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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

NTSB Prelim: Airgyro AG915

The Gyrocopter Had Accumulated 37.8 Flight Hours

On September 27, 2022, about 1030 central daylight time, an Airgyro AG915 Spartan gyrocopter, N499AG, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Yankton, South Dakota. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The gyrocopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The gyrocopter was based out of a hangar at the Chan Gurney Municipal Airport (YKN), Yankton, South Dakota.

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Tue, Oct 04, 2022

FAA Needs Help... Seeks More Admin Personnel for Recreational Drone Tests

Potential Test Administrators Must Submit Their Applications By Nov. 11, 2022

The FAA has opened the second application period for entities interested in serving as administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Potential test administrators must submit their applications by Nov. 11, 2022. As drones become more popular and accessible, the FAA is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of regulations and how to operate safely in the nation’s airspace. Designated test administrators play a key role, making the test accessible to all recreational drone flyers.

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Tue, Oct 04, 2022

Classic Aero-TV: Para-Motoring... In Miniature - Opale Paramodels RC PPG Flyers

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Whole New Look To Model Aviation…

One of the newest types of aircraft gaining popularity in the RC world is scale model powered paragliders. Frank Bustgens, Marketing Director for Opale Paramodels, was demonstrating the miniature powered paragliders at AMA Expo West in Ontario, CA late last year. He told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the company has been making the aircraft since 2009, and was introducing them now into the U.S. Market. Bustgens said the airfoils come in both single-layer and double-layer configurations for different flight characteristics. There are different motor sizes to allow for indoor or outdoor flight.

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Tue, Oct 04, 2022

NTSB Prelim: Trom Wayne Vans RV6A

No Evidence The Pilot Declared An Emergency Or Made Any Radio Calls Prior To The Accident

On September 16, 2022, about 1330 mountain standard time (MST), a Vans RV-6A experimental airplane, N646RV, was destroyed when it crashed near Aztec, Arizona. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to family members, the pilot and passenger were conducting a cross-country flight from San Diego, California, to Nogales, Arizona.

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Mon, Oct 03, 2022

EXTRA Aircraft Establishes US Operations

The USA Facility Will Be Operational In Late 2022

Extra Aerobatic Airplanes Founder and CEO Walter Extra has confirmed the establishment of Extra Aircraft USA LP based at the DeLand Airport (KDED), to be based in DeLand, Florida. Extra USA was conceived of to provide factory authorized support for spares and maintenance to all North America Extra aircraft owners. Additionally, all new Extra models of aircraft bound for North America will come into the USA via DeLand and checked out by factory authorized staff prior to delivery. Extra has been a majuor player in the aerobatic aircraft community for more than 40 years -- with the US being a primary market.

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Mon, Oct 03, 2022

NTSB Prelim: Yakovlev YAK-11

Pilot Radioed His Ground Crew... That He Had A Low Oil Pressure Indication

On September 2, 2022, about 1100 Pacific daylight time, a Yakovlev Yak-11, N5943, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Shafter, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness, who was part of the ground crew located at the Shafter-Minter Airport (MIT), Shafter, California, reported that the pilot initially departed runway 30, and entered a climbing left turn, with the intention of orbiting the airport.

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Sat, Oct 01, 2022

Still A Survivor... EAA B-17 Gets Through Hurricane Ian With Minor Damage

Bomber Was Undergoing Repairs in SW Florida

EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast, which has been based in Punta Gorda, Florida, for the past year while awaiting repairs to its wing structure, apparently sustained only minor damage as Hurricane Ian came ashore in that area of the Gulf Coast earlier this week and caused tremendous damage in that region. “We were incredibly fortunate that the aircraft did not suffer any major damage, from what early indications tell us,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman of the board.

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