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July 22, 2017

Airborne 07.21.17: TruTrak Completes STC!, SureFly Helicopter, TDRS-M Satellite

Also: Oshkosh Airshows!, M400 Skycar Baloney, Apollo-Era Computers, Rockwell Collins TDR-94Ds, CAAS-EASA, Vega Prepared

TruTrak Flight Systems has completed the STC of the Vizion autopilot system. The STC was awarded on July 19, 2017. This is the first autopilot manufactured by TruTrak to be approved for certified aircraft. TruTrak will begin delivering complete autopilot systems during EAA AirVenture. The autopilot system cost is $4000, the install kit is $1000, and the STC from EAA is priced at $100. During AirVenture, TruTrak will be displaying their Cessna 172 aircraft at their outdoor booth 174. Wor

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Airborne-Unmanned 07.18.17: Moon Express, DJI Drone Hacks, Airdog Sports-Drone

Also: Ride Sharing, Indago UAS, S Korean Tiltrotor UAV, Drone Simulators, Airborne-Unmanned

This is SERIOUS Unmanned Vehicle technology! Moon Express, one of the competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize program, has unveiled plans to build a new family of spacecraft. The company's agreement with Rocket Labs, which is developing the Electron booster that will propel the Moon Express lander to the Moon in hopes of claiming the $20 million GLXP award, covers up to five launches. Following the initial mission, Moon Express has scheduled a launch in 2019 that would establish a robotic research

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GAMA Fights Air Traffic Control Privatization At AirVenture

Town Hall Meeting Planned To Discuss GA's Position On AIRR Act

GAMA will continue voicing its opposition to legislation that attempts to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh next week.

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AMA Drone Report 07.20.17: FAST Drones, GeoFencing, Certified Drone Photographer

Also: SureFly Helicopter Concept, 'Design a Drone', Raleigh v Drones, Aero-TV: AMA's David Mathewson

The Drone Racing League recently tested the fastest racing drone, and set the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter. Hand-built by DRL's Director of Product, Ryan Gury, and DRL's team of expert drone engineers, the drones fly at unprecedented high speeds. The fastest racing drone, the DRL RacerX, demonstrated a reported top speed of 179.6 miles per hour... and weighs only 800 grams. Hackers are making it easy for DJI drone operators to

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GPS Marks 40 Years Of Aiding Navigation

Rockwell Collins Celebrates Four Decades Since Receiving The World's First GPS Satellite Signal

Working well after midnight on a mid-July day in 1977, a Rockwell Collins engineer named David Van Dusseldorp sat on the rooftop of a company building in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, adjusting an antenna every five minutes to receive a signal from the world’s first Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite known as NTS-2. Within a small window of time, the satellite was turned on and the message was successfully received and decoded by the team working the GPS receiver below.

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Deadlines Approaching For Several NAA Awards Nominations

Organization Presents More Than A Dozen Awards For Achievements In Aviation Annually

Part of NAA's mission is identifying and recognizing those who have contributed to the "art, sport and science of aviation and spaceflight in the United States." NAA presents more than a dozen awards throughout each year to honor achievements in aviation and space.

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Boeing Appoints New CEO For Jeppesen

Ken Sain Will Take The Reins Of The Business

Ken Sain has been named vice president, Digital Aviation & Analytics for Boeing Global Services. In this role, Sain is responsible for Boeing’s digital aviation solution portfolio, as well as the development and delivery of Boeing’s data analytics-powered products and services. In addition, Sain is responsible for leading Boeing subsidiary companies, AerData, Boeing Vancouver and Jeppesen.

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Air Sports Set To Shine At The World Games 2017 In Poland

Games Will Run Through The Weekend

The World Games 2017 opened in spectacular style in the city of Wroclaw, Poland on July 20 with an opening ceremony of light, sound and music in front of 35,000 people.

