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February 25, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 02.25.21: Sportys Aerobatic Course, WAI Grant, STEM Builders

Also: Drone Test Administrators, Elite Balloon Instructor, CFI Completion Program, T-7A Advanced Trainer 
Ever wondered what it's like to fly a loop or a roll? Maybe you've considered taking an upset recovery course to improve your stick and rudder skills? If so, Sportys thinks this is THE course for you. Basic Aerobatics with Patty Wagstaff puts you in the cockpit with an airshow legend to experience flight beyond straight and level. More than just a list of maneuvers, this course explores the art and sport of high performance flying-it's the perfect complement to in-airplane training. You'll learn about the history of aerobatics, what the industry looks like today, and how to get started. Women in Aviation International will be offering 47 new sch

GAMA Confirms... 2020 Kinda Sucked

Turboprop, Business Jet And Helicopter Deliveries Declined As Compared To 2019

GAMA) presented the 2020 year-end general aviation aircraft billings and shipments report, during its annual State of the Industry press conference. Aircraft deliveries reached a value of $22.8 billion, a decrease compared to $27.8 billion in 2019. Piston airplane deliveries were steady, while turboprop, business jet and helicopter deliveries declined as compared to 2019. "As expected, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted general aviation and stifled the industry's growth. While we continue to face headwinds globally, all signs point to strong demand for our products and services that are unfortunately being constrained by pandemic induced supply chain lim

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Airborne 02.24.21: TWA 800 Decommissioning, Airlines v Privacy, MCI&A 'Flex'

Also: WAI Receives $250K, Inspiration4, Emergency AD: Bell 505, Elite Balloon Instructor

The National Transportation Safety Board has decided to decommission the TWA Flight 800 reconstruction as the agency prepares for the expiration of the lease for its Ashburn, Virginia, Training Center. The reconstruction, housed in the 30,000 square foot hangar along with other training tools at the NTSB’s Training Center, has been used in the NTSB’s accident investigation training courses for nearly 20 years. However, advances in investigative techniques such as 3-D scanning and drone imagery, lessen th

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.18.21: FSANA Postpones, Robinson Video, HAI FIRC

Also: US Helicopter Safety Team, DPE Model Code of Conduct, Spatial Disorientation, American Flyers

Another much-anticipated event, one that was pretty an indoor convention, has been delayed due to issues associated with the pandemic. The Flight School Association of North America notes that, "Through discussions with members, suppliers, government officials and hotel management, the FSANA board and staff have decided to reschedule the 2021 conference. We apologize to anyone unable to make the new date, but feel the move will make for a better conference for all who attend or exhibit. We expect that we

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Air Race E Expands To Include New Electric Race Classes

Air Race E's Existing Race Airplane Formula Will Be Re-Named The Open Class

Air Race E, a hopeful electric air race promotor, has announced it is launching two new distinct race classes: one an airplane and the other a VTOL. The move to amplify its operations and create more races is reportedly the direct result of high levels of interest and demand from across the industry. The new airplane formula will be named the Performance Class and will be based on a standard electric powertrain, which will focus on optimisation, efficiency and extracting the maximum potential out of a powertrain. Air Race E is developing this new race plane under its own roof with the help of leading manufacturers in the industry.

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Emergency AD: PW 4000 Series Engines

AD #: 2021-05-51 Prompted By An In-Flight Failure Of A 1st-Stage LPC Blade On A PW4077

An Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-05-51 has been sent to owners and operators of Pratt & Whitney Division (PW) PW4074, PW4074D, PW4077, PW4077D, PW4084D, PW4090, and PW4090-3 model turbofan engines. This emergency AD was prompted by the in-flight failure of a 1st-stage low-pressure compressor (LPC) blade on a PW4077 model turbofan engine resulting in an engine fire during flight. This condition, if not addressed, could result in 1st-stage LPC blade release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. The FAA reviewed Pratt & Whitney Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) PW4G-112-A72-268, Revision No. 7, dated September 6, 2018. This ASB specifi

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Hydrogen Powered UAV Propulsion System Begins Testing

Northwest UAV And The Naval Research Laboratory Are Working Towards A Test Flight

