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February 03, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA38

Mixture Was In The Full Rich Position And Moved The Throttle Levels With No Response From The Engine

On December 2, 2020, about 0751 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-38, N2420F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near North Perry Airport (HWO), Pembroke Pines, Florida. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to fly the traffic pattern with the student pilot. Prior to the flight, they performed a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted. After performing several takeoffs and landings in the traffic pattern, the flight instructor’s &

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Airborne 02.03.21: Starship Blows Landing, Mandatory Masks, Virgin Galactic

Also: King Air 260C Cargo Door, 104th Fighter Wing, Women In Corporate Aviation, New ACE Exec Director
Finally; the FAA gave SpaceX clearance to fly Starship SN9 in the second such test of a higher altitude flight -- this time to 10 KM, with a re-entry transition and final reorientation for landing... and again, SN9 got almost all of it right… Almost. This time, it appears that in the final transition to the landing attitude and reignition of two Raptor engines, that one not only didn't fire up properly but video suggests it may have come apart, as debris was  clearly seen near the descending machine right after reignition. SN9 hit the deck at a high rate of speed and inclined some 45 degrees off axis and offered the usual fiery explosion, po

Starship SN9 Flies... But Still Can’t Hack The Landing

One Raptor Engine Appears To Have Failed In The Final Descent

After days of turmoil with our old friends at the FAA, Elon Musk's SpaceX has apparently learned to play nice with the feds and got the clearance to fly Starship SN9 in the second such test of a higher altitude flight -- this time to 10 KM, with a re-entry transition and final reorientation for landing... and again, SN9 got almost all of it right. Almost.

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Airborne-Flight Training 01.28.20: AeroEducate, E-Trainers, US Aviation Academy

Also: Liberty University, The Ninety-Nines, Edward W. Stimpson Scholarship, Federal Air Surgeon

EAA has introduced AeroEducate -- which they hope will bring an interactive, educational, and engaging experience to young people ages 5 to 18 beginning in 2021. AeroEducate's web-based resource provides clear, age-appropriate pathways to aviation and aerospace engagement, and even career paths. A multitude of turnkey, easy-to-use aviation-themed activities for teachers and EAA chapters can be used at sites ranging from classrooms to EAA chapter hangars. The next generation of primary trainers is likely to be

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Powering Up... Robinson R44 Now Offered With Lithium-Ion Battery

TB17 Is Substantially Lighter Than The R44's Standard 29.5-Pound Battery

Robinson Helicopter recently added the TB17 Lithium-ion battery to its R44 options. TB17 by True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument, offers substantial weight savings, improved starter performance, and longer life. At 16 pounds, the TB17 is substantially lighter than the R44's standard 29.5-pound battery, reducing the helicopter's overall weight by 13.5 pounds. Lithium-ion chemistry provides a higher voltage than lead-acid batteries for improved starter performance. The Lithium-ion battery's internal heater ensures optimal performance in cold temperatures as low as -40°C. Typical battery life is 8 years with minimal required maintenance (visual inspection

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Doug Jeanes Designated As New Executive Director for ACE

Previously Served As Cavanaugh Flight Museum President and Executive Director

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), home of the annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, has welcomed Doug Jeanes as its new Executive Director. He will be relocating from Addison, TX, where he recently retired after 27 years with the renowned Cavanaugh Flight Museum (CFM), serving from 1993 to 1998 as Director of Maintenance and an impressive 22 years since as the President and Executive Director. Doug brings a wealth of aerospace knowledge and experience to ACE.

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MecanAir Becomes Dual Kodiak and TBM Aircraft Service Center

Based In Switzerland, Near Fribourg

Daher has announced the appointment of Switzerland's MecanAir SA as an authorized service center for both the Kodiak and TBM turboprop-powered aircraft. Based at Ecuvillens Airport (LSGE) near Fribourg, MecanAir is an EASA Part 145 certificated maintenance and repair station. It has been operating as an authorized Kodiak service center, and the expansion of its responsibilities to the TBM underscores Daher's integration of these two airplanes in the company's single-engine turboprop product line.

