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April 13, 2021

Airborne 04.13.21: SnF21 Starts Strong, Airshow Upgrades, ASR Buys Strong

Also: CGS Hawk Is Back, NX Cub Converts Tailwheel Adherents, First Day Montage
With the beginnings of the pandemic now a year behind us, the aviation community is coming together once again, safely and responsibly, to celebrate all things aviation! The staff of the Aero-News Network and Sun ‘n Fun have partnered to bring you all the news from the show via the Sun ‘n Fun digital daily at Sun ‘n Fun Boss “Lites” Leenhouts opens SnF21 with enthusiasm. With record advance ticket sales and better than expected exhibitor numbers, Leenhouts noted that the entire event supports an amazing educational program that has no equal in aviation. There’s a new airshow control facility in town... Sun ‘n Fun has an

ASR Chutes Selected For Speed Aircraft F100 and F200

Companies Announce Landmark Development and Supply Agreement

Aviation Safety Resources and Speed Aircraft announced the completion of a strategic development and supply agreement that will make ASR’s aircraft emergency parachute recovery system standard equipment on these aircraft. “Aircraft emergency parachute recovery systems are essential to the market growth of general aviation market,” said Larry Williams, ASR president and CEO.

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One Year and Counting... Aerox' New Owners Take On Unique Aero-Safety Company

Aerox Also Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary Of Original Company

Aerox Aviation Oxygen Systems of Bonita Springs Florida returns to Lakeland while celebrating its fortieth year AND the one-year anniversary of ownership by pilot/entrepreneur Scott Ashton. Aerox is exhibiting at booth A-098 and promoting its entire “Oxygen Made Easy” product line. Oxygen Made Easy Aerox has announced several new easy to use, high performance oxygen systems that will be highlighted at the show. From Ashton’s deep connection with Aerox customers as a pilot and CFI, the PrO2 Plus Flight Bag portable oxygen system was created because of Ashton’s belief that hypoxia is impairing pilots at altitudes much lower than the 12,500’ oxygen requirements of 14 CFR

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CAF Launches Campaign To Expand Number Of Local Units

History Buffs And Warbird Fans Encouraged To Apply

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced plans to create new CAF Units in selected cities across the country. The organization has identified four locations to focus on – Huntsville, Ala., Birmingham, Ala., Bowling Green, Ky., and Smyrna, Tenn. These cities were chosen based on strong community interest in the CAF’s mission. While the campaign will target these selected cities, Unit locations can be started in any community, and all inquiries are welcome.

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Klyde Morris (04.12.21)

Klyde Remembers An Extraordinary in Space History... His Way


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Working for You At SnF21: The GA Camping Crew

The Short Wing Piper Club Also Has An Information Booth In The Type Club Tent

By Ernest Lee In the early years of Sun-n-Fun, camping with your plane was in a small area on the east side of the field. Adair Henderson, who was chairman, and Iris Morris flew Piper Tri-Pacers and were in the newly formed Tri-Pacer Owners Club (later known as Short Wing Piper Club). As the show grew, the campground moved west. It was the "raw dirt", or the Papa taxiway extension project. Adair and Iris acquired an old mobile home so the crew would have a place to get out of the weather. About this time Adair handed off chairmanship to George Klitsch.

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Sheltair Partners with SUN ‘n FUN

Pledges to 'Fuel' the Next Generation of Aviators

Sheltair has agreed to an official partnership with SUN ‘n FUN, supporting the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) while becoming the official fuel provider for the world-famous airshow at Lakeland Linder International Airport. In addition to an in-kind contribution, Sheltair will donate $0.10 per gallon on all uplifts during the event to ACE's Project Skylab, a STEM learning center designed to provide hands-on activities for the next generation of aviation professionals. Since ACE's opening in 2014, SUN ‘n FUN’s proceeds have supported the non-profit aerospace organization whose mission is to engage, educate, and accelerate the aerospace industry's professionals of tomorrow.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.13.21)

"Sheltair has provided excellent service to our SUN ‘n FUN guests for years. Having them engage in such a fantastic effort to help support our Aerospace Center for Excellence as an official partner is very exciting. We are very grateful and look forward to expanding our partnership in the coming months!" Source: John "Lites" Leenhouts, president and CEO of SUN ‘n FUN / Aerospace Center for Excellence, discussing the many ways that an agreement with Sheltair is positively impacting future aviators. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Walter Mitty's Near-Jet - The PJ-II Dreamer Ducted Fan

From Sun 'N Fun 2016 (YouTube Version): Looks Like A Jet, Flies Like A GA Airplane…

While at Sun ‘n Fun 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, saw a light-airplane that looked like a stylized F-15. The airplane is called the PJ-II “Dreamer”. To get the details, Tom talked with Len Bechtold, who designed the engine for the aircraft, as well as the technical director of design, Ben Kolotilin. The Design of this fascinating airplane originated in Russia and has now been brought to the United States with the hopes of placing it into production. 

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New Alternator Coupling Tools Offered By Approach Aviation

Alternator Drive Coupling Plays An Important Role...

While it may not initially be the most thrilling topic you can think of, when your alternator packs up and gives the ghost, it WILL get your attention... so treat your alternator well. Approach Aviation is offering a new set of tools designed for proper installation, removal and testing of alternator drive couplings found on many Continental Aerospace Technologies piston engines. The alternator drive coupling plays an important role in engines with direct-drive, gear-driven alternators.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2021-08-11 Requires Revising The Existing Maintenance Or Inspection Program

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model BD-700-1A10 and BD-700-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of one or both roll control input modules (RCIMs) being incorrectly installed. This AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate certain aircraft maintenance manual (AMM) tasks. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective April 27, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.13.21)

Aero Linx: Flying Wings of Louisiana Rusty Lavergne is the founder of Flying Wings of Louisiana along with his wife and co-founder, Kelly Lavergne. Rusty is a former Army Blackhawk Helicopter pilot and has been fulfilling his passion of aviation by  flying helicopters for the past 24 years. Rustys love of aviation has led him to flying fixed wing airplanes where he has acquired many ratings. Having raised their 3 sons, Rusty and Kelly are ready for another chapter in life of giving back. Cancer has affected both of their families and they decided to help by supporting the smallest victims, the children. Flying Wings will serve pediatric cancer patients and their families in the local area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.13.21): IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

IFR Military Training Routes (IR) Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training in both IFR and VFR weather conditions below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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