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February 23, 2017

Infamous RV-10 Lawsuit Against Van's Aircraft Dismissed

Years of Wasted Effort, Resources, and Worry Signal Ongoing Defects In US Tort Law

When the news first came out, in 2015, that Van's Aircraft was sued for a considerable amount of money and that the law firm pressing the action was being VERY public about it, many feared the worst. The nation's legal system, for better or worse, is rife with abuse, hype, and excess -- and is littered with victims of a system that seem to pay more attention to the grandiose emotional performances and hyperbole performed by lawyers looking for a payday, than in getting to the actual truth of a tragic situation. More than one company, for questionable reasons, has failed as result of excessive legal costs and the aggressive debilitating actions of a legal system that

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Airborne 02.22.17: CAF Dixie Wing P-63A, AF1 Price Cut, SLS Manned Flt?

Also: Drone Light Show,  Remotely Piloted Helos, TFR Busts, Gulfstream, XTI Aircraft, CA Airlines, Icelandair

After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time last Saturday. Just after 1300hrs local time, pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport. For this important test flight, the Dixie Wing asked experienced pilot Jim “JD” Dale to perform the all-important first post-restoration flight. JD is the director of maintenance for the Lewis Air Legends Collectio

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Aero-TV: Versatile AND Practical - The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA

A Quality LSA For Well Under $100k…

Aeroprakt unveiled its new LSA at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase in November. Dennis Long, U.S. Importer and Distributer for Aeroprakt U.S.A., told ANN’s Tom Patton that the design has been around for nearly two decades. “What makes them special is their handling, anywhere between 100 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour,” Long said. “It’s just spectacular the way they handle thermals, and bumps and crosswinds.”

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Dragon Approach To ISS Aborted

Second Attempt Will Be Made Thursday Morning

The first attempt to dock the SpaceX Dragon supply ship to ISS was aborted Wednesday due to an apparent issue with the Dragon's GPS navigation system.

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Multiple Russian Aircraft Intercepted Over The Baltic Sea

One Bomber, Two Fighters Greeted By NATO Aircraft

NATO pilots have been scrambled multiple times in recent days to intercept Russian aircraft flying over the Baltic Sea, leading some analysts to speculate the Russian President Vladimir Putin is probing NATO's defenses.

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Gulfstream G280 Showcases Performance With 58th City-Pair Record

Flies From Namibia To Senegal Less Than Eight Hours

The Gulfstream G280 aircraft recently set another speed record in Africa, flying from Windhoek, Namibia, in the southern part of the continent to Dakar, Senegal, on the west coast. The flight took 7 hours and 38 minutes.

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ATR Opens New Training Center In Miami, FL

Company Responds To The Increasing Presence Of ATRs In The Region And Provides Pilot Training Solutions

ATR has officially inaugurated its new Training Center in Miami, FL. This new facility is equipped with a brand new Full Flight Simulator (FFS) for ATR -600 series aircraft, provided by CAE. The new ATR Training Center, located at the Airbus training premises, is especially oriented to current and future ATR operators on the American continent.

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Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition's Just Around The Corner!

Get Your Wacky Ideas In NOW!

ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on all the nonsense we've had to endure in 2016-2017 (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), we certainly have good reason for that... so if you have any ideas of your own as to how to heighten the insanity, this is your LAST CHANCE. I kid you not... as I look over all the stories we've already prepped, we are going to cause serious keyboard damage as people snort their soft drinks all over the place when they start reading this year's edition. This IS OUR BEST YET! As always... NO ONE IS SAFE. FMI: Read More

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Rotax Introduces New Engine Registration System

Paperless Engine Registration Process Intended To Increase Service Quality

BRP-Rotax constantly aims for improvement in order to provide our end customers not only with high quality products but also with the best quality of service. Therefore, the new easy-to-use engine registration system is an essential step on this journey.

