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July 10, 2021

The University Of North Carolina Takes Delivery Of Its Third TBM

A TBM 940 Joins The Fleet

Daher has delivered a TBM 940 to UNC Air Operations - the flight department for the UNC Hospital and the University of North Carolina (UNC) - bringing this customer's fleet to three of the TBM-family. All three TBMs operate from the University of North Carolina's flight department at Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville, North Carolina, and the combined fleet is expected to log approximately 1,000 hours annually. The top-of-the-line TBM 940 joins a TBM 850 that was received in February 2012, and a TBM 700C2 delivered in March 2011.

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FAA Releases Policy on Training in Experimental, Primary, and Limited Categories

Controversial Decisions Are Being Questioned By GA Community

The FAA has just released a yet-to-be-published policy addressing the issue of training for compensation or hire in Experimental, Primary, and Limited category aircraft. The policy follows up on a letter from the agency last month that asserted that, without exception, no compensated flight training can take place in these aircraft categories without an exemption or letter of deviation authority (LODA). The newly announced policy maintains that position while offering a short-term solution that allows these operations to continue.

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B-21 Raider Artist Rendering Shown To Public

Will Incrementally Replace The B-1 Lancer And The B-2 Spirit Bombers

The Air Force has released a new B-21 Raider artist rendering graphic with an accompanying fact sheet. As with past renderings, this rendering is an artist’s interpretation of the B-21 design. The new rendering highlights the future stealth bomber with Edwards Air Force Base, California, as the backdrop. The 420th Flight Test Squadron based at Edwards AFB will plan, test, analyze and report on all flight and ground testing of the B-21 Raider. The B-21 program continues to execute the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and is focused on scaling the manufacturing infrastructure and capacity across the industrial supply base to prepare for low rate initial product

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Klyde Morris (07.09.21)

Everyone Gets To Oshkosh In Their Own Way... Even Klyde


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Largest Marine Aircraft Wing Kicks Off Exercise With Long-Range Strike

Summer Fury 21 Will Continue Until July 30

Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing began Exercise Summer Fury 21 with a long-range maritime strike off the coast of Washington. Summer Fury is the largest Marine aviation exercise on the West Coast, and provides 3rd MAW opportunity to improve warfighter readiness in support of a Marine Expeditionary Force maritime campaign. From July 7 to July 9, 3rd MAW executed a long-range maritime strike against a simulated enemy naval surface combatant. With the support of the Port of Moses Lake, 3rd MAW demonstrated its capability to conduct fixed-wing strike operations with F/A-18C Hornets and F-35B Lighting IIs against adversarial naval combatants in a distributed, maritime environment.

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Classic Aero-TV: AirVenture Airshow - Airshow Beauty in Slow Motion

From 2018 (YouTube Version): The Displays Never Fail To Amaze The AirVenture Audience

The world’s best aerobatic, military, and warbird pilots make Oshkosh a priority for their air show performance schedule because they have the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of their peers in the community, as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet. AirVenture’s daily air shows feature a vast variety in today’s world of flight - precision aerobatics, the latest innovations, rare and unique flying ex

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DoT NPRM Will Require Airlines to Refund Some Fees to Consumers

Significantly Delayed Bags and Services Not Provided by the Airline Will Be Affected

DoT is publishing an NPRM that would require airlines to refund fees for checked bags that are significantly delayed and for ancillary services, such as advance seat selection and wi-fi, when consumers pay for them but they are not provided. “Consumers deserve to receive the services they pay for or to get their money back when they don’t. This proposed rule would require airlines to refund fees to passengers whose bags are significantly delayed or who don’t receive the services that they paid for.” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.  

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Airborne 07.06.21: Eviation Alice, Telly Award!, Falcon 6X Program

Also: 2022 WAI Scholarships, Final G550 Delivery, Ascent Fines, DPE Reform

Eviation Aircraft has unveiled the design for its Alice all-electric aircraft, which is on track for first flight later this year. The production configuration, optimized based on real-world lessons learned and customer feedback, defines Alice's path to certification and entry into service expected in 2024. Alice, a nine-passenger, two-crew member aircraft, produces no carbon emissions, significantly reduces noise, and costs a fraction to operate per flight hour. The aircraft is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units from magniX. The advanced fly-by-wire system is mad

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NTSB Prelim: Diamond DA20

Engine Subsequently Shook “Violently” Followed By A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On June 14, 2021, about 1230 eastern daylight time, a Diamond DA20-C1, N458MA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Matthews, Virginia. 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 flight instructor reported that during a short cross-country flight to Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay, air traffic control instructed the flight to descend from 5,500 ft mean sea level (msl) to 2,500 ft msl, due to an active military operations area.

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AD: Safran Helicopter Engines, S.A.

AD 2021-13-03 Requires Repetitive Visual Inspections Of The Fuel Filter By-Pass Indicator Pop-Up

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Safran Helicopter Engines, S.A. (Safran Helicopter Engines) Arriel 2B, 2B1, 2C, 2C1, 2C2, 2S1 and 2S2 model turboshaft engines. This AD was prompted by reports of non-conforming fuel filter pre-blockage pressure switches. This AD requires repetitive visual inspections of the fuel filter by-pass indicator pop-up, a one-time operational test of the fuel filter pre-blockage pressure switch and, depending on the findings, replacement of the fuel filter pre-blockage pressure switch with a part eligible for installation. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these prod

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AD: Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica S.A.

AD 2021-12-14 Continues To Require Revising The Existing AFM Procedures

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-08-11, which applied to all Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica Model ERJ 190-300 and ERJ 190-400 airplanes. AD 2020-08-11 required revising the existing airplane flight manual (AFM) procedures associated with messages of smoke in the electronic bays presented on the respective engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS). This AD continues to require revising the existing AFM procedures, and adds requirements for a terminating modification of the electrical wiring of the mid-electronic bay and backup smoke detectors; as specified in an Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) AD, which i

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.10.21)

Aero Linx: The Air Charter Safety Foundation The Air Charter Safety Foundation will lead and support the advancement of the highest safety standards available to allow the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest air transportation products in the world and to provide objective information about these standards and services to the public. The vision of the ACSF is to promote and enable the highest levels of safety in personal and business aviation. This goal will be achieved by: Promotion and facilitation of risk management programs, Advocacy and support for the industry adoption of a common audit standard,

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.10.21): Pilot’s Discretion

Pilot’s Discretion When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.10.21)

"When we considered the need to replace an aircraft in our fleet, the choice of the TBM was obvious.  Our passengers love the comfort of the cabin, and our pilots love the way they fly. The TBM's reliability has been nearly flawless, and the cost of operation is easily justified when compared to alternative means of travel. The HomeSafe emergency autoland system, which is in the new TBM 940, is a game changer; its added safety is unprecedented. After 49 years of flying, these birds still wow me." Source: Gordon Kramon, the Director of UNC Air Operations and a TBM pilot, explaining why UNC just added their third TBM to the fleet.

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