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February 17, 2019

Flying Taxis: Why Are They Not Yet Part Of Our Lives?

A Whole Set Of Factors Is Detaining The Technology From Entering The Market

Ever wondered how greatly the development of new flying routes would affect the city and make your life easier? Getting to work by air, enjoying spectacular views, avoiding traffic jams – just like in your favorite sci-fi movies. Masterfully presented imaginary flying cars projects in “Blade Runner”, “Fifth Element” and “Back to the Future” became an inspiration for some of the current flying machine developers. A roadless reality, “Back to the Future” character Doc was talking about, seems to be much closer than we think. To go even further – how about those machines being driverless and fully-automatic?

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A4A’s Sophie Ghezai Encourages Girls To Soar To New Heights

Was The First Woman To Become A Pilot For Ethiopian Airlines

Throughout aviation history, women have made their mark on the skies, propelling the industry forward and inspiring girls to continually reach for their dreams. From self-taught inventor E. Lillian Todd to pilots like Amelia Earhart and Helen Richey, women have been pioneers in aviation and role models for girls around the world who dream of a career in the clouds.

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Lockheed Martin Announces Continued Expansion, Job Growth In FL

Opens New Research & Development II Facility In Orlando

Lockheed Martin has opened a new $50 million, 255,000 square foot Research & Development II facility in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, Lockheed Martin has created more than 1,000 jobs to support this facility and others in Orlando, with hundreds more expected over the next three to five years.

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Air Force Association Announces Lt. Gen Bruce Wright As New President

Will Assume New Position March 1

The Air Force Association (AFA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Lt. Gen Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.) will serve as AFA's new president beginning March 1, 2019.

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Science Key To Taking The Pulse Of Our Planet

The Vantage Point Of Space Provides A Window On The World Like No Other

For some, the concept of ‘science’ may seem difficult or even boring, particularly if it was taught poorly at school. However, with all of us facing the consequences of a rapidly changing world, science is fundamental to implementing adaptation and mitigation strategies. Thanks to satellites delivering critical science, we are better placed than ever before to cope with the challenges ahead.

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Southwest Airlines Is In Search Of Great Storytellers And Influencers

Southwest Storytellers Contest Will Showcase Influencers' Passion For Travel And Adventure

Have you been to the mountains in Colorado, stepped in the sand of the San Diego beaches, danced to the music in Nashville, or heard the bustling streets in New York City? Now you can cross these trips and more off your travel bucket list if you are a Southwest Airlines Storyteller and Influencer.

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Southwest Airlines Employees Earn $544 Million In 2018 ProfitSharing

Employees Rewarded With 45 Consecutive Years Of Shared Profits

Southwest Airlines will share $544 million with its Employees through the Company's ProfitSharing Plan. This reward equals approximately 10.8 percent of each eligible Employee's eligible compensation.

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Airbus To Take Part Of DSEI’s First Ever Space Hub

Returning To The Event For The First Time Since 2015

Airbus will return to DSEI in September and exhibit in the newly created Space Hub, which will be located within DSEI’s Aerospace Zone. The Space Hub will feature the most innovative companies in both space and defense sectors, offering a dedicated platform for network and collaboration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.19): Ground Communication Outlet (GCO)

Ground Communication Outlet (GCO) An unstaffed, remotely controlled, ground/ground communications facility. Pilots at uncontrolled airports may contact ATC and FSS via VHF to a telephone connection to obtain an instrument clearance or close a VFR or IFR flight plan. They may also get an updated weather briefing prior to takeoff. Pilots will use four “key clicks” on the VHF radio to contact the appropriate ATC facility or six “key clicks” to contact the FSS. The GCO system is intended to be used only on the ground.

