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October 31, 2021

Another Safer Year for Experimental Category Aircraft

Fatal Accident Rate Drops Once Again

The EAA is happy to announce another year of increased safety, as the fatal accident rate has once again decreased. Experimental category aircraft, often the problem child of aircraft operations, has seen its fatal accident total fall another 5% to finish below the FAA never-exceed total for the federal fiscal year ending September 30, 2021. Overall, general aviation has seen increasing flight hours flown, thankfully without a corresponding increase in accidents. Improvements in aviation are too multivariate to give full credit to any one change today, but advances in pilot awareness, EFB tools enabling better flight planning and weather avoidance, and the addition of ADS-B on aircraft undoubtedly help pre

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Warbird Season Begins at AZ CAF Museum

Commemorative Air Force Offers Private Historic Flights

The Arizona base of the Commemorative Air Force has officially announced the beginning of warbird season! With the cooler, temperate Arizona winter coming up, history buffs can enjoy one of the best flying collections of vintage military aircraft in the world, with flights and group tours available through the museum. The museum is home to 40+ classic, vintage aircraft famous for their roles in conflicts through the last century. With exhibits and vintage ephemera all too often lost to time, a trip to Mesa is a must for history buffs.

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Breeze Airways Buys 80 Airbus A220s

The Newcomer’s Shopping Spree Continues

Breeze Airways has continued their buying spree this week, with news of their newest purchase breaking soon after their full flight simulator purchase. Airbus announced the sale of 80 of their newest A220-300 aircraft during Breeze’s tour of the final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. The delivery schedule, barring unforeseen circumstances, should see the receipt of one aircraft a month for the next 6 and a half years. A surprisingly large order for a months-old airline, the purchase is the result of a very successful round of Series B funding that brought the company $200 million to invest.

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Klyde Morris (10.29.21)

Klyde Can't Help But Point Out The Obvious


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B757-200 FFS Certified at Pan Am Academy

Level D Sim Ready for Training

Pan Am Flight Academy announced their freshly acquired Level D Boeing 757-200 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is qualified and ready to go. Equipped with the most up to date flight models, with full IS&S cockpit controls, Rolls Royce RB211 engine models, GPS, and SMGCS support. Thanks to its FFS build, it is capable of UPRT Dir 2 training. The sim is accompanied by a Level 5 flight training device, expected to come online within the coming weeks. Purchased from Dallas, Texas last August, the school has managed to successfully relocate and install them with all the new modifications only months later.

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Classic Aero-TV: Efficient Versatility -- NASA GL-10 Greased Lightning

From 2015: The Airframes Displayed At AUVSI 2015 Were Quite Innovative

It’s common to visualize a small vertical lift UAV as having 4 to 6 propellers, it’s very maneuverable, but it has a short range and limited load caring capabilities. Well, NASA says you can have your cake and eat it too with something they call “Greased Lightning.” ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spent time at the Unmanned Systems 2015 Conference and met with aerospace engineer Bill Fredericks to talk about what’s different with their vehicle. Fredericks says they’re developing a vehicle that will have four times the efficiency of a st

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Alaska Air Group and ZeroAvia Begin Hydrogen Development

Powertrain for 76-Seat, Zero Emission Aircraft

In an industry increasingly flirting with sustainability and zero-emissions future tech, the simplest way to get positive press and fill the order book is to make a sleek, light, futuristic product that makes “greening up” a fleet as simple as writing a check and waiting for delivery. Granted, newer propulsion systems often need all the optimization they can get, but the ability to reuse legacy airframes as sustainable aircraft is seldom seen in the industry. Perhaps it’s the lack of ramp appeal, the difficulty at selling the company treasurer on spending large sums of money only to result in a fleet of planes that look and feel no different from how they did when burning jet fuel. N

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-24-260

Witnesses And First Responders Reported Heavy Fog Conditions At The Accident Site

On October 13, 2021, about 0816 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-24-260, N9126P, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Blairsville, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The instrument-rated pilot, who owned the airplane, filed an instrument flight rules flight plan from Blairsville Airport (DZJ) to Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida. According to preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data, the pilot took off on runway 8 about 0815 and immediately commenced a left turn to the northwest to a heading of

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AD: Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes

AD 2021-20-22 Requires An Inspection For Corrosion Of The Wing Front Spar Lower Boom

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0070 and Mark 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of exfoliation corrosion found during an inspection of the wing front spar lower boom. This AD requires an inspection for corrosion of the wing front spar lower boom, and applicable corrective actions, 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 becomes effective November 15, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.21)

Aero Linx: Delta Flight Museum Since 1995, the Delta Flight Museum has allowed visitors from around the world to explore aviation history, celebrate the story and people of Delta, and discover the future of flight. The Museum underwent a major renovation several years ago, transforming it into a world-class attraction that offers engaging exhibits and interactive programming for aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.31.21): Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ)

Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) An area of airspace over land or water in which the ready identification, location, and control of all aircraft (except for Department of Defense and law enforcement aircraft) is required in the interest of national security.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.31.21)

“The A220-300 is a game-changer for us as we add long haul flights that can average five hours, including transcontinental service. By the end of 2022, Breeze will have 15 A220s in service. This aircraft is the perfect addition to our fast-growing airline as we seek to bring our Seriously Nice service to more communities across the U.S. and beyond.” Source: Breeze CEO David Neeleman, explaining the purchase of 80 of Airbus' newest A220-300 aircraft during Breeze’s tour of the final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama.

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