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Eagle Attacks Drone In Alaska

Aircraft Lost Over Dutch Harbor

A film crew making a video promoting Dutch Harbor, Alaska lost a drone recently during the filming when it was attacked by an eagle over the water.

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Innovation Challenge Brings Possible Advancement In F-22 Test Capabilities

One-Day Event Consisted Of Three Teams

The 412th Test Wing’s Experimentation Center for Ideas/Technology Exploration team, known as XCITE, hosted a one-day innovation challenge July 10, 2017.

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Chorus Aviation Announces Agreements To Acquire Two Embraer 190 Aircraft

Jets Currently On Lease To KLM Cityhopper And Aeromexico Connect

Chorus Aviation has announced agreements by Chorus Aviation Capital's subsidiaries to acquire two Embraer 190 aircraft. One of these aircraft is currently on lease to Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper, a subsidiary of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The other aircraft is currently on lease with Aerolitoral, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. Aeromexico Connect), a subsidiary of Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V. (d.b.a. 'Aeromexico').

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ANN FAQ: Getting The Word Out

Things To Know When You Send A News Release

Aero-News gets hundreds of releases every week, ranging from industry giants like Boeing and Cessna to the smallest of flying clubs and the most quaint of air shows. After having seen the best and the worst in press releases over the years, we have some ideas to help companies do so much more to help themselves, both with ANN and with the general media.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.22.17)

“I encourage Oshkosh attendees to come to the town hall and learn why it’s critical for everyone to contact their representatives in Congress and urge them to oppose H.R. 2997.” Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, on the association's education efforts concerning the AIRR Act at AirVenture.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.22.17): Ceiling

The heights above the earth’s surface of the lowest layer of clouds or obscuring phenomena that is reported as “broken,” “overcast,” or “obscuration,” and not classified as “thin” or “partial.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.22.17)

LaFayette Foundation James J. Parks was the original founder and inspiration behind the effort to successfully preserve World War I aviation history.

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July 21, 2017

Airborne 07.21.17: TruTrak Completes STC!, SureFly Helicopter, TDRS-M Satellite

Also: Oshkosh Airshows!, M400 Skycar Baloney, Apollo-Era Computers, Rockwell Collins TDR-94Ds, CAAS-EASA, Vega Prepared

TruTrak Flight Systems has completed the STC of the Vizion autopilot system. The STC was awarded on July 19, 2017. This is the first autopilot manufactured by TruTrak to be approved for certified aircraft. TruTrak will begin delivering complete autopilot systems during EAA AirVenture. The autopilot system cost is $4000, the install kit is $1000, and the STC from EAA is priced at $100. During AirVenture, TruTrak will be displaying their Cessna 172 aircraft at their outdoor booth 174. Wo

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AMA Supports AIRR Act Introduced In The U.S. House Of Representatives

Academy Says It Strengthens The Special Rule For Model Aircraft

AMA is strongly supporting the House version of the FAA reauthorization bill (HR 2997), formally known as the 21st Century Aviation Innovation Reform & Reauthorization (AIRR) Act, and they are asking for the community's help to get it across the finish line. The House is finalizing this legislation now and is expected to have a floor vote soon.

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JetBlue Pilots Request Mediation

Negotiations At An Impasse After Two Years Of Talks

JetBlue pilots, represented by ALPA, have requested mediation from the National Mediation Board (NMB) to assist with the ongoing negotiations for their first contract since organizing as a union in 2014. The pilots have been consistent in their pursuit for a contract that includes market-rate compensation, compared to pilots who fly similar routes and aircraft. However, the company recently proposed a pay structure that would provide limited increases and keep the pilots near the bottom among major carriers.

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Oregon’s First UAS Summit & Expo Set For August In Bend

Industry-Related Suppliers And Vendors Invited To Experience Outstanding Networking Opportunity

Emerging trends and technologies shaping the unmanned aircraft systems industry in Oregon will highlight the state’s first UAS Summit & Expo, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Riverhouse Convention Center in Bend. The Oregon UAS Summit & Expo is free.

