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March 25, 2017

Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast

With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system

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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!

The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... d

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Dynon Introduces Dual Band ADS-B Traffic And Weather Receiver

Receives Data On Both 978 MHz And 1090 MHz Frequencies

Dynons new dual band SV-ADSB-472 receives ADS-B traffic via 978 MHz (UAT) and 1090 MHz. In the US, it also receives free text and graphical weather from the FAA’s network of ADS-B ground stations. Unlike portable ADS-B receivers, SkyView and AF-5000 pilots receive FULL ADS-B and radar traffic when the SV-ADSB-472 is paired with our Mode-S transponder and SV-GPS-2020.

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization

The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons to operate, maintain, and deploy the UAV. The UAV will be operated by a team that is compiled of UAV Pilots, Air Imagery Intelligence Experts and Air Force Engineers. The Heron 1 UAV, which Singapore received in 2012, will provide Singapore’s Armed Forces with stronger situational awareness and enhanced mission effectiveness on the battlefield. The UAV is capable of performing a plethora o

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Drones Provide Next-Gen Oil & Gas Facility Protection

UAV Technology Sniffing For Leaks, Surveying Operations And Protecting The Environment

Oil and gas spills and leaks have been of extreme concern throughout the history of the industry, with safety of the environment and people the most critical part of a manufacturer’s infrastructure. All oil and gas companies are committed to diligent inspection. Combined with the rise and availability of drone technology, these organizations have taken note of how to advance their facility and risk programs, and integrate drone maintenance to help prevent disasters.

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Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Using Drones For Runway Inspections

Unmanned Aircraft Assisting With Runway Surveys

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are now using drones to inspect runways and document pavement issues for future maintenance.

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FlightSafety Expands G650 Simulator Training

Offers The Only Factory-Authorized Gulfstream G650 Training Close To Operators In Europe, The Middle East, And Surrounding Regions

FlightSafety International announces the start of the only factory-authorized Gulfstream G650 training program located close to operators in Europe, the Middle East, and surrounding regions.

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Upwind Summer Scholarship Program Announces The Class Of 2017

Created By Bay-Area Pilots To Support Flight Training

The Upwind Foundation (Upwind) is pleased to announce the Upwind Summer Scholarship Class of 2017. The following San Francisco Bay Area high school juniors have been awarded the flight scholarship: Giles Beebe of Menlo Park, Peter Habelt of Burlingame, Dante Pacini of San Mateo, and Alexandra Strehlow of Portola Valley. These four aspiring young aviators have been awarded a complete primary flight training program which begins with ground school in April and continues with flight training during the summer.

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TRU Simulation + Training Continues To Expand ProFlight Pilot Training

Recently Approved Cessna Citation CJ3+ Training Program Added To Course Offerings

TRU Simulation + Training will continue to expand its pilot training capabilities throughout 2017 to include several popular Textron Aviation business jet models including the Cessna Citation Longitude, Citation Sovereign+, Citation Latitude and Citation CJ3+.

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A400M Delivers First Humanitarian Cargo With Royal Malaysian Air Force

Relief Supplies Will Be Used To Prevent Malaria Outbreaks In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF), Airbus and the Spanish Red Cross have delivered a load of humanitarian goods from Seville, Spain, to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Asia Pacific Regional Office in Malaysia.

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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 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd., Ste. 21-252, Jacksonville, FL, 32244.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.25.17)

"For general aviation to continue, we have to welcome in the next generation of pilots.” Source: Upwind Executive Director Herb Patten.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.17): Accident, Aircraft

An occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and until such time as all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.17)

FAA Aircraft Handbooks & Manuals

A listing of aircraft handbooks and manuals published by the FAA.

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March 24, 2017

FAA Releases 20-Year Aviation Forecast

Number Of Piston-Engine Airplanes Expected To Decline Through The Period

The FAA has released its 20-year forecast for 2017-2037, and the outlook does not look good in the fixed-wing piston-engine segment of the industry.

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Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast

With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system

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GAMA Board Member Testifies On U.S. Aviation Manufacturing

Participates In Senate Commerce Committee Hearing On Certification Processes

GAMA Board Member and Sabreliner Aviation President and Innova Aerospace Executive Vice President of Corporate Development Greg Fedele testified Thursday before the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation Operations about the regulatory and certification processes at the FAA, and reforms to improve U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace for aviation products and manufacturing.

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ICAO Weighs In On National Restrictions On Electronic Carry-On Items

Effective Balance Between Security And Safety Is An Ongoing Priority

A number of ICAO Member States have begun to set out new restrictions on electronic items which can be carried on board passenger flights originating from other States.

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NBAA Releases 2017 Top Safety Focus Areas

Goal Is To Promote Safety-Focused Discussions Throughout The Business Aviation Community

The NBAA has released its annual list of Top Safety Focus Areas, topics identified by the NBAA Safety Committee as primary risk-mitigation targets for all business aircraft operators.

