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June 18, 2021

Airborne 06.18.21: AEA Live Webcast, magniX EPUs, B-29 Doc Delayed

Also: Walmart Invests in DroneUp, Rocket Lab, Airmen Improvement Act, Crew-3 Launch/Return Updated
One of the ANN's best weeks of the year happens when we gather the crew together to cover all things avionics at the annual Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show. ANN, in a 12 YEAR-long partnership with AEA, is pleased to announce the schedule for the upcoming 2021 AEA Convention and Trade Show, to be held in Dallas, TX, June 22-25th, in what will be our record-setting 12th LIVE online programming initiative. Better yet, this programming will also be shared via our worldwide syndication network as well as our highly successful presence on both Roku and Amazon's FireTV. Log into to to see it it all LIVE. magniX has

magniX Unveils Two New 'Optimized-for-Flight' Electric Propulsion Units

Newest EPUs Have Been Optimized For 'Real-World' Commercial Aviation Applications

magniX has unveiled the magni350 and magni650 Electric Propulsion Units (EPUs), the latest advancements of the company's EPU product offerings. Based on thousands of ground test and flight hours, these EPUs have been optimized for real-world commercial aviation applications to further accelerate the path to certification for electric aircraft. Over the past few years, magniX has been powering commercial-grade electric aircraft such as the eBeaver and the eCaravan. Using key learnings from these ongoing flights and ground testing, magniX has introduced a series of enhanced features to enable an even more simplified, reliable and convenient adoption of all-electric pow

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B-29 Doc Arrival Delayed For Hastings, NE

'Minor Maintenance Item' Delays Departure

The arrival of B-29 Doc in Hastings, NE, for the Nebraska State Fly-In has been delayed for maintenance. The B-29 Doc updated schedule for the weekend will include a Saturday, June 19, afternoon arrival in Hastings. The B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides scheduled for Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. the same day. There will be no changes to the schedule on Sunday, June 20. “A minor maintenance item on one of our warbird’s propellers has led to our delayed departure from Wichita this week,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc general manager and executive director.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Ultimate 'Solo' Trip -- Cameron Balloons' Sky Hopper

From 2011 (YouTube Version): A Unique, Affordable and Isolated way to Enjoy Ballooning

Ballooning is both a unique as well as eclectic pursuit... and it attracts (naturally) a pretty unique brand of aviator to its ranks. But solo balloons are particularly rare... though an undeniably cost effective way to play in the sky. While there have been a number of single seat experimental and ultralight balloon systems offered over the years, Cameron says its Sky Hopper is a smaller, lighter and simpler concept. Still; they note that the Hopp

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NTSB Prelim: Dehavilland DHC-2 MK.I

The Wheel Contacted The Water, And The Airplane’s Nose Immediately Went Into The Water

On May 22, 2021, about 1830 central daylight time, a de Havilland DHC-2, N218RD, sustained minor damage when it was involved in an accident near Oak Island, Minnesota. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to local authorities who spoke with the pilot after the accident, prior to the flight, the pilot added hydraulic fluid to the reservoir due to a known leak in the amphibious float landing gear system. At some point during the flight, the left rear wheel extended and was protruding from the float.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD 2021-11-22 Continues To Require Revising The Life Limits For Certain Parts

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-11-21 for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model EC135P1, EC135P2, EC135P2+, EC135T1, EC135T2, and EC135T2+ helicopters. AD 2016-11-21 required revising the life limit of certain parts and removing each part that has reached its life limit. This AD continues to require revising the life limits for certain parts and removing each part that has reached or exceeded its life limit and expands the applicability to include Model EC135P3 and EC135T3 helicopters. This AD was prompted by the certification of new helicopter models since AD 2016-11-21 was issued. The FAA is issuing this AD to address t

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AD: Engine Alliance Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-12-01 Lowers The Initial Inspection Threshold And Requires Repetitive Ultrasonic Inspections

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2019-25-13, which applied to all Engine Alliance (EA) GP7270 and GP7277 model turbofan engines with a certain low-pressure compressor (LPC) 1st-stage fan blade installed. AD 2019-25-13 required an ultrasonic inspection of the affected LPC 1st-stage fan blades and replacement of any affected LPC 1st-stage fan blade that fails the inspection. This AD lowers the initial inspection threshold and requires repetitive ultrasonic inspections on affected LPC 1st-stage fan blades. This AD was prompted by a report of an in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of an engine due to the fracture of multiple LPC 1st-stage fan

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Big Plans... Walmart Invests in DroneUp

Walmart Boss Announces Intentions For Unmanned Capabilities

CEO and President of Walmart’s U.S. business, John Furner, released the following memo early Thursday morning: "In our ongoing effort to get customers the items they want, and fast, we know it will take a well-coordinated network of delivery solutions that span the streets, sidewalks and skies. Some of these solutions are still emerging but they’re already showing encouraging results. Last year, we partnered with DroneUp, a nationwide drone services provider, to launch trial deliveries of at-home COVID-19 self-collection kits. The trial demonstrated we could offer customers delivery in minutes versus hours. Now, after safely completing hundreds of drone deliveries from Walmart

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.18.21)

Aero Linx: The Council of European Business Aviation Associations (CEBAA) The Council of European Business Aviation Associations (CEBAA) is an interactive forum where European national associations can meet to discuss areas of common interest. The council implements projects to address national issues that have a clear European impact or dimension or to address European issues that have a direct impact at national level. The council also supports the foundation of new national associations in European countries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.18.21): Minimum Fuel

Minimum Fuel Indicates that an aircraft’s fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept  little or no delay. This is not an emergency situation but merely indicates an emergency situation is possible should any undue delay occur.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.18.21)

"It is innovative industries like those represented by the AEA that not only show us that aviation can have a bright and innovative future, but it becomes apparent that the rest of the aviation community can learn much from the ingenuity and foresight we see at each annual AEA event. If you want to see the future of aviation, you need to start with the annual AEA Convention & Trade Show.” Source: ANN's Jim Campbell, commenting in advance of next week's Annual AEA Convention and Trade Show, which will be webcast LIVE by ANN at, starting 06.22 at 0830CT.

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