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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Airborne 12.05.16: AutoGyro Certified, Police Seize Drone, GoPro Job Cuts

Also: Aldrin Evacuated, Shark US, Lufthansa, NASA, ESA's New Orbiter, FLIR Systems, Esterline

The expression, “breaking news,” seems to be highly overused nowadays, but to hear that an autogyro has just received FAA type certification is truly - breaking news. Even better, this aircraft is eligible for operation by sport pilots. The original design of the Calidus dates back to 2009. Since then it has been certified in numerous countries around the world. The company claims cruise performance to be in the range of 95 to 110 miles per hour with a takeoff distance ranging from 30-300 feet. A Sacramento man who flew his DJI Mavic drone over the Winter Wonderland festival at California Exposition last month had his aircraft confiscated by the Sacramento Police. Television station KXTV reports that Mark Munn had attended the festival with his family, and said he wanted to go

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Barnstorming: Saving Santa Monica… and Enhancing The Future of Aviation

As If We Didn’t Have Enough to Do, Another Critical Challenge Demands Our Full Attention

It has been a brutal few weeks… starting with the loss of our dear friend, Bob Hoover (and I will have much more to write about that… but I still need time to come to terms with my own issues about Bob’s passing), a number of tightly scheduled special events, the demanding but short time we had to prep for the Live Web production of Bob’s Memorial and then, the just concluded IITSEC event. I’m beat… and so are the rest of the ANN team (who performed MAGNIFICENTLY these past few weeks…) but despite the fact that we’ve had little time to recover, we’re about to embark on our biggest projects EVER, efforts that may triple the scope of ANN… and yet, with all that to face, we see a need (more like a demand) to do something powerful and dramatic with an issue that has the potential to either, in part, restore aviation’s battered spirit or cast it further into the doldrums we’ve been facing fo

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

VSS Unity, The New SpaceShipTwo, Free-Flies For The First Time

Two Years After Tragedy, The Program Proves It Still Has The Right Stuff

The newest SpaceShipTwo has flown free for the first time. According to the Virgin Galactic crew, "Our new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight! Today’s important test flight marks the first time that a vehicle built by our sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control." VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd Ericsson as well as flight test engineer Dustin Mosher in WhiteKnightTwo. Over the course of the 1 hour 20 minute flight–particularly the 10 minutes of free flight for SpaceShipTwo, the pilots, mission controllers, and ground crew collected valuable data. The test flight was the fifth flight of VSS Unity (and the 218th flight of WhiteKnightTwo), following several recent Captive Carry flights.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

AeroSports Update: AutoGyro Now Type Certificated In The U.S.

The FAA Has Granted Type Certification To AutoGyro For Its Factory-Built Calidus Aircraft

It seems we hear a lot about new FAA type certification of airliners and corporate jets, but to hear that an autogyro has just received FAA type certification is truly breaking news. It’s been quite a while since any autogyro has received standard type certification. Better yet, this aircraft is eligible for operation by sport pilots.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

SpaceX Could Return To Flight By Mid-Month

But The FAA Must Approve The Company's Plans

SpaceX could return to flight by the middle of the month if the FAA approves its next launch, according to SpaceX customer Iridium Communications.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

CAA Of Colombia Approves Certificate For Sikorsky Helicopters

Certifies S-76C, S-76D and S-92A For Offshore And Utility Operations

Colombia's civil aviation authority Unidad Administrativa Especial de Aeronáutica Civil (UAEAC) has approved the Offshore and Utility Type Certificate for Sikorsky's S-76C series (C, C+, C++), S-76D and S-92A helicopters.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

AMA Opposes Orlando City Council Drone Ordinance

Proposal Runs Afoul Of Federal Authority Over The Nation’s Airspace...

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sent a letter to the Orlando City Council in opposition to a proposed ordinance relating to the operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. AMA writes that: “In seeking to restrict where drones and model aircraft can fly in the City of Orlando, proposed ordinance no. 2016-87 attempts to regulate airspace, which is the sovereign authority of the U.S. government.”

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Airbus Safran Launchers, Dassault Systèmes Confirm Ariane 6 Collaboration

'Winning Program' Industry Solution Experience At The Heart Of European Space Launcher Program

Dassault Systèmes has confirmed its long-standing collaboration with Airbus Safran Launchers, developer and supplier of solutions for civil and military space launchers and the industrial prime contractor of Ariane 6, the European Space Agency’s next generation launcher.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

First 737 MAX Thrust Reverser With Composite Inner Wall Delivered

Spirit AeroSystems Also Announces Completion Of Rate Readiness Expansion

Spirit AeroSystems has completed an expansion project on the Spirit Wichita campus to support production of the 737 thrust reverser. The expansion supports production rate increases already planned for the Boeing 737 program.

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Mon, Dec 05, 2016

Klyde Morris (12.05.16)

Klyde Can't Let Go Of The Anomaly Issue

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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