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May 19, 2019

Airborne 05.17.19: Virgin Galactic, Rotax 914, FlightDesign F2

Also: Robinson Delivers 2 More Cadets, Bristow Group Bankruptcy, Gogo AVANCE L3, IFD Software Upgrade

At a press conference late last week in Santa Fe, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize schooling disruption for families. Rotax has issued a NEW Se

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Airborne 04.01.19: ANN's Infamous April 1st Episode! Drone Skeet, ADS-B Boots...

Also: AOPA Hacking EAA Drone Show?, Campbell Joins SnF Board, Jet Teams Go Retro, Methane-Power,

YUP... its THAT time of year again! This is ANN's infamous April First Episode... strap in, and get ready to be fooled, bamboozled and led astray! Drone Skeet has been selected as a demonstration sport for the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Teams will consist of shooters and pilots competing in timed rounds. Each team will have 5 minutes to shoot down as many of the opposing team's drones as it can, then they will switch sides and the other team will have an oppo

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ICAO Playing Key Role In UN Effort To Limit The Movement Of Foreign Terrorists

Participates In Launch Of The United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Program

At the official launch of the United Nations Countering Terrorist Travel Program (UNCTTP) at UN Headquarters in New York, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu emphasized that aviation security and the facilitation of passenger movements are important and reciprocal priorities in air transport, outlining the advances ICAO has made in support of the corresponding priorities defined in UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions 2178, 2309, 2368, and 2396 in relation to Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs).

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Student Winners Ignite The Spark Of Innovation With NASA OPSPARC 2019

OPSPARC 2019 Generated International Engagement From Students In The U.S., Canada (Excluding Quebec) And The U.K.

NASA has announced the winners of the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) 2019. With hydroponic filtration systems, 3D bioprinters and pollution-mitigating masks, innovative students have once again dreamed up creative ways to change the world using NASA technology.

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NRL Introduces Newly Acquired Aircraft For Airborne Research

Twin Otter Joins VXS-1

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiled the UV-18 "Twin Otter" as the newest addition to the squadron's unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11.

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EU And South Korea Award $9.3 Million To ResponDrone Project

Will Deploy Drone Fleets To Control Natural Disasters

The European Union (EU) and the South Korean government have awarded €8.3 million (approx. $9.3 million) to the international ResponDrone consortium, which is composed of 20 partners from 12 countries, to develop and apply a situational awareness system in emergency situations, providing critical information and communication services to first responders.

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Vancouver Airport Authority Recognized As Leader In Canadian Innovation

Among Winners Of 2019 Vision To Reality Awards For Developing The World's First Automated Border Clearance Kiosk

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR) has been recognized as a winner of PwC Canada's 2019 Vision to Reality (V2R) awards for its self-service border control solution, BorderXpress, in the Builder category. BorderXpress technology was developed by Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport.

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Belarusian Artists Impress Judges At 2019 FAI Young Artists Contest

Took Top Honors In All Three Age Categories

Talented young artists from Belarus have topped all three categories at the FAI Young Artists Contest 2019. The annual competition, held by the FAI since 1986, saw entries from 24 countries, and this year artists from Belarus were particularly successful, winning first place in each of the three age categories.

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Canadian Union Calls For Quick Implementation Of TSB Safety Recommendation

Says Transport Canada Must Immediately Implement TSB Recommendation On Leaving Carry-On Baggage Behind During An Emergency

The union representing Air Canada's flight attendants is asking Transport Canada to implement the now two-year-old Transportation Safety Board recommendation on leaving carry-on baggage behind during an emergency.

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Signature Flight Support Assisting D-Day Squadron Mission To Normandy

Providing Logistical Support At Domestic And International Locations Along Route Of Flight

Signature Flight Support, the world's largest network of Fixed Base Operations (FBOs), announced that it will partner with the D-Day Squadron in its journey to return original C-47 and DC-3 aircraft to the skies they once flew in defense of freedom.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.19.19): Downburst

Downburst A strong downdraft which induces an outburst of damaging winds on or near the ground. Damaging winds, either straight or curved, are highly divergent. The sizes of downbursts vary from 1/2 mile or less to more than 10 miles. An intense downburst often causes widespread damage. Damaging winds, lasting 5 to 30 minutes, could reach speeds as high as 120 knots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.19.19)

Aero Linx: Hope Air Our Mission: To provide Canadians in financial need with free travel to medical care far from home. Our Vision: That everyone in Canada has access to the healthcare they need, despite distance or cost of travel. In Canada, healthcare coverage starts at the door of the doctor’s office, but how you get to the doctor, and any related travel costs, fall to you. Over 20% of Canada’s population live in small and rural communities where specialized medical care is not available, and a trip to see a medical specialist might involve a 16 hour car or bus ride.  For low-income patients living in these communities, travelling long distan

