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May 04, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 05.04.21: XPONENTIAL 2021, Avigation Easements, Wingcopter Update

Also: Ingenuity's Fourth Flight, Online Recurrent Testing, Fire Scout UAV, MissionGO

This week should be chock full of unmanned aviation goodness. AUVSI's annual conference and trade show, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2021, starts off as an expanded hybrid event series. After the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a virtual staging of XPONENTIAL 2020 last October, the Association decided on a full virtual program this spring followed by an in-person event late in the summer. The series will support its mission to convene the unmanned and automated systems community to accelerate innovation and market adoption of the related technologies. The Consumer Technology Association and AUVSI have expressed concern regarding legislation introduced in several states, including Louisiana, Mississip

Airborne-Unmanned 04.27.21: K-MAX TITAN, UPS eVTOL Program, Ingenuity's 3rd Flt

Also: New FAA Drone Regs, Marine Corps MQ-9, Online Recurrent Drone Testing, CBP AMO Guardian UAS

Kaman has conducted the first flight of its new unmanned helicopter, the K-MAX TITAN. Concurrent with commercial development, Kaman is working with the U.S. Marine Corps on upgrading the autonomous capabilities of their two USMC K-MAX air vehicles through a funded government contract. Flight-testing is expected to start in May 2021. UPS, together with its UPS Flight Forward subsidiary, has reported plans to purchase electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Beta Technologies (BETA) to augm

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WAI Urges Aviation Community to #HonorTheWASP

Please Visit a WASP Gravesite To Honor A WASP... and Remember

Women in Aviation International (WAI) members and friends will honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) by visiting their graves and leaving an appropriate decoration in the form of flowers or other remembrances. In its fourth year, the #HonorTheWASP program was originally envisioned to take place over the Memorial Day weekend each year. In an effort to allow participants to observe best social-distancing practices, WAI encourages participants to visit gravesites over the entire month of May as opposed to just on Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day.

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Gogo Offering BizAv Unlimited Streaming and Data Wi-Fi

New 20GB and 25GB Data Plans Also Available

Gogo has unveiled what they call the first unlimited streaming and data plan in business aviation – Gogo Biz 4G Limitless. “Our customers’ hunger for data continues to grow, but they also want predictability in their billing,” said Jim MacDougall, Gogo’s vice president for product management. "Unlimited streaming and data gives them the ability to enjoy the benefits of our streaming plan while reducing or eliminating the risk of getting high overage bills for any given month.”

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Mid-Continent Launches New Line Of CHRONOS Digital Clocks

First To Offer 8 Modes And USB Chargers, All-In-One

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has introduced a complete line of multifunction digital clocks. The new CHRONOS Series features eight modes of operation: Local Time, UTC/Zulu Time, Flight Timer, Countdown Timer, Stopwatch, Volts, Outside Air Temperature (OAT) and Secondary Air Temperature. CHRONOS clocks are available with single and dual USB chargers and deliver up to 75 watts of USB power.

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Fire Scout UAV Lost After Impacting USS Charleston

The MQ-8B Fell Into The Sea And Was Not Recovered

An unmanned helicopter crashed into the side of USS Charleston (LCS 18) after taking off from the ship around 3:40 p.m., April 26. Some 30 airframes are known to be in service. No one was injured, and the Littoral Combat Ship continued to safely operate after the incident involving the MQ-8B Fire Scout vertical take-off and landing tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (VTUAV).

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Coast Guard Opens Seasonal Aviation Support Facility In Alaska

USCG Mobilizes Forward Operating Location Cordova, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened up a seasonal aviation support facility Saturday in Cordova, Alaska in advance of summer fisheries. Air Station Kodiak aircrews transferred an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and equipment to Cordova to reduce the response time to the Gulf of Alaska in anticipation of historically increased maritime activity in that region during the summer.

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MissionGO Claims Critical FAA UAS Milestone

Hopes To Offer Unmanned Aircraft Cargo Delivery

MissionGO Unmanned Systems reports that the FAA certification office has approved MissionGO’s MG Velos 100 airworthiness criteria as part of MissionGO’s Type Certificate application, a milestone marking the brand’s next big step in pushing the boundaries of Unmanned Aircraft System capabilities. It is also expected that the FAA will soon be issuing industry guidelines for certification testing.

