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April 15, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 04.15.20: University UAV $$, Arcturus UAS, Skyguardian RPA

Also: Airborne-Flight Training, Additional MQ-25 Aircraft, UA Traffic Management Pilot Program, Abionica Solutions-UAV Navigation

Transportation Secretary Chao recently announced that the FAA is awarding $2.6 million in research, education, and training grants to universities that make up the agency’s Air Transportation Center of Excellence (COE) for UAS, which is also known as Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE). The grants are designed to advance specific goals and projects. The U.S. Army has begun evaluating tactical unmanned aircraft systems intended to replace the venerable RQ-7 Shadow drone, which has been in service since the early 2000s. The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conducted the first soldier-operate

Vandalism Strikes Historic DC-3s at Cape Cod Airfield

Some Really Sick People Attacked Treasured Examples of Aviation History

We've been monitoring some truly heartbreaking reports about yet another tragedy that has struck our community. Apparently; some truly sick individuals have caused thousands of dollars of damage to two DC-3s with a historical pedigree. According to Cape Cod Airfield's Instagram site, "In these difficult times we at the airfield know that more people than usual are utilizing the trails in the conservation land. We welcome this, however this increased foot traffic has started to bleed onto airfield property. Unfortunately, we made a horrible discovery recently. Both of the DC-3s on the airfield have sustained at least $15,000 worth of damages due to vandalism. These aircraft are

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NASA TV to Air Landing of NASA Astronauts Meir, Morgan, Crewmate Skripochka

Chris Cassidy of NASA Will Accept Station Command

NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, who has spent nine months living and working on the International Space Station, will join fellow NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos for a scheduled return to Earth on Friday, April 17. Live coverage of their Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft’s undocking and station departure will begin at 6 p.m. EDT Thursday, April 16, on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Coverage of the deorbit burn and landing will begin at 12 a.m. Friday, April 17. Soyuz and station hatches will be closed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, and the trio will undock from the aft port of the station’s Zvezda service module at 9:53 p.m. A

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EAA Chapter 534 Awards $10K Ray Scholarship for Flight Training

Tavares, FL, Aviation Youth Member Gets Quite A Boost In Flight Training Program

The board of directors of the EAA Chapter 534 is proud to announce the 2020 winner of a $ 10,000 Ray Scholarship from their Aviation Youth Program, called Squadron 534. The winner is William McCarthy of Tavares, Florida. William has been a member of the chapter's youth program for about five years and has been very busy learning all he can about building and repairing aircraft in the chapter's hangar located at the Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, FL.

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Dragon Splashdown Was The Last Of Its Kind

Dragon Resupply Mission (CRS-20) Was The Last Of The Initial 'Dragon 1' Generation Packed with more than 4,000 pounds of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon 1 spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Tuesday, April 7. A parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean occurred that morning just west of Baja California. A recovery team then secured Dragon on a boat for the return trip to the Port of Los Angeles, wrapping up SpaceX’s 20th resupply mission to the space station. Filled with approximately 4,500 pounds of supplies and payloads, Dragon launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on March 6, 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at the space station on March 9. The Dragon spacecraft supporting th

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ALSIM Unveils NEW AL40 Flight Training Device

ALSIM AL40 Is An 'Exact' Copy Of The Popular Diamond DA42

ALSIM has announced the launch of their new AL40, an exact replica of a new Diamond DA40 NG. Developed specifically for flight training institutions, the high-fidelity simulator is built to Flight Training Device (FTD) Level 5 standards. The AL40 boasts an impressive list of genuine features including a real Garmin G1000 NXI and GFC 700 Autopilot / Flight Director. The FTD has electric pitch trim, and flight controls with electric control loading in pitch, roll and yaw axis. The AL40 comes standard with ALSIM’s new in-house VFR image generator and visual system with 210 degree screen. The buyer also receives a maintenance spare parts kit to help ensure low downtime and increased longe

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Hangarbot 2.0 Now Available

Lynk Remote Technologies, HangarBot Have Announced Their Launch of Products on Sporty’s Online Pilot Shop

HangarBot has quickly gained notoriety across the United States as the only next generation solution based smart hangar system. The technology company provides a line of smart products tailored to the real world needs of pilots. Infact, the company is led by a pilot himself. HangarBot systems are remotely controlled via a mobile app, downloadable on iOS and Android. HangarBot gives aviators the ability to monitor their hangar as well as utilize a variety of additional devices that will optimize time and efficiency for any pilot. The systems run on 4G cellular service; provided by HangarBot and accessible on any personal devices as well.

