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January 18, 2020

Airborne 01.17.20: A/C Registration Warning, iFly GPS Update, Boeing's Net Loss

Also: NBAA Updates Jet Resource, New Virgin Galactic COO, Heathrow Anti-Drone System, Gogo And Hispasat Deal

EAA is warning the aviation community to regard any solicitation they may receive regarding aircraft  registration renewal, especially those that call for using a search engine to find the registration site, with a healthy dose of suspicion. EAA has become aware of several businesses — with names, web URLs, and logos that may appear reminiscent of a government agency — that notify aircraft owners of impending registration expiration (mined from publicly available registration inf

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AMA Drone Report 01.16.20: Remote ID Opposition, DRL Tryouts, Karma Updated

Also: Super Bowl LIV Regs, Drone-Based Home Security, Unlawful Drone Ops, Red Cat Acquisition

With the recent announcement of a Model Aircraft Political Action Committee and dozens of negative comments on the Remote ID proposal put forth by the FAA, as well as other issues, the model aviation community clearly has some problems with recent FAA actions. Comments and complaints about the FAA’s change in tactics are all over Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other Social Media outlets, and it's pretty clear that the model aviation community feels threatened and at risk. Even members of the full-scale av

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Airborne-Unmanned 01.14.20: 1st US EHang Flt, $6M For Kratos, Unlawful Drone Ops

Also: Karma Firmware Update, Swift Tactical Systems, Drone-Based Home Security, Drone Swarms (Again)

EHang conducted its first-ever US trial flight of its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216 on Jan 7, as part of the North Carolina Transportation Summit hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on January 8 and 9. This represents the first time that the EHang 216 has received flight approval from the FAA. While this was a non-passenger flight, EHang is working with the FAA to secure approval for a passenger trial flight of the EHang 216 in the near future. Kratos Defense

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NBAA Updates Resource Available For Single Pilot Operations Of VLJ And TAA

Training Guidelines Revised In Response To A Safety Recommendation From The NTSB

The NBAA has updated an important training resource for certain single pilot operations – specifically those of jet aircraft weighing 10,000 pounds or less, certificated for single-pilot operations and equipped with advanced cockpit automation, automated engine and systems management and/or integrated autoflight, autopilot and flight guidance systems.

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Boeing And U.S. Navy Complete First Super Hornet IRST Block II Flight

Provides F/A-18 Aircrew With Improved Optics And Processing Power

For the first time, Boeing and the U.S. Navy flew an F/A-18 Super Hornet equipped with an Infrared Search & Track (IRST) Block II pod in late 2019. IRST Block II is a critical component of the Block III Super Hornet. The Block III conversion will include enhanced network capability, longer range with conformal fuel tanks, an advanced cockpit system, signature improvements and an enhanced communication system.

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Collins Aerospace Signs $320 Million Contract With Lockheed Martin

Will Provide Critical Subsystems For NASA's Orion Spacecraft Fleet

Collins Aerospace Systems has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide critical subsystems to support production of NASA's Orion spacecraft fleet for Artemis missions III through VIII.

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Lockheed Martin Launches Vocational Scholarship, Renews STEM Scholarship

First Of Its Kind In U.S. Aerospace And Defense Industry

Lockheed Martin is launching a groundbreaking vocational scholarship for high school seniors and college students pursuing vocational and trade degrees. This effort is the first of its kind within the domestic aerospace and defense industry.

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Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Landing At Sun ‘N Fun Aerospace Expo

Will Be The Plane's First Visit To The Central Florida Show

The world’s only flying ophthalmic teaching hospital makes its inaugural landing in Lakeland, FL at the 46th annual Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo taking place March 31st – April 5th, 2020. Orbis International’s Flying Eye Hospital is an MD-10 aircraft that travels the world providing first-rate surgical services to those in need as well as ophthalmology training, presentations, and live surgical demonstrations to eye care professionals in low- and middle-income countries.

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Boeing Donates $1 Million (Australian) To Assist Australian Bushfire Efforts

Contribution To Be Directed Across Australia Through The Australian Red Cross

Boeing has announced an $1 million (Australian) donation from the Boeing Charitable Trust for recovery and relief efforts associated with the ongoing Australian bushfires. The contributions will be directed through the Australian Red Cross and designated for Australian bushfires.

