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Mon, Sep 21, 2020

Epic Flight Academy Takes Delivery of Frasca 172 AATD w/Advanced Motion System

Will Be Utilizing Frasca's Motion Cueing System For Fixed Wing Aircraft

Epic Flight Academy, of New Smyrna Beach, FL has taken delivery of a Frasca 172 Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) with Frasca's Motion Cueing System for fixed wing devices (FMCS-FX). They are the first flight school to own and operate a general aviation device with this level of high fidelty motion. The AATD is the first of it's kind to include a six-axis motion base and high definition three channel wrap around visual systems, features typically not available on this level of device. The device was delivered to the school in early September.

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Mon, Sep 21, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA32R

The Airplane Was On Its First Flight After Maintenance Work Was Completed

On September 7, 2020, about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R airplane, N3576X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Bonham, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, the airplane was on its first flight after maintenance work was completed, which included the replacement of the engine exhaust. Shortly after departure, the pilot noted high TIT and CHT temperatures. The pilot then decided to return to the airport; however, about 2 miles short of the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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Sun, Sep 20, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Cirrus SR22

"Flight Appeared To Be Losing Altitude Rapidly And (Controller) Advised The Pilot To Level The Airplane's Wings"

HISTORY OF FLIGHT: On September 4, 2020, about 2055 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N733CD, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Chester, Arkansas. The private pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to initial information, the accident pilot called his flight instructor/airplane mechanic at the Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport (MKO), near Muskogee, Oklahoma, on September 4, 2020, about 1900, and advised the mechanic that he intended to fly to North Carolina. The mechanic advised the pilot to leave in the morning. Fueling records showed the accident airplane was refueled about 1949, with 36.41 gallons of 100 low lead aviation gasoline.

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Sat, Sep 19, 2020

Embry-Riddle Busts/Suspends Students for 'High-Risk Behavior'

One Of America's Leading Aviation Learning Centers Is Serious About COVID-19 Prevention

ERAU, a leading aviation university, has busted some students for unsafe behavior. What kind of behavior? Low-flying? FAR Violations? Nope... COVID-19 related 'unsafe behaviors.' The University is being pretty forceful with their concerns and decisions... "We are dealing with a virus that has claimed 947,266 lives worldwide and 197,763 in the United States, as of Sept. 18. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been challenged by students, faculty, staff and parents as well as our broader communities to do the right thing and provide the safest possible environment for everyone to continue with face-to-face instruction..."

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Sat, Sep 19, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA24

A Witness Inside The Airport Office Said She Observed The Pilot Fueling The Left Fuel Tank

On September 1, 2020, at 1245 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-24-250 airplane, N5939P, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Midland, Michigan. The pilot was seriously injured, and the pilot-rated passenger was fatally injured.. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (FAR) Part 91 personal flight. According to preliminary radar data, the airplane departed Home Acres Sky Ranch Airport (Y91), Lake City, Michigan, at 1125, and arrived at Jack Barstow Airport (IKW), Midland, Michigan, at 1205. The airplane was seen to make two touch-and-go landings, then it made a full stop landing and taxied to the self-serve fuel pump.

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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

Diamond Relaunches DA20-C1

Equipped With Greatly Upgraded Instrument Panel

One of our favorite training birds is back... and upgraded, to boot! The high demand for single engine training aircraft has led to the return to production of the Diamond DA20-C1, powered by a 125HP Continental IO-240 engine and equipped with new state-of-the-art G500TXi Avionics. With over 1,000 DA20’s already operating worldwide, the strong desire for lower cost new single engine aircraft in training environments continues. The DA20 is proven to be the safest and most efficient aircraft for primary training, and fleet operators are raving about its return to production. “We are excited to re-introduce the brand new DA20-C1,” says Scott McFadzean, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc., “Our innovative DNA is of course incorporated into the new aircraft, which showcases the latest Garmin avionics.”

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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

EAA Young Eagles Workshops Brings Aviation Discovery To Local Youth

EAA Chapters To Host Sessions As ‘Next Step’ After Young Eagles Flights

EAA chapters now have an additional “next step” activity following Young Eagles flights, as EAA is introducing a Young Eagles Workshops program available to all chapters as a follow-on way to engage young people. The Young Eagles Workshops program offers youth, generally 11 to 17 years old, the opportunity to discover more about aviation in a social setting at a local airport. These sessions, either single-day or multiple-day, are geared toward introducing kids to the basic elements of airplanes and aviation. “EAA continues to build its offerings for young people as ways to introduce and engage them in aviation, as there are so many possibilities for discovery and achievement through the world of flight,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programming, which includes the organization‘s youth initiatives.

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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

LogTen Pro Pilot Logbook for Apple Devices Launches Dropbox Backup

Pilots Now Have Even More Ways To Securely Backup Critical Logbook Data

Coradine's next version of their professional pilot logbook software is ready for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This latest LogTen Pro update includes logbook backup integration with Dropbox. Now, alongside backups to iCloud, LogTen Pro users will be able to connect their logbook to Dropbox for easy backups on both LogTen Pro for iOS and Mac. Noah Lieberman, CEO at Coradine Aviation Systems said, "Ensuring pilots can easily create and access backups of their logbook data is a top priority for us. Alongside providing pilots with the information they need to fly safely within regulated limits, LogTen Pro is also the full record of their flying career. Integration with Dropbox gives pilots another intuitive way to backup their logbook and ensure this irreplaceable record of their flight history is secure."

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Fri, Sep 18, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 340

At 18,000 Ft, When The Right Windscreen Blew Out

On September 3, 2020, about 0715 central daylight time, a Cessna 340 airplane, N5178J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot said he was flying from Sundance Airport (HSD), Oklahoma, to Burnet Municipal Airport-Kate Craddock Field (BMQ), Texas, at 18,000 ft, when the right windscreen blew out 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

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