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ANN Social Media Program (ANN-SMP) Expanded For Oshkosh 2019!

ANN Keeps Pushing Aviation Media (Kicking and Screaming) Further Into The 21st Century... ANN is, again, radically updating its social media campaign for the upcoming 2019 Oshkosh AirVenture Fly-In. This is just the latest step in a series of massive upgrades we're making as Aero-News becomes the 'Aero-Verse.' This program will concentrate on the three most persuasive forms of social media outreach -- short succinct messaging, compelling high-resolution still photography, and carefully formatted HD video. Our staff of journalists will be beating up Wittman Field all week long looking for suitable subjects for this effort, and you’re welcome to help us make sure that YOU don't get left out. You are welcome to text suggestions to 863-860-5790, or email news@aero-news.net with your suggestions. You can also Skype us directly at AERONEWSNET....

Don't Miss This! 2019 AirVenture Innovation Preview Is Open To Space Requests

Over Half The Possible Feature Slots For the 2019 AIP Are Already Reserved... DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS? Important Update: The 2019 AirVenture Innovation Preview roster is filling up FAST and over half the slots are now committed. Slots are parceled out, first come, first served, and we expect to close down this year's eligibility list right after EAA gets their own dedicated mailing out in a few days. Don't miss out on the chance to be included in the FIFTH rendition of this HIGHLY VISIBLE media program. As ANN has done over the course of most of the past decade at AEA, AUVSI, SnF and previous AirVenture events, the ANN/Airborne/Aero-News team will again orchestrate and webcast a “New Product Introduction” online preview to the major announcements to come, at Oshkosh, in cooperation and partnership with EAA. It's exciting, it's immediate, it's powerful, it's viewed all over the world and it's YOUR Best bet to be taken SERIOUSLY at this year's AirVenture! Click HERE For The FULL Details of ANN's Oshkosh 2019 Programs... Aero-News, AIP 2019, Airborne DAILY Episodes, How To Submit YOUR Press Info... and More!...

Airborne 06.24.19: StratoLaunch 4 Sale?, Canada Needs Pilots, MidEast NOTAM

Also: NAC Acquiring ATRs, Kopter’s SH09 Third Proto, UK Red Arrows, Gone West-Jack Swope The Stratolaunch aircraft, developed to launch small payloads into space from a conventional runway, is being offered for sale by Vulcan, the holding company founded by the late Paul Allen. Stratolaunch, which has flown once, is being offered for $400 million. The price includes the airplane, intellectual property, and associated facilities. Neither Stratolaunch or Vulcan would comment on the rumors of a proposed sale, saying that the company "remains operational. We will provide an update when there is news to share." But the company has been downsizing during the first half of this year, and much of the workforce has been laid off even with a valid contract to launch a small rocket for Northrop in 2020. In June 2019, programs were launched to ensure the continuing health of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and its ability to achieve mission success. These initiatives are vital in the face of an unprecedented level of global competition for the skills of pilots, technicians, highly trained aviation specialists, and support personnel. The RCAF is working on restoring and retaining levels of personnel experience and thereby ensure it is able to meet its current mandate and properly transfer skills and knowledge to the next generations of aviators. The FAA has issued a NOTAM prohibiting certain flights in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region (FIR) (OIIX) above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. All flight operations in the overwater area of the tehran flight information region (FIR) (OIIX) above the Persian Gulf and Gulf Of Oman only are prohibited until further notice due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region, which present an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations and potential for miscalculation or mis-identification. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne 06.24.19: StratoLaunch 4 Sale?, Canada Needs Pilots, MidEast NOTAM

Also: NAC Acquiring ATRs, Kopter’s SH09 Third Proto, UK Red Arrows, Gone West-Jack Swope The Stratolaunch aircraft, developed to launch small payloads into space from a conventional runway, is being offered for sale by Vulcan, the holding company founded by the late Paul Allen. Stratolaunch, which has flown once, is being offered for $400 million. The price includes the airplane, intellectual property, and associated facilities. Neither Stratolaunch or Vulcan would comment on the rumors of a proposed sale, saying that the company "remains operational. We will provide an update when there is news to share." But the company has been downsizing during the first half of this year, and much of the workforce has been laid off even with a valid contract to launch a small rocket for Northrop in 2020. In June 2019, programs were launched to ensure the continuing health of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and its ability to achieve mission success. These initiatives are vital in the face of an unprecedented level of global competition for the skills of pilots, technicians, highly trained aviation specialists, and support personnel. The RCAF is working on restoring and retaining levels of personnel experience and thereby ensure it is able to meet its current mandate and properly transfer skills and knowledge to the next generations of aviators. The FAA has issued a NOTAM prohibiting certain flights in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region (FIR) (OIIX) above the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman. All flight operations in the overwater area of the tehran flight information region (FIR) (OIIX) above the Persian Gulf and Gulf Of Oman only are prohibited until further notice due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region, which present an inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations and potential for miscalculation or mis-identification. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne-Unmanned 06.25.19: Falco Xplorer, AUVSI On UAS Security, Japan UAV Regs

