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February 26, 2021

Airborne 02.26.21: PAL-V Milestone, Air Race E, EAA Air Academy

Also: Howard 250 Joins LSFM, SmartSky Raises Bucks, Hydrogen Powered Propulsion System
Getting a flying car to the market is hard but PAL-V notes latest milestone. Following their obtaining on-the-road operating permissions for Europe, PAL-V is now reportedly also the first to complete the full certification basis with EASA. Based on PAL-V's 10 years of test results, EASA specialist teams finalized the requirements for the PAL-V Liberty. The final phase is compliance demonstration before CarFlying becomes reality for PAL-V's customers. Air Race E, a hopeful electric air race promoter, has announced it is launching two new distinct race classes: one an airplane and the other a VTOL. The move to amplify its operations and create more races is reportedly th

Former Cessna Execs To Offer Citation Excel Upgrade Program

Will Also Be Delivered With Pratt & Whitney ESP Gold Engine Coverage

CitationPartners LLC -- organized by Russ Meyer, long-time Chairman of Cessna, Gary Hay, who succeeded Russ as CEO and Russ Meyer III, program manager for the Citation CJ3 and Citation Mustang -- have commended a program to fully transform a fleet of pre-owned Citation Excels into 'like-new' biz jets. The Citation Excel Eagle upgrade takes this aircraft through a comprehensive nose-to-tail transformation. Said Meyer, "The result is a like-new aircraft unequaled in the marketplace."

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EAA Air Academy Postpones Again Until 2022

Any 2021 Registration Fees That Have Been Received Will Be Refunded

The EAA Air Academy will remain on hiatus until 2022, with this summer's sessions in Oshkosh canceled due to the difficulty of scheduling multiple weeks of education sessions involving young people from throughout the country. "Given the difficulties in providing the operational extras needed for youth residence camps in the current environment, it simply wasn't possible to plan a quality Air Academy experience for young aviation enthusiasts this year," said Ron Connolly, EAA's museum and education director. "We look forward to inviting many of these young people back to Oshkosh for the 2022 Air Academy sessions."

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Classic Aero-TV: Ruggedly Innovative - The New Zenith CH-750 Super Duty

From 2017 (YouTube Version): STOL CH-750 Super Duty Introduced At AirVenture…

Zenith Aircraft Company introduced a new airplane designed for fun at AirVenture in July. The STOL CH-750 Super Duty is a "big version of our STOL CH-750", according to Sebastian Heinz, CEO of Zenith Aircraft. Heinz told Aero-News editor Tom Patton that the company has added a jump-seat in the rear of the airplane. The wing area has been increased to 162 square feet with a 33-foot wingspan. The gross weight of the airplane is 1,900 pounds, which takes it out of the Light Sport category, Heinz said. The changes came from customer recommendations, Heinz said. B

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SMACK! Boeing To Pay $6.6 Million In Penalties To FAA

Because, Apparently, Boeing Hasn't Paid Enough...

The FAA has assessed $5.4 million in deferred civil penalties against The Boeing Company for failing to meet its performance obligations under a 2015 settlement agreement. The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer also agreed to pay $1.21 million to settle two pending FAA enforcement cases. Under the 2015 agreement, Boeing pledged to change its internal processes to improve and prioritize regulatory compliance. The agreement required the company to meet specific performance targets, and authorized the FAA to assess deferred penalties if it failed to do so.

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.18.21: FSANA Postpones, Robinson Video, HAI FIRC

Also: US Helicopter Safety Team, DPE Model Code of Conduct, Spatial Disorientation, American Flyers

Another much-anticipated event, one that was pretty an indoor convention, has been delayed due to issues associated with the pandemic. The Flight School Association of North America notes that, "Through discussions with members, suppliers, government officials and hotel management, the FSANA board and staff have decided to reschedule the 2021 conference. We apologize to anyone unable to make the new date, but feel the move will make for a better conference for all who attend or exhibit. We expect that we

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 182Q

Witnesses: Observed The Airplane In A Rapid Descent With The Nose Pointed At The Ground

On February 2, 2021, at 1744 central standard time, a Cessna 182, N4765N, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Hackberry, Louisiana. The private pilot and flight instructor were fatally injured. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to a co-owner of the airplane, the private pilot had just bought a share of the accident airplane and was in the process of accumulating flight hours for complex and highperformance aircraft endorsements. He was in the back seat of the airplane the day before when the two accidents pilots were conducting a training flight. He stated that the privat

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AD: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes

AD 2020-26-19 Requires Revising The ALS Of The Existing Aircraft Maintenance Manual

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-7 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. This AD requires revising the Airworthiness Limitations section (ALS) of the existing aircraft maintenance manual (AMM) to introduce new mandatory repetitive inspections for the flap pivot arm assemblies and for certain wing angle brackets, and to implement a change to the Oxygen cylinder and pressure reducer task item. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsa

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AD: Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes

AD 2021-04-07 Requires Identifying And Correcting Nonconforming Stall Warning Heat Control Systems

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Piper Aircraft, Inc., (Piper) Models PA-46-350P (Malibu Mirage), PA-46R-350T (Malibu Matrix), and PA-46-500TP (Malibu Meridian) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a finding of several airplanes with wing assemblies that did not have the proper stall warning heater modification design. Without the proper stall warning heat control modification kit installed, during flights into icing conditions with the landing gear down, ice can form on the stall vane, which may result in failure of the stall warning system. This AD requires identifying and correcting nonconforming stall warning heat cont

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.26.21)

Aero Linx: Flying Physicians Association FPA members are physician-pilots promoting safety, education and human interest projects relating to medicine and aviation. FPA organizes regional chapter meetings and an annual national meeting offering a unique combination of continuing medical education (CME), presentations by world-class aviation figures, and varied charitable and recreational opportunities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.26.21): Prominent Obstacle

Prominent Obstacle An obstacle that meets one or more of the following conditions: An obstacle which stands out beyond the adjacent surface of surrounding terrain and immediately projects a noticeable hazard to aircraft in flight. An obstacle, not characterized as low and close in, whose height is no less than 300 feet above the departure end of takeoff runway (DER) elevation, is within 10NM from the DER, and that penetrates that airport/heliport’s diverse departure obstacle clearance surface (OCS). An obstacle beyond 10NM from an airport/heliport that requires an obstacle departure procedure (ODP) to ensure obstacle avoidance.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.26.21)

"Boeing failed to meet all of its obligations under the settlement agreement, and the FAA is holding Boeing accountable by imposing additional penalties. I have reiterated to Boeing's leadership time and again that the company must prioritize safety and regulatory compliance, and that the FAA will always put safety first in all its decisions." Source: FAA Administrator Steve Dickson, in comments made as Boeing got hit by yet another wave of penalties.

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