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January 17, 2021

SLS Hot Fire Test Terminated Minutes Early

Onboard Software Acted Appropriately And Initiated A Safe Shutdown Of The Engines

Teams from NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Program conducted a hot fire of the Artemis I core stage on Jan. 16 at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. What should have happened was this... Engine ignition should have started at approximately six tenths of a second before T-0, beginning with Engine 1, then Engines 3, 4, and 2 ignited in sequence a few hundredths of a second apart. The test was expected to last about 8 minutes and included three different power levels for the engines, as well as two 30-second engine gimballing, or pivoting, movements to simulate flight steering commands. Depending on the rate propellant is burned the time was estimated to range fr

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US Aviation Academy Welcomes Norwegian Pilot Flight Academy Students

Private Pilot Curriculum Will Involve 45 Hours Of Dual Flight And 50 Hours Of Solo Flight

US Aviation Academy (USAA) welcomes their first class of student pilots from Pilot Flight Academy (PFA) in Norway. Fourteen Norwegian student pilots will be completing an extended Private Pilot curriculum that involves 45 hours of dual flight and 50 hours of solo flight. USAA flight instructors are granted a special permit by the Norwegian Civil Air Authority (NCAA) and EASA to teach a dual enrollment course. US Aviation’s Denton campus is an approved Aviation Training Organization (ATO) under PFA’s EASA certificate. In addition, PFA students have the option to complete a FAA Private Pilot certificate while earning credit hours towards their EASA

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Honda Aircraft Company Opens New Wing Production Facility

The New 83,100 Square-Foot Facility Is The Company's Latest Addition

Honda Aircraft has begun operations at its newly opened Wing Production and Service Parts Facility, located at the company’s world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The new 83,100 square-foot facility is the latest addition to the 133-acre Honda Aircraft Company campus, and represents an additional investment of $24.3 million, bringing the total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245 million. Honda Aircraft Company broke ground on the new facility in late July 2019 and completed construction in September 2020.

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Wright-Patterson, Park Service Observe Wright Brothers’ 117th Anniversary

Event Was First Celebrated In 1978 For The 75th Anniversary

Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, along with the great-grandniece and great-grandnephew of the Wright brothers, joined together Dec. 17 to lay a wreath commemorating the 117th anniversary of practical powered flight. The event, which has become a Miami Valley annual tradition since it was first celebrated in 1978 for the 75th anniversary, took place at the Wright Brothers Memorial atop Wright Brothers Memorial Hill overlooking Huffman Prairie.

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GAMA Welcomes Five New Members

Aviation Safety Resources and Whelen Aerospace Technologies Lead The List

GAMA has added Aviation Safety Resources and Whelen Aerospace Technologies as Members; Kitty Hawk as an Associate Member Full; and Aura Network Systems and Jump Aero as Associate Members EPIC. Aviation Safety Resources is based out of Nicholasville, Kentucky, and was founded in 2000. They design, test and produce whole aircraft emergency recovery parachute systems for experimental, light sport and general aviation aircraft, as well as for the emerging advanced aerial mobility (AAM) and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) markets. Whelen Aerospace Technologies is headquartered in Sebastian, Florida, and was founded in 1952. They design, engineer and manufacture lighting products fo

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Classic Aero-TV: Humongous R/C Aerobats - Aerobeez' Monster Aerobatic Models

From 2016: Fly Aerobatics With Your Feet Firmly Planted On Terra-Firma...

While at AMA Expo 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, delved into the sport of aerobatic modeling. As an aerobatic pilot himself, Jim recognized that model aircraft can do much more than a full scale aircraft, and he stopped by the Aerobeez exhibit to bring us an update on these amazing specialized model aircraft. Jim talked with Ray Jin, the co-owner of Aerobeez. When asked how long it takes to develop one of these aerobatic model aircraft, Jin said it can take between a year and two years to get one ready for t

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All Nippon Helicopter’s H160 Completes First Flight

Heretofore, ANH Deployed A Helicopter Fleet Comprising Six As365s And Five H135s

All Nippon Helicopter’s (ANH) H160 has performed its first flight test, a 95-minute flight at the Marseille Provence Airport. This successful maiden flight paves the way for the aircraft’s entry into service in Japan. Heretofore, ANH deployed a helicopter fleet comprising six AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV stations across Japan. This H160 will replace one of its AS365s. “We are delighted to see the successful inaugural flight of Japan’s very first H160, and we are looking forward to this next-generation helicopter playing an important role in our nationwide missions,” said Jun Yanagawa, President of AN

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Boeing Awarded Contract for 12 More KC-46 Tankers

New Contract Brings Number Of Orders To 79

The US Air Force has finalized a $1.7 billion contract for 12 more KC-46A tanker aircraft. With this sixth production lot, Boeing is now on contract for 79 KC-46A tankers. The company delivered the first KC-46A to the Air Force in January 2019. Since then, Boeing has delivered 42 tankers to four different bases. The next-generation KC-46 brings new capabilities and operational flexibility to the U.S. Air Force and international customers.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna P210

The Engine Experienced A Total Loss Of Power

On August 7, 2020, about 1036 eastern daylight time, a Cessna P210N, N6300W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Allendale, South Carolina. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he departed Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida, with an intended destination of Allendale County Airport (AQX), Allendale, South Carolina. Prior to departure, he fueled the airplane with 58 gallons of fuel. The flight was unremarkable, but when the airplane was on short final approach to runway 35 at AQX, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.21)

Aero Linx: The International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) The International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) was formed to bring similar agencies together in the spirit of professional collaboration. IAMA fosters a community of Christian airmen whose hallmarks are safety and technical competence. Today, IAMA’s membership includes more than seventy mission agencies, training schools, and individuals. Members work together to bring the transforming message of Jesus Christ to people living in places that are remote and very difficult-to-access.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.21): Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

Flight Restriction (TFR)

A TFR is a regulatory action issued by the FAA via the U.S. NOTAM System, under the authority of United States Code, Title 49. TFRs are issued within the sovereign airspace of the United States and its territories to restrict certain aircraft from operating within a defined area on a temporary basis to protect persons or property in the air or on the ground. While not all inclusive, TFRs may be issued for disaster or hazard situations such as: toxic gas leaks or spills, fumes from flammable agents, aircraft accident/incident sites, aviation or ground resources engaged in wildfire suppression, or aircraft relief activities following a disaster. TFRs may also be issued in suppo

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.17.21)

“The investments Boeing is making in the KC-46 today will benefit generations of service members. I believe the partnership between Boeing and the Air Force will also produce additional KC-46 innovations that will carry the warfighter well into the future.” Source: Jamie Burgess, Boeing KC-46 tanker vice president and program manager, supplying additional detail about the US Air Force having finalized a $1.7 billion contract for 12 more KC-46A tanker aircraft. With this sixth production lot, Boeing is now on contract for 79 KC-46A tankers.

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