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Mon, May 25, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 05.20.20: Sporty's Resumes, RRA Motor-Glider, Texas A/C

Also: EAA Confirms COVID-19 SFAR Problems, Tech School Revoked, Rudy Frasca Goes West, FAA Examiner Bribe Attempt

We’re a few steps closer to ‘normalcy.’ With many Ohio businesses open and others preparing for a restart, Sporty's Academy tells us they have resumed training operations last week. Sporty's maintenance staff has carefully examined the entire fleet and cleared each aircraft for return to service, but also notes that each pilot should do the same for themselves as they prepare to return to the flight deck. In light of the new reality, Sporty's has made changes. Getting a pilot’s license is expensive... right? I mean, WAY EXPENSIVE... like over $10K or something... or so they tell us. Well... maybe not. Right Rudder Aviation of Florida’s Inverness Airport (KINF) looked over the regs and then looked over at their Pipistrel Motor-Glider and realized that a gli

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Mon, May 25, 2020

Airborne 05.22.20: 6-Place Bearhawk!, Virgin Orbit Launch, Cessna SkyCourier

Also: SpaceX Demo-2, Hurricane Hunters, NASA Remembers Annie Glenn, Gulfstream G280 Record

Bearhawk Aircraft has announced the introduction of its largest Bearhawk model to date, the Bearhawk 5. The new aircraft was designed by engineer Bob Barrows and is the first in the lineup of Bearhawk aircraft to use a 300-horsepower engine, seating up to six occupants. The Bearhawk Model 5 made its first flight on May 3rd. The prototype has flown more than five hours in testing and is exhibiting excellent flight characteristics. The Bearhawk Model 5 has been under development for two years. Our friends at Virgin Orbit have released details about Virgin Orbit's first attempt to launch a payload into space from a cradle slung underneath a modified Boeing 747. They seem pretty excited... "We are extremely excited to announce that the window for our Launch Demo mission starts on Sunday, May 24th, and extends th

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Mon, May 25, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 05.14.20: DJI Matrice 300 RTK, Human Rights Watch, VOLY M20

Also: Dive Delivery, Wingcopter Emergency Delivery, MQ-8C Fire Scout, Remote ID Development

DJI has unveiled what they call their most advanced commercial drone platform, the Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK), and the Zenmuse H20 Series - a hybrid, multi-sensor camera. The M300 RTK integrates advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional Sensing and Positioning System, a UAV health management system, and 55 minutes' flight time. Alongside AES-256 encryption and an IP45 weather resistant enclosure, the drone platform comes built-in with an all-new OcuSync Enterprise transmission system The M300 RTK can support up to 3 payloads simultaneously and has a maximum payload capability of up to 2.7 kg. In support of Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world, Parrot has announced that it will provide the organization with its ANAFI drones and advanced software and technical

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Mon, May 25, 2020

NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 Astronauts Rehearse for Launch Day

President Expected to Be in Attendance

The last few days before the historic launch of NASA/SpaceX Demo-2 have been busy... and both the President and Vice President are rumored to be planning to attend the launch... which now has a 40% chance of favorable weather. Saturday, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley participated in a countdown dress rehearsal of the launch day events. The crewmates are preparing to launch aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket and fly to the International Space Station. Demo-2 will be the first crewed mission for the agency’s Commercial Crew Program.

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Mon, May 25, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: Illuminating The Night - AirVenture 2015 Night Air Show

From 2016: One Of The True Hits Of The Oshkosh Experience, The Annual Night Airshows Are NOT To Be Missed!

Watching a fireworks display on a clear dark night can be inspiring and exciting, but until you’ve seen the sky lit up with a nighttime Aerobatics display, you just don’t know what a fireworks show is really like. Nighttime aerobatic performances are becoming more popular as time goes on, but the king of then all has to be at EAA AirVenture, and this video gives us the highlights (literally) from the 2015 nighttime airshows at Oshkosh. In the video you’ll see a stunning performance by a glider, formation aerobatics (how do they do that at night?), and a biplane that has so many pyrotechnics going off at the same time it will make you wonder how that all works on a fabric covered airplane.

