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February 17, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 02.11.20: Cora Air Taxi Trial, TEROS UAV, Flirtey Patent

Also: Madrid Airport Drone Sighting, UAV Power Line Inspection, senseFly, Remote ID NPRM

The New Zealand Government and Wisk have announced an MOU to establish a passenger transport trial in  Canterbury, New Zealand. Wisk’s self-flying, all-electric air taxi, called Cora, is the aircraft selected for the trials. In October 2019, the New Zealand Government announced that it was establishing an industry-wide Airspace Integration Trial to work with leading, innovative domestic and international industry partners to safely test and demonstrate unmanned aircraft. Wisk, based in the United States a

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Airborne 02.14.20: Airbus Blended Wing, GoFly FlyOff, Boeing Woes

Also: Starliner Problems, NATA Update, NBAA v Congress, Iran Fails, Jerks on Planes

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 6.5 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, with a surface area of about 24 square feet, MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design that Airbus says has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up-to 20 percent compared to current single-aisle aircraft. Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the flight-t

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AMA Drone Report 02.13.20: Huge NPRM Response, Horizon Hobby, FAA UAS Symposium

Also: Drone Delivers Wine, UAV v Motorcycle Cops, Madrid Airport Hysteria, Daytona 500 TFR

If there was any doubt that the model aviation community has a problem with the current direction and policies of the FAA, the 13,000 comments posted to the FAA’s NPRM in just the last few weeks should kill those thoughts, pronto. Despite a short window for commentary and the FAA’s inexplicable denial of a deadline extension, thanks to the EAA, the comments are coming in at a near record pace... and while the current numbers aren’t a record for an NPRM, they could be, before this is all over. A H

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Boeing Conducting Flight Testing On 737 MAX

Evaluating Aircraft Performance With Updated Software

Boeing is conducting test flights with a 737 MAX in an effort to evaluate the airplane's functions using new software.

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NASAO Announces Greg Pecoraro As New CEO

Brings More Than 25 Years Of Government Relations And Management Experience In The Aviation And Transportation Sectors To The Role

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) has selected Greg Pecoraro as its new President and CEO. In this role, Pecoraro will work closely with the NASAO Board of Directors and other state aviation leaders to fulfill the organization's mission to represent the interests of the states and the public before Federal policymakers.

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NASA, Collins Aerospace Advance Technology For Safe Operation Of UAS In The NAS

Final Phase Of A Nine-Year Project To Develop Command And Control Data Link Waveform

Collins Aerospace Systems is entering the final stages of a nine-year project with NASA to enable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to operate safely in the National Airspace System (NAS). The project, co-funded by Collins Aerospace and which is expected to be completed in Sept. 2020, has facilitated the development of a Command Non-Payload Control (CNPC) data link waveform that informed the initial certification standards for UAS Command and Control in the NAS.

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NASA To Hire More Artemis Generation Astronauts

Application Period Open From March 2-31

As NASA prepares to launch American astronauts this year on American rockets from American soil to the International Space Station – with an eye toward the Moon and Mars – the agency is announcing it will accept applications March 2 to 31 for the next class of Artemis Generation astronauts.

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MCAS Cherry Point Readies For Its 2020 Air Show

Event To Be Held May 1-3

Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) are making major plans to host the biggest, baddest, loudest air show in Eastern North Carolina.

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Klyde Morris (02.17.20)

Klyde Looks Into The FAA's Thought Processes/Paper Wad Hockey Practice

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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The Environment And Business Aviation Tops BBGA Conference Agenda

Event To Be Held March 5 In London

Embracing the number one issue affecting our industry today, the British Business General Aviation Association (BBGA) is putting sustainability at the heart of its annual conference theme next month. Returning to Luton Hoo Hotel, U.K., on Thursday, March 5, the Association is pleased to confirm that environmentalist, former MEP and World Bank representative, author Stanley Johnson will be this year’s keynote speaker.

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FAA Announces Dates For 2020 UAS Symposium

Will Be Held June 16-18 In Baltimore, MD

The FAA and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will co-host the 5th Annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium on June 16-18, 2020, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

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Daher’s Final Touch On The 300th TBM 900-Series

A Very Fast Turboprop TBM 940 Aircraft Receives A Personal Touch For Two Long-Time Owners

Daher has announced the delivery of its 300th TBM 900-series very fast turboprop aircraft, which incorporates a personalized paint scheme for its owners – Dr. Ian Blair Fries and his wife Susan Fries, who received this TBM 940 version as the fourth TBM-family airplane they have acquired over the past 20 years.

