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January 27, 2021

Airborne 01.27.21: Terrafugia is An LSA, Axiom Space, HondaJet Elite

Also: Ninety-Nines, Hartzell Talon Prop, New Federal Air Surgeon, 2021 SECAS Summit
Terrafugia tells ANN that it has reached a significant milestone by obtaining an FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for its Transition roadable aircraft. As a unique integration of a two-seat aircraft and an automobile, the Transition is designed to meet safety standards from both the FAA and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The vehicle that received the certificate is legal for flight and represents the initial version of the Transition roadable aircraft. Terrafugia will produce and sell additional initial (flight-only) versions to interested parties and will evolve the driving portion of the Transition design,

Terrafugia Qualifies For Special Light-Sport Airworthiness Certificate

Powered By A 100-hp Rotax 912iS Sport Fuel-Injected Engine With A 2,000 Hr TBO

Terrafugia tells ANN that it has reached a significant milestone by obtaining an FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for its Transition roadable aircraft. As a unique integration of a two-seat aircraft and an automobile, the Transition is designed to meet safety standards from both the FAA and the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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Airborne-Unmanned 01.26.21: XRD Parachute System, Starliner Flight, Fruity Chute

Also: FAA BEYOND, Super Bowl LV, Drones v Locusts, Heli-Drone Collision

Aviation Safety Resources and Grug Group have completed a strategic development and supply agreement that will make ASR’s parachute recovery system standard equipment on Grug's SBX aircraft. “Whole-aircraft vehicle parachute recovery systems are essential to the projected market growth of eVTOL Urban Air Mobility,” said Larry Williams, ASR president and CEO. The SBX is a full electric aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Powered by four tilting shrouded rotors, the SBX can also fly autonomously

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Atlantic Expands at Chicago Executive Airport

New 25,000 Sq Ft Hangar Underway At Its FBO At Chicago Executive Airport

Atlantic Aviation has broken ground on construction of a new 25,000 square foot hangar at its fixed base operation at Chicago Executive Airport (PWK). The new hangar will be capable of housing up to G650/700 and Global 7500 and increases Atlantic Aviation’s hangar space at PWK to 86,500 square feet. The facility will include 3,000 square feet of office and shop space. In support of the new hangar, Atlantic will also develop two acres of additional ramp apron and a 72,000 gallon fuel farm. The approximately $10.9 million project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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Oshkosh 2021 To Highlight USAF Special Operations

Includes Specialized Mobility Aircraft Such As The MC-130, CV-22 and C-146 and More

The aircraft and personnel of the USAF Special Operations Command (AFSOC) will be among the highlighted programs at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, which is July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. AFSOC is comprised of highly trained, rapidly deployable Airmen, who conduct special operations missions worldwide. Airmen who undertake Special Operations careers specialize in unique skills such as parachuting, scuba diving, rappelling, motorcycling, survival skills, and more. Aircraft in the command include specialized mobility aircraft such as the MC-130, CV-22 and C-146, Close Air Support aircraft such as the AC-130 gunship, and Intelligence, Surveillan

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Sikorsky-Boeing Team Reveals Advanced Assault Helicopter

DEFIANT X Will Compete For The Future Long Range Assault Aircraft Contract

Sikorsky and Boeing have released details of its advanced helicopter for the US Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft competition, known as FLRAA. The aircraft, named DEFIANT X, will reportedly be the fastest, most maneuverable and most survivable assault helicopter in history. Combined with the team’s unsurpassed experience in mission systems, training and sustainment, it will revolutionize the way the Army meets threats in 2035 and beyond. DEFIANT X is a complete weapon system that builds on the handling qualities and transformational capabilities proven by the team’s technology demonstrator, SB>1 DEFIANT.

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Axiom Space Reveals First Private Crew To Visit ISS

Former NASA Astronaut And Axiom Vice President Michael López-Alegría Will Command

Axiom Space has announced its crew for the first flight of a group of private individuals to a Low Earth Orbit destination – the first-ever entirely private mission proposed to fly to the ISS. The proposed Axiom Mission 1 (Ax-1) will consist of: former NASA astronaut and Axiom vice president Michael López-Alegría as commander; American entrepreneur and non-profit activist investor Larry Connor as pilot; Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy; and impact investor and philanthropist Eytan Stibbe of Israel.

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Susan A. Northrup, M.D., MPH Takes Over As Federal Air Surgeon

Dr. Northrup Is A Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel

Along with a number of other changes announced as America transitions its leadership; there is a new Federal Air Surgeon. Dr. Susan A. Northrup is the Federal Air Surgeon for the FAA. In this capacity, she leads the Office of Aerospace Medicine in Washington, D.C. She leads strategic management of the FAA's aviation medical programs, which oversee all pilots. Together with the Deputy Federal Air Surgeon, she shares responsibility for the direction and management of all FAA medical programs.