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FAA Introduces New Regulatory Consistency Communication Board Procedures

Will Provide Clarification To Potentially Inconsistent Regulatory Interpretations

The FAA has released the procedures governing the agency’s new Regulatory Consistency Communication Board (RCCB) including how the industry is to bring matters to its attention.

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Vector Space Systems Plans Florida Launches

Arizona-Based Startup Will Fly 'Micro-Launcher' From Cape Canaveral

An Arizona startup company building "micro-launchers" to boost small satellites into orbit will soon announce plans to launch missions from Cape Canaveral, FL ... maybe as early as this weekend.

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NASA-Supported FIRST Robotics Competition Returns To Rocket City

Second Annual Event Taking Place March 24-25

The robots are returning. Huntsville, Alabama, is hosting a regional FIRST Robotics Competition for the second year in a row March 24-25 in the South Hall of the Von Braun Center. The FRC “Rocket City Regional” is sponsored by NASA and supported by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.

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Klyde Morris 03.24.17

You'll Hardly Notice It Within A Couple Of Minutes, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Rockwell Collins, NASA Demonstrate Sonic Boom Display

Result Will Help Pilots Modify Flight Plans To Reduce Or Mitigate Sonic Boom Impacts

Rockwell Collins recently teamed with NASA to demonstrate its Sonic Boom Display at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center. The usability demonstration and pilot working group meeting marked a major milestone in the two year project. The Sonic Boom Display project is expected to be completed this March.

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SKYe SH09 Order Book Hits 101 Units

Marenco Swiss Helicopters Reports Continued Interest In The Aircraft

The order book for Marenco Swiss Helicopters' SKYe SH09 has reached 101 aircraft, according to the company.

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Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing faci

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EASA Certifies All-In-One ADS-B Transponders From Garmin

GTX 345/335 Provide ADS-B In/Out Upgrade Path For Thousands Of Aircraft In Europe

EASA has approved the GTX 345 and GTX 335 all-in-one ADS-B transponders from Garmin in fixed-wing general aviation aircraft and helicopters.

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Photos Reveal New Equipment On SpaceX Drone Ship

Thought To Be Robot Designed To Secure Recovered Boosters

During a helicopter tour of Florida's Space Coast, self-proclaimed space fan Stephen Marr saw something interesting on the deck of SpaceX's drone recovery ship. So he started shooting photos with a telephoto lens.

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Boom Supersonic Secures $33 Million For Supersonic Jet Program

Will Be Used To Build A One-Third Scale Prototype Of A New SST

Boom Supersonic has completed a $33 million Series A round of fundraising, which should be adequate to build and fly its first XB-1 demonstration aircraft, according to the company.

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Rocket Lab Raises $75 Million in Funding

Will Be Used For Scaling Up Production Of Electron Rocket

Rocket Lab, a private American-New Zealand space company, today announced closing a Series D financing round of $75 million (USD). The round was led by Data Collective, with additional investment from Promus Ventures and an undisclosed investor, and with renewed participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and K1W1. The closure of the round brings the total funding Rocket Lab has received to date to $148 million, with the company now valued in excess of $1 billion.

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Silverhawk Aviation To Develop STCs For Gogo Biz 4G Service

Gogo Business Aviation’s Newest Technology Set To Launch In Second Quarter Of 2017

Gogo Business Aviation continues toward its scheduled launch of its 4G service in the first half of 2017 and Silverhawk Aviation will develop Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the new system.

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F-16 Production To Move To Greenville, SC

Lockheed Martin Will Concentrate On F-35s In Texas

The production line for Lockheed Martin's F-16 fighter jets will be moved from Ft. Worth, TX to Greenville, SC, according to company officials.

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Southeast Aerospace Partners With Wisetouch Interiors

Will Provide Aircraft Interior Design, Refurbishment, Other Services

Central Florida-based Southeast Aerospace has announced the formation of a partnership with Wisetouch Interiors to provide aircraft interior design, refurbishment, and manufacturing for its diverse customer base.

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UAV Market Takes Off For Intelligent Energy

Signs Deal To Deliver Fuel Cell Systems For Unmanned Aircraft

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology.

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CALC Delivers Two Airbus A320 To AirAsia Group

Leasing Company Delivered A Total Of 18 Aircraft In 2016

China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited has completed the deliveries of one Airbus A320 each to AirAsia Berhad and Thai AirAsia.

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Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Share Vision For The Future

Virgin America Brand Will Be Retired In 2019

Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier. After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska's name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019.