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Tamarack Celebrates 100th Installation of Active Winglets

Business Grows and Celebrates Milestone

Tamarack Aerospace Group recently celebrated the 100th installation of its revolutionary Active Winglet System at the Sandpoint, ID headquarters. The Tamarack team developed the first of its kind and only Active Winglet technology enabling aircraft to use much less fuel, fly farther with greater payloads and a more sustainable carbon footprint. The 100th installation milestone celebrates Tamarack’s continued growth and global leadership in winglet technology and aviation sustainability.

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UAV’s Flight Control Solutions Compatible With Trimble’s UAS1

Provides Centimeter-Level Precision And Easy Integration

UAV Navigation announced today that its flight control solutions for Remotely Piloted Air Systems/Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RPAS/UAVs) are compatible with the Trimble UAS1, a high-precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver. The core benefits of Trimble’s GNSS solution include centimeter-level precision and easy integration.

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RelmaTech Validates Viability Of UAS Remote ID, Tracking Via Satellite Internet

SAIM Solution Operates On The Iridium Internet Service

UAS/UAV and spatial management technology company RelmaTech has confirmed that truly-global identification and tracking of all flying and moving objects is technically and commercially viable. This represents a significant leap toward achieving continuous geographic coverage and global access to multi-device tracking services.

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Astronautics Receives FAA STC Validation From India For RoadRunner EFI

Provides An Easy And Cost-Effective Path To Upgrade For A109E Helicopters In India

Astronautics Corporation of America’s AFI4700 RoadRunner Electronic Flight Instrument (EFI) has received FAA STC validation from the India Directorate General of Civil Aviation for A109E helicopters.

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Maldivian Signs Service Agreements With De Havilland Canada

Will Enhance Operational Performance For Fleet of Dash 8 Aircraft

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has signed service agreements with Maldivian that will significantly enhance the airline's operational performance. The agreements will provide A and C Check Maintenance Interval Extensions, as well as Enhanced Structural Inspection Requirements (ESIR) for the airline's fleet of 10 Dash 8-200 and Dash 8-300 aircraft.  Maldivian, owned and operated by Island Aviation Services Limited, is the National Airline of the Maldives, one of the most geographically dispersed countries in the world.

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Japan Airlines Expands 787 Maintenance Agreement With Collins Aerospace

Deal Valued At Approximately $200 Million

Collins Aerospace Systems has signed a five-year tailored FlightSense agreement, valued at approximately $200 million, to service air management and electric power components for Japan Airlines' (JAL) growing fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft. The agreement with JAL, which builds on a 14-year relationship between the two organizations, now includes a total of 51 aircraft through 2025.

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LM And BEL To Explore Opportunities In F-21 Fighter Program

Lockheed Martin Strengthens Commitment To India

Lockheed Martin signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) to explore industrial opportunities in the F-21 program today at DefExpo 2020. Lockheed Martin is strengthening and growing its partnerships with the Indian industry to support the company's F-21 proposal for the Indian Air Force.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Awarded DARPA Contract

Will Develop Propulsion Technology For The Hypersonic Defense Program Glide Breaker

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been awarded a contract worth up to $19.6 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop enabling technologies for an advanced hypersonic defense interceptor known as Glide Breaker.

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UAVOS Upgrades Main Rotor Blades

Improves Composite Blades For Installation On Unmanned Helicopters

UAVOS, a developer of professional unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has announced that it has completed its tests of the new version of the main rotor blades for installation on helicopters with a take-off mass of 110 pounds and a rotor diameter of 102 inches. Composite blades are improved by gluing into the leading edge an all-metal edging.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.20): State Aircraft

State Aircraft Aircraft used in military, customs and police service, in the exclusive service of any government, or of any political subdivision, thereof including the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia, but not including any government-owned aircraft engaged in carrying persons or property for commercial purposes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.20)

Aero Linx: The Tennessee Aviation Association (TAA) The Tennessee Aviation Association (TAA) is an airports advocacy organization representing our statewide system of airports. The mission of TAA is to promote and encourage communications among its members, governmental entities and the general public; and to foster a better understanding of the value of all airports in the State of Tennessee. Celebrating more than 25 years of statewide advocacy, TAA membership includes representatives from airports, local governments, consultants, vendors and other suppliers that serve the aviation industry. We are proud to produce the annual Tennessee Airports Conference which is

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ANN FAQ: May I Post An Aero-News Story On MY Site?

