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September 25, 2018

Airborne 09.24.18: FAA ReAuth Update, Record Flight, Maggie Taraska Returns

Also: Cathay Pacific Mispaints, Orion's First Service Module, FAA Fly Safe-LOC, Neutron Star

In the wee hours of the start of the weekend a new version of the FAA Reauthorization bill was published... and the news is mixed. The 1200 page document was released September 22nd at 0040ET... to initially mixed reviews. Some initial notes show that this five year bill does not include the draconian Privatization effort that has been aggressively fought by nearly everyone in aviation and the onerous ATC fees levied on EAA and other venues have been dropped. There is also some additional language in support of

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AMA Drone Report 09.20.18: Section 336 Update, LAANC Course, Drones In Florence

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, Golf Course Drone Delivery, eBee X Fixed-Wing, Drone Locates Missing Woman

AMA president Rich Hanson has sent letters to the House and Senate, requesting they consider a risk-based approach to regulating recreational UAS. This would ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace while continuing to allow responsible model aircraft operators to fly safely. It is still uncertain if Congress will pass an FAA Authorization bill by the September 30 deadline, but legislators have begun work to resolve some of the issues surrounding the Special Rule for M

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FAA Supports Drone Operations For Florence Response

An Estimated 100 Missions Have Already Been Completed In The Region

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued 46 special waivers for drone operations to support emergency and recovery efforts since Hurricane Florence made landfall.  More than a dozen drone operators have flown an estimated 100 drone missions related to the storm under existing Part 107 authorization.  

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Airlines For America Statement On The FAA Reauthorization Bill

Industry Group Applauds Bipartisan Efforts Of Congressional Leaders

The House and the Senate reached consensus on the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 late last week. In a statement, Airlines for America (A4A) president & CEO Nicholas E. Calio said the association applauds the bipartisan, bicameral efforts in Congress, led in the House by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and in the Senate by Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) and their staffs, for reaching agreement on the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2018.

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FAA Inks Aviation Agreements With Brazil And Canada

Will Streamline Approvals Of Aviation Products Across Borders

The FAA has signed separate agreements with Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) and Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) that will make it easier to approve each country’s aircraft and aviation products for their growing aviation markets.

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FAA Reauthorization Bill Would Allow Government To Disable Drones

Section Included In The Bill Titled 'Preventing Emerging Threats'

The FAA Reauthorization Bill that is scheduled for a house vote on Wednesday contains language that would allow the government to disable drones that are perceived as a threat, including shooting them down.

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Palm Springs Air Museum's Airplanes Score Wins At Reno Air Races

P-63 Kingcobra Reaches Silver, And The P-51 Red Tail Mustang Grabs Trophy

The Palm Springs Air Museum's participation at the 2018 edition of the National Championship Air Races Reno soared to new heights. The Air Museum's P-51 Mustang "Bunny" again reached the Silver level like last year, and then placed 3rd overall. Six of the seven aircraft were P-51 Mustangs. All aircraft were evenly matched, so pilot skill was essential.

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.18.18: Airware Grounded, AUVSI Urges Congress, LMC And DRL

Also: DroneInsurance.com And AirMap, EagleView And PrecisionHawk, Laser-Carrying Drones, Army Drones

Claiming to offer, “... a cloud-based platform to manage, process, view, analyze and collaborate around data for insurance, property management, mining, quarrying, and construction,” Airware has elected to shut down operations after spending some 118 million in investment capital. Airware was founded in 2011 in Newport Beach, California, by Jonathan Downey and relocated to San Francisco in January 2014, and purchased Redbird, a drone analytics software company, in 2016. Company staffers were

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United Express Carrier CommutAir Headed Paperless On The Flight Deck

iPads Replacing Paper-Based Flight Kits On The Carrier's Airplanes

CommutAir, a United Express carrier (UAL), is issuing pilots iPads to replace heavy paper-based flight kits for its cockpit crewmembers. The implementation of Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) is a part of CommutAir's commitment to establishing modern technology infrastructure to sustain its rapid growth. 

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Ariane 5 Assembled And Cleared For Milestone Launch

Will Mark The 100th Launch Of The Heavy-Lift Booster

Arianespace’s upcoming mission from the Spaceport in French Guiana – which will mark the heavy-lift Ariane 5’s 100th launch – has been cleared for liftoff this week with a dual-satellite payload.

