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April 27, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 04.27.21: K-MAX TITAN, UPS eVTOL Program, Ingenuity's 3rd Flt

Also: New FAA Drone Regs, Marine Corps MQ-9, Online Recurrent Drone Testing, CBP AMO Guardian UAS
Kaman has conducted the first flight of its new unmanned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN. Concurrent with commercial development, Kaman is working with the U.S. Marine Corps on upgrading the autonomous capabilities of their two USMC K-MAX air vehicles through a funded government contract. Flight-testing is expected to start in May 2021. UPS, together with its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary, has reported plans to purchase electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Beta Technologies (BETA) to augment its air service for select small and mid-size markets. These aircraft will take off and land on-property at UPS facilities in a whisper-quiet fashion,

Update: NASA-SpaceX Crew-1 Astronauts’ Return to Earth Now On Track For Saturday

Shannon Walker of NASA Will Hand Over Command Of The ISS to JAXA's Akihiko Hoshide

NASA seems confident that the upcoming return of the SpaceX Crew-1 mission with NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) from the International Space Station, will now happen on a revised schedule. NASA is now targeting a return to Earth at 11:36 a.m. EDT Saturday, May 1, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. The Crew Dragon spacecraft, named Resilience, is scheduled to undock from the International Space Station at 5:55 p.m. Friday, April 30, to begin the journey home.

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CTA and AUVSI Speak Out Against Avigation Easements That Will Hurt Drone Ops

In The US, 17% Of Households Owned A Drone In 2020

The Consumer Technology Association and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) have expressed concern regarding legislation introduced in several states, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and West Virginia, that are considering ‘avigation easements’ – new restrictions on drone operations that would divide airspace, impose leasing and, in some cases, fee collection. “CTA is concerned about the increasing number of state-level bills that would restrict drone operations and essentially create toll roads in the skies,” said Douglas Johnson, vice president of technology policy, CTA.

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EAA Begins ‘Project 21’ Museum Expansion

Year-Round Aviation Education And Training Program Addition To Open At AirVenture 2022

EAA’s “Project 21” initiative, including the first expansion of the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh in more than 20 years, will bring year-round aviation education and training to current and future aviators. Groundbreaking for the two-story, 30,000 square foot facility, connected to the EAA Aviation Museum, took place on Monday, April 26, with EAA and community leaders present. “While the EAA Aviation Museum highlights more than a century of accomplishments in personal flight, a major part of EAA’s mission to grow participation in aviation is to offer high-level programming for current and future pilots,” said Jack J. Pelton,

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Argentina To Welcome The 17th FAI World Paragliding XC Championship

Originally Scheduled For France, Pandemic Issues Have Necessitated Changes

The 17th FAI World Paragliding XC Championships was supposed to take part in France, starting May 20 -- however, it was cancelled on March 12. Soon after, the CIVL Bureau (FAI's Hang Gliding And Paragliding Commission) received a proposal from Loma Bola, Argentina, to organise the championship in November. The Bureau decided that looking for an alternative to the cancelled event was worthwhile. It made the idea public. The CIVL Bureau then received proposals from Governador Valadores, Brazil, and Roldanillo, Colombia.

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Klyde Morris (04.26.21)

Klyde Doesn't Seem All That Impressed With The Washington Game These Days


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Barksdale Defenders Of Liberty Air And Space Show Coming Up

'100 Years On Target' Is The Theme For This High-Powered Air Show

Held for the first time in 1933, the Barksdale Defenders of Liberty Air & Space Show is a full-weekend spectacular featuring displays of the latest, as well as historic, military and civilian aircraft and other related performers. Many Commemorative Air Force (CAF) aircraft will be in attendance including: B-29 FIFI, B-17 Texas Raiders, A-26 Lady Liberty, PBJ Devil Dog, and TORA TORA TORA. These CAF aircraft will participate in a Heritage Bomber Formation Pass, followed by a three-ship active-duty formation featuring a B-1 Lancer, B-2 Spirit, and B-52 Stratofortress.

