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December 16, 2017

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads. According to data provided by Blue Origin, the launch took place at 1059 CDT and lasted just over 10 minutes. The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL, while the capsule continued to an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL. Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the S

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GAO: DOT Tweet Violated Anti-Lobbying Rule

Passed Along Message Supporting ATC Modernization

The Government Accountability Office has determined that the U.S. DOT  violated an anti-lobbying provision in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017, when it “retweeted” and “liked” a tweet urging followers to “[t]ell Congress to pass” pending legislation. Although DOT was not the author of the tweet, DOT, by retweeting and liking it, not only endorsed the message, but also created agency content. Because DOT obligated and expended appropriated funds in violation of a statutory prohibition, DOT also violated the Antideficiency Act.

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AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program

President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key compo

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Delta Air Lines Places Order For 100 A321neo ACF Aircraft

To Be Powered By Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM Geared Turbofan Engines

Delta Air Lines has placed an order with Airbus for 100 of the manufacturer’s modern A321neo ACF (Airbus Cabin Flex configuration) aircraft. The U.S.-based carrier selected the largest member of Airbus’ single-aisle Family to meet Delta’s future requirements for aircraft with greater efficiency and additional capacity. The airline’s A321neo ACF planes will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1133G-JM geared turbofan engines.

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Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS

Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chaser team at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University completed its first Remote Controlled (RC) flight of a UAV on Nov. 17. Considered a “huge success,” the RC fight was used to demonstrate “all of the communication components of the UAV linking together properly, to calibrate the motors and motor controller, to get flight time, and to go through the process of setting up all of the parameters in mission pla

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Sun Country Airlines Acquired By Apollo Global Management

Jude Bricker To Remain As CEO Of The carrier

A definitive agreement has been reached for the acquisition of Sun County Airlines by funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management from brothers Marty and Mitch Davis. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions, is targeted to close during the first quarter of 2018. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Australian Company Wants To Host The World's First Flying Car Race

The Alauda Airspeeder Crosses A Race Car With A Quadcopter

What might you get if you crossed a Formula One race car with a racing quadcopter? Apparently, it would be the Alauda Airspeeder Mark I, which the Australian company hopes to have racing next summer.

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GECAS Takes Delivery Of Its 394th – And Last – Next-Generation 737

Culminates A 20-Year History Of Orders For The Type

Culminating a 20-year history of new orders for the type, GECAS has received its 394th and final skyline order of Boeing’s Next Generation 737. Just over a month prior to Boeing delivering its first 737 MAX to GECAS in January, the lessor took delivery of its final skyline NG order last week.

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Elbit Selected to Provide, Operate Simulators For IAF Transport Aircraft

Contract Valued At $74 Million Over 13 Years

Elbit Systems has been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Defense (IMOD) to provide and operate flight simulators for the upgraded C-130H and C-130J transport aircraft of the Israeli Air Force (IAF). The contract value will be in an amount of $74 million dollars for a thirteen-year period which includes a set up phase of approximately three years and a ten-year operating period.

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Swift Air May Cancel MRJ90 Order

New Eastern Owner Wants To Focus On A Boeing Fleet

After acquiring the newly-reformed Eastern airlines brand, Swift Air is expected to cancel an order for as many as 40 of Japanese-built MRJ90 single-aisle jets, according to an insider at Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.

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GRACE-FO Satellites Headed For Launch Site

German-Built Gravity Research Spacecraft Are On The Way To Vandenberg Air Force Base In California

The twin GRACE-FO satellites have begun their journey to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Together with test equipment totalling around 50 tons, the gravity research satellites built and developed by Airbus in Friedrichshafen (Germany) were loaded overnight onto an air freighter at Munich airport and flown to the U.S. Tuesday. GRACE-FO is a joint project between NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) based in Pasadena, California, and the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam.

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ANN FAQ: Share Aero-News With Your Friends

Send Them A Story -- We Don't Mind!

