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January 03, 2021

Airborne 12.30.20: RemoteID and More!, Airborne Expands!, NATO v Russia

Also: 737 Max Airline RtS, EPA Aircraft Standards, NATA Gets Extension, Life Link III

The FAA has released long-awaited final rules for drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (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 a

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Alphabet's Wing Doesn't Seem Too Happy With Proposed Drone Regs

'This Approach Creates Barriers To Compliance And Will Have Unintended Negative Privacy Impacts'

Wing, an Alphabet company, wants to be a major player in the drone delivery and other associated businesses. So far, they've built a small, lightweight aircraft and navigation system that they believe capable of delivering small packages--including food, medicine and household items--directly to homes in minutes. Created in 2012, Wing has conducted more than 100,000+ flights across three continents. But, now new regs have been proposed and Wing is speaking up.

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500th Austrian-built Diamond Aircraft DA40 NG

500th DA40 NG built at the Austrian HQ in Wiener Neustadt

“This is a very exciting milestone for Diamond Aircraft.” Reinhard Schwaiger, Team Leader Civil Aircraft Sales at Diamond Aircraft Austria says, “The DA40 NG is the ideal aircraft for both private pilots and flight training operators globally. She offers a superb balance of performance and efficiency while being very reliable and durable. Congratulations to the proud new customer of this jubilee DA40 NG.”

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BFA Postpones National Convention to 2022

Current Registrations Will Be Rolled Over To The 2022 National Convention And Symposium

Facing the likelihood of continued Covid-19 public gathering and travel restrictions extending into the Spring of 2021, the BFA Board of Directors has taken the difficult decision to postpone the upcoming BFA National Convention set for April 8-10, 2021 in Topeka, Kansas. Included in the move was postponement of the 2nd BFA Events Symposium also in Topeka on April 7-8, 2021. The Board noted that early registrations had been slow in arriving, likely a reflection of uncertainty over present Covid-19 concerns.

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Yuma Airshow 2021 Postponed Due To COVID Issues

Massive Military Demo Roster Was Planned

The message on Facebook said it all... "In the interest of public safety, we have elected to cancel the 2021 Yuma Airshow. We will shift our planning efforts to our 2022 airshow in order to provide the best show possible. We will see you all on March 12, 2022!" Per the CO of MCAS Yuma, and due to the COVID-19 concerns and safety of the public, MCAS Yuma cancelled the entire Airshow (both days) to both the general public and those who have purchased tickets. Full refunds will be issued from the ticketing site starting on March 16th, 2020 to those who have purchased upgraded seating and upgraded parking.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Legend Cub-‘Just a Little Bit Better than the Original Cub’

From 2015: Taking The Legendary Cub 'Metaphor' To New Heights!

During Sebring 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, stopped by the Legend Aircraft Company to talk about their line of Cub-similar aircraft. He was fortunate to link up with Darren Hart, who is the owner of the company. Hart starts off by explaining their goal was to keep their aircraft easy to fly and similar to the original Piper Cub designs. They offer 3 models of aircraft, all of which qualify as an LSA. While their line of Legend Cubs pays tribute to the original, heart says they still looked for ways to stay true to the

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Triple Threat! Donaldson Scores Three STCs

Receives STC Approval For The Bell 407 IBF System From The JCAB

Donaldson Aerospace & Defense has received additional STC approvals for installation of its inlet barrier filter (IBF) system on helicopters in three countries. Barrier filters are effective regardless of engine power setting, while inertial separators are only effective when they have adequate engine bleed air typically available above flight idle power setting. Acquired at the request of the helicopters’ original equipment manufacturers, the approvals were received from the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau for the Bell 407, Indonesia’s Ministry of Civil Aviation for the Leonardo AW119, and Ecuador’s Civil Aviation Director General for the AS350.

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National USAF Museum To Open Late On 1st Thursday Of The Month

Will Offer Evening Hours Starting This First Thursday Of January In 2021

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will offer the public an opportunity to get an up-close look at an aircraft from 1700-2000 starting this Thursday and on the first Thursday of each month. The Museum Store and simulators will remain open as well.  On the evening of Jan. 7, visitors will be permitted to walk through the cargo area of the C-123K Provider. Visitors will be required to follow social distancing guidelines while inside the aircraft. In January 1962, the first of many Providers were sent to South Vietnam. The C-123K on display saw extensive service during the Southeast Asia War and personnel de

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 170

Flight Encountered Light Turbulence And A Little Bit Of Windshear On Short Final

On September 22, 2020, about 1218 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 170B, N2772D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pottstown, Pennsylvania. The pilot-in-command (PIC) and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ADS-B data, after takeoff from Heritage Field Airport (PTW) the flight flew around locally then returned and entered the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 28. The flight turned onto the base and final legs of the airport traffic pattern for runway 28. The PIC stated t

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.03.21)

Aero Linx: Green Aviation International Green Aviation International is an environmental-purpose organisation which also provides specialist services and solutions to airlines and business aircraft operators via its partner Sustainable Aviation Services. Since 2008 we have pushed for more innovative and urgent aviation sustainability measures that are FAR more ambitious than the IATA and ICAO “four pillar” strategy. We are currently developing a new and bold aviation sustainability roadmap that can lead to a carbon-neutral airline industry by 2030, two decades earlier than IATA and ICAO are currently aiming for.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.03.21): Tower

Tower A terminal facility that uses air/ground communications, visual signaling, and other devices to provide ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of an airport or on the movement area. Authorizes aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport controlled by the tower or to transit the Class D airspace area regardless of flight plan or weather conditions (IFR or VFR). A tower may also provide approach control services (radar or nonradar).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.03.21)

"Unfortunately, the final rule, unlike existing international standards, does not allow the use of equally effective network remote ID, and requires all UAS, no matter the use case, to use 'broadcast' RID. This approach creates barriers to compliance and will have unintended negative privacy impacts for businesses and consumers. Unlike traditional aircraft flying between known airports, commercial drones fly closer to communities and between businesses and homes. While an observer tracking an airplane can’t infer much about the individuals or cargo onboard, an observer tracking a drone can infer sensitive information about specific users, including where they visit, spend time, and live and where customers receive packages from and when. American communities would not acce

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