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Boeing Delivers First 787 Dreamliner For Shanghai Airlines

Aircraft Will Enable Airline's Growth Through Greater Capacity, Fuel Efficiency And Range

Boeing and Shanghai Airlines recently celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline says it plans to use the super-efficient and passenger-preferred Dreamliner to upgrade its regional and long-range service from its base in China's largest city.

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Airbus Delivers First Aircraft From Mobile Powered By Sustainable Jet Fuel Blend

JetBlue A321 Delivered Burning Fuel Blend Including 15 Percent Biofuel

Airbus’ A320 Family production facility in the U.S. has delivered its first aircraft partially powered by sustainable jet fuel. The latest A321 for JetBlue departed Mobile last week with 15 percent sustainable jet fuel in its tanks.

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Kids Reach For The Skies With Local EAA Chapter In Leesburg, FL

More Than A Dozen Potential Pilots Take A First Flight Through The Young Eagles Program

The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 provided flights for 13 youngsters at the Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, FL on Saturday. Kids from the ages of 8-17 are given an opportunity to fly for the first time in a general aviation aircraft through the EAA Young Eagles Program.

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New Products From ELITE Simulation Solutions Introduced

ELITE STX Home, ProPanel III And Others Now Available

ELITE Simulation Solutions has announced the availability of several new hardware products and a new version of their widely-used IFR training software. The much-anticipated release of ELITE XTS Home, a flight training software program specifically designed for pilots, leads the way and creates the demand for several of the new hardware products.

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Two Fatally Injured In Jefferson County, MO Accident

Plane Went Down After Reporting Electrical Issues

A Cessna 150 with two people on board reported to be a father and his son. went down while attempting to land at Festus Memorial Airport (KFES) in Festus, MO, Thursday night. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of both occupants of the airplane.

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First Ultra Long Range A350 XWB Delivered To Singapore Airlines

Carrier Has Ordered Seven Of The Long-Range Airliners

Airbus has delivered the first A350-900 Ultra Long Range (ULR) aircraft to launch customer Singapore Airlines (SIA). The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB is capable of flying further in commercial service than any other aircraft, with a range of up to 9,700 nautical miles, or over 20 hours non-stop. Altogether, SIA has ordered seven A350-900ULR aircraft, configured in a two-class layout, with 67 Business Class seats and 94 Premium Economy Class seats.

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Santa Monica Airport Association Launches eNewsletter

Looking To Keep Interested Parties Informed About The Group's Efforts

The Santa Monica Airport Association has launched an electronic newsletter designed to keep interested parties in the loop on SMAA and related SMO news, including updates on legal actions, information about our airport- based events, and other news of special interest to the airport community.

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Airbus Helicopters Focuses On The Wind Turbine Growth Market

Presenting Multiple Solutions At This Week's WindEnergy Expo

Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately $10.6 billion. Airbus Helicopters will present its supply, maintenance and crew transport solutions at the WindEnergy expo, which will be held in Hamburg this week.

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Valor Studios, D-Day Squadron Working To Put Historic Warbirds Over Normandy

Hopes To Take A Full Squadron Of C-47s To The 75th Anniversary Commemoration

The D-Day Squadron has announced the addition of further corporate support to its efforts to return a full squadron of WW2 C-47s (known as the "Gooney Bird" or "Dakota") to Normandy, France for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

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NASA's TESS Shares First Science Image In Hunt To Find New Worlds

Captures A Wealth Of Stars And Other Objects, Including Systems Previously Known To Have Exoplanets

NASA’s newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), is now providing valuable data to help scientists discover and study exciting new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system. Part of the data from TESS’ initial science orbit includes a detailed picture of the southern sky taken with all four of the spacecraft’s wide-field cameras. This “first light” science image captures a wealth of stars and other objects, including systems previously known to have exoplanets.

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ANN FAQ: Q&A 101

A Few Questions AND Answers To Help You Get MORE Out of ANN!

