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March 16, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 03.16.21: Final Drone Regs, LiquidPiston, EASA Airport Incidents

Also: Axon and Skydio, CBP Del Rio, Sagetech and American Aerospace, Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily
The final rules requiring remote identification of drones and allowing some flights over people, over moving vehicles and at night under certain conditions will go into effect on April 21, 2021. Remote ID requires identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations or takeoff point. It provides crucial information to our national security and law enforcement partners, and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft, people and property on the ground. LiquidPiston has disclosed the adaptation of its X-Engine technology for the United State

Airborne-Unmanned 03.09.21: Flirtey Eagle, ASR Next-Gen Chute, DJI FPV!

Also: FAA Selects Five Host Airports, EAA/FAA Virtual Summit, Volocopter's $240M, FAA-Choctaw Nation

Flirtey has 'completed the technology' to certify and expand U.S. production of its drone delivery system for last-mile delivery. The aircraft designer and manufacturer's technology includes the Flirtey Eagle, an advanced drone that conducts precision delivery to homes and businesses; the Flirtey Portal, a take-off and landing platform that conducts scalable operations from storefronts; and Flirtey's autonomous software platform that conducts autonomous flight operations. A forerunner of systems that may

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Old v New... WWII Warbird To Combine 2021 Avionics With Vintage Technology

Will Also Offer Those Riding In The Aircraft An Enhanced Warbird Experience

The Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF announced that three national avionics providers are set to equip a WWII-era aircraft with the most sophisticated communications technology available on the market. Becker Avionics, Avidyne Corporation, and Force Aviation are working with the CAF to upgrade the cockpit of an iconic B-17 Flying Fortress, named Texas Raiders, which resides at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport. The aircraft, which began life outfitted with vacuum-tube radios that filled a forty square foot compartment, now navigates and communicates via three solid-state boxes that measure only inches on each side.

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LiquidPiston Wins Air Force Contract

Air Force Awards LiquidPiston A $150K Phase I STTR Contract

LiquidPiston has disclosed the adaptation of its X-Engine technology for the United States Air Force to use in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as “orbs” - urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles designed to carry people and cargo around. The X-Engine, a next-generation rotary diesel engine, is being evaluated as an enabling technology to power the UAS or orb through a hybrid-electric propulsion system. Because current battery technology limits the range of an orb’s flight, the X-Engine converts the energy contained in jet fuels, and enables the Air Force’s UAS/Orb to become a reality.

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NASA Schedules Second Rocket Test for Artemis Moon Missions

The Hot Fire Is The Eighth And Final Test Of The Green Run Series

NASA is targeting a two-hour test window that opens at 3 p.m. EDT Thursday, March 18, for the second hot fire test of the core stage for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. On test day, engineers will power up all the core stage systems, load more than 700,000 gallons of cryogenic, or supercold, propellant into the tanks, and fire the rocket’s four RS-25 engines at the same time to simulate the stage’s operation during launch, generating 1.6 million pounds of thrust.

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GAMA Announces Additions to Executive Committee Leadership

Additions To The GAMA Executive Committee Were Elected By The Board Of Directors

GAMA has added three board members to serve on its Executive Committee leadership team. The Executive Committee is comprised of members of GAMA’s Board of Directors, who provide strategic leadership for the association and lead its policy committees. David Coleal, CEO of Incora, will serve as chair of the Airworthiness and Maintenance Policy Committee. The committee works with authorities to promote appropriate regulations and policies for maintenance and repair stations. Coleal has previously served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Environment Committee. Coleal has been a member of the GAMA Board of Directors since 2015.

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Classic Aero-TV: The PB4Y-2 Privateer - A Priceless Aero-Treasure

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Oshkosh Reveals Many Treasures... Including Old Warbirds Full Of History

While at EAA AirVenture 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, ventured out to visit the warbirds and was attracted to a large four engine aircraft that is a variation of the World War II Consolidated B-24. It turns out to be the world’s only flyable PB4Y-2, Privateer, which is a U.S. Navy version of the B-24. To get the full scoop about the airplane, Tom talked with Boyd Gallaher, who is the pilot of the aircraft. Gallaher first became acquainted with this airplane in the late 1970s when it was being operated as a fire suppression aircraft. He descr

