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January 21, 2021

Airborne 01.21.21: Velocity V-Twins, Heli-Expo Cancelled, Ligado Debacle

Also: Space Florida, Datalink ADS-B, American Rocketry Challenge, 25-Hour Voice/Data Recorders
An ANN visit to Velocity Aircraft this week was an eye opener... one of the few true survivors of the once-bustling sportplane kit  industry, Velocity’s decades of experience and a dedicated builder/owner community continue to show signs of strength... And growth. Two ongoing projects, possibly heading for kit production, are pretty exciting. The  Velocity V-Twin, which continues to be the hottest product at Velocity is being stretched into a six-place configuration (which may, ultimately be built as a single or a twin) and one of the V-Twins will soon fly... as a turbo-prop! HAI Heli-Expo 2021 is officially cancelled... After an increase in rum

What Choice Did They Have? HAI Cancels Heli-Expo 2021

"We Took Extraordinary Steps To Be Able To Conduct A Safe Event."

After increases in the rumor mill about important cancellations by critical companies in the helicopter industry (Sikorsky, Bell, Airbus, Robinson, etc...), HAI has made the decision that was expected... Heli-Expo 2021 will not happen. HAI Boss Jim Viola sents us a note explaining that, "HAI has made the difficult decision to cancel HAI HELI-EXPO 2021, scheduled for late March in New Orleans. Since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020, the HAI staff and our show partners have been working to carry out an in-person show while maintaining the health and safety of all participants. We took extraordinary steps to be able to conduct a safe event..."

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Airborne 01.19.21: Virgin Orbit Succeeds!, Heli-Expo, AirVenture Kids 4 Free

Also: 2021 Reno Air Races, Air Travel Down 60%, SLS Hot Fire Test Terminated, Honda Aircraft

Virgin Orbit confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during the company’s second launch demonstration, successfully deploying 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Virgin Orbit’s launch system uses a technique called air launch, in which a rocket is launched from under the wing of a jet aircraft, rather than from a traditional launch pad on the ground. In addition to improving the payload capacity of the rocket, this technique allows the LauncherOne system to be the

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IATA Urges Support for Common European Digital Vaccination Certificate

Would Enable Those Vaccinated To Travel Freely Within Europe Without Testing

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged all branches of the European Union to support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to agree a common digital European COVID-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are vaccinated to travel freely within Europe without COVID-19 testing. In an open letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and copied to key policy-makers across the EU, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac called on EU States to coordinate a policy that would see Europe safely gain the economic and social benefits of renewed freedom of movement, beginning with those who

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25-Hour Voice/Data Recorders EASA Certified For Air Transport Market

Honeywell, Curtiss-Wright's New Recorders Receive TSO

Honeywell and Curtiss-Wright's 25-hour Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), developed for the air transport market, has received EASA TSO certification. The new Honeywell Connected Recorder-25 meets and exceeds the requirements of the upcoming 2021 EASA minimum 25-hour cockpit voice recording mandate for aircraft weighing over 27,000 kilograms. "The importance of reliable cockpit voice and flight data recorders cannot be overstated. That's why we are working alongside Curtiss-Wright to design and develop the next generation of recorders that leverages our full hardware and software expertise to meet the 25-hour requirement, and identify the right information and make it available to accident investiga

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They're Legal! Space Florida Licensed As Commercial Reentry Site Operator

The License Is Valid For Five Years

After completing an assessment of potential environmental impacts, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved Space Florida’s application for a commercial space Reentry Site Operator License (RSOL) at the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) in Titusville, Fla. The FAA determined that no significant environmental impacts would result from operations at the site. The license, which was issued after the company met all safety and risk requirements, is valid for five years. The Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) are posted on the project web page. The RSOL is posted here.