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ANN FAQ: How To Get YOUR News Out On Aero-News

Good News, Bad News... It's ALL News

As the preeminent online aviation news resource out there, the editorial staff at Aero-News sees a large number of news releases. We look at all of them, and can usually tell whether something merits publishing consideration within reading the first couple of paragraphs. Often, however, a new and innovative product can be overlooked because of the very words written to promote it, by the very people who created it.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.19.19)

"The Twin Otter is a safe, highly maneuverable and extremely versatile aircraft. The fact that it is unpressurized simplifies modifications and will accelerate our ability to get projects airborne for the Naval Research Enterprise." Source: Cmdr. Erik Thomas, commanding officer for VXS-1, commenting on the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiling of the UV-18 "Twin Otter" as the newest addition to the squadron's unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11.

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May 18, 2019

Airbus Perlan Mission II Aims For Top World Aviation Record

Pilots Prep Aircraft In U.S. With New Equipment, Prepare For Fourth Season

Airbus Perlan Mission II officially launched its fourth season of operations with a press briefing this week at Minden-Tahoe Municipal Airport, the year-round home of the Perlan 2 glider, the world’s first engineless aircraft designed to reach the edge of space. When the aircraft deploys to Patagonia later this year, the team aims to achieve the world altitude aviation record for sustained, level flight.

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NASA Awards $106 Million To U.S. Small Businesses For Technology Development

Selects 142 Proposals From 129 Small Businesses

Managing pilotless aircraft and solar panels that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars are among the technologies NASA is looking to develop with small business awards totaling $106 million. In all, NASA has selected 142 proposals from 129 U.S. small businesses from 28 states and the District of Columbia to receive Phase II contracts as part of the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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FAI Provides Details For International Drone Conference And Expo 2019

Event To Be Held In Lausanne, Switzerland September 13-15

FAI has announced that its International Drones Conference and Expo 2019, due to take place in Lausanne, Switzerland September 13 to 15, will include a conference exclusively for professionals, and a new symposium open to the public.

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Harbour Air And magniX Partner To Build World’s First All-Electric Airline

Aviation Leaders Set To Transform Seaplanes Into ePlanes ... A Zero-Emission Aircraft For The Future

A partnership has been formed between Harbor Air and electric aviation engine manufacturer magniX to transform Harbour Air seaplanes into an all-electric commercial fleet powered by the magni500, a 750 horsepower (HP) all-electric motor.

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Langley Aerodrome Created To Explore Urban Air Mobility

New Effort Looking At Manned And Unmanned Urban Flight

One of the keys to unlocking the future of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is exploring how different technologies and configurations of aircraft will perform in the urban environment. To start gathering as much data as possible, NASA engineers are moving forward with their newest modular unmanned aerial system, the Langley Aerodrome #8.

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NASA's First Planetary Defense Technology Demo To Collide With Asteroid In 2022

Will Attempt To Change Asteroid's Orbit

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – NASA’s first mission to demonstrate a planetary defense technique – will get one chance to hit its target, the small moonlet in the binary asteroid system Didymos. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth and is an ideal test target: measuring the change in how the smaller asteroid orbits about the larger asteroid in a binary system is much easier than observing the change in a single asteroid's orbit around the Sun.

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Report: U.S. Civil Aircraft Shipments To Grow 4.5% Yearly Through 2023

Rising Exports Will Boost Gains, According To Freedonia Focus Reports

U.S. civil aircraft shipments are forecast to advance 4.5 percent annually in nominal terms through 2023, according to Civil Aircraft: United States, a report recently released by Freedonia Focus Reports. The US industry will remain highly reliant on export markets. Rising incomes in developing regions such as Asia and Africa boost demand for air transport services, which supports aircraft orders.

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Air Canada Enters Into Exclusive Agreement With Transat A.T.

Will Pursue A Combination Of The Two Companies

Air Canada announced today that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Transat A.T. Inc. (Transat) regarding the proposed purchase by Air Canada of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada. The proposed transaction, valued at approximately $520 million or $13.00 per share (Canadian) of Transat (on a fully-diluted basis), will create a Montreal-based global travel services company in leisure, tourism and travel distribution operating across Canada and internationally.

