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July 22, 2021

Avidyne Unveils Vantage Flight Display Systems

Unveils SR20/SR22 Upgrade Program, But More Types In The Works

Avidyne has taken the wraps off the long-rumored Vantage Flight Display Systems, and disclosed that their first Vantage certification program will be a dual 12-inch diagonal upgrade for legacy SR20/SR22 aircraft with the Entegra Flight Deck. Avidyne Vantage features synthetic vision, hybrid touch user interface, dual-AHRS MFD reversion, and much more. "We are incredibly excited to introduce Vantage as an innovative option for GA pilots seeking to update their flight decks,” said Avidyne President, Dan Schwinn.

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The Lark of Duluth Flying Boat To Debut At Airventure

Duluth Aviation Institute Donated The 2013 Replica To The EAA Aviation Foundation on December 3, 2020

The replica of the 1913 Lark of Duluth Benoist Type XIV flying boat will debut at the 2021 Oshkosh Airventure. The replica will be exhibited with the 1903 Wright Flyer replica and Curtiss A-1 Pusher Sweetheart in the Pioneers of Flight area of the EAA Aviation Museum. The Duluth Aviation Institute donated the 2013 replica to the EAA Aviation Foundation on December 3, 2020 to preserve and exhibit this significant aircraft for the public and in perpetuity.

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Certified: Williams Int'l Improved FJ33-5A

Thrust Profile To Deliver Up To 20% More Performance At Take-Off

The Williams International FJ33-5A engine has been awarded type certification and production certification by the FAA for an improved hot/high thrust rating. By optimizing the thrust profile to deliver up to 20% more performance at take-off, the latest evolution of the FJ33-5A elevates the newly announced G2+ Vision Jet capability, providing access to additional airports at popular destinations around the globe while maintaining exceptional fuel efficiency and quiet operation.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

Airplane... Veered Left And Pitched Up, Then Descended And Tumbled On The Ground

On July 1, 2021, about 0755 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR22 airplane, N123RE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at Lamoni Municipal Airport (LWD), Lamoni, Iowa. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A review of preliminary air traffic control (ATC) information revealed that the airplane departed about 0640 from Millard Airport (MLE), Omaha, Nebraska, and flew a visual approach at 0735 to Creston Municipal Airport (CSQ), Creston, Iowa. At 0736, the airplane departed CSQ, and the pilot received flight following from ATC until about 14 mil

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Airborne 07.22.21: Avidyne Vantage, Denali Turns Beech, eFlight Record

Also: Improved FJ33-5A, Lark of Duluth, Air Transat Pilots, First A350 from China
 
Avidyne has taken the wraps off the long-rumored Vantage Flight Display Systems, and disclosed that their first Vantage certification program will be a dual 12-inch diagonal upgrade for legacy SR20/SR22 aircraft with the Entegra Flight Deck. Avidyne Vantage features synthetic vision, hybrid touch user interface, dual-AHRS MFD reversion, and much more. Avidyne’s first certification of Vantage displays will be as a retrofit for SR20/SR22 aircraft equipped with the Entegra PFD and MFD flight deck. Textron notes that it is realigning so that its turboprop aircraft lineup will include the single-engine Beechcraft Denali (previously branded the Cessna Denali). This bird wil

Airborne 07.21.21: Blue Origin Soars!, HondaJet Update, Massive Caravan Buy

Also: French Air Force PC-21s, FAA Space Safety Office, Starliner Part 2, Allied Pilots Association

On Tuesday, Blue Origin successfully completed New Shepard’s first human flight on the 52nd anniversary of the first moon landing, with four private citizens onboard. The crew included Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, who all officially became astronauts when they passed the 62+ mile high Kármán Line, the internationally recognized boundary of space (and significantly higher than the Virgin Galactic flight). Upon landing, the astronauts were greeted by their families and Blue Origin’s ground operations team

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Airborne 07.20.21: Aerial Firefighter Warning, B-24 Diamond Lil, PilotVision

Also: 2021-22 AEA Pilot's Guide, USNTPS 50th Commander, UH-1Y For Int'l Operator, EAA and Siemens

Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and the California GOP Congressional Delegation have called on the Biden Administration to immediately act to prevent expected disastrous aviation fuel shortages that could leave California and the Western United States without the critical use of full aerial capabilities to mitigate and overcome regional wildfires. In June, the B-29/B-24 Squadron leader Archie Taylor announced that the CAF’s B-24 Diamond Lil "was ready to roll and ride." Crediting the dedicated maintenance team and several donors and sponsors that su

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Aero-TV At SnF21: A Truly ‘Epic’ Sun ‘n Fun

Epic Is Back To Building Airplanes As Fast As They Can

The Epic E1000 has a hard time doing anything but go places... fast. Still; Epic Aircraft’s factory operation had to slow down a bit, like everyone else, to accommodate the issues associated with the pandemic... but used that down time to study their nascent production system and seek ways to improve upon it... thereby wasting little time when everyone else was at a standstill. Now, with airplanes ready to come out of the factory with a major avionics upgrade, the 1200HP turbo prop is ready to travel at altitudes as high as 34000 feet -- and in high style.

