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September 25, 2021

Rob Holland Wins Tenth National Aerobatic Championship

Placed First In Known, First In Unknown And First In Free

This week, ICAS member and air show performer Rob Holland (pictured, right, with IAC's Mike Heuer) won his tenth consecutive U.S. National Aerobatic Championship in Salina, Kansas. After winning his first unlimited national aerobatic championship in Denison, Texas in September of 2011, Holland has won every one since. (The National Aerobatic Championships were not held in 2020 due to the pandemic.) No other aerobatic pilot has won as many unlimited championships. And, other than Rob, only the legendary Leo Loudenslager won as many as seven.

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Almost There... Flight Training Bill Clears Legislative Hurdle

The Amendment And The NDAA To Which It Has Been Attached Now Move To The Senate

A bipartisan amendment, introduced by Representative Same Graves (R-MO) and Representative Kai Kahele (D-HI), that would reverse the FAA’s recent policy on flight training has been accepted into the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment, which encompasses the Certainty for General Aviation Pilots Act of 2021, would negate the FAA’s recent policy that requires virtually all training in experimental, limited, and primary categories to be conducted under a letter of deviation authority (LODA) or an exemption.

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Successful Coast Guard Rescue Mission In Washington

Crew Hoists Man From Steep Ravine After One Week After He Went Missing

The Coast Guard has rescued a missing hiker, Jerren Fisher, 26, near Six Mile trail in the southeast area of Olympic National Park. Fisher had been missing for a week since September 8. An Olympic National Park search and rescue team located Fisher at about 4:35 p.m. on Sunday. They had verbal contact with him but could not access the area due to the steep grade where he was trapped inside a ravine. At 5:10 pm, the Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles requested air rescue assistance. After arrival to the area, it took the aircrew about 30 minutes to locate the search party. Using a flashlight, the hiker was able to direct the helicopter to the area. Due to fuel constraints and

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Classic Aero-TV: Overgrown Drone? - An eHang 184 Project Update

From 2017: A Drone on Steroids Leads the Way to Autonomous Human-Carrying Aerial Transportation…

While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, had an opportunity to check up on what could best be called a drone on steroids, known as the EHang 184. This is the multirotor drone that is designed to carry an individual from one destination to another under complete autonomous control.

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Thoroughbred Aviation Opens New Helicopter Maintenance Facility

MD Helicopters Celebrates Alongside The Company, Showing Their Continued Support

MD Helicopters congratulates Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance on its expansion at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. Thoroughbred is the largest aircraft maintenance provider in Kentucky, and they just opened a new 20,000 square-foot facility, which will be committed to expanding helicopter and fixed-wing maintenance. Attending the event were Rocky Adkins, Senior Advisor to Governor Beshear, the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, and MD Helicopters Director of Customer Support Eric Kessler who presented Thoroughbred Aviation with a plaque.

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Leonardo and Northrop Grumman Partnership Climbs To New Heights

Future Rotorcraft UAS Opportunities In The Works

Leonardo and Northrop Grumman inform the community of their intention to partner for opportunities in the Vertical Take-Off and Landing Uncrewed Aerial Systems markets. According to the companies, collaboration is being considered for air vehicle design, system architectures, payload optimisation and integration within next generation battlespace architectures, with a focus on customer requirements and mission-based Concepts of Operations. This will mark the latest development in the long-term partnership between Northrop Grumman and Leonardo, which dates back to 1995.

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Airborne 09.20.21: Inspiration4 Returns, Earhart Claim, IAC Champs

Also: Phoenix H125s, EAA Ultralights, RedTail Flight Academy, Wyoming Aviation HoF

Inspiration4 Returns Home... The return marks the completion of the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight to orbit. After launching from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 and  three days orbiting Earth, the astronauts of Inspiration4 flying aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 7:06 p.m. EDT, Saturday. OK... please take this with a grain of salt... but... New information has allegedly been

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NTSB Prelim: SCHMITT Just Acft Highlander

The Engine Stopped Producing Power And The Pilot Performed A Forced Landing

On August 24, 2021, at 1926 eastern daylight time, a Just Acft Highlander, N101KL was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Crittenden, Kentucky. The private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to the pilot, who was also the owner of the experimental, amateur-built airplane, the accident occurred at the end of a 45-minute “sightseeing” flight. He departed from his farm, flew to Gene Snyder Airport (K62), Falmouth, Kentucky, performed two touch-and-go landings, and established the airplane on a northwest heading for the

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AD: Bell Textron Inc.

AD 2021-20-02 Requires Determining The Total Hours Time-In-Service Of Certain Part-Numbered Main Rotor Grip Assemblies

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Inc. (type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.) Model 205B helicopters. This AD was prompted by a notification of certain parts needing a life limit. This AD requires determining the total hours time-in-service (TIS) of certain part-numbered main rotor grip assemblies (grip assemblies), establishing a life limit for certain part-numbered grip assemblies, removing from service any grip assembly that has reached or exceeded its retirement life, creating a component history card, and removing any grip assembly from service before r

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.25.21)

Aero Linx: Pilots N Paws Pilots N Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our site is intended to be a meeting place for volunteers engaged in the valuable services of rescuing, sheltering and adopting animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with animal transportation. The intent of Pilots N Paws is to provide an environment in which volunteers can come together and arrange or schedule rescue flights, overnight foster care or shelter, and all other related activities. Through the Pilots N Paws discussion board, volunteers can exchange information regarding animal transports, coordinate and schedule transports, share rescue stories and recruit volunteers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.25.21): Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA)

Simultaneous Offset Instrument Approach (SOIA) An instrument landing system comprised of an ILS PRM, RNAV PRM or GLS PRM approach to one runway and an offset LDA PRM with glideslope or an RNAV PRM or GLS PRM approach utilizing vertical guidance to another where parallel runway spaced less than 3,000 feet and at least 750 feet apart. The approach courses converge by 2.5 to 3 degrees. Simultaneous close parallel PRM approach procedures apply up to the point where the approach course separation becomes 3,000 feet, at the offset MAP. From the offset MAP to the runway threshold, visual separation by the aircraft conducting the offset approach is utilized.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.25.21)

"This is an important first step toward a solution to the FAA's misguided interpretation on flight training. The FAA did not heed the [Transportation and Infrastructure] Committee's bipartisan call to work toward a consensus solution in July, and now Congress is taking action." Source: Congressman Sam Graves, commenting on the bipartisan amendment, introduced by he and Representative Kai Kahele, that would reverse the FAA’s recent policy on flight training, and has been accepted into the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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