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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Blue Origin's New Shepard Flies For The 7th Time

First Test Of Crew Capsule 2.0 Deemed Successful In All Respects

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads.

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. 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 co

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS

Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chaser team at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University completed its first Remote Controlled (RC) flight of a UAV on Nov. 17. Considered a “huge success,” the RC fight was used to demonstrate “all of the communication components of the UAV linking together properly, to calibrate the motors and motor controller, to get flight time, and to go through the process of setting up all of the parameters in mission planner.” The UAV Storm Chaser team is one of five teams within Embry-Riddle’s Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering (ECSSE) Capstone Class, which is a two-semester class that provides students in their final year with project experience that mirrors what they will experie

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Dassault Ends Falcon 5X Program

Cites Issues With Delivery Of Engines, Will Start Development Of A New Aircraft

Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program, and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022.

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

President Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 1

Instructs NASA To Refocus On Manned Space Exploration

President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon. The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond.

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

NBAA Hails House Passage Of Bill Strengthening General Aviation Security

Senate Has Not Yet Considered The Measure

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation to strengthen and streamline security for general aviation and charter operators. The bill – “Securing General Aviation and Commercial Charter Air Carrier Service Act of 2017' (H.R. 3669) – sponsored by Rep. Ron Estes (R-4-KS), would improve security procedures for general aviation and commercial charter air carriers.

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Airbus May Cut A380 Production

Demand For The Super-Jumbo Jet Continues To Decline

With demand for very large, four-engine passenger jets continuing to decline, Airbus is reportedly considering a production cut for its A380 line to six per year to try to make the airplane commercially viable through the end of the decade.

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Wed, Dec 13, 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 witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” Following the release of an FAA directed study showing that UAS may damage aircraft more than bird strikes during collisions, Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l renewed the union's call for Congress to give the FAA

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Flight Design Broadens Its Scope Under New Owner

Was Purchased In July By German Company LIFTAir

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it will continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of advance light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany in July of 2017. As an indicator of the new owner's future plans, the company has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH.

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Wed, Dec 13, 2017

IAC U.S. Nationals To Return To Oshkosh In 2018

Board Of Director Approves The Location And September Dates

By a majority vote of the IAC Board of Directors in a special meeting on Wednesday, December 6th, the decision was to return the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2018.

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