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December 19, 2021

MyGoFlight CEO Reported Dead In Cirrus SR22 Crash

Aircraft Reported Down Near Large Amazon Building, Under Construction, In Knoxville

A Cirrus SR22 is reported to have gone down in Knoxville, TN, with two persons on board. One person has been identified by his company, as Charlie Schneider, CEO of MYGOFLIGHT, an aviation accessory manufacturer. The accident took place in the morning, about 0920 local time, on Friday, December 16th near the McGhee Tyson Airport. The MYGOFLIGHT Facebook page has reported that, "Charlie was traveling for business on a single-engine craft, Cirrus SR22. At this time, the cause of the accident is unknown. Charlie died this morning at UT Medical Center in Nashville, TN. During this time of loss, the family is asking for privacy. Please keep his family in your praye

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Mars Helicopter Logs 30 Cumulative Minutes in Flight

“The Little Helo that Could” Soldiers Onward 

The impressively long-lived Ingenuity, the aircraft sent under the Mars Helicopter project, has seen yet another milestone, passing the 30-minute mark for lifetime flight. The most recent 117-second sortie saw the little helo fly closer to its initial deployment point at "Wright Brothers Field" in order to meet NASA's Perseverance Mars rover after it finishes its tour of the South Séítah region of the Jezero Martian crater. Ingenuity is the first powered aircraft to fly another planet, achieving far and beyond its original design intent. From the start, the 4-pound helicopter was expected to complete a few brief take-offs and landings to prove the viability of powere

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Ultralight Pilot Crashes During DUI

Indiana Suburb Sees Unplanned Aircraft Landing in Front Yard

The late afternoon of December 13th took a turn for the exciting when a red, low wing, ultralight airplane crashed through the entrance of the Heather Ridge subdivision in Bremen, Indiana. The welcoming sign was nearly tagged by the disintegrating aircraft's nose, but avoided the bulk of the plane's mass. Responding Indiana State Trooper Scott Hipsher arrived on scene with the St. Joseph County Police Department to find the operator was, in classic DUI fashion, relatively unharmed from the incident. Joseph Krol, 61, failed a field sobriety test at the scene and passed medical examination at the local hospital where he allegedly failed a drug test. Krol was arrested for Operating Whi

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Airbus Corporate Jets' ACJ TwoTwenty Takes Flight

Business Jet Market Set to Heat Up With Private A220 

Airbus Corporate Jets announced the completion of their TwoTwenty's first test flight, taking the newly completed jet on its maiden voyage from its home in Mirabel, France The aircraft will soon be delivered to Comlux for fitment with its VVIP cabin at their facility in Indiana, like the rest of the soon-to-be produced aircraft. Comlux won the exclusive outfitting rights for the first 15 aircraft of the TwoTwenty line, offering a range of cabin layout configurations with all the tech and luxury appointments expected from an ACJ. The TwoTwenty joins what Airbus refers to as "The Xtra Large Bizjet” market segment against Boeing's popular 737-derived BBJ variants.

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United CEO: 100 Planes Grounded from Pilot Shortage

Asks Senate to Help Create More Aviators to Prep for Looming Shortfall

As the media digests the December 15 Senate hearing on Airline operations and their $54 billion bolus of government money, some highlights have stood out to those wondering just where all of 2021's flight cancellations came from. The pandemic stimulus given to the airlines, part of their Payroll Support Program, was earmarked to maintain their flight crews without involuntary furloughs, firings, or severance while portions of the world economy were locked down. The lack of travel interest proved temporary, roaring back to life once the artificial pressure of closures and blockades lifted. During 2020, however, the picture may have looked bleak to an industry beset with wor

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Klyde Morris (12.17.21)

Maybe A Career Change IS In Order, Klyde


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Classic Aero-TV At XPO21: UAV Powerhouse, Skydio, Sees The Sky As No Limit

“The industry hasn’t fully come to appreciate what fully autonomous drones can do”

“We started Skydio in 2014, during the ascendancy of DJI, and I think people kind of over-fit to this narrative that DJI has won, that the whole space is played out, that this is what drones are gonna be. We never subscribed to that at all” says Skydio’s Adam Bry, Co-Founder & CEO. In a contested, quickly evolving market, he remembers an idea that so many seem to miss: The “U” in UAS doesn’t just refer to the unmanned cockpit. “We believe the products are primitive compared to what they

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AD: Airbus Canada Limited Partnership

AD 2021-16-19 Prompted By Reports Of In-Flight Engine Shutdowns

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Canada Limited Partnership Model BD-500-1A10 and BD-500-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of in-flight engine shutdowns (IFESs); investigation results indicated that this could be caused by high altitude climbs at higher thrust settings on engines with certain thrust ratings. This AD requires amending the existing airplane flight manual (AFM) to incorporate a new limitation and revise certain normal procedures, as specified in a Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effe

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NTSB Prelim: Piper Aircraft PA 28-140

The Airplane Descent Increased Before It Went Off Radar

On December 8, 2021, about 1957 central standard time, a Piper PA 28-140 airplane, N3865K, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Houston, Texas. The student pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. There were no witnesses to the accident. Radar indicated the airplane departed the West Houston Airport (IWS) about 1955 and proceeded generally south-southwest. About 1.5 miles later the track showed a slight descending left turn and the groundspeed of the airplane increased. The airplane then made a slight right turn; during which, the airplane climbed and the groundspeed decreased.

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG

AD 2021-25-04 Prompted By The Manufacturer Revising The Engine Time Limits Manual (TLM) Life Limits

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd. & Co KG (RRD) Trent 1000 model turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by the manufacturer revising the engine Time Limits Manual (TLM) life limits of certain critical rotating parts and direct accumulation counting (DAC) data files. This AD requires the operator to revise the airworthiness limitations section (ALS) of their existing approved aircraft maintenance program (AMP) by incorporating the revised tasks of the applicable TLM for each affected model turbofan engine, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is inco

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.21)

Aero Linx: ERA (European Regions Airline Association) ERA (European Regions Airline Association) is the trade association representing more than 55 airlines and over 130 associate members, including manufacturers, airports, suppliers and aviation service providers, across the entire spectrum of the aviation industry. The power of one collective voice, representing multiple businesses, to promote and protect one industry sector is incredibly strong.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.21): Nonapproach Control Tower

Nonapproach Control Tower Authorizes aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport controlled by the tower or to transit the Class D airspace. The primary function of a nonapproach control tower is the sequencing of aircraft in the traffic pattern and on the landing area. Nonapproach control towers also separate aircraft operating under instrument flight rules clearances from approach controls and centers. They provide ground control services to aircraft, vehicles, personnel, and equipment on the airport movement area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.19.21)

"There has been a looming pilot shortage for the last decade in the United States, and going through COVID it became an actual pilot shortage, there's not enough pilots to fly them... I'm a little less optimistic that that situation is going to reverse itself in the near term unless we do something to increase the supply of pilots." Source: In his testimony to the Senate, United CEO Scott Kirby said his airline has 100 aircraft grounded due to a shortage of pilots.

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