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Classic Aero-TV: Just Like The 'Real' Thing – Redbird/Disney’s ‘Dusty’ FlightSim

From 2014 (YouTube Version) -- Disclaimer: No Matter What He Tells You, Tom Patton Is Not A Certified Firefighting Pilot

While at EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton checked out what was going on at the Redbird Flight Simulation display. Tom talked with Josh Harnagel, the Director of Online Marketing for Redbird Flight Simulations. Redbird is becoming known as the innovator in aviation simulation and in the way simulation is used in flight training. However, as important as flight simulation can be, it’s also a lot of fun. Harnagel said they were approached by the Walt Disney Company to produce a simulation program to be used in

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Five More! Lufthansa Buys Additional 787 Dreamliners

Largest European Airline Group Swells Order Book to 25 787-9s

Lufthansa will continue its fleet modernization with a new order for five 787-9 Dreamliners. The incremental order further supports the group's efforts to reduce complexity in its long-haul fleet and improve overall environmental performance by introducing more fuel-efficient widebody jets. "We are very pleased that five more Boeing 787-9s will accelerate the modernization of our long-haul fleet. With these ultra-modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, we send a strong signal for environmental responsibility within the Lufthansa Group. Furthermore we will reduce our operating costs and provide our guests a state-of-the-art travel experience," said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Boa

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Airborne-Special Edition 04.01.21: ANN Interviews Pipistrel USA’s Michael Coates

Also: Pipistrel Will Have At Least Five Airplanes At Lakeland... Including The Panthera!

We are barely a week and half away from the first aviation event of 2021 but not only that..this is the first major aviation event after the pandemic shut everything down about a year ago! BUT now, it's time to see the latest and greatest in planes, products, and cool aviation stuff... and Sun ‘n Fun 2021 is THE place to do so. One of sport aviation’s most versatile product lines is coming to Lakeland, courtesy of Pipistrel USA. Some 5 aircraft are expected... starting with the new Four-place P

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Airborne 04.29.21: Michael Collins Goes West, Airbus Flightlab, UK Fines

Also: FAI World Paragliding XC Championship, Embraer Delivers, Barksdale Airshow, NBAA Pays Tribute

A true American Hero has gone west. Apollo 11's Mike Collins has passed away. Michael Collins was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Rome, Italy. He graduated from West Point in 1952. He chose an Air Force career. He was a fighter pilot and from 1959 to 1963 served as a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California. He logged more than 4,200 hours of flying time. Including the Apollo 11 mission, Collins logged 266 hours in space. He also served as CAPCOM (capsule communicator) for Apollo 8, relaying information b

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NTSB Prelim: Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft

Airplane Was In Cruise Flight When The Engine Began To Experience “Hiccups”

On March 30, 2021, about 1105 eastern daylight time, a Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft J250-SP, N236X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Pierce, Florida. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight when the engine began to experience “hiccups.” He switched fuel tanks and turned on the electric fuel pump, but engine issues continued. The pilot elected to perform a precautionary landing to a field road.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.04.21)

Aero Linx: FAA Managers Association (FAAMA) FAAMA is the recognized advocate for aviation leaders within the Federal Aviation Administration.  We advocate for aviation’s leaders to Congress through our well-respected government relations firm, the Normandy Group.  The Normandy Group is comprised of a former Member of Congress and several former senior Congressional staff members with experience in both the House and Senate.  Normandy’s proficiency on FAAMA issues coupled with their knowledge of the decision makers and their view on issues enables Normandy to tailor and communicate FAAMA’s message to resonate on Washington, D.C.  The Normandy Group serves as an ex

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.04.21): Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude

Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude (OROCA) An off-route altitude which provides obstruction clearance with a 1,000 foot buffer in non-mountainous terrain areas and a 2,000 foot buffer in designated mountainous areas within the United States. This altitude may not provide signal coverage from ground-based navigational aids, air traffic control radar, or communications coverage.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.04.21)

“WAI members around the world are grateful for the service and sacrifice of the formidable group of WASP who served so honorably during World War II. This group of impressive ladies were brave and dedicated and it is our honor, as a group, to pay tribute to their bravery and dedication.” Source: WAI CEO Allison McKay, speaking about the WAI's efforts to honor the extraordinary contributions and courage of the WASPs.

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