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Wed, May 24, 2017

DJI Updates Process For Activating Software And Firmware Updates

New Procedure Requires Login After Update; Password Reset Available

DJI will soon introduce a new application activation process for international customers. This new step, to take effect at the end of next week, ensures you will use the correct set of geospatial information and flight functions for your aircraft, as determined by your geographical location and user profile. All existing flight safety limitations, such as geofencing boundaries and altitude limits, remain the same.

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Airbus Establishes New Independent Compliance Review Panel

Noëlle Lenoir, Lord Gold And Theo Waigel Appointed As External Consultants

Airbus has established an Independent Compliance Review Panel (ICRP) composed of eminent external consultants. The ICRP members are Lord Gold from the UK, Noëlle Lenoir from France and Theo Waigel from Germany. All well-versed in compliance monitoring of large corporations, they will have access to all levels of the company and will report to the Airbus CEO and Board on how to further improve Airbus’ compliance processes, policies, organisation and culture.

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Jeppesen Operator Provides Optimized BizAv Flight Department Platform

New Operator Mobile App Adds Key Functionality Within A ‘Do-It-Yourself’ Operations Solution

Jeppesen recently introduced key enhancements to Jeppesen Operator, a new online business aviation platform that integrates key business aviation functionality in a ‘one-stop shop’ self-service environment. Available for pilots and operations staff through the cloud, a new iOS-based companion mobile app for Operator - “Personal Assistant” is also now available that allows flight crews to access essential Operator data and capabilities on the go.

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Wed, May 24, 2017

PurePower PW800 Engine Accelerating Rapidly Towards Entry Into Service

Engines Have Surpassed 13,000 Test Hours

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) revealed today that its PurePower PW800 engine is completing preparations for Entry into Service (EIS) by the end of this year, ahead of schedule after achieving a number of recent milestones. This ground-breaking powerplant is the only new engine in its thrust class that's on the verge of entering service. 

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi
 
As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonstration team decided to put its airshow season on hold and return to practice after an incident at an air show in Fort Lauderdale, FL May 6th. But now we know why... The team was reportedly performing a maneuver called the "Double Take", in which for aircraft fly in formation with two inverted at about 300 feet above the ground. One of the aircraft encountered turbulence from the jet in front of it, causing control issues. The pilot of that aircraft managed to recover, but at a very low altitude, according to team commander Lt.-Colonel Brad Wintrup. A successful first flight of a NEW K-MAX helicopter from the reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China fo

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Airborne 05.23.17: Icon A5 NTSB Report, Product Certification, GE9X Testing

Also: UAL Cockpit Doors, NAHI 2017, Drone Database, Manual Flying Skills, Heli-Theft, Runway Extension, New SecAF

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident involving an Icon A5 airplane that resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board the aircraft. According to the report, on May 8, 2017, about 0908 Pacific daylight time, the Icon Aircraft Inc. A5, N184BA, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Lake Berryessa, California. Representatives from Icon Aircraft reported that the pilot was conducting a new employee familiarization flight with the passenger, who was recently hired by the company. A witness observed the accident airplane flying over the lake about 30 to 50 feet above the water, at what seemed to be a low speed. AEA, AIA and GAMA have announced the approval of an updated United States FAA  Industry Guide to Product Certification. The last version of th

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Avidyne Receives Multiple Approvals From Brazil/ANAC

New IFD550, Release 10.2 Software and IFD100 App All Validated By The Agency

The Agência Nacional De Aviação Civil –Brasil (ANAC) has validated Avidyne's new IFD550 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM with Attitude Reference System (ARS). This certification also includes approval of Release 10.2 (R10.2) software which provides a host of new features including Synthetic Vision and two-way wireless connectivity with Avidyne’s new IFD100 iPad App. Avidyne has also received ANAC approval for the new, IFD545, IFD510 and IFD410 FMS/GPS systems.

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Gulfstream G280 Operates At Challenging European Airports

Performance Demonstration In Switzerland Follows Approval For London City

The Gulfstream  G280 aircraft recently demonstrated its high-performance capabilities at several of Europe’s most challenging airports. The flights, completed in conjunction with this week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), were to and from airports near Lugano, Samedan/St. Moritz, Sion and Saanen-Gstaad, each located in a mountainous region of Switzerland.

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Wed, May 24, 2017

Resources Available For Operators Seeking 2017 EGNOS Funding

Universal Avionics Experts On Hand Throughout EBACE To Assist With Questions And Applications

Universal Avionics’ EGNOS experts are on hand during the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) to help guide operators through the 2017 CEF funding application process. Through this funding, operators can take advantage of available grant money for regional, commercial, business (corporate), general and rotorcraft aircraft to equip with EGNOS/SBAS technology.

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Wed, May 24, 2017

ACSS Achieves FAA Organization Designation Authorization

Company May Now Issue Supplemental Type Certificates

The FAA has appointed ACSS, an L3 and Thales company, as a holder of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) to issue Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs).

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