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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Airborne 08.25.16: Airlander 10 Accident, M500 EASA Cert, Flying Car Frenzy

Also: Veterans Against Airshows, Redbird Migration 2016, Rocket Debris, Charles Taylor Award, Wayward Satellite, Norfolk International, Hawaiian Airlines

It was only last week that we reported about the first flight of the Airlander-10 Hybrid Air Vehicle. Now, we’re sorry to say that we must report that the supersized airship suffered a mishap on its second test flight. In a statement posted on its website, Hybrid Air Vehicles said that the aircraft undertook its second test flight on Wednesday and flew for 100 minutes, completing all the planned tasks before returning to Cardington to land. According to the statement from the company, the Airlander experienced a heavy, nose first, landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed. Both pilots and the ground crew are reported to be safe and well, and the aircraft is secured a

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Two Fatally Injured In Motorglider Accident In Colorado

One Was Well-Known Local Pilot 'Glider Bob'

Two people were fatally injured Wednesday in a motorglider accident in Telluride, CO, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Ariane 5 Boosts Dual Payload Into Orbit

Fourth Launch For The Heavy-Lift Rocket This year

An Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, has delivered two telecom satellites, Intelsat-33e and Intelsat-36, into their planned orbits.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Drug Trafficker Sentenced In Virginia

Had Purchased Airplanes Used To Transport Large Quantities Of Narcotics

A man who had purchased two airplanes in Virginia that were used to transport tons of cocaine between Guatemala and Honduras was sentenced Thursday in U.S. Federal Court.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

ALPA Celebrates Airline Pilot Excellence At 62nd Air Safety Forum

Ten Pilots Recognized With Awards And Citations

ALPA recently recognized the outstanding achievements of 10 distinguished pilots during its 62nd Air Safety Forum. The presentation of ALPA’s prestigious awards and citations were featured during the four-day event.  

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Hawaiian Airlines Pilots Will Open Strike Operations Center September 14

Final Step In Strike Preparations

Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, will open a Strike Operations Center (SOC) near Honolulu International Airport on September 14, 2016, the first anniversary of their contract becoming amendable.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Plane Impacts Other Aircraft, Hangar At Fullerton, CA Airport

Two Injured After Pilot Lost Control During Takeoff

The pilot of a Siai Marchetti SF-260 lost control of the aircraft during takeoff from the Fullerton, CA municipal airport (KFUL) Wednesday and impacted three parked airplanes and a hangar.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

FAA Grants First 787 Limited Airframe Repair Rating

Associated Air Center Authorized To Perform Bolted Major Repairs For The Composite Aircraft

Associated Air Center (AAC) has received the industry’s first approval for a Boeing 787 Series aircraft Limited Airframe rating from the FAA, authorizing the company to perform composite bolted major repairs and alterations on 787 Series composite aircraft.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Fred Reid Takes Director Role At OneJet

New Position For Founding CEO Of Virgin America And Former President Of Delta Airlines

Long-time aviation executive Fred Reid has been appointed to the board of directors of OneJet. Reid, who served as President of Delta Airlines from 2001 to 2004, will assist OneJet with the company's continued expansion into more regional travel markets throughout the U.S.

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Fri, Aug 26, 2016

USAIG Launches Safety Program For Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Will Offer Small UAS Ground School Through ARGUS

A new program has been created for USAIG policyholders who insure unmanned aircraft systems. It serves to keep safety at the forefront, which is especially critical considering that UAS outnumber registered manned aircraft.

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