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April 29, 2021

Airborne 04.29.21: Michael Collins Goes West, Airbus Flightlab, UK Fines

Also: FAI World Paragliding XC Championship, Embraer Delivers, Barksdale Airshow, NBAA Pays Tribute
A true American Hero has gone west. Apollo 11's Mike Collins has passed away.
Michael Collins was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Rome, Italy. He graduated from West Point in 1952. He chose an Air Force career. He was a fighter pilot and from 1959 to 1963 served as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He logged more than 4,200 hours of flying time. Including the Apollo 11 mission, Collins logged 266 hours in space. He also served as CAPCOM (capsule communicator) for Apollo 8, relaying information between mission control and the crew. Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flight-lab through a proje

Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot, Michael Collins, Goes West

Former NASA Astronaut Michael Collins Passed Away On April 28, 2021

A true American Hero has gone west. Apollo 11's Mike Collins has passed away. Michael Collins was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Rome, Italy. He graduated from Saint Albans School in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1952. He chose an Air Force career. He was a fighter pilot and from 1959 to 1963 served as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He logged more than 4,200 hours of flying time. Collins was a member of the third group of NASA astronauts, selected in October 1963. His first flight was as pilot of Gemini 10, a three-day mission launched July 18, 1966.

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Deliveries For Beechcraft King Air 360 And 260 Aircraft To Commence In Brazil

Recent ANAC Certification Clears The Way

Textron has achieved certification from the National Civil Aviation Authority of Brazil (ANAC) for the Beechcraft King Air 360/360ER and King Air 260, clearing the way for deliveries to begin in country this quarter. "The Beechcraft King Air´s operational versatility is its key selling point in Brazil and around the globe,” said Marcelo Moreira, vice president of Sales, Latin America. “The King Air is a high-performance turboprop that can operate in almost any environment, from large metropolitan airports to short unprepared strips, which is why the aircraft is so popular in this region of the world.”

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Wingcopter Unveils First Triple-Drop Delivery Drone

Can Undertake Delivery Of Up To Three Packages To Multiple Locations During One Flight

Wingcopter has introduced its new Wingcopter 198. The Wingcopter 198 is an all-electric, vertical-take-off-and-landing (eVTOL), fixed-wing drone that has been designed to meet aviation safety and reliability requirements. "The Wingcopter 198 is a game-changer for drone-based deliveries, ready to create logistical highways in the sky. It can be perfectly utilized as a fleet solution in delivery networks to create new opportunities, everywhere", said Tom Plümmer, CEO of Wingcopter.

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Airbus Heli Flightlab Testing Advanced Autonomous Features

Project Is Code-Named 'Vertex'

Airbus is introducing autonomous features to its helicopter Flightlab through a project they code-named 'Vertex.' These technologies aim to simplify mission preparation and management, reduce helicopter pilot workload, and further increase safety. The autonomous technology bricks set to integrate the Flightlab are: vision based sensors and algorithms for situational awareness and obstacle detection; fly-by-wire for enhanced auto-pilot; and an advanced human-machine-interface - in the form of a touchscreen and head worn display for inflight monitoring and control.

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True Blue Power Provides E-Inverter for Gulfstream Aircraft

True Blue Power 1200-watt Inverter Replaces E-Inverters on G550, GV and G450s

True Blue Power will be providing Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation's bizjets with emergency power inverters. The True Blue Power TI1204 DC-to-AC Inverter is now a drop-in replacement for existing E-inverters on Gulfstream G550, GV and G450 model aircraft. Aftermarket installation requires no mechanical or wiring changes. The 1200-watt inverter provides 400 Hz of essential power to emergency systems in the event of aircraft power failure.

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Classic Aero-TV: Overgrown Drone? - An eHang 184 Project Update

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Drone on Steroids Leads the Way to Autonomous Human-Carrying Aerial Transportation…

While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, had an opportunity to check up on what could best be called a drone on steroids, known as the EHang 184. This is the multirotor drone that is designed to carry an individual from one destination to another under complete autonomous control.

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Over 600 UK Fines Issued To Airlines Carrying Passengers W/Incorrect Paperwork

Pax Required To Provide Proof Of A Negative COVID-19 Test

The UK's Civil Aviation Authority has issued 630 fines since February to airlines carrying passengers without the right documents. The CAA notes that it currently remains a requirement for all passengers, no matter which country they have travelled from, to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 3 days before departure and to self-isolate on arrival. A passenger locator form (PLF) must also be completed and passengers arriving without a completed form and negative test also face a £500 fine.

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NBAA Pays Tribute To Former NTSB Vice Chair Robert Francis

Francis Served On The Board Until 1999

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has marked the recent passing of Robert T. (Bob) Francis, former vice chair of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Francis died April 17 at the age of 83. “Throughout his distinguished career, Bob Francis remained committed to improving the safety of our nation’s aviation industry, and his work drove several laudable changes toward that goal,” Bolen said. “We join with his family and his many friends in mourning his loss.”

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Airborne 04.26.21: Tri-Motor Tour, SpaceX Crew-2, Ingenuity Flt #3

Also: AEA Urges Action, Next F-15EX Delivered, SnF21 Piper $$$, FAA Drone Pilot Tests

After the covid pandemic halted operations in 2020, Liberty Aviation Museum's 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B will return for a full EAA national tour this year. The first portion of the 2021 tour schedule includes a stop in Illinois before the aircraft heads south to Kentucky and Tennessee. The tour will continue into the summer, with the Tri-Motor returning to Oshkosh for the full week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 26-August 1. EAA's Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-E is currently undergoing continued restoration and maintenance a

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter R44

Executed A Hover Maneuver Close To The Ground And Experienced A Sudden Yaw To The Left

On April 5, 2021, at 1700 central daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter R44, N8348X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Johnson, Kansas. The pilot and one passenger were not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to statements provided by the pilot and pilot-rated passenger, they were using the helicopter to check their wheat fields. The wind was from about 180° at 10 knots and the helicopter was flying south into the wind. The pilot executed a hover maneuver close to the ground and experienced a sudden yaw to the left.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.29.21)

Aero Linx: EUROCONTROL EUROCONTROL is a pan-European, civil-military organisation dedicated to supporting European aviation. Our expertise spans research, development, operations and performance monitoring. We are committed to the European Union’s vision for a Single European Sky. We support our Member States and our stakeholders (including air navigation service providers, civil and military airspace users, airports and aircraft/equipment manufacturers) in a joint effort to make aviation in Europe safer, more efficient, more cost-effective and with a minimal environmental impact.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.29.21): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen’s meteorological information (AIRMET/WA) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms that are rapidly developing and increasing in intensity, or low ceilings and visibilities that are becoming widespread which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.29.21)

“Today the nation lost a true pioneer and lifelong advocate for exploration in astronaut Michael Collins. As pilot of the Apollo 11 command module – some called him ‘the loneliest man in history’ – while his colleagues walked on the Moon for the first time, he helped our nation achieve a defining milestone. He also distinguished himself in the Gemini Program and as an Air Force pilot. Michael remained a tireless promoter of space. ‘Exploration is not a choice, really, it’s an imperative,’ he said. Intensely thoughtful about his experience in orbit, he added, ‘What would be worth recording is what kind of civilization we Earthlings created and whether or not we ventured out into other parts of the galaxy.’"

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