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March 20, 2022

Submerged... Icon A5 Pilot Has Gear-Down Water Landing

Despite a Damaged Windscreen and Waterlogged Plane, Aviator Escapes Without Major Injury

An Icon A5 crashed into Lake LBJ, with no injuries reported. The small aircraft was damaged but the pilot escaped unscathed. Local fire chief Tim Campbell told the local paper that “A gentleman from the Shirley Williams Airport in Kingsland, where he keeps his plane, was landing on Lake LBJ,” clarifying that the aircraft was not forced on the water, but intended to land on it. "It’s the kind of plane that lands on both water and land, and he forgot to retract the landing gear for a water landing.”

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Delta Could Buy 737 Max 10

Boeing Eager for Certification Before 2023

Rumors abound that Delta Air Lines is courting Boeing for an order of up to 100 of its 737 Max 10s ahead of the model's approval from the FAA. If true, the deal would be a blow to Boeing's archrival as the manufacturer pulls yet another of its favorite customers further under its wings. Delta has not placed an order from Boeing in some time, currently running a fleet of older  and 737-800s. The new Max 10 would be a definitive improvement over the airline's legacy 737-900ERs, boasting a passenger capacity of over 200.

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Washington State Opens Commercial Drone Registration

Paid UAS Operations Funding Will go to Support Drone Proliferation Throughout State Economy

Washington state has released its commercial drone registration system ahead of the April 1st program due date. Those drone operators flying under 14 CFR Part 107 for compensation or hire are now required by law to register their UAVs with the Washington State Department of Transportation, the proceeds of which will go to support their work advancing the uncrewed industry in the region.  

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Vertical Flight Society Announces Award Winners

Movers and Shakers of Industry Awarded for Advancing the Art, Breaking New Ground, Serving Community 

The Vertical Flight Society has announced its group of 2022 VFS award winners, paying tribute to leaders in the industry, technical advancements, and new developments across the field. Notable winners this year: The NASA Mars Ingenuity Team,  this year’s recipient of the VFS Howard Hughes Award for accomplishing the first powered flight on another planet. Their project has gone on to be far more successful than ever expected, operating for months after its original, projected end of service. 

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Klyde Morris (03.18.22)

Klyde's Got The 'Waiting For Artemis Blues...'


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Steadicopter Unveils Armed Black Eagle

Just Like the Standard Version - But With a Grenade Launcher

Smart Shooter's SMASH system, unveiled last January, has found a new home in Steadicopter's Golden Eagle UAV. The Eagle has seen a proliferation of different subtypes, from pure electric to hybrid gas systems. This version combines the Black Eagle 50E RUAS with the SMASH Dragon system, allowing the carriage of small arms anywhere from the average rifle up to a 40mm grenade launcher.

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Coast Guard Rescues Injured Fisher

MH-65 Dolphin Makes a Speedy Cannonball Run to Save Patient Amid Rough Weather

A Coast Guard MH-65 deployed aboard the CG Cutter Alex Haley recovered an injured sailor from a fish processing vessel almost 100 miles off the coast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The 17th District watch station announced the successful recovery, describing the operation that followed a medical evacuation request from America's Finest, a 262-foot fishing vessel. A crew member had sustained serious injuries to his foot 20 miles west of St. George Island, and time was of the essence.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Veteran’s Airlift Command -- A Higher Purpose

From 2011 (YouTube Version): A Little More In-Depth Look At One Of The Bright Shining Lights In The GA World

Some months ago, we offered up a short but impressive look at a small organization that embodies the true spirit of today's aviators... the Veteran's Airlift Command. This time around, we get a little more in-depth and detailed about one of the true stars in the GA biz... folks who serve those who served us and present a positive and impressive aero-image f

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22T

There Was A Brief “Stutter” Of The Engine, And The Engine Began To Run Rough

On February 10, 2022, at 2006 central standard time, a Cirrus SR22T, N317KJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lincoln,  Nebraska. The pilot and a passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated that the flight was uneventful, and the airplane was operating [normally] with all gauges indicating proper operating limits. At 10,000 ft mean sea level (msl) and about 60 nautical miles east of Lincoln Airport, Lincoln, Nebraska, there was a brief “stutter” of the engine, and the engine began to run rough.

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AD: Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes

AD 2022-05-13 Prompted By A Report Of In-Flight Smoke And Fire That Initiated From The Windshield Heat Power Wire Braid

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC (Honda) Model HA-420 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of in-flight smoke and fire that initiated from the windshield heat power wire braid. This AD requires incorporating temporary revisions into the airplane flight manual (AFM) and the quick reference handbook (QRH) that modify procedures for windshield heat operation until the affected windshield assemblies are replaced. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 18, 2022. 

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD 2022-06-01 Requires Inspecting The Flex Control Unit (FCU)

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK 117 D-3 helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of a main rotor (M/R) blade lead-lag damper in a tilted position. This AD requires inspecting the Flex Control Unit (FCU), and corrective actions if necessary, as well as rework and re-identification of the bearing pin, 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 is effective April 20, 2022.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.22)

Aero Linx: The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians are 1200 Rotarian pilots from six continents sharing Rotary’s commitment to fellowship and service. Fellowship activities include regional meeting of sections all over the world, culminating with a fly-in before and a fly-about after the annual worldwide Rotary Convention. Service missions include the many hundreds of Angel Flight sorties conducted by individual members in their aircraft, relief flights into Haiti and Mexico after natural disasters, and flight delivering medical and school supplies across international borders.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.22): Decision Altitude (DA)

Decision Altitude (DA) A specified altitude (mean sea level (MSL)) on an instrument approach procedure (ILS, GLS, vertically guided RNAV) at which the pilot must decide whether to continue the approach or initiate an immediate missed approach if the pilot does not see the required visual references.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.20.22)

“A gentleman from the Shirley Williams Airport in Kingsland, where he keeps his plane, was landing on Lake LBJ... It’s the kind of plane that lands on both water and land, and he forgot to retract the landing gear for a water landing...  We didn't have to do a lot, We used some of our ropes to tie it off so it wouldn’t float off and be an obstacle out in the middle of the lake.”  Source:  Comments made by Fire Chief Tim Campbell... in yet another incident in which yet another Icon A5 has flirted with Davy Jones Locker...

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