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April 25, 2021

Convicted Felon Sentenced for Flying Airplane Without a Pilot’s License

Had A Previous Conviction Involving Unlawful Activity Pertaining To Aircraft

We've heard variations on this story before... but (thankfully), not in a while. A five-time previously convicted felon was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for flying an airplane without a pilot’s license. According to court documents, on September 27, 2018, Ryan Guy Parker, 31, of Fredericksburg, took an airplane at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg for a joyride. Parker, who named his business “Outlaw Aviation,” was employed by the airplane’s owner to assemble the plane but had not yet completed the job. At the time of the flight, the airplane had a caster rear wheel, a plastic bicycle water bottle for radiator overflow, and duct tape

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SpaceX Crew-2 Astronauts Join Station Crew

ISS Hosting Massive Crew Compliment of 11 Astronauts

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon have arrived at the International Space Station. Crew-2 joins Expedition 65 crew of crew of Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins,  Victor Glover, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, as well as Soichi Noguchi of JAXA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov. SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour docked to the complex at 5:08 a.m. EDT while the spacecraft were flying 264 miles above the Indian Ocean.

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SnF 21 Proves Itself With Major Piper SETP Sale

Piper M600/SLS Sold During Sun-n-Fun 2021

Sun 'n Fun definitely hit the ground running this year, after a year's hiatus due to the global pandemic... To demonstrate, Piper has reported that a M600/SLS was sold on Friday during the Expo. The Piper dealer partner for the Southeast region of the United States, Flightline Group, sold the aircraft to a Florida based customer. “This sale, during the first trade event since the beginning of the pandemic, highlights the continued demand for the M600/SLS with Halo Safety System and Garmin Autoland. Operationally, nothing matches the worry free safety capability, cross continent performance and economics found in the SLS”, said Ron Gunnarson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer

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B-29 Doc adds Houston and the Lone Star Flight Museum to its tour schedule

B-29 Doc Is One Of 1,644 B-29 Superfortresses Built

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will land at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston, Texas, May 4-9, 2021. Doc will arrive in Houston, Monday, May 3 and will be available for ground and cockpit tours Wednesday, May 5 through Friday May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides will be available at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, followed by ground and flight deck tours on those days from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the static display event and flight deck tours will be $5 per person in addition to the Lone Star Flight Museum general admission ticket. General admission tickets start at $9.95 with senior and military discounts.

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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. 

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Online Recurrent Testing for Drone Pilots Available From FAA

Test Will Provide 24 Calendar Months Of Currency

As may in the drone community know, things have been changing in terms of the regs and procedures put forth by the FAA. And... keeping up with 'required knowledge' is a significant requirement. Drone pilots who already have part 107 Remote Pilot Certification can now take their required recency of knowledge training courses online. The training ensures that they have the updated knowledge necessary to operate in accordance with the Operations Over People rule which became effective on April 21, 2021. The training is free.

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Marine Corps MQ-9 Reaches 10 Thousand Flight Hours In Central Command

USMC Took Control Of The MQ-9A in September of 2018

On March 31st, the Marine Corps’ first MQ-9A Unmanned Aerial System achieved 10 thousand total flight hours in the Central Command area of responsibility, a major milestone for the modernization of the force. The MQ-9A “Reaper” is a Remote Split Operations product from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Incorporated. The RSO capability revolutionizes military operations by allowing the system operator to be thousands of miles away from both the launching site, and airspace covered by the aircraft.

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Airborne 04.22.21: AERO Friedrichshafen, Canada v GA, Leonardo AW09

Also: NASA/SpaceX Crew-2, H125 Upgrades, 30 IAC Contests, HAI Celebrates Mars Heli

AERO Friedrichshafen officially cancels their 2021 show. The postulated replacement date in 2021 would have put it in direct competition with Oshkosh, and only days apart. Numerous vendors told ANN, "that won't fly" -- so Wednesday's announcement comes as no surprise. Friedrichshafen has stated that they have, " taken a decision in view of the travel restrictions in Europe due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The organizers are now turning their focus to the upcoming trade shows." Next year, 2022, could be bad news for gen

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NTSB Prelim: Evolution Aircraft Inc Revolt

Airplane Was Flying At A Lower Altitude Than Usual And Then It Made A Sharp Low Turn

On April 5, 2021, about 1939 central daylight time, an Evolution Revolt weight-shift trike, N565PK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Seminole, Texas. The student pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to a witness who knew the pilot and had seen the pilot flying on other occasions, the airplane was flying at a lower altitude than usual and then it made a sharp low turn. She stated that the wind picked up right at that time and caught the wing. She saw the pilot trying to recover, but the airplane struck the ground. She stated that one wing and the

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AD: Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC Parachutes

AD 2021-09-09 Requires Modifying The RPC Before The Next Parachute Jump

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Uninsured United Parachute Technologies, LLC (UPT) parachutes. This AD results from reserve pin covers (RPCs) catching on the parachute container flaps and preventing the reserve parachute from deploying. This AD requires modifying the RPC before the next parachute jump and replacing the RPC at the next reserve parachute packing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective May 7, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.25.21)

Aero Linx: Mission Safety International (MSI) MSI’s goal is to help keep mission aviators out of tomorrow’s nasty headlines. Disaster can strike in any number of ways when pilots operate into challenging airstrips in the middle of inhospitable countries. Runway mishaps, refueling snafus, armed robbery, and poor decision-making are just a few of the multitude of ways that an effective aviation operation can be put out of effective operation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.25.21): Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA)

Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA) The lowest published altitude in effect between radio fixes on VOR airways, off-airway routes, or route segments which meets obstacle clearance requirements for the entire route segment and which assures acceptable navigational signal coverage only within 25 statute (22 nautical) miles of a VOR.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.25.21)

“This sale, during the first trade event since the beginning of the pandemic, highlights the continued demand for the M600/SLS with Halo Safety System and Autoland. Operationally, nothing matches the worry free safety capability, cross continent performance and economics found in the SLS. We have been delighted with the robust interest in our products during SUN’n FUN and congratulate our dealer partner, Flightline Group, on the sale.” Source: Ron Gunnarson, Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support, discussing a sale made during the Annual SnF Aerospace Expo that was concluded just a few days ago.

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