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Sagetech and American Aerospace Sign MOU Integrating Detect and Avoid System

Prototype Will Fly On The American Aerospace ISR AiRanger in Q1 2022

Sagetech Avionics and American Aerospace ISR (AA ISR) have signed an MOU to integrate Sagetech’s Detect and Avoid (DAA) system into the AA ISR AiRanger unmanned aircraft. The companies expect to have a certifiable prototype of the system ready for flight testing by the end of the year. “Detect and Avoid systems are critical for beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) flight and critical to the mission of the long endurance AiRanger aircraft,” said Tom Furey, CEO of Sagetech Avionics. “We are pleased to partner with the innovative AA ISR group to bring the world’s first certifiable low-SWaP DAA solution to test flights.”

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Klyde Morris (03.15.21)

Klyde Gets Burned... By Reality


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Airborne 03.12.21: Falcon 6X 1st Flt!, King Air 260 TC, Nat'l Aerobatics Day

Also: EAA B-17 Resumes, Land-DAR Introduced, Vultee BT-13 Joins LSFM, SLS Hot Fire Test

Dassault Aviation’s widebody Falcon 6X has successfully completed its first flight (as planned in the first quarter of 2021) -- 'demonstrating the maturity of the program and opening the test campaign for certification.' With test pilots Bruno Ferry and Fabrice Valette at its controls, aircraft 6X s/n 01 lifted off from Dassault Aviation’s Mérignac plant near Bordeaux at 2:45 PM. This approximately, two hour and thirty minute maiden flight was executed per the test plan, with the pilots testing air

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-23

The Nose Landing Gear Began To Indicate Down And Locked, And Then Unsafe

On February 27, 2021, about 1031 central standard time, a Piper PA-23 airplane, N1460P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The flight instructor reported the routine training flight included airwork which involved numerous landing gear extension/retraction cycles. During the final 45 minutes of the flight, the nose landing gear began to indicate down and locked, and then unsafe. Several touch-and-go landings were performed during which he attempted to “lightly move” the

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH

AD 2021-05-07 Prompted By A Report Of A Loss Of Electrical Ground

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model BO-105A, BO-105C, BO-105S, MBB-BK 117 A-1, MBB-BK 117 A-3, MBB-BK 117 A-4, MBB-BK 117 B-1, MBB-BK 117 B-2, and MBB-BK 117 C1 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of a loss of electrical ground between the startergenerator and the generator voltage regulator (regulator). This AD requires inspecting the starter generator electrical ground connection, retrofitting the starter-generator wire harness, and depending on model, revising the existing Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) for your helicopter. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-05-04 Requires Installing A Placard In The Baggage Compartment

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain serial-numbered Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model A109S and AW109SP helicopters. This AD requires installing a placard in the baggage compartment, revising the existing Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) for your helicopter, and inspecting the installation of the terminal lugs. Depending on the outcome of the inspection, this AD requires restoring the installation of the terminal lugs. This AD would also require modifying the helicopter to shim the baggage fairing assy (fwd up) away from the circuit breaker panel and incorporating protective coverings. This AD was prompted by reports of several occurrences of fire ig

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.21)

Aero Linx: European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) Since 1956 the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) provides a forum for professionals working in the various domains of aviation psychology and human factors. With more than 560 members worldwide we facilitate - from a European perspective - a professional network to encourage the successful management of human performance in aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.21): Circle-To-Land Maneuver

Circle-To-Land Maneuver A maneuver initiated by the pilot to align the aircraft with a runway for landing when a straight-in landing from an instrument approach is not possible or is not desirable. At tower controlled airports, this maneuver is made only after ATC authorization has been obtained and the pilot has established required visual reference to the airport.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.16.21)

“A long-term goal of Jazz pilots has been to reach consecutive agreements with airline management to facilitate the consolidation of Air Canada Express flying at Jazz. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues from Sky Regional and are pleased to deliver an agreement that provides additional job security to our pilots. Jazz pilots are proud to become the sole operator of Air Canada Express, and we are prepared to support Air Canada’s recovery through the pandemic and into the future.” Source: Capt. Claude Buraglia, chairman of the Jazz chapter of ALPA, commenting on the agreement with their management that enables the company to become the exclusive express operator for Air Canada.

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