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Airborne 02.12.18: Perlan II BRS, Bell 505 Search Mission, Pilot Pleads FUI

Also: New A330-800, King Air Boost Pump Failures, CFM Surpass 3,300 Engines, Bangkok Airways ATR 72-600s

BRS Aerospace recently completed the installation of its custom ballistic whole aircraft parachute in the historic Perlan 2 experimental space glider as part of preparations for the 2018 season of Airbus Perlan Mission II.

Last September, the Perlan 2 sailplane accomplished a record-setting powerless flight to 52,000 feet over the Andes. Later this year, the Airbus Perlan Mission II all-volunteer team will be attempting to soar the aircraft to over 90,000 feet to set a new world record for winged aircraft in sustained flight. Bell Helicopter has announced the delivery of two Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to Asian Aviation Resources Pte. Ltd. in Cambodia. One of the helicopters, which will be operated by Helicopters Cambodia, will be used to facilitate the United States Department of Defense’s POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in their efforts to find missing U.S. military personnel in Southeast Asia. The other helicopter will be used for tourism related charters. A retired pilot who flew for Alaska Airlines has pleaded guilty to a charge of operating an airliner while under the influence of alcohol. David Hans Arnston has admitted to flying from San Diego, CA to Portland, OR on June 20, 2014, and then returning to San Diego. On landing at John Wayne Airport in California, he was selected for a random drug and alcohol test by the airline. He submitted to two Breathalyzer tests, and both came back "well above the federal limit of 0.04 for pilots." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.12.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, February 12th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • BRS Aerospace Helps Ready Airbus Perlan 2 Space Glider For 2018 Flights
  • Bell 505 To Assist In Recovery Of Missing U.S. Military Personnel In SE Asia 
  • Former Alaska Airlines Pilot Pleads Guilty To Flying Under The Influence 
  • New A330-800 Rolls Out Of The Paint Shop
  • FAA SAFO Focuses On King Air Boost Pump Failures 
  • CFM Orders Surpass 3,300 Engines For 2017 
  • Bangkok Airways Signs For Four Additional ATR 72-600s

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