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March 12, 2022

Swiss SAR Service Purchases H145s

After a Handful of Years in Service, Rega Replaces their 2018 H145s With Brand-New 2022 H145s

Rega, the Swiss Air-Rescue Service, has ordered 9 new Airbus H145s to replace its lightly used 4-bladed versions. Rega's older H145s entered service with the outfit beginning in 2018, when 6 were purchased as part of a fleet rejuvenation. Their replacement with a newer, updated version of the helicopter is intended to increase mission capability, said Rega CEO Ernst Kohler. "The H145 has fully proven itself in our operations since entering into service in 2018. We look forward to operating the five-bladed version on our HEMS bases in Switzerland. The helicopters will allow us to further boost our mission capabilities and safety of our ope

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Phillips 66 Aerostars to Unveil New Routine at SUN ‘n FUN

Crowds Set to Enjoy the Team's Best Show Yet At Lakeland

The Phillips aviators, including Harvey “Boss” Meek, Paul “Rocket” Hornick and Gerry “Fossil” Molidor, have been the mainstays of the demonstration program for more than 20 years running, and their newest routine is ready to take center stage. This year, a new set of inverted formation flight has been added to the roster, with a variety of wingtip-to-wingtip flight maneuvers rounding out the set. The precision aerobatic pilots have been a mainstay of the Sun 'n Fun circuit, always making a show as they represent the Phillips aviation lineup, from the Victory and X/C oil line to their in-house avgas. 

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Airborne 03.04.22: Gyroplane Gathering, Inhofe Retiring, Daher Exceeds

Also: New FAA Boss?, F-35 Recovery, Charter Provider Buys 20 PC-12s, 2M MQ-9 Flight Hours

The Bensen Days Event is on for 2022, with a few days of all things gyroplanes. Each year, the Bensen Days team puts together a weekend of rotorcraft education, safety, and fun to promote the use and enjoyment of gyroplanes throughout the aviation industry. Named for the creator of the original Gyrocopter, Igor Bensen, the event aims to "once and for all eliminate the phrase 'Gyroplanes...the best kept secret in aviation!" While gyros are the primary focus of the weekend, other rotorcraft are welcome, thanks to the considerable degree of overlap between the two bo

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GAMA Inducts 2 New Members

Zipline, UAV Turbines Join As Associate Members

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced 2 more additions to the fold, welcoming UAV Turbines and Zipline as Associate Members. Zipline has made headlines in recent months with their efforts in automating small parcel delivery with the use of a multirotor, fixed wing drone. Their headquarters lay in San Francisco, California, with small-scale operations started in select markets to test their services.

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Bell Releases Revised, Upscale 429

Premium, Deluxe Interior Offers Customers Colorful Leather, Fully Trimmed Cabin

Bell has announced a new Designer Series interior for their 429, recently debuted at the 2022 Heli-Expo. The change spiffs up the stock 429 interior with better, higher-quality leathers sporting a wider range of colorations, offering seating for 6 in crimson, sand, or arctic gray on black. The refreshed schemes are bolstered by refreshed trimmings for an extra touch of class, with small fixtures like door handles and seat belts finished in lustrous, metallic accents.

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EU Pilot Associations Tender Their Sympathies to Ukraine

IFALPA, ECA Recognize the Strength and Hardiness of Those Caught in the Crossfire

A few industry bodies and international pilot organizations, of Montreal and Brussels, have issued a joint statement supporting the people of Ukraine. Both the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and The European Cockpit Association (ECA) rendered their sympathies to the people of the beleaguered nation, representing more than 100,000 pilots from around the world between the two of them.

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EHang Lays Groundwork for AAM Domination in Malaysia

Joins Hands With Local Defense and Aero Contractor to Jump Start AAM In-Country

EHang has entered into a strategic partnership with Malaysian aviation company Aerotree Flight Services, kickstarting their AAM efforts to be ready for the impending eVTOL revolution. The deal will see the pair jointly develop urban air mobility businesses, laying the groundwork needed to operate a fleet of sustainable electric aircraft, from operations to MRO training in Malaysia. To build their AAM fleet, Aerotree has placed an order for 50 EHang EH216 aircraft, including EH216-S1, EH216-L, and EH216-F.

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Classic Aero-TV: Lockheed Flight Services -- Improving Safety for the NAS

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Gearing Up To Meet Tomorrow's FSS/Pilot Requirements

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell speaks with Jim Derr, the director of aviation services for the Lockheed Martin company. This is the division of Lockheed Martin that provides pilots with flight service station services. Most pilots are familiar with the typical flight service station briefing obtained over the telephone, but Derr says that the AFSS system is now moving to provide some types of information over the Internet.

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Virgin Orbit to Launch First Welsh Satellite

UK Tech Start-Up Space Forge to Send Orbital Fabricator On First Test Flight

The SpaceForge satellite will be sent aboard Cosmic Girl as part of a broader joint UK-US mission to open the country's first domestic space port in summer 2022, taking off from Spaceport Cornwall in the UK. Space Forge has made a point of their selection of Virgin Orbit, believing the duo makes for an "ideal marriage for an initial launch from the UK."

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NTSB Prelim: Raytheon Aircraft Company Hawker 800XP

The Captain Reported, “The Yoke Did Not Have Any Air Resistance..."

On February 21, 2022, at 1133 mountain daylight time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company Hawker 800XP airplane, N99AP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Aspen, Colorado. The two pilots and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. According to the Captain’s statement, before departure, the airplane and runway were clear of any contaminants, all pre-takeoff checks were normal, and the flaps were set to 15°.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.12.22)

Aero Linx: The International Aerobatic Club, Inc. The International Aerobatic Club, Inc. is an independent corporation (although often referred to as a division of Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.). All IAC members are required to be members of Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc. Membership in EAA is open to all who are interested in aviation. The IAC is also a division of the National Aeronautic Association and is responsible for the administration, management, and promotion of the sport of aerobatics in the United States under the applicable regulations of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale; Lausanne, Switzerland. FAI is the world governing body for all sport aviation c

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.12.22): Landing Area

Landing Area Any locality either on land, water, or structures, including airports/heliports and intermediate landing fields, which is used, or intended to be used, for the landing and takeoff of aircraft whether or not facilities are provided for the shelter, servicing, or for receiving or discharging passengers or cargo.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.12.22)

“We are deeply concerned for our Ukrainian friends and colleagues who are facing a Russian attack against their country, their freedom, and their people. We have been in touch with the leadership of the Ukrainian Pilots Association, UALPA, since the start of the invasion and offered our support. Our colleagues in Ukraine are bravely facing this new hostile reality and have expressed the desire for a quick and peaceful resolution.” Source: Jack Netskar, IFALPA President, in comments made as both the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and The European Cockpit Association (ECA) rendered their sympathies to the people of the beleaguered nation, representing more than 100,000 pilots from ar

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