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May 19, 2021

Airborne 05.19.21: Bearhawk Companion, 900 Ferry Flights, Navy JPALS

Also: UIMC Training Course, Texas Turbine STC, Aviation Sustainability, Rocket Lab Recovers 1st Stage
Bearhawk Aircraft tells us that the first flight of a Bearhawk Companion, their side-by-side two-place aircraft, has taken place. The Companion is a utility aircraft, derived from the tandem seated Bearhawk Patrol wings and the 4-Place Bearhawk Model 5 fuselage. A design goal cruise speed of 145 mph has reportedly been met, as well as a payload target of 1,070 lb. The first flight of a Bearhawk Companion was performed by the aircraft's builder, Dave Lenart of Bethel, Vermont. An experienced builder and mechanic, Dave has built two prior Bearhawk aircraft including 4-Place and LSA models. Daher is recognizing Margrit Waltz for her 900th ferry flight, whic

Amazing! Margrit Waltz Aces Her 900th Ferry Flight

Performed Record Flight In A TBM 940

Daher is recognizing Margrit Waltz for her 900th ferry flight, which she achieved this month on a France-U.S. transatlantic trip with one of the company's TBM 940s. As one of the world's most experienced ferry pilots, Waltz departed Daher's Aircraft Division headquarters and TBM production site in Tarbes, France on May 11, arriving three days later at Delaware County Airport near Muncie, Indiana. The milestone journey was completed in a flight time of 15 hours and 38 minutes, involving stopovers at Wick in the UK; Keflavik, Iceland; and Canada's Goose Bay; followed by initial U.S. landings at Bangor, Maine and Scranton in Pennsylvania.

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'56 Seconds' UIMC Training Course From US Helicopter Safety Team Goes Live

Important Education Program Details Unintended Flight into IMC

The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team and Helicopter Association International (HAI) have reported that the final phase of the USHST's "56 Seconds to Live" Unintended Flight into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (UIMC) Awareness and Prevention Course is now live and available for use by pilots. This one-hour course provides pilots with scenario-based training designed to teach them to recognize situations in which they can reduce the chance of an accident by stopping a flight before an accident occurs. The USHST "56 Seconds to Live" program consists of multiple parts that reinforce the importance of identifying circumstances in which sound aeronautical decision-making (ADM) will reduce t

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Navy Declares IOC for JPALS

Joint Precision Approach and Landing System Provides Precise Carrier Landings

The Navy has declared initial operational capability for the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS), signaling the system’s ready to provide precision approach and landing capabilities to tactical carrier aircraft at sea in support of naval aviation operations worldwide. JPALS is a global positioning system based system that integrates with shipboard air traffic control and landing system architectures to guide fixed-wing tactical carrier aircraft with pinpoint approach and landings on nuclear aircraft carriers (CVN) and amphibious assault ships (LHA/LHD) in all weather and sea surface conditions.

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Klyde Morris (05.17.21)

Klyde's Not Too Sure This Green Utopia Will Turn Out All That Well


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Classic Aero-TV: RJ Gritter - Part of Aviation’s Bright New Future

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Model Aviator Aims For Full-Scale Career

While at the 2015 Indoor Electric RC Festival, referred to as eFest, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell not only made this fascinating report, he was also “blown away” from what he saw. As you’ll see in this video, indoor RC model aircraft flying is something that can excite anyone at any age. Jim talked with RJ Gritter, a member of the U.S.A F3P Flying Team that is headed to Poland to fly in the world championship competition for this class of indoor RC planes. 

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NBAA Joins Coalition Seeking Action on Aviation Sustainability Initiatives

NBAA Adds Its Voice To Climate Change Adherents

NBAA and a coalition of aviation groups have urged Congress to consider wide-ranging and comprehensive legislative proposals to achieve dramatic carbon emissions reductions in upcoming infrastructure legislation. The aviation groups called on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee to consider legislative efforts in four core areas that will be critical to realizing the aviation sector’s environmental goals. These proposals focus on the development, production and distribution of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), the deployment of low- and zero-emission technologies, increased fundi

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.11.21: FAA UAS Symposium, Starship SN15, Wisk-Blade

Also: Altitude Angel, AMA Meets With OMB, CAP SD Members, UASidekick

The FAA and AUVSI will co-host Episodes III and IV of the virtual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium - Remotely Piloted Edition. The theme for this year's virtual event is "Above and Beyond" and will take place on June 9-10, 2021, and September 14-15, 2021. With hundreds of thousands logging in all over the globe to watch, the 'much upgraded' Starship SN15 aced a test flight that had destroyed four prototypes before it. On Wednesday, May 5, Starship serial number 15 (SN15) successfully completed SpaceX’s fifth high-alt

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-140

Shortly After The Airplane Passed The Final Approach Fix Inbound, The Engine Lost Power

On April 1, 2021, about 1630 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N7274F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Augusta, Kansas. The pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot-in-command reported that he was performing a practice VOR/DME-A instrument approach into Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) with a safety pilot onboard. Shortly after the airplane passed the final approach fix inbound, the engine lost power.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-10-01 Requires Temporarily Revising The Existing Rotorcraft Flight Manual

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW169 helicopters. This AD was prompted by false simultaneous in-flight disengagement of automatic flight control system (AFCS) channels 1 and 2. This AD requires temporarily revising the existing Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) for your helicopter. This AD also requires installing an AFCS software upgrade and concurrently removing that RFM revision. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective June 2, 2021.

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AD: Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-08-14 Requires Repetitive BITE (Built-In Test Equipment) Tests Of The A/T Computer

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a flap synchro wire failure that may go undetected by the autothrottle (A/T) computer. This AD requires repetitive BITE (built-in test equipment) tests of the A/T computer to detect a flap synchro wire failure, and corrective action if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective June 2, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.19.21)

Aero Linx: Colorado Pilots Association The Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization with over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flight safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters. Most organizational activities are administered from central offices located in the Denver area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.19.21): Procedure Turn Inbound

Procedure Turn Inbound That point of a procedure turn maneuver where course reversal has been completed and an aircraft is established inbound on the intermediate approach segment or final approach course. A report of “procedure turn inbound” is normally used by ATC as a position report for separation purposes.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.19.21)

“The aviation industry has a strong record of addressing its environmental impact and is committed to bold and significant steps to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To effectively address the climate change challenge, we must drive technology, infrastructure and operational advances faster and farther.” Source: From a letter in which NBAA and a coalition of aviation groups have urged Congress to consider wide-ranging and comprehensive legislative proposals to achieve dramatic carbon emissions reductions in upcoming infrastructure legislation. 

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