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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Airborne-Unmanned 11.20.18: Solar-Powered Odysseus, QF-16 Delivered, FT Aviator Controller

Also: Hover 2, TX Man Charged After Drone Shooting, ZF First In Germany, AviSight, Inc.

Aurora continues its nearly 30-year legacy of advancing autonomous systems with Odysseus, a solar-powered autonomous aircraft. Odysseus is an ultra-long endurance, high-altitude platform utilizing advanced solar cells and built with lightweight materials. Odysseus can effectively fly indefinitely – all powered by clean, renewable energy. The inspiration for Odysseus started with the Daedalus Project that ultimately set records in distance and for human-powered flight in 1988 with a 72-mile flight between the Greek islands of Crete and Santorini. The project was organized and led by Aurora President and CEO John Langford and other MIT colleagues who later founded Aurora.  Daedalus' records still stand today. The recent delivery of a QF-16 from Boeing to the 82nd Aerial Target Squadron marks an important milestone on the road to recovery for Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. &ldqu

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

NGC Successfully Launches 10th Cargo Delivery Mission To ISS For NASA

Cygnus Spacecraft Will Remain At The Station For About Two Months

Northrop Grumman Corporation successfully launched an Antares rocket carrying the “S.S. John Young” Cygnus spacecraft Saturday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on Wallops Island, Virginia, at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. The launch marks Northrop Grumman’s 10th cargo mission carrying vital supplies to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station for NASA.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

UPS Opens New Global Aviation Training Center

Four Full-Motion Sims Operational At The Kentucky Facility

UPS has opened its new Global Aviation Training Center near its Worldport facility south of Louisville, KY on Thursday. The freight hauler has invested in four full-motion flight training devices for pilot training.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

U.K. To Double F-35 Fleet With 17-Jet Order, Defense Secretary Announces

The Multi-Million-Dollar Contract Will See The U.K. Own 35 Stealth Jets By End Of 2022

The U.K. is set to double its number of world-beating F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Planet Nine Adds Another Falcon 7X To Its Charter Fleet

Completion Of Three Aircraft Acquisition Deal Arranged And Structured By Freestream Aircraft Limited

Planet Nine Private Air Limited (“P9PA”) has introduced its third VIP 16-seat Falcon 7X (N919NE) into service last week.  The aircraft’s arrival rounds off a frenetic first six months for the Van Nuys, California based operator, recently accredited with WYVERN WINGMAN status, under the new onsite flight leader programme, coinciding with NBAA-BACE last month.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Southwest Airlines Announces Several Internal Leadership Promotions

Brings New Executives Up From The Ranks

Southwest Airlines has promoted Marilyn Post to Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In her new role as Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel, Post will report to Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer Mark Shaw and continue to lead the General Counsel Department's Corporate and Transactions Team. Additionally, Post has been elected by the Board of Directors to serve as Corporate Secretary.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Texas Man Charged After Shooting At Neighbor's Drone

Said He Was 'Protecting His Property' From The Aircraft

These stories are only going to get more and more common. Someone takes offence at a drone flying anywhere near their property and decides that they can shoot it down.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

International Team, NASA Make Unexpected Discovery Under Greenland Ice

Large Meteorite Impact Crater Found Under Nearly A Half-Mile Of Ice

An international team of researchers, including a NASA glaciologist, has discovered a large meteorite impact crater hiding beneath more than a half-mile of ice in northwest Greenland. The crater — the first of any size found under the Greenland ice sheet — is one of the 25 largest impact craters on Earth, measuring roughly 1,000 feet deep and more than 19 miles in diameter, an area slightly larger than that inside Washington's Capital Beltway.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

IBAC Recognizes 10 And 15-Year IS-BAO Operators

IBM, Shell, And Boeing Among 17 Flight Departments Reaching Milestones

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) recently held a reception to recognize operators for outstanding longevity of participation in the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO). Among the 17 operators achieving the 10- and 15-year milestones, IBM, Shell Aircraft Limited, and Boeing Executive Flight Operations attended the reception in Orlando at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention and exhibition to accept certificates of recognition from the IS-BAO Program Director, Bennet Walsh.

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Tue, Nov 20, 2018

Jet Aviation Wins Asian Business Aviation Association Award

Fourth Year To Be Honored As Best MRO Provider

Jet Aviation won its fourth consecutive award for best aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider at the Asian Business Aviation Association's (AsBAA) 2018 "Icons of Aviation" event held in Hong Kong on November 10, 2018.  The annual event recognizes and celebrates excellence in the business and general aviation industry in Asia.

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