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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Big Surprise... Republican National Convention Designated 'No Drone Zone'

The Secret Service Is Closing Airspace To Drones, Specifically -- Again

To ensure the safety of convention attendees and the residents of Charlotte, The U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FAA, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department announce a “No Drone Zone” during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Charlotte, N.C., August 24, 2020. To create a “No Drone Zone,” the FAA will establish a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that prohibits drones and other manned aircraft as part of the security measures required for this National Special Security Event.

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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

FAA Chart Supplement Modernization Program Underway

Aeronautical Information and Notice to Airmen Modernization Initiative Is Underway

The FAA says that their Aeronautical Information and Notice to Airmen Modernization initiative is underway and users of the Chart Supplement series will see improvements. The Chart Supplement is a nine volume civil flight information publication updated every eight weeks by the Air Traffic Organization. It is designed for use with aeronautical charts covering the United States and its territories. Chart Supplements contain airport facility information, airport diagrams and sketches, as well as numerous notices and alerts.

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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

NTSB Prelim: American Aviation AA 5

The Airport Manager Said The Pilot Had Flown The Airplane A Few Times Before The Accident Flight

On August 1, 2020, at an unknown time, a Grumman American AA-5, N7192L, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain less than a mile west of the Marion County Airport (X35), Dunellon, Florida. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot/co-owner held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. According to the airport manager, the pilot texted his girlfriend at 1527 eastern daylight time and said he was going to "fly a couple laps" around the X35 traffic pattern.

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Fri, Aug 14, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 337

The Entire Airplane Was Accounted For At The Accident Site

On July 30, 2020, about 0938 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 337F, N337V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ennis, Montana. The pilot was critically injured, one passenger was seriously injured, and one passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The flight departed Helena Regional Airport (HLN), Helena, Montana on a business trip about 0845. Its destination was Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), Jackson Hole, Wyoming, about 185 nautical miles (nm) south-southeast of HLN.

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Thu, Aug 13, 2020

EPS Engine Development Program Files For Bankruptcy

“EPS Engineered Propulsion Systems, LLC” Formed By Chinese And Other Interests Intent On Taking Possession

Engineered Propulsion Systems, Inc, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, 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.

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Wed, Aug 12, 2020

AEA's 2Q/20 Avionics Market Report Disappoints

23.6% Decrease In Total Sales Compared To The First Six Months Of 2019

The Aircraft Electronics Association released its second-quarter 2020 Avionics Market Report. In the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,151,137,731.73, or more than $1.1 billion as reported by the participating companies. The figure represented a 23.6% decrease in total sales compared to the first six months of 2019. During the second-quarter months of April, May and June, sales decreased 37.3% compared to the same time frame one year ago.

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Wed, Aug 12, 2020

EASA Issues TC For Continental CD-170 Engine

CD-100 Series Has Accumulated Over 7.1 Million Flight Hours

Continental has received EASA Type Certificate (TC) validation for the Jet-A CD-170 engine. The CD-170 engine is part of a series that has accumulated over 7.1 million flight hours. The newly certified Jet-A engine is included in the current type certificate for the CD-100 engine series. The TC is the first of many certification programs Continental plans to apply for other foreign validation type certificates.

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Wed, Aug 12, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 177RG

When The Airplane Was Nearly Stopped, It Nosed Over

On July 24, 2020, about 1002 Atlantic standard time, a Cessna 177RG, N1813Q, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Salinas, Puerto Rico. The private pilot and the flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, stated that he performed a thorough preflight inspection and an engine run-up before departure with no fuel contamination noted and no discrepancies with the run-up reported.

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