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April 07, 2021

Airborne 04.07.21: Wisk Sues Archer, PCSO R66 Police Chopper, Mars Heli Update

Also: Tuskegee Airmen Honored, Starship SN11 Blowup, Special Mission G550, Duncan's 100th Winglets

Wisk Aero, has filed a lawsuit against Archer Aviation. The lawsuit alleges that Archer's business is "built on intellectual property that is not theirs..." -- Also bringing claims for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. As detailed in the filing in federal court in the Northern District of California, this lawsuit claims Wisk's alleged discovery of suspicious file downloads by certain former employees who left Wisk to work for Archer, including thousands of files related to Wisk's confidential aircraft designs, component designs, system designs, manufacturing, and test data. Archer's recent disclosure of an aircraft design reportedly appears to be

Wisk Aero Sues Archer Aviation

Has Filed for Theft of Trade Secrets and Patent Infringement

Wisk Aero, has filed a lawsuit against Archer Aviation. The lawsuit alleges that Archer's business is "built on intellectual property that is not its own" and brings claims for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement.

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Airborne 04.05.21: E-AB Flt Testing, NORAD v Tu142s, SnF Digital Daily!

Also: Citation 560XL #1000, Erickson & USFS, NC Airports Funded, KC-390 Refueling

EAA has reported that the FAA has published draft guidance to implement an optional task-based Phase I program for Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. Under the program, once an aircraft completes a flight test plan that meets FAA standards, Phase I is complete. The standard 25- or 40-hour flight test period for Phase I will remain an option for all E-AB, and Experimental Light-Sport (E-LSA) continues to carry a 5-hour test period. At 4:50 a.m. (AKST), last Monday, the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense R

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Airborne-Flight Training 03.18.21: XPW USAF Training, Italian Navy, CAP Scholars

Also: WAI Scholarships, Final Drone Rules, Ray Foundation CAF Grant, Nat'l Aerobatics Day

Seven Airmen made history as the first “Accelerated Path to Wings” program  to graduate and they transitioned from students to Air Force pilots during a ceremony on March 12. Nicknamed the “XPW” program, the course is part of Air Education and Training Command's current pilot training transformation efforts and consists of students completing an undergraduate pilot training curriculum that only utilizes one airframe, the T-1 Jayhawk. Traditional UPT is a three-phase program that produce

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Tuskegee Airmen to Receive the 2021 Clifford Henderson Trophy

Tuskegee Airmen Were The First Black Military Aviators In The Army Air Corps

NAA has announced that the Tuskegee Airmen have been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Clifford Henderson Trophy. The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor the creator and Managing Director of the world renowned National Air Races from 1928-1939. Clifford Henderson’s work stimulated a generation’s interest in aviation and challenged the state of the art in aviation  development.

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Metro Delivers EC145E To Tampa General Hospital

Equipped With Genesys Aerosystems’ IFR HeliSAS Autopilot

Tampa General Hospital is upgrading its fleet of critical care helicopters with the addition of a new Airbus EC145e. The new helicopter provides more cabin space and faster air speeds than their current primary aircraft. “This new medical air transport helicopter is an important part of Tampa General’s Aeromed Program and will play a key role in helping us provide potentially lifesaving care to critically ill or injured patients in 23 Florida counties,” said Michele Moran, senior director of emergency services, Tampa General Hospital.

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Duncan Aviation Installs 100th Falcon Winglets

The 101st Duncan Aviation Falcon Winglet Installation Comes In May 2021

Duncan Aviation has delivered the 100th pair of Aviation Partners, Inc. (API) blended winglets that the company has installed on a Dassault Falcon aircraft. A Falcon 900EX flew away from the company's Lincoln, Neb., MRO facility, with the honors late last week. In 2008, Duncan Aviation partnered with API and the OEM to install the API blended winglets on a Falcon 2000EX for Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) certification flight test. API subsequently announced Duncan Aviation's Battle Creek, Mich., and Lincoln MROs as the first authorized installers for Falcon blended winglets in 2009. Between the two locations, there are nine airframe maintenance teams with more than 1