Do you need another set of eyes to see that story you can't believe Jim just wrote? Want to spread Hognose's unique wisdom and perspective to the masses, or share the latest Klyde Morris with another member of the flying community? (Or perhaps to someone who just really, really likes ants?)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.16.17)

"The Sun Country pilot group is committed to doing our part to continue to deliver top-notch service to our customers during this ownership transition and change of direction for the company.” Source: Capt. Brian Roseen, chairman of the Sun Country Airlines Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, on the sale of the airline to The Apollo Group.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.16.17): Flight Patterns

Basic maneuvers, flown by reference to the instruments rather than outside visual cues, for the purpose of practicing basic attitude flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.16.17)

Become a Pilot

An FAA web page designed to provide potential pilots with information about how to reach their goals. The first step? "Decide what you want to fly. FAA's rules for getting a pilot's license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly.

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December 15, 2017

Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads. According to data provided by Blue Origin, the launch took place at 1059 CDT and lasted just over 10 minutes. The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL, while the capsule continued to an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL. Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the S

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The U.S. And EU Agree To Expand Aviation Cooperation

Will Focus On The Areas Of Aviation Safety And Air Traffic Management Modernization

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Ambassador Kaja Tael, Permanent Representative of Estonia to the European Union, and European Commission Directorate General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) Director General Henrik Hololei signed Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonization.

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Thunderbirds Announce Commander/Leader Selection

Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh Will Become Thunderbird No. 1

The commander of Air Combat Command, Gen. Mike Holmes, has officially selected the officer who will lead the United States Air Force Thunderbirds for the 2018 demonstration season.

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NTSB Faults Drone Pilot For Collision With Helicopter

Drone Was Being Flown Recreationally Beyond Visual Line Of Sight

The NTSB has released an aviation incident final report from a collision between a U.S. Army UH-60M helicopter and a Phantom 4 drone. According to the report, the helo was operating under visual flight rules within Class G airspace about 300 ft above mean sea level (msl) when it collided with a privately owned and operated DJI Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). The helicopter sustained minor damage and landed uneventfully; the sUAS was destroyed.

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Bell Helicopter’s Mirabel Facility Completes 5,000th Aircraft

Milestone Helo Is A Bell 407GXP

Bell Helicopter's facility located in Mirabel, Canada has completed its 5,000th aircraft. The aircraft, a Bell 407GXP, will be owned by China’s Shaanxi Helicopter Co. Ltd. (SHC), which had signed a purchase agreement for 100 Bell 407GXPs earlier this year.

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Thunderbirds To Headline 2019 Ft. Wayne Air Show

Event Planned For July 6-9, 2019

The 122nd Fighter Wing, Indiana Air National Guard along with the Fort Wayne-Allen County Air Port Authority has confirmed that America’s Ambassadors In Blue, the United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds will be performing here at the 2019 Fort Wayne Air Show July 6-7, 2019.

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Canadian Government Opens Competition To Replace Canada's Fighter Aircraft

Promises An Open And Transparent  Process

Acquiring the aircraft that Canada's military needs to help ensure the safety and security of Canadians, while ensuring economic benefits for Canada, is a top priority for the Government of Canada. The government is delivering on its promise to hold an open and transparent competition to permanently replace Canada's fighter fleet.

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Klyde Morris 12.15.17

It All Depends On The Source ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Santa Monica Airport Runway Closed For Shortening

Project Expected To Take Some 10 Days To Complete

The Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) runway has been closed for the project to shorten the single landing strip from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet under an agreement reached last year between the FAA and the city. The project is expected to cost the city's taxpayers some $3.5 million.

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Soyuz Carrying Expedition 53 Crew Lands In Kazakhstan

Next Crew To Arrive At ISS On December 19

The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft has delivered Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos safely back to Earth near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. The FAA has posted a

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American Robotics Unveils UAS Platform For Precision Farming

Self-Charging, Self-Managing Platform Can Conduct Autonomous Missions

Industrial UAS developer American Robotics has unveiled its flagship product, Scout, which is a self-charging, self-managing UAS platform capable of autonomously conducting daily scouting missions in the field of precision farming.

