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November 07, 2021

Sun n’ FUN Holiday Fly-In Tickets Available

Winter Festival Includes Aerial Demos, STOL Competition, and Car Show

For aircraft enthusiasts dreading the winter slog, Sun n’ FUN has the perfect getaway for a weekend in sunny Lakeland, Florida. Their Holiday Fly-In Drive-In Festival has opened sales for tickets and registrations for campgrounds, parking spots, and VIP admissions. With another open car show sponsored by the local Corvette Club, featuring exotics, classics, and kit cars galore. The Holiday Festival will have all the hallmarks of a Sun n’ Fun event, with plenty to enjoy for everyone. Operator Flying Adventure will be on hand Friday and Saturday offering flights in their original 1941 U.S. Army Stearman biplane with vintage, period-accurate livery, with options fo

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Tamarack Denies NTSB Blame

Says 2018 Citation Crash Report Self-Contradictory

Tamarack has disputed the findings of probable cause in the NTSB’s final report of a 2018 crash of Cessna Citation N525EG. The Board faulted Tamarack’s Active Winglet system, alleging that the crash was the result of an “asymmetric deployment of the leftwing load alleviation system for undetermined reasons.” Tamarack states that forensic evidence collected in the course of the investigation proved that the load alleviation was indeed functioning correctly and deploying symmetrically upon impact. Additionally, the company points out a number of inconsistencies and omissions in the official report. 

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Wreckage of TransAir 810 Recovered

Flight Recorders, Fuselage, Engines Dredged from the Deep

The NTSB has successfully completed the recovery of TransAir flight 810 this week, retrieving the remains of the Boeing 737-200 that ditched after the flight crew reported anomalies in both engines shortly after takeoff from Honolulu on July 2, 2021. The only occupants of the aircraft, the two pilots, survived. After the ditching, the majority of the plane’s wreckage came to rest on an ocean shelf about 400 feet deep. Flight 810 had been carrying cargo at the time, so TransAir worked with its insurance provider to recover the wreckage and salvage as much cargo as possible.

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Remote Identification Drone Lawsuit Continues

FPV Drone Community Lawsuit Reply Brief Filed, On To Oral Arguments

RaceDayQuads has filed a brief in its case fighting the newest FAA regulations on remote identification. In 2019, the agency proposed, and weeks later published, a rule requiring future drones and unmanned aerial systems to come equipped with identification broadcasting. Under the new rules, any drone operated without the designated ID reporting would not be airworthy, with the only exception for flights within specially designated airspace, only available for select organizations. Understandably, such a seismic change in the fledgling drone industry brought consternation to operators, given little time or recourse to remain airworthy, drone pilots sought to halt implementation an

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Klyde Morris (11.05.21)

Klyde's Observations Have Rarely Been So Poignant


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Virgin Orbit and ANA Sign Agreement for 20 Flights

LauncherOne to Operate from Japan’s Oita Prefecture

Virgin orbit and ANA Holdings, the largest airline in Japan, have agreed to a memorandum of understanding that will result in 20 flights of Virgin’s LauncherOne from Oita, Japan. Included in the deal is a requirement for ANA and industry partners to fund the creation of a new set of mobile ground support equipment to support the LauncherOne system for takeoff from a pre-existing runway, with the eventual goal of making Oita a spaceport, ideally by the end of 2022. To date, Japan’s satellite technology has been bound to fixed launch sites, a weakness they aim to rectify with the inclusion of Virgin’s mobile launch equipment. If successful in their projects, Virgin Orbi

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Classic Aero-TV At OSH21: The Pro Max Is Here - And Certified

Time To Upgrade Your Avionics

It’s time to upgrade your avionics, according to John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics. The company announced on the second day of Oshkosh the availability of its Pro Max to integrate with Genesis 3100 autopilot, allowing users to control the autopilot directly from the display. Uczekaj spoke with us at Oshkosh about the new technology. “We announced today that the Pro Max provides an interface with the autopilot that allows you to control the autopilot from the display. You’ll be able to pre-select altitudes, speed selection, vertical speed selection on the phy

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FAA Proposes Increased Rest Period For Flight Attendants

Rule Would Boost To 10 Hours’ Rest After 14 Hours Duty Time

The Department of Transportation has proposed a new regulation requiring flight attendants in service to have a longer rest period between shifts. The proposed rule would bump the period up to 10 consecutive hours of rest, when scheduled for duty periods 14 hours or less. Under current regulations, they are required to have a minimum of 9 hours of consecutive rest. In 2018’s FAA Reauthorization Act, Congress issued a directive to the FAA to increase the minimum rest period after scheduled duty of 14 hours or less in domestic, flag, and supplemental flights. The current regulations only grant a 9-hour rest period, which can be reduced to 8 hours under certain circumstances.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech C23

The Takeoff Was Aborted, The Airplane Continued To The Runway End, And Subsequently Departed

On September 26, 2021, at 1009 eastern daylight time, a Beech C-23, N3342L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Lansing, West Virginia. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed New River Gorge Airport (WV32). The airport owner, his brother, and a neighbor witnessed the accident. They each provided statements and their versions of events were consistent throughout. The airplane had been parked at the airport in front of the owner’s hangar all weekend. One the day of the accident (Sunday), the

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2021-21-04 Prompted By Reports That The Sliding Bushings In The Forward Engine Mount System Were Missing

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model BD-700-1A10 and BD-700-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that the sliding bushings in the forward engine mount system were missing. This AD requires an inspection (gap check) of the front and aft engine mounts to verify the proper installation of the sliding bushings, and repair if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective December 8, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.07.21)

Aero Linx: Aeronautical Systems Center Located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Aeronautical Systems Center is the largest of three product centers within Air Force Materiel Command. The center designs, develops and delivers dominant aerospace weapon systems and capabilities for U.S. Air Force, other U.S. military, allied and coalition-partner warfighters, in support of Air Force leadership priorities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.07.21): Profile Descent

Profile Descent An uninterrupted descent (except where level flight is required for speed adjustment; e.g., 250 knots at 10,000 feet MSL) from cruising altitude/level to interception of a glideslope or to a minimum altitude specified for the initial or intermediate approach segment of a nonprecision instrument approach. The profile descent normally terminates at the approach gate or where the glideslope or other appropriate minimum altitude is intercepted.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.07.21)

"Tamarack states that forensic evidence collected in the course of the investigation proved that the load alleviation was indeed functioning correctly and deploying symmetrically upon impact. Additionally, the company points out a number of inconsistencies and omissions in the official report." Source: From a statement by Tamarack Aerospace in which they disputed the findings of probable cause in the NTSB’s final report of a 2018 crash of Cessna Citation N525EG.

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