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Mon, May 25, 2020

Aero-Biz Survival 101: A Few Initial Ideas To Stay 'Alive' During the Pandemic

Avoid The Need For A Comeback... Get Your Marketing Right, Right Now!

Some time ago, the Aero-News Network, responding to numerous requests, established a marketing and communications sister company by the name of AEROPRENEUER... and it's been doing amazing work under these difficult circumstances -- and getting results! We're getting rave reviews from our clients, and working hard to earn the trust of a number of new marketing partners along the way. ANN's Amber Cedroni has come up with a few tips to help aero-businesses stay alive in these tough times, and will reach out each week to offer you all a few more from here on out... With millions of people forced to shelter in place, the digital market has a new “captive audience” to entertain. While many people may not be making big purchases, there is still an opportunity to take advantage of this time and ensure that your brand survives this pandemic. Th

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Mon, May 25, 2020

NBAA, Coalition Petition FCC to Reconsider Approval of Ligado 5G Network

Aviation Org's Continue Uncommon and Welcome Stance Against Dangerous Program

NBAA joined with other industry stakeholders in a petition filed May 22 requesting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reconsider its approval of Ligado Networks' proposed high-speed broadband cellular network operating near frequency bands currently used by GPS and satellite communications (satcom) networks. The petition identifies several concerns with the FCC's April 20, 2020, order of approval for the nationwide 5G cellular service, including Ligado's failure to sufficiently demonstrate its ability to act as a "good neighbor" and not interfere with other frequencies. The petition also questions the FCC's decision to move forward with its approval in light of the nationwide COVID-19 crisis with no public review of the draft order beforehand. 

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Mon, May 25, 2020

Embry-Riddle to Resume Face-to-Face Instruction on June 30

Class Schedules Will Be Optimized To Minimize Contact

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to reopen the institution’s residential campuses in Florida and Arizona for face-to-face instruction on June 30. With health precautions in place, Embry-Riddle will resume face-to-face instruction, in keeping with its Path Forward strategy, said President P. Barry Butler. “We are excited about the return of students to Embry-Riddle’s residential campuses,” said Mori Hosseini, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees. “We continue to review all progress and monitor every phase of the strategy. We believe that a structured, cautious return to normal operations will provide a platform for our institution’s long-term success and better prepare us for the fall semester. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is well positioned for this next step. Our safety focus is unparalleled and our board is unanimous in supporting this decision.”

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Mon, May 25, 2020

MD Helicopters Launches Humanitarian Flight Support Missions

Missions Covered Approximately 500 Nautical Miles

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) has been flying humanitarian aid missions in a company-owned MD 520N supporting the fight against COVID-19. An MDHI pilot flew the first mission in one of the Company’s helicopters to the Navajo Nation, whose border is approximately 150 miles north of MDHI’s Mesa, AZ base of operations. The Navajo Nation covers 27,000 square miles that can be logistically challenging for transport of goods due to terrain and obstacles throughout its vast expanse.

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Mon, May 25, 2020

High Tech Thinking Breathes New Life Into Aging Army Helicopter Fleet

Program Captures A 3-D Scan Of Each Structural Part

The Army is turning to “digital-twin” technology to resolve challenges and boost efficiencies for its enduring fleet of Black Hawk helicopters. As a first step in this endeavor, an operational Black Hawk helicopter and a separate fuselage began an 800-mile journey Tuesday from Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas to Wichita, Kansas. Through a partnership between the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, the Strategic Capabilities Office within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Wichita State University, researchers at the National Institute of Aviation Research (NIAR) will create a virtual model of a UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter. Researchers will completely disassemble one of the airframes from Corpus Christi and capture a 3-D scan of each structural part, creating a virtual model – or digital twin – of the workhorse of Army aviation.

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