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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.24.20)

"The development of airworthy, durable, and reliable unmanned aircraft is a crucial step forward for this innovative sector. Type certification will help increase both public and regulatory confidence in drone technology as operations become more advanced." Source: Dr. Michael C. Romanowski, director of Aircraft Certification Service Policy and Innovation, commenting as the FAA published airworthiness criteria for the proposed certification of 10 different Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or drones as special class aircraft. This is reportedly a crucial step to enabling more complex drone operations beyond what is allowed under the small unmanned aircraft rule (Part 107), including package delivery.

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Powered by Sunshine: Beam Demo's E-Charge of Car, Motorcycle, Pipistrel Electro

No Electricity – No Problem... EV Charging Stations Are Solar Powered

An interesting company, Beam, positioning itself as a 100% sustainable EV charging solution for the world's electric vehicles, is rapidly deploying EV charging stations all over the globe. To demonstrate it's potential; Beam conducted the world’s first 'Flying on Sunshine' flight in a Pipistrel production electric aircraft, powered completely by Beam’s EV ARC solar-powered charging unit delivering off-grid, sustainably generated, locally stored energy. The world-first maiden flight took place at Reedley Municipal Airport in Fresno County, California with local officials present and Pilot Joseph Oldham at the controls.

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Airborne 11.20.20: 737 Max Returns, DeLand Showcase, Diamond's DART

Also: GAMA 3Q Stats, E-AB Accident Total Drops, MU-2 STC for Scimitar Hartzell, Virgin Galactic Delay

FAA Boss Steve Dickson has signed an order that paves the way for the Boeing 737 MAX to return to commercial service. For nearly 2 years, FAA employees worked to identify and address reported safety issues that were blamed for the loss of 346 lives aboard Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. Throughout the process, they cooperated closely with foreign counterparts, while Dickson personally took the recommended pilot training and piloted the Boeing 737 MAX, himself. "It's been heartbreaking," notes DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase Boss, Jana Filip. "We gave it every chance to happen, but conditions simply will not allow the proper measure of safety at this time... or in the near future." It was to be the fifth iteration of an annual Sport Aviation fly-in and tradeshow that was not o

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Airborne 11.23.20: Drone Pilot Arrest, AirVenture 2021!, Virtual WAI

Also: Vega Flight VV17, Expanded ISS Crew, XTI Aircraft-Verdego Aero, Helo Maritime Strike Squadron 37

Special agents with the FBI this week arrested a Hollywood man on a federal charge alleging that he recklessly operated a drone that crashed into a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. 22-year-old Andrew Rene Hernandez,was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint that charges him with one count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft. Using data from the remains of the drone that hit an LAPD helicopter last September and other evidence, the Feds believe they have found the operator of the rogue aircraft. The drone damaged the LAPD aircraft and the pilot was forced to initiate an emergency landing. At last week's fall meeting – held in a virtual format – the EAA board of directors supported the ongoing planning efforts for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, which will be held July

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 11.04.20: Navy StandDown, Rich Stowell, Skyborne

Also: Sporty's Intro's Latest Learn to Fly, ASA Pilot Training Kits, Vaughn College, Convertible ALSIM

Last week was a tough week for Naval aviation... Vice Adm. Kenneth White-sell, Commander, Naval Air Forces, directed all non-deployed U.S. Navy aviation units to conduct a safety stand down Oct. 26. This stand down provides an opportunity for aviation commands to focus on how to further improve operational risk management and risk mitigation across the Naval Aviation enterprise. This safety stand down follows an F/A-18E Super Hornet crash near Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake on Oct. 20, in which the pilot ejected safely, and a T-6B Texan 2 crash in Foley, Alabama, on Oct. 23, in which the two-person aircrew did not survive. No civilians were injured as a result of either incident. Rich Stowell Consulting recently released “Emily Flies the Tumblewing,” an aviation-themed Science,

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 11.18.20: DJI AGRAS T20, DoT BEYOND, Workhorse TC App

Also: Autel and DroneSense, Pennsylvania CAP Wing, Airspace Link, Beringer Aero

DJI is aiming at the farming market with its latest agriculture drone, the DJI AGRAS T20. This agriculture spraying drone makes it accessible and scalable for farmers who are ready to apply digital insights and automated spray technology into their operations. The DJI AGRAS T20 is optimized to work in complicated environments and different agricultural lands, from its autonomous flight planning and terrain-sensing radar, to extended flight time, high payload capacity, and off-the-grid power options. SecTrans Chao has announced that the three-year UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) successfully concluded on Oct. 25. Eight of the nine state, local and tribal governments that participated in the program have signed new agreements with the FAA to continue to tackle remaining UAS integration challenges. “The three ye

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Rocket Lab Launches 16th Mission, Completes First Booster Recovery

Deployed 30 Small Satellites To Orbit

Rocket Lab has successfully launched its 16th Electron mission and deployed 30 small satellites to orbit – the largest number of satellites deployed by Electron to date on a single mission. The ‘Return to Sender’ mission also saw Rocket Lab complete a successful splashdown and recovery of the first stage of an Electron launch vehicle for the first time, bringing the stage back to Earth under a parachute after launch. The recovery of a stage is a major milestone in Rocket Lab’s pursuit to make Electron a reusable rocket to increase launch frequency and reduce launch costs for small satellites.

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

EAA Teaming With Microsoft Flight Simulator

Will Provide Scholarships, Education Resources

EAA and Microsoft are reporting that they are teaming to provide flight training scholarships and education resources throughout the country in conjunction with the release of the new edition of the Microsoft Flight Simulator software. EAA and Microsoft have committed to establishing three Microsoft Flight Simulator Scholarships for each of the next three years, giving young aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to move from virtual flight via simulators to the real thing. In addition, Microsoft will provide copies of its new Flight Simulator to EAA's current youth flight training scholarship recipients, including the Ray Aviation Scholarship students, for the next three years as well as offer a discount on the new edition of Flight Simulator to all EAA members.

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

CREATeV Flies For Over 10 Hours Using Solar Power

In 2021, CREATeV Will Attempt To Set The FAI Record For Longest Unmanned Flight

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, the CREATeV solar-powered airplane flew nonstop for over 10 hours. After taking off at 9:11 am, the aircraft circled over the field of Canada's York Soaring Association for over 10 hours. The landing went well despite being two hours after sunset. This flight was a major milestone in a quest to break the world flight endurance record. The goal of the CREATeV project is to develop an ultra-long endurance solar powered aircraft capable of sustaining flight for 60 days continuously. The major challenge with sustaining multi-day flights is the ability to cruise through an entire night on battery power, without the ability to recharge the batteries from solar power.

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Mon, Nov 23, 2020

CAF Dixie Wing Dedicates P-63 Kingcobra In Honor Of WWII 'Rosie The Riveter'

The Dixie Wing Maintains And Flies Seven World War II Aircraft

On Saturday, November 14, 2020, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing held a dedication ceremony for their assigned P-63 Kingcobra. The aircraft was named "Miss Betty" in honor of long time Wing member Betty Bishop. During World War II, Bishop worked for Bell Aircraft in Niagara Falls building P-39 Airacobras and P-63 Kingcobras. The women who worked in factories on the homefront while many male soldiers were fighting overseas are known as "Rosie the Riveter."

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