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January 11, 2021

Airborne 01.11.21: SecTrans Quits, Feds Quit, Boeing Pays $$$, UK Restricts GA

Also: NTSB Says CFIs Need More Scrutiny, USAF Thunderbirds, Bell 505, Amazon Buys Boeings
Shortly after the resignation of DoT Secretary Elaine Chao, FAA chief of staff Angela Stubblefield disclosed that, “This evening the Secretary and the Administrator received resignation letters from all our non-career staff members here at FAA. These resignations will be effective Monday evening. Our colleagues’ decisions, given the gravity of the scary capitols events, are understandable. Like all of us, they are outraged by the brazen and violent attack on one of the sacred institutions of American democracy.” Chao’s resignation takes effect later today, January 11th, though she has promised to aid her successor, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Airborne-Unmanned 01.05.21: Regs & Remote ID, Wing v FAA, $182K Drone Fine

Also: Transport Canada, DOD Facility Restrictions, EASA Drone Deliveries, FLIR Buys Altavian

The FAA has released final rules for UAVs. The new rules will require Remote ID of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots. Remote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at nig

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Living Legends of Aviation Awards Postponed To Spring of 2021

California Based Event Hopes To Be Ready Soon

The next gathering of the “Living Legends of Aviation” is now planned for the spring of 2021. Said to be something of an Academy Awards gala for the aviation set, organizers say the 'Living Legends of Aviation' are remarkable people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation including: entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, astronauts, record breakers, pilots who have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. The Legends meet yearly to recognize and honor individuals that have made significant contributions in aviation.

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GA Heavily Restricted in UK Due To National Lockdown

For GA in England, This Means That 'No Leisure Flying Is Permitted'

As bad as the coronavirus situation feels like in North America, its far more restrictive in certain countries on the other side of the Atlantic. Following the National Lockdown in England, the Department for Transport has issued further guidance for General Aviation in England this past week. National lockdown rules apply in England. For General Aviation (GA), this means that no leisure flying is permitted.

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Klyde Morris (01.11.21)

Klyde Is Back... and In Rare Form!


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NASA-FAA Partnership Bolsters American Commercial Space Activities

NASA-FAA MOU Follows The Success Of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 Launch

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) reaffirming the agencies’ longstanding relationship to foster robust American commercial space transportation capabilities, including commercial crew and cargo activities. The NASA-FAA MOU follows the success of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 launch – the first crewed mission from American soil to be licensed by the FAA. The new agreement will support the transportation of government and non-government passengers, cargo, and other payloads for orbital and suborbital space missions in a safe and cost-effective manner, as well as streamline spaceflight standards and requiremen

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MCAS New River Makes Airfield Updates

Will Enhance Mission Readiness And Increase Safety For Marines

To enhance mission capabilities and ensure the highest safety standards for mission readiness, Marine Corps Air Station New River is in the final stages of completing significant upgrades and renovations to its airfield. According to Pat Edwards, airfield operations officer and manager on MCAS New River, the base is finishing up an eight-month project that included milling and repaving roughly 4,790 feet of runway and installing 25, 4x4 Light Emitting Diode panels to the hangars as a part of an enhanced Lightning Warning system.

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WestJet Details Its 737 Max Return-To-Service Plan

First Guest Flight Set For January 21st

WestJet is planning to return its fleet of 737 MAX aircraft to passenger service in what they call a 'phased and transparent' approach. The airline's plans follow an announcement from Transport Canada (TC) on December 17, 2020 where TC safety experts validated the aircraft design changes and outlined requirements for Canadian carriers. Transport Canada's validation followed that of the FAA on November 18, 2020.

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Aero-TV: An Intro To Quad-Copters – Horizon Hobby Explains A Model Revolution

From 2015: The Quadcopter Revolution Is In Full Swing... Here's Info On How To Join In!

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 James Haley, the multirotor category manager for Horizon Hobby, about the new world of RC quadcopters. The term “quadcopters” started when the first toy versions of the 4 rotor vertical lift type models hit the market. Horizon hobby uses the term mult

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Barnstorming: Observing A Milestone

"Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received...but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage." -- St. Francis of Assisi News/Analysis/Commentary by Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief/CEO Happy New Year… My wife and I wish you the very best of all possible New Years… It's been a long time since I reached out to all of you, but to be perfectly honest, most of the last calendar year has been brutal. Like so many of you, we fought illness, politics, an insane economy, and all manner of barriers… We’ve had more than our fair share of close calls (or so it seems).

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172

The Engine Experienced An RPM Reduction, Followed By A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On December 27, 2020, about 1500 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172C, N8311X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pleasant Valley, New York. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the student pilot, after a normal preflight inspection she departed with 27 gallons of fuel and planned to remain in the traffic pattern to practice takeoffs and landings. She deployed partial flaps and carburetor heat on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. Shortly thereafter, the engine experienced an rpm reduction, which was followed by a total loss

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.11.21): Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) A radio transmitter attached to the aircraft structure which operates from its own power source on 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. It aids in locating downed aircraft by radiating a downward sweeping audio tone, 2-4 times per second. It is designed to function without human action after an accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.11.21)

Aero Linx: The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) is the owner and operator of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Martin State Airport. We invite you to explore this web site, which focuses on the government agency aspects of the MAA. This web site includes information on employment with the MAA, the procurement of goods and services by the MAA, community relations, permits and forms, construction and regional aviation, as well as links to a number of other web sites.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.11.21)

We are dedicated to restoring guest confidence in this aircraft through our safe operation, while providing the transparency and the flexibility that some of our guests may still require. We will be forthcoming with our guests on where the MAX aircraft are flying, and we will be flexible with our change and cancel policy to ensure our guests can make their travel plans confidently." Source: Ed Sims, WestJet President and CEO, discussing the upcoming deployment of the 737 MAX with the Canadian airline.

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