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Classic Aero-TV: Team Aerostars - New Extras Upgrade Team's Performance

From 2019: Yak 52s Have Been Replaced With Extra Aerobatic Airplanes For 2019

The Phillips 66 Aerostars have been performing together, side by side at around 250 mph, for more than a decade, and the story of how the team came to be is like so many other such stories ... it happened almost by accident. Team member Paul "Rocket" Hornick told that story to Aero-News at AirVenture 2019. Essentially, Harvey "Boss" Meek was looking to buy an aerobatic airplane, and answered an ad for a Pitts for sale. But through a sequence of events that you'll have to watch the video to learn, he wound up forming the Aerostars with Dave "Cu

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Women in Corporate Aviation Announces Solairus Aviation Partnership

Has Committed $10,000 Towards A More Equitable And Inclusive Aviation Industry

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA) is announcing a new donation and corporate partnership with Solairus Aviation. The partnership will take many forms; spotlighting programs that share mutual values on diversity recruitment & employee retention, career advancement training, and the importance of creating a safe working environment inside and outside of the flight deck. This announcement comes following a challenging year along with a global call for heightened corporate responsibility to look inward at their systems & processes.

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Airborne 01.22.21: Aero-Friedrichshafen Postponed, ASR SBX Chute, Airbus Update

Also: Partial Aero-Recovery in 2021?, Bell 412, 15 More KC-46 Tankers, Super Bowl LV v Drones

Another major aviation event has had to give way to the damage done by the COVID pandemic. Aero Friedrichshafen has made the decision to delay its next show until July... but only a little more than a week before Oshkosh 2021. The 2021 summer edition of AERO Friedrichshafen will run from July 14 to July 17. AirVenture 2021 begins on July 25th. Ouch. Aviation Safety Resources and Grug Group have completed a strategic development and supply agreement that will make ASR’s parachute recovery system standard e

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Airborne-Unmanned 01.20.21: Drone Pilot Pleads, Arcturus Acquired, Sony Airpeak

Also: Virgin Orbit Launch Demo 2, Super Bowl LV, Skydio Earns CES Award, Drone Gambling

As previously noted, a CA drone pilot was arrested on suspicion of having flown his hobby drone into an LAPD helo. Now, this overtly errant drone pilot has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge that he recklessly operated a drone that crashed into and damaged the fuselage of a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter. Andrew Rene Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft. AeroVironment and Arcturus UAV have entered into a definitive agreement under which

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Airborne 01.25.21: Electric Velis, Whitehouse Moon Rock, Drone Chutes

Also: Bryant S-76B Crash Hearing, AeroEducate Initiative, Liberty University, Sustainable Fuels

Pipistrel-USA reports that over the course of 2020, Pipistrel delivered 111 certified Pipistrel Velis electric aircraft, as well as a number of the Pipistrel ALPHA Electro aircraft. One stunning stat that comes out of all this is the report that for the first time ever, Pipistrel produced more electric aircraft than gasoline powered. 2021 seems to be trending equally well... with more than 70 Pipistrel Velis aircraft on the order books and more expected. Because of the demand, Pipistrel HQ is ramping up produ

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NTSB Prelim: Diamond Aircraft Ind Inc DA 40

Purpose Of The Flight Was To Conduct “Transition Training” In The Airplane

On January 3, 2021, about 1118 eastern standard time, a Diamond Aircraft DA 40, N489RS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (PSM), Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The flight instructor and the pilot-rated student were not injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The purpose of the flight was to conduct “transition training” in the airplane for the pilot. After a short flight, the pilot performed a landing on runway 34 at PSM. The flight instructor assumed control of the airplane during the rollout, taxied to the hold-short

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.27.21)

Aero Linx: The Combat Air Museum The Combat Air Museum has served as an educational institution and tourism destination for forty three years. It is one of a handful of major aviation museums in the United States located on an active air field. Visitors to our Museum are regularly treated to flying activities of Air Force fighter aircraft and Army helicopter operations. With the longest runway in the State of Kansas, large refueling tanker aircraft of the Kansas Air National Guard and army troop transports often fill the skies around the Museum. The Museum's "Young Aviators" classes and Girls In Aviation Day offer students and Girl Scouts a unique opportunity to be immersed in the midst of a museum c

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.27.21): Transponder Observed

Transponder Observed Phraseology used to inform a VFR pilot the aircraft’s assigned beacon code and position have been observed. Specifically, this term conveys to a VFR pilot the transponder reply has been observed and its position correlated for transit through the designated area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.27.21)

“We are excited to have reached our goal of an airworthiness certificate for the initial version. During an extremely challenging pandemic year, our team remained focused, improved our quality system, completed the critical aspects of the design, built the vehicle, completed 80 days of flight testing, delivered 150 technical documents, and successfully passed the FAA audit. This is a major accomplishment that builds momentum in executing our mission to deliver the world’s first practical flying car.” Source: Kevin Colburn, Vice President and General Manager of Terrafugia, on the milestone Terrafugia reached by obtaining an FAA Special Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for its Transition roadab

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