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March 23, 2019

Airborne 03.22.19: SB>1 DEFIANT 1st Flight, 737 MAX Audit, AEA 2019 Live!

Also: April 1st Episode Coming!, V-22 Osprey 30th!, Florida Air Museum MiG-21, Mission Aviation Fellowship

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter achieved first flight yesterday. Developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, the Definat’s two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, is unlike current production rotorcraft -- designed to meet the U.S. government’s desire for increases in speed and range while improving maneuverability and survivability. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked that, as part of an

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AMA Drone Report 03.21.19: New FAA Boss, Great Lakes Drone Co, UAV Retrieval

Also: Skylum Introduces Airmagic, Resort Community Ban, State Farm Drone Pilots, Airborne Programming

Well... there’s good news and bad news coming from Washington, DC... with the announcement that the Trump Administration has FINALLY nominated a new FAA Administrator. The good news is that we finally know, for sure, who we’re dealing with... the bad news is that the guy comes from the airline industry... which has not always been very kind to the unmanned community. The President has nominated Stephen Dickson, whose last major gig was as senior vice president of flight operations for Delta

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New Report Demonstrates Exponential Growth Of Global UAS Industry

AUVSI And Danish Technological Institute Report Finds Research, Innovation Driving Increased UAS Operations

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Danish Technological Institute (DTI) today released a new report, “Global Trends of Unmanned Aerial Systems.” The report, which analyzes data from AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database, finds that 80 percent of patents associated with unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies have been published since 2016, demonstrating the exponential growth of the unmanned systems industry.

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Boom Supersonic Selects HPM To Lead Manufacturing Facility Site Selection

Targeting Mid-2020s Entry Into Service For Mach 2.2 Airliner 'Overture'

Boom Supersonic, the Colorado company building history’s fastest supersonic airliner, has selected Hoar Program Management (HPM) to lead its program to locate, plan, design, and build its first U.S. manufacturing facility.

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Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition Is Back--With A Vengeance!

Send Us Your Wacky Ideas NOW!

ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and after a break last year (due to a death in the family) we intend that this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on all the nonsense we've had to endure over the years (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), we certainly have good reason for that... so if you have any ideas of your own as to how to heighten the insanity, this is your CHANCE. We need YOUR ideas for how we might step up the insanity for 2019! I kid you not... as I look over all the stories we've already prepped, we are going to cause serious keyboard damage as people snort their soft drinks all over the

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Florida Accident

Plane Went Down While Making An Emergency Landing At Palm Beach County Glades Airport

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred March 8th in south central Florida. The commercial pilot and four passengers were fatally injured when the plane went down.

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.19.19: State Farm, AirMap And Honeywell, DJI Complies

Also: AUVSI Startup Showdown, senseFly eBee X, Airbus' Skyways Drone, Airborne Programming!

As State Farm launched their new drone program to better assist customers after storm damage, they needed to recruit and train employees to become drone pilots. Jessica Hodge, Joy Hillsman-Caffie and Shelley Cole are three of the six drone pilots for State Farm who are women. Her selection came as a shock to State Farm claims specialist, Jessica. Jessica explained that, “I consider myself an early adopter of the technology. State Farm is one of the first insurance companies to use drones and

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Aero-Help Wanted: ANN REALLY Needs A Sales Pro

ANN/Airborne/Aero-TV Marketing Department Needs Part or Full Time Personnel

E-I-C Note: For some reason, finding really motivated/honest/professional sales help has been a tough gig. And that need is greater now than ever. As a media partner to two of the most pivotal players in the drone arena... and new programs, on the way, devoted to women working and playing in the aviation and aerospace community, as well as avionics and other major aero-interests, coming soon -- NOW is the time to get this part of our business properly staffed. That's not all... what about all the other aspects of aviation and aerospace? Well... we have most of those covered -- or about to be covered. That's right; there's more... with near

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Successful HAI Heli-Expo Debut For Aero Asset

Signs Four Exclusive Helicopter Remarketing Agreements At The Show

Aero Asset is celebrating a successful launch at HAI Heli Expo 2019, held in Atlanta, GA. earlier this month. The new Toronto, Canada-based business, with global reach, headed by co-founders Emmanuel Dupuy, William Sturm and Valerie Pereira, signed four exclusive remarketing agreements.

