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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Former FAA Employee Convicted Of Possessing Child Pornography

Sentencing Set For May 24

A jury has convicted William Pothier, 58, of Exeter, NH and a former FAA employee, of possessing child pornography.  A sentencing hearing on the case is set for May 24, 2018.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

NTSB Release Preliminary Report On Indiana Accident

Board Employee Was Fatally Injured In The Accident

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which fatally injured three people, including Paul Schuda, the director of the NTSB's training center in Ashburn, VA.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Airborne 02.14.18: PC-24 Delivered!, Another Icon Sinks, Replica Apollo Computer

Also: LEAP Engine, Gogo AVANCE L3, DC Small Aircraft Detection, 2017 Airline Bumping Rate

In a ceremony held at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, CO, the first production PC-24 twin jet was handed over to U.S. customer PlaneSense. The aircraft is the first of six PC-24s which PlaneSense has on order with Pilatus. In addition to the larger cabin and faster speed, PlaneSense will take advantage of the PC-24’s unique cargo door, short field performance, and ability to land on grass runways to access locations which traditional business jets are unable to use. It’s a regrettably familiar story... The pilot of an Icon A5 ran into problems after landing in the water near Lighthouse Beach Park on Sanibel Island, FL Friday. FAA records indicate that it is owned by Jet Mist Holdings LLC, which is incorporated in Connecticut. The airplane was issued an airworthiness certificate on Dec

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Air Force Testing Small Aircraft Detection Over Washington, D.C.

Concerns Remain After Gyrocopter Incident In 2015

Nearly three years after retired postal worker Douglas Hughes landed a gyrocopter on the ground of the U.S. Capitol in 2015, remaining undetected in some of the most scrutinized airspace in the world, the U.S. Air Force is conducting a series of tests designed to hone its ability to detect small aircraft that might violate the National Capital Airspace.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Allegiant Plans Year-Round Aircraft Base In Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL

Expansion Means New Jobs And Five New Routes

Allegiant has announced plans to establish a two-aircraft base at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (KVPS). As part of Allegiant's growth in Florida, the company anticipates adding more than 65 new, high-wage jobs during 2018. Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport will become the airline's 14th year-round aircraft base.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

GE Aviation Receives Flight Management System Approval For KC-46 Tanker

First Aircraft Approved By The FAA For The FMS

GE Aviation recently received approval for its flight management system from the Boeing KC-46 tanker program. The approval is a result of Boeing securing an amended type certification from the FAA for the 767-2C aircraft configuration of the KC-46 aircraft.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Air Lease Places Airbus A320-200neo With Atlantic Airways

Becomes A New Customer For The Leasing Company

Air Lease Corporation has announced a long term lease agreement for one Airbus A320-200neo with Atlantic Airways, the national airline of the Faroe Islands. The aircraft will be delivered in March 2019 from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

NTSB Docket Reveals Details About Teterboro Learjet Accident

Co-Pilot Who Was Flying The Aircraft Lacked Required Experience, Board Says

The accident docket released last week by the NTSB about an accident involving a Learjet 35 which went down on approach at Teterboro airport last May shows that the co-pilot flying the aircraft was not qualified to act as pilot-in-command.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

Gone West: Aviation Safety Advocate Archie Trammell

NBAA Marks Passing Of A Winner Of Its Meritorious Service To Aviation Award

The NBAA has marked the passing of Archie Trammell, a weather radar expert, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate, who died at his home in Mansfield, TX, Feb. 5. He was 89.

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Fri, Feb 16, 2018

NGC Launches First Open Architecture Test Bed To Support DARPA 'OFFSET' Program

Seeking Participants To Create And Test Swarm-Based Tactics On The Platform

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) selected Northrop Grumman Corporation as a Phase 1 Swarm Systems Integrator for the Agency’s OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program. As part of the program, Northrop Grumman will launch its first open architecture test bed and is seeking participants to create and test their own swarm-based tactics on the platform. Northrop Grumman is teamed with Intelligent Automation, Inc. (IAI) and the Interactive Computing Experiences Research Cluster, directed by Dr. Joseph LaViola at the University of Central Florida.

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