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.25.18)

"The long-term reauthorization is essential for the FAA to advance projects and implement programs that advance our country's status as the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world." Source: Airlines for America (A4A) president & CEO Nicholas E. Calio, on the introduction of a bipartisan FAA reauthorization bill in the U.S. House and Senate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.25.18): Air Data Computer (ADC)

An aircraft computer that receives and processes pitot pressure, static pressure, and temperature to calculate very precise altitude, indicated airspeed, true airspeed, and air temperature.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.25.18)

From the ACLU blog, an in-depth look at the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018, which would grant the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice — in consultation with the FAA — the authority to prohibit any drone from accessing areas that they deem to be “covered asset[s] or facilit[ies].”

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September 24, 2018

House And Senate Committee Leaders Announce Agreement On Long-Term FAA Bill

Legislation Also Includes Reauthorization And Reforms For TSA And NTSB

House and Senate Committee leaders late last week announced that they have reached a bipartisan final agreement on legislation that provides long-term stability and critical reforms to the FAA and transforms federal disaster programs to better prepare communities for disaster.  The agreement also includes a reauthorizations and reforms of the TSA and the NTSB.

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Airborne 09.24.18: FAA ReAuth Update, Record Flight, Maggie Taraska Returns

Also: Cathay Pacific Mispaints, Orion's First Service Module, FAA Fly Safe-LOC, Neutron Star

In the wee hours of the start of the weekend a new version of the FAA Reauthorization bill was published... and the news is mixed. The 1200 page document was released September 22nd at 0040ET... to initially mixed reviews. Some initial notes show that this five year bill does not include the draconian Privatization effort that has been aggressively fought by nearly everyone in aviation and the onerous ATC fees levied on EAA and other venues have been dropped. There is also some additional language in support of

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Klyde Morris (09.24.18)

Klyde Makes His Apologies To Mr. Lindbergh...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Royal Thai Air Force Expands Fleet With Additional H225M Order

New Purchase Brings RTAF’s H225M Fleet To 12 Units

Airbus Helicopters has secured an additional order of four H225M (previously known as EC725) multirole utility helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF), as part of the fleet strengthening program. This follow-on order will bring the RTAF’s H225M fleet to 12 units by 2021.

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Air Lease Corporation Delivers Boeing 787-9 Aircraft To Air New Zealand

Comes From ALC's Order Book With Boeing

Air Lease Corporation has delivered a new Boeing 787-9 aircraft on long-term lease to Air New Zealand from ALC’s order book with Boeing.

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Airborne 09.21.18: Paul Allen's MonsterPlane, Reno Air Races, Diamond Doubles

Also: Aviators Indicted, Hartzell Appointment, World's First 777, ASTM Parachutes For Drones

Stratolaunch Systems founder Paul Allen has put his mark on the fuselage of the enormous airplane being flight tested as a horizontal launch system. Allen tweeted photos this week of the Stratolauncher, being built by Scaled Composites, emblazoned with "Stratolaunch: A Paul G. Allen Company" on the left fuselage. While there had been hopes of flight testing the airplane this summer, there are still three taxi tests on the schedule, delaying the first flight of the aircraft into the fall at the earliest. The resu

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CHC Australia Awarded New Helicopter Services Contract

Will Provide Passenger Services To Four Customers From Mid-2019

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a ground-breaking helicopter services contract by Woodside and other operators in the North West Shelf and North West Cape regions, providing passenger transfer flights, medical evacuation and search and rescue services for four customers from bases in Australia’s Pilbara region.

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USAF Announces Selection Of GPS III Follow-On Contract

Total Value Of The Agreement Rises To $7.2 Billion

The U.S. Air Force announced selection of Lockheed Martin for a fixed-price-type production contract for 22 GPS III Follow-On satellites with a total estimated contract value up to $7.2 billion.

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Redkite-I Wide-Area Sensor Passes Final Flight Test Aboard Integrator UAS

Lightweight, Airborne Imaging System Now Transitions To Official Product Offered By Insitu

The Redkite-I, a wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) system designed for the Insitu Integrator unmanned aircraft system (UAS) developed by Logos Technologies, successfully completed its final flight test during the last week of August at the Insitu flight test facilities in Boardman, OR.

