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July 24, 2019

Steven Dickson Confirmed As The New FAA Administrator

Industry Generally Supportive Of President Trump's Selection

Former Delta Airlines executive Steven Dickson has been confirmed as the next Administrator of the FAA in a narrow 52-40 vote in the U.S. Senate.

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Airborne 07.24.19-OSH19-Day 3: Dickson Confirmed, WomenVenture, Sling

Also: Pipistrel Electri-Flies, Avilution Keeps Innovating, Deland 2019, Jack Pelton Interview--Part 3

Topping our program today is the announcement the United States Senate has confirmed Steven Dickson as the next Administrator of the FAA. Tom Patton fills us in... The Airplane Factory--fresh off their marathon non-stop journey from California to Wisconsin in a Sling 4 -- had multiple announcements at Airventure today. Pipistrel is making a name for itself in the E-VTOL Urban Air Mobility market, and is considered one of the leading candidates for the Uber Elevate program. They have a 25-percent scale model of the E-VTOL 801 aircraft on display at their booth, they’re also hosting a special guest this week. Earlier today -- ANN’s Sophie Hurlock got an opportunity to

TQ Aircraft Electronics: Undeniably German

Now Out Of The Chassis (Box)

The German standard is held as one of the most demanding and unforgiving benchmarks in the world. The German way is world renowned for providing the best possible ... everything; quality, durability, ruggedness, etc. TQ Aircraft Electronics has provided the German standard for many years in aircraft electronics and avionics for decades in commercial applications. Now the company is branching out into the GA market with 4 new offering in communications radios and transponders according to Frank Denk, president and CEO of TQ - Systems USA.

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2019 Bob Hoover Award of Aviation Excellence Presented To ‘Mr. Mustang’

Lee Lauderback Is The Second Recipient Of The Honor

After a storied career preserving, flying, and caring for one of the world’s most iconic aircraft, the P-51 Mustang; Stallion 51 Boss, Lee Lauderback has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Bob Hoover Award of Aviation Excellence.

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Two New Simulators Added To Warbirds Youth Education Center At AirVenture

Experience A P-51D And An F4U Corsair During The Show

The Warbirds of America Youth Education Center now contains four iconic warbird simulators for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, and all of them will be available to help accomplish the center's mission of inspiring young people.

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FAA Further Expands Opportunities For Safe Drone Operations

LAANC System Includes Recreational Flyers As Of July 23

The FAA expanded the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system to include recreational flyers on July 23. This action will significantly increase the ability of drone pilots to gain access to controlled airspace nationwide.

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TransportUP Hosts Urban Air Mobility Showcase At AirVenture

The UAM Showcase Highlights Autonomous Air Vehicles, Hover Bikes, Personal Air Vehicles And eVTOLs

The urban air mobility showcase at AirVenture Oshkosh brings to life the nearing future of aviation, showcasing vehicles of all kinds from some of the top new UAM aircraft developers in the world.

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First Airplane To Land At Oshkosh In 1970 Is Back In 2019

Donated Dyke Delta On Display In Front Of The Brown Arch

John Dyke, EAA Lifetime 3566, generously donated a one-of-a-kind Dyke Delta JD-2 N555A to EAA that will be on the convention grounds in front of the Brown Arch during AirVenture 2019.

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Enstrom Helicopters On Display At EAA AirVenture 2019

Has Brought A 480B And A 280FX To The Show

Enstrom is on display at the 50th EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh. Enstrom Helicopter Corporation will be displaying a state of the art 5 place turbine powered 480B, complete with an Aspen glass cockpit and Garmin avionics.

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BendixKing Offers New Cockpit Upgrades For Over 6,000 Cessna Aircraft

Program Designed For Cessna Single-Engine Piston Airplanes

BendixKing is launching a new cockpit retrofit, modification and upgrade (RMU) program for over 6,000 Cessna single-engine piston aircraft. The affordable and flexible program replaces legacy avionics with advanced upgrades to help Cessna operators modernize their aircraft.

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Garmin Introduces USB Charger For Aircraft

Device Is Certified By The FAA

Garmin has introduced the GSB 15, a small, lightweight USB charger designed for a wide range of aircraft. A single GSB 15 contains two USB ports and supports simultaneous 18W (up to 3A) high-speed charging. The GSB 15 has received FAA certification, as well as European approval, and is expected to be available through Garmin Authorized Dealers this week at EAA AirVenture.

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Bose Delivers Improvements With ProFlight Series 2 Aviation Headset

New ProFlight Series 2 Developed For Corporate Jet And Commercial Aircraft Pilots

Bose announced the new Bose ProFlight Series 2 Aviation Headset, designed for pilots operating in low to moderate noise conditions, on Monday at AirVenture. Building upon the advanced technology of the original ProFlight Aviation Headset, the Bose ProFlight Series 2 combines customer feedback with Bose's world-renowned engineering and is the most lightweight, compact and comfortable aviation headset Bose has ever produced. The new ProFlight Series 2 is expected to be available worldwide beginning in September.