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Alpha Unmanned Systems Release A New Unmanned Helicopter

Company Says The Alpha 800 Offers Improvements Over Previous Models

The Alpha 800 unmanned helicopter is the evolution of the Sniper, and includes all the developments and improvements of the last year and a half of extensive work of research, development and innovation. Improvements apply to all the systems in the helicopter from the mechanics to the electronics on board or available payloads.

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Boeing Continues Growth In International Training Portfolio

Contract With United Arab Emirates Builds On Previous Successes

Reflecting continuing momentum in its international training business, Boeing [NYSE: BA] has received a two-year, $18.7 million contract from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide C-17 Globemaster III logistics support and training simulator maintenance.

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Hawaiian Airlines Orders Trent 700 Engines

Will Power Carrier's New A330 Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has won an order from Hawaiian Airlines for Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines to power an additional Airbus A330 aircraft, supported by Rolls-Royce’s flagship engine service, TotalCare.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR1 Engine Sets U.S. Record

Records Highest Chamber Pressure Of Any Comparable Combustion System

Aerojet Rocketdyne recently demonstrated the highest chamber pressure of any United States produced liquid oxygen and kerosene main combustion system. This milestone occurred during a series of successful test firings of the AR1’s staged combustion system at NASA’s Stennis Space Center.

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NATA Launches LifeLine Response Platform

Provides Operational Safety Alerts To Aviation Businesses Worldwide

NATA has announced the addition of the LifeLine Response Platform to its array of products and services. This global safety platform provides situational awareness and on-demand protection for passengers and pilots in dangerous or vulnerable situations worldwide.

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New DroneZone Down Under At AIRSHOW 2017

Aviation’s Fastest Growing Sector Will Have Its Own Dedicated Showcase At The Event

For the first time, Australia's premier aerospace event will feature the latest from the world of UAV's. Experts from more than twenty companies involved in the manufacture, selling, financing and insuring of drones will be on hand to explain the latest technologies and applications of remotely piloted aircraft.

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First Italian Navy NH90 MITT Tactical Transport Helicopter Delivered

Service Has Nine Additional Aircraft On Order

Leonardo recently delivered the first NH90 MITT (Maritime – Italian Navy Tactical Transport) helicopter to the Italian Navy. The aircraft was designated ‘MH-90’ by its operator. The handover was performed during an official ceremony held at Luni Naval Base in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from the Italian Navy and industry.

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FAA SAFO Emphasizes Class B Airspace Awareness

Excursions May Result In Aircraft Proximity Issues

The FAA has released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) to alert all pilots and flightcrew operating near the boundaries of Class B airspace to the risk of excursions out of and incursions into Class B airspace. This SAFO also serves to emphasize the importance of a pilot’s and flightcrew’s role in maintaining proper aircraft separation.

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Entrepreneurs Challenged To Pitch 1,000 Feet Above Austin At South By Southwest

Lockheed Martin's Venture Fund Seeking Next Big Idea To Fuel Technology Development

Lockheed Martin Ventures, the venture capital arm of Lockheed Martin, in partnership with ClearSky and ARCH Venture Partners, is accepting applications for a first-of-its-kind competition that will have entrepreneurs pitch their business plan in a helicopter in the skies above Austin, Texas. The pitch, at the 2017 South by Southwest festival, is part of Lockheed Martin's increased focus on investing in emerging companies.

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ESA's Six-Legged Suntracker Flying On A Dragon

Launched To ISS On Sunday By SpaceX

The cargo being carried by the Space-X Dragon cargo spacecraft that was launched to the International Space Station Sunday is a new NASA sensor that will monitor our atmosphere with a helping hand from ESA.

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Organizers Pull The Plug On Denton, TX Airshow

Placed On Hiatus For 2017, May Return In The Future

The Denton, TX Air Show has been placed on hiatus for 2017, but organizers say they are confident it will return in the future.

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Officers Responding To Truck Incident Wind Up At An Airplane Accident

Plane Flipped Over While Trying To Take Off From An Icy Lake

Fish and Game officers in New Hampshire went to investigate a report of a truck that had broken through ice on Lake Winnipesaukee, when they suddenly had a second accident to deal with.

