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February 17, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 02.17.21: CA CG Drones, Sun n Fun Droneshow, XPONENTIAL 2021

Also: Flying Taxi Concepts, K-State Poly Webinar, Silent Arrow, Russian Cargo Craft Heads For ISS

Kongsberg Geospatial has been selected by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) to conduct trials of a new long-endurance UAV surveillance system for the Canadian Coast Guard. The MartinUAV V-BAT aircraft was selected to provide the ability to combine take off and landing from the small confines aboard ship with the long endurance of a fixed-wing aircraft while carrying multiple sensors. A major feature for this year’s Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo will be the first public drone light show performance at a Florida airshow. Over 60 of the specialized aerial robots will lift-off together, taking flight twice during the week-long event. Sun ‘n Fun organizers are

Airborne-Flight Training 02.04.21: Sporty's Foundation, Mask Issues, Heli-Jobs

Also: Women In Corporate Aviation, Brooke Owens Fellowship, Doug Jeanes, eFlyer 2

The Sporty's Foundation made bequests totaling $161,000 during 2020 to fulfill its goal to attract young people to the aviation community both as a career and a lifestyle. The Foundation also supports organizations and museums that preserve the rich history of aviation for future generations -- with an apparent emphasis on aviation education activities. The Sporty's Foundation continues as a major sponsor of EAA's successful Young Eagles program from a financial commitment to complement Sporty's making its award-winning Le

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B-29 Doc To Host Wichita Warbird Weekend Featuring B-29, B-17 And B-25 Bombers

We're Talking About A Trifecta Of The Greatest Bombers Of WWII, Folks

B-29 Doc will host two other World War II-era aircraft in partnership with the EAA, Fourth of July Weekend, July 2-5, 2021, in Wichita, Kansas. The event will feature B-29 Doc, along with B-17 Aluminum Overcast and B-25 Berlin Express, and will give warbird fans a unique, up-close and personal opportunity to see the three American bombers that helped win World War II. “We are tremendously excited to host this event and partner with the EAA to showcase three WWII-era bombers that served to protect freedom in both the European and Pacific Theaters of the war,” said Josh Wells, Doc’s Friends general manager and executive director.

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HAI Hosts Virtual Flight Instructor Refresher Course

March 21-22, 1000-1900ET, HAI Members $125, Non-Members $150

The chore that revalidating one's instructor credentials may have gotten a bit easier, if not more accessible, via the latest offering from HAI. HAI's Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) has traditionally been a big part of the education program at HAI HELI-EXPO. With the 2021 show having been canceled, this year they're bringing FIRC training to you-virtually (but then again, isn't just about EVERYTHING virtual these days?). This two-day, 16-hour, helicopter-specific online course will cover the latest updates in regulations and helicopter flight instruction techniques from leading industry professionals.

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Gulfstream G700 Surpasses 1,100 Flight Hours

Flight Test Program Reportedly Accomplishes Numerous Flight-Test Milestones

Gulfstream's G700 flight-test program has made significant progress, surpassing 1,100 hours of flying and completing new company test regimens, all within the program’s first year. After its maiden voyage on Feb. 14, 2020, the G700 successfully completed several critical phases-of-flight tests, including envelope expansion, flutter, aerodynamic stalls, flying qualities, flight control systems and air-data testing. The test fleet then went on to conduct winglet and wing-ice shape stall testing, loads testing and initial cold-weather testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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JetBlue Pilots: 'No Deal'

Pilots Reject Tentative AA Agreement, Seek More Job Security/Shared Success

JetBlue pilots rejected a tentative agreement that would have given the company contractual relief in order to implement JetBlue’s full partnership with American Airlines. More than 92 percent of eligible voters participated and, of those, 53.7 percent voted against the agreement. “Job security, especially during turbulent points in our industry, is a main concern of every pilot,” said Capt. Chris Kenney, chairman of the JetBlue unit of ALPA. “We train for years and spend nights far from home in order to be a pilot. For any agreement to proceed, JetBlue management must provide acceptable assurances that our jobs are safe and valued for years to come

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Silent Arrow Awarded USAF Contract

1-Ton Cargo Delivery Glider to be Scaled Down

Silent Arrow has been awarded United States Air Force contract FA864921P0478 entitled "Feasibility of Downsizing and Adapting Commercial Silent Arrow Cargo Delivery UAS to Meet Specific AFSOC Operational Requirements" to the company effective February 5, 2021. The contract will be executed in partnership with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with funding from AFWERX. Under this Small Business Innovation Research ("SBIR") contract, the commercially successful Silent Arrow GD-2000 (Glider, Disposable, 2000 pounds) platform will be scaled down for CV-22 cargo ramp and smaller fixed-wing side-door deployment activities for unspecified U.S. operations.