As Long As You Ask Us, It's Usually OK

It's a question the ANN staff is asked too many times per week to count. The message usually goes something like this: "I really enjoyed the story Aero-News did on (fill in topic here.) I'd love to post it on my blog/newsletter/website... is that OK?"

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.20)

“Based on the TBM’s proven design, the upgrades that Daher brings to each new model amply justified our purchases of the four aircraft... The TBM fits our transportation profile: I can plan for a 1,000-nautical mile flight under almost any conditions. And it is a pleasure to work with many of the same people for years, which is a credit to Daher. Additionally, I consider the five-year warranty of significant value alone in justifying a new acquisition.” Source: From comments made by Dr. Ian Blair Fries, as Daher has announced the delivery of its 300th TBM 900-series aircraft, which incorporates a personalized paint scheme for its owners, who received their TBM 940 version as the fourth TBM-family airplane t

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February 16, 2020

Airborne 02.14.20: Airbus Blended Wing, GoFly FlyOff, Boeing Woes

Also: Starliner Problems, NATA Update, NBAA v Congress, Iran Fails, Jerks on Planes

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 6.5 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, with a surface area of about 24 square feet, MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design that Airbus says has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up-to 20 percent compared to current single-aisle aircraft. Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the flight-t

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Airbus reports Full-Year (FY) 2019 Results, Delivers On Guidance

Sees Record Commercial Aircraft Deliveries

Airbus SE has reported Full-Year (FY) 2019 consolidated financial results and provided guidance for 2020.

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Space Station To Forge Ultra-Fast Connections

The Upgrade To The ESA Columbus Laboratory Will Relay Data From Experiments On The Station Back To Earth Almost Instantaneously

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plan to install a high-speed radio link to enable almost real-time connections with Earth. The device will send signals from the Station, which orbits at an altitude of 250 miles above Earth, even further into space, where they will be picked up by European satellites in geostationary orbit 22,000 miles above the surface.

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Dr. Eileen Bjorkman Helps Preserve Flight Test History

Makes Donation Towards The Construction Of A New Flight Test Museum

The Flight Test Museum Foundation (FTMF) is honored to announce a generous contribution from Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, Executive Director, Air Force Test Center. Dr. Bjorkman contributed $50,000 to the FTMF to sponsor the RF-4C (#004) and help directly fund construction of the new Flight Test Museum being built outside the West Gate at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB).

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AVIAA And Loft Partner On Citation And CJ Training Offering

Part 142 Simulator Program Based In Carlsbad, CA

AVIAA, the expanding group purchasing organization for business aviation, has added LOFT as another strategic partner for its membership.  For the past 15 years, LOFT has provided experienced flight instruction to Cessna Citation and CJ pilots through the entire training process. Its unique Part 142 simulator training program, based in Carlsbad, CA will now be offered to the growing number of AVIAA members operating Citation C Series business jets.

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Update On Coronavirus And Airbus Tianjin Final Assembly Line

Has Been Authorized By The Chinese Government To Resume Operations

Airbus says it is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus situation and following the World Health Organisation travel advice that is affecting Airbus globally.

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US-Bangla Airlines Adds Two ATR 72-600 Aircraft To Fleet

Lessor Avation Orders Two More Aircraft, Further Demonstrating The Suitability Of The -600 Series For The Leasing Market

Singapore based lessor Avation PLC has converted two Purchase Rights into firm orders for two ATR 72-600 aircraft. The aircraft will be leased to Bangladeshi airline US-Bangla, the biggest private airline in Bangladesh and will support the expansion of the airline’s turboprop fleet by increasing the number of ATR aircraft from six to eight. In addition, Avation has further acquired an additional two ATR 72-600 purchase rights to replace those that were exercised.

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Moody AFB HEF System Activated Fire Suppression System

Fire Suppression System Triggered During A Lightning Storm Last Week

The high expansion foam system in the Fuels Barn, Hangar 646, at Moody Air Force Base was activated during a lightning storm Feb. 6 at approximately 7 p.m.

