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February 15, 2021

DPE Model Code of Conduct Released to Support the Aviation Community

The Code of Conduct Received Extensive Industry Review

The Designated Pilot Examiners Model Code of Conduct (DPEMCC) has been released by the project’s Permanent Editorial Board. Developed by a team of aviation professionals, and drawing upon decades of research and experience, the Code offers recommendations to advance professionalism and safety in the conduct of practical tests. Support for the DPEMCC has been considerable.

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Airborne 02.12.21: SnF Digital News!, LearJet DOA, NTSB On S-76B Crash

Also: Hawaii Weather Cam, SecTrans Chats w/NBAA, A300 Facelift, LuxStream

The Aero-News Network and Sun 'n Fun have teamed up to add something timely, mobile-centric and vital to the upcoming Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, set for April 13-18 in Lakeland FL on the campus of the Aerospace Center for Excellence. We call it the ‘Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily.’ Designed to be the most accessible aviation news event program extant, the Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily will be easily accessed by cellphone, tablet, or any other connected device. "We are excited to partner with ANN to bring this ne

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F-15EX First Flight Starts What Could Be 144 Airplane USAF Buy

173rd Fighter Wing Will Begin Transitioning As The F-15EX Formal Training Unit In 2024

The first F-15EX completed its initial flight in St. Louis Feb. 2. The fighter jet took off and landed from St. Louis Lambert International Airport, Missouri. It was announced in August 2020 that the 173rd Fighter Wing will begin transitioning as the F-15EX formal training unit in 2024. “Being selected as the F-15EX formal training unit is an outstanding mission for the 173rd Fighter Wing,” said Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW commander. “Kingsley (Field Air National Guard Base) is simply an outstanding place to train pilots. The community support is just incredible, and we have some of the best training airspace anywhere. We have a culture of figh

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‘Next-Generation’ Daily News Programming Announced For Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo

ANN and Sun 'n Fun Partner Up On Something REALLY Cool... Amazing, Isn't It?

The Aero-News Network and Sun 'n Fun have teamed up to add something timely, mobile-centric and vital to the upcoming Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, set for April 13-18 in Lakeland FL on the campus of the Aerospace Center for Excellence. They call it the ‘Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily.’ This year’s event is set to be the first major aviation gathering since the onset of the pandemic. The Digital Daily will be taking on the speedy and mobile capabilities of the best in online media to offer exciting daily news programming via a number of rich media assets, in Realtime, throughout each day of the long-awaited event. Designed to be the m

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Klyde Morris (02.15.21)

Klyde's War With the TSA Continues...


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AEM Completes Enstrom 480B Caution/Warning Panel

The MCP480B Project Is One Of Several Successful Collaborations Between Enstrom and AEM

Development is now complete on Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing Corporation’s MCP480B Master Caution Panel project, which was awarded to the Canadian avionics manufacturer by Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (Enstrom) last year. Enstrom selected AEM to design and manufacture the new annunciator panel for their flagship aircraft, the 480B helicopter in July of 2019. Integrating the MCP480B will make the Enstrom aircraft even more desirable to their customers and end-users.

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FAI Notes Anniversaries Of Aviation And Space Achievements To Celebrate In 2021

Example: 60 Years Ago (April 1961), Yuri Gagarin Became The First Human To Orbit The Earth

In 2021, FAI will put the spotlight on the most remarkable records ratified by the Federation, and on the striking feats that have marked the history of aviation and space exploration. By celebrating the anniversaries of these achievements, FAI also wants to commemorate the women and men who pushed the limits of technology and human potential to conquer the sky and explore space. Sixty years ago, in April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth and established three records after submitting a detailed file to FAI for ratification. He was followed less than a month later by Alan Shepard, the first American to travel into space, who broke

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Classic Aero-TV: Innovation By Avilution – ‘Pilots Care About Results’

From 2019: Panel Possibilities Range From LSA To eVTOL Aircraft

For the most part, pilots care about the information being presented to them rather than how that information arrives at the panel. That's the assessment of Avilution founder Mark Spencer, who says that the company is working towards making panels that are custom to an aircraft and the type of flying that particular pilot and aircraft are going to do. Speaking to Aero-TV at AirVenture in July, Spencer said one recent example was a company that was looking for an engine instrument for an eVTOL aircraft. They need to track eight motors, torque, engine RPM, in

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Kansas State Polytechnic Offers Webinar on UAS Regulation Changes

Join K-State Poly's Industry Experts For A FREE Webinar And Q&A Session!

The FAA has announced several changes related to UAS operations that will go into effect in the coming months. These regulation changes are important for every new and existing UAS pilot to understand. The updates to the federal regulations primarily cover remote identification of unmanned aircraft, operations over people, operations at night, and requirements for recurrent training for remote pilots. The webinar’s primary focus will be on the immediate changes that will affect RPICs starting in March.

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NTSB Prelim: Hughes OH-6A

Purpose Of The Accident Flight Was To Conduct Wildlife Damage Management Operations

On February 5, 2021, about 1400 mountain standard time, a Hughes OH-6A, N6639R, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. The pilot sustained serious injuries and passenger sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a public use flight. The pilot reported that the purpose of the accident flight was to conduct wildlife damage management operations. While maneuvering at a low altitude over hilly terrain, the pilot noted a loss of rotor rpm. The pilot maneuvered the helicopter down a draw in an attempt to regain rotor rpm.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.21)

Aero Linx: The Piper Flight Center Museum The Piper Flight Center Museum is located at the Salem Municipal Airport in Salem, Indiana. The museum contains three vintage Piper air craft, a flight simulator, an a display room with several display cases containing numerous Piper artifacts dating back to the early beginning of Piper Aircraft Corporation. We have one of the largest collections of educational materials in the Midwest available at no charge to students and educators. We also have a library with 200 plus books for research and technical information. Also located in the display room is a replica of the Wright Brothers wind tunnel. There are over 125 pictures and a mini theater for viewing one

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.21): Simultaneous ILS Approaches

ILS Approaches

An approach system permitting simultaneous ILS approaches to airports having parallel runways separated by at least 4,300 feet between centerlines. Integral parts of a total system are ILS, radar, communications, ATC procedures, and appropriate airborne equipment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.21)

“Of course, I’m a big fan of the Eagle, so it’s not difficult for me to get excited about seeing the first F-15EX flight! Seeing the F-15EX fly for the first time really left me thinking: ‘Wow! We are going to be flying that jet soon at Kingsley (Field ANGB), and it’s going to be awesome!’... We will be in a transition period over the next several years as we train F-15C pilots while also preparing for F-15EX; while this will be a challenging time, we know that we’ve got a fantastic community supporting us and an outstanding team here at the 173rd Fighter Wing.” Source: Col. Jeff Edwards, 173rd FW commander, discussing the first flight of the F-15EX and what it portends for the Air Force

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