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ANN FAQ: Feel The Propwash (Updated)

New Form Makes Subscribing, Unsubscribing Even Easier

While we're very proud of our newly-redesigned website, we know that some folks really enjoy the convenience of having their Aero-News dropped into their e-mail boxes every day. Our new site makes that process even easier than before.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.23.17)

“The report came from the SpaceX mission director ... that Dragon had aborted its approach to the International Space Station because of an apparent problem with what is called the filter on the relative Global Positioning System hardware.” Source: Rob Navis, NASA's mission control commentator at the Johnson Space Center In Houston.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.17): Tarmac Delay Aircraft

An aircraft whose pilot−in−command has requested to taxi to the ramp, gate, or alternate deplaning area to comply with the Three−hour Tarmac Rule.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.17)

Tools of the Trade: Drones for the 21st Century Investigator

The NTSB began experimenting with small UAS (sUAS) technology that could support on-scene accident investigation in 2013. By 2015, the NTSB had taken the first real steps toward using UASs to support multimodal accident documentation, obtaining authorization to research sUAS methods and to fly in the DC Special Flight Rules Area, and they began test flights.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-04-02

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Versatile AND Practical - The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA

A Quality LSA For Well Under $100k…
 
Aeroprakt unveiled its new LSA at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase in November. Dennis Long, U.S. Importer and Distributer for Aeroprakt U.S.A., told ANN’s Tom Patton that the design has been around for nearly two decades.

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February 22, 2017

Airborne 02.22.17: CAF Dixie Wing P-63A, AF1 Price Cut, SLS Manned Flt?

Also: Drone Light Show,  Remotely Piloted Helos, TFR Busts, Gulfstream, XTI Aircraft, CA Airlines, Icelandair

After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time last Saturday. Just after 1300hrs local time, pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport. For this important test flight, the Dixie Wing asked experienced pilot Jim “JD” Dale to perform the all-important first post-restoration flight. JD is the director of maintenance for the Lewis Air Legends Collectio

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Aero-TV: Align RC Helicopters - Steadfast Innovation In Model Rotorcraft

Align Continues To Innovate In RC Helicopter Industry…

Speaking to ANN’s CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at the at the AMA Expo in Ontario, CA in January, Align’s Marketing and Tech Support Manager … who just goes by “Gale”, said that the company’s latest line of helicopters is lighter and has upgraded servos and electronics. Gale said that the the pilot can select one of three modes when flying the aircraft. The “easy” setting will allow the beginning pilot to learn to fly the aircraft. “If you run into trouble and flip the aircraft, it will right itself”, he s

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GA Aircraft Shipments And Billings Down Almost Across The Board

Only Uptick Was In Turboprop Airplanes, Turbine Helicopters Hit Hard

The news is pretty much all bad, and some of it is really bad, in the GAMA 2016 year-end report of aircraft shipment and billings numbers released at its “Annual Industry Review” press conference Wednesday.

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EASA Releases Preliminary Air Safety Figures For 2016

Provides An Overview Of Safety Statistics For Commercial Transport Airplanes

EASA has published its Preliminary Safety Review 2017. It provides an early overview of the aviation safety statistics for 2016 in the domain of Commercial Air Transport Airplanes. The reports covers both worldwide operations and those involving the 32 EASA Member States.

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AMA Drone Report 02.20.17: DJI & AMA Team Up, MultiGP, Drone Advisory Committee

Also: Another Dumb FL Drone Law, AMA Expo East!, Spaceport America Drone Summit

DJI and AMA have launched a joint program to promote safe and responsible drone operations, train public safety officers to use drones effectively, and support educational outreach efforts. DJI and the AMA will also collaborate on other potential opportunities to mutually support their missions and provide new programs and options for those interested in small unmanned aircraft systems. “Safe operations in the national airspace are of the utmost importance to the AMA,” said AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson.