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Garmin Unveils Retrofit Autopilots For General Aviation Aircraft

Introduces GFC 600 And GFC 500, Solid State Attitude-Based (AHRS-Derived) Autopilots

Garmin has introduced the GFC 600 and GFC 500, solid state attitude-based (AHRS-derived) autopilots for fixed-wing general aviation aircraft. The unique design of these autopilots deliver superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems. Boasting a robust feature set, the GFC 600 and GFC 500 incorporate a number of safety-enhancing technologies, including Electronic Stability and Protection (ESP), underspeed protection, overspeed protection, Level Mode, Flight Director (FD) and more.

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Wipaire’s Laser Gear Advisory System Now Standard And Available For Retrofit

Alerts Pilots Of Incorrect Gear Settings

Wipaire, Inc.’s exclusive, safety-enhancing Laser Gear Advisory system is now included at no additional cost on new Wipline float purchases, and is available for retrofit on Wipline-equipped aircraft. Introductory pricing for retrofit kits is $4,995 uninstalled. The laser system may be installed at one of Wipaire’s two locations in South St. Paul, Minnesota, or Leesburg, Florida. Installation is $1,300-$1,500 depending upon aircraft model.

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ULA Signs Contract With SNC To Launch Dream Chaser Spacecraft

Mission Will Deliver Cargo to ISS

Sierra Nevada Corporation has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA’s) commercially developed Atlas V rocket to launch the first two missions of its Dream Chaser cargo system in support of NASA’s Cargo Resupply Services 2 (CRS2) contract.

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Aero-News AirVenture Update: We Are Ready To Go!

It’s Friday, And The ANN Advance Team Is Ready To Pull The AirVenture Trigger

Saturday is the day when the entire ANN team joins together at Oshkosh to form a well-oiled machine (at least, that’s the plan) for the big push to AirVenture 2017. The advance team has everything prepared for the action to start as we make our plans for the super AirVenture coverage that we have in store. Here’s a reminder of what’s going on and a list of things to think about that our experienced AirVenture staff has put together for those that have not been to EAA AirVenture before. First, remember that our coverage of AirVenture will actually begin latger today with our webcast of the AirVenture Innovation Preview, we call it the AIP. The AIP is a massive news t

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Klyde Morris 07.20.17

Falling Solidly In The Category Of TMI ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Kaman Signs Multi-Year IX H-60 Cockpit Contract With Sikorsky

New Agreement Extends Sikorsky H-60 Relationship To 2022

A new, multi-year contract has been finalized between Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) and Sikorsky which outlines the pricing and conditions for the manufacture of H-60 cockpits under the Department of Defense MY IX H-60 procurement authorization. The term of the MY agreement between Kaman and Sikorsky will be for five years, starting in 2018 and ending in 2022, per Sikorsky and the U.S. Army’s recent signing of the MY IX contract.

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Air Côte d’Ivoire Receives Its New A320

Ivory Coast's Flagship Carrier Adds 7th Airbus To Its Fleet

Air Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast’s flagship airline based in Abidjan, received its new A320 at a ceremony that was held at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse on Monday, July 17. This ceremony was jointly presided over by Didier Evrard, Airbus Executive Vice President Programs and General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, Chairman of Air Côte d’Ivoire’s Board of Directors.

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Airborne 07.20.17: ForeFlight Scout, Airbus SAGITTA UAV, Privatization Fight

Also: NASA P2006T, Robert Sumwalt, First FL Legacy 500, Tuskegee Airmen, New RAF Trainer, VFA-115

ForeFlight has announced the availability of Scout, a portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in a small form-factor, retailing at $199 USD. “We are excited to bring Scout to market in collaboration with uAvionix,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. "We want every pilot flying with the benefits of ADS-B In. The combination of an ADS-B In solution with ForeFlight makes flying safer and we believe has led

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Gulfstream Delivers 550th G550

Aircraft That Launched Ultra-Long-Range Segment Remains Popular

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that it has delivered its 550th Gulfstream G550, solidifying the aircraft’s position as one of business aviation’s most popular jets.

