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June 30, 2021

Airborne-Special Edition 06.30.21: ANN Chats/w King Schools About Surviving The Pandemic

Also: John King, Martha King and Barry Knutilla Reveal Their Pandemic Strategies
The effects of the pandemic will be a part of the aviation business for many more months to come... But in the preceding year-and-a-half, many Aviation businesses had to step up, be innovative, and deal with all manner of challenges in order to not only stay in business, but to support the interests of the aviation community around them. 
Flight Training companies like  King Schools had to figure out, swiftly, how to keep things going! King Schools management team John King, Martha King, and Barry Knuttila speak with Aero-News Network’s Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, about their efforts to keep everyone safe while running their flight school. As w

AirCar Completes First Ever Inter-City Flight

AirCar Prototype 2, The Pre-Production Model, Will Be Equipped With A 300HP Engine

AirCar has reportedly fulfilled a key development milestone in a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava on June 28th, 2021. Klein Vision's patented AirCar completed its 142nd successful landing in Bratislava at 6:05AM. After landing, with 'a click of a button' the aircraft transformed into a sports car in under three minutes and was driven by its inventor, Professor Stefan Klein and co-founder, Anton Zajac to downtown Bratislava, cutting the typical travel time by a factor of two.

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HAI Applauds Introduction of RETAIN Act

The Legislation Calls On Ligado To Reimburse Both The Public And Private Sectors

HAI has applauded the efforts of Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) for introducing the Recognizing and Ensuring Taxpayer Access to Infrastructure Necessary for GPS and Satellite Communications Act of 2021 (RETAIN Act). This legislation addresses the full extent of the cost impact of the Ligado Order, which may interfere with GPS and satellite communications systems. Helicopters conduct many critical missions, including air medical, firefighting, aerial application, and heavy – lift operations. These and many other helicopter industry operations occur predominantly in low-altitude environments, where increased proximity to flight obstructions and decreased line of sight

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Gulfstream Expands G600 Completions

Large-Cabin Interior Outfitting Capabilities Added To Gulfstream Dallas Facility

Gulfstream Aerospace is expanding Gulfstream G600 completions operations to the Gulfstream Dallas facility, further increasing growth and large-cabin capacity for customers. As part of this expansion, Gulfstream’s director of Savannah completions, Melissa Grant, has been named vice president and general manager of the Dallas facility and will be relocating to facilitate the seamless transition of expertise and experience.

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USAF Selects Electra for Ultra-Short Takeoff Aircraft Development

Unique Configuration Strengthens Commercial Advanced Air Mobility Markets

The USAF has signed a contract with to strengthen advanced air mobility markets through the development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft. Leveraging distributed hybrid-electric propulsion and blown lift, Electra's unique eSTOL aircraft takes off in less than 150 feet, but also offers nearly triple the payload capacity, an order of magnitude longer ranges, and less than half the operating costs of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) alternatives.

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First Citation Excel Eagle Delivered

"A True Nose-To-Tail Transformation Of The Aircraft..."

CitationPartners and Yingling Aviation have confirmed that the first Citation Excel Eagle was delivered on June 25 to North Central Aviation of Blaine, Minnesota. “This is light years beyond your typical, garden variety re-furb; it is a true nose-to-tail transformation of the aircraft,” noted Russ Meyer, Chairman Emeritus, Cessna Aircraft Company. In January of this year, using an all-new process designed and developed by CitationPartners, a fleet of Citation Excels began its transformation to Citation Excel Eagles.

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Classic Aero-TV: Fixed Wing R/C-Horizon Hobby's Stunning Small A/C Capabilities

From 2015 (YouTube Versions): RC Aviation Offers Stunning Technologies and TRULY Exciting Flying Fun For Today's Model Aviators

While at eFest 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talks with a company known as Horizon Hobby to find out what’s going on in the rapidly changing world of remote control (RC) aircraft. In this interview, Jim talks with David Payne, the senior product developer of airplanes for Horizon Hobby, about the airplane facet of RC flying. Payne starts off by saying one of the most important achievements in recent years is the development of a technology referred to as “SAFE.” SAFE is the acronym for &ldq

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Airborne-Unmanned 06.16.21: Massive eVTOL Order, TAV Record, USN UAS Test Sq

Also: Eve Urban Air Mobility, Electra Hybrid-Electric, Aerovironment Relocates, ASTM International

Avolon and Vertical Aerospace have agreed on a ground-breaking US$2 billion order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft. Building out of the technologies here-to-fore pioneered by the autonomous air vehicle industries, Avolon and Vertical Aerospace have agreed on a ground-breaking agreement. This agreement, which is subject to certain conditions, will introduce the ultra-short-haul aircraft category to commercial aviation. The agreement will see both companies collaborate throughout the development, road m

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NTSB Prelim: Beech A23

The Airplane Entered A Right Descending 270° Turn From About 2,100 Ft MSL

On June 1, 2021, about 1720 eastern daylight time, a Beech A23, N8780M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pinnacle, North Carolina. The student pilot was fatally injured and the flight instructor sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. A review of preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the flight departed runway 22 at Smith Reynolds Airport (INT), Winston Salem, North Carolina about 1641. The airplane made a right turn and tracked northwest, then east, performing a series of turns, climbs, and descents, consiste

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a.

AD 2021-13-01 Prompted By Reports Of Missing Lock Wire And Loose Fasteners

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Leonardo S.p.a. (Type Certificate previously held by Agusta S.p.A.) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters and Leonardo S.p.a. (Type Certificate previously held by AgustaWestland S.p.A.) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of missing lock wire and loose fasteners. This AD requires a one-time inspection of the main rotor (M/R) slip ring and depending on the outcome, removing the M/R slip ring from service, removing screws and washers from service, applying torque, installing lock wire, and re-identifying the M/R slip ring. This AD also prohibits the installation of certain M/R slip rings. The FAA is i

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Helicopters

AD 2021-12-16 Prompted By A Report Of Increased Control Force In The Collective Axis

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (AHD) Model MBB-BK117 C-2 and MBB-BK117 D-2 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of increased control force in the collective axis. This AD requires repetitive visual inspections of the main rotor actuator (MRA), as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 3, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.30.21)

Aero Linx: The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1961 as Canada's voice for business aviation. Since its inception, CBAA has assumed an increasing role in its advocacy for Canadian business aviation interests. With a membership of approximately 400 companies and organizations, including operators, management companies an suppliers, CBAA represents the entire business aviation community with a unified and collective voice.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.30.21): National Flight Data Center (NFDC)

National Flight Data Center (NFDC) A facility in Washington D.C., established by FAA to operate a central aeronautical information service for the collection, validation, and dissemination of aeronautical data in support of the activities of government, industry, and the aviation community. The information is published in the National Flight Data Digest.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.30.21)

"Electra is thrilled to be working in tandem with the U.S. Air Force and its innovative Agility Prime team to accelerate the tech transition of eSTOL into the commercial marketplace. These next-gen, low-carbon systems will solve several critical defense-related capability gaps while leveraging affordable commercial marketplace solutions..." Source: Ben Marchionna, Electra's Director of Technology & Innovation, speaking on the topic of the USAF having signed a contract with to strengthen advanced air mobility markets through the development of hybrid-electric propulsion systems for electric ultra-short takeoff and landing (eSTOL) aircraft.

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