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April 15, 2021

Airborne 04.15.21: Piper's New CEO, Blue Angels Arrive, Stallion 51!

Also: Epic Aircraft Update, Artistic Aviation Plane Painter, Night Airshow Scenes
Piper has a new CEO and ANN got the very first interview! Piper’s John Calcagno chatted up the amazing technology in Piper’s automated landing system as well as the new Piper 100i flight trainer and the Piper Seminole... which is also making an impression on many as the current hot bird for the multi-engine flight training market. Piper’s Buddy Sessoms also outlined some of the technology driving Piper thinking now and into the future. The Blue Angels have arrived for their new airshow season, despite having to wait out some nasty weather sitting over Pensacola, They showed off the hotrod Super Hornets, The first airplane upgrade in decades! the Super Horn

NTSB Publishes Final Report On Collings Foundation B-17

'Pilot's Failure To Properly Manage The Airplane's Configuration And Airspeed'

The National Transportation Safety Board detailed in an accident report issued Tuesday the circumstances that led to the crash of a Boeing B-17G airplane that killed seven people and injured seven others. The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident was the pilot's failure to properly manage the airplane's configuration and airspeed following a loss of engine power. Safety issues found during this investigation were discussed during a March 23, 2021, public board meeting on Part 91 revenue passenger-carrying operations.

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Late Night Testing With The Great Lakes Drone Company

Alien Sightings Were Not A Concern For This Testing Run... Maybe

Sun 'n Fun's first night airshow is Wednesday night, and by Tuesday evening 60 performers didn't have their wings attached. The 60 drones sat on a level patch of ground in the center of Lakeland Linder International Airport, ready to test their show. A crew of four from the Great Lakes Drone Company--Owner and CEO Matthew Quinn, Ashley Munson, Christian Nitz, and Lindsey Nitz--unloaded the small aircraft from the trailer where they lay on the floor, setting them out on the grass instead. The drones connect to Quinn's computer inside the trailer, sending in data about speed, position, satellite connection, and more. The accuracy begins at 3 meters, but counts down to the target o

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Blue Origin Conducts Astronaut Rehearsal For Future Customer Flights

NS-15 Launched April 14 With Great Success

Blue Origin successfully completed its 15th consecutive mission to space and back Wednesday and conducted a series of simulations to rehearse astronaut movements and operations for future flights with customers on board. This mission marked a verification step prior to flying astronauts. For the first time, Blue Origin personnel standing in as astronauts entered the capsule prior to launch. These astronauts conducted a series of tests from within the capsule, including a comms check with the Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM), procedures for entering and exiting the capsule, and pre-launch preparations within the capsule.

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Aerospace Center For Excellence Helps Young Adults Aim High

Sky Lab Is A 22,000 Square Foot Extension Of The Florida Air Museum

Walking down the education corridor at Lakeland Linder International Airport, one can find a museum, a youth aero club, a high school, and, soon, a full science, technology, engineering, and math laboratory. These educational aviation experiences are all connected to the Aerospace Center for Excellence. ACE is separate from Central Florida Aerospace Academy, although the two are intertwined in Lakeland. CFAA is a public high school, but ACE is a nonprofit organization with the mission to "engage, educate, and accelerate the next generation of aerospace professionals," said Education Director Kimberly Brewer.

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Warbird Adventures Relocates To Continue And Expand Operations In South Carolina

“We’re Planning On Getting Bigger, Not Smaller”

The skies of South Caroline will be greeting a P-40, a Citabria, a Super Decathlon, and two T-6s this summer as Warbird Adventures relocates from Florida. After more than 23 years in Kissimmee, FL, the vintage aircraft flying school will be moving to a private grass airfield in Ninety Six, SC. “Ever since I’ve thought about aviation I’ve always wanted my own grass strip out in the country,” said Warbird Adventures’ President and Cheif Pilot Thom Richard, who will be flying his TP-40N Warhawk American Dream at Sun ‘n Fun this week.

