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Fri, May 29, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 05.20.20: Sporty's Resumes, RRA Motor-Glider, Texas A/C

Also: EAA Confirms COVID-19 SFAR Problems, Tech School Revoked, Rudy Frasca Goes West, FAA Examiner Bribe Attempt

We’re a few steps closer to ‘normalcy.’ With many Ohio businesses open and others preparing for a restart, Sporty's Academy tells us they have resumed training operations last week. Sporty's maintenance staff has carefully examined the entire fleet and cleared each aircraft for return to service, but also notes that each pilot should do the same for themselves as they prepare to return to the flight deck. In light of the new reality, Sporty's has made changes. Getting a pilot’s license is expensive... right? I mean, WAY EXPENSIVE... like over $10K or something... or so they tell us. Well... maybe not. Right Rudder Aviation of Florida’s Inverness Airport (KINF) looked over the regs and then looked over at their Pipistrel Motor-Glider and realized that a gli

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Fri, May 29, 2020

All-Electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan Makes First Flight

Took Place At The Grant County International Airport In Moses Lake, Washington

magniX and AeroTEC have completed a successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The successful flight of the eCaravan, magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place at the AeroTEC Flight Test Center at the Grant County International Airport (KMWH) in Moses Lake, Washington Thursday morning. Allegedly the world’s largest all-electric commercial aircraft, the companies consider this to be a significant milestone. “The iconic Caravan has been a workhorse of industry moving people and transporting goods on short routes for decades,” said Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX.

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 05.14.20: DJI Matrice 300 RTK, Human Rights Watch, VOLY M20

Also: Dive Delivery, Wingcopter Emergency Delivery, MQ-8C Fire Scout, Remote ID Development

DJI has unveiled what they call their most advanced commercial drone platform, the Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK), and the Zenmuse H20 Series - a hybrid, multi-sensor camera. The M300 RTK integrates advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional Sensing and Positioning System, a UAV health management system, and 55 minutes' flight time. Alongside AES-256 encryption and an IP45 weather resistant enclosure, the drone platform comes built-in with an all-new OcuSync Enterprise transmission system The M300 RTK can support up to 3 payloads simultaneously and has a maximum payload capability of up to 2.7 kg. In support of Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world, Parrot has announced that it will provide the organization with its ANAFI drones and advanced software and technical

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Fri, May 29, 2020

B-29 Doc Hangar, Education And Visitors Center To Reopen June 2

Phased Plan In Place To Resume Full B-29 Doc Operations

After more than two months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center will reopen to the public June 2. Doc’s Friends, Inc., closed the facility that B-29 Doc calls home in Wichita in March to take precautions to protect the health and safety of its volunteers and flight crew teams during the public health concern with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The process of reopening the hangar to the public is the first step in a phased approach to return to full operations for B-29 Doc.

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Boeing Resumes 737 MAX Production

Production System Enhanced Through Factory Initiatives

Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at the company’s Renton, Washington factory. The 737 program began building airplanes at a low rate as it implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality. “We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. “These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 MAX.”

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Klyde Morris (05.29.20)

Klyde Celebrates Demo-2's Successes... Such As They Were

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: 'WHOA Control' To The Max-Kitfox S7 STi Gets MORE STOLworthy

From 2015: One Of The Most Revered Classic SportPlanes Gets A New Set Of Wings... And Capabilities

If you try to think about a kit airplane company that has passed the test of time, one of the first names that would come to mind is, Kitfox. This year they showed up at EAA AirVenture 2015 with what could best be called an “addendum” to their popular series 7 airplane, and ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, was there to get the scoop. Tom met with Kitfox President and CEO, John McBean, to find out what’s going on with the Kitfox that stands a lot taller. McBean said they are catering to what could best be called, the “backyard flyer,” by designing a new wing and flaperon system for their series 7 airplane. The series 7 plane has always had great short field performance, but the new wing system is now providing takeoff and landing distances measur

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Fri, May 29, 2020

The Waiting Game -- Expedition 63 Waits for Weekend Arrival of SpaceX Crew

NASA Has Rescheduled The Crew Dragon Launch For Saturday at 3:22 p.m. EDT

The Expedition 63 crew will wait a few more days to gain two new crewmembers after weather scrubbed the initial launch attempt of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Meanwhile, the orbiting trio aboard the International Space Station continued focusing on lab operations. Rain and lightning around Kennedy Space Center kept Commercial Crew members Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on the ground Wednesday. The Florida weather violated launch rules and SpaceX scrubbed the liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket with the two NASA astronauts atop sitting inside the Crew Dragon vehicle. NASA has rescheduled the Crew Dragon launch for Saturday at 3:22 p.m. EDT with a backup launch date on Sunday at 3 p.m. If Hurley and Behnken launch Saturday, they would dock Sunday at 10:29 a.m. to the Harmony module’s International Docking Adapter.

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Fri, May 29, 2020

CAF Mississippi Wing Adds PT-19 WWII Trainer

Contest To Name Aircraft Underway

The Mississippi Wing of the Commemorative Air Force acquired a PT-19 (primary trainer). This aircraft was built in 1943, during the World War II. Although the aircraft was brought to the wing from Nacogdoches, Texas, during the war the aircraft was stationed in Meridian, Mississippi. CAF Pilot Karl Holocomb had the honor to fly it home to Mississippi this month. Holocomb said "It flies good! It’s docile, but being a trainer for the military, you want to learn aerobatics. They wanted to learn all those things you need to survive being a fighter pilot or a bomber pilot. Being a primary trainer, they wanted something fairly easy, but not too easy to maneuver.”

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Fri, May 29, 2020

NASA Working On Making Skies Safe for UAS

NASA Began Its UAS Integration In The NAS Project In 2011

NASA and its partners are taking flying UAS closer to operating in harmony with other aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS). A new video from NASA Aeronautics provides a behind-the-scenes look into the technology and testing used during a nearly decade-long effort by its UAS Integration in the NAS project, along with the FAA, in creating rules that certify unmanned aircraft to safely coexist with other air traffic. The goal is to enable more routine access of UAS to the airspace for a growing number of new commercial and public service opportunities, such as real-time fire surveillance, infrastructure and pipeline inspections and medical transportation.

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