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AW189 To Support Oil And Gas Operations In Russia From Sakhalin Island

The Aircraft Will Be Equipped With Full Ice Protection System For All Weather Operations

An AW189 super medium helicopter will be operated by Aviashelf to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the oil and gas industry. The aircraft will be supplied together with a support and training package with delivery expected in summer 2018.

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Atlanta Warbird Weekend 2017 To Salute Tuskegee Airmen

Event Planned For October At Dekalb-Peachtree Airport

The amazing accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II and beyond will be celebrated as the theme of the third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend Oct. 8-9, 2017, at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport, Chamblee, Ga. Hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing, the weekend will feature the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s Rise Above Traveling Exhibit mobile movie theater along with its restored P-51 Mustang , “Tuskegee Airmen.”

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El Al Israel Airlines Announces 16 Aircraft Deal With Panasonic Avionics

Advanced Inflight Entertainment System To Be Installed Across Its Fleet Of New Dreamliners

El Al Israel Airlines has selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation's (Panasonic) industry-leading eX3 inflight entertainment (IFE) system for its new fleet of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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OOOPS! Cirrus CAPS Deploys During Thunderstorm

Plane Was Unoccupied, On The Ground In Lynchburg, VA

This one has some folks scratching their heads. ANN reader Erik Gundersen sent us a email this week saying that a Cirrus sitting on the ramp empty was affected by lightning at KLYH, Lynchburg Virginia, and the chute deployed.

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A-10 Pilot Spits Fire In Fight Against ISIS

Combat Operations Described By Pilot Who's Been There

The darkness of a desert night surrounds his aircraft. The wind rushes past his cockpit. As the target approaches, nervousness builds deep within his core and his heart races at extraordinary speeds. Locking in on the tasks at hand, the pilot’s eyes glow as he focuses through night vision goggles to locate targets below. Muscle memory from years of training takes over with subconscious adjustments on the controls.

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Brandon, MB In Canada Celebrates Newly Expanded Municipal Airport

Announces Further Upgrades For Airport Maintenance Building

Safe, secure and efficient transportation are crucial to supporting economic activity, promoting tourism and providing greater access to global markets.

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CAAS, EASA Expand Collaboration

Establish New Working Arrangement On Airworthiness Certification

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) have signed a working arrangement that will reduce regulatory compliance cost and facilitate more business opportunities for companies in Singapore and Europe. The Working Arrangement on Airworthiness Certification (WA-AC) was signed by Mr Kevin Shum, Director-General of CAAS, and Mr Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, on the sidelines of the World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum.

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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 (07.21.17)

“Oregon UAS Summit & Expo is an exciting opportunity to learn about the latest UAS storylines coming out of our state and for industry-related suppliers to network.” Source:  Earl Bowerman, executive director of SOAR, a nonprofit that supports UAS growth in Oregon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.21.17): Call Up

Initial voice contact between a facility and an aircraft, using the identification of the unit being called and the unit initiating the call.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.21.17)

American Helicopter Museum The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation's premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. They collect, restore and display historic aircraft and chronicle the origin and development of rotary wing aircraft.

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Airborne 07.21.17: TruTrak Completes STC!, SureFly Helicopter, TDRS-M Satellite

Also: Oshkosh Airshows!, M400 Skycar Baloney, Apollo-Era Computers, Rockwell Collins TDR-94Ds, CAAS-EASA, Vega Prepared

TruTrak Flight Systems has completed the STC of the Vizion autopilot system. The STC was awarded on July 19, 2017. This is the first autopilot manufactured by TruTrak to be approved for certified aircraft. TruTrak will begin delivering complete autopilot systems during EAA AirVenture. The autopilot system cost is $4000, the install kit is $1000, and the STC from EAA is priced at $100. During AirVenture, TruTrak will be displaying their Cessna 172 aircraft at their outdoor booth 174. Workhorse Group will display the SureFly helicopter concept for the first time in the U.S. at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017. They will also display the Workhorse HorseFly package deli