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Alaska Airlines Harnesses Northern Lights Forecast Data For Bucket List Trip

Making New Year's Travel Resolutions More Affordable Through The Power Of Science

Chasing the Northern Lights is now within reach. Starting Jan. 13, flyers will have the opportunity to escape to the winter wonderland of Alaska for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and, yes, a chance to see the Northern Lights. Using the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute's aurora forecast, Alaska Airlines is offering up to 35% off airfare for travel between the Lower 48 and Fairbanks and Anchorage through Feb. 12.

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Army Paratrooper Fatally Injured In Training Exercise

Was Participating In A Free Fall Training Jump In Arizona

A U.S. Army soldier was fatally injured Tuesday in a free fall training exercise near Elroy, AZ.

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ANN FAQ: Contact Us (Updated)

Update: We've Moved!

Aero-News recently relocated its Global Headquarters from one aviation centric location... near Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine... to a spot near both Cecil Field and Herlong Airport. So ...for anyone needing to contact ANN via snail mail, here is our updated address: Aero-News Network 1335 Kingsley Ave., #831, Orange Park, FL, 32067.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.18.20)

“In the safety recommendation, the NTSB tasked NBAA with developing enhanced training guidelines related to risk management in winter operations and special emphasis on appropriate use of ice protection systems and related standard operating procedures, as published by the manufacturer.” Source: Mark Larsen, NBAA senior manager of safety and flight operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.18.20): Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)

An FAA field office serving an assigned geographical area and staffed with Flight Standards personnel who serve the aviation industry and the general public on matters relating to the certification and operation of air carrier and general aviation aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.18.20)

Mission Safety International

Missionary Aviation is not for the faint of heart. Flying in remote areas of the world helping to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ requires years of training and a heart full of devotion. Yet, in spite of the dedication and professionalism of most aviation staff, there are still far too many accidents robbing missions of their effectiveness.

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January 17, 2020

Airborne 01.17.20: A/C Registration Warning, iFly GPS Update, Boeing's Net Loss

Also: NBAA Updates Jet Resource, New Virgin Galactic COO, Heathrow Anti-Drone System, Gogo And Hispasat Deal

EAA is warning the aviation community to regard any solicitation they may receive regarding aircraft  registration renewal, especially those that call for using a search engine to find the registration site, with a healthy dose of suspicion. EAA has become aware of several businesses — with names, web URLs, and logos that may appear reminiscent of a government agency — that notify aircraft owners of impending registration expiration (mined from publicly available registration inf

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Airborne 01.15.20: Shootdown Arrests, Airbus BelugaXL, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Also: Hartzell 5-Blade CASA 212, Muilenburg Leaves Boeing W/$62M, FreeFlight Systems, 50 C-130Js

Authorities in Iran have made several arrests in connection with the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian airliner last Wednesday, and President Hassan Rouhani has said that those involved in the "painful and unforgivable" incident "should be punished." Rouhani said in a televised speech that the judiciary "should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts. This is not an ordinary case. The entire world will be watching this court." Iran initially said that the plane had gone down with th

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Aero-TV: SyberJet Lives! - SyberJet’s SJ30 Program Gets Innovative Updates

First Flight Conducted In Early 2019

SyberJet Aircraft recently completed the first flight of its SJ30i aircraft featuring SyberVision, an all-new cockpit based around the Honeywell Epic 2.0 avionics suite, new ergonomic enhancements, electronic standby attitude/heading display, and much more. SyberJet conducted the flight out of its Engineering and Product Development Center at the San Antonio International Airport (KSAT) and kicked off an 18-month certification test program which will culminate in an amended type certificate for the SJ30i and immediate subsequent deliveries thereafter.

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U.S. Restricts Most Charter Flights To Cuba

Only Flights To Havana's Marti International Airport Will Be Allowed

The U.S. State Department has placed additional restrictions on flights to Cuba, banning all public charter flights between the United States and Cuban destinations other than Havana’s José Martí International Airport.

