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October 01, 2021

Aero-TV: Cessna Sky Courier Is Unveiled At Oshkosh

ANN Talks With Chris Hearne, Sr VP of Engineering and Programs, Textron Aviation

Designed in partnership with FedEx, the Cessna Sky Courier was on display at Oshkosh and we talked to Chris Hearne, Sr VP of Engineering and Programs at Textron Aviation to get more details. “FedEx has an order of 50, plus an order for 50 options. Our relationship goes back to the early 80’s and we have just embraced that over the years and having them at the very beginning of this program give us that customer input that has just been invaluable to the team. They truly have their fingerprints all over this design,” says Hearne.

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GE's New Catalyst Turboprop Engine Takes Flight

First Clean-Sheet Turboprop Engine Produced in 50 Years

GE's new, clean-sheet turboprop engine broke new ground Thursday, making its first successful flight on a King Air test bed. Flying out of Berlin Airport, the 1 hour and 40 minute jaunt added another important milestone to the design's continued development. To date, 16 test engines have racked up over 2,600 hours of operation in ground tests and appear on track to continue a streak of promising performance. Dubbed "Catalyst", the engine will find its first home in launch customer Textron's (Cessna) Denali for further testing. 

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Blue Angels, Thunderbirds, and Snowbirds Make Rare Joint Airshow Appearance

Jet Demo Teams Return to Huntington Beach with SoCal Flair

After a 2020 hiatus, this year's Pacific Airshow is back in its sunny Southern California home. For only the second time in history, three of the world's best Jet Demonstration teams will make an appearance together as they vie for the audience's affections. The USAF Thunderbirds, the US Navy Blue Angels, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform alongside an expansive slate of exhibition aircraft. Bird watchers will be eager to see the Blue Angel's new F/A-18 Super Hornets, as they perform for their 75th anniversary, with their Canadian competitors celebrating their 50th. 

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Fighter Jets Deployed Following USMA Cessna Entering Restricted NYC Airspace

The Aircraft Belonged To US Military Academy At West Point

Talk about a bad lesson… A small plane flown by a US Army Soldier was escorted out of restricted air space last week by US fighter jets over NYC after violating temporary flight restrictions that were put in place for the duration of the United Nations General Assembly. The US Army instructor pilot flew a Cessna 182 that was owned by the US Military Academy at West Point momentarily into the TFR area over the Hudson River around 2pm. The flight restrictions for the TFR area were put in place from 4:45 pm. that Monday until 3:45 pm. The fighter jets were deployed following the initial radio calls to the pilot going unanswered. Officials state there was no threat.

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C-17 Flyover In Brisbane Inspired Awe In Some, Fear In Others

The Event Took Place As A Rehearsal For Australian Festival  

The Royal Australian Airforce conducted a rehearsal for an upcoming airshow, and locals were warned beforehand however, viewers from the United States were not so excited. The C-17 plane flying over the Brisbane skylane wowed onlookers as the aircraft darted around the city at low altitudes, going viral online. Rehearsal was for the Sunsuper Riverfire event. "No, no, no, just no," said a tweet from NBC senior executive Mike Sington. "A Royal Australian Air Force jet weaves through the skyscrapers of downtown Brisbane, on purpose. It was a rehearsal for an air show, causing immediate flashbacks to 9/11."

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NBAA 'Newsmakers Session' Takes Place October 11

Kenny Dichter, Kenn Ricci And George Antoniadis Are Featured Panelists

The first-ever thought-leadership session will take place at the National Business Aviation Association’s upcoming conference in Las Vegas, NV. Journalist Miles O’Brien will be moderating the panel, which will take place on Monday, October 11 at noon in Room W325, Level 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s new West Hall. The panel speakers each have more than two decades’ experience in shaping and contributing to the future of business aviation. “Newsmakers: The Aviation Visionaries’ Forecast” – focuses on a variety of topics, such as how technology, demographics, competition, consolidation and other factors are influencing

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.23.21: RedTail Flt Academy, Whirly-Girls, Pan Am

Also: Legacy Flight Training, New CAP-10C NG, EAA Ultralight/LSA Council, T-45 Loss

The RedTail Flight Academy celebrated the opening of its flight academy September 10th at New York Stewart International Airport. Honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the RedTail Flight Academy will train seven aspiring Black aviators from inadequately serviced communities. To strengthen the foundation of the Academy, original documented Tuskegee Airmen Lieutenant Colonel Enoch Woodhouse attended the opening to welcome the inaugural cadets, including three females and four males. The Academy strives to increase the percentage of non-Caucasion aviators from less t

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna A185F

Pilot Calculated A 17GPH Fuel Burn For The Two Hour And 45 Minute Flight

On September 6, 2021, about 1515 central daylight time, an amphibious float equipped Cessna 185F airplane, N7574N, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Kingsley, Iowa. The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, they departed Alexander Field South Wood County Airport (ISW), Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, about 1241, destined for Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), Sioux City, Iowa. After completing his flight planning, the pilot added 42 gallons of 100LL, which increased total fuel on board to about 70 gallons.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.21)

Aero Linx: Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.21): Rescue Coordination Center (RCC)

Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) A search and rescue (SAR) facility equipped and manned to coordinate and control SAR operations in an area designated by the SAR plan. The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force have responsibility for the operation of  RCCs.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.01.21)

“NORAD fighter aircraft responded to an incident involving a small single-engine general aviation aircraft near New York City at approximately 2:00 pm... The small single-engine general aviation landed safely at approximately 2:30 pm.” Source:  A portion of a statement made by a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman, explaining why F-16s were scrambled to intercept a West Pilot instruction flight.  

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