Through a cooperative agreement, NWUAV and NRL have successfully completed a hydrogen fuel cell prototype designed specifically for the high power-to-weight ratio and harsh operational requirements of unmanned systems. After a successful first operational test, NWUAV and NRL plan further developments to their hydrogen fuel cell prototype, with a test flight slated for later this year. “It is very gratifying to turn research sustained by the Office of Naval Research into a commercial product,” said Dr. Karen Swider-Lyons, Director of the Laboratory of Autonomous Systems Research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

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Rare Howard 250 Joins LSFM Collection

This 12 Passenger Howard 250 Is The Only Remaining Flying Model

The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) has announced the arrival of a rare Lockheed Howard 250 Tri-Gear. The aircraft was gifted to the museum by the Mid America Flight Museum in Mount Pleasant, Texas (MAFM), and will now become a permanent part of the LSFM’s aircraft collection. The Howard 250 is an added highlight to the new and ongoing relationship between the two flight museums that will see additional visiting aircraft at LSFM over the next several years.

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Classic Aero-TV: Jabiru's New J170-D - An Upgraded and Fine-tuned LSA

From 2017 (YouTube Version): The Airplane From Down Under Is A Proven Trainer…

Jabiru was one of the early light sport aircraft (LSA) brought into the U.S.A. when the sport pilot rules were initiated in 2004. They have long been popular for pilot training in Australia, and while at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, found out more about a new model of Jabiru trainer that has been recently introduced to the U.S. Tom met up with Pete Krotje, who is the president of Jabiru North America which is located in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Krotje says the new Jabiru model is referred to as the J170-D and is a highly upgrade

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Done Deal: AeroVironment Completes Acquisition of Arcturus UAV

Arcturus UAV Is Now A Wholly-Owned Subsidiary Operating Under The AeroVironment Brand

AeroVironment has completed its acquisition of Arcturus UAV, Inc. The approximately $405 million transaction was previously announced on January 13, 2021. The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) selected Arcturus UAV as one of six companies qualified for the potential $975 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity MEUAS IV contract in June 2020. The contract enables awardees to compete for site-specific task orders and provide USSOCOM with unmanned aircraft systems services and support for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations.

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Airborne 02.22.21: B777 Engine Failure, SnF DroneShow, Mars Video

Also: USCG Rescue, CAF Airbase Georgia, Cygnus Launch, Hillsboro Aero Academy

An elder B777-200 suffered an engine failure this past Saturday, leaving parts  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 the Denver airport -- where the aircraft landed safely with no injuries to anyone

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NTSB Prelim: Taylorcraft BC-65

Airplane Was In Cruise Flight... When The Engine Began To Gradually Lose Power

On February 7, 2021, about 1600 eastern standard time, a Taylorcraft BC-65, N24476, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Columbia, South Carolina. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The student pilot stated that the airplane was in cruise flight at an altitude of 2,000 ft mean seal level when the engine began to gradually lose power.

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AD: Saab AB, Support and Services

AD 2021-02-02 Requires An Inspection For Correct Installation Of The MLG Anti-Skid System Harnesses

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Saab AB, Support and Services Model SAAB 2000 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of inadvertently reversed connections of the outboard and inboard channel harnesses of the wheel speed transducers in the main landing gear (MLG) wheel axles. This AD requires an inspection for correct installation of the MLG anti-skid system harnesses and corrective actions if necessary, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective March 29, 20

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.25.21)

Aero Linx: International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) The primary purpose of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI), was to promote that part of the aeronautical endeavor wherein lies the moral obligation of the Air Safety Investigatorto the Public, and to promote the education of its members, of those directly associated with aeronautical problems, and of the general public concerning those problemspeculiar to the work of the Air Safety Investigator. With the establishment of the Canadian and Australian Societies' and over 100 individual members from 35 countries, theinternational nature of the Society was recognized in 1977, and the name of the Society was chan

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.25.21): Final Approach-IFR

Final Approach-IFR The flight path of an aircraft which is inbound to an airport on a final instrument approach course, beginning at the final approach fix or point and extending to the airport or the point where a circle-to-land maneuver or a missed approach is executed.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.25.21)

"As expected, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted general aviation and stifled the industry's growth. While we continue to face headwinds globally, all signs point to strong demand for our products and services that are unfortunately being constrained by pandemic induced supply chain limitations and a vast array of disjointed barriers to air travel across national borders. As we progress through the recovery process, our member companies have made the health and safety of their employees and that of their suppliers an overarching priority, and rigorously support economic policies that preserve our skilled aerospace workforce." Source:  GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce, in remarks associated with the release of the

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