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NASA Mission Reveals Asteroid Has Big Surprises

Asteroid Bennu Is More Rugged Than Expected

A NASA spacecraft that will return a sample of a near-Earth asteroid named Bennu to Earth in 2023 made the first-ever close-up observations of particle plumes erupting from an asteroid’s surface. Bennu also revealed itself to be more rugged than expected, challenging the mission team to alter its flight and sample collection plans, due to the rough terrain.

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V-22 Osprey Marks Three Decades Of Transforming Military Aviation

Since First Flight, The World’s First Production Tiltrotor Delivers Capabilities That No Other Aircraft Can Match

During the thirty years since the V-22 Osprey first flew, the tiltrotor aircraft, built by Bell Helicopter and Boeing, has fundamentally changed how the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force operate in combat and support humanitarian operations. The V-22 has become one of the most in-demand and reliable aircraft in military service with its unique vertical maneuverability combined with the speed, range and fuel efficiency of a fixed-wing airplane.

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‘Drone Warrior’ Brett Velicovich Joins WhiteFox As Strategic Advisor

Will Assist In Further Increasing Customer Traction And Market Awareness For Its Counter-Drone Solutions

Drone airspace security startup WhiteFox, has appointed Brett Velicovich, a world-renowned drone expert, as Strategic Advisor. He joins a growing team of top industry experts at the company including Dr. Zachary Peterson, an expert on cybersecurity, Dr. Ryan Jenkins, autonomous vehicle and weapons ethicist, and Leonard Ligon, Subject Matter Expert for the drone industry and U.S. Department of Defense.

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Raytheon's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar To Begin Live Testing

Navy Will Evaluate The System At Wallops Island Test Facility

Raytheon Company's Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar just took a 12-hour trip down the Eastern Seaboard. EASR, the newest sensor in the U.S. Navy's SPY-6 family of radars, recently completed subsystem testing at Raytheon's Near Field Range in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The 6' x 6' rotating array was wrapped, loaded onto a flatbed truck and eventually crane-lifted onto a 100 foot test tower at the Surface Combat Systems Center at Wallops Island, Virginia.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.23.19)

“The implementation of ANRA’s technologies brings great agility and currency to the New York State UAS test site and keeps NUAIR on the path to bring the test site to full operational capability by early August of this year.” Source: Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), chief executive officer of the NUAIR Alliance.

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ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site

We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.19): Random RNAV Routes

Random RNAV Routes

Direct routes, based on area navigation capability, between waypoints defined in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates, degree-distance fixes, or offsets from established routes/airways at a specified distance and direction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.19)

Space Technology Hall Of Fame

The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, has proudly conducted the Space Technology Hall of Fame since 1988.

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March 22, 2019

Airborne 03.22.19: SB>1 DEFIANT 1st Flight, 737 MAX Audit, AEA 2019 Live!

Also: April 1st Episode Coming!, V-22 Osprey 30th!, Florida Air Museum MiG-21, Mission Aviation Fellowship

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter achieved first flight yesterday. Developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, the Definat’s two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, is unlike current production rotorcraft -- designed to meet the U.S. government’s desire for increases in speed and range while improving maneuverability and survivability. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked that, as part of an

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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic servic

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DOT IG To Audit Boeing 737 MAX Certification Process

Audit Requested By Secretary Of Transportation Elaine Chao

The U.S. Department of Transportation has confirmed that Secretary Elaine L. Chao (pictured) has asked that, as part of an ongoing review of factors related to aviation certification, the Inspector General conduct a formal audit of the certification process for the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft.  

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Senate Aviation Subcommittee To Hold Hearing On Airline Safety

FAA, NTSB, DOT IG To Present Testimony Focused On Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation and Space, will convene a hearing titled, “The State of Airline Safety: Federal Oversight of Commercial Aviation,” at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

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Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT Helicopter Achieves First Flight

The Helicopter Is Participating In The Army's Joint Multi-Role-Medium Technology Demonstrator Program

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter achieved first flight Thursay afternoon at Sikorsky’s West Palm Beach, FL site. This revolutionary aircraft, developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, will help inform the next generation of military helicopters as part of the U.S. Army’s Future Vertical Lift program.

