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April 08, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 04.08.21: OSH Learn2Fly, SAFECON 2021, SnF Digital Daily

Also: CAP and USAF Training, Boeing 767-300ER FPT, FAA Task Force, Wings for Val Foundation

EAA notes that, 'Along with all the experienced aviators at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh each year, The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration inspires many others who find themselves asking, "I would love to learn to fly someday. What steps do I need to take to begin flight training?"' The Learn to Fly Center at AirVenture's EAA Four Corners area can provide the information they need and kick-start their flight training journey. The EAA Learn to Fly Center will feature multiple stations, each dedicated to helping individuals take a step forward in their desire to learn to fly. National Intercollegiate Flying Association SAFECON 2021 Goes Remote. Over the last few months, the National

Renamed: F-15EX 'Eagle II' Unveiled

Revealed And Named During A Ceremony, April 7, 2021, At Eglin AFB FL

The Air Force has unveiled the name and the official role of the Air Force’s newest fighter, the F-15EX Eagle ll. Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics military deputy, presented the F-15EX during an unveiling and naming ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, April 7. “Undefeated in aerial combat, the F-15 Eagle epitomized air superiority in the minds of our enemies, allies, and the American people for over 45 years, but it was not meant to fly forever. We heard the demand signal from our warfighters,” Richardson said.

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Airborne 04.07.21: Wisk Sues Archer, PCSO R66 Police Chopper, Mars Heli Update

Also: Tuskegee Airmen Honored, Starship SN11 Blowup, Special Mission G550, Duncan's 100th Winglets

Wisk Aero, has filed a lawsuit against Archer Aviation. The lawsuit alleges that Archer's business is "built on intellectual property that is not theirs..." -- Also bringing claims for trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement. As detailed in the filing in federal court in the Northern District of California, this lawsuit claims Wisk's alleged discovery of suspicious file downloads by certain former employees who left Wisk to work for Archer, including thousands of files related to Wisk's

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SpaceX Aces 10th Mission of 2021

SpaceX Is Setting A Record Pace For Rocket Launches... And Recoveries

On Wednesday, April 7 at 12:34 p.m. EDT, SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. This was the seventh launch and landing of this Falcon 9 first stage booster, which previously launched NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station, ANASIS-II, CRS-21, Transporter-1, and two Starlink missions. One half of Falcon 9’s fairing previously supported the AMOS-17 and two Starlink missions, and the other supported one Starlink mission.

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VistaJet Revealed As Customer for Big Challenger 350 Deal

Vistajet Has Also Taken Delivery Of Its First Two Global 7500 Aircraft

Bombardier has confirmed that VistaJet is the customer for a previously disclosed firm order for 10 Challenger 350 business jets. Bombardier announced the sale involving its Challenger platform on December 23. It was one of the biggest jet orders of 2020. VistaJet has also taken delivery of its first two Global 7500 business jets. Bombardier recently celebrated the milestone 50th delivery of this aircraft. VistaJet said in a press release that its order for 10 Challenger 350 business jets is in response to “a growing and urgent demand” in the super midsize segment.

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Classic Aero-TV: XTI's Trifan 600 - What the Future Might Fly

From 2017 (YouTube Version): First Look At The Innovative Airplane At NBAA-BACE

Aero-News readers know that one of the most innovative airplanes under development for the business market is the XTI TriFan 600, which was displayed for the first time at NBAA-BACE this year. The company says the six-seat TriFan 600 will have the speed, range and comfort of a business jet and the ability to take off and land vertically like a helicopter. Using three ducted fans, the aircraft will lift off vertically and its two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to cruise speed, at 400 miles an hour and a range of up to 1,600 miles.

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Textron Celebrates 600th Citation CJ3 Delivery

The Single-Pilot Citation CJ3+ Delivers Seating For Nine Passengers

Textron recorded the delivery of the 600th aircraft from the Cessna Citation CJ3 family this week. The milestone Cessna Citation CJ3+ was delivered to an unnamed customer in North America. “Since joining the Citation family, the Citation CJ3 series has proven to be an incredible performer for customers around the world with the connectivity, price, range and efficient operation that puts it at the top of its category,” said Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations.

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Japan Coast Guard Expands Fleet With Two H225s

JCG Expands Fleet To 17 Helos, Comprising Two AS332s And 15 H225s

The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) will expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma fleet up to 17, comprising two AS332s and 15 H225s. The largest Super Puma operator in Japan received its tenth H225 in February this year. The new helicopters will join its growing fleet to support territorial coastal activities, security enforcement, as well as disaster relief missions in the country. “From the first Super Puma delivery nearly 30 years ago to the latest H225 orders, we greatly appreciate Japan Coast Guard’s continued trust in our products and services,” said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan.

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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 R

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 170A

Pilot Stated That His Estimated Time Of Arrival Kept Changing

On January 26, 2021 about 1640 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 170A airplane, N9114A, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Port Angeles, Washington. The pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The pilot initially departed from Kodiak, Alaska the day before the accident with a final planned destination of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The day of the accident, the pilot refueled the airplane and departed from Ketchikan, Alaska about 1000. During the flight, the pilot was in contact with his mother sending numerous text messages. Around 1525 the pilot sent

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-07-09 Requires Repetitive Inspections Of All TADD Material

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2007-07-03, which applied to certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. AD 2007-07-03 required repetitive tests to detect hot air leaking from the trim air diffuser ducts or sidewall riser duct assemblies (collectively referred to as TADDs), related investigative actions, and corrective actions if necessary. AD 2007-07-03 also provided an optional terminating action for the repetitive tests. This AD requires repetitive inspections of all TADD material for damage and applicable oncondition actions. This AD w

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AD: Rockwell Collins, Inc., Global Positioning Systems

AD 2021-08-07 Prompted By An Un-Annunciated GPS Position Error

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Rockwell Collins), GPS-4000S Global Positioning Systems (GPS) installed on airplanes. This AD was prompted by an un-annunciated GPS position error, which could cause a misleading localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) glidepath, resulting in controlled flight into terrain (CFIT). This AD requires upgrading the GPS-4000S. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective May 12, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.08.21)

Aero Linx: The Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group The Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Group aims to: Raise industry and public awareness of aviation wildlife hazards, associated risks and their management Promote industry best practice in aviation wildlife hazard management Provide a forum for stakeholders to discuss aviation wildlife hazard management and risk reduction methods Be the go-to information source for organisations and individuals with a vested interest in aviation wildlife hazard management Provide aviation wildlife hazard management policy, safety regulation and guidance mate

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.08.21): Approach Gate

Approach Gate An imaginary point used within ATC as a basis for vectoring aircraft to the final approach course. The gate will be established along the final approach course 1 mile from the final approach fix on the side away from the airport and will be no closer than 5 miles from the landing threshold.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.08.21)

“From the first Super Puma delivery nearly 30 years ago to the latest H225 orders, we greatly appreciate Japan Coast Guard’s continued trust in our products and services. This repeat H225 order reinforces the aircraft’s position as a reference in SAR operations and security enforcement. We are proud of how the deployment of the agency’s fleet has ensured mission success throughout the years. Airbus will continue to ensure the fleet’s high availability, in support of the agency’s safe operations.” Source: Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan, discussing the Japan Coast Guard's decision to expand its fleet with two new H225 helicopters, taking its total Super Puma

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