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September 04, 2021

Airborne 09.01.21: NBAA-BACE Wants Vax, California v GA, FlightAware Sold

Also: Astra Launch Failure, Delta Wants Vax Too, Dawn Aerospace, F-15QA

Although the NBAA-BACE is still happening, there is a new requirement. If you're planning on attending, the tradeshow is requiring attendees to get the COVID -19 vaccine. “For decades, the aviation industry has brought people together and transported them forward safely and responsibly,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. How they will enforce this requirement is yet to be determined, but NBAA promises a more defined policy 30 days before the show. The County of Santa Clara alongside a coalition of community groups represented by Earth justice filed a petition callin

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Airborne 08.30.21: Afghan Aircraft, New Shepherd Model, Beechcraft Denali

Also: Piper Pilot 100i, FAA Proposes $617K Fine, ALPA Contributes $200K, Laser Pointer Sentenced

According to US Congressman Jim Banks, the Taliban has over 200 Aircraft and Helicopters from US withdrawal. Banks gave details on the situation in a speech earlier this week in Washington and warned that the Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. Banks was a Navy reservist who served in Afghanistan as well as a foreign military sales officer. “The Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. That includes over 75,000 vehicles, over 200 airplanes and helicopters..." You can

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‘Dinner With A Slice Of History’ Returns

International Women’s Air & Space Museum Hosts The Event September 17

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum informs the community about the return of the “Dinner with a Slice of History” program series, taking place on September 17, 2021. “World War II Women in Aviation: An Exploration in Leadership” will be the title this year, and the event features Professor of History and Political Science at Norwich University Dr. Reina Pennington. The event is made possible thanks to a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.

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Gipson, Yodice Will Lead EAA Legal Advisory Council

EAA-member Attorney Group Volunteers Assistance On Aviation Legal Issues

Ronnie Gipson and Kathy Yodice, who are both attorneys and pilots with extensive experience in aviation law, have been named Chair and Vice-chair, respectively, of the Experimental Aircraft Association Legal Advisory Council, a group of EAA-member attorneys who assist the organization and its members in a variety of aviation legal matters. “Ronnie and Kathy each have the knowledge and skills that will allow EAA to continue serving our members in the ever more complex worlds of aviation law and legal matters that face those of us who fly,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety.

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NASA, Joby Test eVTOL

Campaign Collects Data To Help With Future Concepts

NASA and Joby Aviation teamed up on Monday, August 30th to start the flight testing for Joby’s all-electric takeoff and landing aircraft. This testing will go through Friday, September 10th in Big Sur at Joby’s Electric Flight Base. This will mark the first time NASA will test an eVTOL aircraft as part of their Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. The goal of these tests are to help NASA collect performance and acoustic data for use in future airspace concepts.

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Aero-TV At SnF21: Bristell on Steroids... Taking on The Rotax 915iS

Lou Mancuso Extols The Virtues of Cramming a Rotax 915iS Into The Bristell LSA

Back in the early days of aviation, it became evident that there was rarely an airframe that wouldn’t benefit from more power... and the two-seat, side by side, Bristell LSA is no exception. After building a heck of a rep with the smaller Rotaxes, Bristell’s design team not only fitted a 915iS to the best... but they did so while still keeping it eligible for flight as a Light-Sport Aircraft. Bristell’s Lou Mancuso (who unabashedly goes by the name of the ‘Landing Doctor’) is (to say the least) an enthusiastic fan of t

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Drone Camera Filmed Italian Arsonist, Arrest Made

Firefighters Use Drones To Fight Fires, And Catch Who Started Them

A drone camera caught an arsonist in the act of starting a forest fire, in Montesarchio, Italy about 30 miles NE of Naples. He is depicted in the video lighting the fire with a cigarette lighter before walking away. An unnamed suspect was arrested nearby and described by Police as a 50 year old sheep and goat farmer. Firefighters put the fire out the same day after it destroyed about 5 acres of pasture and woods. Italy has had more forest fires than usual this year due to very dry conditions in forests and grasslands. Roberto Cingolani, a physicist who is Italy's minister for ecological transition, told his nation's parliament on Aug. 5 that people start "more than 70 percent of th

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 182H

The Airplane Owner Planned To Take The Two Passengers On A Local Tour Flight

On August 15, about 1847 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182H, N8477S, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Bountiful, Utah. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to friends and family of the occupants, the airplane owner planned to take the two passengers on a local tour flight, in celebration of their one-year wedding anniversary. The owner had recently been awarded his certified flight instructor certificate (CFI), and during his training, he had received flight instruction from one of the passengers, who was also a CFI. The airplane wa

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-16-06 Prompted By The Determination That Additional Parts May Be Susceptible To The Unsafe Condition

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-19-11 for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. AD 2020-19-11 required repetitive borescope inspections of the 90-degree tail rotor gearbox (TGB) and depending on the inspection results, removing the TGB from service. This AD was prompted by the determination that additional parts may be susceptible to the unsafe condition. This AD retains the inspection requirements of AD 2020-19-11, and revises the compliance time and applicability. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective September 27, 2021.

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AD: CFM International, S.A. Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-16-08 Requires Replacement Of Affected Rotating Air HPT Front Seals

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2019-12-05 for certain CFM International S.A. (CFM) CFM56-5B, CFM56-5C, and CFM56-7B model turbofan engines with a certain rotating air high-pressure turbine (HPT) front seal. AD 2019-12-05 required replacement of the affected rotating air HPT front seal with a part eligible for installation. This AD was prompted by cracks found in the rotating air HPT front seal. This AD requires replacement of affected rotating air HPT front seals installed on CFM CFM56-5B, CFM56-5C, and CFM56-7B model turbofan engines that have fewer cycles since being reconfigured than the engines affected by AD 2019-12-05. This AD also requires CFM56

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.04.21)

Aero Linx: Youth Aviation Adventure Program (YAA) In 1997, Steve Wathen and Dan Kiser founded the Youth Aviation Adventure Program (YAA) in Columbus, Ohio as a way to help Steve’s son and other scouts from their troop earn their Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badges. The two men enjoyed sharing their love of aviation with the boys so much they began recruiting scouts from other nearby troops and offering their Aviation Merit Badge program twice a year. As the program became more popular, Dan and Steve enlisted other pilots and aviation enthusiasts as volunteers to expand and upgrade the content of the program, and it has since expanded to include Girl Scouts, youth from other organizations, and anyon

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.04.21): Abbreviated IFR Flight Plans

Abbreviated IFR Flight Plans An authorization by ATC requiring pilots to submit only that information needed for the purpose of ATC. It includes only a small portion of the usual IFR flight plan information. In certain instances, this may be only aircraft identification, location, and pilot request. Other information may be requested if needed by ATC for separation/control purposes. It is frequently used by aircraft which are airborne and desire an instrument approach or by aircraft which are on the ground and desire a climb to VFR-on-top.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.04.21)

“The National Campaign Developmental Testing is an important strategic step in NASA’s goals to accelerate the AAM industry timeline. These testing scenarios will help inform gaps in current standards to benefit the industry’s progress of integrating AAM vehicles into the airspace.” Source: Davis Hackenberg, NASA AAM mission integration manager, discussing the partnership between NASA and Joby Aviation as they started flight testing for Joby’s all-electric takeoff and landing aircraft. This testing will go through Friday, September 10th in Big Sur at Joby’s Electric Flight Base.

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