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January 25, 2021

Airborne 01.25.21: Electric Velis, Whitehouse Moon Rock, Drone Chutes

Also: Bryant S-76B Crash Hearing, AeroEducate Initiative, Liberty University, Sustainable Fuels
Pipistrel-USA reports that over the course of 2020, Pipistrel delivered 111 certified Pipistrel Velis electric aircraft, as well as a number of the Pipistrel ALPHA Electro aircraft. One stunning stat that comes out of all this is the report that for the first time ever, Pipistrel produced more electric aircraft than gasoline powered. 2021 seems to be trending equally well... with more than 70 Pipistrel Velis aircraft on the order books and more expected. Because of the demand, Pipistrel HQ is ramping up production with a second shift to keep up with the orders. You know that NASA has some fears over the future of established programs when they're willing to le

Electric Velis Setting e-Records

Pipistrel Delivered 111 Certified Pipistrel Velis in 2020

It's been an interesting year in oh-so-many ways for the aviation world... good and bad. But; one of the most exciting aspects of this year has been the advent of new electric aircraft and the fact that the aero-market is responding. Pipistrel-USA reports that over the course of 2020, Pipistrel delivered 111 certified Pipistrel Velis electric aircraft, as well as a number of the Pipistrel ALPHA Electro aircraft. One stunning stat that comes out of all this is the report that for the first time ever, Pipistrel produced more electric aircraft than gasoline powered.

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Airborne 01.22.21: Aero-Friedrichshafen Postponed, ASR SBX Chute, Airbus Update

Also: Partial Aero-Recovery in 2021?, Bell 412, 15 More KC-46 Tankers, Super Bowl LV v Drones

Another major aviation event has had to give way to the damage done by the COVID pandemic. Aero Friedrichshafen has made the decision to delay its next show until July... but only a little more than a week before Oshkosh 2021. The 2021 summer edition of AERO Friedrichshafen will run from July 14 to July 17. AirVenture 2021 begins on July 25th. Ouch. Aviation Safety Resources and Grug Group have completed a strategic development and supply agreement that will make ASR’s parachute recovery system standard e

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NDDoT and Northern Plains UAS Test Site Announce Partners for FAA BEYOND Program

Efforts Will Be Bolstered By Vantis, North Dakota's UAS Network

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) are partnering with major players in the commercial UAS industry to execute the goals of the FAA BEYOND program. "We are incredibly excited to announce our partnerships with such innovative companies from within North Dakota and across the country," said NDDOT Director Bill Panos. "Partnerships like this keep us at the cutting edge of UAS advancements."

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2021 SECAS Summit & Air Show Training Camp Set For March

Will Promote Safety, Professionalism, And Sustainability Within The Air Show Industry

The Southeast Council Air Shows (SECAS) has partnered with JLC AirShow Management and Air Boss Inc. to redefine the regional air show council model. For the first time, an Air Show Training Camp will be offered in conjunction with a regional air show summit. This joint event will actively promote safety, professionalism, and sustainability within the air show industry. Invited participants include civilian, military, and international members – Civilian Performers, Military Teams, Air Bosses, Announcers, FAA Inspectors-In-Charge (FSDO), Organizers/Producers, and Service Providers.

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NTSB Hearing For Bryant S-76B Crash On Schedule For 2/9

Calabasas, California, Helicopter Crash NTSB Meeting Will Be Open to Public

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public board meeting Feb. 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST), to determine the probable cause of the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. The Sikorsky S-76B helicopter collided with hilly terrain and was destroyed by impact forces and fire. The pilot and eight passengers were fatally injured. The helicopter operated by Island Express Helicopters Inc., was on an on-demand passenger, visual flight rules flight, from John Wayne-Orange County Airport, Santa Ana, California, to Camarillo Airport, Camarillo, California.

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Klyde Morris (01.25.21)

Klyde Realizes The Internet Isn't What It Used to Be...


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Boeing Will Deliver Commercial Planes Ready to Fly on 100% Sustainable Fuels

Sustainable Aviation Fuels Can Be Made From A Wide Variety Of Feedstocks

Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance the long-term sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuels by 2030. Boeing has previously conducted successful test flights replacing petroleum jet fuel with 100% sustainable fuels to address the urgent challenge of climate change. According to the Air Transport Action Group, U.S. Department of Energy and several other scientific studies, sustainable aviation fuels reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% over the fuel's life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future.

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Classic Aero-TV: Epic Aircraft at OSH19 - Closing In On Production

From 2019: Approved By the FAA For Type Inspection Authorization

Epic Aircraft has been approved for Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by the FAA. TIA allows FAA pilots to conduct the final phases of conformity inspections and flight testing. It is also a crucial precursor to type certification (TC), as it confirms the aircraft design, structural and flight test results demonstrate compliance with FAA regulations. Epic also recently completed the last of over 4000 company-conforming flight tests, concluding another key certification milestone.

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NTSB Factual Report: Piper PA22

Atmospheric Conditions At The Time Of The Accident Were Conducive To Icing

On August 9, 2020, about 1430 central daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150 airplane, N6849B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Burlington, Wisconsin. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that the engine was not developing the expected engine RPMs during the takeoff and initial climb. He noticed the airplane was not climbing well and may have trouble clearing small trees near the end of the runway. The pilot maneuvered the airplane through a low spot in the trees after he realized he did not have s

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.21)

Aero Linx: Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Our Mission: To inspire and educate, promote and preserve aviation and space history, and honor the patriotic service of our veterans. While our aircraft, exhibits, and artifacts offer stunning examples of aviation achievement, we also strive to create an environment that not only teaches children, youth, and adults about aircraft, but also demonstrates the importance of human skills like mathematics, science, teamwork, determination, and perseverance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.21): Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) An unmanned aircraft and its associated elements related to safe operations, which may include control stations (ground, ship, or air based), control links, support equipment, payloads, flight termination systems, and launch/recovery equipment. It consists of three elements: unmanned aircraft, control station, and data link.

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