July 20, 2017

TruTrak Autopilot STC Complete For C172 And C177

Delivering Complete Autopilot Systems During AirVenture Next Week

TruTrak Flight Systems, together with EAA, has completed the STC of the Vizion autopilot system. The STC was awarded on July 19, 2017. This is the first autopilot manufactured by TruTrak to be approved for certified aircraft.

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Airborne 07.20.17: ForeFlight Scout, Airbus SAGITTA UAV, Privatization Fight

Also: NASA P2006T, Robert Sumwalt, First FL Legacy 500, Tuskegee Airmen, New RAF Trainer, VFA-115

ForeFlight has announced the availability of Scout, a portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in a small form-factor, retailing at $199 USD. “We are excited to bring Scout to market in collaboration with uAvionix,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. "We want every pilot flying with the benefits of ADS-B In. The combination of an ADS-B In solution with ForeFlight makes flying safer and we believe has led

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AMA Drone Report 07.20.17: FAST Drones, GeoFencing, Certified Drone Photographer

Also: SureFly Helicopter Concept, 'Design a Drone', Raleigh v Drones, Aero-TV: AMA's David Mathewson

The Drone Racing League recently tested the fastest racing drone, and set the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter. Hand-built by DRL's Director of Product, Ryan Gury, and DRL's team of expert drone engineers, the drones fly at unprecedented high speeds. The fastest racing drone, the DRL RacerX, demonstrated a reported top speed of 179.6 miles per hour... and weighs only 800 grams. Hackers are making it easy for DJI drone operators to

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Aero-News At AirVenture Update: ANN Started Early

It May Several Days Yet Until EAA AirVenture Officially Opens Its Gates, But ANN Has Been In Place All Week!

At ANN we have something we call our Aero-Community, and it’s filled with incredible people and organizations that populate our Airborne Partnership Initiative. This initiative plays an important role in the creation of the video programming seen daily on our Airborne Unlimited webcast. We work with our Aero-Community to build a strong relationship with all facets of aviation and aerospace. All of this comes together in its most profound way every year at EAA AirVenture and, at AirVenture 2017, our joining of common interests has already started. The vanguard of the ANN crew is now on property at Oshkosh setting up our press headquarters and all the producti

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Deadwood SD Considers Drone 'No-Fly' Zone Over Historic Downtown

But Drone Enthusiasts Say Only FAA Can Make Such A Designation

The Deadwood (SD) city commission earlier this month gave initial approval to a drone ordinance that would completely ban drone flights over the historic downtown area, and includes other restrictions such as no flights over schools, hospitals, public utilities and other buildings. The ordinance would also preclude flights over people not involved with the operation of the drone, over vehicular traffic, or property not owned by the drone operator without the consent of the property owner.

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Frontier Begins Major Network Expansion

Adds 21 New Cities, 85 New Routes

Frontier Airlines has announced a significant network expansion adding 21 new cities which will increase the number of destinations served by the low-fare carrier by 30 percent and double the number of total routes. By next spring, Frontier says it will serve 90 percent of the U.S. population, which is expected to bring more than $1 billion dollars in savings to consumers through lower airfares.

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Navy Successfully Takes Out A Drone Using A Laser

LaWS Uses Photons To Destroy Drone In Flight

The U.S. Navy has successfully tested a laser weapon against a drone in flight. The Laser Weapons System (LaWS), deployed aboard the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, is "ready to be used today and every day."

