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February 10, 2021

Airborne 02.10.21: Citation CJ4 Gen2, AEA 2020 Report, Robinson HeliVideo

Also: Perseverance Readies For Mars, USCG Rescues Bear Victim, Bell 505 Sale
Textron Aviation is taking orders for the Cessna Citation CJ4 Gen2 with deliveries beginning immediately. The Cessna Citation CJ4, which achieved FAA type certification in 2010, remains a 525C type aircraft and has already received current interior certification for the CJ4 Gen2. AEA has released its 2020 year-end Avionics Market Report, and total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for the year amounted to more than $2.2 billion as reported by the participating companies. The dollar amount represented a 26% decrease in total year-end sales compared to 2019, which set a record-high total that topped $3 billion. It also marked the lowest amount of sales in the

Textron Unveils New Citation CJ4 Gen2

Offers Extensive Interior Upgrades

“With the CJ4 Gen2, we focused on a design that enhances passenger comfort with an elevated cabin to match the performance capabilities already trusted by Citation CJ4 owners,” said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Customer Experience. “Developments in technology have allowed us to introduce new design elements. A first for Citation light jets are the CoolView Skylights and a vanity option, which give our customers the atmosphere of a large aircraft with light jet performance capabilities.”

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No Surprise: Poor Decision Making, Spatial Disorientation Blamed in S-76B Crash

The NTSB Issued A Total Of Four Safety Recommendations To The FAA

The NTSB determined during a public meeting Tuesday, a pilot’s decision to continue flight under visual flight rules into instrument meteorological conditions, which resulted in the pilot’s spatial disorientation and loss of control, led to the fatal, Jan. 26, 2020, crash of a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter in Calabasas, California. The pilot and eight passengers died when the helicopter, operated by Island Express Helicopters, Inc., entered a rapidly descending left turn and crashed into terrain. The flight departed from John Wayne Airport-Orange County, Santa Ana, California, and was bound for Camarillo, California.

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AEA Completes 2020 Year-End Avionics Market Report

Total Sales Exceed $2.2 Billion For The Year

AEA has released its 2020 year-end Avionics Market Report, and total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales for the year amounted to $2,223,729,327, or more than $2.2 billion as reported by the participating companies. The dollar amount represented a 26% decrease in total year-end sales compared to 2019, which set a record-high total that topped $3 billion. It also marked the lowest amount of sales in the report's nine-year history. During the fourth-quarter months of October, November and December, sales decreased 28.1% compared to the same time frame one year ago.

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First UPS’ A300 Facelift Completed

Upgrades For UPS Airlines’ Fleet of 52 A300-600 Freighters Underway

Airbus has handed over the first completed cockpit upgrade for UPS Airlines’ fleet of 52 A300-600 Freighters. The aircraft (MSN868), equipped with Honeywell cockpit avionics, was redelivered to UPS on 3rd February at Airbus’ U.S. facility in Mobile Alabama following the certification by EASA on 22nd December 2020 and by the FAA on 5th January 2021. This is the first time that such a complex upgrade has been performed on the A300. UPS expects to have the entire fleet converted by peak season of 2022.

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Joby Aviation Makes A Few Bucks

Taking Key Step Towards Certifying Aircraft

Joby Aviation tells ANN that it has begun generating revenue as part of achieving another major milestone in the Agility Prime program. The company also announced that it has agreed to a ‘G1’ certification basis for its aircraft with the FAA. This agreement lays out the specific requirements that need to be met by Joby’s aircraft for it to be certified for commercial operations. Agility Prime is a unique program that seeks to accelerate the development of a commercial market for advanced air mobility and encourage American innovation. Joby’s participation in the program will provide the US Government with valuable data and insight into the operation and performance of eVTOL aircra

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Reporting For Duty: American Flyers's First Piper Pilot 100i's

American Flyers Operates Six Training Facilities

American Flyers has received the first eight Pilot 100i aircraft from Piper. Mike Bliss, the Chairman of the American Flyers National Safety Board, explained “This airplane will enable us to maintain our policy of "round dial" training for the Private Pilot Certificate and the first half of the instrument rating. It creates a stronger pilot by reinforcing the basic skills and foundations necessary to become a safe and proficient pilot.”