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All Nippon Airways Takes Delivery Of Its First A380

Carrier Has Ordered Three Of The Airliners For Tokyo-Honolulu Route

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) has taken delivery of its first A380 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, becoming the 15th operator of the world’s largest passenger aircraft. The delivery ceremony was attended by ANA HOLDINGS President and CEO Shinya Katanozaka and hosted by Airbus CEO Tom Enders.

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Citation Jet Pilots Association Announces 2019 Hoover Scholarship Recipients

Four Students To Benefit From The Program This Year

The Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association (CJP) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2019 Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarships: Brandon Baber, junior at ERAU Daytona; Jacob Cook, junior at ERAU Daytona; Matthew Gailey, junior at ERAU Prescott; Otto Maytag, sophomore at ERAU Prescott.

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Mission Aviation Fellowship Responds To Mozambique Disaster

Flight Surveyed Damage Following Cyclone Idai

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF), operating as Ambassador Aviation in Mozambique, is responding to a humanitarian crisis caused by Cyclone Idai, which struck Mozambique March 14. The Nampa, Idaho-based Christian aviation organization has been conducting assessment flights and working with Mozambique’s National Institute for Disaster Management (INGC) and other non-government organizations (NGOs) in coordinating rescue and relief efforts.

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Klyde Morris 03.22.19

The News IS A Business After All, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Pilot Accounted For From World War II Buried In Utah

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, 26, Of Salt Lake City Was Shot Down In March, 1945

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, 26, of Salt Lake City, who was killed during World War II, was buried in his home state 74 years to the day after being shot down over Germany.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Texas Fatal Accident

Finds Pilot Was Not Rated For The Type Of Aircraft He Was Flying

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident in Longview, TX that fatally injured the pilot of the aircraft and three passengers. According to the report, the Cessna T337C airplane was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain during a descent near Longview, Texas.

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Leonardo Eyes Enhanced C-27J Firefighting Configuration

Looks To Expand Multi-Role Capabilities For The Aircraft

The 16th Aerial Firefighting Europe event retured to Nimes, France, March 19 - 20 with a new entry, the C-27J in firefighting configuration. The C-27J firefighter with roll-on/roll-off Fire Attack System (FAS) made by Simplex Aerospace – the world leader of advanced aerial application systems - represents an effective solution in airborne firefighting technology and capability.

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F-35 Conference Sets Stage For Operational Integration In Indo-Pacific

Focus Was On Security, Interoperability, Training, Simulators And Logistics Information Systems

F-35 Lightning II subject matter experts from the United States, Australia, Japan and South Korea met to improve 4th and 5th generation aircraft theater interoperability during the second Pacific F-35 User Group Conference at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, March 12 -14.

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SUU Aviation Partners with Sundance Helicopters

Will Establish SkyPath Helicopter Pilot Program At The University

Sundance Helicopters and the Sundance Skypath program in Las Vegas is partnering with Southern Utah University Aviation to bring a pathway program that will be instrumental in providing graduating pilots with a clear pathway from school to industry.

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Alpha Aviation Academy To Expand To Australia

Leading ME Pilot Training Provider Partnering With Airways Aviation

Alpha Aviation Academy (AAA), a Middle East pilot training provider, and one of the largest and most recognized providers of the Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL), will partner with international flight training provider Airways Aviation.

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AAR Awarded New Additional Worldwide Aviation Support Services Site

New Site In Costa Rica Will Provide Host Nation Aviation Training

AAR, a provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments, received notification from the Department of State awarding the company a new site under the Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS) program. Under the task order, the new site in Costa Rica will provide host nation aviation training.

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Bombardier Marks First Challenger 350 Delivery In Belgium

Business Aircraft Operator Luxaviation Group Will Manage The Aircraft Based In Brussels

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that the Luxaviation Group, one of the largest business aircraft operators worldwide, now operates the first Challenger 350 aircraft delivered to a customer in Belgium. This new addition to the Benelux market joins Bombardier’s robust business aircraft fleet in Europe. Bombardier’s more than 600 aircraft in service in the region represent the largest share of the industry’s total European fleet.

