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Sat, Sep 26, 2020

All-Electric Ecomax Urban Air Mobility Set For 2Q/21

Based Upon The Robinson R-44 Raven II

Eco Helicopters has launched the EcoMax on-demand urban air mobility, reportedly commencing operations in the second quarter of 2021. A program developed specifically for the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Eco will utilize the all-electric, zero-emissions EcoMax helicopter. Eco CEO Ric Webb has participated in setting numerous world records as the program test pilot. Webb states, "We are launching EcoMax urban air mobility to provide economical transportation, today. Combining our direct booking app with the ultra-efficient, zero-emissions helicopter, we have changed the paradigm of air transportation. Based at multiple locations for ready departure, accessing EcoMax is as simple as ordering a land based rideshare. Just tap and go."

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Sat, Sep 26, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA46 Aircraft

Approach Was "Bumpy" Due To Winds And Terrain

The pilot was performing a straight-in approach to runway 35R, and the approach was "bumpy" due to winds and terrain. She reported that about touchdown, a "severe wind event caused what felt like a potential upset." The pilot felt the left wing lift up and an uncommanded downturn to the right. She applied full power to bank left and climb, but the airplane did not climb.

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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

DoT Announces $335M in Airport Infrastructure Grants

$300M From The AIP and $35M in Coronavirus Aid

SecTrans Elaine Chao has announced that the Trump Administration will award $335 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the FAA to 80 airports in 25 states. “Airport infrastructure projects funded by this $335 million in federal funding will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The total includes $300 million from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $35 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 percent federal share.

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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Rockwell 500

Airplane Collided With The East Face Of A Storage Building In A Densely Populated Area

On August 28, 2020, about 0902 eastern daylight time, an Aero Commander Aircraft 500-S, N900DT, was destroyed when it impacted a building near Pembroke Park, Florida. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. According to preliminary Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B and audio information, after takeoff from Pompano Beach Airpark about 0852, the flight proceeded in a southeast direction to the shore, then flew in a south-southwest direction just offshore. About 0858, when the flight was about 13 nautical miles northeast from Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport (OPF), which was the destination, an occupant onboard the airplane contacted the OPF air traffic control tower (ATCT) and advised the controller that the flight was inbound.

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