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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-Linx (02.17.19)

Aero Linx: Cloud Nine Rescue Flights Cloud Nine Rescue Flights aims to eliminate the euthanasia of pets in the United States and provide aid to animals worldwide. We do this by providing safe, fast, and cost-effective air transports of rescue pets, providing animal welfare-related transports to people who provide aid to animals in underserved areas, and by educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering of pets. In doing so, we manage to not only attack the problem on the surface, but also at its roots. Cloud Nine is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that relies upon donations, grants and sponsorships to perform our life-saving transports.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.19)

"I am excited to lead the Air Force Association and absolutely dedicated to supporting AFA's mission of promoting a dominant Air Force and a strong national defense. General Spencer has made a terrific positive impact on AFA and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done to lead AFA. I look forward to building upon General Spencer's leadership and our entire Air Force Association's recent achievements and heritage." Source: Lt Gen Bruce Wright, USAF (Ret.), commenting on the Air Force Association (AFA) Board of Directors announcement of his appointment as their new president beginning March 1, 2019. Wright will direct the association's professional staff and be responsible for the management and operations of the ass

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February 16, 2019

Airborne 02.15.19: Sun Flyer 2, AirVenture Celebrates 747, SnF Drone Show

Also: 'Mars One' Kaput, Embraer Delivers, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Phoenix Skydive Center Wins

Bye Aerospace’s electric Sun Flyer 2 successfully completed the first official flight test with a Siemens electric propulsion motor February 8 at Centennial Airport, south of Denver, CO. The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the 2-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat Sun Flyer 4, aim to be the first FAA-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Siemens will provide electric propulsion systems for the Sun Flyer 2 airplane—the 57 lb.

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AMA Drone Report 02.14.19: AMA Expo East, Altitude Angel, Sun ‘n Fun Drone Show

Also: Oklahoma Legislature, Corona CA PD Deploys, National Model Aviation Museum

Finally! This year’s rendition of AMA’s Expo East is right around the corner. Despite the dreary winter weather surrounding many of us, there is much to look forward to a month from now... including AMA Expo East, the second year that AMA has run this special event. This three-day expo provides a world-class display of the latest and greatest products for the modeling enthusiast and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including flying demonstrations, model rocket and plane build-and-fly stations – a

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Airbus Reports Strong Full-Year 2018 Results, Delivers On Guidance

A380 Deliveries To Cease In 2021

Airbus SE reported strong Full-Year (FY) 2018 consolidated financial results and delivered on its guidance for all key performance indicators.

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Students Compete In USF’s First Brain-Drone Race

Event Combines Technology And Neuroscience To Build Interest In Computer Science And Engineering

More than 300 attendees from the USF and Tampa community gathered at the University of South Florida to watch student pilots fly drones with nothing more than brain power.

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Airborne-Unmanned 02.12.19: Drone Appraisal, Stratospheric HiDron, DCGA Approval

Also: UK BVLOS Experimentation, Drone Delivery Canada, Smallest Asteroid Visit, Sinclair College UAS Training

NE Florida’s St. Johns County is one of the state's most rapidly-growing regions. In an effort to keep up with appraisals of new construction in the county and ensure compliance, the Property Appraiser has turned to drones to help in its assessment of value. The aircraft are deployed for multiple reasons, including compliance with building permits and tracking lots that may soon be added to the tax rolls. In 2018, St. Johns County added 4,300 new residential properties to its tax base. UAV

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Six OneWeb Satellites Integrated For Their Upcoming Arianespace Soyuz Launch

Liftoff Planned For February 26

Arianespace has completed a major preparation milestone for its next Soyuz launch with integration of the mission’s high-profile payload: the initial six spacecraft in OneWeb’s constellation, which will provide affordable high-speed internet access for users around the world.

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Former Astronaut, NFL Player Shares The Importance Of Mentoring

Leland Melvin Is The Only Person Drafted By An NFL Team To Fly In Space

From a football star to flying among the stars, Leland Melvin shared his story of perseverance, grit and determination with NAVAIR employees at NAVAIR’s National Mentoring Month event at the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, MD Jan. 31.

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Insitu Commercial Solutions – Australia Conducts Remote Air Operations In PNG

Received Approval For The Flights Late Last Year

Insitu Commercial Solutions recently conducted a series of aerial data collection operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG) after obtaining its first approval to undertake commercial Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) operations in the country.

