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August 16, 2021

Airborne 08.16.21: EAA v FAA, Heli Busted Over Ice Cream, Butterfly eVTOL

Also: Cygnus Spacecraft, Even More Starliner Problems, Iridium and Honeywell, Inmarsat Upgrades L-Band
After the FAA administrator spoke at Oshkosh, EAA is asking its members to rally and provide a unified voice with our elected officials. Earlier this year, a federal court determined that compensated flight instruction in experimental, limited, and primary category aircraft, even instruction obtained in an individual’s own aircraft, was contrary to FAA regulation. While the FAA has used letters of deviation authority (LODAs) and exemptions to temporarily address the issue, a long-term fix is years away under the normal rulemaking process. We all know that dairy queen has some amazing tasting treats but one helicopter takes it to a whole other leve

Kaman AeroSpace To Build Vy 400 High Speed VTOL Aircraft

Transcend Air Selects Kaman Corporation Subsidy For The Project

Designed with cost and time reduction in mind, the Vy 400 design may be set to give Transcend Air access to regional, city-to-city travel with its vertical takeoff and landing potential. Gregory Bruell, Co-Founder and CEO of Transcend Air said, “Because of the Vy’s high speed, we can complete many more passenger trips per aircraft. The combination of that with VTOL is key to our revolutionary economics, and Kaman will be key to us scaling up production to meet the huge demand that our mass market fares will drive.”

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Vertical Flight Society Reaches 500 Electric VTOL Concepts Cataloged

Growing Interest in eVTOL Aircraft Reflected In Rapid Growth

The Vertical Flight Society reveals that it now has 500 electric VTOL aircraft concepts cataloged on its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory. “Electric VTOL aircraft promise to be safer, quieter, cheaper and cleaner than today’s fossil-fuel-burning aircraft,” said VFS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg. “The aircraft design freedom from mechanical drive systems through distributed electric propulsion (DEP) allows myriad new vertical flight aircraft concepts, and innovators around the world are exploring the possibilities that electric propulsion can provide.”

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New WWII Aviation Artwork Book To Be Released By Joe Glyda

Internationally Recognized Photographer’s Book Set To Release August 20

Joe Glyda will be releasing a book titled “World War II Aviation Artwork and the Stories Behind These Beautiful Birds,” on Friday, August 20th, 2021. Glyda is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer. His love of aviation has brought him countless places. He has traveled to many airshows and volunteered with the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team at a small airport in Tulsa, OK, where he now lives. Glyda has photographed a great deal of aircraft which has led him to compile his latest book.

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Lufthansa And Boeing Pair Up To Launch 787 FTD

The Companies Will Bring The First Device To Market Mid-2022

Lufthansa Aviation Training will be the first to launch the new L3Harris Technologies Boeing 787 Flight Training Device. Accompanying this order is the Boeing 787 Full Flight Simulator to be used for instruction alongside the 787 FTD at their Frankfort pilot training facility. The Boeing 787 FFS and FTD will be delivered to LAT’s Training Centre in Frankfurt by the second half of 2022. L3Harris has also developed and delivered two advanced A320 FTDs and an A350 FFS to LAT. The FTDs will allow airlines and training operators to reduce costs while preserving efficiency. 

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Just In From Mars: NASA’s Ingenuity Spots Perseverance From Above

Photos Provide The Opportunity To Test Your Eyesight Before Your Medical

After completing its 11th flight around Mars, NASA’s Ingenuity Helicopter captures images of the Perseverance rover during the mission. Perseverance was spotted amongst the sand dunes in the “South Séítah” region of the Jezero Crater on the Red Planet. Ingenuity set out to exhibit that powered, controlled flight on Mars is possible. It has progressed into demonstrating how a rotorcraft can add aerial dimension and scout areas of interest that may be too dicey for the rover to explore.

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Johns Creek Partners With Airspace Link To Enhance Drone Safety

First Municipality In Georgia To Launch The FLYSAFE Program

The City of Johns Creek is partnering with Airspace Link, Inc., a provider of drone flight authorization and management solutions, to launch its new FLYSAFE program that helps local drone pilots fly safely and compliantly under FAA guidelines. Johns Creek is the first municipality in Georgia to launch the FLYSAFE program, which integrates FAA data with the city's interactive mapping services, giving drone pilots the ability to safely fly in the community by ensuring they avoid ground hazards and areas with high population densities.

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Trace Aviation Acquired By Precision Aviation Group

PAG Expands Landing Gear Capabilities

Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group reveals the acquisition of Trace Aviation of Jackson, Mississippi. TA is widely recognized for its MRO capabilities on King Air/1900 landing gear assemblies and has been specializing in the exchange and overhaul of King Air landing gear since 2004. TA repairs worn bores and bushings, brace assemblies, hydraulics, actuator housings, cylinder bearings and axles. The company stocks landing gear assemblies for King Air 90, 100, 200, 300, and 1900 platforms. The partnership is set to provide PAG with the opportunity to expand upon its landing gear work while allowing TA the same for its capabilities and reach.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172P

Scheduled As A “Discovery Flight,” (The Flight) Was Scheduled To Last From 1200 Until 1400

On July 26, 2021, about 1320 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 172P airplane, N65698, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Eagle River, Alaska. The flight instructor and private pilot received fatal injuries. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The flight, operated by Angel Aviation Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, originated from Merrill Field Airport (MRI), Anchorage, Alaska, about 1215 and was destined for Girdwood Airport (AQY), Girdwood, Alaska.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.16.21)

Aero Linx: The Flight Safety Foundation The Flight Safety Foundation -- We are an independent, international, and impartial non-profit that exists to champion the cause of aviation safety. Since 1947, Flight Safety Foundation has helped protect everyone who benefits from air travel, everywhere in the world. The Foundation is an international non-profit organization exclusively chartered to provide impartial, independent, expert safety guidance and resources for the aviation and aerospace industry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.21): Visual Climb Over Airport (VCOA)

Visual Climb Over Airport (VCOA) A departure option for an IFR aircraft, operating in visual meteorological conditions equal to or greater than the specified visibility and ceiling, to visually conduct climbing turns over the airport to the published “climb-to” altitude from which to proceed with the instrument portion of the departure. VCOA procedures are developed to avoid obstacles greater than 3 statute miles from the departure end of the runway as an alternative to complying with climb gradients greater than 200 feet per nautical mile. Pilots are responsible to advise ATC as early as possible of the intent to fly the VCOA option prior to departure. These textual procedures are publis

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.16.21)

"Flight 11 was essentially designed to keep Ingenuity ahead of the rover, allowing it to continue to support Perseverance's science goals by photographing intriguing geologic features from the air." Source: From a statement by NASA officials, as the Ingenuity helicopter made its 11th flight and spotted the Perseverence Rover along its flightpath.

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