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Classic Aero-TV: Viking Aircraft Engines - Talking Turbo's... and Other Upgrades

From 2016 (YouTube Link): Honda Automotive Engines Serve As The Basis For A Line Of Aircraft Engines For Experimental Airplanes…

While at the DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by the display of Viking Aircraft Engines to get caught up on what’s new with their unique line of Honda automobile conversion engines for aircraft. Jim met up with Jan Eggenfellner, who is the President of Viking Aircraft Engines. Eggenfellner talked a bit about their model 130 engine which has been around for about three years, and proven very successful. He said the news for new engines is coming from a new

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NBAA, EBAA Unveil 'EBACE Connect'

The Latest Effort To Undertake Virtual Gatherings Made Necessary by The Pandemic

EBAA and NBAA have announced the launch of "EBACE Connect" - a new, virtual programming series that (they hope) will gather business aviation's most compelling and authoritative voices to engage the industry in a vital conversation around the issues and trends shaping the future of business aviation.  "EBACE has been bringing our industry together for more than a decade, and this year will not be an exception," said EBAA Secretary-General Athar Husain Khan.

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Russian Cargo Craft Heading For ISS

The Progress 77 Will Later Detach Pirs From The Station

Russia’s Progress 77 cargo rocket launched from its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Feb 14, 2021. An uncrewed Russian Progress 77 carrying just over one ton of nitrogen, water and propellant to the International Space Station launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:45 p.m. EST (9:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 15, Baikonur time). The resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned for a two-day rendezvous on its way to meet up with the orbiting laboratory and its Expedition 64 crew members. After making 33 orbits of Earth on its journey, the spacecraft will automatically dock to the station’s

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Airborne 02.12.21: SnF Digital News!, LearJet DOA, NTSB On S-76B Crash

Also: Hawaii Weather Cam, SecTrans Chats w/NBAA, A300 Facelift, LuxStream

The Aero-News Network and Sun 'n Fun have teamed up to add something timely, mobile-centric and vital to the upcoming Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, set for April 13-18 in Lakeland FL on the campus of the Aerospace Center for Excellence. We call it the ‘Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily.’ Designed to be the most accessible aviation news event program extant, the Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily will be easily accessed by cellphone, tablet, or any other connected device. "We are excited to partner with ANN to bring this ne

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna U206

The Engine “Rolled Back” And Started To Lose Power

On January 23, 2021, about 1455 eastern standard time, a Cessna U206G, Canadian registration CGWAS, was  substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Denton, North Carolina. The pilot and copilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight. According to the pilot-in-command (PIC), she and the copilot had been flying mapping flights for the United States Geological Survey group. The PIC stated they would fly about 250 ft. above ground level in a grid pattern while mapping. She further stated that they had enough fuel on board for about a 6-hour flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.21)

Aero Linx: Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong The Department is headed by the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The Deputy Director-General of Civil Aviation supports DGCA in overseeing the operation of the following four Divisions: Flight Standards and Airworthiness Division headed by the Assistant Director-General (Flight Standards); Air Traffic Management Division headed by the Assistant Director-General (Air Traffic Management); Air Traffic Engineering Services Division headed by the Assistant Director-General (Air Traffic Engineering Services); and Airport Standards Division headed by the Assistant Dire

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.21): Transition

Transition a. The general term that describes the change from one phase of flight or flight condition to another; e.g., transition from en route flight to the approach or transition from instrument flight to visual flight. b. A published procedure (DP Transition) used to connect the basic DP to one of several en route airways/jet routes, or a published procedure (STAR Transition) used to connect one of several en route airways/jet routes to the basic STAR.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.18.21)

“‘Valkyries’ epitomizes the force’s move toward more inclusivity and equally represents the fifth-generation stealth fighter’s air superiority. I am honored to be the first commander of the initial U.S. Air Force overseas-based F-35A unit. Like the Valkyries themselves, we’ll be vital to determining the fate of our adversaries in the battlespace.” Source: Lt. Col. Ian McLaughlin, the incoming 495th FS commander, explaining the nickname given to the first U.S. Air Force overseas-based F-35A Lightning II squadron.

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