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Supply Chain Digitization To Be Tested On Joint Strike Fighter

Will Develop A New Approach To Supply Chain Management

BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) will bring Industry 4.0 to reality through participation in the world’s biggest defence program, the Joint Strike Fighter.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.22.19)

"To help inform the Department’s decision making and the public’s understanding, and to assist the FAA in ensuring that its safety procedures are implemented effectively, this is to confirm my request that the Office of Inspector General proceed with an audit to compile an objective and detailed factual history of the activities that resulted in the certification of the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft." Source: Memo from Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

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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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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.19): Radio Frequency (RF)

Radio Frequency (RF)

A term that refers to alternating current (AC) having characteristics such that, if the current is input to antenna, an electromagnetic (EM) field is generated suitable for wireless broadcasting and/or communications.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.19)

Air Traffic Control Association

Established in Washington, D.C. in 1956 by a group of air traffic controllers, the Air Traffic Control Association has been from the outset dedicated to progress in the science of air traffic control and the preservation of a safe flight environment.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes (Removal)

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-13

PRODUCT: Airbus SAS Model A300-600 and A310 series airplanes.

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AD: Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-07

PRODUCT: Certain Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) TFE731-20 and TFE731-40 turbofan engines.

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Airborne 03.22.19: SB>1 DEFIANT 1st Flight, 737 MAX Audit, AEA 2019 Live!

Also: April 1st Episode Coming!, V-22 Osprey 30th!, Florida Air Museum MiG-21, Mission Aviation Fellowship

The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter achieved first flight yesterday. Developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, the Definat’s two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, is unlike current production rotorcraft -- designed to meet the U.S. government’s desire for increases in speed and range while improving maneuverability and survivability. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked that, as part of an ongoing review of factors related to aviation certification, the Inspector General conduct a formal audit of the certification process for the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft. Next week’s Airborne schedule will be preempted so that we may br

March 21, 2019

Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation to Petition USPS to Honor Bob on His 100th Birthday

Industry Invited to Support Campaign Seeking USPS Honors For “One of The Best of Us”

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation (BHLF), under the guidance of President Tracy Forrest and Chairman Michael Herman; has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic service to the nation bettered their lives. It is hoped that this effort may also serve as an inspir

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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic servic

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AMA Drone Report 03.21.19: New FAA Boss, Great Lakes Drone Co, UAV Retrieval

Also: Skylum Introduces Airmagic, Resort Community Ban, State Farm Drone Pilots, Airborne Programming

Well... there’s good news and bad news coming from Washington, DC... with the announcement that the Trump Administration has FINALLY nominated a new FAA Administrator. The good news is that we finally know, for sure, who we’re dealing with... the bad news is that the guy comes from the airline industry... which has not always been very kind to the unmanned community. The President has nominated Stephen Dickson, whose last major gig was as senior vice president of flight operations for Delta

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FAA Issues Aviation Maintenance Alert For Cirrus SR20 And SR22 Aircraft

Alert Results From An Accident That Occurred On May 27, 2018 In Houston, TX

The FAA's Chicago Aircraft Certification Branch has posted an Aviation Maintenance Alert for Cirrus SR20 and SR22 Aircraft. This Alert results from an accident that occurred on May 27, 2018 in Houston, Texas where a SR-20 airplane crashed shortly after takeoff.

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Drone Simulator Allows Pre-Production Virtual Flights

UAVOS Develops A Sim For Autopilot Control Capabilities Of Different Types Of Unmanned Vehicles

UAVOS offers its customers a simulator for testing UAVOS autopilot control capabilities of different types of unmanned vehicles ranging from 2.2 to 2,400 pounds in different weather conditions. The simulator includes special software, as well as software for the ground control station, developed by UAVOS. The simulator allows to make UAV trial flight in a virtual environment before the start of its production and to modify its design according to the results of such virtual flight tests.

