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August 12, 2021

First DA50 RG Demonstrator Lands In The UK

Diamond Aircraft Distributor For The UK, Gemstone Aviation, Shows Off New Aircraft

The latest aircraft in the Diamond Family, the DA50RG, will be available in the UK and Ireland through Gemstone Aviation. On Friday, August 6th, the first public showing of the DA50 RG in the UK took place at Leeds East Airport. “The 5-seat DA50 RG fits well into the UK market, and with a maximum takeoff weight under 2,000 kg it weighs in just under the threshold for paying Eurocontrol charges. This will give the DA50 RG the lowest operating costs in its class,” said Henrik Burkal, Director at Gemstone Aviation.

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New President of Pyka, Dan Grossman, Bringing ePlane to Market

Former GM/Ford Executive Brings Next-Gen Electric Airplane To Market

Electric mobility pioneer Dan Grossman has been confirmed as the President of Pyka, who reportedly makes the first and only commercially certified 100% electric autonomous plane working in precision agriculture. Following this announcement was the reveal for plans of a passenger and cargo electric plane. The company has been developing the plane for the past four and a half years, based on their technology advancements in autonomous crop spraying. 

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AEA 2Q/21 Report: Time to Invest In Avionics?

The AEA’s Second Half Avionics Report Exceeds $1 Billion

In the first six months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to $1,069,737,831, as reported by the participating companies. 75.2% of the YTD sales volume occurred in the U.S. and Canada, while 24.8% took place in other markets internationally, according to companies that separated these sales figures. Retrofit sales take the lead with 55% of the total sales for the first half of 2021 while forward-fit sales amounted to 45% Figures represented a 7.1% decrease in total sales for Q1 of 2021 as compared to Q1 of 2020. Q2 of 2021 saw an increase of 2.1% compared to Q2 in 2020. <

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Spacex Buys Satellite Data Startup, Swarm

SpaceX Seeks to Expand Starlink’s Constellation Through The Acquisition

Swarm Technologies has been acquired by SpaceX, assisting in the growth of the company's Starlink internet service. Swarm wrote on August 6th in a Federal Communications Commission filing, that they would become “a direct wholly-owned subsidiary of SpaceX upon consummation of the Proposed Transaction.” SpaceX tends to create its own in-house systems, which makes the transaction rare. Swarm is a competitor for SpaceX, but a small one, which makes the value of the acquisition unclear. 

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Klyde Morris (08.09.21)

Klyde's Not Completely Sold On The Virgin Galactic Pricing Scheme


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NTSB: Air Carrier Turbulence-Related Injuries Can Be Reduced

NTSB Holds Public Meeting on Reducing Turbulence In-Flight Operations

The NTSB held a public meeting on Tuesday, August 10th, recommending that the FAA, National Weather Service and airline industry associations take the recommended actions to reduce the incidence of turbulence-related injuries in flight operations. In recent years turbulence caused more than one third of air carrier accidents, making it the most prevalent of all air carrier accidents. “Pilot reports of turbulence conditions are a tremendous help to both pilots and forecasters to predict and avoid hazardous turbulence and subsequent injuries,” says NTSB Acting Chairman Bruce Landsberg (pictured). “The majority of injuries occurred beow 20,000 feet in the vicinity

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Canada’s Flair Pilots Vote to Join ALPA

Flair Pilots Will Now Begin The Process Of Setting Up Their Internal Organization

The Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) certified the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) as the collective bargaining representative for pilots at Flair Airlines. With 86 percent of eligible pilots participating in the representation election, 97 percent voted in favour of joining the world’s largest pilot union on July 20. “We’re pleased to welcome Flair pilots into our union and look forward to further advancing the aviation profession together,” said ALPA president Capt. Joe DePete.

