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April 25, 2022

Airborne 04.25.22: DC Evac Blame Game, CubCrafters Raffle, Diamondo Journey

 Also: Bacardi Sues American Airlines, Starlink Selected, Sporty's Scholarships, SkyCourier Full-Flight Sim

While a number of knee-jerk politicians are pointing fingers, the US Army Recruiting Command has issued a statement regarding its role in the April 20 false alarm that led to the evacuation of the Capitol. The demonstration and airshow team was doing a regular performance for the Washington Nationals’ Military Appreciation Night crowd when the U.S. Capitol Police initiated procedures to evacuate Congressional buildings, mistakenly identifying the team's aircraft as a threat. CubCrafters will support the upcoming Alaska Airmen’s Association benefit with a raffle for a brand-new Carbon Cub FX-3 as the grand prize. The finished aircraft r

Autopiloted Tesla Runs Headlong into Parked Cirrus Jet

On the Bright Side, Maybe It'll Buff Out

Surveillance footage making the rounds is making aviators and Tesla aficionados cringe this week as it shows a remotely summoned Tesla collides with a parked Cirrus Vision at low speed. The security camera video reportedly shows the result of a Tesla owner using the Remote Summon feature of his car, an automated capability that uses a combination of sensors and programming to take the car short distances when the owner requests it. Thankfully, the low speed seems to have limited the damage...

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Diamondo Earthrounding Completes Journey Around the World

Sustainability Adventure Reaches Home Once Again

The crew behind Diamondo Earthrounding finished its mission to circle the globe, touching down at its starting point at Zurich Airport just in time to celebrate World Earth Day. The mission ultimately racked up 111 days enroute, stopping at 75 destinations in 35 countries on 5 continents as it made the rounds at sustainable initiatives and green efforts around the world. The 2 pilots, Robin Wegner and Matthias Niederhauser, flew the whole way in their friend's rented Diamond DA50 RG.

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Sporty's Awards Spring 2022 Pilot Training Scholarships

Young Aviator Gets Assistance in Building Flight Career

Sporty's has awarded recent high school grad and future ERAU student Franklin Fremont with their latest $2,500 flying scholarship for Sporty's Pilot Training+ members. Fremont is a die-hard aviator, obtaining his private glider certificate and quickly moving onward and upward into his airplane and helicopter checkrides.

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Airborne 04.14.22: JMB VL-3, Amazon Drone Program, LockMart Stalker

Also: Biden Touts SAF, Launchpoint Electric Propulsion, Airbus Sells 80 More A320s, Vertical Flight Society

Sun 'n Fun, always a chance to see the latest and greatest in the world of sport aviation, brought out a pleasant surprise this year in JMB Aircraft's new VL-3. The two-place, retractable gear LSA and SportPlane is a lightweight, carbon-bodied, Rotax-powered Czech sportplane aimed at making the $100 burger possible once again. The VL-3 shown at the exhibition was a great example of what is possible with the type, sporting an eye-catching, red leather interior and glass panel G3X avionics ensconced in carbon fiber paneling, looking every bit the p

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Outgoing AEA Chair Garry Joyce Succeeded By Bill Hanf

AEA’s Outgoing Chair Garry Joyce Hands The Reins To Green Mountain Avionics’ Bill Hanf

On a recent podcast with AEA Amplified, the outgoing chairman of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) Garry Joyce reminisced about his 3-year term, and leading organizational change through the storm known as COVID19 in preparation for the years ahead. Mr Joyce previously joined the AEA’s Board of Directors representing the European Region circa 2010.

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Cessna's SkyCourier Full-Flight Sim Approved

Upcoming Aircraft Will See First Training System Installed at FlightSafety Wichita

Textron has announced that TRU Simulation + Training has successfully earned Level D qualification from the FAA for its SkyCourier Full Flight Simulator, allowing pilot training to begin. The aircraft received type certification just one month ago, allowing future operators to hit the ground running as soon as it's delivered. The brand new twin-engine, large-utility turboprop has entered production, with the first unit expected to reach customers in near future.

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Cubcrafters FX-3 to be Raffled in Alaska

Amateur Builder's, Youth Members Provide Handiwork for Donated Carbon Cub to Benefit Alaska's GA Scene

CubCrafters will support the upcoming Alaska Airmen’s Association benefit with a raffle for a brand-new Carbon Cub FX-3 as the grand prize. The finished aircraft recently arrived in Alaska and has been readied for its new owner. The shiny, brand new 2022 Carbon Cub FX-3 awaits at the Association's Anchorage headquarters. N751AK was built as part of an educational experience for young members of the Airmen's NextGen Club, in conjunction with the CubCrafters amateur builder assist program.

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Classic Aero-TV: Textron's X5-55-Thrust Vectoring Offers Intriguing Control Mode

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Textron Unveils X5-55 Experimental Platform At AUVSI

Textron Systems unveiled its new X5-55 engineering test bed at AUVSI earlier this month. Textron’s senior vice president and general manager for unmanned systems, Bill Irby, told ANN at the show that the X5-55 aircraft is a blended-wing design that is powered by four independently-controlled rotors. There are no traditional control surfaces on the aircraft, giving it better maneuverability and greater resilience in windy con

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NTSB Prelim: Learjet Inc 45

The Quartering Tailwind Was Computed “Within Limits...”

On April 2, 2022, at 1119 eastern daylight time, a Learjet Inc 45, N877W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), Morristown, New Jersey. The airline transport pilots and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Each crewmember provided written statements, and their statements were consistent throughout.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.25.22)

Aero Linx: The Medevac Foundation International (MFI) The Medevac Foundation International (MFI) serves the medical transport industry’s professionals, other industry organizations, and families. Our mission draws together academic research, professional development programming, continuing education scholarships, and practical support for families during times of tragedy, uniquely equipping us to address the needs of all associated with the profession.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.25.22): Established On RNP (EoR) Concept

Established On RNP (EoR) Concept A system of authorized instrument approaches, ATC procedures, surveillance, and communication requirements that allow aircraft operations to be safely conducted with approved reduced separation criteria once aircraft are established on a PBN segment of a published instrument flight procedure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.25.22)

“The success of the Cessna SkyCourier simulator program is the result of the collaboration between the Textron Aviation flight test and production teams, FlightSafety International’s courseware, and instructor teams and our employees at TRU...” Source: Jerry Messaris, vice president and general manager of TRU Simulation + Training, addressing the announcement that TRU Simulation + Training has successfully earned Level D qualification from the FAA for its SkyCourier Full Flight Simulator, allowing pilot training to begin.

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