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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

GAMA Presents 2017 Year-End Aircraft Shipment And Billings Numbers

Bunce: 2017 Year-End Results Were 'Encouraging'

GAMA today released the 2017 year-end aircraft shipment and billings numbers at its “State of the Industry” press conference. GAMA Chairman Phil Straub, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Garmin Aviation, announced that airplane shipments globally increased 2.5 percent, from 2,268 units in 2016 to 2,324 units in 2017 from the same reporting companies. Conversely, airplane billings declined 4.2 percent, from $21.1 billion to $20.2 billion. Worldwide rotorcraft shipments rose 7.5 percent, from 861 units in 2016 to 926 units in 2017. Rotorcraft billings increased by 1.4 percent, from $3.6 billion in 2016 to $3.7 billion in 2017.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Airborne 02.19.18: TruTrak Vizion Approvals, 737 MAX 9 Cert, Airplane Loan Scam

Also: Frasca Celebrates 60 Years, Klyde’s 40th!, European Plan For AvSafety, Texas Aviation Hall Of Fame

The STC for the TruTrak Vizion autopilot has been updated to include the remainder of the Cessna 172 series, the Cessna 175 series, the Piper PA28 series, and the PA32 series aircraft. These aircraft are added to the existing AML STC which currently includes the Cessna 177 series and part of the Cessna 172 series aircraft. The next models to be added the STC will be the Cessna 180, 182, and 185. In July of 2017, the initial STC was issued for the Vizion Autopilot system. The plan for the remainder of 2018 is to concentrate on adding many aircraft to the AML. The FAA has amended the type certificate for the 737 MAX to include the -9 variant, clearing the way for deliveries to begin quickly. This certification marks the culmination of a successful flight test program that began in March 201

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

United Airlines To Start Boeing 737 MAX 9 Service

New Aircraft To Initially Operate From Carrier's Houston And Los Angeles Hubs

United Airlines has announced the addition of its newest aircraft type, the Boeing 737 MAX 9, to its domestic flight schedules. The MAX 9 features Boeing's Advanced Technology winglets and fuel efficient engines providing a quieter ride and the ability to fly farther on less fuel.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Airborne-Unmanned 02.20.18: USMC InstantEye, Raleigh Reconsiders, Battle Drones

Also: Fortem DroneHunter, Solar-Powered Rover, Drone Mkt Worth $48.88B, MQ-25 Partnerships

InstantEye Robotics has received a substantial order from PMA-263, the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office, for an additional 800 InstantEye Mk-2 GEN3-A0 sUAS systems. The systems delivered under this contract will support deployed Marine infantry squads. The InstantEye family of products includes the Mk-2 GEN4, which is the largest system, capable of carrying payloads up to 4 pounds; the mid-sized, highly agile Mk-2 GEN3, which can carry payloads up to 1.5 pounds; and the palm-sized, highly integrated Mk-2 GEN5, with advanced vehicle-borne computer processing power that will allow the system to adapt to future capability needs. The Raleigh, NC Parks Committee is looking at a revised drone policy that could allow small UAVs to be flown in almost all of the city's pub

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Airbus Delivers Its First A350-1000 To Launch Customer Qatar Airways

Carrier Has 76 Of The Airliners On Order

Airbus has delivered the world’s first A350-1000 widebody airliner to launch customer Qatar Airways at a delivery event in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of 37 A350-1000s ordered by the carrier and is the first ever Airbus aircraft fitted with the revolutionary new Qsuite seats, offering the first ever double bed in Business class. Qatar Airways is the world’s largest A350 XWB family customer with 76 aircraft on order and the largest A350-1000 customer.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Cincinnati Airport Designates Certain Nearby Areas For Drone Flights

Authorized By The FAA Under The New Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability Program

Drone operators are now able to operate in certain areas within five miles of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (KCVG) thanks to the FAA’s new Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability program.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Rockwell Collins Announces New ADS-B Out Certification

AML Covers Covering 32 Unique Aircraft Models

Rockwell Collins’ ADS-B Out Part 23 approved model list supplemental type certificate (AML-STC) has received approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This path includes the latest TDR-94/94D Mode S Transponder variant to help aircraft owners meet the rapidly approaching mandate. This certification covers 32 unique aircraft models from Textron Aviation and M7 Aerospace.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

AMA Drone Report 02.15.18: AMA Expo East, Skydio R1, TSB Canada Report

Also: DJI Knowledge Quiz, GoFly Competition, Drone ID Rules Coming, FAA Unenthusiastic About Prosecuting?

The Academy of Model Aeronautics will host the annual AMA Expo East at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey February 23 - 25. The three-day expo will provide new and seasoned hobbyists of all ages with hands-on opportunities to learn about building and flying model aircraft and drones. This includes flying demonstrations, FPV drone racing with the AMA flight simulator and more. AMA Expo East will also include Home School Day on Friday, February 23. During this day, home school students will have a chance to experience RC flight simulators, try model and drone flying, watch RC boat demos and more. There is a new flying camera on the market which its maker claims is a step toward the future of autonomous drones and enabling a new type of visual storytelling. Skydio, a Califo

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Limited Complimentary Innovation Showcase Exhibit Spaces Open For AirVenture

Innovative, Cutting-Edge Products Sought For World’s Great Aviation Celebration

Only a limited number of complimentary exhibit locations remain for cutting-edge companies that seek to bring their new products to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018. The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention is July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2018

H55 Completes Its First Financing Round With NanoDimension

Represents One Technological Legacy Of Solar Impulse

After building the 2 Solar Impulse electric airplanes and flying around the world covering 22678 nautical miles, Solar Impulse’s Co-Founder André Borschberg together with several former colleagues, is now bringing electric propulsion to the world of aviation to make air transport cleaner, quieter, safer and more affordable. H55 has just completed its first VC financing round with NanoDimension, a Silicon Valley and Swiss based Venture Capital firm, to further develop the potential of electric propulsion for existing airplane designs and new aviation solutions such as flying cars, drones and VTOLs.

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