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Viking Launches Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP) For CL-215T/CL-415

Authorized To Install Collins Pro Line Fusion On Aerial Firefighter Fleet

Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has launched an Avionics Upgrade Program (AUP) for the Canadair CL-215T and CL-415 fleet of aerial firefighting aircraft. The program will incorporate modernized technologies in communications, navigation, surveillance, and air-traffic management functionality in an integrated platform featuring the Collins Aerospace Pro Line Fusion avionics suite.

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Call for Nominations – 2018-2019 NATA Industry Excellence Awards

Two New Distinctions Added To The Program

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announces a call for nominations to recognize the individuals, offices and organizations demonstrating excellence in their fields and the highest levels of customer service to the general aviation community. This year, the Association added two new honors to its slate of Industry Excellence Awards: the FBO Customer Service Representative (CSR) Award and the Future Leader Award.

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Great Lakes Drone Company Brings On Carolina Dronz For Airshows

Will Fly At Sun 'N' Fun And AirVenture This Year

Every airshow packs in the newest aviation technology for people to see, experience and sometimes interact with. Great Lakes Drone Company is proud to announce that Carolina Dronz will do just that for our UAS industry at Sun ‘n Fun and EAA Airventure 2019 events. You will be able to see, touch and even buy the latest and greatest in UAS technology right on site while visiting with Great Lakes Drone Company at their performance booth area.

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Lee Aerospace Earns Nadcap Aero Structure Assembly Accreditation

Becomes The First Company In The World To Be So Accredited

Staying on the forefront of quality and innovation, Lee Aerospace has earned an impressive list of OEM approvals and accreditations in the aviation industry. Now, Lee Aerospace can add the new Nadcap Aero Structure Assembly accreditation to its long list of credentials. “As an active member of Nadcap, when the opportunity to be the first company for accreditation in a pilot program presented itself, we literally jumped at the chance,” said Tommy Howland, Director of Quality for Lee Aerospace.

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Hensoldt Enters Into Framework Agreement With Airbus Helicopters

Will Provide Airborne Missile Protection System For Military Aircraft

At the end of 2018, Hensoldt and Airbus Helicopters signed a framework agreement for the delivery of the Airborne Missile Protection System (AMPS). Initially, the agreement will have a term of ten years without any minimum purchase requirement being set. Now the first order has already been placed.

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Garmin GFC 500 & GFC 600 Autopilots Approved For Additional Aircraft Models

AML List Grows For The GA Devices

Garmin has received FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) in several aircraft models for the GFC 500 and GFC 600 autopilots. The GFC 500 and GFC 600 deliver superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems. The GFC 500 is intended for single-engine piston aircraft, while the GFC 600 is intended for high performance piston single/twin-engine and turbine aircraft that have a wide range of speed and performance characteristics.

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AOPA Scholarship Application Deadline Is April 2

More Than One Million Dollars In Scholarship Money Available

The deadline to apply for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA's) You Can Fly scholarships is approaching. Opportunities are available to help students earn an initial pilot certificate or get started on advanced training, and applications must be submitted by April 2, 2019.

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March 21 Marks 20th Anniversary Of The Circumnavigation In A Balloon

Landed On March 21, 1999 Aboard Breitling Orbiter 3

Twenty years ago, on March 21st 1999 at 6:00 GMT, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones successfully landed in the Egyptian desert, after traveling 24705.724 nautical miles in 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes, thus achieving the longest flight in the history of aviation for both distance and duration. The balloonists took off from Château-d’Oex, Switzerland, on March 1st 1999.

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WestJet And Make-A-Wish Team Up To Share Happiness

Charity Partner Recipients Surprise Volunteer Wish Granter And Longtime WestJetter For #InternationalDayOfHappiness Video

In celebration of International Day of Happiness, WestJet and WestJet Cares for Kids charity partner, Make-A-Wish Canada, share a new video that is bound to bring a smile.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2019-05-09

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus SAS Model A320-251N and -271N airplanes, and Model A321-253N airplanes.

