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December 07, 2021

United Airlines Moves to Grow Its Own Pilots

Aviate Academy Class Begins at Phoenix Training Facility

United Airlines announced the start of operations for its subsidiary, United Aviate Academy as 30 students began class on December 6 at Arizona's Phoenix Goodyear Airport. The class is 80% female or people of color, set to complete a rigorous year-long training program to set their careers on a course that will land them in a professional aviation position. According to United, more than "7,500 applications from aspiring pilots around the country in less than six months, with nearly 75% of those applicants being women or people of color." 

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Airborne-Unmanned 11.30.21: EHang 216, S-100 Goes North, Czech eVTOL Project

Also: DJI Joins AnimaMundi, Earth Defense Grid, Bladeless Balloon Drone, Aergility's ATLIS

E-Hang's 216 autonomous electric vehicle completed an aerial sightseeing demonstration at the tourist favorite of Bali, Indonesia working alongside local partner Prestige Aviation. During a 5-minute unmanned flight at Villa Blackstone Beach, VIP guests saw the aircraft take off and hover amidst the beautiful backdrop before returning to earth on the painted landing target. Guests from Indonesia's directorate of civil aviation, industry authorities, and other VIPs preceded the momentous flight by speeches and photos. Schiebel, working with Andøya Space Defen

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GrandView Pilots See Pay Boost

Airline's Plans for Hiring Increase Call for Improved Retention

Charter operator GrandView Aviation launched an improved compensation and benefits package for its flight crew ahead of a hiring blitz, boosting salaries and offering an appropriate hiring bonus. The company has seen impressive growth, becoming one of the world's largest Phenom 300 operators in the world, becoming the second most active light jet charter operator in the U.S.. The outfit should be an attractive position for those pilots who seek the Phenom 300, with each of its fleet racking up an impressive 1300 hours each month. 

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Rotax/Royal Air Force Complete Sustainable Flights

100% British, Synthetic Fuel Testing Successful

A United Kingdom Test by the British Royal Air Force announced their successful flight using a 100% synthetic fuel, reportedly the first in the world. The Fuel was manufactured in Orkney through the extraction of hydrogen and carbon from water and atmospheric sources, then combined with locally generated wind, tidal, and wave energy. The Fuel was tested in a Rotax-powered Comco Ikarus C42 microlight aircraft, said to run at lower temperatures than traditional petroleum fuels. The current base of testing could indicate that continued use of the synthetic fuel could lead to lowered engine stresses and expanded lifespans while reducing carbon emissions by up to 90%.

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Atlanta Technical College Re-Certified to Restart Program

Tech College Opens Aviation Maintenance Cert with Assistance from Delta Air Lines

Atlanta Technical College will open its Aviation Maintenance Airframe Certificate Program in 2022, with applications accepted now. The program will offer students a technical certificate of credit after 3 semesters of coursework. With a combination of aircraft airframe maintenance theory and practical application, the class offers students looking for a reliable, in-demand career track an affordable option. The dearth of aviation maintainers has been particularly noticeable in recent years, as demand remains undiminished with flagging graduate production. The school notes that career growth in the range of 11% is expected under current conditions, with annual sa

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Airobotics to Develop Solar Panel Cleaning Drone

Panel Farms Need Automated Cleaning, Say Israeli Firms

Airobotics will bring its UAS, drone, and aerial data expertise to bear alongside Solar Drone's know-how in solar farm services. The two companies will develop and supply a unique, automated panel cleaning system that includes the necessary docking system, battery replacement, and cleaner replenishment services. In the sustainable, green future so often imagined by writers and dreamers of a better world, few watch the vast sci-fi landscapes with thought towards who will actually clean everything. Those acquainted with even small, domestic solar panels are quickly acquainted with the drop in output when obscured with dirt, sand, or grime.

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Classic Aero-TV: Vital Connections -- Bendix King Aerowave

From 2015: Communications, Even in The Midst Of Transportation, Remains A CRITICAL Biz-Tool

An important issue in business aviation is called connectivity. Business flyers need to stay connected for business and Bendix King is offering some solutions. While at the 2014 NBAA Business Aviation Convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, met with Jim Zanino, the BendixKing vice president of sales, to talk about AeroWave. Simply put, AeroWave is the Bendix King system that allows business travelers to stay in contact while in flight. Zanino says the idea behind AirWave was to provide Internet connectivity at a price point suitable for

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Eve Urban Air, Sydney Seaplanes Ink Deal

50 Eve eVTOL Aircraft to Begin Delivery in 2026 for Air Taxi Service

Sydney, Australia may be an early adopter of advanced aerial mobility offerings in the area, following a deal between Embraer fledgling Eve Urban Air Mobility Solutions and Sydney Seaplanes. Electric air taxi operations will be driven by an order of 50 eVTOL aircraft from Eve, with progressive deliveries expected from 2026 onwards. The deal is a step towards the area's eventual goal that will see the entirety of Greater Sydney's tourist and commuter flights completed with zero emission electric aircraft.

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NTSB Probable Cause: Beech 60

Use Of An Unapproved Elevator Control Lock Device, And Failure To Remove That Device

The pilot began the takeoff roll in visual meteorological conditions. The airplane was airborne about 1,300 ft down the runway, which was about 75% of the normal ground roll distance for the airplane’s weight and the takeoff environment. About 2 seconds after rotation, the airplane rolled left. Three seconds later, the airplane had reached an altitude of about 80 ft above ground level and was in a 90° left bank. The nose then dropped as the airplane rolled inverted and struck the ground in a right-wing-low, nose-down attitude. The airplane was destroyed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.07.21)

Aero Linx: Transport Canada We are a federal institution, leading the Transport Canada portfolio and working with our partners. Transport Canada is responsible for transportation policies and programs. We promote safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible transportation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.07.21): Remote Airport Information Service (RAIS)

Remote Airport Information Service (RAIS) A temporary service provided by facilities, which are not located on the landing airport, but have communication capability and automated weather reporting available to the pilot at the landing airport.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.07.21)

"Providing a top tier benefits plan enables our employees to focus on safety and the task at hand instead of worrying about medical costs and how to cover a deductible. With the new benefits programs instituted this year, we are able to round out the total rewards package for pilots who work at GrandView Aviation and compete at a level that most don't see from an operator of our size."     Source: David Hughes, Director of Human Resources at GrandView Aviation, discussing why Charter operator GrandView Aviation launched an improved compensation and benefits package for its flight crews ahead of a hiring blitz, boosting salaries and offering an appropriate hiring bonus.

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