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March 29, 2021

Airborne 03.29.21: Flight Design F2, V-22 Record, Cessna Skycourier Update

Also: National Air and Space Museum, NAV Canada Taking Flak, CBP Rescue, Gulfstream Milestone
Flight Design USA has selected Professional Instrument Courses (PIC) to assist in developing a simulator training course for the upcoming certified version of the new Flight Design F2, called the F2-CS in the United States. "We are very excited to be working with PIC for our planned simulator syllabus for the F2-CS, which is planned to be sold in the USA as an IFR approved certified aircraft, said Flight Design USA  President, Tom Peghiny. PIC has been in business for over 40 years now and there is a good reason, their focus on the client and their professional approach to Instrument training.” The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has logged more than 600

National Air and Space Museum Receives $5 Million Gift For Wright Exhibit

David M. Rubenstein Funds New Wright Brothers Gallery Anticipated To Open in 2022

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has received $5 million from David M. Rubenstein in support of the newly redesigned "The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age" exhibition. The gift will contribute to the safe preservation and display of the 1903 Wright Flyer, one of the Smithsonian's iconic artifacts and the centerpiece of the gallery. The redesign of the exhibition is part of the museum's ongoing transformation of all its galleries in the flagship building in Washington, D.C., and is scheduled to open in 2022.

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Airborne 03.26.21: Aspen Evolution 1000, MAF Vaccine Aid, EAA B-17 Recovers

Also: No April 1st Edition This Year, Ingenuity Mars Heli, Columbia Helicopters, TX Aviation Hall of Fame

Aspen Avionics reports that the Evolution 1000 Primary Flight Display has been selected by manufacturers of the PAL-V, the first flying car. After being the first flying car to get road permission for Europe, PAL-V is now also reportedly the first to finalize the full certification basis with EASA. Based on PAL-V's 10 years of test results, EASA specialist teams finalized the requirements for the PAL-V Liberty including the installation of the Aspen Evolution 1000 PFD. Mission Aviation Fellowship (M

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.23.21: Skyfront Record, Airspace Control, Drone Tests

Also: Drone Reg Drops, Web Teks Acquired, SkyPixel Winners, SmallRig

Skyfront broke a multi-rotor drone flight time record by staying airborne for 13 hours and 4 minutes and traveling a distance of 205 miles. The world record-breaking flight was achieved by the Skyfront Perimeter 8—the company’s most advanced eight rotor drone. The event was captured via the drone’s onboard 360 cameras. The rationale behind their flight is the Skyfront proprietary fuel-injected hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain. If you think things have been messed up, just wait and see what happens if Senator Mike L

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FAA Summarizes Policy On Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Controllers

AAM Will Monitor The Patient Response To Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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TSA Assists Connecticut State Police with Drone Detection Test

The Connecticut State Police Have Several Future Exercises Scheduled Throughout 2021

TSA law enforcement and police departments from Connecticut, and New York recently partnered with the Connecticut State Police (CSP) to assess their ability to hunt and stop unauthorized drones from interfering with commercial aviation. The teams ran scenarios at Hartford-Brainard Airport where they tested the state police department’s ability to locate a rogue drone as well as its operator by using law enforcement operated drones to find them. “If you want to fully neutralize the threat from a drone, you need to locate the pilot as well as the device itself,” said Steve Blindbury, TSA’s Connecticut Assistant Federal Security Director for L

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Fatal Midair Air-Tour Collision Subject of Upcoming NTSB Meeting

2019 Accident Involved DHC-2 Beaver And A Float-Equipped DHC-3 Turbine Otter

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced its intent to hold a public board meeting April 20, 2021, 0930 Eastern time, to determine the probable cause of a fatal midair collision involving two air tour operators in Alaska. On May 13, 2019, a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a float-equipped de Havilland DHC-3 Turbine Otter collided in flight about eight miles northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. The DHC-2 pilot and four passengers suffered fatal injuries; the DHC-3 pilot suffered minor injuries, nine passengers were seriously injured, and one passenger suffered fatal injuries.

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CAP and USAF Training Builds Up Texas Flight School

The Air Force Has Partnered With The Civil Air Patrol In Flight Training Efforts

Flight training staged by the Civil Air Patrol and U.S. Air Force at US Aviation Academy and Denton Enterprise Airport is bringing a considerable amount of activity to Denton from March 22 to April 2, 2021. The Air Force has partnered with the Civil Air Patrol to train active duty Department of the Air Force officers and enlisted Airmen and Space Professionals interested in becoming a rated officer. The Denton chapter of Civil Air Patrol personally reached out to USAA to rent classroom and ramp space for the Air Force’s flight training.

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Coast Guard, Navy Air Assets Rescue Overdue Boater Off Oahu

The Hercules Crew Reported Seeing Debris In The Area

Coast Guard and Navy crews rescued the “Size No Matter” overdue boater Friday 26-miles west of Ka'ena Point. A Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter aircrew located the boater at 1:30 a.m. holding a bundle of life jackets. The aircrew hoisted the boater and transported him to Queens Medical Center due to having symptoms of hypothermia. “I am extremely proud of the way my Sailors and the entire ‘EasyRider’ team worked together to render aid during this search and rescue,” said Navy Cmdr. Matthew Martin, HSM-37’s Commanding Officer.  “Working side-by-side with the Coast Guard was key in our ability to locate and rescue the fisherman.”

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Classic Aero-TV: Answering Multiple Needs - MD Helicopters’ MD-6XX Program

From 2017 (YouTube Version): MD Helicopters Introduces New Concept Aircraft…

MD Helicopters introduced a new concept aircraft at Heli-EXPO 2017, in Dallas, that the company says will fill a number of gaps in the helicopter market. Craig Kitchen, Chief Commercial Officer for MD Helicopters, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the missions for the MD6XX helicopter will range from a top level gunship platform that offers speed and endurance to an EMS aircraft.

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CBP Fleet To Add More Special Mission Beechcraft King Air 350/360CER Aircraft

King Air 360ER Is An Extended Range Version Of The King Air 360

CBP Likes King Airs! Textron was awarded a contract for the 28th and 29th Beechcraft King Air 350/360CER turboprop aircraft for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). “These two Multi-role Enforcement Aircraft (MEA) will complete the current acquisition program of record and join a fleet of King Air 350 turboprops safeguarding the United States border,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales. “Textron Aviation is also honored to have recently delivered the 26th aircraft of this type.”

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NTSB Prelim: Beech C23

When She Saw The Airplane, It Was “Tilted To The Left” As It Descended Into The Trees

On March 4, 2021, about 1510 eastern standard time, a Beech C-23, N67013, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Purcellville, Virginia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a witness, she heard the airplane take off from runway 19 at Krens Farm Airport (14VA), Hillsboro, Virginia, and looked back to watch it depart. When she saw the airplane, it was “tilted to the left” as it descended into the trees. She heard the engine the entire time and stated that it made “traditional engine noises.” In

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.21): Approach Speed

Approach Speed The recommended speed contained in aircraft manuals used by pilots when making an approach to landing. This speed  will vary for different segments of an approach as well as for aircraft weight and configuration.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.29.21)

"David's support demonstrates his continued generosity and commitment to the Smithsonian and American history. His gift will help ensure this one-of-a-kind object that represents the heights of American ingenuity is available to visitors for generations to come." Source: Chris Browne, acting director of the National Air and Space Museum, discussing their having has received $5 million from David M. Rubenstein in support of the newly redesigned "The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age" exhibition.

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