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October 29, 2021

Scalewings’ 70% Scale P-51 Kit Now Shipping

Carbon Fiber Warbird Copy Ready for Purchase

Many classic aircraft lie sadly out of reach for the average pilot. With production lines shut down a half-century prior, the few surviving warbirds in the world find their value increasing with each passing year. They’re the subject of fantasy for daydreaming pilots, accustomed to dog-earing the classifieds and hoping that “call for price” is secret code for “Less than a house”. Scalewings Aircraft has the perfect remedy. A P-51 Mustang replica, at 70% scale of the original, with ultra lightweight carbon fiber manufacture and economical, reliable operation. 

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Aero-TV At OSH21: Preventing That ‘Sinking’ Feeling - CiES Fuel Quantity Gauges

Tired of Inaccurate and Finicky Fuel Senders?

At AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Aero-News Correspondent Maria Morrison talked with CiES Inc. President Scott Philiben about their fuel monitoring systems for small aircraft. Working with industry partner Cirrus to revamp the fuel reading accuracy, CiES was able to create a safer, more modern fuel quantity sender suited to nearly all general aviation aircraft, available as OEM equipment, or under a Retrofit STC.

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Boeing Reports 3rd Quarter Results

Boeing Took $1B Hit on Dreamliner Problem, Expects 737 MAX Production Increase

The Boeing Company has reported a third-quarter profit of $15.3 billion, reporting higher commercial airplane sales and service volume amidst an improving economy. Though the company seems to have suffered a decade’s worth of bad luck in less than a year, the outlook is fairly positive, with strong sales interest and service agreements. Boeing says progress on the global return to service of their 737 MAX is smooth, likely helped along by rumors that Chinese authorities may authorize it once again in the coming months. Since the FAA gave approval for the aircraft to hit the skies in the U.S. in November 2020, Boeing has delivered almost 200 MAXes with about the sa

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Gogo Announces 5G Speeds

In-Flight Average of ~25 Mbps, 80 Mbps Peak 

Gogo has released its speed expectations for the newest Gogo 5G network, saying the average of 25 mbps is expected, with peak speeds near 80 mbps. With rollout of their 5G coverage continuing this year, users will see improved performance on the Avance network, enjoying 4G performance nationwide, with increasing next-gen coverage. Speeds were evaluated and averaged across eight of Gogo’s high-priority, frequently traveled routes. New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Dallas all showed strong network performance and nearly terrestrial broadband speeds.

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Diamond DA42 Tests New Surveillance Equipment

Maritime Search and Rescue Sensor Pod Tested for Patrol Duties

Diamond Special Mission Aircraft Division (SMAD), where the distinctive Austrian manufacturer creates its special-sauce versions of ordinary GA airplanes, underwent live demonstration of a new sensor system equipped on their twin engine DA42 MPP. Working alongside Australian company Sentient Vision Systems, Diamond has installed a prototype Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) pod, a Trakka Electro-Optic/Infrared (EO/IR) gimbal, and an AIS receiver. The total package is hoped to become a high endurance, affordable, maritime patrol aircraft. 

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Blue Angels to Perform at Wings Over Georgia

75th Anniversary Routine Flying Oct. 30-31

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are headlining the ninth annual Wings Over North Georgia Drive-in Air Show this week, their only 2021 appearance in the state. This season is a special year, as the team celebrates their 75th anniversary. Due to the record breaking attendance for their 2017 performance, tickets are required, and selling quickly. One pilot on the team will return to his home state, flying the Number 6 aircraft for the Angels’ routine as the opposing solo pilot. Lieutenant Commander Cary Rickoff, a graduate of Atlanta’s Riverwood High, joined the Blue Angels in 2018 and has logged more than 2,000 hours and 180+ carrier landings throughout his flying career.

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Modern Aviation Acquires FBO At Isla Grande, PR

Acquires Hill Aviation, Operations at San Juan and Ceiba, Puerto Rico

Modern Aviation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hill Aviation, LLC, including the FBO and MRO operations at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, along with a satellite FBO location at Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba. Buying the operations from Tommy Hill and VRM companies, Modern has no plans to change Propilot aircraft management and charter businesses at its San Juan location, Isla Grande Airport. 

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NTSB Prelim: Velocity SE RG

(Aircraft) ...Pitched Up, Climbed About 300 Ft, Then Descended Nose-Down In A Right Spiral

On October 14, 2021, about 1551 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Velocity SE RG, N755V, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Titusville, Florida. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot owned the airplane and based it at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida. According to witness statements, radar data and airport surveillance video, the airplane flew uneventfully from TIX to Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida during the day of the accident. While at X26, at the airplane kit manufacturer&rsq

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.29.21)

Aero Linx: The Air Care Alliance The Air Care Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public service organization supporting the work of volunteer-based charitable organizations whose members fly to help others. ACA is devoted to fostering, enhancing, and promoting public benefit flying in the United States and other countries. Our mission is to promote, support, and represent public benefit flying through communication and cooperation among organizations facilitating flights for health, compassion, and community service.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.29.21): Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) System

Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) System Provides air traffic controllers monitoring the NTZ during simultaneous close parallel PRM approaches with precision, high update rate secondary surveillance data. The high update rate surveillance sensor component of the PRM system is only required for specific runway or approach course separation. The high resolution color monitoring display, Final Monitor Aid (FMA) of the PRM system, or other FMA with the same capability, presents NTZ surveillance track data to controllers along with detailed maps depicting approaches and no transgression zone and is required for all simultaneous close parallel PRM NTZ monitoring operations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.29.21)

"We are driving stability across our operations, investing in our future and positioning our teams to deliver for our customers as the market recovers. Commercial market demand continues to gain traction with broad-based vaccine distribution and border protocols beginning to open. Going forward, supply chain capacity and global trade will be key drivers of our industry and the broader economy's recovery. Our portfolio across commercial, defense, space and services is well positioned, and we're focused on improving performance, while advancing technologies and digital manufacturing capabilities to drive our next generation of products and a sustainable future." Source: Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun, commenting as Boeing report

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