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Joby Aviation Raises $590 Million To Launch Air Taxi Service

Toyota Motor Corporation Leads the Investment Round With $394 Million Investment

Joby Aviation, a pioneer in the development of an electric air taxi, has raised $590 million in Series C funding led by Toyota Motor Corporation. This new investment brings the Company's total funding, including previous rounds, to $720 million.

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Unifor Reaches Tentative Deal With Air Canada

Will Go To The Membership For Ratification Over The Next Week

Unifor Local 2002, the union representing customer service agents in call centres and airports, customer journey management and customer relations representatives have reached a tentative agreement with Air Canada.

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Air Canada Celebrates The Arrival Of Its First Airbus A220

Carrier Continuing Its Fleet Modernization Program

Air Canada has unveiled the newest member of its fleet, the Airbus A220-300, before employees and special guests at the airline's Montreal headquarters. Built in Mirabel, Quebec, the Bombardier-designed aircraft continues Air Canada's fleet modernization. The A220's state-of-the-art design and cabin is destined to be extremely popular with customers, and this new aircraft will also help Air Canada reduce its carbon footprint through a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption per seat.

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Fly Safe: Addressing GA Safety Keep Your Focus On Flying The Airplane

Keep Your Focus On Flying The Airplane

In its most recent edition of "Fly Safe", the FAA addresses the issue of focus while acting as Pilot in Command of an airplane.

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Foley: Flight Shaming Hits Business Aviation And Other Predictions For 2020

This Year Could Shape Up Much Differently From Last Year

Oftentimes industry outlooks tend to be nothing more than an extrapolation of what’s already happening at the end of the year rolled into next. For private aviation however, there are developments that would suggest that 2020 will shape up much differently than 2019. Here are some thoughts, trends and predictions for the year from aviation analyst and consultant Brian Foley.

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Klyde Morris 01.17.20

You'd Have Thought Those Would Have Been Standard Equipment On An Aircraft Carrier ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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CALC Welcomes Its First Boeing 787 Dreamliner Passenger Jets

Two Aircraft Purchased Directly From Boeing

Aircraft solutions provider CALC has successfully received its first batch of two Boeing 787 Dreamliner passenger jets directly purchased from the Boeing Company.

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Lockheed Martin Launches First Smart Satellite Enabling Space Mesh Networking

Experimental Nanosat Payload Was Developed In Nine Months

A new era of space-based computing is now being tested in-orbit that will enable artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud networking and advanced satellite communications in a robust new software-defined architecture. Recently, Lockheed Martin launched the Pony Express 1 mission as a hosted payload on Tyvak-0129, a next-generation Tyvak 6U spacecraft.

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DJI Bringing Back The Phantom Drone

Has Not Been In Stores For More Than A Year

The DJI Phantom line of drones, considered by some to be the industry standard, vanished from store shelves about 14 months ago. At the time, DJI cited a "parts shortage" that prevented it from manufacturing new Phantom drones.

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Call For Entries Opened For 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards

Nominations Now Open To Honor Innovators In The Unmanned Industry

The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has opened the call for entries for the third annual AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards. Five new categories have been added to the program, one of which is dedicated to highlighting the incredible work by public safety professionals with unmanned systems. DJI will again sponsor the Humanitarian Award and the new Public Safety Award.

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vHive Partners With DFS Autonomous Systems And Its Subsidiary Consortiq

Will Deliver An End-To-End Drone Solution For Enterprises

vHive, a software solution that enables enterprises to digitize their field assets and operations using autonomous drone hives, has partnered with DFS Autonomous Systems LLC (DAS) and its subsidiary Consortiq to extend its drone software solution offering to enterprise customers.

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Sierra Technical Services Completes Major Milestone On Its 5GAT Drone

Engine Run Testing Completed On the 5th Generation Target Drone For The Department of Defense

Sierra Technical Services, Inc. (STS) achieved a major milestone on the 10th of January with the completion of Engine Run Testing on the 5th Generation Aerial Target (5GAT). The 5GAT contract is administered by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Contracting Office (USACE) located in Sacramento, CA and is managed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (OSD/DOT&E).