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Bell And P&W Make Signing Up For Maintenance Programs Easier

Offers Single Point Of Contact To Enroll

Pratt & Whitney has announced that Bell 212, 412, 427 and 429 helicopter customers now benefit from a single point of contact to learn about and enroll in aircraft and engine maintenance plans. When enrolling an aircraft into Bell’s Customer Advantage Plan (CAP), customers will also have the option to sign up for a Pratt & Whitney Eagle Service Plan (ESP) for their engine maintenance needs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.20): Special VFR Operations

Special VFR Operations Aircraft operating in accordance with clearances within Class B, C, D, and E surface areas in weather conditions less than the basic VFR weather minima. Such operations must be requested by the pilot and approved by ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.20)

Aero Linx: The Idaho Aviation Association The Idaho Aviation Association gives Idaho a general aviation voice, both locally and nationally. Our mission is to: represent our members in forums where decisions are made that affect general aviation; inform our members about aviation issues; work with public and private entities for the preservation, maintenance and enhancement of aviation facilities; and promote safety, education and public understanding of general aviation in Idaho.

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ANN FAQ: The Airborne Unlimited Partnership Initiative

New Products And Programs From The Leader In Aviation News Online

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 (02.16.20)

“As our community grows, we understand the importance of offering our members training partners that have the ability to deliver the highest level of training and adapt to an operation’s specific and ever-changing needs. LOFT is a natural partner to add to our portfolio with its track record of experienced simulator pilot training, as well as the significant number of AVIAA members operating the Citation jet. Insurance and crew training are critical operational pillars where AVIAA delivers economies of scale to members.” Source: Matthew Smith, AVIAA Chief Business Development Officer, commenting as they added LOFT as another strategic partner for its membership.  For the past 15 years, LOFT has provided experien

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February 15, 2020

A330-800 Receives Joint EASA And FAA Type Certification

Entry Into Service Anticipated Later This Year

The A330-800 has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA. The aircraft’s certification flight-test campaign was successfully performed by aircraft MSN1888, which completed the program in 370 flight test hours and 132 flights since its first flight in November 2018.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From Mustang II Accident

Two Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving an unregistered experimental, amateur-built Mustang II airplane on January 25 which resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board.

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Royal Thai Air Force Adds Six H135 Military Training Operators

Increases Its Airbus Fleet To 18 Rotorcraft

Airbus Helicopters has signed an order for six H135 military training helicopters from the Royal Thai Air Force, as part of its pilot training enhancement program. The very first military training helicopters ever ordered by the Royal Thai Air Force, these new twin-engine H135s will be utilised for an array of training missions, including ab-initio flight training. They will complement the Royal Thai Air Force’s existing H225M fleet, bringing its Airbus fleet to 18 units.

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TrueNoord Delivers Second Dash 8-400 To Philippine Airlines

First De Havilland Canada Aircraft To Enter Service In The Lessor's Portfolio

Regional aircraft lessor TrueNoord has delivered the second of two new Dash 8-400 aircraft which it has placed on long term operating lease agreements with Philippine Airlines (PAL). These aircraft (MSN 4610/4612) are the first Dash 8-400 aircraft manufactured by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (“De Havilland Canada”) to enter service in TrueNoord’s portfolio.

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AeroVironment Receives $8.5 Million Puma 3 AE Foreign Military Sales Contract

All Environment (AE) Unmanned Aircraft System Delivers Immediate Tactical ISR In Maritime And Land Based Operations

AeroVironment announced at the Singapore Air Show that it has received a $8.58 million firm-fixed-price U.S. Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales contract. The contract was awarded on December 17, 2019 to provide Puma 3 AE unmanned aircraft systems, training and support to an allied nation. Delivery is anticipated by June 2020.

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Trig Avionics: Serving The Warbird Community Of North America

Attending The Annual National Warbird Operators Conference In Alabama

Trig Avionics is honouring veterans past and present by helping keep vintage warbirds in the air. Trig’s affordable ADS-B bundle, containing a TT22 Mode S transponder, TN72 GPS position source and antenna are ideal for warbird operators. These avionics meet the 2020 ADS-B mandate for experimental aircraft, allowing display teams, like the Texas based Trojan Phlyers to transit through ADS-B rule airspace.

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FAA Seeks Funding Increase For Commercial Space Office

Cites Significant Growth In Launch And Recovery Activities

The FAA has requested a slight (by Washington standards) increase in funding for the commercial Space Office in the FY2021 budget.

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ANN FAQ: Share Aero-News With Your Friends

Send Them A Story -- We Don't Mind!

