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August 28, 2021

Piper Pilot 100i Receives EASA Approval

Enters The Trainer Segment At A Price Point Of $298,900 IFR Equipped

Piper Aircraft has been awarded approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for the Pilot 100i. The Pilot 100i enters the trainer segment at a price point of $298,900 IFR equipped and offers the same durability and functionality as its stablemate, the Archer TX. “This milestone certification represents a continuation of Piper’s strategy to provide competitively priced products for our global customers. We are eager to bring the Pilot 100i into the European market and provide flight schools with an aggressively priced, proven trainer,” said John Calcagno, Interim President and CEO of Piper.

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Beechcraft Denali Completes Ground Testing

Aircraft Moves Closer To First Flight At Year's End

Textron has shared the fact that it’s completed initial ground engine runs on the prototype Beechcraft Denali single engine turboprop. The aircraft is powered by GE’s new Catalyst engine. Functionality of the fuel system and engine is verified alongside the avionics and electrical systems. The clean-sheet design aircraft now moves a step closer to its first flight which the company looks forward to around the end of the year. “These successful engine runs are a significant step toward the upcoming inaugural flight for the Beechcraft Denali, and they are a testament to the determination and collaboration from both the Textron Aviation and GE Aviation teams,” said Chris Hear

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Microsoft Flight Sim Reveals Four New Updates

Volocopter, Reno Air Races, And More

Microsoft Flight Simulator shares some exciting updates they have made for the PC and Xbox Series X|S. World Update VI: The newest world update includes new aerial imagery and high resolution elevation maps and several brand-new 3D cities around Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The visuals will now include the mountain ranges of the Alps with big enhancements coming to these regions. The update will be available for free on September 7th.

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Classic Aero-TV At SnF21: Electrifying The Aerolite EV-103

An Exceptional Effort Yields An Electric Ultralight Based on A Proven Airframe

With over 1000 examples flying, there is rarely anything unusual about seeing an Aerolite 103 take to the skies... especially a place like Sun ‘n Fun. But then again, all you have to do is let your ears take over and something REALLY interesting happens... there is very little noise... and most of it is being made by the prop and NOT the engine... which happens, in this case, to be an electric motor! Aerolite’s Dennis Carley admits that the experience ‘re-energizes’ him and has opened new avenues of interest as he develops the electric version of the

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A Remembrance: ALPA Contributes $200K to Organizations Honoring 9/11 Pilots

Honoring The Legacy Of The Four ALPA Pilots Who Were Among Those Who Lost Their Lives On September 11, 2001

ALPA is contributing $200,000 to four non-profit organizations that honor the legacy of the four ALPA pilots who were among those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. Capt. Jason Dahl and First Officer LeRoy Homer, Jr., were piloting United Flight 93 and Capt. Victor Saracini, and First Officer Michael Horrocks were piloting United Flight 175. “As we commemorate 20 years since the tragic 9/11 attacks, it is important that we continue to honor our fallen heroes by ensuring that their contributions to our profession are never forgotten. These donations will help support young adults who dream of becoming a professional

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FAA Investigates Boeing’s Delegated Authority Processes

The Agency Is Working With Employees To Ensure They Can Report All Concerns 

According to a letter sent by the FAA to Boeing, they will be investigating whether employees who should be following up on safety problems with the aircraft are being told to keep quiet. "Boeing's company culture appears to hamper members of the [safety oversight] unit from communicating openly with the FAA," said the letter from the agency. The letter was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. "We take these matters with the utmost seriousness, and are continuously working to improve the processes we have in place to ensure the independence of the [safety oversight] unit members," the company said in its statement.

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Liquid Oxygen Shortage Tampers With SpaceX Launches

The Substance Is Being Used Heavily In Hospitals To Treat COVID-19

Gwynne Shotwell, President, SpaceX, said the company was running low on liquid oxygen for launching their rockets. Shotwell said that liquid oxygen shortages were presenting the company with challenges, and that people should email her if they have any extra. "We're actually going to be impacted this year with the lack of liquid oxygen for launch," Shotwell said during a Space Symposium panel.

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Hypoint And Piasecki Sign A $6.5 Million Deal

HyPoint Set To Begin Development Of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems

A $6.5 million dollar deal has been made between HyPoint and Piasecki Aircraft. HyPoint will begin development of hydrogen fuel cell systems for the PA-890 aircraft, which according to the companies, will be the first crewed helicopter to be powered by hydrogen. Piasecki has been working with HyPoint since March of this year, but the processes have now been formalized into a “multi-phase collaborative development agreement” that will finish with the creation of five 650-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell systems to use in the PA-890 compound helicopter.

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NTSB Prelim: Lorah Elden A Pulsar Sport 150

During The Forced Landing The Airplane Impacted Terrain Before Coming To Rest Upright

On August 9, 2021, about 1800 central daylight time, a Pulsar Sport 150 airplane, N997EM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Osceola, Wisconsin. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The initial report indicate that the pilot was in the traffic pattern at the L O Simenstad Municipal Airport (OEO), Osceola, Wisconsin, when the airplane’s engine lost power. The pilot selected a field, located about a quarter mile south of the airport, for the forced landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.28.21)

Aero Linx: The Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association The Subsonic Aerodynamic Testing Association was formed in March 1965 to provide a world-wide organization for operators of low speed aerodynamic testing facilities. Objectives: To provide at the operational level a means of interchange of ideas, techniques, and solutions of problems. The general area of interest will include, but not be limited to: Design, performance, and economics of test facilities. Physical measurement, instrumentation, and handling and reduction of data. Facility operation and maintenance

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.21): Resume Normal Speed

Resume Normal Speed Used by ATC to advise a pilot to resume an aircraft’s normal operating speed. It is issued to terminate a speed  adjustment where no published speed restrictions apply. It does not delete speed restrictions in published procedures of upcoming segments of flight. This does not relieve the pilot of those speed restrictions that are applicable to 14 CFR Section 91.117.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.28.21)

“With the growing demand for professional pilots, it is important that we bring to market a more affordable solution with optimal economics for operators to help schools manage their overall training costs.” Source:  John Calcagno, Interim President and CEO of PiperAircraft, detailing some of the rationale behind the Piper Pilot 100i -- which just received EASA Certification.

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