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ANN FAQ: Disqus

A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations

Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-based comment tool you can use to talk about stories on Aero-News with your friends.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.18.19)

“We’re excited to be supporting this courageous group of aviation pioneers, whose passion and drive for innovation really epitomizes the spirit we try to instill in everyone at Airbus.” Source: C. Jeffrey Knittel, chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, title sponsor of the non-profit Perlan II project. The project is preparing for its fourth season.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.18.19): Nonradar Separation

The spacing of aircraft in accordance with established minima without the use of radar; e.g., vertical, lateral, or longitudinal separation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.18.19)

97-Year-Old Fighter Pilot Makes Visit To Nellis Air Force Base

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal comes the story of Clarence “Bud” Anderson, a decorated 97-year-old former fighter pilot was a “triple ace” in World War II.

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May 17, 2019

Boeing Says MCAS Software Update Is Complete

Still No Definitive Timeline For Return To Service

Boeing has completed development of the updated software for the 737 MAX, along with associated simulator testing and the company’s engineering test flight. To date, Boeing has flown the 737 MAX with updated MCAS software for more than 360 hours on 207 flights.

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Klyde Morris 05.17.19

Soon They'll Be Investigating Whether The Russians Hacked The MCAS ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airbus Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Antoine Bouvier, Eric Béranger And Patrick de Castelbajac Named To New Posts

Airbus SE has appointed Antoine Bouvier (pictured), 59, Head of Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions and Public Affairs, effective June 1, 2019. In this position, he will report to Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus.

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Flight Design Introduces The F2

Can Be Operated As A CS-23 Certified Aircraft Or S-LSA

Flight Design his taken the wraps off its latest GA airplane ... the F2, which the company believes will define light aircraft safety, performance and comfort in a CS-23 certified aircraft and as an S-LSA. The F2 brings a fresh look at high-wing light aircraft design with class leading safety features and an innovative Garmin avionics suite.

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DJI Releases Osmo Action Camera

Captures Every Adventure In Stunning 4K Detail

Building on its heritage of advanced image stabilization, DJI has taken a bold new direction with the Osmo Action camera. Using DJI’s experience with capturing smooth and stable videos in the most demanding environments, Osmo Action is as rugged as it is sophisticated, opening worlds of creative potential for professionals and adventure seekers alike.

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Airborne 05.15.19: Horten HX-2 to OSH!, TriFan 600 Test, Blue Moon

Also: GA ADS-B Rebates, Saab To Open Site, House GA Caucus Launch, EAA Petitions Supreme Court

Horten Aircraft plans to bring its HX-2 flying wing prototype to AirVenture this summer. HORTEN Aircraft GmbH was founded at the end of 2015 by Sven Lindig, Bernhard Mattlener and Hans Heinen. Meanwhile, Flight Design general aviation and Rotorvox are also part of the aviation brand LIFT Air with headquarters located at the Eisenach-Kindel airfield (EDGE). The name "HORTEN Aircraft GmbH" honors the visionary aircraft designer Dr. Ing. Reimar Horten (1915-1994), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field

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Hummingbird Robot Using AI To Go Soon Where Drones Can’t

Technology Being Developed By Purdue University

What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had this combo, they would be able to maneuver better through collapsed buildings and other cluttered spaces to find trapped victims.

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Air Force Announces Basing Candidates For U.S. Combatant Command For Space

Six Bases To Be Evaluated, Final Announcement Expected This Summer

The secretary of the Air Force selected six locations as candidate bases to potentially host the headquarters for United States Space Command.

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Falcon Practical Training Course Graduates 1,000th Trainee

Trainees Benefit From Hands-On Experience Of Seasoned Dassault Technicians And Engineers

The Dassault Training Academy recently graduated the 1,000th trainee from its Falcon Practical Training course, underscoring the growing popularity of this advanced, hands-on educational tool.

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Jet Linx Furthers National Expansion

Acquires Elliott Aviation's Private Jet Management Business

Jet Linx, the third largest private jet management company in the United States, continued its national expansion and furthered its record-breaking growth by acquiring Elliott Aviation's private jet management business. Elliott Aviation is renowned for aircraft sales and aviation services, including maintenance, paint and custom interior design. The acquisition was completed at the end of last week, but the terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Space Day Set For Saturday May 18 At The San Diego Air & Space Museum

Activities Include Space-Related Demonstrations, Giveaways, And Fun, Hands-On Activities With Local And National Space Experts

The San Diego Air & Space Museum’s 16th Annual Space Day celebration is set for this Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Museum’s location in Balboa Park. Space Day features demonstrations, giveaways, and fun, hands-on activities with local and national space industry experts.

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Harbour Air's Greg McDougall Inducted Into Canada’s Aviation Hall Of Fame

Airline Founder & CEO To Be Honored For Outstanding Contributions To Canadian Innovation

On May 16, 2019, Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame honored five individuals for their contribution to Canadian aviation. Greg McDougall, founder and CEO of the Harbour Air Group and Harbour Air Seaplanes, will be one of two B.C.-based industry leaders was inducted as Members of the Hall of Fame.

