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July 05, 2021

CAF Airbase Georgia Hosts 'Keep Em' Flyin' Hangar Dance

Bringing Back A Bit Of The 1940s -- And A Lot Of Nostalgia

The glamor and romance of the Big Band-era will return Sept. 25, 2021 when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia hosts “Keep ‘em Flying”, a hangar dance and dinner fundraiser set in an aviation museum surrounded by historic World War II aircraft and decorated to recreate the iconic mood of the 1940s. The festivities will take place from 6 p.m. -11 p.m. at the CAF Airbase Georgia Warbird Museum, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City.

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DPE Reform Working Group Makes Recommendations to ARAC

A Dozen Recommendations Were Submitted To ARAC

The DPE Reform Working Group, which is chaired by EAA, recently submitted a recommendation report to the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) with a number of proposed changes to the designated pilot examiner system. In total, 12 recommendations were submitted to ARAC and ultimately will address DPE selection, standardization, mentorship, and a more efficient and effective landscape for scheduling a practical test across the country. Innovative use of technology and known best practices were all part of the 12 recommendations now heading back to the FAA for implementation.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Ultimate RANS?? - Randy Schlitter’s New S-21 SportPlane Kit

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The RANS S-21 Kit-Built Airplane Encompasses a Unique Building Concept…

While ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, was stomping around EAA AirVenture 2016 on his “What’s New” rounds, he stopped to talk with Randy Schlitter, the founder and owner of RANS Designs, which is the company that produces the RANS line of kit-built airplanes. While RANS has been around for a long time, they still managed to come up with something new in the RANS S-21. For those of you who are familiar with the RANS airplanes this truly is “Breaking News.” RANS has been noted for building tube-and-rag airpla

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USAF Bringing New Rescue And Attack Missions To Davis-Monthan AFB

Plans Also Include The Retirement Of The Oldest A-10s

The Department of the Air Force announced plans to move close air support and rescue missions, including A-10 Thunderbolt II and HH-60 Pave Hawk weapons schools and test squadrons, to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base beginning in fiscal year 2022. The proposed plan would transfer rescue and attack missions, aircraft and personnel to Davis-Monthan AFB as part of the Air Force’s vision of making the base the Center of Excellence for close air support and rescue missions.

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Embraer Delivers First Limited Edition Duet Phenom 300E

Developed In Collaboration with Porsche

Embraer delivered the first limited-edition Phenom 300E aircraft-part of the Duet collaboration with Porsche-to an undisclosed customer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The aircraft was delivered at Embraer's Global Customer Center in Melbourne, Florida. Only ten of this limited-edition pairing will be produced. "We designed Duet in collaboration with Porsche to introduce a seamless travel experience for those wanting to arrive in something totally original, while holding true to our vision of delivering the ultimate experience in business aviation," said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets.

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Wing Launches Free Drone Flyer App -- Opensky

Designed To Simplify Airspace Access

Wing, an FAA approved UAS Service Supplier of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), made its drone flyer app, OpenSky, available in the US for the first time. Available for free in the Google Play and Apple’s App Store, the OpenSky app makes it easy for drone flyers to abide by FAA airspace rules and regulations and request authorization to fly in controlled airspace in near real-time.

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Airborne 06.28.21: Virgin Galactic OK'd, AEA21 Rocked!, USAAT Withdraws

Also: RETAIN Act v Ligado, Solar Impulse 2 Anniversary, UND Adds Another R44, DAC Says No To 'Cockpit?'

After a lot of work, Virgin Galactic is able to celebrate a huge milestone… they've gotten approval for a Full Commercial Launch License. Virgin Galactic has reported that the FAA updated the Company’s existing commercial space transportation operator license to allow the spaceline to fly customers to space. The Company also announced that it has completed an extensive review of data gathered from its May 22 test flight. The 2021 Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention and trade Show wrapped up last week and it was quite

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II

When The Helicopter Was About 10 Ft Off Of The Ground, The Engine Power Reduced Dramatically

On June 10, 2021 at 1515 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N202SM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Reserve, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he made a right 90° hover-turn from the taxiway to the runway. He increased engine power and started the takeoff sequence. When the helicopter was about 10 ft off of the ground, the engine power reduced dramatically.

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AD: International Aero Engines AG Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-11-51 Requires A USI Of Affected HPT 1st-Stage Disks And HPT 2nd-Stage Disks

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain International Aero Engines AG (IAE) V2522-A5, V2524-A5, V2527-A5, V2527E-A5, V2527M-A5, V2530-A5, and V2533-A5 model turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by a review of investigative findings from an event involving an uncontained failure of a high-pressure turbine (HPT) 1st-stage disk that resulted in high-energy debris penetrating the engine cowling. This AD requires an ultrasonic inspection (USI) of affected HPT 1st-stage disks and HPT 2nd-stage disks and, depending on the results of the USI, removal of the affected HPT 1st-stage and HPT 2nd-stage disks from service. The FAA previously sent an

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.05.21)

Aero Linx: Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA): Our mission is to “Support the United States Army Aviation Soldier and Family.” AAAA was formed in early 1957 by a small group of senior Aviation Officers in the active Army, the Reserve Forces of the U.S. Army and industry. The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to representing the broad interests of Army Aviation. With 78 Chapters worldwide, its membership of over 18,000 is comprised of  Active Duty, Reserve Components (Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve), government civilian, retired, industry, affiliated organization

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.05.21): SIGMET

SIGMET A weather advisory issued concerning weather significant to the safety of all aircraft. SIGMET advisories cover severe and extreme turbulence, severe icing, and widespread dust or sandstorms that reduce visibility to less than 3 miles.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.05.21)

"DPEs are vital to the overall Airman Certification process and these recommendations represent reform that will enable the current cadre of DPEs to continue to provide both expertise and a level of safety assurance for GA. The work done in developing these recommendations represent not only improvements to current state aspects but also future long term development of the resource as a whole. The FAA, aviation community stakeholders, and the public have a compelling interest in a DPE community that provide an accurate and meaningful assessment of an applicant’s fitness to operate safely in the National Airspace System." Source: From a report by the DPE Reform Working Group, which is chaired by EAA -- whom recently submitted a r

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