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Airborne 07.19.17: NEW Kitfox Speedster!!!, Rotax 4 Sonex, Trig TY96A/TY97A

Also: Flt 3407 Families, Zenith STOL, Brandon Expands, BAA Training, Delta Caves In, Sully Defends GA, Global 7000

Years ago, ANN Boss Jim Campbell remarked a that recent flight test of the (then) Series IV Speedster model of the venerable Kitfox was one of the best flights he’d made all year... and he’s often remarked that he missed that sporty little aircraft after it went out of production. That SportPlane’s heyday was in 1992, when Kitfox arrived at AirVenture with the new and instantaneously popular design, the Kitfox Speedster. Further excitement was added to the

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Strong Majority Of Winnipeg Airport Workers Vote To Take Strike Action

Walkout Could Come As Early As July 22

Unionized workers employed by the Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) sent a clear message to their employer Tuesday, voting strongly in favour of taking strike action later this week should mediation talks break down.

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New RAF Trainer Is 'Ready To Fly'

Grob 120TP Released For Military Service

Affinity Flying Training Services is delighted to announce that the Grob 120TP, 'The Prefect', has achieved Military Release to Service and is a step closer to commencing its role as the next Elementary Flying Training aircraft for the UK Ministry of Defence.

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Astronaut William McArthur Retires From NASA

Flew On Multiple Shuttle Missions, Spent Six Months Aboard ISS On His Final Mission

After almost three decades of service to the agency, veteran NASA astronaut William McArthur has retired from NASA. His last day with the agency was June 24.

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Kraken Set To Commence Hunt For Avro Arrow Artifacts

Will Deploy Its ThunderFish Robot And AquaPix Sonar During Search

Kraken Sonar has been awarded its first "Robotics as a Service" contract by OEX Recovery Group Incorporated, to conduct a search for nine Avro Arrow free flight models launched over Lake Ontario in series of tests during 1954 - 1957. The models are one-eighth scale replicas of the famed flying jet, and were part of the final flight design tests done prior to the production of the CF-105 Arrow.

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Researcher, Airmen Test New Counter-UAS Program At Bagram

Training To Respond To Evolving Enemy Threats

As the use of unmanned aircraft systems rises across the world, researchers from around the Defense Department are testing new ways to counter the new threats they could present.

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Vega Is Prepared For Twin Earth Observation Payloads

To Be Orbited On Arianespace’s August 1 Mission

The lightweight Vega launcher for Arianespace’s upcoming mission is undergoing final checkout in French Guiana, readying it to receive a dual payload of Earth observation satellites – consisting of OPTSAT-3000 (as the upper passenger) and Venus (in the lower passenger position).

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VFA-115 Surpasses 100,000 Class 'A' Mishap-Free Flight Hours

Milestone Passed During Operations Aboard USS Ronald Reagan

The "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 115 achieved a major safety milestone by surpassing 100,000 Class "A" mishap-free flight hours, July 3.

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Airborne 07.20.17: ForeFlight Scout, Airbus SAGITTA UAV, Privatization Fight

Also: NASA P2006T, Robert Sumwalt, First FL Legacy 500, Tuskegee Airmen, New RAF Trainer, VFA-115
 
ForeFlight has announced the availability of Scout, a portable, dual-band ADS-B receiver that delivers inflight weather and traffic information to the ForeFlight Mobile app in a small form-factor, retailing at $199 USD. “We are excited to bring Scout to market in collaboration with uAvionix,” said Tyson Weihs, ForeFlight co-founder and CEO. "We want every pilot flying with the benefits of ADS-B In. The combination of an ADS-B In solution with ForeFlight makes flying safer and we believe has led to a meaningful reduction in weather related incidents and accidents." Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new type of aircraft t

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AMA Drone Report 07.20.17: DRL's FAST Drones, GeoFencing, Certified Drone Photographer?