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FAA Urges Pilots To Join 'Fly Safe' Campaign

Goal Is To Prevent Loss Of Control Accidents Through Education

The FAA and general aviation (GA) community’s national #FlySafe campaign aims to educate GA pilots on the best practices to calculate and predict aircraft performance and to operate within established aircraft limitations.

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Textron Aviation Announces Multi-Year Agreement With University Of Dubuque

Eleven Skyhawks Ordered By The University

A multi-year agreement has been signed between the University of Dubuque and Textron Aviation establishing the university’s commitment to purchase new flight training aircraft solely from Textron Aviation through 2026 to modernize its fleet. As part of the new agreement, Textron Aviation will provide product support, parts and training for the university’s new Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft, which will be equipped with the next-generation Garmin G1000 NXi integrated flight deck.

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Four American Tourists Fatally Injured In Accident In Australia

Aircraft Impacted A Shopping Mall Prior To Its Opening For The Day

Four American citizens and the pilot of a Beechcraft King Air were fatally injured Monday morning (local time) in Melbourne, Australia when the plane impacted the roof of a shopping mall near the end of the runway at Essendon Airport.

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Extra, Extra At Airventure 2017

Gathering Planned For Pilots Of All Models Of The Aerobatic Airplane

The Extra series of aerobatic monoplanes are manufactured in Dinslaken, Germany, and in the past 30 years various models of the Extra have been introduced by Walter Extra, the chief designer and founder of Extra Aircraft.

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Passengers Walk Through Unattended Metal Detector At Kennedy Airport

Eleven Individuals Made It Through Security Without Being Screened

Eleven passengers were able to walk through an unattended metal detector at Kennedy International Airport in New York and gain access to the gate area without being screened.

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Emergency AD: Safran Engines

Fuel Leaks Originating From The Drain Valve Assembly On Certain Engines

The FAA has issued an emergency AD prompted by reports of fuel leaks originating from the drain valve assembly (DV) on certain Arriel engines. Investigation revealed that these fuel leaks were caused by non-compliant diaphragms. This condition, if not corrected, could result in an engine compartment fire, in-flight shutdown, and damage to the helicopter.

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DJI Is The Big Dog In The Consumer Drone Space

Some Analysts Believe The Chinese Company Has 85% Of The Market

We've seen several stories recently about the woes of some consumer drone companies. Parrot recently laid off about a third of its drone workforce, 3D Robotics let about 150 people go. GoPro had its well-documented problems. And Lily folded before the flying camera ever reached the market.

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Flight School Association Of North America Reports A Successful Conference

Again Offers Attendees Helpful Information for Flight Training Operations, Sets Path For Next Year For FSANA

The 2017 Flight School Operators Conference in Houston, Texas continued and expanded on the yearly event that brings flight school operators and industry professionals together to discuss best practices, current concerns, and trends in the business of flight training.

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BTS Releases December 2016 Passenger Airline Employment Data

Number Of Jobs Up 3.7 Percent Over December 2015

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 3.7 percent more workers in December 2016 than in December 2015, according to the recently-released U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) report. December was the highest monthly FTE total (416,337) since March 2008 (416,457) and was the 38th consecutive month that U.S. scheduled passenger airline full-time equivalent (FTE) employment exceeded the same month of the previous year.

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Airborne 02.21.17: NASA 'Space Poop' Challenge, Drone Advisory, Boeing

Also: Alphabet Balloons, Aero-Calendar, DJI-AMA, Solar Research, Dreamliners, F-35, ALPA

NASA Johnson Space Center, in partnership with NASA Tournament Lab and online crowdsourcing platform HeroX, has just announced the three winners of its widely publicized... Space Poop Challenge. The global crowdsourcing competition called for solutions to human waste management inside a spacesuit, while protecting the health and safety of its astronaut occupant for up to 6 days. Currently utilized solutions are designed for scenarios lasting less than 1 day. "The response to the Space Poop Challenge exceeded all of

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FAA Releases SAFO For Transponder And ADS-B Out Ground Testing

Focuses On Adherence To Proper Test Procedures

The FAA has released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) directed towards personnel involved with ground testing of aircraft Air Traffic Control (ATC) transponders and ADS-B OUT equipment. The SAFO points out the importance of adhering to proper test procedures and the hazards associated with improper testing.