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Florida County Will Use Drones To Track Alzheimer's Patients

State Grant Will Fund A Pilot Program In Orange County, FL

Florida State Senator Linda Stewart has announced that a state grant valued at $75,000 has been secured for a pilot program to use drones to keep tabs on adults with Alzheimer's disease.

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Inmarsat, Panasonic Avionics Enter Into Landmark Strategic Agreement

Collaboration For Commercial Aviation Brings Together Two Global Leaders In In-Flight Connectivity  

Inmarsat and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have agreed a strategic collaboration, for an initial ten-year period, that enables them to combine their highly complementary market leading services to offer broadband in-flight connectivity ("IFC") paired with high-value solutions and services to customers in the commercial aviation industry worldwide. 

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GE Expands Footprint In Malaysia With Aviation And IT Initiatives

GE Aviation To Invest $80 Million In MRO Facility In Subang

GE Chairman & CEO John Flannery has reaffirmed the company’s continued commitment to Malaysia with a major $80 million investment in GE Engine Services Malaysia (GEESM). Alongside this renewed commitment to the GEESM facility, GE also announced the establishment of the Global IT Service Desk, located at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

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StandardAero Cuts Ribbon On New Cincinnati Component Repair Facility

Will Hire 200-300 New Employees To Meet Growing Customer Demands

StandardAero Component Services recently cut the ribbon on a new 206,000 sq. ft. repair facility, directly adjacent to its current 236,000 sq. ft. component repair facility in Cincinnati, nearly doubling its capacity to accommodate rapid growth in customer demands during 2018 and beyond.

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OOPS! Cathay Pacific Mispaints New 777

Social Media Has A Bit Of Fun At The Airline's Expense

When Cathay Pacific's lates 777 was delivered, there was a glaring error in the plane's livery. "Pacific" was spelled without the "F".

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Garmin Announces Availability Of Navigation Databases For South America

Can Be Included In The Newly-Expanded Americas OnePak

Garmin has added a new navigation database information for South America, now available in the newly-expanded Americas OnePak, which offers coverage in North, Central and South America and provides database updates across all Garmin avionics and a portable in a single aircraft.

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ESA chooses Thales To Support Data Processing From Sentinel 2A And 2B Satellites

Unprecedented Data Volumes To Be Processed In Record Time To Serve Planet Surveillance And Protection

Thales Alenia Space, the joint company between Thales and Leonardo, have announced that it has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to provide operations, maintenance and upgrade services for the Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS) supporting the Sentinel 2A and 2B Earth observation satellites. The service contract is worth $34 million for the period from May 2018 to December 2021. It is being carried out for the European Commission as part of the Copernicus program, in particular the ground segment subsystem of the Copernicus Space Component (CSC).

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Airborne 09.24.18: FAA ReAuth Update, Record Flight, Maggie Taraska Returns

Also: Cathay Pacific Mispaints, Orion's First Service Module, FAA Fly Safe-LOC, Neutron Star

In the wee hours of the start of the weekend a new version of the FAA Reauthorization bill was published... and the news is mixed. The 1200 page document was released September 22nd at 0040ET... to initially mixed reviews. Some initial notes show that this five year bill does not include the draconian Privatization effort that has been aggressively fought by nearly everyone in aviation and the onerous ATC fees levied on EAA and other venues have been dropped. There is also some additional language in support of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. GA groups are analyzing the 1200 page doc now. And the news for model aviation may be dire... On September 24, 2013, Canadian pilot Alexis Reiche

September 21, 2018

Airborne 09.21.18: Paul Allen's MonsterPlane, Reno Air Races, Diamond Doubles

Also: Aviators Indicted, Hartzell Appointment, World's First 777, ASTM Parachutes For Drones

Stratolaunch Systems founder Paul Allen has put his mark on the fuselage of the enormous airplane being flight tested as a horizontal launch system. Allen tweeted photos this week of the Stratolauncher, being built by Scaled Composites, emblazoned with "Stratolaunch: A Paul G. Allen Company" on the left fuselage. While there had been hopes of flight testing the airplane this summer, there are still three taxi tests on the schedule, delaying the first flight of the aircraft into the fall at the earliest. The resu

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Airborne 09.19.18: SpaceX Moonshot, 747 'Art Car', Nat'l Aerobatic Championships

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, First 777X, Unlicensed Pilot Arrested, Soundproofing PC-12

A Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire is the first passenger named for SpaceX's trip around the moon, which the company plans for 2023. Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first private passenger to fly around the moon. No human has been that close to the moon since 1972. Maezawa, whose net worth has been estimated at $2.9 billion, appeared on stage with SpaceX founder Elon Musk for an event held at the company's headquarters. "Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon," he said. The Bureau

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September 20, 2018

AMA Drone Report 09.20.18: Section 336 Update, LAANC Course, Drones In Florence

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, Golf Course Drone Delivery, eBee X Fixed-Wing, Drone Locates Missing Woman

AMA president Rich Hanson has sent letters to the House and Senate, requesting they consider a risk-based approach to regulating recreational UAS. This would ensure the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace while continuing to allow responsible model aircraft operators to fly safely. It is still uncertain if Congress will pass an FAA Authorization bill by the September 30 deadline, but legislators have begun work to resolve some of the issues surrounding the Special Rule for M

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September 19, 2018

Airborne 09.19.18: SpaceX Moonshot, 747 'Art Car', Nat'l Aerobatic Championships

Also: FAA Reauthorization Stalled, First 777X, Unlicensed Pilot Arrested, Soundproofing PC-12

A Japanese entrepreneur and billionaire is the first passenger named for SpaceX's trip around the moon, which the company plans for 2023. Yusaku Maezawa has been named as the first private passenger to fly around the moon. No human has been that close to the moon since 1972. Maezawa, whose net worth has been estimated at $2.9 billion, appeared on stage with SpaceX founder Elon Musk for an event held at the company's headquarters. "Finally I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon," he said. The Bureau

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September 18, 2018

Airborne-Unmanned 09.18.18: Airware Grounded, AUVSI Urges Congress, LMC And DRL

Also: DroneInsurance.com And AirMap, EagleView And PrecisionHawk, Laser-Carrying Drones, Army Drones

Claiming to offer, “... a cloud-based platform to manage, process, view, analyze and collaborate around data for insurance, property management, mining, quarrying, and construction,” Airware has elected to shut down operations after spending some 118 million in investment capital. Airware was founded in 2011 in Newport Beach, California, by Jonathan Downey and relocated to San Francisco in January 2014, and purchased Redbird, a drone analytics software company, in 2016. Company staffers were

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May 07, 2018

Edic Horizon International Flight Academy Signs For Two Bell 429s

Flight Training Facility Expands Services To Include Twin Engine Aircraft

Bell Helicopter has announced a signature from Edic Horizon International Flight Academy to purchase two Bell 429 aircraft. Based at Al Ain International Airport, Edic Horizon International Flight Academy utilizes their fleet of entirely Bell aircraft to provide flight training to a variety of international students.

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May 04, 2018

Jet Aviation Completes Acquisition Of Hawker Pacific

Transaction Valued At $250 Million

Jet Aviation has completed its acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of Civil MRO, Fleet and FBO Services, and Aircraft Sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The transaction is valued at $250 million.

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December 31, 2017

Parker Aerospace Awarded Contract To Provide Emirates’ 777X Hydraulic Pumps

Hydraulic Engine-Driven Pump And AC Motor Pump From Parker Aerospace Chosen As Supplier-Furnished Equipment For Emirates’ New 777X Fleet

Parker Aerospace, a business segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation has announced a pump call-out agreement with Emirates for its 777X aircraft. Emirates is the launch customer of the new Boeing aircraft with an order book of 150 777X, one of the single largest aircraft orders by value in the history of US commercial aviation. Parker will provide the hydraulic engine-driven pump and AC motor pump on the fleet of 777X wide-body airplanes.

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December 29, 2017

Flight Inspection (FI) Market Worth $5.57 Billion By 2022

Growth Forecast To Be 4.31 Percent During The Period

According to the new research report, now available on ASDReports, "Flight Inspection (FI) Market by Solution (System, & Services), End User (Commercial Airports, Defense Airports), Services Type (Commissioning, Routine, Special Inspection), System Type (Fixed, Mobile, Ground-based) and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The Flight Inspection (FI) market is projected to grow from an estimated $4.51 billion in 2017 to $5.57 billion by 2022, at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 4.31% during the forecast period.

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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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