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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Airborne 08.14.20: EPS Engine Bankrupt, Second Skycourier, AEA 2Q/20 Report

Also: Blue Angels Homecoming Cancelled, Upgraded Puma, Virtual Rotorcraft Conference, Aviation Safety Resources

Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company undertook this development of its own initiative via their debtor’s attorney, James D. Sweet of Steinhilber Swanson LLP.  The EPS Diesel engine program had been getting serious attention from civilian and military parties while the company reportedly spent some $60 million in private investment dollars to seek a working production version and eventual certification. Textron has flown its second Cessna SkyCourier flight test article (P1). The milestone flight for the high-wing, large utility aircraft comes just two-and-a-half months after the prototype Cessna SkyCourier first took to the skies on May 17. The P1 aircraft is the first conforming production flight test aircraft and is t

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 08.05.20: VSR700 Flies, QF-16 Target, EHang 216 CA FltOps

Also: XPONENTIAL 2020 Goes Virtual, FCC Fines Hobbyking, Drones Protect Sea Turtles, King Schools Giveaway

The prototype of Airbus Helicopters’ VSR700 UAS has performed its first free flight. The VSR700 performed a ten minute flight at a drone test centre near Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. This is a significant step in the programme following the first flight in November 2019 when the prototype was tethered to comply with regulatory requirements. To enable this free flight, Airbus Helicopters implemented geofencing, a virtual perimeter, which enabled and justified a flight clearance from airworthiness authorities for free flight. The flight test programme will now evolve to progressively open the flight envelope. A team from Boeing and the U.S. Air Force completed the first QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Target to undergo conversion from a modification line in Arizona. The aircraft was fl

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 08.12.20: MSFlightSim, New Liberty Degrees, FAA Scandal

Also: Eastern Michigan University, Vermont CAP Wing, Navy’s 1st Black Female TacAir Pilot, 737 MAX 8 FlightSim

Pipistrel has hit the big-time, as one of the aviation world's most iconic products is featuring the Virus SW 121. In partnership with Microsoft, the Pipistrel Virus SW 121 is one of the PREMIUM aircraft available in their new, long-awaited, Microsoft Flight Simulator Program, which is scheduled for release on August 18. Described as a 'highly accurate' model of the Pipistrel Virus SW 121, this will be one of the planes available to fly in the Premium Deluxe Edition. Liberty University School of Aeronautics (LUSOA) has added two degrees to its growing academic offerings — a Master of Science (M.S.) in Aeronautics and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Aviation Management. Both programs will be offered beginning this fall and are available through Liberty University Online Program

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Already Charged Up... NASA's Ingenuity Mars-Copter Recharges Batteries EnRoute

Marks The First Time The Helicopter Has Been Powered Up In Space

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter received a checkout and recharge of its power system on Friday, Aug. 7, one week into its near seven-month journey to Mars with the Perseverance rover. This marks the first time the helicopter has been powered up and its batteries have been charged in the space environment. During the eight-hour operation, the performance of the rotorcraft's six lithium-ion batteries was analyzed as the team brought their charge level up to 35%. The project has determined a low charge state is optimal for battery health during the cruise to Mars.

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Van’s Updates IO-390 Usage For RV-7 And RV-8

Van’s Has Approved The 215HP IO-390-EXP119 Engine For The RV-7 and RV-8

Some good news from Van's for those for whom there is never enough horsepower under the cowl. Since the introduction of the Lycoming IO-390A engine, Van's relates that some of their customers have expressed their desire to install this engine on a RV-7/7A or RV-8/8A airframe. Van’s Aircraft has recently completed an in-depth review of horsepower limitations for the RV-7/7A and RV-8/8A and is now approving the use of Lycoming’s 210HP IO-390A (YIO-390-A3B6) and IO-390-EXP119 engines on these models.

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Town Of Buena Vista, Colorado Approves Unique Drone Flying Park

Consists Of Four "Zones" Where Pilots Can Learn To Fly Or Hone Their Skills

A major milestone in one of Central Colorado UAS projects was achieved this week when the Town of Buena Vista Trustees unanimously approved the group's concept of a drone flying park to be located on Town property. "We are delighted that the Town approved our concept to create this park which is unique in the industry.," said Club President Taylor Albrecht.

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Klyde Morris (08.14.20)

Klyde Scratches His Head Over The Lack of CAP Coverage...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

DoT Issues Order On Charter Flights To Cuba

Order Results At The Specific Request Of The Department Of State

On August 13, 2020, DoT issued an Order that will suspend all charter flights between the United States and all airports in Cuba, except for authorized public charters to and from Havana and other authorized charter flights for emergency medical purposes, search and rescue, and other travel deemed to be in the interest of the United States. DOT is taking this action at the specific request of the U.S. Department of State. 

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Airline Analysis Shows States With Air Service and Travel Hardest Hit by COVID

Tough Road Ahead... NY, NJ Are The Two States With The Biggest Loss Of Air Services

A new analysis by Airlines for America (A4A) reportedly shows which states are experiencing the greatest impact on air service and air-travel demand amid the COVID-19 health crisis. According to A4A analysis of published schedules, New York has been the hardest hit state in the country, having experienced the largest decrease in scheduled departures from July 2019 to July 2020. New York experienced a 70% decline in scheduled passenger flights. New Jersey is the second-most impacted state, experiencing a 67% decline in scheduled passenger flights.

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: John Snider's Mosquito -- An Affordable Single-Seat Helicopter

From 2011: Affordable, Experimental Helos Make A Comeback

ANN's Paul Plack had a ball at last month's popular 2011 Rotorcraft Association annual convention and Fly-In in Mentone, In. There was plenty to see and experience. Paul was particularly impressed with the demo flying of John Snider, the owner of Personal Rotorcraft, LLC and a distributor for the Mosquito kit helicopter line. John's stunning Mosquito XE put on quite a show and few folks who saw him fly will be able to forget his aggressive demos of the machine at Oshkosh and Mentone.

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