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March 21, 2021

IL-103 GA Four-Seater Licensed For Production In Hungary

Can Be Operated On Short And Unpaved Runways

An agreement to modernize and license production of a GA aircraft, the IL-103, in Hungary has been concluded. The agreement is between Ilyushin Aviation Complex (part of Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) under Rostec State Corporation) and the Hungarian company Aviation Engineering Zrt. The parties agreed to work together to develop and manufacture an improved version of the IL-103 light multipurpose aircraft at the Aviation Engineering production facility located in the Hungarian city of Pecs.

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Sterling Airways Earns FAA Certification and DOT Approval

Receives Its Part 121 Certification From The FAA

Sterling Airways has reported that it has received its Part 121 certification from the FAA, and authorization to resume scheduled passenger service from the DOT. The new airline, currently based in Jacksonville, Florida, is led by Chief Executive Officer Wayne Heller, former Chief Operating Officer of Republic Airways, along with several former members of Heller’s management team that led Republic’s initial growth of 24 to 30 airplanes a year.

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FAA Releases Scoping Report for SpaceX Environmental Assessment

The Agency Received 321 Public Comments

The FAA has released a report summarizing the public comments received during the scoping period for an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the SpaceX facility in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX plans to launch its Starship/Super Heavy vehicle from that site. The agency received 321 public comments during the scoping period, which ended on Jan. 22, 2021. The FAA is determining the scope of issues for analysis in the Draft EA and will consider comments received during scoping.

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NASA Remembers Legendary Flight Director Glynn Lunney

“Glynn Was The Right Person For The Right Time In History"

Legendary NASA Flight Director Glynn Lunney, 84, died Friday, March 19. Lunney was a flight director for the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission, and was lead flight director for Apollo 7, the first crewed Apollo flight, and Apollo 10, the dress rehearsal for the first Moon landing, in NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston. He led the mission control team credited with key actions that made it possible to save three Apollo 13 astronauts aboard a spacecraft disabled on the way to the Moon.

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First EA-18G Growler Starts Navy Upgrade Program

First Production EA-18G Delivered In 2007 Is The First To Receive This Upgrade

A five-year modification program for the U.S. Navy’s EA-18G Growler fleet has commenced with the induction of the first jet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The modifications are focused on updating the jets’ structural and mission systems architecture, enabling future capability growth for the Navy’s 160 Growler aircraft. Growlers serve a critical role in jamming radar and communications signals of threat forces, disabling their ability to detect and track U.S. and allied military forces.

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Classic Aero-TV: Focusing On The Future - King Schools Preps For Tomorrow

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Change Is In The Wind For King Schools

King Schools customers are seeing a new flight instructor in King Schools’ online video courses. CEO Barry Knuttila has taken on an additional role as one of the on-camera instructors for King Schools. Barry holds an ATP certificate with a Falcon 10 type rating and flight and ground instructor certificates with all available airplane ratings. He also owns a Beechcraft Debonair, and regularly flies the King Schools Falcon 10 with John and Martha. 

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Airbus Delivers Seventh H145 For German Armed Forces’ SAR

Seventh And Last H145 Sports Characteristic Bright Orange Paintwork

Airbus Helicopters has handed over the seventh and last H145 for the search and rescue (SAR) service of the Bundeswehr to the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) on time. The previously delivered helicopters are used for training and field testing and are available 24/7 at the Niederstetten and Nörvenich air bases for rescue operations. Operations with the new H145 LUH SAR will begin shortly, as planned, at the third SAR station in Holzdorf.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172G

At About 150-200 Ft Above Ground Level The Engine Suddenly Stopped

On March 3, 2021, about 1745 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172G, N4456L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sisters, Oregon. The pilot and passenger had minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight. The pilot reported the first part of the flight was uneventful with multiple touch and go landings at nearby airports. Upon returning to the originating airport, the pilot demonstrated a forward slip at idle power, with no flaps during the approach.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-05-11 Prompted By Reports Of Unwanted Lateral Oscillations During Landing Operations

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-26-10, which applied to certain The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. AD 2017-26-10 required deactivating the spoiler control module (SCM) relays and capping and stowing the associated wiring on certain airplanes. This AD requires repetitive operational tests of the spoiler inhibit function. For certain airplanes, this AD requires installing a new relay bracket assembly, making changes to the wire bundles for certain SCMs, installing new SCMs, measuring the clearance between a wire bundle and the top of the new relay bracket assembly, and applicable on-condition actions. For a certain other airplan

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.21)

Aero Linx: International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) unites the professional associations of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEPs) from around the world. IFATSEA is the authoritative voice on the competence of air traffic safety electronics personnel. Using our strong global network, we actively contribute to the improvement of air traffic safety performance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.21): Discrete Frequency

Discrete Frequency A separate radio frequency for use in direct pilot-controller communications in air traffic control which reduces frequency congestion by controlling the number of aircraft operating on a particular frequency at one time. Discrete frequencies are normally designated for each control sector in en route/terminal ATC facilities. Discrete  frequencies are listed in the Chart Supplement U.S. and the DOD FLIP IFR En Route Supplement.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.21.21)

"We are pleased that we have completed this order from start to finish on time and within budget and that the commissioning is proceeding according to plan. The feedback we have received from our customers has been very positive. Because of their flexibility and very high availability, the helicopters of the H145 family have proven themselves in the Bundeswehr. We see considerably more possibilities for a wide range of tasks in all branches of the armed forces for the reliable model." Source: Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters Germany, commenting as the seventh H-145 was delivered to the Bundeswehr.

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