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December 02, 2021

Daher Marks Kodiak Delivery #300

Multi-Role, Turboprop Bush Plane Gaining Popularity After Quest Aircraft Acquisition

Daher's Kodiak celebrated a milestone when it recently delivered the 300th plane, an important moment for the high-wing, turboprop workhorse. Introduced in 2007 as a STOL option for those needing reliable, capacious, hardy aircraft for remote missions, the Kodiak saw itself quickly pressed into service in humanitarian, medical, governmental, and special mission sectors. The Kodiak squared off with similar backwoods aircraft in offering an unimproved, dirt-strip performance takeoff distance of 1,000 feet, as well as a 1,000 nm range, performance metrics that obviated the need to choose between rotary aircraft and light jets. 

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MILESTONE! EAA Reaches 250,000-Members

Grassroots Group Picking Up Speed and Notoriety on a National Scale

The Experimental Aviation Association has passed a big milestone for the once niche aviation organization. Begun in 1953 by a group wanting grassroots, enthusiastic support for aviation, the EAA has grown to over 250,000 members for the first time in history. The quarter of a million mark comes at the tail end of a bonanza over the last 5 years that saw group membership grow by 25%. In an address to EAA members, CEO and Chairman Jack J. Pelton celebrated how far the group has come.

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Commemorative Air Force Begins '12 Planes of Christmas'

Annual Online Giving Event Shows Restoration Status of 12 Classic Warbirds

The Commemorative Air Force has begun its annual fundraising event in support of its preservation mission, selecting 12 of its projects in progress to focus their efforts. The group highlights the work of its volunteer members who maintain and repair the irreplaceable vintage aircraft, each a unique piece of history. Each of the 12 days will focus on the history, the current state, the needed work, and the individual story of one of the group's 170-strong fleet. Donations to the group will go towards the Restoration Grant Fund, and are tax-deductible when paid to the 501c3 organization.

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Klyde Morris (11.29.21)

Klyde Tells A Somewhat Familar Holiday Story...


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Beijing Police Orders AW189 Helicopter

AgustaWestland Chosen for Multi-Role LE/Fire Service

Beijing General Aviation Company has placed an order for 2 AgustaWestland AW189 "super-medium" twin-engine helicopters for delivery over the next 2 years. The buy will bolster the Beijing public service sector with law enforcement patrol, search & rescue, and firefighting capabilities throughout the metropolitan capitol region. The contract is the first purchase of the type into the Chinese civil helo market, bringing Leonardo's more popular gear into the reclusive market. Undoubtedly, now is the time to build relationships and sell aircraft, before the native industry is able to compete toe-to-toe. Beijing police will add the AW189 to its stable of AW109 and AW139 aircraft, opening up

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AeroVironment Awarded $4M Foreign Mil Contract

Puma 3,  Wasp All Environment UAVs Purchased for FMS Program

AeroVironment's unmanned aerial vehicles have gained another customer through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, selling their Puma 3 All Environment (AE) and Wasp AE ISR systems to an undisclosed ally. The company received a $4.1 million firm-fixed-price contract with the Department of Defense FMS office that included their Puma 3 and Wasp with spares packages, training, and support with delivery anticipated by Fall 2022. The Puma 3 AE is a battery-powered, hand-launchable drone weighing 15 pounds that can operate for up to 2.5 hours up to 12.4 miles away in standard trim. With the optional extended range antenna, that range can nearly double to just under 25 miles...

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Aero-TV At OSH21: RotorX Aircraft Manufacturing Talks QuadRotors

Their eTransporter Is Slated To Begin Testing In Alaska In 2022

RotorX Aircraft Manufacturing, the caretaker for legacy RotorWay helicopters and builder of their own Phoenix A600 Turbo kit aircraft, shared their progress on their upcoming quad rotor helicopter. Don Shaw, President of RotoX, gives Aero News Correspondent Rex Alexander the rundown on their futuristic Air Taxi. Blending the best attributes of a cargo helicopter with the redundancy and safety of a multi-rotor aircraft, the RX eTransporter and its gas-powered sibling are shaping up to be a strong contender in the eVTOL market.

