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April 16, 2022

Astronaut, Vintage Warbird Caretaker Bjarni Tryggvason Passes at 76

President of Harvard Aircraft Association Heads West

One of Canada's earliest astronauts and high profile aviation supporters, Bjarni Tryggvason, passed away at the age of 76. Tryggvason, originally hailing from Reykjavik, Iceland, made his way to Vancouver, British Columbia where he grew to love aviation. He attained training as an engineer, pilot, and inventor, lending his expertise to the Canadian Space Agency aboard the space shuttle Discover in 1997, both working on equipment in space and assisting with the atmospheric research projects going on throughout the 12-day mission.

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Grassroots Org Supports Biden Fuel Push

Use of Sustainable Fuel Upheld as Self-Sufficiency Measure, Ecological Good

The Alliance for Aviation Across America has excitedly picked up on the prospects of the Biden administration's investment in further SAF development. In remarks earlier this week, the president hinted at increasing support for sustainable fuel, reassuring the public that the industry's greater goals to decarbonize over the coming decades are in accord with policy makers. The Alliance's official remarks focus on incoming funding meant to boost homegrown, non-petroleum fuel production, increasingly seen as a politically palatable way to bring down the rising cost of fuel. 

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Confederation College Announces Aviation Expansion

$1 Million Bolus to Expand Offerings, Equipment, Faculty for Expanded Student Body

Canada will provide $1 million in support for aviation education at Ontario area school, Confederation College. The Government of Canada is looking to bolster the aerospace sector as the economy rebounds from the impact of the pandemic, augmenting the school's funds with a $1 million non-repayable contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario.

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Freefly Systems Alta X Now DIU Approved

Drone Makes its Way on the Blue UAS Roster

Freefly Systems has received the honor of their Alta X UAS being added to the Defense Innovation Unit approved aircraft list. The DIU's placement of the drone onto its roster of approved equipment, the Blue sUAS 2.0 list contains trusted small drones suited for use by Department of Defense entities. The Freefly Alta X went through the Blue UAS on-ramp to prove that it is policy compliant and  a viable option for those wanting a small commercial drone. 

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Leonardo Sells AW139s to Angola Operator

Bestfly Positions itself for Continued Oil & Gas Boom in Africa

Leonardo sealed a deal with longstanding customer Bestfly that resulted in the first fully-owned AW139 helicopter in Angola. Bestfly acquired 2 leased AW139s and 4 AW169s last year amid a rapidly expanding market. Africa's energy industry has nearly doubled over the preceding decade, and Leonardo has found its footing amid the helicopter support fleet throughout the region.

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Classic Aero-TV: Aviator Sean O’Donnell – A Love For Flight Has No Limits

From 2016 (YouTube Version): What's Holding YOU Back From Your Dream Of Flight?

While at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, shares a conversation with us that he had with Sean O'Donnell, a pilot and representative for Able Flight. In this video, we see an interesting airplane called the Sky Arrow, and we also hear the fantastic and poignant story of an organization called, Able Flight.

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NTSB Prelim: Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH MBB-BK 117 C-2

The Helicopter Moved Toward Nearby Hangars, And Entered “An Extreme Nose Low Position.”

On March 6, 2022, at 2359 eastern standard time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH, MBB-BK 117-C-2 helicopter, N29VA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Virginia Highlands Airport (VJI), Abingdon, Virginia. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the two flight paramedics were not injured. The helicopter was operated by the Virginia Department of State Police as a public state aircraft. The pilot reported that his duty-day started at 0800 and he had completed four air medical transportation flights prior to receiving an additional call at 2200 for a patient transfer from the Lonesome Pine Hospital (VG50), Big Stone Gap

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines

AD 2022-07-13 Prompted By An In-Flight Shutdown (IFSD) Of An Engine Due To An Air/Oil Heat Exchanger Leak

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pratt & Whitney Division (PW) PW4074, PW4074D, PW4077, PW4077D, PW4084D, PW4090, and PW4090-3 model turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by an in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of an engine due to an air/oil heat exchanger leak caused by corrosion and subsequent investigation by the manufacturer that revealed additional air/oil heat exchanger leaks. This AD requires an inspection of the air/oil heat exchanger and, depending on the results of the inspection, replacement of the air/oil heat exchanger. This AD also provides instructions for storing an air/oil heat exchanger after inspec

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2022-07-15 Prompted By The Detection Of Several Channel Failures On A Newly Developed Braking And Steering Control Unit

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by the detection of several channel failures on a newly developed braking and steering control unit (BSCU). This AD requires replacing affected BSCUs and revising the operator's existing FAA-approved minimum equipment list (MEL), as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.22)

Linx: The Aero Club of New England (ACONE)

The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) is a club which focuses on aviation safety seminars, scholarships for aviation technical training and flight training while sharing the social aspect with those who have a passion for flight. The Aero Club's Scholarship program awards dozens of scholarships annually. Members consist of active pilots, former pilots, and also non-pilots who love to learn about flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.22): Resume Normal Speed

Resume Normal Speed Used by ATC to advise a pilot to resume an aircraft’s normal operating speed. It is issued to terminate a speed adjustment where no published speed restrictions apply. It does not delete speed restrictions in published procedures of upcoming segments of flight. This does not relieve the pilot of those speed restrictions that are applicable to 14 CFR Section 91.117.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.16.22)

"These commitments will help to support jobs, spur economic growth, and invest in our infrastructure at a critical time for our country." Source: From a statement by the Alliance for Aviation Across America, who has excitedly picked up on the prospects of the Biden administration's investment in further SAF development. 

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