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IATA Expands Partnership With ENAC

Will Strengthen Aviation Training And Education Efforts

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), in cooperation with the École nationale de l’aviation civile (ÉNAC) announced the expansion of their aviation training and education partnership to include aviation research and studies.

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Red Tail Legacy Comes Full Circle

Red-Tailed Fighter Jet Again Flying From Montgomery With The 332nd Fighter Group

Airmen assigned to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing take great pride in the heritage created for them by the Tuskegee Airmen. Recently, a key piece of the wing’s history has once again returned to its flightline.

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Report: Drone Software Market Worth $12.33 Billion By 2022

Sector Should Grow At Nearly 28 Percent Per Year Through The Forecast Period

While drone hardware may get a lot of headlines, it's the software that makes them fly, and useful. A new report from ASDReports "Drone Software Market by Architecture (Open Source, Closed Source), Offering (App-Based Software, Desktop Software), Application (Control & Data Capture, Image Processing, Analytics), Platform, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022" indicates that the drone software market is estimated to be $2.85 Billion in 2016, and is projected to reach $12.33 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 27.63% during the forecast period.

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SAGE III Will Provide Observation Of The Earth From The ISS

Instrument Carried To The Space Station By Sunday SpaceX Launch

The Nasa SAGE (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment) observation instrument that uses the Hexapod Pointing System produced by  Thales Alenia Space on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) was launched yesterday from the Kennedy Space Center launch pad by means of the Falcon9 launcher with the SpaceX Dragon capsule.

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JetBlue Introduces 12th Special Livery Aircraft

Airline Celebrating 17 Years With Unique Paint Scheme On Embraer 190

JetBlue has announced some eye-catching additions to the airline’s fleet with the very first special livery for an Embraer 190 and a new tailfin design that will appear on multiple aircraft this year. The airline is introducing the new paint schemes as it celebrates its 17th anniversary this month.

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Video Gives 'Drone's-Eye-View' Of Falcon 9 Landing

Booster Touched Down Back On Land At Kennedy Space Center

After its launch from historic Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Falcon 9 booster that sent a supply vessel on its way to ISS landed safely back on dry land at SpaceX's Landing Zone One, and a drone captured some pretty cool footage of the landing.

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Man Dies After Forcing His Way Into Secure Area At Honolulu Airport

Penetrated The Commuter Terminal At The Airport Early Saturday Morning

A man died Saturday after he forced his way past security at Honolulu International Airport Saturday.

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Concorde Battery Corporation Receives Gold Boeing Performance Excellence Award

One Of Only 78 Suppliers To Receive The High Honor

Concorde Battery Corporation has received a 2016 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance.

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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 (02.22.17)

"The FAA and industry are working together to prevent Loss of Control (LOC) accidents and save lives. You can help make a difference by joining our #Fly Safe campaign." Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.17): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.17)

Premier Race Gates

Premier Kites has begun manufacturing premium gates for FPV drone racing. One of the company's kite designers working with PremierRC, Wayne Brunjes, was also an FPV pilot. Wayne had flown courses with homemade PVC pipe gates and found them lacking.

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Aero-TV: Align RC Helicopters - Steadfast Progress & Innovation With Model Rotorcraft

Align Continues To Innovate In RC Helicopter Industry…
 
Speaking to ANN’s CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at the at the AMA Expo in Ontario, CA in January, Align’s Marketing and Tech Support Manager … who just goes by “Gale”, said that the company’s latest line of helicopters is lighter and has upgraded servos and electronics.

Airborne 02.22.17: CAF Dixie Wing P-63A, AF1 Price Cut, SLS Manned Flt?

