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January 05, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 01.05.21: Regs & Remote ID, Wing v FAA, $182K Drone Fine

Also: Transport Canada, DOD Facility Restrictions, EASA Drone Deliveries, FLIR Buys Altavian
The FAA has released final rules for UAVs. The new rules will require Remote ID of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots. Remote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at night, and both rules support technological and operational innovation and advancements. Wing, an Alphabet company, wants to be a major player in the drone d

Skydive Community Invites All Of Aviation To Help Save Dillingham Field

GA Airport Is Located Outside Of Honolulu’s Congested Airspace

We've heard the story before... great airport is under attack by the powers that be... hoping to close the thing down. The latest variant of the story comes from Hawaii, where a popular airport, known for extensive GA and skydiving activity is under the gun. Kawaihapai Airport, more commonly known as Dillingham Airfield, is Hawaii’s most versatile airport and home to a variety of sky-related activities. It is located on the North Shore of Oahu and the only public use airport on the northern part of the island. The airport is located outside of Honolulu’s congested airspace and has a 9000 ft runway, making it an ideal spot for pilot training, skydiving and powered hang

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Airborne 01.04.21: B-17 Changes Hands, Spitfire Pilot, DA40 NG Milestone

Also: JetBlue A220, FAA Commercial Space Activity, Cygnus Ready to Depart, BFA Postpones Nat'l Convention

The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) has entered into an agreement with the Mid America Flight Museum in Mount Pleasant, Texas (MAFM) whereby LSFM has agreed to sell its Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Thunderbird, to MAFM. Mid America has agreed to display Thunderbird at Lone Star’s facility at Houston’s Ellington Airport for several months each year through 2024. Mid America has also agreed to make other aircraft from its collection available for display at LSFM during the same time frame.

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Airborne-Unmanned 12.16.20: NAVY's New AVOs, Hydrogen Fuel-Cell, 500 Drone Saves

Also: Ampaire Test, FLIR Acquires Altavian, AMA Works With Congress, New Drone Advocacy Group

The Navy announced a new warrant officer specialty designator whose job will be to operate carrier-based MQ-25 Stingray unmanned aerial vehicles, which are expected to start appearing in fleet carrier air wings sometime in 2024. The establishment of the Aerial Vehicle Operator (AVO) warrant officer specialty became a reality Dec. 9 with Secretary of the Navy approval of the new designator. Over the next 6-10 years, the Navy will recruit, train and send to the fleet, a community of roughly 450 warrants in grades

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Start Planning Now! B-29 Doc Announces July 2021 Tour Schedule

Still Considering Tour Plans For April-June, As Well As August-September

The July 2021 tour schedule for B-29 Doc has been announced and it includes stops in seven cities across six states, ending with Doc’s appearance at EAA AirVenture. Each tour stop will feature B-29 Doc Flight Experiences rides, as well as ground tours and flight deck access. Exact details for Doc’s arrival at each tour stop, as well as times for ground tours and flight deck access, will be released prior to the events in each city. Meanwhile, tickets for the B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides in the cities mentioned above are ON SALE NOW.

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AMA: Educational UAS Protections Become Law

A Provision Prohibiting Federal Agencies From Using Foreign-Made UAS and UAS Equipment Was Removed

AMA has updated the status of a number of their ongoing initiatives... with emphasis, this time, on Educational UAS programs. The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021 has become law. Although the bill originally passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate in early December, President Trump vetoed the bill on December 23, 2020. This resulted in a rare New Year’s Day vote by the Senate of 81-13 to override the presidential veto, following a vote of 322-87 by the House of Representatives on December 28. This is the first veto override by Congress in Trump’s presidency.

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ISS 2021 Brings Space Biology, Awaits US Cargo Ship Departures

This Will Also Be Dragon’s First Planned Splashdown In The Atlantic Ocean

The seven-member Expedition 64 crew relaxed on New Year’s Day and went into the first weekend of 2021 researching space biology. The International Space Station residents are also packing a pair of U.S. resupply ships for departure this week and next. Three astronauts spent Saturday and Sunday studying how microgravity affects vision and bone tissue in rodents. Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover of NASA spent the weekend observing several dozen mice to help scientists prevent vision and bone conditions that astronauts experience while living in space. JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi assisted the duo during the two life science experiments.

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Classic Aero-TV: Light, Adaptable, Innovative - Clarity Aloft Intro’s the Flex!

From 2018: Clarity Aloft Introduces The TSO Certified Flex Headset

The newest addition to the Clarity Aloft headset range is a big departure from previous designs and ushers in a new standard for in-ear headsets. Not only is it the lightest model yet from Clarity Aloft, it is also the most customizable. Pilots using the Flex can set the microphone boom on the right or left, adjust the boom length and headband circumference, and collapse it flat for storage. No other headset will disappear so completely onto your head or into your flight bag.

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Teledyne Acquiring FLIR Systems

Deal Worth Approximately $8.0 Billion

Teledyne Technologies and FLIR Systems have entered into a definitive agreement under which Teledyne will acquire FLIR in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $8.0 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, FLIR stockholders will receive $28.00 per share in cash and 0.0718 shares of Teledyne common stock for each FLIR share, which implies a total purchase price of $56.00 per FLIR share based on Teledyne’s 5-day volume weighted average price as of December 31, 2020. The transaction reflects a 40% premium for FLIR stockholders based on FLIR’s 30-day volume weighted average price as of December 31, 2020.

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P3 Tech Consulting and Five-Alpha Announce Strategic Partnership

"Planning For Smart Cities Needs To Start Now"

P3 Tech & Five-Alpha have announced a strategic partnership in the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) market, combining P3 Tech's expertise in tech law, regulation, policy and plans with Five-Alpha's industry leadership in infrastructure standards, regulations, and code development. This announcement brings together two leaders in the rapidly evolving and ever-changing arena of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to address the growing worldwide demand for solutions and services in policy development, legal interpretation, risk analysis, strategic planning, and regulatory compliance.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-46-310P

Advised The Tower That He Could Not Make It To The Airport

On December 19, 2020, about 1216 eastern standard time, a piper PA-46-310 airplane; N662TC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Naples, Florida. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight originated at Sarasota / Bradenton international Airport (SRQ), Sarasota, Florida destined for Key West International Airport (EYW), Key West, Florida. According to the pilot, on the morning of the day of the accident, the pilot and his passenger went to SRQ. The pilot filed an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan for the flight to EYW, and had the airplane tow

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.05.21)

Aero Linx: Flying Wings of Louisiana Flying Wings of Louisiana (Flying Wings) was approved November 2, 2018 as a non-profit 501(c)(3)  organization.  Flying Wings goal is to ensure that pediatric cancer patients will always have access to the regional medical care they need. By providing free air transportation to the patient and a family member, Flying Wings will provide a safe and comfortable flight at no charge to the families.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.05.21): Blind Spot

Blind Spot An area from which radio transmissions and/or radar echoes cannot be received. The term is also used to describe  portions of the airport not visible from the control tower.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.05.21)

"The Department of Transportation (DOT) Airports Division currently manages the Airport and leases the land from the military. In February 2020, the DOT gave notice that it would be terminating it’s lease with the military effective June 30, 2020. In April of 2020, they announced they will be extending the lease termination to June 30th 2021. This action would evict all private and commercial tenants within a matter of months, an unreasonable time frame for tenants who have operated on the field for decades. If the airport were to close, there would no longer be a place for skydiving or glider operations on the entire island of Oahu." Source: From an alarming statement made by those trying to save Hawaii's Dillingham Field from the b

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