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Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements NTSB Meeting Scheduled

The Board Meeting For The Most Wanted List Will Be Webcast To The Public

The NTSB has announced its intent to hold a public board meeting March 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST) to finalize its 2021 – 2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements. The NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements is a communication strategy through which the agency identifies its top safety improvements that when made will prevent accidents, reduce the number and severity of injuries, and save lives. The NTSB previously held media briefings to roll out its Most Wanted List, however, in response to a GAO report calling for more transparency in the development of the list, the NTSB opted to return to the board meeting as one way to h

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Classic Aero-TV: DJI’s Mightiest Mavic – ANN Reviews The Mavic 2 Pro (Pt 1)

From 2019: Lots Of Features Packed Into A Compact Platform

Aero-News drone expert KC Sealock recently had a chance to get his hands on a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone, and ran it through its paces. According to DJI, The Mavic 2 is "the most advanced DJI camera drone ever built, designed for professionals, aerial photographers and content creators. Incorporating the iconic folding design of the world's most popular Mavic Pro, the Mavic 2 is a powerful platform with new gimbal-stabilized cameras and advanced intelligent features like Hyperlapse and ActiveTrack for easier and more dynamic storytelling. With a

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ALPA Likes The Federal Mask Mandate

'Requirement Will Protect Public Health, Help Aviation Economy'

ALPA has issued a statement in support of a new Transportation Security Administration directive and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order that mandates the use of face masks on nearly all forms of public transportation, including air travel, that became effective at 2359 ET, Monday night: “ALPA applauds the new mandate that will require passengers to wear masks in all U.S. airports and onboard commercial airline aircraft. For the essential, frontline aviation workers who continue to put their health at risk in order to deliver medical personnel, equipment, and supplies to the outbreak hotspots, this far-overdue action will go a long way to help ensure the safet

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Brooke Owens Fellowship Class Of 2021 Selected

44 Undergraduate Students Earn Their Place At Leading Aerospace Organizations

The Brooke Owens Fellowship has announced its newest class of Brooke Owens Fellows. The Class of 2021 marks the fifth class of "Brookie" Fellows and were selected from the Fellowship's most competitive application year. More than 800 promising and talented students applied from Ivy League universities, major research universities, historically black colleges and universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and major international universities.

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NBAA/NATA To IRS: Provide Guidance on FET Collection and Liability

"Current IRS Rules Do Not Sufficiently Explain..."

NBAA and NATA have asked the IRS to continue the reform of Federal Excise Tax (FET) regulations by addressing unclear and confusing rules covering the collection responsibilities for air charter operators and brokers. IRS, at the beginning of 2021, issued final rules on FET obligations for aircraft management services paid for by aircraft owners. The final rule also referenced regulations on payment and collection of FET, an issue raised by NBAA and NATA in their comments, but the agency suggested a separate rulemaking project to address those concerns.

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Airborne-Unmanned 01.26.21: XRD Parachute System, Starliner Flight, Fruity Chute

Also: FAA BEYOND, Super Bowl LV, Drones v Locusts, Heli-Drone Collision

Aviation Safety Resources and Grug Group have completed a strategic development and supply agreement that will make ASR’s parachute recovery system standard equipment on Grug's SBX aircraft. “Whole-aircraft vehicle parachute recovery systems are essential to the projected market growth of eVTOL Urban Air Mobility,” said Larry Williams, ASR president and CEO. The SBX is a full electric aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Powered by four tilting shrouded rotors, the SBX can also fly autonomously

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.03.21)

Aero Linx: International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine The Academy was founded in 1955, its object being the promotion and search for new knowledge in aerospace medicine, and the contribution to international co-operation among those devoted to education and research in this particular field. Membership is limited to 275, but such number has never yet been reached. Members-to-be undergo a selection process and are elected solely on merit, regardless of their nationality, race, creed, ideology or political belief. Candidates must be graduates from an accredited Medical School who have made an outstanding contribution to aerospace medicine and/or hold an eminent position in the subject and/or

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.03.21): High Speed Taxiway

High Speed Taxiway A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up to 60 knots), from the runway center to a point on the center of a taxiway. Also referred to as long radius exit or turn-off taxiway. The high speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.

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