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March 14, 2021

LCDR Robert McCabe Named HAI Salute to Excellence Pilot of the Year

McCabe Has Accumulated More Than 2,700 Helicopter Hours And Countless Successful Rescue Missions

HAI has awarded U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 pilot LCDR Robert McCabe their 2021 Pilot of the Year Award. The award recognizes an outstanding single feat performed by a helicopter pilot during the year or extraordinary professionalism over a period of time. US Coast Guard (USCG) Lt. Cdr. Robert McCabe didn’t set out to be a helicopter pilot. He joined the Coast Guard with a desire to be actively involved in humanitarian and search-and-rescue work. While assigned to a ship in Astoria, Oregon, he was inspired watching the MH-60T Jayhawks perform multiple harrowing rescues. He changed his focus and attended flight school after his first USCG tour. McCabe

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Embraer's Ipanema Ag-Plane Scores 19 New Orders

The Most Current Version Of The Ipanema 203 Runs On Ethanol

Embraer has sold 19 EMB-203 Ipanema single-seat aircraft in February, totaling 27 aircraft sold this year. This sales volume in the first two months of 2021 is already 8% higher than what was negotiated throughout all of 2020. The second consecutive month of high sales reflects the favorable performance of the Brazilian agribusiness and the technological innovations incorporated in the new version of the Ipanema aircraft. Agricultural crop dusting services has been leading the market demand this year.

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Milestone: First Female Italian Navy Strike Fighter Pilot Earns Wings of Gold

Each Year, The Italian Navy Sends Approximately 10 Officers To The United States

The Italian navy’s first female strike fighter pilot received her Wings of Gold after completing undergraduate flight training with the “Tigers” of Training Squadron (VT) 9 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi, March 11. “We are all incredibly proud of Ensign Raballo,” VT-9 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Meghan Angermann said. “She has proven she is a capable, competent warfighter ready to take her strike aviation training to the next level. She and her classmates worked hard to get to this point and what they can and will accomplish in the future is limitless.”

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GAMA Adds To Its Membership

Airbus Corporate Jets, Hartzell Engine Technologies, Incora, Beta Technologies, and Toyota Motor North America

GAMA has reported the addition of Airbus Corporate Jets, Hartzell Engine Technologies and Incora as Members, Beta Technologies as an Associate Member, and Toyota Motor North America as an Associate Member EPIC.

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Allied Pilots Association: 'Deeply Grateful' for PSP Extension

PSP Will Be Extended For Six Months Through Sept. 30, 2021

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines, issued the following statement regarding the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 that President Biden signed into law this afternoon. “We are deeply grateful to President Biden and Congress for the much-needed support the legislation provides to our nation’s airline industry,” said Capt. Eric Ferguson, President of the Allied Pilots Association. “Preserving critical infrastructure will help our economy recover more quickly as the pandemic subsides.”

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Classic Aero-TV: Close To Completion - The Rough 'n Ready PC-24 TwinJet

From 2017 (YouTube Version): PC-24 Is Approaching Certification…

The PC-24 development project has now entered its final phase, the most challenging tests have all been successfully completed. The three PC-24 prototypes have made a total of 1,250 flights for 2,000 hours in the air so far. Function reliability tests are currently underway with P03, which corresponds to the production standard. P02, the second PC-24 prototype, will be on display together with the latest version of the PC-12 NG at Pilatus’ indoor booth at the NBAA-BACE event.

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Axon and Skydio Partner On Public Safety Drone Offerings

Offers Solutions For Real-Time Situational Awareness And Evidence Management

Axon and Skydio have decided to partner on autonomous drone systems for law enforcement and emergency responders via Axon's unmanned aircraft program, Axon Air. Axon will act as a reseller and digital evidence management partner of Skydio. The partnership between Axon and Skydio offers solutions for real-time situational awareness and evidence management. Skydio drone-captured imagery will be shareable for agencies, and live alongside corresponding body camera video in Axon's digital evidence management platform, Axon Evidence.

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FAA Proposes $115,500 Civil Penalty Against Fenix Air Charter of South Carolina

'Conducted Approximately 18 Charter Flights In A Twin-Engine Cessna 402B That Was Not Airworthy'

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $115,500 civil penalty against Fenix Air Charter, of Spartanburg, S.C., for allegedly conducting charter flights in an aircraft that did not comply with airworthiness regulations. The FAA alleges that between July 9 and July 13, 2020, Fenix Air Charter conducted approximately 18 charter flights in a twin-engine Cessna 402B that was not airworthy. The aircraft was not airworthy because the company failed to rebalance the flight controls after painting the aircraft, as the aircraft maintenance manual requires.

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NTSB Prelim: Luscombe 8E

The Left Engine Cowl Was Open And Flapping Up And Down

On February 28, 2021, at 1230 eastern standard time, a Luscombe 8E, N2601T, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jupiter, Florida. One pilot sustained fatal injuries and the second pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a mechanic, who was also a close friend of the pilot, the pilot purchased the tailwheel-equipped airplane in October 2020 in order for his son, the second pilot, to gain additional experience flying tailwheel-equipped airplanes. The airplane was based at the Tailwinds Airport (FD15), Jupiter, Florida, a residential fly-in community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.21)

Aero Linx: International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) The primary purpose of the Society, quickly named SASI, was to promote that part of the aeronautical endeavor wherein lies the moral obligation of the Air Safety Investigator to the Public, and to promote the education of its members, of those directly associated with aeronautical problems, and of the general public concerning those problems peculiar to the work of the Air Safety Investigator. With the establishment of the Canadian and Australian Societies' and over 100 individual members from 35 countries, the international nature of the Society was recognized in 1977, and the name of the Society was changed to The International So

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.21): Ground Clutter

Ground Clutter A pattern produced on the radar scope by ground returns which may degrade other radar returns in the affected area. The effect of ground clutter is minimized by the use of moving target indicator (MTI) circuits in the radar  equipment resulting in a radar presentation which displays only targets which are in motion.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.14.21)

“As pilots, we look forward to continuing to distribute essential personnel, COVID-19 vaccines, and other vital supplies around the world, and we likewise look forward to our industry’s upcoming revival. If you haven’t traveled for a while, we’ll be here for you when you decide it’s time — and we hope that day comes very soon.” Source: Capt. Eric Ferguson, President of the Allied Pilots Association, in remarks made after the passing of PSP funding by Congress.

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