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ANN FAQ: What Does The API Mean To You

Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints

The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.24.17)

“A good idea can be squandered if the implementation of that solution is not timely.” Source: GAMA Board Member and Sabreliner Aviation President and Innova Aerospace Executive Vice President of Corporate Development Greg Fedele.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.17): Aircraft Conflict

Predicted conflict, within EDST of two aircraft, or between aircraft and airspace. A Red alert is used for conflicts when the predicted minimum separation is 5 nautical miles or less.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.17)

FAA Aircraft Evaluation Groups (AEG)

A listing of aircraft handbooks and manuals published by the FAA. Any reproduction or modification of this material from original FAA source material is solely the responsibility of the publisher.

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Airborne 03.24.17: GA v Privatization, FAA UAS $$$, Mexico Fines

Also: NASA Authorization, Av-Associations, Essential Air Services, Kite String, Rotax @SnF, Car v Plane, FAA Forecast
 
With the need to authorize the FAA before September 30 of this year, a host of GA leaders have joined together to send letters to House and Senate transportation leaders underscoring their, “real and long-standing concerns” regarding a concept being pushed by some big airlines regarding ATC. Specifically, the organizations cited concerns over a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of “a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system, based on systems in other parts of the world. In a memo dated March 7, 2017, the FAA asks its Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) - Task Group 3 to explore w

March 23, 2017

Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing faci

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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!

The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... d

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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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ATCA Supports Full Funding Of Contract Tower Program

Supports Appropriation Of Not Less That $159 Million For Operations

Earlier this month, the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) joined industry groups in urging Congress to fully fund the FAA's Contract Tower Program as part of its FY 2018 appropriations bill.

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Tennessee Governor Haslam Declares March 'General Aviation Month'

Says GA 'Plays A Vital Role In The State's Response To Emergencies'

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared March 2017 as “General Aviation Month.” In Tennessee, general aviation contributes more than $2.5 billion to that state’s economy each year.

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Bristow Forms New Search And Rescue Consortium For The Gulf Of Mexico

Will Provide Medevac And SAR Services In The Region

Bristow U.S. has been awarded a contract with Shell Offshore, Inc., a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell (Shell), for medevac and search and rescue (SAR) services in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest

The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from

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Xiro Introduces the Xplorer Mini

Calls Tiny UAV 'The Ultimate Selfie Drone'

There's a new small drone on the market that its maker is calling the "Ultimate Selfie Drone." The Xplorer Mini Drone has been introduced to UAV hobbyists in the North American market. Its customized body covers, intelligent flight control, multi flight control modes and the XIRO Xplore app, make the compact Xplorer Mini the perfect travel companion to capture and share photos or videos of people, places or things.

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Single-Blade Drone Rotor Patented By Amazon

Designed As An Energy-Saving Feature

The latest innovation to come out of Amazon's Prime Air Delivery program is a single-blade rotor for delivery drones, for which the company has received a patent.

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A-29s Arrive At Kabul In Time For Fighting Season

Super Tucanos Now Stationed In Kabul

Four A-29 Super Tucano light-attack aircraft arrived for duty at Kabul Air Wing, Kabul, Afghanistan, March 20, 2017, where they will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.

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ADS-B Systems Will Soon Account For Over 75% of Global Flight Tracking System

Future Market Insights Predicts Substantial Growth During Through 2026

The need for improving surveillance abilities of airport facilities in the world has triggered the growth in adoption of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking systems.

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Amazon Makes First U.S. Drone Package Delivery

Carries Sunscreen To Participants In The MARS2017 Conference In CA

The first package delivery by Amazon Prime in the U.S. was a box of sunscreen for participants in the MARS2017 conference in Palm Springs, CA.

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Embraer Legacy 450 Sets Speed Records Between California And Hawaii

NAA Confirms Records Set On Both Outbound And Return Flights

Embraer’s Legacy 450 mid-light business jet set speed records on its recent flights between California and Hawaii, according to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The Hawaii trip was a first for both the aircraft and the passengers from Calgary-based AirSprint, which operates Canada’s largest fractional aircraft fleet and was the Canadian launch customer for the Legacy 450.

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First 'Anti-Drone' Race To Be Held In December

Participants Will Try To Take Down As Many Competitors Drones As Possible

To incorporate drones in our lives in a good and safe way, we need anti-drone instruments. On 4 December the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will therefore host the first ever anti-drone competition DroneClash. During this competition, participants use their own drone(s) to take down as many other drones as possible. They also need to avoid a whole series of anti-drone interventions. Teams who wish to take part in the competition can register from this week.

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Boeing Seeks PA State Grant For Aircraft Modification Center

Would Be Used To Standardize V-22 Osprey Aircraft

Boeing has applied for a $30 million state redevelopment grant from the state of Pennsylvania to convert a vacant industrial building at its Ridley Park campus into an aircraft modification facility.

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Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec Reductions

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale

The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. In July of 2015, Calgary, Canada business owner Daniel Boria tied 100 industrial-grade helium balloo

AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives!
 