Also: Drone Light Show,  Remotely Piloted Helos, TFR Busts, Gulfstream, XTI Aircraft, CA Airlines, Icelandair
 
After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time last Saturday. Just after 1300hrs local time, pilot Jim Dale took off from the Atlanta Regional Airport. For this important test flight, the Dixie Wing asked experienced pilot Jim “JD” Dale to perform the all-important first post-restoration flight. JD is the director of maintenance for the Lewis Air Legends Collection and the highest time P-63 pilot in the US. says he has convinced Boeing to cut the price of two new Air Force One 747 aircraft by a billion dollars, and

February 21, 2017

Airborne 02.21.17: NASA 'Space Poop' Challenge, Drone Advisory, Boeing

Also: Alphabet Balloons, Aero-Calendar, DJI-AMA, Solar Research, Dreamliners, F-35, ALPA

NASA Johnson Space Center, in partnership with NASA Tournament Lab and online crowdsourcing platform HeroX, has just announced the three winners of its widely publicized... Space Poop Challenge. The global crowdsourcing competition called for solutions to human waste management inside a spacesuit, while protecting the health and safety of its astronaut occupant for up to 6 days. Currently utilized solutions are designed for scenarios lasting less than 1 day. "The response to the Space Poop Challenge exceeded all of

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Aero-TV: Log, Fly, Coordinate - Kittyhawk's Cross-Platform Drone App

Kittyhawk.io Offers Solutions For Keeping Track Of Everything Going On With Your Drone…

As with anything involving the FAA, the paperwork is important. A new company … Kittyhawk.io … is offering a variety of solutions to help drone operators keep track of everything going on with their aircraft. Josh Ziering, co-founder of Kittyhawk.io. told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at the AMA Expo in January that the apps developed by the company can give pilots information about the weather, as well as pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight checklists and maintenance logs through their iOS, Android and web apps.<

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CAF Dixie Wing P-63A Flies

Has Undergone An Extensive Renovation, More Work To Go

After more than 40 years since it’s last flight, 16 years of restoration, being affected by the Mississippi River flood of 1993 and countless man hours by the dedicated volunteers of the CAF Dixie Wing, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing Bell P-63A-6 Kingcobra serial number 42-68941 flew for the first time on Saturday February 18, 2017.

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Registration For 2017 FAA UAS Symposium Goes Live

Registration For Event Cosponsored With AUVSI Is Now Open

The FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced today that registration is underway for the 2017 UAS Symposium scheduled to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, from March 27 to 29.

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Russian Company Demonstrates Working Hoverbike

Scorpion 3 Is A Single-Seat Marriage Between A Motorcycle And A Quadcopter

We all remember the scene from Return of the Jedi in which Luke Skywalker goes zipping through a forest being chased by stormtroopers on "hoverbikes" ... basically airborne motorcycles.

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Airborne 02.20.17: B787-10 Rollout, MultiGP Drone Racing, NIMBYs v Montauk

Also: Wright Prop, Full Stop!, Airbus Sued, Ellen Ochoa, Wright Trophy, New Embraer CEO, Bel Air AW189s

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut Friday, at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with President Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The 787-10 will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks. The 2017 MultiGP International Open, will be held at the AMA National Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, August 9-13, 2017. The MultiGP International Open pl

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NASA Selects Proposals For First-Ever Space Technology Research Institutes

Will Focus On Extending Human Presence Deeper Into The Solar System

NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system.

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Pilot, Passenger Of L-39C Jet Sued

Plaintiff Is Driver Of A Car Hit By Power Lines Snapped By Low-Flying Airplane

You'll probably recall the story about the pilot of an L-39C jet buzzing Be Beque Canyon in Colorado in 2015, snapping power lines in the process that whipped through the air and hit several cars.

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SpaceX Delays Red Dragon Mission To Mars

Lander Will Not Be Ready In 2018 As The Company Had Hoped

SpaceX has pushed its planned launch of an unmanned probe to Mars two years into the future, according to SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell.

