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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Airborne 01.17.18: Trans States $$$, Lost Pilot, Scout Aero Heli

Also: Autonomous Air Tanker, Turkish Airliner Cliff Dive, GAMA Scholarship, Rolls-Royce Test Facility

Trans States Airlines has announced a $44,000 signing bonus for new hire First Officers. The new bonus includes an additional $6,000 bonus for pilots with a type rating. Total first year compensation for new hire First Officers will now approach $86,000. Pilots with airline experience who are hired as Captain Qualified First Officers (CQFOs) can fly as a First Officer or a Captain, and can expect a minimum year one compensation package of up to $90,000, with the opportunity to earn even more when flying as a Captain. Once on property, Trans States pilots can also earn referral and mentor bonuses. Earlier this month a Cirrus SR22T airplane on a flight plan from Oklahoma City, OK to Georgetown, TX continued over the Gulf of Mexico before finally coming down in the Gulf north of Cancun, Mexico. The p

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

WTF, Over? Why Is The Sport Aviation Expo Pushing Medical Marijuana Sales?

Stranger Than Fiction -- Folks, We Could Not Make This Up If We Tried…

News/Opinion/Analysis by Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief We received a few complaints referencing vendors and exhibitors for the forthcoming Sport Aviation Expo to be held next week in Sebring, Florida. The complaints concerned various exhibitors not getting their calls returned as they had questions or concerns about their needs for the show. In the process of researching that, we found out that a senior member of the Expo team has apparently left the organization. Melissa Finger, once touted as the Expo and Projects Manager apparently left the Expo program late last year, and the folks at the Sebring Airport Authority really don't want to talk about it. Be that as it may, imagine our surprise when perusing the exhibitor list and discovering a number of non-aviation entities mixed in with all the aviation businesses that were still sticking with the beleaguered Sebring aviation event. A couple of them are just plain ridiculou

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

GAO: FAA Needs To Meet Insurance Requirements For Commercial Space Launches

Says Agency Should Update Its Methodology To Assess Risks

A study conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the FAA report evaluating its maximum probable loss (MPL) methodology for commercial space launches did not fully address the evaluation and consultation requirements specified by the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA).

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

IATA: Demand Growth Strengthens In November

Airline Industry 'In A Good Place' As 2018 Begins

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for November 2017 showing continued robust demand. Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 8.0% compared to November 2016, the fastest growth rate in five months and up from a 7.3% year-over-year rise in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.3%, and load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report From Bell 525 Test Flight Accident

Cites Collective Biomechanical Feedback As A Contributing Factor

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from an accident involving a Bell 525 on a test flight in July, 2016.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

AMA Drone Report 01.11.18: Hobbico Chapter 11, New Tello Drone, Karma Killed

Also: Huerta Steps Down, NJ Considering Drone DUI, UK Drone Collision Study, Team Futaba

In a bit of bad news we did not need, one of the hobby industry’s biggest players is filing for bankruptcy protection as it looks to refinance or sell the company. A major presence in the hobby drone market, Hobbico filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code while it ‘seeks an orderly finalization and implementation of its comprehensive restructuring plan.’ The petition was filed Wednesday with the United States Bankruptcy Court – Wilmington of Delaware. In conjunction, Hobbico also announced its plan to sell the company. Ryze Tech, a drone start-up, has completed development of its first intelligent toy drone called the Tello, and is officially debuting the new product at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The Tello is a hobby drone that balances fu

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

U.S. Airline On-Time Performance Up, Cancellations Equal to Lowest Rate Ever

Also Show Improvements In Mishandled Baggage, Tarmac Delays

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has released its January 2018 Air Travel Consumer Report on air carrier data compiled for the month of November 2017.  In November, the reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 88.3 percent, up from both the 86.5 percent on-time rate in November 2016 and the 84.8 percent mark in October 2017, and the second highest rate ever reported. The highest rate was 88.6 in November 2009.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

FAA: Drop Zone Must Be Allowed At Casa Grande Airport In Arizona

Denial Of The Activity Violates Grant Assurances, Agency Says

Nearly four years after it was initially denied in 2014, the FAA has told the city of Casa Grande, AZ that it must allow the establishment of a drop zone at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ).

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Dominican Republic Recognized For Leadership On Sustainable Aviation

Has Made Great Strides Towards Compliance With ICAO’s Standards And Recommended Practices

At a recent bilateral meeting with its Chancellor, Miguel Octavio Vargas Maldonado, the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, encouraged the Dominican Republic to pursue its strategic and exemplary focus on aviation as a lever for national socio-economic growth, and to enhance its contributions to global momentum on sustainable aviation development.

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Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Cicer One Technologies And Avidrone Aerospace Partnering To Secure UAS Fleets

A New Strategic Partnership Ends The Risks Around Cloud-Based Data Capture Services

Data privacy solution provider Cicer One Technologies and drone manufacturer AVIDRONE Aerospace have announced a partnership to keep data private.

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