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January 02, 2021

Small UAV Coalition Concerned About Recent Drone Regs

Broadcast-Only Remote Identification of Drones Could Slow Progress

The Small UAV Coalition commends the FAA and Department of Transportation in meeting its commitment to publish a final remote ID rule by the end of this year. Unfortunately however, the FAA missed the opportunity to adopt a flexible, technology-neutral approach to remote ID by allowing both broadcast and network technology. Instead, the FAA is imposing a requirement only to use broadcast technology, which runs counter to an industry synonymous with innovation and progress. The FAA itself acknowledges the limits of the rule, including that progress on establishing an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system -- which both FAA and NASA have spent several years pursuing -- will not be

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JetBlue Starts 2021 With New Airbus A220-300

Lower Operating Costs and Performance Capabilities Touted

JetBlue  has formally taken delivery of its first Airbus A220-300 aircraft, marking the start of a new era for the airline's fleet. The aircraft – tail N3008J – arrived at JetBlue's home at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) over the weekend from Airbus's US production facility in Mobile, Ala. It is the first delivery of 70 A220 aircraft JetBlue has on order, which will be phased in to ultimately replace the existing fleet of 60 Embraer 190 aircraft. "The A220 is a next-generation aircraft our customers and crewmembers will love, featuring impressive range and superior economics to support critical financial and operating priorities along with new networ

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ALPA: Gov't Continues To Fail In Its Responsibilities To Canadian Airlines

New Reg: All Air Passengers Arriving In Canada Will Have To Get A Negative Test For COVID-19

Tim Perry, President of the Canadian Component of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), issued the following statement after the Government of Canada announced that all air passengers arriving in Canada will have to get a negative test for COVID-19 dating less than 72 hours before their arrival in the country, while respecting the 14-day quarantine rules currently in force. “Today's announcement not only provided no concrete details, but was made without much consultation, if any, with key industry stakeholders, including ALPA Canada, prior to its announcement. Once again, this underscores the federal government's lack of appreciatio

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Classic Aero-TV: Land, Sea, and Air - The 'Top Of The Line' SeaRey Elite

From 2014: Turbo Boosted Fun On Land And Sea

While at the 2014 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell talked with Adam Yang, the CEO of Progressive Aerodyne. The new light sport aircraft member of the Searey family is called the “Elite.” There’s an old saying that goes something like this, “You ain’t bragging if you can do it.” Well, when Progressive Aerodyne named their new Searey the “Elite,” they weren’t bragging. This aircraft deserves that title.

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Boeing Delivers Trio of 777 Freighters to Qatar Airways Cargo

Delivery Marks Boeing's 200th Delivery Of The 777 Freighter

Qatar Airways Cargo took delivery of three Boeing 777 Freighters as the airline continues to build its cargo division with the world's largest and most capable twin-engine freighter. The milestone also marks the 200th 777 Freighter to be delivered. The triple delivery comes as air freight is playing a pivotal role amid the COVID-19 pandemic – including transporting newly approved vaccines – and is projected to increase more than 4% over the next two decades.

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FAA Provides Expected Supportive Statement on EPA Airplane Rules

'Will Allow The FAA To Include The Requirements In Its Regulations For Certifying New Airplanes'

The FAA welcomes the announcement by the EPA of the EPA’s action to adopt a greenhouse gas emissions standard for new airplanes. The EPA’s rule achieves U.S. adoption of an internationally agreed carbon dioxide standard established by the International Civil Aviation Organization in 2017. Implementation of this standard in the United States will allow the FAA to include the requirements in its regulations for certifying new airplanes, placing U.S. engine and airframe manufacturers on a level playing field with manufacturers in other countries that have adopted the international standard.

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Frasca Sim Installed at Air Force Academy

Fourteenth Frasca Device Installed At The Air Force Academy The US Air Force Academy has taken delivery of a Frasca Flight Training Device (FTD). The SR20 FTD features a 270-degree TruVision Global wraparound visual system with a custom database, CAPS simulation, real Garmin 1000 Perspective avionics suite, electronic control loading, Simplicity Instructor operator station with a remote tablet, and more. This will be the fourteenth Frasca device installed at the Air Force Academy. A Cessna 172 FTD and twelve single-engine turboprop devices have previously been in use at the academy, training cadets in their Airmanship Next program.

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Airborne 12.28.20: Panthera Flt Test Complete!, Tecnam P2012, Aerojet Rocketdyne

Also: Flexjet COVID-19 Testing, Eclipse 500 Training Program, CAF Stretch Goal, First ATR 72-600F

ANN Flight Test Report on Pipistrel Panthera is now Complete! OK... it took a LOT longer than expected, but with a pandemic affecting so much of our industry, as well as other factors, ANN’s massive 12,000 word flight report on the 200 knot Pipistrel Panthera is now complete as a humongous six part series on the ANN web site. One reason it took so long is the exacting standards we maintained throughout the flight and documentation period surrounding this plane... as we have for each and every one of o

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NTSB Prelim: Ayres S2R

Spreading Crop Seed On A Field About 150-200 Ft Agl When The Engine Lost All Power

On September 22, 2020, about 1520 central daylight time, an Ayres Corporation S2R-T45, N3298M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jackson, Tennessee. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The pilot reported that he was spreading crop seed on a field about 150-200 ft agl when the engine lost all power. He continued over a subdivision and looked for a place to land the airplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.02.21)

Aero Linx: The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC) The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC) was established in 1988, focusing on the interests of those who have strong concerns about the future of aviation. Members include pilots, airport owner/operators, flight instructors, aircraft owners, flying clubs, flight schools and FBO’s, balloonists, glider pilots, skydiving schools and aviation educators. Our mission is to keep the freedom of general aviation alive, well and growing in our communities. We approach the concerns of our members by looking at aviation policy, aviation education, aviation safety and aviation technology.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.02.21)

“Today's announcement not only provided no concrete details, but was made without much consultation, if any, with key industry stakeholders, including ALPA Canada, prior to its announcement. Once again, this underscores the federal government's lack of appreciation for the importance of working with the aviation industry to create good policy as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together. While we recognize the government's efforts to protect the public from a further spread of the COVID-19 virus, parliamentarians across the country continue to ignore our recommendations and remain out of step with best practices that have already been put in place. implemented worldwide by other governments. " Source: From a statement by Tim Pe

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.02.21): Close Parallel Runways

Close Parallel Runways Two parallel runways whose extended centerlines are separated by less than 4,300 feet and at least 3000 feet (750 feet for SOIA operations) for which ATC is authorized to conduct simultaneous independent approach operations. PRM and simultaneous close parallel appear in approach title. Dual communications, special pilot training, an Attention All Users Page (AAUP), NTZ monitoring by displays that have aural and visual alerting algorithms are required. A high update rate surveillance sensor is required for certain runway or approach course spacing.

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