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FAA: Pilot In St.Croix Accident Not Multi-Engine Rated

Five Fatally Injured When The Airplane Went Down

The pilot who operated the plane that went down at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport last Thursday night, resulting in the fatal injury of all five occupants including a member of the Stylee Band, was not rated to fly multi-engine aircraft such as the one he operated that night, according to FAA records obtained by The Virgin Islands Consortium. Pilot David Richardson held only a single-engine airplane rating, according to the agency.

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Danville, VA Council Approves FBO Contract For Local Airport

General Aviation Will Remain As Sole FBO For Another 18 Months

The Danville, VA City Council has approved a contract with General Aviation to continue to provide FBO services at Danville Regional Airport (KDAN) for at least the next 18 months.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers Four Bell 412EPs To Argentina

Will Fly SAR, Humanitarian Relief And Disaster Relief Missions

The government of Argentina has taken delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be used for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions.

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Modular Racing Drone Designed For Beginners

But It Will Top Out At About 100 MPH

Drone racing is fun and exciting for both the spectators and the pilots. But that latter group also can face a lot of expense when it comes to their hobby. Racing drones, and the associated equipment needed to participate, can be pretty spendy, particularly in a sport where crashes and damage are expected.

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USMC Approves Drone Operator Insignia For Uniforms

Breast Insignia Design Has Not Been Finalized

The U.S Marine Corps has authorized a Drone Operator breast insignia that can be affixed to the uniforms of enlisted operators.

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Italy Orders An Additional Eight AW139 Helicopters

Will Strengthen Rescue And Border Patrol Services in Italy

The government of Italy has placed an order for an additional eight AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately $131 million.

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Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport Is Under New Ownership

New Owner Says The Airfield Will Remain Open For The Foreseeable Future

A real estate developer has reportedly purchased the Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport (N53), but the new owner says that the airfield will remain open "for the foreseeable future."

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Darwin Airlines Faces Bankruptcy

Swiss Regional Carrier Has Been Grounded For Two Weeks

Swiss regional carrier Darwin Airlines has finally thrown in the towel and admitted it is facing bankruptcy two weeks after the Swiss government grounded the carrier.

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NASA Awards Contract for Safety, Mission Assurance Support

A-P-T Research Of Huntsville To Conduct The Work

NASA has awarded the Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services III (SMASS III) contract to A-P-T Research, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, for a broad range of services at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and various sites supported by Kennedy’s programs and projects.

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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 (12.15.17)

"Our collaboration remains vitally important for the safe and efficient movement of passengers and cargo on both sides of the Atlantic. Today's signing continues a deep commitment to cooperation and harmonization shared by America and the EU." Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, on the signing of Amendments to two US-EU agreements that will expand areas for joint efforts on aviation safety and air traffic management harmonization. FMI: www.faa.gov.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.15.17): Elevator

The horizontal, movable primary control surface in the tail section, or empennage, of an airplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.15.17)

Air Charity Network

Air Charity Network (ACN) provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.

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Airborne 12.15.17: New Shepard Flies Again, Falcon 5X Cancelled, Flying Car Race

Also: Online Pilot Records Database, GA Security Bill, $1M 4 ERAU, Blades Aerobatic Team

Blue Origin's New Shepard made its seventh test flight Tuesday afternoon at the company's launch site in west Texas. The mission included the first test of Crew Capsule 2.0, and carried 12 commercial, research and education payloads. According to data provided by Blue Origin, the launch took place at 1059 CDT and lasted just over 10 minutes. The booster reached an apogee of 322,032 feet AGL, while the capsule continued to an apogee of 322,405 feet AGL. Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program, and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022. The delivery of compliant Sil

December 14, 2017

AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program

President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key compo

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Continental Motors Named Mobile 'Manufacturer Of The Year'

Mobile Chamber Of Commerce Recognizes The Company For Contributions To The Local Economy

The Mobile Chamber of Commerce has named Continental Motors “Manufacturer of the Year” for 2017. This annual award recognizes companies for their economic growth and commitment to the local community.