Also: SureFly Helicopter Concept, 'Design a Drone', Raleigh v Drones, Aero-TV: AMA's David Mathewson
 
The Drone Racing League recently tested the fastest racing drone, and set the Guinness World Records title for the Fastest ground speed by a battery-powered remote-controlled quadcopter. Hand-built by DRL's Director of Product, Ryan Gury, and DRL's team of expert drone engineers, the drones fly at unprecedented high speeds. The fastest racing drone, the DRL RacerX, demonstrated a reported top speed of 179.6 miles per hour... and weighs only 800 grams. Hackers are making it easy for DJI drone operators to get around the geofencing function included in the firmware of DJI drones, and the company is taking steps to thwart the practice. Such firmware patches

July 19, 2017

Airborne 07.18.17: CBO--Costly H.R. 2997, Moon Express, Wipaire Aids ADS-B

Also: No $ For Mars?, Aero-Calendar, American A/L's Demotions, Bristell, Redbird VTO, New T-Birds!, Argentinian Air Force

The nation's Congressional Budget Office says that H.R. 2997 would be costly -- as noted in their official summary published late this week. The document notes that, “H.R. 2997 would establish a federally chartered, not-for-profit corporation (known as the American Air Navigation Services (AANS) Corporation) to assume responsibility for operating the U.S. air traffic control system, a function currently performed by the FAA. The proposed corporation would be governed by a 13-mem

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Airborne 07.19.17: NEW Kitfox Speedster!!!, Rotax 4 Sonex, Trig TY96A/TY97A

Also: Flt 3407 Families, Zenith STOL, Brandon Expands, BAA Training, Delta Caves In, Sully Defends GA, Global 7000
 
Years ago, ANN Boss Jim Campbell remarked a that recent flight test of the (then) Series IV Speedster model of the venerable Kitfox was one of the best flights he’d made all year... and he’s often remarked that he missed that sporty little aircraft after it went out of production. That SportPlane’s heyday was in 1992, when Kitfox arrived at AirVenture with the new and instantaneously popular design, the Kitfox Speedster. Further excitement was added to the introduction of this little plane when it was flown almost daily by the late Jimmy Franklin in a low altitude acro routine that could simply not be ignored. That was a ge

July 18, 2017

Airborne 07.18.17: CBO--Costly H.R. 2997, Moon Express, Wipaire Aids ADS-B

Also: No $ For Mars?, Aero-Calendar, American A/L's Demotions, Bristell, Redbird VTO, New T-Birds!, Argentinian Air Force

The nation's Congressional Budget Office says that H.R. 2997 would be costly -- as noted in their official summary published late last week.  The document notes that, “H.R. 2997 would establish a federally chartered, not-for-profit corporation (known as the American Air Navigation Services (AANS) Corporation) to assume responsibility for operating the U.S. air traffic control system, a function currently performed by the FAA. The proposed corporation would be governed

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Airborne-Unmanned 07.18.17: Moon Express, DJI Drone Hacks, Airdog Sports-Drone

Also: Ride Sharing, Indago UAS, S Korean Tiltrotor UAV, Drone Simulators, Airborne-Unmanned

This is SERIOUS Unmanned Vehicle technology! Moon Express, one of the competitors in the Google Lunar X Prize program, has unveiled plans to build a new family of spacecraft. The company's agreement with Rocket Labs, which is developing the Electron booster that will propel the Moon Express lander to the Moon in hopes of claiming the $20 million GLXP award, covers up to five launches. Following the initial mission, Moon Express has scheduled a launch in 2019 that would establish a robotic research

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Airborne 07.17.17: Pelton v HR 2997, Sully's GA Support, CAF Adds Bell 47

Also: DJI Drones, A350 XWB For Delta, CAF Superfortress, CAP’s ‘Very Best’, Mesa Airlines, Aussie F/A-18E/F, AIA

You've all heard it... various bits of hot-air from a number of elected officials trying to infer that the effort to bring about ATC Privatization has plenty of support among the entire aviation community... which plainly isn't true. EAA Boss Jack Pelton, as tired of the misinformation as the rest of us, just took aim at the GA Caucus to let them know that this simply isn't acceptable... or true. The following is a missive that Jack sent out just a few days a