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Classic Aero-TV: Avilution at Oshkosh 2019--Innovating NextGen Avionics Strategy

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Company Partners With Multiple Aircraft Manufacturers For OEM Avionics

Avilution is re-thinking the way avionics panels are presented using an innovative software-driven system to display information that is configurable by the pilot. Company founder and CEO Mark Spencer told Aero-TV at AirVenture 2019 that Avilution approaches avionics as a software problem rather than as a hardware problem, which gives them a lot of flexibility and allows them to bring products to market more quickly than a more traditional approach. Avilution came to the notice of many in the industry a few years ago with their unconventio

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Ashley Udick Appointed General Manager For Aero Center Lakeland

Aero Center Lakeland Is Located Midfield Off Taxiway A

SAR Trilogy Management, LLC has appointed Ashley Udick as General Manager of Aero Center Lakeland, its FBO complex at Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL). Udick is currently overseeing the construction of the company's first FBO complex, which will open in late May 2021. Aero Center Lakeland is located midfield off taxiway A and at the end of Airport Road. Phase I of the Aero Center Lakeland build includes a new 3-acre air transport capable ramp, a 50K gallon fuel farm, and a modular/temporary FBO. In the 4th quarter of 2021, Phase II will add an 11K square feet FBO and office space as well as two hangars of 10K and 15K square feet.

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Aeromexico Confirms Major Fleet Upgrades

The Addition Of The First Aircraft Is Scheduled For This Year

Aeromexico has reached agreement to increase its fleet with twenty-four new Boeing 737 aircraft, including B737-8 and B737-9 MAX, and four 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft as part of the airline's restructured agreements with the manufacturer and certain lessors to incorporate new aircraft. Other suppliers and financial entities also participated in these transactions. The addition of the first aircraft is scheduled for this year, with nine offering service beginning this summer season, and the rest arriving in the second half of 2021 and during 2022.

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Airborne 04.23.21: EAA B-17, Flt Training Controversy, Drone Reg Update

Also: Oshkosh 2021 NOTAM, K-MAX Titan, USCG MH-65 Rescue, New NBAA Accreditation

For those of you looking to experience, or even relive, a little history, EAA has some bad news... 'Aluminum Overcast' is down for maintenance. EAA says... "As part of a routine preflight inspection of the B-17 Aluminum Overcast in Florida last week, our tour teams discovered a fitting inside the wing that showed signs of fatigue. Following safety protocols, the airplane was grounded for a full inspection that determined that replacing the part was necessary. The on-site tour teams did an outstanding job of finding and corr

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter Co R66

He Felt A Dynamic Rollover Starting...

On April 3, 2021, about 1630 eastern daylight time, a Robinson R66 helicopter; N577DD, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. The pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. On the day of the accident, the pilot had picked up the helicopter at Fredrick Municipal Airport (FDK), Fredrick, Maryland where an annual inspection had just been completed on the helicopter. The pilot then flew it to Double D Ranch Heliport (70PA), Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to pick up a package that he wanted to deliver in the Hershey, Pennsylvania area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.27.21)

Aero Linx: European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities Welcome to the ENCASIA website, designed to provide you with information on the European Network of Civil Aviation Safety Investigation Authorities (ENCASIA) and our role. ENCASIA was established in January 2011 thanks to the entry into force of Regulation (EU) No 996/2010 of 20 October 2010 on the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents in civil aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.27.21): Minimum Fuel

Minimum Fuel Indicates that an aircraft’s fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay. This is not an emergency situation but merely indicates an emergency situation is possible should any undue delay occur.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.27.21)

“While the EAA Aviation Museum highlights more than a century of accomplishments in personal flight, a major part of EAA’s mission to grow participation in aviation is to offer high-level programming for current and future pilots. Project 21 brings that vision to reality, and further strengthens Oshkosh as the home for those who pursue their dreams of flight.” Source: Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, commenting on the recent announcments concerning their Project 21 expnasion of EAA facilities.

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