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Sat, Aug 15, 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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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Collier Trophy Goes to Air Force – Boeing X-37B Program

The Collier Trophy Has Been Awarded Annually Since 1911

The Department of the Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane, a reusable, multi-purpose, system that operates without an onboard crew, won the prestigious Robert J. Collier Trophy Aug. 13 for advancing technology that pushes “the boundaries of flight and space exploration.” In announcing the award, Jim Albaugh, chairman of The National Aeronautic Association which sponsors the competition, praised the X-37B, “As the world’s only autonomous, reusable spaceplane, it continues to contribute to our understanding of both space and air flight.”

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Sat, Aug 15, 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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Sat, Aug 15, 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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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

It's National Model Aviation Day!!!

Saturday, August 15, Marks A Chance To Commemorate How So many Aviators Got Their Start

On Saturday, August 15, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) will commemorate the ninth annual National Model Aviation Day, an event that celebrates the importance of model aviation for inspiring creativity and advanced learning through hands-on activities. This year, AMA invites the public to explore the hobby at home with quick model aircraft projects for kids - great for STE(A)M learning. Some AMA clubs will be also hosting socially distanced outdoor events in their communities, in compliance with local COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

Radiant Technology Intro's LED Based Instruments

Radiant Provides Lightweight Instrumentation For Experimental Or Ultralight Usage

Radiant Instruments introduces its new line of inexpensive, daylight readable LED based instruments. Designed to run off of standard 12 volts, this new line of instruments is exceedingly thin and very lightweight, ideal for installation in experimental and ultralight aircraft. “We started our instrumentation offerings over 10 years ago with this type of small, lightweight instrument. Now we’re bringing it back with the benefit of many years of experience in developing aircraft instrumentation. These are the most reliable yet, and full of features in a tiny footprint,” said James Wiebe, President/CEO of Radiant Technology LLC.

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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

USCG HC-130 Provides First Class Transport For Monk Seal Pups

Flown From Kailua-Kona to Midway Island Refuge For Release

Personnel from the Coast Guard 14th District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and The Marine Mammal Center partnered to transport four Hawaiian Monk Seals from Ke Kai Ola, The Marine Mammal Center’s hospital dedicated to the rehabilitation of Hawaiian Monk Seals, to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge for release. “To return four female Hawaiian Monk Seals back to their ocean home is an incredible success story and a significant boost to an endangered population where the survival of every individual is critical,” said Dr. Cara Field, Medical Director, The Marine Mammal Center.

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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

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Sat, Aug 15, 2020

The SportPlane Resource Guide RETURNS!!!!

Emphasis On Growing The Future of Aviation Through Concentration on 'AFFORDABLE FLYERS'

It's been a number of years since the Latest Edition of Jim Campbell's HUGE SportPlane Resource Guide first saw the light of day. That massive 1100 page book last featured over 800 exciting sport aircraft from all over the SportPlane universe... at a time when the SportPlane industry was still a healthy, thriving enterprise (those were the days...). While there has been some consideration, off and on, toward updating the nearly 5 pound book, the near implosion of the SportPlane and kit industry over the last decade has made such a pursuit an unwieldy one... until now.

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