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June 03, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 06.03.21: SAFE v FAA, ERAU Golden Eagles, Bell 505

Also: Diamond Aircraft Sim, Fairbanks Int'l, NAEC-Aerospace Summer Camp, FAA UAS Symposium
A recent court decision has upheld the FAA’s questionable “cease and desist” order against “Warbird Adventures.” This ruling lets stand an interpretation that threatens the historic role of CFIs as “educators” and will have a negative effect on all flight training (and aviation safety). This action has left CFIs confused and at risk from the greater future liability of “flying for hire,” along with potential regulatory and medical consequences. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators has taken a clear and provocative stand opposing the recent court “Warbird Adventures” Decision in which pilots a

Airborne-Flight Training 05.27.21: RedTail Buys Pipers, Diamond Sim, Sporty’s

Also: UIMC Training Course, Chipmunk's 75th, Tello Talent Drone, Astronaut Orientation

Piper Aircraft has received orders for two Pilot 100i single-engine trainers from the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., inspired aviation scholarship program, the RedTail Flight Academy (RFA). The RedTail Flight Academy, which began its legacy with the Major General Irene-Trowel Harris Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, will officially begin training students in September 2021. The Academy, with a mission of honoring the legacy of the original Tuskegee Airmen, will be based at New York Stewart International Airport, will train to a Part 1

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Diamond Aircraft Undertaking Remote Sim Installation Services

Company Has Already Successfully Completed First Remote Installation For Several Customers

With ongoing challenging times due to the COVID-19 situation, Diamond Aircraft is nonstop working on providing continuous support to its customers globally and is now offering installation of its flight simulation training devices via remote support. Diamond Aircraft flight simulators are usually installed on-site at the customer’s location. Due to continuing travel restrictions Diamond Aircraft’s Simulation Team together with the company’s IT and Sales Department developed an environment for live remote installations that is offered to Diamond customers worldwide.

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Absolutely No Hot Air Involved... Goodyear Blimp Returns To Oshkosh

Will Be At Wittman Field For Much Of AirVenture Week

The Goodyear newest blimp, Wingfoot Three, will continue a long tradition of Oshkosh Goodyear appearances with a visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” which is July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Goodyear’s Wingfoot Three is scheduled to arrive in Oshkosh on Monday, July 26, and will be on display and be flying at various times during the event until Saturday, July 31. At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, Wingfoot Three pilots will also participate at a variety of events, as AirVenture is one of the few air shows on the Goodyear Blimp schedule this year.

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Rocket Lab Approved To Resume Launches

Approval Comes Fewer Than Three Weeks After Rocket Lab Experienced An Anomaly During Its 20th Launch

Rocket Lab has received authorization from the FAA to resume launches. The approval comes fewer than three weeks after Rocket Lab experienced an anomaly during its 20th launch, resulting in the loss of the mission. Rocket Lab is leading the mishap investigation into the anomaly with oversight from the FAA, the federal licensing body for U.S. launch vehicles. While the FAA has confirmed that Rocket Lab’s launch license remains active, Rocket Lab will continue with a rigorous internal review into the anomaly.

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Avionica and SmartSky Partner Up

Developing Real-Time Aviation Data Services

Avionica and SmartSky Networks have formed a partnership to deliver a new and advanced class of data-focused services for aviation. Avionica and SmartSky hope to enable the concurrent transfer of critical operational telematic data for aircraft and unleash the full potential of the emerging connected aircraft ecosystem for MROs, Aircraft OEMs and fleet operators.

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Airborne 05.26.21: Vintage Oshkosh, Pilots v Belarus, Mirage F1 Accident

Also: FBI v Drone, ALPA Has Concerns, Precision Aviation Group, F-16 Production Line

Notable aircraft anniversaries and gatherings of beautiful airplane types are among the highlights this year as the Vintage Aircraft Association celebrates its 50th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021. Among the featured aircraft in 2021 are Stinsons, commemorating their 100th anniversary held over from 2020, and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer family, to be joined by other Short Wing Pipers such as the iconic Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, and Colt. The International Federation of Ai

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.25.21: UAV Organ Transport, Tello Talent Drone, Lilium

Also: FBI v Drone, Rocket Lab, NTSB Wants To Amend, XPO Atlanta

MissionGO, LifeSource and Mercy Hospital have conducted what they report to be the first-ever test flight carrying a human pancreas via an UAS conducted on May 5. Following a moment of silence led by Lead Pilot Ryan Henderson to honor the donor hero, this flight transported a research pancreas from Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, flew a 10-mile circuit over the Mississippi River, then returned to Mercy Hospital. This flight successfully demonstrated the viability, value, efficiency gains and delivery speed of lifesaving organs via UAS within

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20K

The Engine Began “Making Noises And Started Rumbling.”

On May 20, 2021, about 1030 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20K, N9514R, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Dawson, Georgia. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he had recently purchased the airplane. He conducted a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted and departed Orlando Apopka Airport (X04), Apopka, Florida, about 0815 for a flight to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Birmingham, Alabama. About 90 minutes into the flight the engine began “making noises and started rumbling.”

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2021-10-29 Requires A One-Time Special Detailed Inspection Of Certain Fastener Holes

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus SAS Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that the cabin swift broadband antenna doubler installation does not meet widespread fatigue damage (WFD) requirements. This AD requires a one-time special detailed inspection of certain fastener holes, replacement of the cabin swift broadband antenna doubler, and repair if necessary, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD beco

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AD: Mooney International Corporation Airplanes

AD 2021-10-17 Requires Inspecting The Alternator Main Power Cable And The Exhaust Crossover Tube For Damage

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Mooney International Corporation (Mooney) Model M20V airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of short circuit and arcing of the alternator main power cable in the engine compartment. This condition, if unaddressed, could result in a fire hazard, loss of engine thrust control, and reduced control of the airplane. This AD requires inspecting the alternator main power cable and the exhaust crossover tube for damage, replacing damaged parts as necessary, and installing an additional alternator cable clamp. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these pro

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.03.21)

Aero Linx: Flying Physicians Association (FPA) FPA members are physician-pilots promoting safety, education and human interest projects relating to medicine and aviation. FPA organizes regional chapter meetings and an annual national meeting offering a unique combination of continuing medical education (CME), presentations by world-class aviation figures, and varied charitable and recreational opportunities.

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Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Confirms Deal with USAF

Six More Global Aircraft in Special Mission Configuration Heading To The Air Force

Bombardier has confirmed an agreement between its Learjet subsidiary and the US Air Force in support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) program. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides the USAF with flexible ordering and includes an immediate firm order for one Global 6000 aircraft, with as many as five additional Global 6000 aircraft. The contract, which includes engineering and modification work, represents a potential total value of close to $465 million US.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.03.21):

Minimum Fuel Indicates that an aircraft’s fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay. This is not an emergency situation but merely indicates an emergency situation is possible should any undue delay occur.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.03.21)

“Besides the necessity to support our customers in the best possible way during the given circumstances to get their simulators installed and qualified, this is also an opportunity for us as a company to get the most out of this situation and use the collected data for further improvements in regards to training and maintenance.” Source: Christian Schmid, Project & Key Account Manager, Diamond Aircraft Austria. discussing how Diamond is working nonstop on providing continuous support to its customers globally and is now offering installation of its flight simulation training devices via remote support.

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