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Kopter Expands Its Presence At Mollis Airfield

New Pre-Assembly Building Project Underway

After the positive vote of the citizens of Glarus North at the municipal assembly last November, the Kopter Group (Kopter) is starting its next expansion step. It has commissioned architect Dima & Partner based in Glarus with the design, planning and construction of a new building for its pre-assembly activities at the Mollis airfield. Dima & Partner emerged as the winner of Kopter's call for tender with their project proposal.

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Mente, Embry-Riddle, Aero Law Group Flight Department Course Scheduled

Sessions To Be Held In Early June In Daytona Beach, FL

An essential course for flight department leaders and managers sponsored by Mente Group, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Aero Law Group PC has been scheduled for June 3-7, 2019 in Daytona Beach, FL.

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Bell 407GXi Certified In China

Allows For Deliveries To Begin Immediately

The Bell 407GXi light single helicopter has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Outfitted with Garmin G1000H NXi integrated flight deck and dual-channel FADEC Rolls Royce M250-C47E/4 turboshaft engine, the Bell 407GXi takes the popular 407 series’ user experience to a new level.

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ANN FAQ: The Airborne Partnership Initiative; Engaging The Industry

Growing The Audience For Your News

The goal of the Airborne Partnership Initiative is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.16.19)

“We’ve had an incredible response to our first-ever Brain-Drone Race here at USF. To see so many people interested in this technology and this sport is very exciting for us.” Source: Marvin Andujar, PhD, assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department within the USF College of Engineering.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.19): Discrete Code

As used in the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), any one of the 4096 selectable Mode 3/A aircraft transponder codes except those ending in zero zero.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.19)

Airport Consultants Council

The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is the global trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities.

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February 15, 2019

Airborne 02.13.19: Inverted Flat Spin Record, FAA Bill, Black Wings Exhibit

Also: Bombardier New 50-Seater, Lynx FBO Acquisition, UPS Air Cargo Contract, NetJets Lawsuit

Spencer Suderman’s signature move is a called an inverted flat spin. On February 17, 2019, the professional aerobatic pilot will attempt to smash his own world record by spinning his biplane 120 times over Yuma, Arizona. Suderman, who lives in St. Augustine, Florida, is an air show performer and two-time Guinness World Records title holder for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. For this attempt, Suderman will fly an experimental Pitts Special S-1c. The plane is a different version of the one he

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Airborne 02.15.19: Sun Flyer 2, AirVenture Celebrates 747, SnF Drone Show

Also: 'Mars One' Kaput, Embraer Delivers, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Phoenix Skydive Center Wins

Bye Aerospace’s electric Sun Flyer 2 successfully completed the first official flight test with a Siemens electric propulsion motor February 8 at Centennial Airport, south of Denver, CO. The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the 2-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat Sun Flyer 4, aim to be the first FAA-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Siemens will provide electric propulsion systems for the Sun Flyer 2 airplane—the 57 lb.

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Klyde Morris 02.15.19

The Truth Is Out There ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Female AF Pioneer Laid To Rest At Arlington National Cemetery

Maj. Gen. Marcelite Jordan Harris Retired In 1997 As The Highest Ranking Female In The U.S. Air Force

Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Marcelite Jordan Harris was laid to rest Feb. 7, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, with full military funeral honors.

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AeroVironment Introduces Next Generation Of Quantix Drone

Upgrades Decision Support System (AV DSS) For Precision Agriculture

AeroVironment has introduced the next generation of its Quantix VTOL hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System (AV DSS) for precision agriculture. Enhancements across the Quantix & AV DSS ecosystem deliver a combination of new features, performance improvements and product package offerings – designed to meet the needs of individual growers, precision ag service providers and large-scale farming operations.

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Navy Confirms Suspension Of Blue Angels Team Member

Removed Person Does Not Appear To Be A 'Numbered' Pilot A team member of the Blue Angels has been suspended though the Navy is not saying who or why.

