Airborne 02.22.16: SpaceX Tries Again, Hybrid Electric Plane, EAA v AIRR

Also: VSS UNITY, Windy A/L, Bombardier RIF, CAF Red Tail Squadron, Germanwings Update, Airliner Deals, Tasering UAV Pilot ‘OK’

SpaceX will make a fourth attempt to land a Falcon 9 booster on an automated barge in the ocean following the launch of the SES-9 satellite currently planned for Wednesday of this week. Luxembourg-based SES is the owner of the satellite. The latest version of the falcon 9 booster will carry the satellite to an orbit of more than 22,000 miles above the equator. A major step towards electric powered air travel was achieved earlier this month with the power-up of the world’s most powerful hybrid electric powertrain for aviation in a project led by Pipistrel. The 268 horsepower, ‘Propulsor,’ developed during the project HYPSTAIR, can run in three modalities which are, electric-only mode using batteries, generator-only mode, or hybrid mode combining both power sources. The Experimental Aircraft Association is urging its members to contact their congressional representatives and express opposition to the ATC privatization plan in the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act. Included in the act is a mandate to separate the nation’s air traffic control system from the FAA to be managed and operated by a not-for-profit, non-government entity. All this — and MORE in today’s episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.22.16 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, February 22nd, 2016… Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Brianne Cross, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton, and Earl Downs, this episode covers:

Fourth Time’s A Charm? SpaceX To Attempt 4th Ocean Landing
Hybrid Electric Powertrain Powers Up For The First Time
EAA: ATC Privatization Brings Few Savings, Threatens General Aviation Services
VSS UNITY Unveiled By Virgin Galactic
AVW: The Moment Pilot Aborts Landing Cause Of 100mph Wind During Storm Imogen
Bombardier Announces 10 Percent Workforce Reduction
CAF Red Tail Squadron Announces Spring Season
Families Of Germanwings Accident Victims To Receive About $86K Each
Airliner Deals Are Down At Singapore
Tasering Of Drone Operator Justified, Judge Says

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