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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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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Mon, Dec 11, 2017

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 aviation world. The association’s efforts focus on the needs of its members. While members benefit in different ways from NAFI membership, the most important reason for being a part of NAFI is supporting the flight instructor’s responsibility to all of aviation and commitment to profess

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