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Report: Air Taxi Market to Reach $6.63 Billion Globally By 2030

Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) Forecast To Be More Than 26 Percent

Allied Market Research has published a report titled, "Air Taxi Market by Propulsion Type (Parallel Hybrid, Electric, Turboshaft, and Turboelectric), Aircraft Type (Multicopter, Quadcopter, and Others), and Passenger Capacity (One, Two, Four, and More than six): Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021–2030." According to the report, the global air taxi market is estimated to reach $817.50 million by 2021, and is expected to grow $6.63 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 26.2% from 2021 to 2030.

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Electric Silent Falcon E1 Surpasses 500 Hours Of Flight Test Time

Solar, Fixed-Wing UAS Has A Ceiling Of 20,000 Feet, Carries 20 Pounds

The Silent Falcon E1 UAV has completed 500 hours of successful flight testing and operations, according to an announcement from Albuquerque-based UAS service provider Silent Falcon UAS Technologies. The E1 is a solar electric, fixed wing, Unmanned Aircraft System. It is noise free, emission free, and provides long range, low cost ISR capability.

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Lockheed Martin To Deliver 50 C-130Js To The U.S. Government

Announces Multiyear III Award

Lockheed Martin will deliver 50 C-130J Super Hercules to the U.S. government through a C-130J Multiyear III award, which was finalized by the U.S. government on Dec. 27, 2019. The award comes as a delivery order under an existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract awarded in August 2016.

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PAL Aerospace Announces Consolidation Plan

Merges Engineering, Design, Certification And Modification Capacity

PAL Aerospace is pleased to announce the consolidation of its engineering, design, certification and aircraft modification capacity under the PAL Aerospace brand. As part of this consolidation, DECA Aviation will now operate within PAL Aerospace.

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FAA Certifies Concorde Batteries For Installation On Gulfstream G350/G450

STC Includes Temperature Sensors To Mount In Each Battery

Gulfstream G350 & G450 operators now have a second battery option available by using Concorde STC ST00890DE. The FAA STC approves installation of Concorde’s Platinum Series RG-380E/46L sealed lead acid batteries in place of original equipment lead acid batteries.

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Aero-FAQ: Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories -- ITBOA BNITBOB

Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories

ITBOA BNITBOB ... what does that mean? It's not gibberish, it's a lengthy acronym for "In The Business Of Aviation ... But Not In The Business Of Business."

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.17.20)

"(This) action will prevent the Cuban regime from benefiting from expanded charter service in the wake of the October 25, 2019, action suspending scheduled commercial air service to Cuba’s airports other than Havana." Source: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.20): Flight Service Station (FSS)

An air traffic facility which provides pilot briefings, flight plan processing, en route flight advisories, search and rescue services, and assistance to lost aircraft and aircraft in emergency situations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.20)

NTSB Training Center

The NTSB Training Center is the training facility for the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency that investigates all civil aviation accidents in the United States and selected accidents in other modes of transportation.

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Airborne 01.17.20: A/C Registration Warning, iFly GPS Update, Boeing's Net Loss

Also: NBAA Updates Jet Resource, New Virgin Galactic COO, Heathrow Anti-Drone System, Gogo And Hispasat Deal

EAA is warning the aviation community to regard any solicitation they may receive regarding aircraft  registration renewal, especially those that call for using a search engine to find the registration site, with a healthy dose of suspicion. EAA has become aware of several businesses — with names, web URLs, and logos that may appear reminiscent of a government agency — that notify aircraft owners of impending registration expiration (mined from publicly available registration information) and direct them to use search engines such as Google to find the proper renewal site. Adventure Pilot has upgraded their iFly GPS aero-app. They describe Version 11 as a

Aero-TV: SyberJet Lives! - SyberJet’s SJ30 Program Gets Innovative Updates

First Flight Conducted In Early 2019
 
SyberJet Aircraft recently completed the first flight of its SJ30i aircraft featuring SyberVision, an all-new cockpit based around the Honeywell Epic 2.0 avionics suite, new ergonomic enhancements, electronic standby attitude/heading display, and much more. 

