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April 24, 2021

AEA Urges Action To Set Aside FCC’s Ligado Order

'Would Upend Decades Of Sound Spectrum Policy'

On the one-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission’s Ligado Order, the Aircraft Electronics Association joined a broad coalition of nearly 100 organizations urging President Joe Biden’s administration and Congress to work with the FCC to ultimately set aside the flawed Ligado Order that, if left in place, would upend decades of sound spectrum policy, negatively impact a significant cross-section of commercial, federal, and academic users who rely on the many different L-band satellite services, and threaten the safety of most Americans.

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Ford Tri-Motor Begins 2021 National Tour in April

The Tour Will Continue Into The Summer, With The Tri-Motor Returning To Oshkosh In July

The Liberty Aviation Museum's 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B will return for a full EAA national tour in 2021 after the COVID pandemic halted operations in 2020. The first portion of the 2021 tour schedule includes a stop in Illinois before the aircraft heads south to Kentucky and Tennessee. The tour will continue into the summer, with the Tri-Motor returning to Oshkosh for the full week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 26-August 1. EAA's Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-E is currently undergoing continued restoration and maintenance and will not be touring this season.

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Logs Second Successful Flight

Ingenuity Climbed To 16 Feet This Time

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter successfully completed its second Mars flight on Thursday – the 18th sol, or Martian day, of its experimental flight test window. Lasting 51.9 seconds, the flight added several new challenges to the first, which took place on April 19, including a higher maximum altitude, longer duration, and sideways movement.

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Next F-15EX Delivered Ahead of Schedule

Eight Months From Contract Award To The First F-15EX Delivery

On Tuesday, a second F-15EX fighter aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Air Force earlier than the contract requirement. The result of a collaboration across industry, the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard, the F-15EX is a ready-now replacement for the F-15C that includes best-in-class payload, range and speed and an all-new digital infrastructure. “Moving from contract award to delivery in a matter of months enables the U.S. Air Force to get a head start on flight testing and demonstrates our commitment to exceeding expectations,” said Prat Kumar, Boeing vice president and F-15 program manager.

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Bell Celebrates 60 Bell 505 Deliveries in Europe

60th Bell 505 European Delivery Went To The Montenegro Air Force

Bell has delivered another Bell 505 to the Montenegro Air Force, making it the 60th Bell 505 aircraft in Europe. “Delivering 60 505s to Europe is an exciting milestone for Bell,” said Patrick Moulay, Senior Vice President, International Business. “This achievement is a testament to the performance of the Bell 505 and our customers’ confidence in the aircraft. Beyond the success of the Bell 505 in Europe, we see momentum in demand for the aircraft across international markets. We look forward to seeing more growth in the future.”

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Classic Aero-TV: The DroneVolt Ag Program - Honest Work For Tomorrow's UAVs

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Heavy-Duty Industrial Drones Do More Than Provide Images…

Sometimes it seems like the popularity of small drones circles around the drone’s capability of providing photographic imagery but that’s not all they are used for. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with a company by the name of Drone Volt that shows us the incredible capabilities that drones provide in other industrial applications.

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FAA Revokes Repair Station Certificate of Apple International Inc. of Tennessee

Richard Harper Entered A Guilty Plea To One Count Of Attempted Aircraft Parts Fraud

The FAA proposes to revoke the repair station certificate of Apple International Inc., of Bristol, Tenn. The FAA alleges that Apple’s owner instructed employees to remove the identification plate from one Bell Helicopter and put it on a different Bell Helicopter without the approval of the FAA. Changing the aircraft’s identification plate had the effect of misrepresenting the identity of the aircraft to potential purchasers. Additionally, Apple’s owner pleaded guilty in September 2020 to attempted aircraft-parts fraud. Federal law requires the FAA to revoke a certificate when an individual who has a controlling or ownership interest in a cert

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Airborne 04.21.21: SnF Wins-OSH Next?, MARS Ingenuity, NX Cub Defies Skeptics

Also: ANN's SNFDD21 MVP, Panthera Goes Public, Zefhir Helicopter, True Blue Power Ups Game!

What a successful Sun n Fun Aero Space Expo! The first major aviation event in over a year is in the books... Though the numbers are still being tabulated, Sun ‘n Fun Boss Lites Leenhouts declared Saturday the best ever for that day and predicted a strong possibility that SnF21 would break all previous records for the week. Based on what we saw, we  agree. Monday, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter became the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Inge

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA28R

While Turning From Base Toward Final, The Engine Sustained A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On April 17, 2021, about 1948 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, N2973R, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near McKinney, Texas. The flight instructor and student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The airplane departed from the Rockwall Municipal Airport (F46), Rockwall, Texas, at 1934 and was flying in the traffic pattern at the McKinney National Airport (TKI), McKinney, Texas. While turning from base toward final, the engine sustained a total loss of engine power.

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AD: Austro Engine GmbH Engines

AD 2021-09-04 Prompted By Reports Of An Oil Pump Blockage On E4 Model Diesel Piston Engines

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Austro Engine GmbH E4 and E4P model diesel piston engines. This AD was prompted by reports of an oil pump blockage on E4 model diesel piston engines. This AD requires replacing a certain oil pump as well as the oil filter and engine oil. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective May 10, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.21)

Aero Linx: ITSA – International Transportation Safety Association ITSA is an international network of heads (Chairpersons, Directors or the equivalent)  of independent safety investigation authorities (SIA). ITSA covers all modes of transportation, including aviation, marine, railways, road transport, pipelines and underground infrastructure. Some ITSA member authorities are single mode, i.e. their remit is limited to one mode of transportation, while others are multimodal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.21): Hold For Release

Hold For Release Used by ATC to delay an aircraft for traffic management reasons; i.e., weather, traffic volume, etc. Hold for release instructions (including departure delay information) are used to inform a pilot or a controller (either directly or through an authorized relay) that an IFR departure clearance is not valid until a release time or additional instructions have been received.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.24.21)

“So far, the engineering telemetry we have received and analyzed tell us that the flight met expectations and our prior computer modeling has been accurate. We have two flights of Mars under our belts, which means that there is still a lot to learn during this month of Ingenuity.” Source: Bob Balaram, chief engineer for the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, commenting the successful conclusion of Ingenuity's second flight over Mars.

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