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AMA Drone Report 03.21.19: New FAA Boss, Great Lakes Drone Co, UAV Retrieval Tragedy

Also: Skylum Introduces Airmagic, Resort Community Ban, State Farm Drone Pilots, Airborne Programming

Well... there’s good news and bad news coming from Washington, DC... with the announcement that the Trump Administration has FINALLY nominated a new FAA Administrator. The good news is that we finally know, for sure, who we’re dealing with... the bad news is that the guy comes from the airline industry... which has not always been very kind to the unmanned community. The President has nominated Stephen Dickson, whose last major gig was as senior vice president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines. Dickson is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a fighter pilot before flying for Delta. He retired from the airline last fall. Drone airshows, and their popular

March 20, 2019

Airborne 03.18.19: Chipper SS Unveiled, 777X Reveal, EAA Spirit Of Aviation

Also: USCG Awards Air Medal, Liberty University Aviation Program, Sen. Moran, UAL HQ

No one has to tell you that the cost of ‘just plane flying’ keeps getting greater... and greater. And the cost of airplane ownership has done likewise. However; a new offering from James Wiebe of Belite fame may be just the thing that allows flyers to find an affordable way back into the aviation game. The Chipper SS is a Single Seat Aircraft that can be operated as a Part 103 Ultralight or as an Experimental  airplane. Wiebe reports that it will be easy to build, and economically priced. The design fea

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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic service to the nation bettered their lives. It is hoped that this effort may also serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young people looking to make their mark upon the world. For the first

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March 19, 2019

Airborne 03.18.19: Chipper SS Unveiled, 777X Reveal, EAA Spirit Of Aviation

Also: USCG Awards Air Medal, Liberty University Aviation Program, Sen. Moran, UAL HQ

No one has to tell you that the cost of ‘just plane flying’ keeps getting greater... and greater. And the cost of airplane ownership has done likewise. However; a new offering from James Wiebe of Belite fame may be just the thing that allows flyers to find an affordable way back into the aviation game. The Chipper SS is a Single Seat Aircraft that can be operated as a Part 103 Ultralight or as an Experimental  airplane. Wiebe reports that it will be easy to build, and economically priced. The design fea

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.19.19: State Farm, AirMap And Honeywell, DJI Complies

Also: AUVSI Startup Showdown, senseFly eBee X, Airbus' Skyways Drone, Airborne Programming!

As State Farm launched their new drone program to better assist customers after storm damage, they needed to recruit and train employees to become drone pilots. Jessica Hodge, Joy Hillsman-Caffie and Shelley Cole are three of the six drone pilots for State Farm who are women. Her selection came as a shock to State Farm claims specialist, Jessica. Jessica explained that, “I consider myself an early adopter of the technology. State Farm is one of the first insurance companies to use drones and

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March 18, 2019

Klyde Morris (03.18.19)

Klyde Considers How To Impress All With A Fly-By

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 03.15.19: 737 MAX Reaction, JetPack Aviation, Aviation Rideshare $$$

Also: Next FAA Administrator?, Costin Airport Acquired, Atlas Air Accident, CA Paraglider Accident

The industry is weighing in on the FAA's decision to ground the domestic fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following the accident in Ethiopia last weekend which fatally injured all 157 people on board the airplane. Boeing said in a statement that it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. "However, after consultation with the FAA, the NTSB, and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined -- out of an abundance of caution and in order to

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March 17, 2019

Airborne 03.15.19: 737 MAX Reaction, JetPack Aviation, Aviation Rideshare $$$

Also: Next FAA Administrator?, Costin Airport Acquired, Atlas Air Accident, CA Paraglider Accident

The industry is weighing in on the FAA's decision to ground the domestic fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following the accident in Ethiopia last weekend which fatally injured all 157 people on board the airplane. Boeing said in a statement that it continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 MAX. "However, after consultation with the FAA, the NTSB, and aviation authorities and its customers around the world, Boeing has determined -- out of an abundance of caution and in order to

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February 26, 2019

Barnstorming: WWBD*

*’What Would Bob Do?’

‘If You Want To Know Someone’s Heart…You Have To Know What Breaks It.’ (Attributed to part of a conversation with George HW Bush, 41st President of the United States) Commentary/Opinion/Analysis By ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell There is this guy… a kind soul… named George Conn. Each year he reaches out to call me on my Birthday, to wish me another happy trip around the Sun, and let me know he’s grateful for the help I tried to render him MANY years ago… even though I pretty much failed the guy. Mind you; I don’t think the failure matters much to him… I think he simply ap

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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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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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