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November 28, 2021

AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-22-05 Requires Repetitive Inspections Of Affected Torque Tube Assemblies

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a. Model A119 and AW119 MKII  helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on two Model AW119 MKII helicopters. This AD requires repetitive inspections of affected torque tube assemblies for any deficiency and corrective action if necessary; and the replacement of any affected part with a serviceable part, which is terminating action for the repetitive inspections, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

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Air Force Extends Rated Prep Program Applications Until Dec. 31

Participants Receive Ground Training, And Instruction In CAP C-182 Skylanes

The Air Force has extended the deadline for Airmen applying for the Rated Prep Program until Dec. 31. Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers have until Dec. 31 to apply for the Spring 2022 Air Force Rated Preparatory Program, scheduled for March 20-25, 2022, and March 27-April 1, 2022, in Denton, Texas. U.S. Air Force rated career fields consist of pilots, combat systems officers, air battle managers and remotely piloted aircraft pilots. RPP provides qualified Airmen interested in cross-training to an Air Force rated career field the opportunity to gain and strengthen basic aviation skills.

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ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 25th and 26th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Basically, we're going to treat the four-day weekend as just that: a four-day weekend, meaning you'll still be able to find several new stories each day on our website.

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Young Teen Builds Business to Build Plane

Making a Career One Piece at a Time

Rachel St. Louis grew up exposed to aviation throughout her life, riding with her father and hungering for the day she could have a plane to call her own. While searching for simple, affordable aircraft, she found that the majority of the industry only offered complete kit planes. In order to afford her build, she wanted to purchase each kit piecemeal, but found most vendors at EAA AirVenture 2015 didn't take a 13-year old too seriously, until finding Aerosport, LLC. The distributor introduced St. Louis to the South African BushCat, which would come to be her plane of choice. 

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RCAF Honors First Female Tactical Helicopter Pilot Upon Retirement

Was The Aircraft Commander Of The First Ever All-Female Crew In Tactical Aviation

The much celebrated RCAF tells us that Claire De Repentigny grew up northeast of Montreal in the town that bears her name – Repentigny. Always interested in aviation, she wanted to be a military pilot long before women were allowed in that role. So, she obtained her civilian license and was soon a fixed wing instructor teaching in and around the Montreal area. In the spring of 1986, it was announced that women would be allowed to become pilots in the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). Claire was at the recruiting station the very next day and six months later she was enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Diamond and QinetiQ Sign Purchase Agreement For 2 DA62 MPPs

Aircraft Can Stay Airborne For Up To Eight Hours

QinetiQ GmbH has placed an order for two DA62 MPP multi-purpose platforms. The aircraft will support QinetiQ’s delivery of training and reconnaissance missions, thanks to the extended period of time that the aircraft will be able to spend in the air. Volker Wallrodt, Managing Director QinetiQ GmbH said, “We have signed the contract with Diamond Aircraft for the purchase of 2 DA62 MPP aircraft to expand the capabilities of our fleet and further develop our aerial services for the benefit of our customers.”

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Russia’s New Docking Module Arrives at Station

Five Available Docking Ports Will Accommodate Multiple Russian Spacecraft

The five-ton Prichal docking module arrived at the International Space Station at 10:19 a.m. EST, propelled by a modified Russian Progress propulsion compartment. They docked to the Nauka module on the Earth-facing side of the Russian segment two days after lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 8:06 a.m. EST (6:06 p.m. Baikonur time). The spacecraft were flying about 260 miles over Ukraine at the time of docking.

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Rocket Lab to Attempt Mid-Air Recovery

Just Like an Aerial Claw Game…With a Rocket

Rocket Lab, after 22 missions building experience, testing systems, and planning, has confirmed that it will finally aim for its longtime goal: Plucking a returning rocket booster from mid-air while it returns to Earth after a successful launch. Previous Electron Rocket missions have seen helicopter shadowing and tracking to prepare for the operation, but the next recovery operation would see all previous lessons culminate in one. The reusable rocket system has been popular with most launch service providers, allowing for more economical, sustainable operations in sum total.

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Klyde Morris (11.26.21)

Klyde Just LOVES Those Holiday Bennies...


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Classic Aero-TV: Power On Time -- Mid-Continent’s MD93 Digital Clock/USB Charger

From 2014: Simple Solutions Allow For More Efficient and Versatile Cockpits

While at the AEA Southern Regional Convention 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, went in search to find a solution for a key aviation concern. That concern is: where can you plug in a USB charger in your aircraft? It seems in this modern day of aviation that finding a place to keep your PED charged is almost as important as flying the aircraft. Jim’s quest brought him to Tim Fidler, the Mid-Continent Instruments Eastern Regional sales representative. Mid-Continent Instruments already has a USB charger system designed for aircraft, but they have now inno

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna R172K

The Pilot Increased The Throttle Slightly And The Engine Lost All Power

On October 31, 2021, about 1150 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172K, N1082V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rexburg, Idaho. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the student pilot, he was conducting his first multi-leg solo cross-country flight. He departed the Ravalli County Airport (HRF), Hamilton, Montana, with a full-stop landing at Alpine Airport (46U), Alpine, Wyoming, followed by a flight to his planned destination of Rexburg-Madison County Airport (RXE), Rexburg, Idaho.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.28.21)

Aero Linx: Indian Institute of Aeronautics IIA has been a pioneer creating opportunities with the career in AME to the aviation sector since 1981. We are the first AME institute in India rendering the best AME professionals in civil aviation and safety. We have contributed as the best aircraft Maintenance Engineering College in India till now and counting on. You can build a career in AME with us, we at IIA provide you with best experienced and dynamic faculty that will help you going through the AME courses. To kick-start, your career in AME, join IIA. We are authorized DGCA approved AME institute in Delhi and Patna respectively, extensively creating profiles of AME professional across the nation. W

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.28.21): Instrument Departure Procedure (DP)

Instrument Departure Procedure (DP) A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure published for pilot use, in graphic or textual format, that provides obstruction clearance from the terminal area to the appropriate en route structure. There are two types of DP, Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP), printed either textually or graphically, and, Standard Instrument Departure (SID), which is always printed graphically.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.28.21)

“As one of only two launch companies to repeatedly recover orbital-class boosters from space, we’re ready to take the final step and begin collecting them mid-air with a helicopter to race us closer to launch, catch, repeat with the world’s first reusable, orbital-class commercial small rocket. A reusable Electron means more rockets and launch opportunities for better access to space for satellite customers, and I’m proud of the Rocket Lab team for continuously pushing the industry forward as the leaders in dedicated small launch." Source: Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck, after 22 missions building experience, testing systems, and planning -- confirming that it will finally aim for its longtime goal: Plucking a retur

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