Also: Howler Counter-UAS, Drones v Forest Fires, Corgan Design, Raytheon-AirMap Collaboration Leonardo introduced its largest-ever Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), the Falco Xplorer, last week at the Paris Air Show. The new drone features a payload capacity of 770 pounds, more than 24 hours flight time and a satellite communications capability for beyond-radio-line-of-sight operations, all within a 1.3 ton maximum take-off weight (MTOW). At a hearing held by the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Security last week, Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI, called for accelerated federal rulemakings and the development of holistic policy solutions that provide the framework to keep the nation’s skies secure. In his testimony, Wynne emphasized the importance of approaching UAS security from an overall airspace management perspective, rather than focusing solely on how to interdict an errant drone. You just had to know THIS was coming... The Japanese parliament has passed a law making it a criminal offense to fly a drone while intoxicated. Those convicted of flying a drone weighing more than seven ounces while intoxicated can be fined up to 300,000 yen (approx. $2,800) and face up to a year in prison. The new law also lays out fines for pilots who fly their aircraft in an unsafe manner. For instance, if a pilot intentionally plunges a drone rapidly towards a crowd, he or she could be fined up to 500,000 yen (approx. $4,600). All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

AMA Drone Report 06.20.19: FAA LoA, SAFEDrone, EU-Wide Rules

Also: ANN Oshkosh Coverage, Uber Eats Delivery By Drone, CA State Fair Drone Show The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 requires all flying sites within controlled airspace to have a letter of agreement (LOA) with air traffic control (ATC) facilities. AMA is working directly with the FAA to prioritize this work and ensure that you have the protections you need to continue to fly. However, we need some additional information to accomplish this. Recently, emails have been sent to club officers to ensure correct completion of an FAA questionnaire to obtain the information needed for this LOA. Multiple submissions for the same flying site will delay the process of an LOA, so the email was sent only to club officers to coordinate this effort. SAFEDrone is a classroom protocol for training students to operate drones indoors, assuring proper training to mitigate risk. Students will apply classroom math, science and engineering by understanding, ”How does a drone fly”. Students first learn the terms and science then train using the SAFEDrone simulation software and controller with multiple milestones. Upon successful completion of the simulator missions students are awarded their “Wings” and begin to fly guarded prop quad-copters replicating the sim missions using drones. On June 11, 2019 common European rules on drones, were published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a level playing field within the European Union. The common rules will help drone operators, whether professional or recreational, to have a clear understanding of what is allowed or not. Once drone operators have received an authorization in the state of registration, they are allowed to freely circulate in the European Union. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

Airborne 06.26.19: H55 Zero-Emission E-Plane, Restored Apollo MCC, Skip Stewart

Also: Congressmen Call For Heli-Ban, Quality Sport Planes, $20B LEAP-1A Order, Allegiant Air Penalty H55, a Solar Impulse technological spin off, has successfully flown a new electric airplane. Powered by H55’s electric propulsion system and manufactured by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic is a 2-seater fully electric airplane to be used for pilot training and flight schools. H55 develops certified electric propulsion solutions to enable the next aviation revolution. The company focuses on the entire propulsion chain, to be certified CS 23, starting from the energy source and its management, through thrust and power, to pilot interface and control systems. Fifty years ago, an unparalleled team of experts in a mission control center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston landed the first humans on the Moon. To commemorate an accomplishment that forever changed the world, the Apollo Mission Control Center has been restored to appear as it did in that era just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will officially reopen this historic and newly-restored facility at 9 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28. The event will feature speakers from NASA and Space Center Houston, Johnson's official visitors center, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Vectren Dayton Air Show went on as scheduled this past weekend, but it did so without a performance by veteran air show act Skip Stewart. Stewart experienced an engine problem during a flight last Thursday which forced him to land on an Ohio road about 15 miles short of Dayton International Airport, according to a report posted on limanews.com. Stewart was uninjured and his plane was undamaged in the incident, but the mechanical problem forced him to pull out of the show. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne 06.26.19: H55 Zero-Emission E-Plane, Restored Apollo MCC, Skip Stewart

