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APR-MAY 2018

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INDUSTRY NEWS CORRECTIONS Apologies to readers and Lufthansa Technik as the March issue had the wrong page number in the Contents page. It should have been Page 6 on the photo. The caption on Page 30 should have read: B737 Winglet having the contour inspection performed prior to going to paint at Aviation Technical Services (ATS). VISION JET WINS ROBERT J. COLLIER TROPHY The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced that the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Jet has been awarded the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy for developing the world's first single engine Personal Jet and implementing the Cirrus Air frame Parachute System (CAPS) on the aircraft. The Collier Trophy is selected by a committee that includes 25 industry leaders and is awarded annually to recognize "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety in air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." The nine nominees this year included the Edwards Air Force Base F-35 Integrated Test Force, Boeing 737 MA X, NASA/JPL Cassini Project Team and more. "The arrival of the Vision Jet has forever changed general aviation and personal transportation" says Dale Klapmeier, Cirrus Aircraft co-founder and CEO, "and the 2017 Collier Trophy is dedicated to all of our employees and partners who have been a part of the development, production, and now delivery of this game-changing airplane. We will celebrate this great honor by continuing to focus on our core mission of creating safer aircraft, safer pilots, and safer skies." 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