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Tecnam P2012 Sentinel Arrives in Taiwan

Apex Academy Takes Ownership of Special Mission Aircraft

Apex Flight Academy received its first Tecnam P2012 SMP aircraft at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan on November 16, 2021, following a long 6,600 nm journey from its factory in Capua, Italy. Bouncing through Russia, Siberia, and South Korea, braving temps as low as -24? C, the aircraft brings additional multi-mission capabilities to the company. Apex plans for a broad service portfolio for the aircraft, including passenger transport, air ambulance missions, sightseeing tours, parachute jumping, aerial photography, and flight training.

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Salt Lake Air Ambulance Gains Axnes Wireless Intercom

Air Ambulance Fleet Gains Wireless Comm Suite

Salt Lake City's Life Flight air ambulance service is Utah's largest, most well known aerial medical provider. Recently, they equipped their new Leonardo A109SP helicopters with Axnes PNG Wireless Intercommunication Services (WICS) for ease of use, safety, situational awareness, and communications both in and out of the aircraft. Accurate, clear crew comms are vital in the rocky mountain rescues often flown to by the service, fraught with densely wooded forest and unforgiving cliff faces. Life Flight has simplified its crew comms with the provision of the WICS, allowing for each member of the crew, from medical care to flight, the ability to clearly and safely relay orders, requests, or treatments with

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Airborne-Unmanned 11.23.21: Zipline Delivers 4 Walmart, Dream Chaser, eMagic

Also: Samad Joins Aerosud, Rocket Lab, Russian Anti-Sat Test, Ascent Aerosystems Intro’s the Spirit

Residents of Pea Ridge, Arkansas are set to enjoy Walmart's new on-demand delivery service, with a driver a little out of the ordinary. For those within range of the Neighborhood Market Walmart location, orders for select health and wellness items, and a variety of consumable items, will be delivered by a Zipline drone to their front door. After announcing the offering of autonomous delivery in 2020, Walmart and Zipline have been creating a 25-foot platform to act as a miniature airport of sorts, necessary to provide enough room to safely take off

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NTSB Prelim: Vans RV-6

Impact Signatures Indicated That The Airplane Struck The Ground About 45° Nose Low

On November 5, 2021, about 0937 eastern daylight time, a Van’s RV-6 airplane, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Harrison, Michigan. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the airplane departed runway 27L at Oakland International Airport (PTK), Pontiac, Michigan, at 0846. After departure the airplane climbed in a right turn and flew northwest for about 12 nm, then turned north for about 5 nm, then back to a northwest heading. The airplane reached a cruise altitude of about 3,000 ft a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.02.21)

Aero Linx: Office of Aerospace Medicine, Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) The FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is the medical certification, research, education, and occupational health wing of the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. The goal of our activities is to enhance aviation safety. After America's first successful flight in 1903, the first aviation fatality could not be far off. Amazingly, five years would pass before the first fatal accident. But since then, safety has been an important concern. In 1926, the Civil Aeronautics Act marshaled the talents of the medi

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.02.21): Scheduled Time Of Arrival (STA)

Scheduled Time Of Arrival (STA) A STA is the desired time that an aircraft should cross a certain point (landing or metering fix). It takes other traffic and airspace configuration into account. A STA time shows the results of the TBFM scheduler that has calculated an arrival time according to parameters such as optimized spacing, aircraft performance, and weather.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.02.21)

“EAA’s founder, Paul Poberezny, created a culture nearly 70 years ago where anyone who wished to enjoy the freedom of flight was welcome to participate, and our mission of growing participation in aviation has thrived under that vision. The dedication of EAA’s members, chapters, and staff have made it possible to grow the organization to new levels. I thank every EAA member who has contributed through the years and found value in being a member, as EAA began as a small group of builders and restorers but quickly grew into an organization that engages everyone who enjoys the world of flight.” Source: EAA Boss Jack Pelton, commenting, as the Experimental Aviation Association passed a big milestone for the once ni

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