Also: Congressmen Call For Heli-Ban, Quality Sport Planes, $20B LEAP-1A Order, Allegiant Air Penalty H55, a Solar Impulse technological spin off, has successfully flown a new electric airplane. Powered by H55’s electric propulsion system and manufactured by BRM Aero, the Bristell Energic is a 2-seater fully electric airplane to be used for pilot training and flight schools. H55 develops certified electric propulsion solutions to enable the next aviation revolution. The company focuses on the entire propulsion chain, to be certified CS 23, starting from the energy source and its management, through thrust and power, to pilot interface and control systems. Fifty years ago, an unparalleled team of experts in a mission control center at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston landed the first humans on the Moon. To commemorate an accomplishment that forever changed the world, the Apollo Mission Control Center has been restored to appear as it did in that era just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will officially reopen this historic and newly-restored facility at 9 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28. The event will feature speakers from NASA and Space Center Houston, Johnson's official visitors center, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Vectren Dayton Air Show went on as scheduled this past weekend, but it did so without a performance by veteran air show act Skip Stewart. Stewart experienced an engine problem during a flight last Thursday which forced him to land on an Ohio road about 15 miles short of Dayton International Airport, according to a report posted on limanews.com. Stewart was uninjured and his plane was undamaged in the incident, but the mechanical problem forced him to pull out of the show. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Barnstorming: Truth… The Endless Struggle

After 23 Years of HARD Aviation Journalism, We Find It Exhausting To Keep Up Our Best Efforts News/Information/Commentary by Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief “How many times can a man turn his head, pretending that he just doesn’t see?” – Blowin’ In The Wind, Bob Dylan, 1962 It’s been a turbulent few weeks/months as the ravages of getting past the age of 60 (which some people bet big money I’d never see…) presented me with some pretty obnoxious medical stuff that took a while to deal with, and thankfully would appear to have done no lasting damage, despite the miserable effects of the malady… but the down time hasn’t meant that I’ve been idle… not by a long shot. Unfortunately; in this period, an increasingly familiar series of complaints made to this news organization has accelerated, appears to be more pervasive than thought, and will present immense difficulties in researching and preparing these stories for publication -- if they meet the burden necessary for such. The story is brutal… and is but one of hundreds that we’ve listened to over the years that makes us wonder how this industry can survive when such deplorable things occur… and in an industry that seems all but ignorant of the damage such travesties present....

RAF Scrambles Fighters To Escort Passenger Jet Back To London

Crew Reported An 'Extremely Disruptive Passenger' On Board The Jet2 Airplane The Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets Saturday to escort a Jet2 airliner back to London after the crew reported a "extremely disruptive passenger" on board. The passenger, identified as a 25-year-old woman, was arrested when the airplane landed....

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report From NYC Helicopter Accident

FAA Records Indicate Pilot Did Not Have An Instrument Rating The NTSB has issued its preliminary report from an accident involving an AW109E helicopter that impacted the roof of a hi-rise building in New York City on June 10. The commercial pilot, the only person on board the aircraft when the accident occurred, was fatally injured....

Icon A5 Down In Canada

Pilot Reportedly Attempted Water Landing With Landing Gear Extended An Icon A5 went down Monday afternoon in Okanagan Lake in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The two people on board the airplane were hospitalized following the accident....

Boeing And Kitty Hawk Form Strategic Partnership

Will Work On Future Efforts To Advance Safe Urban Air Mobility Boeing and Kitty Hawk Corporation have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on future efforts to advance safe urban air mobility. The strategic partnership will bring together the innovation of Kitty Hawk’s Cora division with Boeing’s scale and aerospace expertise....

NDDOT Receives Four-Year Federal Waiver To Fly Drones Over People

Will Employ A DJI Mavic 2 Series Equipped With A ParaZero SafeAir Parachute Recovery System In IPP The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has received a four-year waiver from the FAA to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) over people. This is the first time a North Dakota state agency has received a waiver to routinely conduct UAS operations over people using a drone – in this case a DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery system....

Harris Corporation And L3 Technologies Set Closing Date For Merger

Regulatory Approvals Obtained; Merger Closing Set For June 29, 2019 Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies announced that they have received the necessary regulatory approvals for their all-stock merger and have set a closing date of June 29, 2019....