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December 12, 2021

Santa Clara Airport Bans 100LL

From Jan 1, 2022, only UL94 Available at Reid-Hillview and San Martin

As always in California, things just keep getting better... not. A long running dispute with locals about the impact of airborne lead has finally taken effect, banning the sale and distribution of 100LL fuel at Reid-Hillview and San Martin, both airports within the Santa Clara area. Airport authorities note that 2 of the 4 fuel providers at Reid have already switched to Swift Fuels brand UL94, the only available unleaded aviation gasoline in the region. The remaining providers are expected to transition, with the only fuels to be sold being JetA or UL94. Those natives who wish to use the unleaded gas will require an STC beforehand. Swift lists a number of aircraft engines c

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ALPA Calls on Wireless Industry to Help with 5G Aviation Concerns

“There Are Ways That 5G Can Be Deployed While Maintaining Our High Level Of Aviation Safety.."

In response to the recent airworthiness directive issued by the FAA, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) once again called on the mobile wireless industry to work cooperatively with the aviation community on implementing mitigations that will ensure an equivalent level of safety by protecting against radio altimeter interference. Aviation industry representatives recently proposed a safety risk mitigation strategy for the Federal Communications Commission’s and mobile wireless industry’s consideration, which would reduce power levels in the vicinity of airports and heliports that are seen by aircraft, to reduce the safet

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Early AirVenture Air Show Roster Released

Oshkosh To See F-35, V-22, Growler Demo Teams

Air show season is on its way, following December’s International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Traditionally, the event marks the best time of the year to  book upcoming acts for the 2022 season, and the AirVenture staff has secured early commitments from a few demonstration teams that aren't the most common around. The list is just the start, with the world's foremost civilian performers planning to fill out 9 air shows over the weeklong Oshkosh bash. For now, the EAA has begun teasing a few of the favorites so die-hard aviation enthusiasts have even more to look forward to. 

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Klyde Morris (12.10.21)

Klyde Is Having A Tough Time Comprehending The World


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NASA Explores Supernova Black Holes, Other Mysteries

New IXPE Spacecraft Launches to Analyze X-Ray Spectra

NASA launched its new X-ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket on December 9 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The joint mission with the Italian Space Agency, the IXPE observatory is the first mission dedicated entirely to studying the polarization of X-rays from some of the oddest objects in the universe, including supernova black holes, high-energy stars, and other phenomena too difficult to study with terrestrial equipment. 

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Final Assembly Begins on First Airbus A321XLR

Airbus gives Sneak Peek into the Airliner Building Business

Airbus began final assembly on its A321XLR testbed aircraft, a major step in the program for their upcoming freighter program. The aircraft will be the first of 3 built to undergo flight testing and type certification beginning in 2022, with an eye towards entry into service sometime in 2023. The structure sits surrounded by gantries, boxes, and platforms as personnel of the Final Assembly Line in Hamburg, Germany equip a series of major component assemblies. Parts from all over Europe have arrived in a steady stream, the nose and forward fuselage brought in from Saint Nazaire, France;  the wings from Broughton, UK; vertical stabilizer from Stade, Germany; and the horizontal stabiliz

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Classic Aero-TV: Hartzell’s Joe Brown -- A Passion For Proficiency

From 2014: One Of Aviation's Great Innovators Tackles The 'Proficiency Issue' Head-On

While at Redbird Migration 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell spent some time talking with Joe Brown, the president of the Hartzell Propeller Company. However, don't expect to hear much about the Hartzell line of propellers. In this video Jim talks to Brown about the issue of pilot proficiency, and this is something that Brown is anxious to talk about. Brown classified himself as an everyday pilot who has come to see the light of the importance of maintaining pilot proficiency at many levels. It has been proven that accidents often have little to do with

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Brazilian Federales Receive Duo of Embraer E175s

New Jets Join Previous Embraer ERJs in Public Service

The Brazilian Federales received an addition to their private air force in a ceremony held in Brasília to celebrate the arrival of two new E175 jets. The first, formerly a United Kingdom aircraft, underwent a series of adjustments and updates at Embraer adjunct OGMA in Portugal to update it to Brazilian operational requirements. Once complete, it was given a suitable paint scheme for its life in service, where it will serve as a multi-function runabout for agency personnel in the expansive territory under their jurisdiction. 

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Airborne-Flight Training 12.02.21: Sonaca 200, MSFS Volocopter, Int'l Test Pilot

Also: USAF Extends Rated Prep Program, Micro Drones UAV Sim, Drone Awareness, ERAU Scholarship

Flight School Promotion  will receive its first Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro shortly. The Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro is the Glass Cockpit version of their two-seater low-wing aircraft with an all-metal structure and a 750 kg maximum take-off weight. The Volocopter VoloCity eVTOL aircraft has been officially added to the roster of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, granted through the application's Sim Update VII. The 33.4 gigabyte update added the first vertical takeoff and rotorcraft to the game as part of a joint effort with Volocopter as a multi-function advertis

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NTSB Prelim: Zenith Zodiac CH601XL

Airplane Then Began To Roll Inverted While Diving Diagonally Into The Ground

On November 23, 2021, about 1032, an experimental amateur-built Zenith Zodiac 601XL, N601KS, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Temecula, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness, who was located in the front yard of a residence, in a new housing development, about 3 miles southeast of French Valley Airport, reported hearing a loud bang, and then looking overhead to see an airplane flying in a northwest direction. The airplane then began to roll inverted while diving diagonally into the ground. After the airplane impacted, debris started falling from

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AD: Hélicoptères Guimbal Helicopters

AD 2021-22-08 Requires Establishing Life Limits And CMR Tasks For Various Parts

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hélicoptères Guimbal (HG) Model Cabri G2 helicopters. This AD was prompted by the determination that certain parts need life limits and certification maintenance requirement (CMR) tasks. This AD requires establishing life limits and CMR tasks for various parts and removing any parts from service that have reached or exceeded their life limits. Depending on the results of the CMR tasks, this AD requires corrective action. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective January 13, 2022.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.21)

Aero Linx: The Commercial Spaceflight Federation The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is the leading voice for the commercial spaceflight industry. Founded in 2006, CSF and its 85+ members are laying the foundation for a sustainable space economy and democratizing access to space for scientists, students, civilians, and businesses. CSF members are responsible for the creation of thousands of high-tech jobs driven by billions of dollars in investment. Through the promotion of technology innovation, CSF is guiding the expansion of Earth’s economic sphere, bolstering U.S. leadership in aerospace, and inspiring America’s next generation of engineers and explorers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.21): Procedure Turn Inbound

Procedure Turn Inbound That point of a procedure turn maneuver where course reversal has been completed and an aircraft is established inbound on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course. A report of “procedure turn inbound” is normally used by ATC as a position report for separation purposes.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.21)

“We are proud that the Federal Police has chosen to operate the E175 jet, which will be the largest aircraft in the country used for public security, adding capacity in the transport of passengers and cargo, in addition to increasing flight range, which expands the number of missions the Federal Police can perform.” Source: Jackson Schneider, President and CEO of Embraer Defense and Security, discussing the Brazilian Federales having received an addition to their private air force in a ceremony held in Brasília to celebrate the arrival of two new E175 jets.

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