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Planck Aero Demonstrates Day, Night Flight From Moving Ground Vehicles

Testing Conducted At Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

Planck Aerosystems recently received authorization from Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, Air Traffic Control (ATC) to test the Shearwater sUAS in controlled airspace and at night.

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Airbus And JSAT Sign Cooperation Agreement

A 3rd SpaceDataHighway Node Will Be Positioned Over Asia-Pacific Region Before 2025

Airbus and Japanese telecommunications satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT have signed a cooperation agreement for the design preparation of the EDRS-D node. This third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway system is to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region before 2025. EDRS-D will lead to a significant increase in the system’s communication capacity and considerably expand its coverage.

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Former USAF Counterintelligence Agent Charged With Espionage On Behalf Of Iran

Monica Witt Defected To Iran In 2013, Remains At Large

Former USAF Intelligence officer Monica Elfriede Witt, 39 has been indicted by a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia for conspiracy to deliver and delivering national defense information to representatives of the Iranian government.  Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013, is alleged to have assisted Iranian intelligence services in targeting her former fellow agents in the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC). Witt is also alleged to have disclosed the code name and classified mission of a U.S. Department of Defense Special Access Program. An arrest warrant has been issued for Witt, who remains at large.

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Simlat Introduces A Counter-UAS Simulation Application

Will Provide Operators With A High-Fidelity Capability To Train For, Research And Plan Counter-UAS Operations

Simlat has developed a simulation capability for counter-UAS (C-UAS) operations. The new simulation module allows the emulation of various sensors and effectors with diverse capabilities and technologies.

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Embraer Signs Pool Program Contract With WDL

Will Service Charter Airline's E190 Fleet Of Four Airplanes

Embraer and WDL Aviation GmbH, a German charter and ACMI airline headquartered at Cologne Bonn Airport and part of the Zeitfracht logistics group, have signed an agreement on a Flight Hour Pool Program to support the airline’s recently leased fleet of four used E190s.

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High-Fidelity Simulator For Predator RPA Enters Service For Italian AF

The Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) Is The Highest Fidelity Simulator Ever Developed And Fielded For The Predator Family

The Italian Ministry of Defence and Italian Air Force have formally qualified the CAE-built Predator Mission Trainer for zero flight time training on the Predator B/MQ-9 variant and the simulator has been accepted as ready-for-training at the Amendola Air Base in Italy. The Predator Mission Trainer (PMT) is the highest fidelity simulator ever developed and fielded for the Predator family of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems.

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FAA, EASA, TCCA Approve Dart's EC/H135 Crosstubes

Metro Aviation In Louisiana Is The First Customer For The Components

Dart Aerospace (Dart) has received STC approval from TCCA, FAA and EASA in the last three months of 2018 for its Replacement Crosstubes for the Airbus EC/H135 helicopters. Adding to Dart’s growing portfolio of Landing Gear, the ready-to-install Crosstubes are available in Standard Low and Mid-Height with factory-installed Supports.

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Airborne 02.15.19: Sun Flyer 2, AirVenture Celebrates 747, SnF Drone Show

Also: 'Mars One' Kaput, Embraer Delivers, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Phoenix Skydive Center Wins

Bye Aerospace’s electric Sun Flyer 2 successfully completed the first official flight test with a Siemens electric propulsion motor February 8 at Centennial Airport, south of Denver, CO. The Sun Flyer family of aircraft, including the 2-seat Sun Flyer 2 and the 4-seat Sun Flyer 4, aim to be the first FAA-certified, practical, all-electric airplanes to serve the flight training and general aviation markets. Siemens will provide electric propulsion systems for the Sun Flyer 2 airplane—the 57 lb.-SP70D motor with a 90kW peak rating (120 HP), and a continuous power setting of up to 70kW (94 HP). The 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 will be celebrated at EAA AirVenture Os

