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February 22, 2021

Catastrophic B777 Engine Failure Results In Debris Trail, But No Injuries

Number Two Engine Failure Results In Visually Dramatic Emergency

An elder B777-200 suffered an engine failure this past Saturday, leaving parts strewn along the flightpath used to return after declaring an emergency. United Airlines Boeing 777-200, N772UA, was built in 1994 and on its way to Honolulu from Denver International. The catastrophic failure resulted in extensive damage to the engine housings and fairings... pieces of which were found in several locations along its return path over Broomfield, CO, to DIA -- where the aircraft landed safely with no injuries to anyone on board.

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The Ultimate RC Helo? NASA’s Mars Helicopter Phones It in

Ingeniuity Has Phoned Home From Where It Is Attached To The Belly Of The Rover.

Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have received the first status report from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which landed Feb. 18, 2021, at Jezero Crater attached to the belly of the agency’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. The downlink, which arrived at 3:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. EST) via a connection through the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, indicates that both the helicopter, which will remain attached to the rover for 30 to 60 days, and its base station (an electrical box on the rover that stores and routes communications between the rotorcraft and Earth) are operating as expected.

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The Airlines Want More Personal Info To Let You Fly

Major Airlines Announce Support for Int'l Contact Tracing Program

Airlines for America (A4A) has announced that its member passenger carriers have pledged support for the implementation of a so-called 'voluntary' international contact tracing program that is likely to displease those concerned about further invasions of personal privacy. Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines commit to collecting contact tracing data from passengers traveling into the United States and transmitting that data to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as an additional layer of protection for the traveling public.

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New HEAVY VTOL UAV 150H Unveiled

Up To 8 Hours And Up To 150 Kg Of Payload

FRESHVALE LTD released their new HEAVY VTOL UAV 150H. The unmanned helicopter HEAVY VTOL UAV 150H successfully performed the tests by delivering 150 kg cargo to 130 km demonstrating safe autonomous flight and economical fuel consumption (22-25 l/h). The mission was completed by the crew of 2 persons only – operator and technician. Also; Freshvale Ltd has verified this performance was carried out in the harsh environmental conditions of mountainous areas. HEAVY VTOL UAV 150H is developed for continuous autonomous flights with maximum endurance of up to 8 hours being able to cover 800+ km in diverse weather conditions (-20oC to up to 50oC). Unmanned complex is suitable for transportation with standard

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Klyde Morris (02.22.21)

Klyde Thinks Gags and Humor Are Not Necessarily Just A Human Quality...


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Distinguished Flying Cross Society Biennial Reunion Details Announced

The DFC Society Hosts Reunion “Riders on the Storm – Desert Storm”

The Distinguished Flying Cross Society (DFC) will host its biennial reunion and convention in Washington D.C. from September 23-26, 2021. The theme of the convention will be “Riders on the Storm – Desert Storm.” Desert Storm DFC recipients will be honored at the event, and appropriate honors will be rendered for their achievements at the gala banquet. Reflecting the Desert Storm theme, the speakers include DFC Society member Gen. Richard Cody, USA (Ret), former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, who led the first night Apache helicopter strike that took out Iraqi early warning radars, and Lt. Gen. David Deptula, USAF (Ret), the principal attac

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Classic Aero-TV: UAvionix - Transitioning Between Manned & Unmanned Technologies


From 2017 (YouTube Version): ADS-B For Airplanes And Drones


ADS-B technology developed by uAvionix has come full circle. The company began with a device developed for manned aircraft, scaled that down for the drone market, and now has scaled back up with a new device for manned aircraft with the Echo UAT system. Ryan Reed, director of Communications and Support for uAvionx, told ANN news editor Tom Patton at Sun 'n Fun in April that the early devices were heavy and used a lot of power, which is not ideal for small UAVs. So they made the devices smaller, lighter and more efficient for use on drones.

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FAA to Implement Las Vegas Metroplex Project

FAA Will Implement The Las Vegas Metroplex Project On Feb. 25, 2021

The comprehensive project will use satellite navigation to move air traffic more safely and efficiently through the area. New routes for McCarran International Airport, Henderson Executive Airport, and North Las Vegas Airport will be more direct, automatically separated from each other and have efficient climb and descent profiles. It is one of 11 Metroplex projects nationwide. Community involvement was a critical part of the project’s environmental process. The FAA conducted a thorough environmental review and extensive public engagement for the project, including 11 public workshops in 2017 and 2019.

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Airborne 02.16.21: F-15EX Progress, French MoD Buys TBMs, Coulson FireLiners

Also: Lunar Outpost Launch Assignments, SWA Pilot's Union, NATA Schools Washington, Embraer 2020 Deliveries

The first F-15EX completed its initial flight in St. Louis Feb. 2. It was announced in August 2020 that the 173rd Fighter Wing will begin transitioning as the F-15EX formal training unit in 2024. “Being selected as the F-15EX formal training unit is an outstanding mission for the 173rd Fighter Wing,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW commander. The French Ministry of Defense has announced a framework agreement to acquire four Daher TBM 940 very fast turboprop aircraft for use by the cou

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NTSB Prelim: Beech 35

Attempted To Troubleshoot The Reduced RPM

On December 27, 2020, at 1812 Pacific standard time, a Beech 35 airplane, N5474D, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Santa Ynez, California. The pilot and three passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The pilot estimated that he departed with about 32 gallons of useable fuel. While en route to Lompoc, California, the pilot altered his course slightly to avoid inclement weather. The airplane passed one mile north of the Santa Ynez airport and when about 17 miles from Lompoc the pilot switched the fuel selector from the right main tank (which was indicating close to empty) to the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.21)

Aero Linx: The Society of US Army Flight Surgeons (SoUSAFS) The Society of US Army Flight Surgeons (SoUSAFS) serves to advance the science and art of Aerospace Medicine and its allied sciences, and its application to Army Aviation and the mission of the United States Army.  We strive to foster the professional growth and development of its members and strive to improve the practice of Army Aviation Medicine and increase its application in support of the mission of Army Aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.21): Final Approach Point

Final Approach Point The point, applicable only to a nonprecision approach with no depicted FAF (such as an on airport VOR), where the aircraft is established inbound on the final approach course from the procedure turn and where the final approach descent may be commenced. The FAP serves as the FAF and identifies the beginning of the final approach segment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.22.21)

“There are two big-ticket items we are looking for in the data: the state of charge of Ingenuity’s batteries as well as confirmation the base station is operating as designed, commanding heaters to turn off and on to keep the helicopter’s electronics within an expected range. Both appear to be working great. With this positive report, we will move forward with tomorrow’s charge of the helicopter’s batteries.” Source: Tim Canham, Ingenuity Mars Helicopter operations lead at JPL, describing what Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California were looking at as they received the first status report from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which landed Feb. 18, 2021, at Jezer

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