Air Show Majors is a collection of America's most prestigious air shows: SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Cleveland National Air Show, and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow.

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Bombardier Selected for New Airbus Nacelle Program

Aerostructures and Engineering Services Division Will Supply Nacelles For Pratt & Whitney Powered  A320neo Aircraft

Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services has been selected by Airbus as a supplier on a new engine nacelle program for the Pratt & Whitney powered A320neo family of aircraft.

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NASA Highlights Jupiter, Search For Life At American Geophysical Union

Meetings Being Held This Week In New Orleans

NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, Dec. 11-15 in New Orleans. NASA-related briefings will stream live on the agency's website.

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New M-Code GPS Capability Tested Onboard B-2 Bomber

Receiver Enhances Security, Positioning, Navigation And Timing Capabilities

The U.S. Air Force recently completed a series of successful flight tests of its next-generation Military-code GPS using a Raytheon Company receiver onboard a B-2 Spirit at Edwards Air Force Base, California. This first ever M-code test onboard the B-2 is an important milestone for the U.S. Government-led GPS Modernization effort to enhance security, positioning, navigation and timing capabilities for U.S. military and civilian applications. Military GPS User Equipment M-code receivers will give military aircraft, ships and ground vehicles access to the modernized GPS network. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.17)

Aero Linx: Air Mail Pioneers U.S. Air Mail Service website is dedicated to the men and women of the U.S. Air Mail Service, a little-remembered organization that laid the foundation for commercial aviation worldwide. With the cooperation of the U.S. Air Service, the U.S. Post Office flew the mail from 1918 until 1927. Air Mail Service pilots are the unsung heroes of early aviation.  In their frial Curtiss Jennies and postwar de Havillands, they battered wind, snow, and sleet to pioneer round-the-clock airmail service along the world's longest air route, the U. S. transcontinental.  In the process, thirty-four pilots lost their lives. Through profiles, photographs and historicl articles, this

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.17): Special VFR Operations

Special VFR Operations Aircraft operating in accordance with clearances within Class B, C, D, and E surface areas in weather conditions less than the basic VFR weather minima. Such operations must be requested by the pilot and approved by ATC.

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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 (12.10.17)

“The arrival of the MBe Panther has enhanced the Navy Aviation’s operational capabilities. It is a modern, multi-mission helicopter that we can use in both maritime and land environments for a wide range of missions, including maritime SAR, disaster relief, external load operations and even air ambulance.” Source: Admiral Jose Maria Garcia Macedo, the Mexican Navy’s General Director of Naval Aviation, commenting on the Mexican Navy's receipt of  its final two AS565 MBe Panther helicopters during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane. With their order for ten units in 2014, the Mexican Navy became the launch customer of this new version. The first four helicopters were delivered in 201

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December 08, 2017

Airborne 12.08.17: AMA Joins GoFly, Mackay Trophy Heroes, KSMO To The Rescue

Also: Orion Parachute Test, Workforce Shortage Issues, Cygnus Departs ISS, Myrtle Beach AirShow

AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device.“ AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close-air-supp

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Airborne 12.06.17: One Week Wonder Returns!, Jabiru LSA, Raunchy Skywriting

Also: Air Tractor SAIB, PT6A Familiarization, Teamsters-NetJets Agreement, 150 H145 Deliveries

The hugely popular One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to AirVenture in 2018, on July 23-29. This time, the airplane will be a Van’s RV-12iS. More than 2,500 people participated in the 2014 project, which culminated in the successful taxiing of a Zenith CH 750 on the event’s final afternoon. That airplane continues to fly today, visiting EAA chapters and other aviation events throughout the country. It is a testament to the accessibility

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December 07, 2017

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

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

A little outside our normal coverage responsibilities, nonetheless, we’re intrigued by AMA’s newest agreement... AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device. “AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessi

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December 06, 2017

Airborne 12.06.17: One Week Wonder Returns!, Jabiru LSA, Raunchy Skywriting

Also: Air Tractor SAIB, PT6A Familiarization, Teamsters-NetJets Agreement, 150 H145 Deliveries

The hugely popular One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to AirVenture in 2018, on July 23-29. This time, the airplane will be a Van’s RV-12iS. More than 2,500 people participated in the 2014 project, which culminated in the successful taxiing of a Zenith CH 750 on the event’s final afternoon. That airplane continues to fly today, visiting EAA chapters and other aviation events throughout the country. It is a testament to the accessibility

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Airborne 12.04.17: 10000th RV!!!, EAA Scholarships, ALPA v Drones

Also: AMA Partners w/NIFA, Tyndall RPAs, A330-800 Starts Final Assembly, Second NH90 Sea Lion Flies

Van’s Aircraft tells ANN that David Porter recently reported the first flight of his RV-7 and became the official 10,000th Van's RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies. Vans says it’s "official" because there are certainly more than 10,000 flying, but they simply don't know about all of them. The stats are intriguing... Porter's Serial number 74311 (the 4311th RV-7/7A empennage kit sold) is the 1,662nd RV-7 to fly. It’s fairly typically equipped for a

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December 05, 2017

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

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

In a global first, online orders were delivered in Zurich between September 25 and October 13 with the aid of vans & drones. Mercedes-Benz carried out a unique pilot project to test on-demand delivery of e-commerce orders – and it was a resounding success. On ten days, a total of around 100 flights were made without incident over the city of Zurich. Following the release of an FAA directed study showing that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) may damage aircraft more than bird strikes during collisi

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December 04, 2017

Airborne 12.04.17: 10000th RV!!!, EAA Scholarships, ALPA v Drones

Also: AMA Partners w/NIFA, Tyndall RPAs, A330-800 Starts Final Assembly, Second NH90 Sea Lion Flies

Van’s Aircraft tells ANN that David Porter recently reported the first flight of his RV-7 and became the official 10,000th Van's RV aircraft to transition from a collection of parts and take to the skies. Vans says it’s "official" because there are certainly more than 10,000 flying, but they simply don't know about all of them. The stats are intriguing... Porter's Serial number 74311 (the 4311th RV-7/7A empennage kit sold) is the 1,662nd RV-7 to fly. It’s fairly typically equipped for a

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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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