January 16, 2020

Airborne 01.15.20: Shootdown Arrests, Airbus BelugaXL, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Also: Hartzell 5-Blade CASA 212, Muilenburg Leaves Boeing W/$62M, FreeFlight Systems, 50 C-130Js

Authorities in Iran have made several arrests in connection with the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian airliner last Wednesday, and President Hassan Rouhani has said that those involved in the "painful and unforgivable" incident "should be punished." Rouhani said in a televised speech that the judiciary "should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts. This is not an ordinary case. The entire world will be watching this court." Iran initially said that the plane had gone down with th

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AMA Drone Report 01.16.20: Remote ID Opposition, DRL Tryouts, Karma Updated

Also: Super Bowl LIV Regs, Drone-Based Home Security, Unlawful Drone Ops, Red Cat Acquisition

With the recent announcement of a Model Aircraft Political Action Committee and dozens of negative comments on the Remote ID proposal put forth by the FAA, as well as other issues, the model aviation community clearly has some problems with recent FAA actions. Comments and complaints about the FAA’s change in tactics are all over Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other Social Media outlets, and it's pretty clear that the model aviation community feels threatened and at risk. Even members of the full-scale av

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Leonardo Awarded Contract For 32 TH-73A Helicopters By U.S. DoD

Contract Valued At $176,472,608 For Aircraft, Spares, Initial Support And Training

Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract valued at USD 176,472,608 for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services. This contract, as Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds, was competitively procured via a request for proposal of various offers.

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Matternet Raises Strategic Investment From McKesson Ventures

Will Support Global Expansion Of On-Demand Drone Delivery Networks For Healthcare Logistics

Matternet has announced a strategic investment from McKesson Ventures. The round of funding will provide Matternet with access to a broad set of opportunities in the U.S. healthcare logistics market and accelerate existing partnerships in key international markets. McKesson Ventures joins Matternet's roster of strategic investors Boeing, Sony and Mercedes-Benz, alongside its growing list of strategic partners UPS and Swiss Post.

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Surveillance Video Shows Second Missile Hitting Ukrainian Airliner

Russian-Made SA-15s Appear To Have Been Fired From Near Imam Khomeini International Airport

A surveillance video circulating on social media appears to show two missiles being fired at the Ukrainian 737-800 that was departing from Imam Khomeini International Airport last Wednesday as Iran was firing a missile barrage at U.S. and coalition targets in Iraq.

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FAA Opens One-Of-A-Kind Fire Research Facility In Atlantic City

Will Support Research On Fluorine-Free Firefighting Foams

The FAA completed construction and opened a new indoor fire research facility in December to conduct performance tests of potential replacement fire extinguishing agents.

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Airbus Signs Contract With Indian Startup For Talent Acquisition

Traxof Technologies Will Automate The Talent Acquisition Process

Continuing its outreach to develop the innovation ecosystem in India, Airbus has signed a contract with Bengaluru-based startup Traxof Technologies to automate the talent acquisition process for Airbus’ Information Management (IM) organizations in India and Europe.

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Charles River Analytics Applies Autonomous Learning To Robotic Swarm Tactics

The OFFSET Program Help Swarms Achieve And Adapt To Mission Objectives

Charles River Analytics Inc., developer of intelligent systems solutions, has received funding from DARPA under the OFFensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics (OFFSET) program to develop Meta-Reinforcement Learning Innovation for Robust Swarm Tactics (MERLIN-RST). MERLIN applies a meta-reinforcement learning approach to discover and learn novel swarm tactics.

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Embraer Expands Clay Lacy Service Center Authorization

Now Includes Legacy And Praetor Aircraft

Embraer has expanded Clay Lacy Aviation’s Service Center Authorization to include Legacy and Praetor business jets. Established as the first authorized service center on the West Coast in 2009, Clay Lacy has performed over 10,000 hours of work on the Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 models, and recently completed some of the first Phenom 10-year inspections. The company’s FAA Part 145 Repair Station at Van Nuys Airport (KVNY) now provides factory-trained maintenance, repair and overhaul services for Embraer Legacy 450, 500, 600, 650 models, Praetor 500 and 600 jets, and Phenom 100 and 300 aircraft.