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Myanmar Airlines Pilot Lands Plane With No Nose Gear

No Injuries Reported Connected To The Incident

The pilot of a Myanmar Airlines Embraer E-190 was able to land the airplane safely despite the failure of the plane's nose landing gear to deploy.

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Drone Pilot Charged With Violating TFRs Over Football Games

Allegedly Flew His Aircraft Over Two Games In 2017, Dropping Leaflets

A drone pilot has been charged with violating TFRs over two NFL stadiums in California on November 26, 2017.

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Drone Images Used In Civil Complaint Against Property Owner

Indiana Man Says His Privacy Was Violated To Obtain The Pictures

A Cloverdale, IN man says his neighbors used a drone to capture images of his 35-acre property which were then presented as evidence that he was violating local zoning codes.

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Airborne 05.17.19: Virgin Galactic, Rotax 914, FlightDesign F2

Also: Robinson Delivers 2 More Cadets, Bristow Group Bankruptcy, Gogo AVANCE L3, IFD Software Upgrade

At a press conference late last week in Santa Fe, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 staff, will commence immediately and continue through the summer, to minimize schooling disruption for families. Rotax has issued a NEW Service Instruction for 914 (series) engines. Effective immediately, the ignition check ("Mag Drop") limits found on Page 3-9 of the current 914 Operators Manual have incr

May 16, 2019

Airborne 05.15.19: Horten HX-2 to OSH!, TriFan 600 Test, Blue Moon

Also: GA ADS-B Rebates, Saab To Open Site, House GA Caucus Launch, EAA Petitions Supreme Court

Horten Aircraft plans to bring its HX-2 flying wing prototype to AirVenture this summer. HORTEN Aircraft GmbH was founded at the end of 2015 by Sven Lindig, Bernhard Mattlener and Hans Heinen. Meanwhile, Flight Design general aviation and Rotorvox are also part of the aviation brand LIFT Air with headquarters located at the Eisenach-Kindel airfield (EDGE). The name "HORTEN Aircraft GmbH" honors the visionary aircraft designer Dr. Ing. Reimar Horten (1915-1994), who is widely regarded as a pioneer in the field

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AMA Drone Report 05.16.19: FAA Memorandum, Spark 2?, Illegal Anti-Drone Ops?

Also: FAA UAS Symposium, Alpha Electro, Osmo Action Camera, Hummingbird Robot

The net has been awash with copies of a memorandum that may foretell the future of the UAS community. This memorandum was intended as FAA guidance to educate air traffic control facilities (ATC) on best methods to respond to recreational flyers seeking authorization, not as guidance to recreational operators. Recent legislation under Section 349 (c) states operators in controlled airspace will be required to seek authorization from towered airports, unless flying from a charted flying site. AMA successfully championed that if

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May 15, 2019

Airborne 05.13.19: Apollo 11 Manual, Ageless Aviation, D-Day Squadron

Also: FlightSafety Expands, CHC Scotia, Karen K. Duncan Scholarship, DJI Action Cam

The instruction manual that guided Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to a successful landing on the moon is set to be auctioned by Christies as part of a larger sale celebrating space exploration and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The manual was reportedly on board the Eagle lunar lander right between Armstrong and Aldrin as Armstrong reported, "Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Just after landing, Aldrin wrote the coordinates of the lander on page 10 of the book, the first off-world writing by a human. Agel

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May 14, 2019

Airborne 05.13.19: Apollo 11 Manual, Ageless Aviation, D-Day Squadron

Also: FlightSafety Expands, CHC Scotia, Karen K. Duncan Scholarship, DJI Action Cam

The instruction manual that guided Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to a successful landing on the moon is set to be auctioned by Christies as part of a larger sale celebrating space exploration and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The manual was reportedly on board the Eagle lunar lander right between Armstrong and Aldrin as Armstrong reported, "Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Just after landing, Aldrin wrote the coordinates of the lander on page 10 of the book, the first off-world writing by a human. Agel

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.14.19: Unlawful Drone Demo?, UAS Detection, Schiebel Wins

Also: UK Considers Drone Fee, Drone Finds Radioactivity, 500th Student Trained, Delair UX11 UAV

Questions have arisen over the use of anti-drone jamming technology during the recent Ultra Music Festival in south Florida. A company called "Rational Point" said that it, along with its partners Vigilant Drone Defense and Pemica provided counter-UAV services to protect the Ultra Music Festival from ‘unauthorized’ drones. The company claims they were able to "intercept a total of 61 drones that were attempting to enter the secure airspace above the festival. All 61 drones that were inte

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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