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Beam Global/Pipistrel Sets World Record for Longest eFlight In A Production E-AC

Pipistrel Alpha Electro Aircraft Flew 227 Nautical Miles Over Central California

Beam Global reports that it successfully set the world record for the longest flight in a production electric aircraft powered by off-grid, renewable solar energy, proving zero emissions aviation is here. Starting in Fresno, the Pipistrel Alpha Electro aircraft flew 227 nautical miles over Central California with stops in Madera, Merced, Modesto and Lodi before following the same flight path back to Fresno. Beam Global partnered with Pilot Joseph Oldham, Founder and CEO of New Vision Aviation, to make the trip possible.

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Textron Decides Denali Will Be A Beechcraft

A First Flight Is Anticipated Later This Year

Textron notes that it is realigning so that its turboprop aircraft lineup will include the single-engine Beechcraft Denali (previously branded the Cessna Denali). This bird will join the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 260 and King Air 360/360ER as part of the company’s twin turboprop lineup. The aircraft development program continues to progress toward a first flight anticipated later this year. “The Beechcraft Denali represents our continued strategy to invest in clean-sheet and current products in both our Beechcraft and Cessna iconic brands. Beechcraft turboprops are renowned for their versatility and reliability, and the single-engine Denali is a perfect complement to this legendary fa

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Stallion 51’s Lee Lauderback to Perform at OSH21

'Mr. Mustang' Returns to Wittman Field!

Stallion 51’s Lee Lauderback, EAA 333795, is returning to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture 2021! Lee Lauderback is the highest time Mustang pilot in the world and is Stallion 51’s founder and chief pilot, which offers flight training in their dual cockpit-dual control Mustangs. Lee will be flying Stallion 51’s 1944 Mustang Crazy Horse 2 more than 1,000 miles from Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Florida, to Oshkosh to participate in the air show. Lee Lauderback was an inductee in the EAA Warbirds of America 2013 Hall of Fame and 2019 Florida Aviation Hall of Fame. He started flying sailplanes at age 14 and launched his corporate aviation career immediately after college with the late professional golfer

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Klyde Morris (07.19.21)

Klyde Works His Way To Oshkosh... Slowly

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airbus Delivers First A350 from China Widebody Completion-Delivery Center

First A350 Delivered From China to China Eastern Airlines

Airbus has delivered the first A350 from its widebody completion & delivery centre in Tianjin (C&DC), China. The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to China Eastern Airlines, the largest Airbus operator in Asia and second largest in the world. At the end of June 2021, China Eastern Airlines operated an Airbus fleet of 413 aircraft, including 349 A320 Family aircraft, 55 A330 Family aircraft and nine A350 aircraft.

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Airborne 07.20.21: Aerial Firefighter Warning, B-24 Diamond Lil, PilotVision

Also: 2021-22 AEA Pilot's Guide, USNTPS 50th Commander, UH-1Y For Int'l Operator, EAA and Siemens

Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-50) and the California GOP Congressional Delegation have called on the Biden Administration to immediately act to prevent expected disastrous aviation fuel shortages that could leave California and the Western United States without the critical use of full aerial capabilities to mitigate and overcome regional wildfires. In June, the B-29/B-24 Squadron leader Archie Taylor announced that the CAF’s B-24 Diamond Lil "was ready to roll and ride." Crediting the dedicated maintenance team and several donors and sponsors that su

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Airborne 07.19.21: Waco Aircraft, Blue Origin, Stratos 716X

Also: MCAS Cherry Point Air Show, Dauntless Air, Astro Doug Hurley Retires, Epic E1000 GX

ANN had received an invite from Waco Aircraft to visit their new HQ in Battle Creek, MI, where they have made serious upgrades and improvements to what had always been a cool little airplane company. New facilities, upgraded capabilities and a very slick new FBO (with enough ramp space for a few Boeings) are but the tip of the iceberg as we toured the production facilities for the Waco YMF-5 classic radial engined biplane and the more conventionally powered Great Lakes 2T-1A-2  -- a favorite  for aerobatic trainers. One major addition to the mix is an in

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.22.21)

Aero Linx: AviAssist We have been leading, building and supporting effective and affordable safety promotion for the African aviation industry since 1995. AviAssist is an independent, international, and impartial non-profit, championing the cause of aviation safety in Africa. With our AviAssist Safety Promotion Centres, we give courses on location throughout Africa since 1995. But with our safety promotion centres we create places where people can learn, research and experience safety.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.22.21): Mountain Wave

Mountain Wave Mountain waves occur when air is being blown over a mountain range or even the ridge of a sharp bluff area. As the air hits the upwind side of the range, it starts to climb, thus creating what is generally a smooth updraft which turns into a turbulent downdraft as the air passes the crest of the ridge. Mountain waves can cause significant fluctuations in airspeed and altitude with or without associated turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.22.21)

“The Beechcraft Denali represents our continued strategy to invest in clean-sheet and current products in both our Beechcraft and Cessna iconic brands. Beechcraft turboprops are renowned for their versatility and reliability, and the single-engine Denali is a perfect complement to this legendary family of products. Pilots and passengers will appreciate the aircraft for its enhanced capabilities, innovative technology and all-around passenger comfort.” Source: Ron Draper, Textron Aviation, president and CEO, speaking in advanced of the Beechcraft Denali's first flight later this year.

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