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April 18, 2021

Airborne 04.16.21: Beringer Tire App, Aerolite EV-103, King Schools

Also: Highlander STOL, Diamond DA40 NG, A Sampling Of SnF Visitors

Alright... we're two thirds of the way through the Fly-In that way too many people thought would never happen... but it did, and pretty darned well from all appearances. Unveiled during the first quarter, Beringer shows off a new quick and easy way to check your aircraft tire pressure before taking to the skies and during flight -- and yes, there is an APP for that... It’s quiet, easy to fly and lightweight… the Aerolite EV-103 is an electric ultralight so quiet you wont wake up your neighbors, and will give you no need to e

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Standing Tall: Aviation Students Grow At CFAA

"I Want All Of Them To Go Out And Do Great Things"

The Central Florida Aerospace Academy is a public school, filled with high-achieving students meeting high standards. People nearby are taking note, and students are soaring higher than ever. "The kids are here because they want to be here," said School Resource Officer Cory Suttle. "They're dedicated." The legally required ratio of officers to students is 1:1000, so with roughly 350 students enrolled in CFAA, Suttle is able to focus on more positive and meaningful interactions. When walking around the school, Suttle says he can tell the difference immediately among students who have soloed or have their private pilot certificate. "They carry themselves differently. They approach things

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NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins, Crewmates Return Safely to Earth

Second Spaceflight For Rubins And Ryzhikov And The First For Kud-Sverchkov

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, along with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, returned to Earth on Saturday, following six months living and working aboard the International Space Station. The crew departed the station in their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 2134 EDT Friday and landed safely under parachutes at 0055 Saturday southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan. It was the second spaceflight for Rubins and Ryzhikov and the first for Kud-Sverchkov. Rubins will return to her home in Houston, and Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov will return to their homes and training base in Star City, Russia.

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John And Martha King Passing On The Crown, Enjoying Seeing Old Friends

“We Are Not Leaving,” Martha Said... “We Are Stepping Back A Little Bit.”

John and Martha King have been the face of aviation training for decades, but a new picture is coming onscreen at King Schools, Inc. in a transition that everyone is smiling about. “I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to have the mentorship of John and Martha in business, in life, in flying, and in so many other things,” said Barry Knuttila, CEO of King Schools. Knuttila will be gradually taking over the video components to become the new face of the King Schools and its iconic flight training videos, allowing John and Martha to slowly step back from the company they began nearly 50 years ago.

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Twin Otter Brings NOAA Mission To The Public

Flying The Twin Otter Is "Like A Big Jeep"

A fly-in's ramp is constantly changing, but the warbird ramp at Sun 'n Fun saw a big update Friday with the addition of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Twin Otter, complete with pilots who are all elated to be showing it off. One such pilot is Kennieth Brewer--NOAA Corps Ensign, Public Affairs Officer, and De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Pilot--greeting the Sun 'n Fun public with enthusiasm. Through flying the Twin Otter, ENS Brewer was able to combine his passion for biology, environment, and aviation in his position as an NOAA Corps officer. ENS Brewer flies the Twin Otter, one of four in the fleet. He works on marine surveys, air chemistry, coastal mapping, snow surveys, whale surve

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Lakeland Florida's Family Owned PSA Enterprises

Keeping The Fleet Flying For Over 44 Years

By Anthony J. Liberatore The sister team of Mary James and Elizabeth Perigo are not only a Women/Family owned small business in the aviation space, but they sell products that many of us take for granted. Started by their Dad, Bob, in 1977; Mary and Elizabeth have taken over the helm of this Lakeland Florida enterprise. PSA's is a distributor specializing in the sale of replacement parts for the certified aircraft that can be used by homebuilts as well. Mary noted that their client base has reached beyond Gen-Av, as they have major customers in the auto racing arena in need of aviation grade fasteners for their demanding applications.

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Classic Aero-TV: Empowering Educators - Wings Over the Rockies' Teacher Outreach

From 2016 (YouTube Version): An Amazing Opportunity For Colorado’s STEM Educators…

In this video you’ll hear about a program that is designed to inspire teachers to inspire their students by sharing with them the excitement of flying in a 1942 Boeing PT-17 Stearman trainer plane. Hetty Carlson, of the Teacher Flight Program, explains how they use aviation as a tool to motivate and encourage students. Their Colorado-based operation has a goal of flying one teacher from every school along the Colorado Front Range. 

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Welding: Detroit Style....

This Old School Welding Torch Helps To Keep-Em Flying, And So Much More

By Anthony J. Liberatore There is a good chance that you as a reader, whom may be enthralled with all things aero, have seen this product demonstrated or have a good friend that welds with one and they rave about it. The DHC2000 welding torch is used by experimental aircraft builders, auto/motorcycles restorers, and hot rodders as well. Detroit Torch's Mark Cycholl, also said the torch is also used by A&P's on certified aircraft. "Yes, because they have to get to a point where they do a lot of repair work, and the torch has an annealing effect, softens the weld, normalizes it, you don't have the cracking issue, so it makes it very unique to use, an

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AEA And Industry Groups Support AAM Coordination And Leadership Act

Market For AAM In The US Is Estimated To Reach $115 Billion Annually By 2035

On April 2, the Aircraft Electronics Association and other aviation organizations urged the United States Congress to pass the Advanced Air Mobility Coordination and Leadership Act. In a letter sent to congressional leaders in both the United States Senate and House of Representatives, the industry groups noted that the “legislation is intended to ensure critical federal government leadership and coordination in support of the emerging Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sector.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-140

Was Performing A Practice VOR/DME-A Instrument Approach

On April 1, 2021, about 1630 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N7274F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Augusta, Kansas. The pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot-in-command reported that he was performing a practice VOR/DME-A instrument approach into Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) with a safety pilot onboard. Shortly after the airplane passed the final approach fix inbound, the engine lost power. The pilot’s efforts to restore engine power were not successful. The pilot-in-command executed a forced landing to a field.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.18.21)

Aero Linx: The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) For over 100 years, the American aerospace and defense industry has shaped the world around us in countless ways with immeasurable impact. Today, we are critical to the health of the U.S. economy—and a seamless, fundamental part of daily life. So today more than ever, it’s vital that the industry has a strong voice speaking on its behalf. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has been that voice since 1919. Our work as an advocate and convener is essential to shaping policy, shedding light on the industry’s impact and empowering its future.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.18.21): Decision Altitude (DA)

Decision Altitude (DA) A specified altitude (mean sea level (MSL)) on an instrument approach procedure (ILS, GLS, vertically guided RNAV) at which the pilot must decide whether to continue the approach or initiate an immediate missed approach if the pilot does not see the required visual references.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.18.21)

"It's a way to get the community and the international community together. You think of a medium-sized city in the center of a state, but at Sun 'n Fun you realize that seven different languages are being spoken on the same exact ramp, and we're all talking about the same exact random engine on a plane from the 1930s." Source: Kennieth Brewer--NOAA Corps Ensign, Public Affairs Officer, and De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Pilot--greeting the Sun 'n Fun public with enthusiasm.

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