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Part Of The Job... Pendleton Marines Still Jump Out Of Perfectly Good Airplanes

Air Delivery Marines Usually Conduct Two Or Three Parachute Operations Each Month

Marines with Air Delivery Platoon, Landing Support Company, 1st Transportation Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, recently coordinated a parachute operation at Drop Zone Basilone to refresh their Marines on low-level static line jumps and aerial resupply. 1st TSB invited other Pendleton units to participate in the training event, enabling Marines with 1st Marine Division and I Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group with airborne and jump missions to gain proficiency and remain current with their jump training. The aerial delivery Marines coordinated with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing to use a KC-130J Hercules as part of the training.

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Classic Aero-TV: Introducing The Mako - The Next-Generation Lancair

From 2017: Designed To Compete Head-To-Head With Cirrus, Cessna TTX…

Lancair had its newest airplane on display at AirVenture in July. The 4-place Mako is the company's first new product since the relocation of the experimental aircraft pioneer to Texas. First flown on July 18, 2017, the Mako has logged several dozen hours of flight time, and has met or exceeded all performance expectations. Fully instrumented flight testing was planned shortly after the close of the AirVenture show. The new design features 25 improvements, including dual gullwing cabin doors, a first for a Lancair model. Newl

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FreeFlight Systems' Datalink ADS-B In Receiver and Transceiver Earns AML-STC

Available In Both Receiver And Transceiver Options

FreeFlight Systems' Datalink ADS-B Solution has received AML-STC approval covering over 400 FAA Part 23 aircraft airframes for OEMs including Beechcraft, Cessna, Piper, and more. The Datalink ADS-B system, available in both receiver and transceiver options, has received five certifications for ADS-B; transmission on the 978 UAT frequency, receiving flight information broadcast services (FIS-B), receiving and processing aircraft surveillance application systems, receiving traffic information systems broadcasting (TIS-B) and global positioning systems. The unit interfaces with Traffic Alert System (TAS) and Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS), and supports Ethernet, RS-232, and ARINC 429 data

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Advisory Group Suggests Partial Aero-Recovery in 2021

Vaccines Will Start To Drive A Partial Recovery In The Aviation Sector

The advent and rollout of vaccines will start to drive a partial recovery in the aviation sector in 2021, but with significant variance between global regions, according to new data from IBA. In its recent 2021 Market Update webinar, the leading aviation data consultancy outlined the key factors affecting recovery rates across different regions, as well as highlighting changes in aircraft orders and deliveries, market values and lease rates.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 210L

Search For The Late Airplane Was Commenced The Following Day When The Pilot Did Not Report For Work

On December 20, 2020, about 2011 eastern standard time, a Cessna 210L, N2246S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Midway, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Earlier during the day of the accident, the pilot flew his airplane from Eagle Neck Airport (1GA0), Shellman Bluff, Georgia to the East Georgia Regional Airport (SBO), Swainsboro, Georgia, then used an airport crew car to drive to the Emanuel Medical Center. He worked a 12-hour shift before leaving the medical center around 1915 with the intent of returning ho

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.21)

Aero Linx: Pilots N Paws Pilots N Paws is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our site is intended to be a meeting place for volunteers engaged in the valuable services of rescuing, sheltering and adopting animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with animal transportation. The intent of Pilots N Paws is to provide an environment in which volunteers can come together and arrange or schedule rescue flights, overnight foster care or shelter, and all other related activities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.21): Traceable Pressure Standard

Traceable Pressure Standard The facility station pressure instrument, with certification/calibration traceable to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Traceable pressure standards may be mercurial barometers, commissioned ASOS or dual transducer AWOS, or portable pressure standards or DASI.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.21.21)

”Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ initiative should be urgently adopted by the Commission and all member states. Vaccination is a fundamental key to safely reopening borders and stimulating economic recovery. A pan-European mutually recognized vaccination certificate would be an important step towards giving governments the confidence to safely open their borders, and passengers the confidence to fly without the barrier of quarantine.” Source: IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac, suggesting that all branches of the European Union should support an initiative from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to agree a common digital European COVID-19 vaccination certificate that would enable those who are va

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