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February 14, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 177RG

Pilot Elected To Perform A Forced Landing In A Field

On January 17, 2021, about 1220 eastern standard time, a Cessna 177RG, N919DC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Richmond Hills, Georgia. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, she departed from Fort Myers, Florida (FMY) about 0930, for a crosscounty flight to Saluda, Virginia (W75). The airplane was subsequently in cruise flight at an altitude of 5,500 ft above ground level when it experienced a total loss of engine power.

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French Ministry of Defense Buys 4 TBM 940s

Delivery Of The TBM 940 Fleet Will Begin In The Summer Of 2021

The French Ministry of Defense has announced a framework agreement to acquire four Daher TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft for use by the country’s flight test centers, along with associated services for the operation of these airplanes. Delivery of the TBM 940 fleet will begin in the summer of 2021, replacing TBM 700 versions that have been used since 1992 by the Flight Test division of the French Defense Ministry’s DGA (Direction générale de l’armement) procurement agency. The TBM’s duties include flight testing and safety support, as chase airplanes, in liaison flights, and for operations away from the primary test center locations.

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Embraer Delivers 71 Jets In 4Q20 And 130 Total Jets In 2020

As Of December 31, The Firm Order Backlog Totaled USD 14.4 Billion

Embraer delivered 71 jets in the fourth quarter of 2020, of which 28 were commercial aircraft and 43 were executive jets (23 light and 20 large), which represents a decrease of 10 aircraft in the quarter in comparison with 4Q19.The Company delivered a total of 130 jets in 2020, comprised of 44 commercial aircraft and 86 executive jets (56 light and 30 large), which represents a decrease of almost 35% compared to 2019, when 198 jets were delivered.

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NASA Awards Contract to Launch Initial Elements for Lunar Outpost

PPE And HALO Are Targeted To Launch Together No Earlier Than May 2024 On A Falcon Heavy

NASA has selected SpaceX to provide launch services for the agency’s Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), the foundational elements of the Gateway. As the first long-term orbiting outpost around the Moon, the Gateway is critical to supporting sustainable astronauts missions under the agency’s Artemis program. After integration on Earth, the PPE and HALO are targeted to launch together no earlier than May 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The total cost to NASA is approximately $331.8 million, including the launch service and other mission-

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Coulson Aviation FireLiners Dominating Australian Skies

Two FireLiners Were Working Side By Side With a Coulson C-130

It must be QUITE the sight... In something that has been rarely seen in aerial firefighting in Australia, three large air tankers have been working in Western Australia (WA) together as part of the aerial effort to support emergency services and protect communities under threat of fire. Two 737 FireLiner's and a C-130 were working closely together laying lines of fire retardant that made a real difference to minimizing the danger and impact to communities under threat of fire. 

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Canada Approves Proposed Purchase Of Transat A.T. By Air Canada

The COVID-19 Pandemic Was A Key Factor In The Final Decision

The Minister of Transport has announced that the Government of Canada has approved the proposed purchase of Transat A.T. Inc. by Air Canada, subject to strict terms and conditions that are in the interests of Canadians. In determining the proposed purchase is in the public interest, the Government of Canada considered a broad range of factors, such as level of service, wider social and economic implications, the financial health of the air transportation sector, and competition. The COVID-19 pandemic was a key factor in the final decision...

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Flying Taxi Concepts Gain Traction But Practical Challenges Remain

There's A Lot Of Outside Funding Coming Into The Space...

By Brian Foley Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is suggested by some industry participants and investors to be the next big disruptor in air transportation. It's envisioned that Jetson-like, small flying pods, often battery powered, will whisk passengers on short intra-city or regional hops starting with the press of an app, all while leaving an ecologically friendly footprint at relatively economical air travel fares. Known as eVTOLs for Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing, these vehicles and support ecosystem are argued by some to be the most significant civil air transportation development since the jet age. They have spawned hundreds of individual air vehicle designs,

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Classic Aero-TV: The Pilot Shortage--Phoenix East Aviation Offers Details

From 2017: The Current Infrastructure Is Not Adequate To Meet The Demand…

There is undoubtedly a pilot shortage. That is the assessment of John Michael Bingham, President and CEO of Phoenix East Aviation, one of the nation's largest flight schools headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL. At NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, Bingham told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that becoming a pilot is a great career choice for young people right now, because every airline sees what's coming in the future over the next few years, and that is an "acute shortage of pilots."

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SWA Pilot's Union Opposes Medical Testing Before Flight

SWAPA Opposes the Implementation of Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing

Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA) has come to strongly opposed the implementation of a pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirement for domestic air travel. Such a mandate would decimate domestic air travel demand, put aviation jobs at risk, and create serious unintended consequences. International travel demand is down as much as 48% since the implementation of a pre-departure testing requirement. Decreases in domestic travel demand would run even higher as the cost of testing in many cases would exceed the cost of travel. This reality would simply cause travelers to choose an alternative method of travel with a much greater probability of exposure.

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Astronics Bags $11M Collins Aerospace Order

Supports Growing Business Jet Connectivity Demand

Astronics has been awarded an order of approximately $11 million from Collins Aerospace (“Collins”) for business jet connectivity equipment. The order is a follow on to previous orders for inflight connectivity (IFC) hardware that Astronics has been providing to Collins. Astronics’ equipment supports the growing interest in the business jet connectivity services offered by Collins Aerospace. Having received many strong customer reviews, Collins’ system provides unparalleled highspeed world-wide connectivity that enables a broad variety of remote conferencing services as well as streaming entertainment.

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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%

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.21)

Aero Linx: The T-34 Association The T-34 Association was formed in July 1975 so that individuals purchasing then military surplus T-34As had an organization which would provide support for these aircraft. The idea was to share operating and maintenance information to all members. The organization was formed by Charlie Nogle, Earl Parks, and Bob Morris. The charter membership included 75 members, mostly Civil Air Patrol pilots who were flying these aircraft on missions and buying them from the government. Charlie Nogle and his oldest son Jim Nogle would publish the early news letter from their base in Champaign Illinois. Earl Parks would supply technical information on the Mentors from his base in Ama

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.21): Outer Area (Associated With Class C Airspace)

Outer Area (Associated With Class C Airspace) Non-regulatory airspace surrounding designated Class C airspace airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring and sequencing on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The service provided in the outer area is called Class C service which includes: IFR/IFR-IFR separation; IFR/VFR-traffic advisories and conflict resolution; and VFR/VFR-traffic advisories and, as appropriate, safety alerts. The normal radius will be 20 nautical miles with some variations based on site-specific requirements. The outer area extends outward from the primary Class C airspace airport and extends from the lower limits of radar/radio coverage up to

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