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July 17, 2017

Airborne 07.17.17: Pelton v HR 2997, Sully's GA Support, CAF Adds Bell 47

Also: DJI Drones, A350 XWB For Delta, CAF Superfortress, CAP’s ‘Very Best’, Mesa Airlines, Aussie F/A-18E/F, AIA

You've all heard it... various bits of hot-air from a number of elected officials trying to infer that the effort to bring about ATC Privatization has plenty of support among the entire aviation community... which plainly isn't true. EAA Boss Jack Pelton, as tired of the misinformation as the rest of us, just took aim at the GA Caucus to let them know that this simply isn't acceptable... or true. The following is a missive that Jack sent out just a few days a

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Airborne 07.14.17: XP-82 Twin Mustang, KSFO Near-Miss, Pelton's Appeal

Also: Commercial Pilot Database, AEA ADS-B Sweepstakes, F-35s, ecoDemonstrator, Heathrow Expansion, Sun Country, Draken Deploys

Tom Reilly's XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration project reached several milestones over the past month, and the aircraft restoration expert says that the project is "nearing completion." On the blog on which he provides updates, Reilly wrote at the first of the month that in the past month, the outboard fairings from each leading edge to trailing edge of the fuselage-to-wing have been completed. The final seam welding of the two outboard forward fairings was completed as June came

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July 14, 2017

Airborne 07.14.17: XP-82 Twin Mustang, KSFO Near-Miss, Pelton's Appeal

Also: Commercial Pilot Database, AEA ADS-B Sweepstakes, F-35s, ecoDemonstrator, Heathrow Expansion, Sun Country, Draken Deploys

Tom Reilly's XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration project reached several milestones over the past month, and the aircraft restoration expert says that the project is "nearing completion." On the blog on which he provides updates, Reilly wrote at the first of the month that in the past month, the outboard fairings from each leading edge to trailing edge of the fuselage-to-wing have been completed. The final seam welding of the two outboard forward fairings was completed as June came

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July 11, 2017

One More Reason To Celebrate Oshkosh -- ANN To Select Best Sportplanes of 2017!

In An Age Clouded By Icon's Flim-Flammery, We Want To Suggest Companies/Planes We Believe You Should Trust As we have in year's past... though not recently... ANN is dusting off one of our reader's favorite programs -- our "Flyer's Dozen" of the best SportPlanes and and companies we believe deserve your consideration for an airplane of your own. The SportPlane business has been through some rough times these last few years as a few companies let us down... badly... Icon Aircraft chief among them. And face it, it didn't help that the economy was not in the best shape and the struggle to enjoy aviation hasn't gotten any easier. So... here's the deal... we're going to be putting together profiles of all the likely suspects and we want YOUR inpu

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Aero-News AirVenture Update: This Is So Cool! #OSH17COOL

We Need YOUR Help To Find The Coolest Stuff At EAA AirVenture 2017, #OSH17COOL

Stuff that’s new is cool… we get it… that’s why we’re bringing our AirVenture Innovation Preview webcast to you on Saturday evening, July 22, to introduce the things that are new and unique at EAA AirVenture 2017. However, there is a lot of cool stuff that has little to do with being new stuff, but still deserves the designation of 'cool.' This is where we need your help. Despite the fact we have the largest news staff on the ground at AirVenture, our nearly 30 staffers still aren’t enough to find out what’s ‘really cool’ because what’s really coo

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June 05, 2017

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2017 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

E-I-C Note: There's very little we can say yet, but there is a reason why this may be THE year to throw in with ANN to cover the extraordinary event that is OSHKOSH. We have something up our sleeves -- actually SEVERAL big somethings -- and they could be some of the biggest upgrades/surprises we've pulled off yet -- so we're going to be changing quite a few things about how we cover Oshkosh, as a result. IF YOU want to be a part of this unique adventure, speak up NOW, rather than later, because we're going to looking for the best folks we can find and are planning to do so ASAP. You've been warned (grin)....

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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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