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November 18, 2021

Otto Aviation Makes Headway on Celera

Lithe V12-Powered Private Jet Competitor Done with Phase 1 Testing

Otto Aviation has completed testing of its Celera 500L Aircraft, marking 51hours of flight time across 55 successful flights. The aircraft's final phase 1 test flight was flown entirely on sustainable aviation fuel, furthering the brand's goal of sustainable but commercially viable business aircraft. The Celera is designed to merge "the convenience of private air transportation but at a significantly lower cost and a dramatically reduced carbon footprint," according to Otto's website. Citing expected fuel economy of 18-25 miles per gallon against a private jet's equivalent 3 mpg, and hourly operating cost under $330 an hour, Otto sees their plane as the future of green interco

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AAMS Sues Federal Government

Say Rules Ignore Significant AirMed Variables

The Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) has filed suit in federal court challenging interim final regulations of the No Surprises Act. They believe that aspects of the implementation of the Act as they currently stand have left them unfairly vulnerable in comparison to other entities in the insurance ecosystem, owing to the special factors air ambulance service involves. They state that they continue to support the aims of the Act, including the removal of patients from the middle of billing disputes between air ambulance providers and their patients' insurers. The point of dispute lies in the dispute resolution process, a tool meant to open negotiation between providers and insurers, where

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Airborne 11.15.21: DeLand Showcase!, TL Sparker, Moon Landing Delays

Also: Classic Air Medical, AMO Coke Bust, Honeywell Inertial Navs, EpiShuttle Approved

The 2021 DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, delayed multiple times by COVID concerns, finally took place this past weekend at the Deland Municipal Airport. Sporadic weather caused issues throughout portions of each day, but the flying community nevertheless showed up in reasonable numbers following all the trauma of 2020. TL Ultralight, of Czech fame, has worked with their American cousins, TL Aircraft, to release their newest sport plane for discerning, hungry customers stateside. The carbon and kevlar shell provides maximum crew protection in case of rough off-airport

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Colorado NVG Air Tractor Crashes

Night Firefighter N802NZ Involved in Single Fatality Incident

A firefighting air tanker has crashed while tending to the Kruger Rock fire, with one fatality. Meant to be a historic first for the region, the aircraft was making history as the first instance of nighttime firefighting in Colorado as it sought to contain the blaze that has consumed an estimated 133 acres with 15% containment as of November 16. The Air Tractor Fire Boss went down near the south end of Hermit Park, less than 100 miles northeast of Denver, Colorado. Earlier in the morning, a small wildfire was reported in steep terrain, made worse by the localized gusts and low humidity. Multiple structures in the area were threatened by the growing blaze, leading to evacuations in the r

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Gogo AVANCE Hits Yet Another Milestone

Completes 1/2 Million Business Flights

Gogo's in-flight internet connectivity suite hit another milestone when its AVANCE L5 completed it's 500,000th flight since its launch in 2017. Currently equipped to more than 1,500 aircraft flying today, 273.7 terabytes have been consumed while in flight. Throughout the entirety of Gogo-equipped aircraft, 3Q 2021 flights have gone up by 24% compared to 2019-era travel frequency. In the quarter, Gogo saw a 78% increase in data consumed per day on its network, with an average increase of 44% in megabytes per flight as compared to the same period in 2019. Gogo expects to see consistent growth in its service following the continued rollout of their 5G service, as business travel increases and customers lear

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Classic Klyde Morris (11.15.21)

Klyde Looks Back At Yet Another Low Spot In Aviation Coverage


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OxfordSaudia To Receive New Simulators

Flight Academy Buys DA40, 42-VI Full-Flight Sims

OxfordSaudia Flight Academy is set to receive 2 Level 5 Flight Simulation Training Devices from Diamon Aircraft Austria. Configured as a DA40 NG and DA 42-VI aircraft, the devices will be installed at the school's training center in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The units will contain authentic factory Diamond aircraft parts, with real avionics, high-end visual rendering, and OEM flight dynamics true to real life performance. Suitable for basic and advanced instrument, navigation, and procedural training, they are ideal for instruction, check flights, screening, and proficiency building much more affordably than live air time. 

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Classic Aero-TV: High-Speed Match-up - Venom and GE Rebirth A Legend

From 2017: Major Engine Supplier Joins Forces With Small Aircraft Manufacturer…

GE recently made an agreement with Venom Aircraft to supply engines for the kit-built airplane which the company hopes can gain some traction in the military and para-military market. Roy Plackis, Director of Operations for Venom Aerospace, told ANN news editor Tom Patton at Sun 'n Fun in April that the engine that is being offered with the airplane is a GE H-80 family engine producing 750 horsepower. It will cruise at 350 knots, and will climb anywhere between 6,000 and 6,500 feet per minute, Plackis said. Greg Ryan, H Series North American Sales Director for GE Avi

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA30

The Pilot Told Him That It Was His First Flight In A Twin Comanche

On November 5, 2021, about 1926 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-30 airplane, N8924Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rock Hill, South Carolina. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot departed the Rock Hill (York County) Airport-Bryant Field (UZA), Rock Hill, South Carolina, in another airplane with a friend to fly to the Savannah-Hardin County Airport (SNH), Savannah, Tennessee, to pick up the accident airplane, which he had recently purchased. The mechanic who had performed the last annual inspection on the airplane, received a call from th

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2021-21-02 Requires Replacing Certain PMA Ni-Cd Batteries With Serviceable Ni-Cd Batteries

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus SAS Model A318, A319, A320, A321, A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A330-300, A330-800, A330-900, A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, A340-600, and A380-800 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that repetitive disconnection and reconnection of certain parts manufacturer approval (PMA) nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries during airplane parking or storage could lead to a reduction in capacity of those batteries. This AD requires replacing certain PMA Ni-Cd batteries with serviceable Ni-Cd batteries, or maintaining the electrical storage capacity of those PMA Ni-Cd batteries d

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG

AD 2021-21-13 Prompted By The Manufacturer Revising The Engine Time Limits Manual (TLM)

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co KG (RRD) Trent 1000 model turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by the manufacturer revising the engine Time Limits Manual (TLM) life limits of certain critical rotating parts and direct accumulation counting data files. This AD requires the operator to revise the airworthiness limitation section (ALS) of their existing approved aircraft maintenance program (AMP) by incorporating the revised tasks of the applicable TLM for each affected model turbofan engine, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by referen

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.21)

Aero Linx: The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) has made the following Descriptions, Vacancies, Articles and News available for viewing. This information is provided as-is, and is freely available to the public. Unless otherwise stated, any questions or inquiries regarding the information provided should be made by contacting the office of the ECCAA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.21): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.18.21)

“It was important to choose devices that offer the highest degree of realism in order to maximize the efficiency of the training in a state-of-the-art program. We want only the best for our students in every area of the training program and the choice of flight simulators for OxfordSaudia Flight Academy had to match our philosophy for selection of our training partners, staffing and equipment. We are uncompromising in providing the students and instructors with only those products that have the latest technology from companies with a long history of providing the highest level of quality, maintenance support and service and Diamond meets those requirements.” Source: Captain Larry Wade, CEO of OxfordSaudia, explaining why&n

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