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April 04, 2021

Bell and US Army Advance Development of V-280 Valor

The V-280 Team Has Executed A Flight Test Program Flying More Than 200 Hours

Bell is executing the second phase of a Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contract to inform the imminent program of record competition for U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA). Bell Textron and the U.S. Army have agreed to terms on the execution of the second phase of the Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction (CD&RR) contract that was awarded in March 2020 for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program.

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Improvements Funded at 10 NC Airports

State Funds Totaling $12.75 Million Have Been Awarded For Various Projects

The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funding for safety and airfield improvement projects at 10 North Carolina airports. State funds totaling $12.75 million have been awarded for various projects that help the airports increase capacity, attract new jobs and businesses to their communities, and improve safety for pilots and passengers. The board approved the funds during its March 4 meeting. At Moore County Airport, funds will go towards a full overhaul of the exiting airfield lighting system and signage, which had begun to fade with age. With the United States Golf Association moving their headquarters to the region and the U.S. Open Golf Tournam

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Classic Aero-TV: Camp AMA - Where Tomorrow’s Aviators Get Started

From 2019 (YouTube Version): A Week-Long Program Open To Young People Ages 13-19

The Academy of Model Aeronautics offers a lot of programs designed to foster interest in model aviation. One of those is Camp AMA, a week-long summer camp program at the organization's headquarters in Muncie, IN. According to the AMA website, the cost of the camp includes instruction time, meals, lodging, and nighttime activities. Campers will get the chance to work personally with some of the best RC pilots in the world, including Nick Maxwell, Andrew Jesky, AC Glenn, and RJ Gritter. The AMA Youth Ambassadors will help the campers work on techni

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Success! Boeing and Alaska Airlines Finalize Order for 737 MAX's

Alaska Airlines Received Its First 737-9 In January

Boeing and Alaska Airlines have completed an agreement for 23 737-9 airplanes and 15 options. With this agreement, the carrier’s 737 MAX order book, including options and lease commitments, stands at 120 airplanes. This deal was first announced in December 2020 as a commitment and will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website. At that time; Alaska Airlines, a longtime Boeing 737 operator, placed an order for 32 737-9 jets in 2012. The 737-9 is a member of the 737 MAX family that is designed to offer more fuel efficiency, reliability and flexibility in the single-aisle airplane market.

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Vertical Flight Society Announces 2021 Award Recipients

The VFS Awards Program Was Established In 1944

The Vertical Flight Society has announced the 2021 group recipients of its prestigious awards program. Since the establishment of the VFS awards program in 1944, they have paid tribute to outstanding teams in industry, government and academia working on vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, serving as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. This year’s winners will be recognized virtually during the 77th Annual VFS Awards Ceremony, premiering on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT at The ceremony is open to the public.

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Embraer Concludes Aerial Refueling Qualification Between Two KC-390's

Demonstrations Were Conducted At Embraer's Gavião Peixoto Site

Embraer is claiming another important milestone in the development of the KC-390 Millennium multi-mission military freighter program with the successful conclusion of the aerial refueling qualification between two KC-390 Millennium, proving, for the Brazilian Air Force (FAB), this new operational capacity of the aircraft. The in-flight refueling capacity between two aircraft of the same model using inflight refueling underwing "pods" is unique in this category. This allows KC-390 Millennium operators to expand their logistical transport capacity and during search and rescue operations.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172S

With The Airplane About 100 FT Above Ground Level, The Engine Began To Sputter

On March 23, 2021, about 0900 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N216Z, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at near Everett, Washington. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated that he departed Paine Field (PAE), Everett, Washington with the intended destination of Yakima, Washington. He arrived at the airport early in the morning and determined that the fuel tanks were about three-quarter full on each wing (looking at the fuel gauges). He then attempted to top off both tanks at the self-serve fuel station but determined that

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Agusta S.p.A.)

AD 2021-05-21 Requires Replacing Each Affected Bearing With A Certain Part-Numbered Bearing

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-23-08 for Agusta S.p.A. (now Leonardo S.p.a.) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. AD 2017-23-08 required repetitively inspecting the main rotor (M/R) rotating scissors, removing certain lower half scissor spherical bearings (bearings) from service, replacing the removed bearings with a new bearing, and installing a special nut. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2017-23-08 and requires replacing each affected bearing with a certain part-numbered bearing. This AD was prompted by investigation results determining that a quality control issue may have affected the production of the affected b

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD 2021-06-05 Requires Replacing Each Affected Engine Mount Bushing With An Improved Engine Mount Bushing

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-07-08 for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopters. AD 2017-07-08 required repetitively inspecting each engine mount elastomeric bushing (elastomeric bushing). Since the FAA issued AD 2017-07-08, Airbus Helicopters has designed an  improved engine mount metal bushing (metal bushing). This new AD retains the inspection requirements of AD 2017-07-08 and requires replacing each affected engine mount bushing with an improved engine mount bushing, while also requiring repetitive inspections of the improved engine mount bushing. This AD als

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.04.21)

Aero Linx: The National Aviation Safety Foundation The National Aviation Safety Foundation is a support group whose objective is to enhance aviation safety through educational programs at designated facilities and locations. During the year we provide extensive support for projects, perform safety seminars, and provide a wide dissemination of safety related information to all interested parties. The Foundation's area stretches throughout the nation. We are geographically large and operations-intensive. The NASF is concerned with the safety of thousands of airmen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.04.21): Landing Area

Landing Area Any locality either on land, water, or structures, including airports/heliports and intermediate landing fields, which is used, or intended to be used, for the landing and takeoff of aircraft whether or not facilities are provided for the shelter, servicing, or for receiving or discharging passengers or cargo.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.04.21)

“This is the next step to a program of record and Bell is proud to closely collaborate with the Army to transition our flight-proven V-280 Valor into a highly-capable and sustainable FLRAA weapons system. Bell and our Team Valor teammates continue to optimize our platform based on research, design, and thorough flight-testing of the aircraft to deliver an outstanding capability for the Army.” Source: Keith Flail, executive vice president, Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell, commenting on their executing the second phase of a Competitive Demonstration and Risk Reduction contract to inform the imminent program of record competition for U.S. Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA).

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