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Boeing Responds To Germany’s Heavy Lift Helicopter Invitation To Tender

The H-47 Chinook Offers The German Armed Forces A Highly Modern, Proven And Capable Multi-Mission Helicopter

Boeing has submitted its response to the STH invitation to tender for Germany’s New Heavy Lift Helicopter program, also known as Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH). The response was submitted January 13.

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Sikorsky, Rheinmetall Submit Proposal For Germany's New Heavy Lift Helicopter

Offer The CH-53K King Stallion In The Competition

Sikorsky and Rheinmetall representing the German industry team have submitted the bid for the production and operation of the Sikorsky CH-53K ("King Stallion") as the Bundeswehr's new heavy-lift transport helicopter for its "Schwerer Transporthubschrauber" (STH) program.

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NGC Continues Joint STARS Sustainment And Modification Work For USAF

Contract Valued At $302 Million

Northrop Grumman Corporation has received a $302 million contract from the U.S. Air Force on Nov. 1, 2019 for continued support of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).

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FAA Certifies After-Market Battery For Phenom 300

Concorde Batteries Awarded STC For Installations

EMB505 operators may now install higher capacity Concorde batteries in the Phenom 300 with FAA approved STC SA00959DE and EASA ESTC 10072168 Rev. 1. These new STCs provide for an option between an RG-390E 28 Ah or RG-390E/30 30 Ah auxiliary battery and an RG-380E/44 42 Ah, RG-380E/60L 48 Ah or RG-380E/53L 53 Ah main starting battery, permitting operators the option to cater battery capacities to unique operational requirements for optimized performance.

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Delta Flight Dumps Fuel Over Elementary School In Los Angeles

Several Children Reportedly Doused With Fuel After Aircraft Bound For Shanghai Is Forced To Return To KLAX

A Boeing 777 operating as Delta Flight 89 departing from Los Angeles non-stop to Shanghai, China Tuesday developed an engine problem shortly after takeoff and was forced to return to KLAX fully loaded with fuel.

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AMA Drone Report 01.16.20: Remote ID Opposition, DRL Tryouts, Karma Updated

Also: Super Bowl LIV Regs, Drone-Based Home Security, Unlawful Drone Ops, Red Cat Acquisition

With the recent announcement of a Model Aircraft Political Action Committee and dozens of negative comments on the Remote ID proposal put forth by the FAA, as well as other issues, the model aviation community clearly has some problems with recent FAA actions. Comments and complaints about the FAA’s change in tactics are all over Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other Social Media outlets, and it's pretty clear that the model aviation community feels threatened and at risk. Even members of the full-scale aviation community are expressing concern, with recent support for model concerns shown by the EAA... who has been vocal and active in these issues. Want to try out for the Drone Ra

January 15, 2020

Airborne 01.13.20: Continental MSB, First Colt LSA, Tamarack Update

Also: E-2D Sustainment Pilot Program, Upwind Summer Scholarship, Collins HUD Training Device, USAF Birthday

Concerns about the amount of voluntary compliance with a low-cost Service Bulletin affecting certain 520 and 550 series engines have caused Continental Aerospace Technologies to turn it into a Mandatory Service Bulletin, with Continental shouldering the costs for the actual required work. Continental is re-categorizing SB18-08A to an MSB MSB18-08B. This re-categorization is needed due to the low percentage of compliance. CAT notes that, “We have not seen any cylinder failures in the field th

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Airborne 01.15.20: Shootdown Arrests, Airbus BelugaXL, Orbis Flying Eye Hospital

Also: Hartzell 5-Blade CASA 212, Muilenburg Leaves Boeing W/$62M, FreeFlight Systems, 50 C-130Js