Do you need another set of eyes to see that story you can't believe Jim just wrote? Want to spread Hognose's unique wisdom and perspective to the masses, or share the latest Klyde Morris with another member of the flying community? (Or perhaps to someone who just really, really likes ants?)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.20)

“When Virgin Galactic started moving to New Mexico last year, everyone felt the sheer magnitude of the task ahead, but we were encouraged and excited by the team’s confidence and strong vision for the future.” Source: George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.20): Pilot Weather Report

A report of meteorological phenomena encountered by aircraft in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.20)

Auxiliary-Powered Sailplane Association

ASA, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded to encourage the design, development and safe use of self-launching and sustainer engine sailplanes to advance the art of soaring.

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February 14, 2020

Klyde Morris 02.14.20

Who Would Ever Consider A Stable Job That Pays Well And Regularly ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Bell Teams Up With Sumitomo And Japan Airlines To Explore Air Mobility

Bringing Together A Comprehensive Set Of Partners With Complementary Capabilities To Unlock The Future Of Transport

Bell Textron has announced a signed memorandum of understanding with Sumitomo Corporation and Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., to explore Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and to foster the required infrastructure and regulatory environment. This collaboration will inform the development of an on-demand air mobility ecosystem utilizing Bell’s air mobility solutions including Bell’s Air Taxi, the Nexus 4EX, in Japan.

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ETRI Develops Drone And AI Technology To Predict Algal Blooms

The Technology Analyzes Water Quality With Drones And Artificial Intelligence To Predict The Level Of Algal Bloom

The Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) has developed a technology for analyzing water quality with drones and using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the level of algal bloom. The technology is expected to reduce public anxiety about algal blooms that reoccur each summer and help manage drinking water safety.

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Airborne 02.12.20: Rough Field PC-24, Remote ID NPRM, GAMI Buys Osborne

Also: WAI Appoints McKay, Bombardier-Textron Tie-Up, Chicago Exec, RV-12/RV-12iS Three-Blade Prop

Pilatus has now obtained full rough field certification for the PC-24. Certification for operations on dry sand and gravel was delivered in 2018. A comprehensive post-certification test campaign was conducted throughout 2019 to certify the Super Versatile Jet for operation on unpaved runways and in differing conditions. With immediate effect, all PC-24s may now also be operated on wet and snow-covered unpaved runways. The PC-24 was developed for use on rough fields from the outset. Its performance on short

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Airbus And CAAS Collaborate To Enable Urban Air Mobility

MOU Advances A Longstanding Partnership Between The Two Entities

Airbus and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enable urban air mobility (UAM) in Singapore.

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Bell Boeing Delivers First V-22 For US Navy's Aircraft Carriers

Latest V-22 Variant Will Replace C-2A Greyhound Fleet

Boeing and Bell Textron have delivered the first CMV-22B Osprey, which is the V-22 variant the U.S. Navy will use for transporting personnel and cargo to aircraft carriers at sea.

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SME Recognizes 20 Exceptional Women In Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

Honorees Represent A Comprehensive Cross Section Of Smart Manufacturing

SME, the professional organization for manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, is celebrating the accomplishments of 20 dynamic women leaders who are working to expand the rapidly growing aerospace and defense smart manufacturing market globally.

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PNG Air Purchases Three ATR 42-600S Aircraft

Papua New Guinean Airline Will Use STOL Variant To Ensure Essential Connectivity Throughout The Region

ATR has announced an order for three ATR 42-600S aircraft from PNG Air. The deal also means that PNG Air will be a launch customer for the STOL version.

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Japan Airlines Signs GEnx Service Agreement

Deal Is Valued At $1.3 Billion Over The Life Of The Contract

Japan Airlines (JAL) has signed a nine-year TrueChoice Flight Hour Agreement that covers the airline's GEnx-1B engines on its Boeing 787 international fleet. The agreement is valued at $1.3 billion over the life of the contract.

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Boeing And U.S. Navy Successfully Link Piloted, Unmanned Growlers

Test Show Ability of F/A-18 Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler Pilots To Remotely Control Fighter And Attack Platforms From The Cockpit

Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully flew two autonomously controlled EA-18G Growlers at Naval Air Station Patuxent River as unmanned air systems using a third Growler as a mission controller for the other two.

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Clay Lacy Aviation Engages World Kinect Energy Services

Will Develop A Comprehensive Sustainability Program

Clay Lacy Aviation has engaged World Kinect Energy Services, a subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corporation, to assist in developing a comprehensive sustainability program with the goal of significantly reducing Clay Lacy’s carbon footprint as a large business aviation operator. The multifaceted program will attempt to reduce the carbon footprint of Clay Lacy facilities, as well as offering Clay Lacy Aviation’s clients a simpler way to purchase carbon credits to offset their flying activity.

