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May 17, 2020

Airborne 05.15.20: MAF Pilot Lost, NZ Bearhawk Wins, Gulfstream G700

Also: Nat'l Aviation Hall of Fame, Robinson Windshield Upgrades, Pipistrel USA, FAA Examiner Bribe

ANN is saddened to report the loss of a missionary pilot, Joyce Lin, flying for Mission Aviation Fellowship... an organization that flies and works worldwide for the most selfless of reasons. Official MAF Statement: 'The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) family is deeply saddened by the loss of their colleague and friend, Joyce Lin. She departed the Sentani, Papua, Indonesia airport early in the morning of May 12, piloting an MAF Kodiak aircraft. Joyce was responding to the needs of the village of Mamit in

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Deadline Extended: European A/C Have More Time To Equip With Surveillance Tech

Coronavirus Crisis Has 'Made It Necessary' To Reconsider The Upcoming ADS-B Deadline

While the FAA refused to budge on its 2020 deadline, things in the UK are apparently a little more fluid. The European Commission has blamed the coronavirus crisis for making it necessary to reconsider the upcoming 7 June 2020 deadline to equip aircraft with ADS-B. As a relief measure to airlines, the Commission amended Regulation 1207/2011 on 29 April 2020 in order to postpone this deadline by six months to 7 December 2020. In addition to the transition period introduced in the amended Regulation, this change will provide aircraft operators that had planned to retrofit their aircraft between now and June more time to do so, or to put in place an appropriate

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Autel Progresses with Patent Claim Against DJI

Could Result In Several Popular DJI Models Being Withdrawn From US Sales

A legal firm is reporting that Autel Robotics USA has pulled off, 'a significant trial victory for at the US International Trade Commission (ITC).' Recently, the Chief Administrative Law Judge of the ITC found that SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. and seven related entities (otherwise known as “DJI”) violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, by importing and selling drones that infringe a US Patent No. 9, 260,184 belonging to Autel. As a result, the chief administrative law judge reportedly recommended that the infringing products be excluded from importation into the United States, including the Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro Platinum, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom

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CAF Units Support Communities (and Each Other) During COVID-19

CAF Units and Members Are NOT Sitting Out The Pandemic 

You can't count good people and a good organization down when times get tough and the CAF is a sterling example. In the past, CAF units and members have participated in honor flights, Make-A-Wish rides, and delivered supplies to communities in need. Today’s situation is no different, and CAF members continue to support their communities and each other. In recent months due the COVID-19 pandemic, many have experienced hardships and many, like our first line responders and medical care workers, are working through extremely difficult days. In times of crisis, the members of the CAF have come together whenever possible to help and support each other and our country.

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Legislation Proposed to Enhance Job Creation in Aviation Manufacturing

Senators Moran, Warner Have Teamed Up On This Legislation

US Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) – co-chairs of the Senate Aerospace Caucus – have introduced legislation that would create a Private-Public Partnership between the federal government and aviation manufacturers designed to protect the workforce and industry impacted by COVID-19. “The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a drastic decline in air travel, and as a result, aviation manufacturing has experienced significant financial losses resulting in widespread layoffs,” said Sen. Moran. “Both in Wichita – the Air Capital of the World – and around the country, our aviation manufacturing plays a critical role in both commercial and gen

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ALPA Applauds House Passage of the 'Heroes Act'

“ALPA Pilots Remain Committed To Helping Our Industry Weather This Storm"

Capt. Joe DePete, president of ALPA (pictured), issued a statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act, or HEROES Act: "ALPA applauds the House passage of this crucial bill that will further help workers weather these uncertain times. ALPA pilots have been working tirelessly for a mandate that airlines follow essential Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) health protocols, and we are grateful that the HEROES Act includes that important provision...

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Classic Aero-TV: The Ties That Bind-Innovative New GripLockTies Hold Their Own!

From 2017: The Traditional "Zip Tie" Is Dead…

That's the assessment of Mark Patey, Director of Strategic Innovations and Co-Owner of LockRight LLC, who told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at AirVenture that the product developed by his company ... GripLockTies ... will make the universally-known version of the fastener obsolete. The rubber lining on the GripLockTies prevents the zip tie from sliding around on whatever it is securing, Patey said. Worse, he said, the tie has chaffed through a wiring bundle and shorted out a system. The GripLockTie allows the user, whether it be a pilot, off-road

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Flight Testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout Radar Underway

32 Of 38 MQ-8Cs Have Been Delivered So Far

The US Navy has commenced flight testing of the MQ-8C Fire Scout equipped with the Leonardo AN/ZPY-8 radar. “The AN/ZPY-8 radar significantly increases Fire Scout’s detection and tracking of targets. The ability to simultaneously employ multiple modes supports US Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance requirements,” said Melissa Packwood, program manager, tactical autonomous systems, Northrop Grumman. “This increased capability enables Fire Scout to extend ranges to meet emerging requirements.”

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Raytheon Technologies to Train Afghan Air Force pilots

US Army Contract Valued Up To $145 Million

The US Army Contracting Command has selected Raytheon Intelligence & Space to train Afghanistan Air Force pilots under a three-year contract valued up to $145 million. Raytheon will conduct initial flight training for the US Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation. The Afghanistan Air Force students will go through flight school in third-party nations in Europe and the Middle East. Raytheon will provide tailored training for the Afghanistan Air Force pilots, including classroom, fixed-wing and rotary aircraft instruction.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA 18A

Pilot Collides With Rising Terrain/Snow On Go-Around

The pilot was landing a wheel/ski-equipped airplane at a remote off-airport site in an area of mountainous, snow-covered terrain, and reported that she selected an area that was slightly uphill. During the final stages of the approach she felt uncomfortable with the approach, so she elected to go-around. During the go-around, she added full power and started a left turn. The airplane subsequently collided with an area of rising, snow-covered terrain, sustaining substantial damage to the right wing, and fuselage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.17.20)

Aero Linx: The Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada, UPAC The Ultralight Pilots Association of Canada, UPAC, is the national voice for Canadian Ultralight Pilots. The organization was formed in 1986 when the Ultralight Aircraft Association of Canada (UAAC) and the Microlight Owners and Pilots of Canada (MOPAC) joined forces. UPAC speaks for Canadian ultralight aviation interests in discussions with the federal government. We are committed to protecting the rights and privileges of all ultralight pilots and owners to assure freedom of flight in a minimally controlled flying environment. Our only focus is ultralight flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.20): Ground Communication Outlet (GCO)

Ground Communication Outlet (GCO) An unstaffed, remotely controlled, ground/ground communications facility. Pilots at uncontrolled airports may contact ATC and FSS via VHF to a telephone connection to obtain an instrument clearance or close a VFR or IFR flight plan. They may also get an updated weather briefing prior to takeoff. Pilots will use four “key clicks” on the VHF radio to contact the appropriate ATC facility or six “key clicks” to contact the FSS. The GCO system is intended to be used only on the ground.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.17.20)

“ALPA applauds the House passage of this crucial bill that will further help workers weather these uncertain times. ALPA pilots have been working tirelessly for a mandate that airlines follow essential Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) health protocols, and we are grateful that the HEROES Act includes that important provision. Requiring uniform guidance for COVID-19 health monitoring, protection, and employee exposure notification and workplace disinfection is a key component in regaining public confidence in air travel and getting our passengers back on board..." Source: Comments made by Capt. Joe DePete, president of ALPA, after the U.S. House of Representatives passed t

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