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July 28, 2021

Airborne Oshkosh Day 3: Volocopter Flies!, Hartzell Family, Certified GAMI G100UL!

07.28.21: Flight Design's F2, Pilot Communications Bluetooth, Daher Talks Kodiak and TBM940, Pelton Int'vw, Part 3
 
The 'Multi-Multi-Rotor Volocopter is not only here but already conducted several manned flight demonstrations showing off the craft’s maneuverability and VERY low noise signature. Must see video! Hartzell’s Family of aviation businesses continue to grow and grow, with Tanis being the latest addition. Here’s an overview of their many companies and numerous projects and upgrades. Flight Design’s F2 is the latest generation of composite high-wing light sport aircraft... and the F2 shows that the Flight Design team has been listening to years of requests and suggestions. Daher showed off the latest version of the Kodiak a

Jessica Cox, An Armless Pilot, Plans To Build Custom Airplane

Jessica Cox Is The World’s First Armless Pilot

Jessica Cox was born without arms and will soon begin building an airplane specifically designed for her to fly. Cox earned her Sport Pilot license in 2008 and received the Guinness World Record for being the first licensed armless pilot in history. Monday, Cox announced she will lead a team to construct a custom airplane to make it easier for her to fly. Cox hopes the new design will allow her to travel further to advance her advocacy for disability inclusion and mentorship for children with limb differences.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 2: Aspen Avionics, DA50 RG!, Aviation Safety Resources

07.27.21: WACO Aircraft, Cessna/Textron Sky Courier, AMAZING Able Flight, Pelton Int'vw Part 2

Aspen Avionics has announced programs that allow you to dump your old AI and clean up your cockpit... relying on Aspen’s outstanding Primary Flight Displays.... John Uczekaj explains. One of the most popular airplanes at Oshkosh, Diamond’s new five seat, diesel-powered DA50-RG is drawing crowds. It looks like the ultimate Cirrus-beater has finally arrived. Aviation Safety Resources is adding new airplane partners and adjusting to the new capabilities they have as a result of the purchase of Strong Parachutes. They report strong business from the f

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'First Ever' High Octane Unleaded Avgas Approved by FAA

Initial Major Milestone For Bringing G100UL Avgas To Airports And Aircraft Across N America

General Aviation Modifications, (GAMI), has confirmed that the FAA has approved STCs authorizing use of its G100ULTM high-octane unleaded avgas. It's an important development... GAMI elected to follow the well-established FAA Approved Model List (AML) STC process whereby the FAA issues the initial STCs with an AML of specific aircraft and engines, and then progressively expands the scope of that AML based on additional testing and data. These new STCs represent the initial major milestone for bringing G100UL avgas to airports and aircraft across North America. As the Approved Model List for these STCs expands over the next several quarters, the scope of the

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 3: Volocopter Flies, Hartzell Family, Certified GAMI G100UL

07.28.21: Flight Design's F2, Pilot Communications Bluetooth, Daher Talks Kodiak and TBM940, Pelton Int'w, Part 3

The 'Multi-Multi-Rotor' Volocopter is not only here but already conducted several manned flight demonstrations showing off the craft’s maneuverability and VERY low noise signature. Must see video! Hartzell’s Family of aviation businesses continue to grow and grow, with Tanis being the latest addition. Here’s an overview of their many companies and numerous projects and upgrades. Flight Design’s F2 is the latest generation of composite high-wing light sport aircraft... and the F2 shows that the Flight Design team has

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Joby eVTOL Test Flight Exceeds 150 Miles

Flight Completed During Developmental Flight Testing

Joby Aero, has achieved an important milestone in the development of its aircraft, flying a full-size prototype vehicle more than 150 miles on a single charge, including a vertical take-off and landing. The flight was completed at Joby’s Electric Flight Base in Big Sur, CA earlier this month as part of the company’s ongoing flight test campaign. The aircraft, piloted from the ground by Joby’s Chief Test Pilot, Justin Paines, took off vertically before transitioning to forward flight and completing 11 laps of a predefined circuit. After more than 1 hour and 17 minutes in the air, the aircraft landed vertically, having covered a total distance of 154.6 statute miles.