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Father And Sons Take Southwest Airliner On Its Final Flight

All Four Are Pilots For Southwest

One of Southwest's original pilots and his three sons ... all also Southwest pilots ... had the rare privilege of taking one of the carrier's airliners on its final flight.

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Inquest Held Into 2016 Suicide Of Red Arrows Pilot

Found He Was 'Depressed' About Life In Semi-Retirement

A Red Arrows pilot, a veteran of the Falklands war, who took his own life in a hotel in Chester, U.K. last year had become depressed about his decision to semi-retire, according to an inquest into his death.

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CloudAhoy 5.0 Brings New Technology To Flight Debriefing

Version 5.0 Offers Multiple Refinements To the App

A news version of the CloudAhoy app is offering new features to enhance the flight training experience.

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Salina Airport To Honor Pilot Steve Fossett

Will Erect A 16-Foot Sculpture This Fall

The Salina Airport Authority is planning a public viewing area at the airport that will include a tribute to record-setting pilot Steve Fossett.

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Air India Becomes Latest A320neo Operator

Has Taken Delivery Of The First Of 14 Leased Aircraft

Air India has become the latest A320neo operator after taking delivery of the first of 14 aircraft leased from Kuwait headquartered ALAFCO Aviation Lease And Finance Company, becoming the first CFM powered NEO operator in India. The delivery is also the first NEO for ALAFCO from an order for 85 A320neo Family. The A320neo will join Air India’s existing fleet of 66 A320 Family aircraft.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-02-09

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 747-400, -400D, and -400F series airplanes.

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Airborne 02.21.17: NASA 'Space Poop' Challenge, Drone Advisory, Boeing

Also: Alphabet Balloons, Aero-Calendar, DJI-AMA, Solar Research, Dreamliners, F-35, ALPA

NASA Johnson Space Center, in partnership with NASA Tournament Lab and online crowdsourcing platform HeroX, has just announced the three winners of its widely publicized... Space Poop Challenge. The global crowdsourcing competition called for solutions to human waste management inside a spacesuit, while protecting the health and safety of its astronaut occupant for up to 6 days. Currently utilized solutions are designed for scenarios lasting less than 1 day. "The response to the Space Poop Challenge exceeded all of our expectations," said NASA Tournament Lab Deputy Director, Steve Rader. The Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) recently held its second meeting in Reno, NV. The DAC is an

Aero-TV: Log, Fly, Coordinate - Kittyhawk's Cross-Platform Drone App

Kittyhawk.io Offers Solutions For Keeping Track Of Everything Going On With Your Drone…
 
As with anything involving the FAA, the paperwork is important. A new company … Kittyhawk.io … is offering a variety of solutions to help drone operators keep track of everything going on with their aircraft.

February 20, 2017

Airborne 02.20.17: B787-10 Rollout, MultiGP Drone Racing, NIMBYs v Montauk

Also: Wright Prop, Full Stop!, Airbus Sued, Ellen Ochoa, Wright Trophy, New Embraer CEO, Bel Air AW189s

The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut Friday, at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with President Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The 787-10 will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks. The 2017 MultiGP International Open, will be held at the AMA National Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, August 9-13, 2017. The MultiGP International Open pl

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AMA Drone Report 02.20.17: DJI & AMA Team Up, MultiGP, Drone Advisory Committee

Also: Another Dumb FL Drone Law, AMA Expo East!, Spaceport America Drone Summit

DJI and AMA have launched a joint program to promote safe and responsible drone operations, train public safety officers to use drones effectively, and support educational outreach efforts. DJI and the AMA will also collaborate on other potential opportunities to mutually support their missions and provide new programs and options for those interested in small unmanned aircraft systems. “Safe operations in the national airspace are of the utmost importance to the AMA,” said AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson.