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P-8A Poseidons for Norway Perform First Flight

Delivery to the NDMA Expected Later This Year

The first of five P-8A Poseidon aircraft took its first flight on the morning of August 9th. It left Renton Municipal Airport and traveled to Boeing Field in Seattle, reaching a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet in the 2 hour and 24 minute flight. The five aircraft will ultimately replace Norway’s current fleet that includes six P-3 Orions and three DA-20 Jet Falcons, and move from Andoya Air Station to Evenes Air Station with the introduction of the P-8As. 

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Airborne 08.09.21: Oshkosh21 Stats, Raptor Down, Cub v Kayak

Also: A-10s on Highway, Virgin Galactic Prices Double, Norwegian DA62 MPP, B-29 Doc Setback

At a final Oshkosh briefing from EAA Boss Jack Pelton, he noted that, “This was perhaps the most challenging set of circumstances we’ve ever faced as an organization to make the event happen. I could not be more proud of our volunteers, staff, and participants on the way they came together to exceed our expectations and make AirVenture 2021 a truly memorable experience.” One of the SportPlane world's most controversial kit development programs may be ending. Following years of setbacks, delays and no end of questionable development decision, fo

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Airborne-Flight Training 07.08.21: LIFT Academy, Navy AWO, CAE Acquires

Also: DPE Reform, WAI 2022 Scholarships, Aviation Discovery Summer Camp, AEA Spotlights, ANN's Award

Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy will send LIFT graduates to Cape Air in a flow program to provide Cape Air with a pool of aviators to operate its daily passenger flights throughout their four regions in the Midwest, Montana, Caribbean and the Northeast. Upon completion of their flight training at LIFT Academy, graduates will transition to a First Officer role at Cape Air until they are qualified to upgrade to Captain status. As Cape Air pilots, they will build invaluable flight experience, prior to flowing to Republic Airways. A new era in

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150F

The Airplane’s Engine Needed To Be Hand-Propped Due To A “Weak Starter”

On July 24, 2021, about 1830 central daylight time, a Cessna 150F, N7893F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rock Falls, Illinois. The two pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to one of the pilots, the two pilots met each other at an aviation event just prior to the accident flight. After a short discussion, the two pilots decided to conduct a local flight in the accident airplane. The pilot and owner, who was seated in the left seat, reported the airplane’s engine needed to be hand-propped due to a “weak starter.” Afte

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AD: PZL Swidnik S.A. Helicopters

AD 2021-16-20 Prohibits Installing The Affected Part Unless It Is Inspected And Installed Per The AD Requirements

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain PZL Swidnik S.A. Model PZL W-3A helicopters. This AD requires visually inspecting the bonding on a certain partnumbered fairing installed on a certain part-numbered vibration absorber, improving the bonding if necessary, using improved installation procedures to secure the fairing to the vibration absorber, and removing certain parts from service. This AD also prohibits installing the affected part unless it is inspected and installed per the AD requirements. This AD was prompted by a report of a broken bolt securing the fairing to the vibration absorber that resulted f

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.12.21)

Aero Linx: The American Bonanza Society The American Bonanza Society serves Beechcraft enthusiasts by sharing valuable safety, technical and educational resources, and by promoting interaction among and advocacy on behalf of its members. ABS is the premier association for Bonanza, Baron, Debonair, and Travel Air enthusiasts, with 10,000+ members who own, fly, or have a sincere interest in these Beechcraft models. Because of this common interest, we have banded together to share information and experiences involving the operation and maintenance of Beech-produced aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.12.21): Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron A device normally located on uncontrolled airports and used as a landing direction indicator. The small end of a tetrahedron points in the direction of landing. At controlled airports, the tetrahedron, if installed, should be disregarded because tower instructions supersede the indicator.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.12.21)

"While it's encouraging to see a modest increase in sales compared to the second quarter of last year, this report is somewhat mixed as it ended a string of sales increases over the preceding nine months. The avionics industry is still facing some headwinds with various supply chain issues and global travel restrictions. With new products and services entering the market, the resounding success of recent trade shows and resilient consumers, there are still positive signs for general aviation to continue its climb." Source: AEA President and CEO Mike Adamson, commenting the most recent AEA Sales Report.

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