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Space Station Crew Landing Scheduled For Friday

After Undocking, Expedition 65 Will Formally Begin

Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA and two Roscosmos cosmonauts are scheduled to end their mission on the International Space Station Friday, April 16. Rubins, along with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, will close the hatch to the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 6:10 p.m. EDT to begin the journey back to Earth. The trio will undock from the space-facing port of the station’s Poisk module at 9:34 p.m., heading for a parachute-assisted landing at 12:56 a.m. (10:56 a.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday, April 17, on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.

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Piper Displays New 100i At Lakeland

Trainer Designed For Flight Schools Of All Sizes 

Piper Aircraft has brought an FAA certified Pilot 100i, for the first time to display at Sun-n-Fun. The Pilot 100i received type certification from the FAA in December 2020. The Pilot 100i, which was originally announced during Sun-n-Fun in 2019, is an addition to Piper’s trainer-class line. Following certification, Piper began deliveries to its launch customer, American Flyers, who took delivery of eight (8) Pilot 100i aircraft at the end of 2020.

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Classic Aero-TV: Dynon+EAA=Progress? - The Surprise STC That's Shaking Up GA

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Can You Put Dynon’s EFIS-D10A In Your Airplane?

While at Sun ‘n Fun 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with Dynon Avionics president, Robert Hamilton, to get the details about something that is a game changer. Dynon is well known in the experimental aircraft and light sport aircraft community for supplying avionics that do not require an FAA STC for installation. Their EFIS-D10A has been a popular choice for owners of experimental and light sport aircraft, but now it can be installed in type-certificated aircraft through the use of a single STC that is held by the

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PAC45L Extends Audio Controller Family To New Heights

Leverages The Experience Gained Over 4 Years With The PAC45-Series

Flush with success in the Special Mission audio controller market, PS Engineering is looking forward to delighting a new group of pilots, operators, and owners with the PAC45L series. Built upon the PAC45A, this system is intended to replace legacy audio control systems in the jet fleet that were built by companies that have since gone out of business or left the market, leaving gaps in support and upgrades. By leveraging the experience gained over 4 years with the PAC45-series, extracting the special features loved by special mission operators, as well as using the experience gained from a USAF T-1A retrofit program, PS Engineering is putting itself squarely on the side of innovat

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Airborne 04.13.21: SnF21 Starts Strong, Airshow Upgrades, ASR Buys Strong

Also: CGS Hawk Is Back, NX Cub Converts Tailwheel Adherents, First Day Montage

With the beginnings of the pandemic now a year behind us, the aviation community is coming together once again, safely and responsibly, to celebrate all things aviation! The staff of the Aero-News Network and Sun ‘n Fun have partnered to bring you all the news from the show via the Sun ‘n Fun digital daily at Sun ‘n Fun Boss “Lites” Leenhouts opens SnF21 with enthusiasm. With r

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NTSB Prelim: Magnus Aircraft LLC Fusion 212

After Entry Into The Canyon, The Airplane Turned Sharply To The Right And The Witness Lost Sight

On April 3, 2021, about 1735 central daylight time, a Magnus Fusion 212 airplane, N434MA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Conifer, Colorado. The sport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A review of air traffic control (ATC) information revealed the airplane departed about 1658 from Colorado Air and Space Port Airport (FCO), Denver, Colorado. The airplane flew southwest and the last ATC information was recorded about 1729 as the airplane flew near Deckers, Colorado about 800 ft above ground level (agl).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.21)

Aero Linx: Colorado Pilots Association Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization with over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flight safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.21): Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach

Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach An approach conducted while operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan which authorizes the pilot of an aircraft to proceed visually and clear of clouds to the airport via visual landmarks and other information  depicted on a charted visual flight procedure. This approach must be authorized and under the control of the  appropriate air traffic control facility. Weather minimums required are depicted on the chart.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.21)

“I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time. Finally, everything is coming together. It’s the right time to pull the trigger, and we’re doing it. We’re moving.” Source: Warbird Adventures' Thom Richard, on his upcoming relocation from Florida. After more than 23 years in Kissimmee, FL, the vintage aircraft flying school will be moving to a private grass airfield in Ninety Six, SC. 

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