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Klyde Morris (02.20.17)

Klyde's Still On SpaceX's Case... As Usual

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 02.20.17: B787-10 Rollout, MultiGP Drone Racing, NIMBYs v Montauk

Also: Wright Prop, Full Stop!, Airbus Sued, Ellen Ochoa, Wright Trophy, New Embraer CEO, Bel Air AW189s
 
The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 Dreamliner family, made its debut Friday, at Boeing South Carolina. Thousands of employees at the North Charleston, S.C. site celebrated the event, along with President Trump and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The 787-10 will now be prepared for its first flight in the coming weeks. The 2017 MultiGP International Open, will be held at the AMA National Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, August 9-13, 2017. The MultiGP International Open plans to be a fun and educational time for all involved, with the “Fun Flys” open to all, as well as multiple competitions (both racing and free

AMA Drone Report 02.20.17: DJI and AMA Team Up, MultiGP Int'l Open, Drone Advisory Committee

Also: Another Dumb FL Drone law, AMA Expo East!, Spaceport America Drone Summit
 
DJI and AMA have launched a joint program to promote safe and responsible drone operations, train public safety officers to use drones effectively, and support educational outreach efforts. DJI and the AMA will also collaborate on other potential opportunities to mutually support their missions and provide new programs and options for those interested in small unmanned aircraft systems. “Safe operations in the national airspace are of the utmost importance to the AMA,” said AMA Executive Director Dave Mathewson. The 2017 MultiGP International Open, will be held at the AMA National Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, August 9-13, 2017. The MultiGP International Open w

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February 19, 2017

Airborne 02.17.17: Privatization Fight Is ON, X-37B Stays Up, TSA Arrests

Also: HeliTrak PMA, Aviation’s Next Big Fight, New KC Airport, Verifly, CFM Orders, Purdue Aviation, P&W Expansion

Some of the aviation industry’s worst fears appear to have been confirmed after a recent White House meeting with the executives of many of the country's major airlines. President Donald Trump was reportedly "extraordinarily positive" about the concept of spinning off Air Traffic Control to a private, non-profit corporation. That was the assessment of A4A president and CEO Nick Calio, who attended the meeting. The corporation would likely have strong representation from the

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February 17, 2017

Airborne 02.17.17: Privatization Fight Is ON, X-37B Stays Up, TSA Arrests

Also: HeliTrak PMA, Aviation’s Next Big Fight, New KC Airport, Verifly, CFM Orders, Purdue Aviation, P&W Expansion

Some of the aviation industry’s worst fears appear to have been confirmed after a recent White House meeting with the executives of many of the country's major airlines. President Donald Trump was reportedly "extraordinarily positive" about the concept of spinning off Air Traffic Control to a private, non-profit corporation. That was the assessment of A4A president and CEO Nick Calio, who attended the meeting. The corporation would likely have strong representation from the

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Airborne 02.16.17: Craig Fuller v Privatization, Flying Car, 3 Million Drones?

Also: Radar Tower Targeted, AEA 2017, JetPack Aviation, Harrier Demos, DC-3 Documentary, Nigerian Airlines, Skydiving

Former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller says that the meeting last week between airline executives and President Donald Trump was a missed opportunity for the aviation community to outline a path for the modernization of the nation's air transportation system. Fuller said that the entire aviation community, including the airlines, have been at the table with FAA leadership developing recommendations for the NAS. But with only airlines represented at the meeting with the President, onl

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February 16, 2017

Airborne 02.16.17: Craig Fuller v Privatization, Flying Car, 3 Million Drones?

Also: Radar Tower Targeted, AEA 2017, JetPack Aviation, Harrier Demos, DC-3 Documentary, Nigerian Airlines, Skydiving

Former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller says that the meeting last week between airline executives and President Donald Trump was a missed opportunity for the aviation community to outline a path for the modernization of the nation's air transportation system. Fuller said that the entire aviation community, including the airlines, have been at the table with FAA leadership developing recommendations for the NAS. But with only airlines represented at the meeting with the President, onl

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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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