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P&W Celebrates GTF Engine Overhaul Capability At Eagle Services Asia

Services Offered At Singapore Facility For One Full Year

Pratt & Whitney today celebrated the one year anniversary of the overhaul capability for the GTF PW1100G-JM variant at its Singapore engine center, Eagle Services Asia (ESA). The line capability is part of the $85 million modernization of the Singapore facility, which is one of three GTF engine centers in Asia Pacific. It is a joint venture between SIA Engineering Company and Pratt & Whitney.

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AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

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Airborne 02.14.20: Airbus Blended Wing, GoFly FlyOff, Boeing Woes

Also: Starliner Problems, NATA Update, NBAA v Congress, Iran Fails, Jerks on Planes

Airbus has revealed MAVERIC (Model Aircraft for Validation and Experimentation of Robust Innovative Controls) its “blended wing body” scale model technological demonstrator. At 6.5 feet long and 10.5 feet wide, with a surface area of about 24 square feet, MAVERIC features a disruptive aircraft design that Airbus says has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up-to 20 percent compared to current single-aisle aircraft. Launched in 2017, MAVERIC first took to the skies in June 2019. Since then the flight-test campaign has been on-going and will continue until the end of Q2 2020. The culmination of the GoFly global competition ... the GoFly Final Fly Off ... is slated for February 2

February 13, 2020

Airborne 02.12.20: Rough Field PC-24, Remote ID NPRM, GAMI Buys Osborne

Also: WAI Appoints McKay, Bombardier-Textron Tie-Up, Chicago Exec, RV-12/RV-12iS Three-Blade Prop

Pilatus has now obtained full rough field certification for the PC-24. Certification for operations on dry sand and gravel was delivered in 2018. A comprehensive post-certification test campaign was conducted throughout 2019 to certify the Super Versatile Jet for operation on unpaved runways and in differing conditions. With immediate effect, all PC-24s may now also be operated on wet and snow-covered unpaved runways. The PC-24 was developed for use on rough fields from the outset. Its performance on short

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AMA Drone Report 02.13.20: Huge NPRM Response, Horizon Hobby, FAA UAS Symposium

Also: Drone Delivers Wine, UAV v Motorcycle Cops, Madrid Airport Hysteria, Daytona 500 TFR

If there was any doubt that the model aviation community has a problem with the current direction and policies of the FAA, the 13,000 comments posted to the FAA’s NPRM in just the last few weeks should kill those thoughts, pronto. Despite a short window for commentary and the FAA’s inexplicable denial of a deadline extension, thanks to the EAA, the comments are coming in at a near record pace... and while the current numbers aren’t a record for an NPRM, they could be, before this is all over. A H

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February 12, 2020

Airborne 02.10.20: Bryant Crash Update, Army Aviator Pay, ABACE 2020 Nixed

Also: NBAA Rallies Members, EAA and FAA Meet, United Buys A Flight School, San Diego Air & Space Museum

NTSB has issued an investigative update for its ongoing investigation of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight passengers were fatally injured. "Our investigators have already developed a substantial amount of evidence about the circumstances of this tragic crash," said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. "And we are confident that we will be able

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February 11, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 02.11.20: Cora Air Taxi Trial, TEROS UAV, Flirtey Patent

Also: Madrid Airport Drone Sighting, UAV Power Line Inspection, senseFly, Remote ID NPRM

The New Zealand Government and Wisk have announced an MOU to establish a passenger transport trial in  Canterbury, New Zealand. Wisk’s self-flying, all-electric air taxi, called Cora, is the aircraft selected for the trials. In October 2019, the New Zealand Government announced that it was establishing an industry-wide Airspace Integration Trial to work with leading, innovative domestic and international industry partners to safely test and demonstrate unmanned aircraft. Wisk, based in the United States a

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Airborne 02.10.20: Bryant Crash Update, Army Aviator Pay, ABACE 2020 Nixed

Also: NBAA Rallies Members, EAA and FAA Meet, United Buys A Flight School, San Diego Air & Space Museum

NTSB has issued an investigative update for its ongoing investigation of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight passengers were fatally injured. "Our investigators have already developed a substantial amount of evidence about the circumstances of this tragic crash," said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. "And we are confident that we will be able

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December 31, 2019

SSJ100 Meets The European Standards For Controller-Pilot Digital Communication

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

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

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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