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ICAO Brings Together Global Experts For Symposium

Addressed How Future Air Navigation Will Manage Forecast Aviation Growth And Innovations

ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu welcomed a wide range of government and industry experts to ICAO Tuesday to kick off the UN agency’s second Global Air Navigation Industry Symposium (GANIS/2).

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FAA Qualifies First Pilatus PC-24 Full Flight Simulator

Level C FFS To Be Located In Dallas, TX

The first full flight simulator for the new PC-24 Super Versatile Jet has received interim Level C qualification from the FAA. The new FlightSafety FS1000 simulator is expected to be qualified by the European Aviation Safety Agency early next year. Training is scheduled to begin at FlightSafety’s Learning Center in Dallas, Texas during the first quarter of 2018.

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Satcom Direct, COMSAT Teamed To Support Hurricane Relief Effort In Puerto Rico

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress SATCOM As A Service Used To Rapidly And Effectively Stand Up High-Throughput, Easy-To-Use Data And Voice Connectivity

Satcom Direct and COMSAT have announced that the two organizations worked to ensure highly reliable satellite communications were immediately available for first responders in Puerto Rico to support the relief effort of Hurricane Maria. Amidst catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, Inmarsat’s Global Xpress service enabled first responders to communicate within minutes of arrival using rapid mission-critical high-throughput connectivity, thus allowing public safety, medical and other emergency response teams to swiftly and reliably fulfill their mission.

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HeliOffshore, Honeywell Successfully Demonstrate HTAWS Safety Capability

Simulator Trials Stress Collision Avoidance

Efforts to advance the development and implementation of enhanced Helicopter Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (HTAWS) took a step forward last month with the completion of simulator trials of Honeywell’s EGPWS MKXXII HTAWS solution. Effective collision avoidance is fundamental to helicopter safety, and a collaborative project involving multiple stakeholders is working to give pilots earlier alerts through the widespread adoption of upgraded HTAWS in the offshore helicopter sector.

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Hensoldt Successfully Demos UAV Countermeasures

Xpeller Counter-UAV System Demonstrated At Airbus Facility In Germany

As part of a major product demonstration on the Airbus airfield in Hamburg-Finkenwerder, Hensoldt, the leading independent sensor house, provided proof of the excellent performance of its Xpeller counter-UAV system when it comes to protecting airports and critical infrastructure.

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NASA Selects Three Companies To Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes

Combined Funding Totals $10.2 Million

NASA is taking the next step in the development of a space-based, on-demand fabrication capability by partnering with three U.S. companies, under NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, to create prototypes.

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Local Pilots Say Planned Cell Tower Will Be A 'Hazard'

But Transport Canada Has Greenlighted The Project

A Canadian communications company has proposed to erect a 131-foot tall cell phone tower about a quarter-mile from the shore of Puslinch Lake, a popular spot for seaplane operations in the region. And local pilots say that the structure will be a hazard to navigation.

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Engine Problems Plaguing New Zealand Dreamliners

Two Flights Recently Forced To Return To Departure Airport

The Rolls-Royce engines powering Air New Zealand's Dreamliners have been experiencing some problems of late, forcing two flights to return to their departure airports last week.

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Air Canada's New Boeing 737 MAX Enters Revenue Service

Carries Passengers With Next Generation Amenities

Air Canada embarked has on the next phase of its transformation with the entry into scheduled service of its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. Flight AC137 from Toronto to Calgary on Monday was the first to be operated using the 169-seat, fuel-efficient aircraft, featuring Air Canada's next generation in-flight entertainment system, spacious overhead storage bin capacity and Boeing's Sky Interior. Throughout the day it then flew passengers from Calgary to Montreal, followed by service from Montreal to Vancouver. 