Authorities in Iran have made several arrests in connection with the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian airliner last Wednesday, and President Hassan Rouhani has said that those involved in the "painful and unforgivable" incident "should be punished." Rouhani said in a televised speech that the judiciary "should form a special court with a ranking judge and dozens of experts. This is not an ordinary case. The entire world will be watching this court." Iran initially said that the plane had gone down with the loss of all aboard, many of them Iranian citizens, due to a mechanical issue. But video that found its way to the Internet showed a missile hitting

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January 14, 2020

Airborne 01.13.20: Continental MSB, First Colt LSA, Tamarack Update

Also: E-2D Sustainment Pilot Program, Upwind Summer Scholarship, Collins HUD Training Device, USAF Birthday

Concerns about the amount of voluntary compliance with a low-cost Service Bulletin affecting certain 520 and 550 series engines have caused Continental Aerospace Technologies to turn it into a Mandatory Service Bulletin, with Continental shouldering the costs for the actual required work. Continental is re-categorizing SB18-08A to an MSB MSB18-08B. This re-categorization is needed due to the low percentage of compliance. CAT notes that, “We have not seen any cylinder failures in the field th

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Airborne-Unmanned 01.14.20: 1st US EHang Flt, $6M For Kratos, Unlawful Drone Ops

Also: Karma Firmware Update, Swift Tactical Systems, Drone-Based Home Security, Drone Swarms (Again)

EHang conducted its first-ever US trial flight of its two-seater passenger-grade AAV, the EHang 216 on Jan 7, as part of the North Carolina Transportation Summit hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on January 8 and 9. This represents the first time that the EHang 216 has received flight approval from the FAA. While this was a non-passenger flight, EHang is working with the FAA to secure approval for a passenger trial flight of the EHang 216 in the near future. Kratos Defense

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January 13, 2020

Airborne 01.10.20: Ukrainian Shootdown, New SpaceShip, PA46 RVSM STC

Also: MidEast NOTAM, Training Command Leader Removed, Duncan Aviation, 737 MAX Sim Training

There seems to be a growing body of evidence that the Ukrainian airliner that went down in Tehran the day that Iran fired a volley of missiles at U.S. and coalition position in Iraq was mistakenly shot down by an Iranian missile. Electronic data collected by the U.S. military and intelligence sources indicates that the plane was targeted by an Iranian surface to air missile. European security officials say they believe that such reports are "credible". The plane departed from Tehran just hours after the Iranian a

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Klyde Morris (01.13.20)

Klyde Tries To Figure Out Some Motives...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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January 12, 2020

Airborne 01.10.20: Ukrainian Shootdown, New SpaceShip, PA46 RVSM STC

Also: MidEast NOTAM, Training Command Leader Removed, Duncan Aviation, 737 MAX Sim Training

There seems to be a growing body of evidence that the Ukrainian airliner that went down in Tehran the day that Iran fired a volley of missiles at U.S. and coalition position in Iraq was mistakenly shot down by an Iranian missile. Electronic data collected by the U.S. military and intelligence sources indicates that the plane was targeted by an Iranian surface to air missile. European security officials say they believe that such reports are "credible". The plane departed from Tehran just hours after the Iranian a

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January 02, 2020

Aero-TV: Anthony Jimenez - Sling Pilot Academy Scholarship Recipient

Anthony Scored a $20K Award To Achieve His Dream Of Becoming A Professional Pilot

Throughout his journey from Costa Rica to the United States, California student pilot, Anthony ‘Tony’ Jimenez, has dreamed of becoming a professional aviator. Even with aggressive new programs like the ones offered by the Sling Pilot Academy (SPA), such pursuits seem daunting at first. But Anthony’s recent win in a $20K scholarship competition will help make his dream achievable as he works towards his goal of joining the worldwide aviation community as a professional pilot.

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December 31, 2019

SSJ100 Meets The European Standards For Controller-Pilot Digital Communication

Aircraft Will Be Additionally Equipped With Controller-Pilot Digital Private Communications System

SSJ100 aircraft has successfully completed test flights and proved the performance capability of ATN system in real conditions in Europe. The installation of this system is relevant primarily for the operators flying to EU countries. Equipping of all civil passenger aircraft with ATN system starting from February, 2020 is a mandatory requirement of the European aviation authorities for flight operations in various European countries above FL285.

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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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