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April 05, 2021

Airborne 04.05.21: E-AB Flt Testing, NORAD v Tu142s, SnF Digital Daily!

Also: Citation 560XL #1000, Erickson & USFS, NC Airports Funded, KC-390 Refueling
EAA has reported that the FAA has published draft guidance to implement an optional task-based Phase I program for Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. Under the program, once an aircraft completes a flight test plan that meets FAA standards, Phase I is complete. The standard 25- or 40-hour flight test period for Phase I will remain an option for all E-AB, and Experimental Light-Sport (E-LSA) continues to carry a 5-hour test period. At 4:50 a.m. (AKST), last Monday, the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Region, in support of NORAD, positively identified and tracked two Tu-142 Russian maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification

B-29 Doc Adds New Orleans To Its Tour Schedule For April 29-May 2

Doc Will Arrive In New Orleans April 26

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will land in New Orleans, LA, April 29 through May 2. The four-day event will be hosted by Lakefront Airport and Flightline First. It will be the first visit to New Orleans for B-29 Doc, which is one of only two B-29 Superfortresses still airworthy today. Doc will arrive in New Orleans April 26 and will be available for ground and cockpit tours April 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides will be available at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2, followed by ground and flight deck tours on those days from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the static display event and flight deck tours will be $10 per person.

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Airborne 04.02.21: Air Tractor 4000, CAF Theater, Lilium 7 Seater

Also: EAA & Sun 'n Fun, True Blue Power For R44, USPA Rating D-40000, Oshkosh Learn to Fly Center

Last week; an Air Tractor 502XP, a single-seat agricultural aircraft, was delivered to its new owner during a send-off ceremony attended by employees and local dignitaries. It is the 4,000th airplane Air Tractor has produced since it began operations in 1972. "After 49 years of continuous production of airplanes, all of us here are really pleased to celebrate this moment,” said Jim Hirsch, Air Tractor president. “Only eight years ago we built our 3,000th airplane; now we just surpassed numbe

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.30.21: Wisk NZ Launch, TX Pol v FAA, TSA Anti-Drone

Also: NASA Ingenuity, DARTdrones Donates, Textron Shadow Update, Upgraded V-BAT 128

Wisk is progressing with its Transport Trial, which will advance autonomous passenger transport under the New Zealand Government's broader Airspace Integration Trial Program (AITP). Wisk is working towards rolling out the implementation phase later this year. In February 2020, Wisk announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Zealand Government to establish the Transport Trial under the broader AITP. A Texas Politician is trying to overstep and set unmanned aircraft regulations outside of the f

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ANN's 'Who's Who' At Sun 'n Fun 2021: Maria Morrison

Maria Morrison: SNFDD Feature Editor

Maria Morrison is incredibly excited to reconnect with and the aviation community at Sun ‘ n Fun this year! This will be her first time ever coming to Lakeland, following eight years as a news stringer at AirVenture. She has never found a more exciting thing to do at airshows than get a “behind-the-scenes” look as a reporter for ANN.

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ANN's 'Who's Who' At Sun 'n Fun 2021: Anthony Liberatore

Anthony Liberatore: Aviation Writer Anthony Liberatore returns as a Stringer for his 7th year with ANN. He began his aviation writing by volunteering as the Newsletter Editor for his EAA Chapter (EAA 113) in Michigan and continued writing by authoring articles for Contact! Magazine, EAA's On-Line Experimeter, as well as a Stringer for ANN. Over the last few years Anthony has been learning Solidworks via EAA's Maker-Space edition of the Software. This journey has included modeling two air-inlets that were printed for a homebuilt, as well as volunteering with the Kittyhawk Academy of Brighton MI as a teaching assistant for youth interested in engineering, aviation technology, and learning Solidworks.

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Classic Aero-TV: Nextant Aerospace - Recrafting Some of BizAv’s Favorites

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Making Older Aircraft New Again…

Founded in 2007, Cleveland, Ohio-based Nextant Aerospace is recognized as the first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The company started with the Nextant 400XTi, a completely rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite upfront. The new aircraft also has major aerodynamic enhancements and an improved engine mounting configuration with redesigned nacelles and pylons. The 400XTi is delivered with a two-year full-aircraft warranty and after-s

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IATA Has a New Boss: Willie Walsh

Confirmed As IATA’s 8th Director General By The 76th IATA Annual General Meeting

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Willie Walsh has officially taken on the role of Director General of the organization. He succeeds Alexandre de Juniac. “I am passionate about our industry and about the critical work that IATA does on behalf of its members, never more so than during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA has been at the forefront of efforts to restart global connectivity, including developing the IATA Travel Pass. Less visible but of equal importance, airlines continue to rely on IATA’s financial settlement systems, Timatic and other vital services to support their day-to-day operations..."

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Rhode Island Signs Participating Addendum with DroneUp

Provides Public Sector Agencies Access to Drone Services

DroneUp and the State of Rhode Island have signed a Participating Addendum for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle services. This begins the offering to purchase complete drone solutions to all state agencies, commissions, political subdivisions, institutions, and local public bodies allowed by law. The award is the first of its kind for the drone industry and a highly anticipated announcement.

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AIAA Commends The Administration on Continuing the National Space Council

"We Believe A White House-Level Focus On Space Is Crucial"

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) commends the Biden Administration on continuing the National Space Council. AIAA Executive Director Dan Dumbacher made the following statement: "As the world’s largest aerospace technical society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) welcomes the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will continue the National Space Council..."

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA24

After Takeoff The Airplane Descended And Impacted Terrain

On August 30, 2020, about 1430 central daylight time, a Piper PA-24-250 airplane, N7469P, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Bryan, Texas. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured, and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a family member, the purpose of the flight was for the pilot to take his family members for a sightseeing flight in the local area. The pilot had recently purchased the airplane about a week before the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.21)

Aero Linx: The Bird Strike Association of Canada (BSAC aka Birdstrike Canada)

The Bird Strike Association of Canada (BSAC aka Birdstrike Canada) is a leader in airport wildlife strike prevention. By fostering dialogue within the industry, the BSAC seeks and advances innovative ideas in aviation safety.  Our mandate includes setting standards, promoting best practices, exchanging information, addressing industry issues by formulating effective strategies and implementing change through regulatory means...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.21): Class D Airspace

Class D Airspace Generally, that airspace from the surface to 2,500 feet above the airport elevation (charted in MSL) surrounding those airports that have an operational control tower. The configuration of each Class D airspace area is individually tailored and when instrument procedures are published, the airspace will normally be designed to contain the procedures. Arrival extensions for instrument approach procedures may be Class D or Class E airspace. Unless otherwise authorized, each person must establish two-way radio communications with the ATC facility providing air traffic services prior to entering the airspace and thereafter maintain those communications while in the airspace. No separatio

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.05.21)

“As the world’s largest aerospace technical society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) welcomes the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will continue the National Space Council. We believe a White House-level focus on space is crucial to provide stability and continuity to U.S. space endeavors, enabling historic exploration and scientific achievement, continued U.S. space industry global leadership, and enhanced national security. We encourage the Biden Administration also to continue the Users’ Advisory Group, which brings critical stakeholder input to the Council. We believe harnessing the space sector’s capabilities will help fuel our economic recovery, help solve the climate crisis, and build the diverse 21st-

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