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FAI Remains On Schedule To Harmonize Learjet Fleet By Mid-2018

Last Learjet 55 Will Now Operate For A U.S. Air Ambulance Company

German fractional operator FAI rent-a-jet AG has divested itself of its last Learjet 55 aircraft (D-CAAE), which will now continue life as an air ambulance jet in the USA.

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Registration Open For 2018 Global Connected Aircraft Summit

Event To Be Held June 4-6 In San Diego, CA

The Global Connected Aircraft Summit provides airlines, operators, integrators, and technology vendors complete connected solutions – from ground to air and from nose to tail. The fifth annual event connects business, technology, and industry perspectives and goes beyond just in-flight entertainment, to include operations, communications and technologies that impact the aircraft.

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AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program
 
President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration." With registration coming back, AMA has summarized a few issues of immediate concern and the questions that

December 13, 2017

Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. The FAA has posted a

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Dassault Ends Falcon 5X Program

Cites Issues With Delivery Of Engines, Will Start Development Of A New Aircraft

Dassault Aviation has initiated the termination process of the Silvercrest contract leading to the end of the Falcon 5X program, and announces the launch of a new Falcon program with an entry into service in 2022.

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Airborne 12.11.17: Pilatus PC-24 Cert, VerdeGo Aero, Canada Nixes Hornets

Also: Engine Coatings Facility, Wrong Runway At JFK, ATR 72-600 Flight Sim, Regional Airline Association

Pilatus has obtained type certificates from the FAA and EASA for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market. The PC-24 development project was officially announced in 2013, but work on the Super Versatile Jet has in fact been in progress for the past eleven and a half years. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed av

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Airborne 12.13.17: Flight Design Update, Bell 525, Space Policy Directive

Also: A380 Production Cut?, Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour, US Nationals, Muilenburg'ss Mars Prediction

Flight Design may be under new ownership, but it plans to continue to be a leader in the design and manufacturing of light aircraft. Flight Design was acquired by LIFTAir of Eisenach, Germany last July and has been rebranded as Flight Design General Aviation GmbH. As a part of the acquisition, LIFTAir now owns the Flight Design EASA Design Organization, the Flight Design aircraft production facility in Kherson Ukraine and the design rights for all products produced by the company. The FAA has posted a Notice of Proposed Special Conditions for the Bell 525 Relentless helicopter in the Federal Register. The agency says that the helicopter will have a novel or unusual design featu

December 12, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS

Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chaser team at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University completed its first Remote Controlled (RC) flight of a UAV on Nov. 17. Considered a “huge success,” the RC fight was used to demonstrate “all of the communication components of the UAV linking together properly, to calibrate the motors and motor controller, to get flight time, and to go through the process of setting up all of the parameters in mission pla

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December 11, 2017

Airborne 12.11.17: Pilatus PC-24 Cert, VerdeGo Aero, Canada Nixes Hornets

Also: Engine Coatings Facility, Wrong Runway At JFK, ATR 72-600 Flight Sim, Regional Airline Association

Pilatus has obtained type certificates from the FAA and EASA for the first ever Swiss business jet. Certification of the Super Versatile Jet prepares the ground for initial customer deliveries, which will see the PC-24 business jet take off from Central Switzerland for its entry on the global market. The PC-24 development project was officially announced in 2013, but work on the Super Versatile Jet has in fact been in progress for the past eleven and a half years. Erik Lindbergh, grandson of famed av

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Airborne 12.08.17: AMA Joins GoFly, Mackay Trophy Heroes, KSMO To The Rescue

Also: Orion Parachute Test, Workforce Shortage Issues, Cygnus Departs ISS, Myrtle Beach AirShow

AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device.“ AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close-air-supp

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December 08, 2017

Airborne 12.08.17: AMA Joins GoFly, Mackay Trophy Heroes, KSMO To The Rescue

Also: Orion Parachute Test, Workforce Shortage Issues, Cygnus Departs ISS, Myrtle Beach AirShow

AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device.“ AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” On Nov. 2, 2016, fourteen AC-130U Gunship crewmembers provided close-air-supp

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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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