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Airborne Training Services Selects L3Harris for Boeing 767-300ER FPT

Will Deliver A Customized B767-300ER FPT

Airborne Training Services (ATS) has selected L3Harris Technologies to deliver a Boeing 767-300ER Flat Panel Trainer (FPT) to streamline and improve the cost-effectiveness of its training. ATS is an FAA-certified Part 142 training facility that provides training for ATSG’s subsidiary airlines – Omni Air, Air Transport International and ABX Air – and offers a range of simulator-based training services to other customers. The new trainer will be delivered to the ATS Training Center in Wilmington, Ohio in spring 2021, to expand ATS’s mix of training devices across its programs and allow more efficient utilization of its higher-fidelity simulators.

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Classic Aero-TV: Hobbico's Michael Zaborowski -- The State of Model Aviation

From 2015 (YouTube Version): A Model Aviation Juggernaut Profiles The Basics Of Getting Airborne Via Radio Control

While at eFest 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, met with Michael Zaborowski who works in research and development for Hobbico Products. Jim brings up his view that model aircraft can be divided into categories such as, fixed wing, rotorcraft, multirotor, and FPV. He asked Zaborowski to expand on this concept. Zaborowski replies by providing his opinion of how each one of these categories fits into the picture. You need to watch the video for the details, and you’ll find his opinions are interesting. When he gets in

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Gulfstream Delivers Special Missions Aircraft To IAF

"Israel Has Been A Gulfstream Special-Missions Customer For Many Years..."

Gulfstream has delivered a special missions Gulfstream G550 to the Israeli Air Force to support and enhance their mission-critical surveillance operations. "Israel has been a Gulfstream special-missions customer for many years, and we are grateful for their continued confidence in us," said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.30.21: Wisk NZ Launch, TX Pol v FAA, TSA Anti-Drone

Also: NASA Ingenuity, DARTdrones Donates, Textron Shadow Update, Upgraded V-BAT 128

Wisk is progressing with its Transport Trial, which will advance autonomous passenger transport under the New Zealand Government's broader Airspace Integration Trial Program (AITP). Wisk is working towards rolling out the implementation phase later this year. In February 2020, Wisk announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand Government to establish the Transport Trial under the broader AITP. A Texas Politician is trying to overstep and set unmanned aircraft regulations outside of the f

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AD: MHI RJ Aviation ULC

AD 2021-07-03 Also Requires Revising The Existing Maintenance Or Inspection Program

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-05-03, which applied to certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. AD 2015-05-03 required revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations, and incorporating structural repairs and modifications to preclude widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD continues to require the actions specified in AD 2015-05-03. This AD also requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limit

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AD: Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica S.A.

AD 2021-07-14 Prompted By A Report Involving Disconnection Of A Side Arm Strut From The Right MLG

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica S.A. Model EMB-135 and EMB-145 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report involving disconnection of a side arm strut from the right main landing gear (MLG); a subsequent investigation found that the side arm strut lower bearing was installed inverted on the airplane. This AD Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica verify certain conditions and doing all applicable on-condition actions, as specified in an Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to ad

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.07.21)

Aero Linx: Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.07.21): Downburst

Downburst A strong downdraft which induces an outburst of damaging winds on or near the ground. Damaging winds, either straight or curved, are highly divergent. The sizes of downbursts vary from 1/2 mile or less to more than 10 miles. An intense downburst often causes widespread damage. Damaging winds, lasting 5 to 30 minutes, could reach speeds as high as 120 knots.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.07.21)

“The Tuskegee Airmen are excited to be recognized with the presentation of the 2021 Clifford Henderson Trophy and to be a part of the long list of aviation pioneers recognized by the National Aeronautic Association. The World War II record and accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen are legendary and this award will be a part of the legacy.” Source: Jerry Burton, National President, Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., discussing the annopuncment in which the NAA announced that the Tuskegee Airmen have been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Clifford Henderson Trophy.

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