February 14, 2019

AMA Drone Report 02.14.19: AMA Expo East, Altitude Angel, Sun ‘n Fun Drone Show

Also: Oklahoma Legislature, Corona CA PD Deploys, National Model Aviation Museum

Finally! This year’s rendition of AMA’s Expo East is right around the corner. Despite the dreary winter weather surrounding many of us, there is much to look forward to a month from now... including AMA Expo East, the second year that AMA has run this special event. This three-day expo provides a world-class display of the latest and greatest products for the modeling enthusiast and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including flying demonstrations, model rocket and plane build-and-fly stations – a

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AMA Drone Report 02.14.19: AMA Expo East, Altitude Angel, Sun ‘n Fun Drone Show

Also: Oklahoma Legislature, Corona CA PD Deploys, National Model Aviation Museum

Finally! This year’s rendition of AMA’s Expo East is right around the corner. Despite the dreary winter weather surrounding many of us, there is much to look forward to a month from now... including AMA Expo East, the second year that AMA has run this special event. This three-day expo provides a world-class display of the latest and greatest products for the modeling enthusiast and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including flying demonstrations, model rocket and plane build-and-fly stations – as well as interactive displays, static model competitions and guest speakers. With 100+ exhibitors and expert modelers on hand, the expo will be entertaining for the novice and ex

February 13, 2019

Airborne 02.13.19: Inverted Flat Spin Record, FAA Bill, Black Wings Exhibit

Also: Bombardier New 50-Seater, Lynx FBO Acquisition, UPS Air Cargo Contract, NetJets Lawsuit

Spencer Suderman’s signature move is a called an inverted flat spin. On February 17, 2019, the professional aerobatic pilot will attempt to smash his own world record by spinning his biplane 120 times over Yuma, Arizona. Suderman, who lives in St. Augustine, Florida, is an air show performer and two-time Guinness World Records title holder for the most inverted flat spins in an aircraft. For this attempt, Suderman will fly an experimental Pitts Special S-1c. The plane is a different version of the one he

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Airborne 02.11.19: Red Arrows Tour, SpaceShipTwo Crew, Able Flight Record

Also: Aircraft Electronics Technicians, Astronics AeroSat, Commercial Crew Launch Dates, Mitchell Airport

The Red Arrows will fly to North America for the Western Hawk 19 tour after taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo, at RAF Fairford, from July 19-21. They will travel across the U.S. and Canada. "The Red Arrows are an international symbol of Britain and this landmark event will generate a significant amount of investment," said Defense Minister Mark Lancaster. Previous tours, which include China, Greece, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan and Bahrain, have led to the UK g

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February 12, 2019

Airborne 02.11.19: Red Arrows Tour, SpaceShipTwo Crew, Able Flight Record

Also: Aircraft Electronics Technicians, Astronics AeroSat, Commercial Crew Launch Dates, Mitchell Airport

The Red Arrows will fly to North America for the Western Hawk 19 tour after taking part in the Royal International Air Tattoo, at RAF Fairford, from July 19-21. They will travel across the U.S. and Canada. "The Red Arrows are an international symbol of Britain and this landmark event will generate a significant amount of investment," said Defense Minister Mark Lancaster. Previous tours, which include China, Greece, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Pakistan and Bahrain, have led to the UK g

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Airborne-Unmanned 02.12.19: Drone Appraisal, Stratospheric HiDron, DCGA Approval

Also: UK BVLOS Experimentation, Drone Delivery Canada, Smallest Asteroid Visit, Sinclair College UAS Training

NE Florida’s St. Johns County is one of the state's most rapidly-growing regions. In an effort to keep up with appraisals of new construction in the county and ensure compliance, the Property Appraiser has turned to drones to help in its assessment of value. The aircraft are deployed for multiple reasons, including compliance with building permits and tracking lots that may soon be added to the tax rolls. In 2018, St. Johns County added 4,300 new residential properties to its tax base. UAV

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May 07, 2018

Edic Horizon International Flight Academy Signs For Two Bell 429s

Flight Training Facility Expands Services To Include Twin Engine Aircraft

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

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May 04, 2018

Jet Aviation Completes Acquisition Of Hawker Pacific

Transaction Valued At $250 Million

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

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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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