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Classic Aero-TV: Fast, Small, & Exciting - An Introduction To FPV Racing

From 2017: Drone Racing A Hit At Sebring

The Sebring Sport Aviation Expo has "Sport" prominently featured in its name, and one of the fastest-growing segments of sports, and sport aviation, is drone racing. So it would seem to make sense that steps from the Sebring Speedway, drone racing was taking place at the January air show. Brian Morris of Team Multistar told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that there were about 110 of the fastest drone pilots competing at the show for a total prize purse of $20,000, with $10,000 going to the overall winner of the event.

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LuxStream Now Available on Gulfstream G350, G450, GV, G550

LuxStream, Launched In Late 2019, Offers Speeds Up To 25 Mbps In The United States

Western Jet Aviation and Collins Aerospace have completed an STC with the FAA to install the KuSAT-2000 SATCOM terminal on Gulfstream GV and G550 aircraft. With the recent completion of the STC, Western Jet Aviation now holds STCs to offer KuSAT-2000 systems with LuxStream service on G350, G450, GV and G550 aircraft. LuxStream, launched in late 2019, offers speeds up to 25 Mbps in the United States and 15 Mbps globally via SES’s managed Ku-band satellite network, which is powered by global geostationary high-throughput; wide satellite beams; and a flexible, intelligent ground network. Its performance has been validated extensively, with more than 25 passengers

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Airborne-Unmanned 02.02.21: Camcopter S-100, Super Bowl TFRs, SpaceX Starship

Also: Wingcopter, uAvionix tailBeaconX TSOA, Skyborg Vanguard, Airflow Demonstrator

Nordic Unmanned has acquired two Camcopter S-100 systems, with the first delivered last week and another joining it in Q2 2021. This acquisition comes after successful sulphur sniffer operations in Denmark and France. The Camcopter S-100 was also recently operated for the world’s first full-scale offshore UAV cargo delivery to the active oil and gas platform Troll A in Norway. These operations were both carried out by Nordic Unmanned and Schiebel. The FAA is working with federal, state and local law enforcement age

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Airborne 02.05.21: Airspeeder!, Drones Deliver COVID Tests, EBACE2021

Also: No More Mr. Nice Guy On SFAR, M600/SLS Simulator, Gulfstream Expansion, AW139 20th Anniversary

Airspeeder is revealing first looks at what they call the world's first fully functioning electric flying racing car. The Airspeeder Mk3, is a full-sized remotely-operated electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle (eVTOL). It will compete in an upcoming remotely-piloted Airspeeder racing series that will stand as a technical test-bed and feeder series to a manned racing series in 2022. A full grid of Mk3 electric flying race-craft is currently being manufactured at Airspeeder and Alauda's technical

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NTSB Prelim: Extra Flugzeugbau GMBH EA300/L

Pilot Was Unable To Restart The Engine And The Airplane’s Left-Wing Stuck Trees And Terrain

On January 13, 2021, about 1319 eastern standard time, an Extra Flugzeubau GMBH EA300L, N771JP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pell City, Alabama. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he departed with 14 gallons of fuel in the wing tanks and 12 gallons in the center tank. After a 10-minute flight, he was on approach about 1,500 ft above ground level when the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and the airplane’s left-wing stuck trees and terrain du

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.10.21)

Aero Linx: International Business Aviation Council Co-located at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada, IBAC provides expert advocacy and intelligence on behalf of the global business aviation community participating in various ICAO bodies whose work affects business aviation.  Where business aviation association members work effectively in national and regional capitals, IBAC advocates at the global level – at ICAO – on behalf of the worldwide business aviation community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.10.21): Procedure Turn Inbound

Procedure Turn Inbound That point of a procedure turn maneuver where course reversal has been completed and an aircraft is established  inbound on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course. A report of “procedure turn inbound” is normally used by ATC as a position report for separation purposes.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.10.21)

“Unfortunately, we continue to see these same issues influence poor decision making among otherwise experienced pilots in aviation crashes. Had this pilot not succumbed to the pressures he placed on himself to continue the flight into adverse weather, it is likely this accident would not have happened. A robust safety management system can help operators like Island Express provide the support their pilots need to help them resist such very real pressures.” Source: NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, in comments made following the public hearing into the tragic crash of a Sikorsky S-76B that took the lives of nine people, including sports star Kobe Bryant.

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