The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles

March 22, 2017

Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest

The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from

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Airborne 03.21.17: Longmont NIMBYs, Lost Orbiter, Airline Transparency

Also: VIP TFR Relief, Aero-Calendar, ACC CoC, C17 Drone Inspection, Flamingo Air, TSA Shame, NBAA Scholarships

One of the most persistent, if not outright obnoxious, anti-airport NIMBY fights just won’t go away... even after numerous legal defeats and many thousands of dollars of losses. Members of the group Citizens for Quiet Skies in Boulder County, CO are not giving up in their quest to force Mile-Hi Skydiving to stop flying near their homes. In 2015, a Boulder District Court Judge denied every claim brought in a lawsuit by the group, which contends that Mile-Hi Skydiving owner Frank Casares is

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Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest
 
The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The apparent support for privatizing Air Traffic Control

March 21, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization

The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons to operate, maintain, and deploy the UAV. The UAV will be operated by a team that is compiled of UAV Pilots, Air Imagery Intelligence Experts and Air Force Engineers. The Heron 1 UAV, which Singapore received in 2012, will provide Singapore’s Armed Forces with stronger situational awareness and enhanced mission effectiveness on the battlefield. The UAV is capable of performing a plethora o

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Airborne 03.21.17: Longmont NIMBYs, Lost Orbiter, Airline Transparency

Also: VIP TFR Relief, Aero-Calendar, ACC CoC, C17 Drone Inspection, Flamingo Air, TSA Shame, NBAA Scholarships

One of the most persistent, if not outright obnoxious, anti-airport NIMBY fights just won’t go away... even after numerous legal defeats and many thousands of dollars of losses. Members of the group Citizens for Quiet Skies in Boulder County, CO are not giving up in their quest to force Mile-Hi Skydiving to stop flying near their homes. In 2015, a Boulder District Court Judge denied every claim brought in a lawsuit by the group, which contends that Mile-Hi Skydiving owner Frank Casares is

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Barnstorming: The Fight of Our Lives

Of All the Foes GA Has Faced, Will Privatization Be the Worst Yet?

News/Analysis/Commentary by Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief As feared, the long-awaited ‘other shoe’ has dropped… and in a way that may determine the ultimate health and well-being of the GA community for the foreseeable future. After much speculation, the President has denoted that he is inexplicably in favor of ATC Privatization…. Despite the damage done by similar programs all around the world and the over-whelming evidence that the result would be a selfish power-grab by the airlines that may come to decimate our ranks – even more so than they are already. There is much that the President claims to stand for

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AMA Drone Report 03.16.17: OK Bill v Drones, Irish FPV, Mandated Geo-Fencing?

Also: AMA Expo East, Red Bull Watching Drones, Overgrown Drone? eHang's 184

OK... it’s time for yet another questionable bit of drone legislation... though this one may take the cake. A bill just sent to the full Oklahoma Senate for consideration would protect property owners from civil liability if they destroy a drone that is over their property without permission. According to the text of Senate Bill 660, "Any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily damages or destroys a drone located on the real estate or premises or within the airspace of the real estate or

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Airborne 03.20.17: GA Reacts To ATC Plan, KSMO Deal Questioned, NTSB Leadership

Also: Gone West: Bill Brennand, Airport Theft, Night Carrier, Heli Museum, Seat Belts, China Drones, Canadian Launch Site

President Trump's proposed budget has, regretfully, come down on the side of a privatized air traffic control system... and stirred up a HUGE hornet’s nest among the aviation community who have opposed this concept for decades. The budget "Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more efficient and innovative while maintaini

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March 20, 2017

Airborne 03.20.17: GA Reacts To ATC Plan, KSMO Deal Questioned, NTSB Leadership

Also: Gone West: Bill Brennand, Airport Theft, Night Carrier, Heli Museum, Seat Belts, China Drones, Canadian Launch Site

President Trump's proposed budget has, regretfully, come down on the side of a privatized air traffic control system... and stirred up a HUGE hornet’s nest among the aviation community who have opposed this concept for decades. The budget "Initiates a multi-year reauthorization proposal to shift the air traffic control function of the Federal Aviation Administration to an independent, non-governmental organization, making the system more efficient and innovative while maintaini

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Klyde Morris (03.20.17)

Klyde Ponders The 'Norwegian Issue'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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March 18, 2017

AMA Drone Report 03.16.17: OK Bill v Drones, Irish FPV, Mandated Geo-Fencing?

Also: AMA Expo East, Red Bull Watching Drones, Overgrown Drone? eHang's 184

OK... it’s time for yet another questionable bit of drone legislation... though this one may take the cake. A bill just sent to the full Oklahoma Senate for consideration would protect property owners from civil liability if they destroy a drone that is over their property without permission. According to the text of Senate Bill 660, "Any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily damages or destroys a drone located on the real estate or premises or within the airspace of the real estate or

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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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