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October 09, 2021

PWI Applies LED Technology to Illuminating Icing Hazards

"PWI Ice Light Lasts 100,000 Hours Which Means Less Time And Money Replacing Bulbs"

PWI has introduced LEDs to the ice light, with a new product - the PWI LED Ice Light. The PWI LED Ice Light is designed for a variety of aircraft from piston planes and turboprops to business jets. This new LED light is now awaiting PMA approval. “This is an LED that lasts much longer than the factory installed incandescent lights that burn out quickly,” says Robi Lorik, President and CEO of PWI. “The PWI Ice Light lasts 100,000 hours which means less time and money replacing bulbs.”

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Textron Sells 10 Skyhawks To Kansas State University

The 10 New Skyhawks Will Bring Total Fleet to 20

Textron Aviation released news of a recent order for 10 Cessna Skyhawks, destined for Kansas State University Salinea Aerospace and Technology Campus, bringing their total fleet to 20. “K-State” also owns Bonanzas, Barons, motorgliders, and sailplanes in their collection, all put to use in their Part 141 pilot training program. The Salina, Kansas school was one of the earliest participants in Textron’s Top Hawk program, receiving their position in 2015. Since then, they use their customized, branded Skyhawks for promotional activities and flight training.

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Mars Helo Chief Keynotes At NBAA

Speaker Shares The Future of Aviation

Teddy Tzanetos, Operations Lead for the ingenuity Mars Helicopter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be a featured speaker for the Day One Keynote on October 12 at NBAA’s BACE in Las Vegas, Nevada. His team sent their small helicopter, the Ingenuity, aboard the Mars Perseverance rover on a 36 million mile journey for what they had thought would be a short 30-minute proof-of-concept demonstration. After enduring a hard, bone-shaking landing, the flyweight helicopter took off for the first time in April.  Upon liftoff it broke records as the first extraterrestrial powered flight, only to soldier onwards, beyond any initial expectations.  

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FAA Says They're Ready for Increased Flights for the NBAA Convention

FAA 'Anticipates Hundreds Of Additional Take-Offs And Landings...' -- Ya Think?

The FAA thinks they're ready for the influx of general aviation flights to Las Vegas for the National Business Aviation Association’s convention next week. The agency is working closely with federal, state and local agencies, airport officials and the aviation community to plan for safe, secure and efficient operations at Las Vegas-area airports. The agency also is advising attendees who fly to the convention on charter flights to do their homework to ensure the operator is legitimate. The FAA anticipates hundreds of additional take-offs and landings and aircraft parked at Las Vegas-area airports from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14, 2021. Air traffic controllers may use traf

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NASA Announces Astronaut Changes for Commercial Crew Missions

A Number Of Astronauts Have Completed Their Training Yet Spent Years Waiting For A Slot To Launch

Astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada have been reassigned to the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the ISS. Part of the Commercial Crew Program, Crew-5 is expected to launch by fall 2022 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. They will join the crew members already in space for a long duration stay as they conduct activities aboard the station. Mann and Cassada were previously assigned to missions on NASA’s Boeing Crew Flight Test and Starliner-1 mission, but Boeing’s continuing delays in their Starliner program have pushed back that launch until 2022. OTF-1, the initial uncrewed test

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Classic Aero-TV: PS Engineering Double Threat–GA Ultimate Audio Panel Innovator

Audio Panels Engineered for Pilots with Features that Make Sense…

At EAA AirVenture 2016, PS Engineering Inc. was talking about, and showing, their PMA450A and PMA8000G audio panels for aircraft. While audio panels started off as simply a box that allowed switching between a couple of radios, we are now a long way from that starting point. About the only thing these audio panels don’t do is start your morning coffee, and we’ll have to see if that shows up next year. ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, stopped by the PS Engineering display and listened about what these audio panels have to offer from Mark Scheuer, who is the President of PS

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 404

...Recalled Configuring The Airplane For Landing By Extending The Landing Gear And Flaps

On September 18, 2021, about 0800, a Cessna 404, N5409G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sheridan, Wyoming. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 135 scheduled cargo flight. The pilot stated that the flight and landing approach were uneventful. He recalled configuring the airplane for landing by extending the landing gear and flaps, and then began the landing flare. His next recollection was of being in the airplane at the right side of the runway surrounded by a cloud of dust. He did not have any recollection of how the airplane got there.

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AD: AERO Sp. z o.o. Airplanes

AD 2021-19-14 Identifies The Unsafe Condition As Cracks In The Propeller Hub

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for AERO Sp. z o.o. (AERO) Model AT-3R100 airplanes with an ELPROP 3-1-1P propeller. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI identifies the unsafe condition as cracks in the propeller hub. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective October 27, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.09.21)

Aero Linx: Light Aircraft Association Welcome to the Light Aircraft Association, the heart of a community that lives and breathes recreational aviation in all its forms! With almost 70 years of history, no other UK association has the depth of knowledge and experience in looking after our sport. From lowly beginnings we have built an impressive association that today boast around 8,000 members and oversees the airworthiness of 2,600 aircraft, plus a further 1,500 aircraft build projects.  We’ve forged an enviable reputation for determination and fairness within the corridors of power in the UK and Europe and are one of the principle representative groups providing balanced consultative inp

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.09.21): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.09.21)

“It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to train on a brand-new spacecraft, the Boeing Starliner, and it has been fantastic to work with the Boeing team. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to train on another new spacecraft – the SpaceX Crew Dragon – and appreciate the teams at NASA who have made that possible. I am ready to fly and serve on the International Space Station.” Source: Astronaut Nicole Mann, who along with Josh Cassada, has been reassigned to the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the ISS. Part of the Commercial Crew Program, Crew-5 is expected to launch by fall 2022 on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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