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Curti Zefhir: Safety Innovators In Helicopters

Parachutes: Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

By Gene Yarbrough Curti Zefhir, a European helicopter manufacturer, announced their product availability at Airventure 2021 highlighting the safety aspects of their aircraft, performance, and safety systems. Initially introduced to North America at Airventure 2019, Curti continues to innovate their Zefhir helicopter as a major player in the light helicopter market. Powered by the PBS TS100 engine derated to 141 hp from 250 hp, the unit is capable of delivering rated horsepower up to 15000 feet msl while carrying 1322 lb max gross weight.

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Cessna Publicly Displays The FedEx Sky Courier 408

There Is Also A 19 Seat Passenger Version In The Works

It slices! It dices! It can host a huge tailgating party! And it will give FedEx a sorely needed feeder aircraft that can haul a whopping three tons of cargo. Sporting the largest cargo door in its class of aircraft, Cessna showed off its new twin-turboprop Sky Courier 408 cargo bird specifically designed to be FedEx Express' new feeder bird, for which FedEx entered into a purchase agreement with Te. If you thought it would be just another Caravan on steroids, think again. It is a clean sheet design and it is impressive. The cargo deck can accomodate three standard LD3 containers. This type of container is available in normal and refrigerated configurations.

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Carl Franz Wins the 2021 Tony Bingelis Award

Has Also Been Volunteering At The Builder’s Education Center Since 2003

The homebuilt aviation community is celebrating the many contributions of Carl Franz, EAA 511275 -- who is the 2021 recipient of the Tony Bingelis Award, after serving as a tech counselor for almost 20 years. Carl has also been volunteering at the Builder’s Education Center since 2003, where he is now the chairman. The Tony Bingelis Award recognizes EAA technical counselors for dedicated service and/or significant contributions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. Through his years of service as a tech counselor, Carl has exemplified this idea, humbly serving his fellow aviators.

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Boeing To Partner With United Aviate Academy

Will Train New Pilots Using Boeing/Jepp Training Solutions

United Aviate Academy has selected Boeing to provide a suite of training tools, materials and digital solutions to develop and provide early career training to United Airlines’ next generation of pilots. The companies commemorated the five-year training agreement with a ceremonial signing event at EAA AirVenture. The comprehensive training package of courseware and multimedia materials spans Boeing’s portfolio of service offerings, including its Jeppesen and ForeFlight solutions, and provides United Aviate Academy with the tools to help cadets master key concepts and information needed to confidently and safely pilot aircraft.

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Airborne 07.23.21: Rotax Kills 582, Aspen Upgrade, ANN Readies For OSH

Also: Aviation Safety Resources, FAA Launches Campaign, Gulfstream Connectivity, Coast Guard MH-60

BRP-Rotax announced that it will stop the production of the legendary 2-stroke Rotax 582 UL aircraft engine by the end of 2021. This decision has been taken considering the nearly full transition of the light and ultralight aircraft market towards 4-stroke aircraft engines. The Rotax 582 UL will still be available via the Rotax authorized distribution network worldwide as long as the existing stock at the distributors lasts. Following its service standards, the company and its network will continue to provide technical service for all existing Rotax 582 U

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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 lineu

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NTSB Prelim: Aeronca 15AC

About 45 Minutes Into The Flight, The Engine Lost Power Following A Practice Go Around

On June 30, 2021, about 1803 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 15AC airplane, N1175H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Hastings Airport (9D9), Hastings, Michigan. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The pilot reported that about 45 minutes into the flight, the engine lost power following a practice go around while conducting pattern work.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.28.21)

Aero Linx: The Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) The Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) is the largest professional organization of physicians dedicated to rotor wing (helicopter), fixed wing (airplane) and critical care ground transport. With over 400 members nationally and internationally the Association represents extensive expertise in the field of medical transport. Our members represent many medical specialties including Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and various Surgical Subspecialties.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.28.21): Pilot’s Discretion

Pilot’s Discretion When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.28.21)

“This is a game-changing development for aircraft owners looking for an affordable, full featured primary flight display while allowing removal of outdated mechanical attitude indicators and vacuum system. We are cleaning up panels while reducing our customer’s maintenance cost and giving them some extra weight savings as well." Source: Scott Smith, Aspen Avionics Director of Sales, chatting about recent developments with their highly regarded avionics systems.

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