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Boeing Introduces Jeppesen Mobile QuickClear Application For Pilots

Mobile QuickClear Application Simplifies U.S. CBP Processes For Business And GA Pilots

Boeing, in partnership with Airside Mobile, has developed a new digital application 'Jeppesen Mobile QuickClear' for encryption and data management services. The app simplifies the international clearance process with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for pilots.

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Inhofe, King Introduce PLANE Act to Enable the Next Era of Aviation

Bill Empowers The Voices Of Pilots, Invests In Airport Infrastructure, And Ensures More Opportunities For A Trained Aviation Workforce

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME) have introduced the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era (PLANE) Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would empower the voices of pilots, invest in airport infrastructure and ensure more opportunities for a trained aviation workforce.

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Epic Aircraft Approved For Type Inspection Authorization

E1000 Type Certification Remains On Schedule For Year-End 2019

Epic Aircraft, manufacturer of high performance, all carbon fiber, single-engine turboprop aircraft, today announced it has been approved for Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by the FAA. TIA allows FAA pilots to conduct the final phases of conformity inspections and flight testing. It is also a crucial precursor to type certification (TC), as it confirms the aircraft design, structural and flight test results demonstrate compliance with FAA regulations.

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Continental Announces Standard Titan Experimental Engine Configurations

Developed Specifically For Van’s Aircraft

Continental has announced that new standardized Titan experimental engine configurations are available specifically for Van’s kit aircraft builders. These engines are fully compatible with Van’s installation kits and may be installed in Van’s aircraft kits without any modification, thereby providing ease and predictability of installation.

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Texas Aircraft Introduces Two Versions Of The New-Generation Colt LSA

Designed With Flight Instruction And Private Owners In Mind

Texas Aircraft Manufacturing will be offering two versions of its new-generation Colt S-LSA: The affordably priced Colt-S for flight schools, and the fully-equipped Colt-SL for private owners.

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Flight Design Continues To Develop New Aircraft

Four-Seat Rotax Airplane Is In Detailed Designing Phase

Flight Design announced at its press conference held at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Wisconsin, flight design made several announcements today. The company is currently producing four aircraft per month at their facilities in Germany and Ukraine, and its EASA certified CTLS is now being delivered in Europe. The company is incorporating its “Vision Zero” safety features in all their future aircraft. The Vision Zero concept of Flight Design is designed to make the safest aircraft possible by incorporating advanced safety features with the goal of zero casualties in the event of an emergency landing or other situation.

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LX7 Gives New Life To Old Lancairs

Company Updates Its Program For Highly Modifying Lancair IV-P

By: Tom Patton RDD Enterprises, a company that was created to modify Lancair IV-P airplanes into a safer, longer-rage bird, provided the media an update about the program at AirVenture this week.

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The XP-82 Makes The Journey To AirVenture

Only Example Of The Experimental Airplane Is At Wittman Regional Airport

Tom Reilly's highly anticipated XP-82 is finally here at Oshkosh, and just in time to help EAA celebrate 50 years in Oshkosh. During 1943 with a world war raging on all fronts, the Allied military planners knew that to gain supremacy over the Axis they needed to hit the enemy's industrial targets deep inside of both Europe and Japan before they could concentrate on any invasion planning. The B-17 Flying Fortresses and B-24 Liberators in Europe already had the range, but fighters like the P-38 Lightning and P-47 Thunderbolt could only escort them so far before having to turn back, leaving the bombers unprotected. The XP-82 was the answer.

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The Promise Of eSTOL

New Technology Meets Old School

While accelerating the airflow over the top of the wing of an aircraft to help increase its overall lift is nothing new, it is the advancements in technology such as better electric motors coupled with improvements in ducted fans that is breathing new life into this 1940's tech. This is beginning to make this aviation adaptation look more feasible every day for Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) aircraft.

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Able Flight Pins Wings On New Pilots

Annual Ceremony Held At Theater In The Woods

After seven weeks of intensive flight training and ground school, seven 2019 Able Flight scholarship recipients are now licensed pilots. Six trained at Purdue University and one at The Ohio State University. Five of the group received their wings during a ceremony held Tuesday at Theater in the Woods at AirVenture.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.24.19)

“The PLANE Act truly sets a positive path for the future of the aviation industry. This legislation enhances legal protections for pilots that must contend with the federal bureaucracy, requires additional transparency when FAA makes decisions impacting aviation stakeholders and promotes investment at general aviation airports—the backbone of our national aviation system." Source: U.S. Senator James Inhofe, on the introduction of the PLANE Act in the U.S. Senate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.24.19): Situational Awareness

Pilot knowledge of where the aircraft is in regard to location, air traffic control, weather, regulations, aircraft status, and other factors that may affect flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.24.19)

The International Cessna 120-140 Association

The International Cessna 120-140 Association is an all volunteer group of approximately 1,000 owners, pilots and others who share a common interest in restoring, maintaining and flying the Models 120, 140 and 140A aircraft manufactured by the Cessna Aircraft Company in 1946-1951.

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