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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Airborne 02.23.17: Sonaca 200, Yuneec H920 Plus, SpaceX Delays Mars Mission

Also: NextGen Blimps, AEA/HAI Coverage, L-39 Suit, Drone User Group, Red Arrows Pilot Inquest, 2nd T-50A, Steve Fossett Honored

Sonaca Aircraft is getting ready to start certification tests for the Sonaca 200, with the beginning of 2017 devoted to the assembly of the first two aircraft intended for the ground and flight tests of the single-engine two-seater. The first aircraft will be entirely dedicated to ground tests. A second plane will be used for the flight tests which are scheduled this April. Yuneec International has announced significant upgrades to its H920 airframe -- creating the H920 Plus and an improved ProAction handheld grip. The H920 Plus includes the ST16 Pro Ground Station, operating on an Android platform with an integrated transmitter, flight controls and large 7-inch display with a HD 720p video downlink. Users can also utilize video and image playback on the ST16 Pro and down

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Aero-TV: Versatile AND Practical - The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA

A Quality LSA For Well Under $100k…

Aeroprakt unveiled its new LSA at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase in November. Dennis Long, U.S. Importer and Distributer for Aeroprakt U.S.A., told ANN’s Tom Patton that the design has been around for nearly two decades. “What makes them special is their handling, anywhere between 100 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour,” Long said. “It’s just spectacular the way they handle thermals, and bumps and crosswinds.”

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition's Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on all the nonsense we've had to endure in 2016-2017 (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), we certainly have good reason for that... so if you have any ideas of your own as to how to heighten the insanity, this is your LAST CHANCE. I kid you not... as I look over all the stories we've already prepped, we are going to cause serious keyboard damage as people snort their soft drinks all over the place when they start reading this year's edition. This IS OUR BEST YET! As always... NO ONE IS SAFE. FMI: I Can't Believe You're Doing This Again!

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Airborne 02.22.17: CAF Dixie Wing P-63A, AF1 Price Cut, SLS Manned Flt?

Also: Drone Light Show,  Remotely Piloted Helos, TFR Busts, Gulfstream, XTI Aircraft, CA Airlines, Icelandair

After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time last Saturday. Just after 1300hrs local time, pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport. For this important test flight, the Dixie Wing asked experienced pilot Jim “JD” Dale to perform the all-important first post-restoration flight. JD is the director of maintenance for the Lewis Air Legends Collection and the highest time P-63 pilot in the US. says he has convinced Boeing to cut the price of two new Air Force One 747 aircraft by a billion dollars, and reportedly after only about an hour of negotiations. Trump made the claim during a rally in Melbourne, FL last Saturday. Speaking to a crowd of m

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

ANN FAQ: Feel The Propwash (Updated)

New Form Makes Subscribing, Unsubscribing Even Easier

While we're very proud of our newly-redesigned website, we know that some folks really enjoy the convenience of having their Aero-News dropped into their e-mail boxes every day. Our new site makes that process even easier than before.

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.23.17)

“The report came from the SpaceX mission director ... that Dragon had aborted its approach to the International Space Station because of an apparent problem with what is called the filter on the relative Global Positioning System hardware.” Source: Rob Navis, NASA's mission control commentator at the Johnson Space Center In Houston.

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.17): Tarmac Delay Aircraft

An aircraft whose pilot−in−command has requested to taxi to the ramp, gate, or alternate deplaning area to comply with the Three−hour Tarmac Rule.

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Thu, Feb 23, 2017

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.17)

Tools of the Trade: Drones for the 21st Century Investigator

The NTSB began experimenting with small UAS (sUAS) technology that could support on-scene accident investigation in 2013. By 2015, the NTSB had taken the first real steps toward using UASs to support multimodal accident documentation, obtaining authorization to research sUAS methods and to fly in the DC Special Flight Rules Area, and they began test flights.

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Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Airborne 02.22.17: CAF Dixie Wing P-63A, AF1 Price Cut, SLS Manned Flt?

Also: Drone Light Show,  Remotely Piloted Helos, TFR Busts, Gulfstream, XTI Aircraft, CA Airlines, Icelandair

After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time last Saturday. Just after 1300hrs local time, pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport. For this important test flight, the Dixie Wing asked experienced pilot Jim “JD” Dale to perform the all-important first post-restoration flight. JD is the director of maintenance for the Lewis Air Legends Collection and the highest time P-63 pilot in the US. says he has convinced Boeing to cut the price of two new Air Force One 747 aircraft by a billion dollars, and reportedly after only about an hour of negotiations. Trump made the claim during a rally in Melbourne, FL last Saturday. Speaking to a crowd of m

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Wed, Feb 22, 2017

Aero-TV: Align RC Helicopters - Steadfast Innovation In Model Rotorcraft

Align Continues To Innovate In RC Helicopter Industry…

Speaking to ANN’s CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at the at the AMA Expo in Ontario, CA in January, Align’s Marketing and Tech Support Manager … who just goes by “Gale”, said that the company’s latest line of helicopters is lighter and has upgraded servos and electronics. Gale said that the the pilot can select one of three modes when flying the aircraft. The “easy” setting will allow the beginning pilot to learn to fly the aircraft. “If you run into trouble and flip the aircraft, it will right itself”, he said.

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