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The FAA Outlines Support For Drone Use for COVID-19 Response Efforts

Some Special Approvals Issued In Less Than An Hour

A number of unique tools are being assembled as the world fights the ravages of a nearly invisible killer. One of the more unusual tools that are being used with greater frequency and effectiveness happen to be drones. However' the current slate of drone regs and restrictions often create boundaries for technologies that are maturing even faster than the regs, themselves... and the FAA is stepping in to cut the red tape. Recent FAA statements note that, "The FAA is enabling drone use for COVID-19 response efforts within our existing regulations and emergency procedures. Our  small unmanned aircraft rule (Part 107) and Certificate of Authorization process allow operators to transport good

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NTSB Prelim: Engine Troubles Force Bad Approach By Beech M35

Pilot Concluded That The Airplane Was "High And Fast"

On April 1, 2020, about 1340 central daylight time, a Beech M35, N9883R, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Sequin, Texas. The pilot and passenger sustained no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, after the initial power reduction after takeoff, he heard a continuous "loud exhaust popping" noise. The pilot decided to return to the airport and land. Once established and setup on the final approach for runway 14, the pilot concluded that the airplane was "high and fast" and there was insufficient altitude to perform any descending turns. The pilot reported he was committed

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Boeing’s F-15 Qatar Advanced Jet Completes Successful First Flight

$6.2 Billion Contract To Manufacture 36 F-15 Fighter Jets For The QEAF

Boeing has successfully completed the first flight of the F-15QA fighter, the most advanced version of the jet ever manufactured. Developed for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), the jet demonstrated its next-generation capabilities during its 90-minute mission. The flight took off and landed from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. “We are very proud of this accomplishment and looking forward with great excitement to the continued successes of this program,” said Col. Ahmed Al Mansoori, commander, QEAF F-15 Wing. “This successful first flight is an important milestone that brings our squadrons one step closer to flying this incredible aircraft over the

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Luxembourg Armed Forces A400M Makes Its Maiden Flight

MSN104 Is Scheduled To Be Delivered In The Second Quarter Of 2020

The Airbus A400M new-generation airlifter ordered by the Luxembourg Armed Forces has made its maiden flight, marking a key milestone towards its delivery. The aircraft, known as MSN104, took off from Seville (Spain), where the final assembly line is located, at 16:08 local time (CET) and landed back on site 5 hours later. The Luxembourg aircraft will be operated by the armed forces of Belgium and Luxembourg within a binational unit based in Belgium. MSN104 is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2020.

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Airborne-Unmanned 03.31.20: BVLOS in Canada, UPS Flight Forward, Continental

Also: ANN’s April 1st Episode, Parrot And DroneLogbook, ‘Pandemic Drone’, AVIUS Air Delivery

MVT Geo-solutions and Iris Automation have been granted the first BVLOS Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) by Transport Canada using only onboard Detect-and-Avoid (DAA). The approval was granted based on the utilization of Iris Automation’s DAA system, called Casia, which provides commercial drones with automated collision avoidance maneuvers. The waiver permits flights within the UAS Center of Excellence’s controlled airspace Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) test r

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FAA Proposes $156K Civil Penalty Against Delta Air Lines

Airline Has Been Busted for Alleged Drug and Alcohol Testing Violations

The FAA has proposed a $156,000 civil penalty against Delta Air Lines, Inc., of Atlanta, Ga., for alleged drug and alcohol testing violations. The FAA alleges Delta hired or transferred 45 experienced workers into safety-sensitive positions but failed to obtain their drug and alcohol testing records from their previous employers within the required timeframe. The employees included 34 flight attendants, seven people who performed maintenance and/or preventive maintenance work, and four aircraft dispatchers. All performed safety-sensitive duties after the period for obtaining the records had expired, the FAA alleges. Additionally, Delta allowed two ground security coordina

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.20): Air Defense Emergency

Air Defense Emergency A military emergency condition declared by a designated authority. This condition exists when an attack upon the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, or U.S. installations in Greenland by hostile aircraft or missiles is considered probable, is imminent, or is taking place.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.20)

Aero Linx: Ridge Landing Airpark Ridge Landing Airpark offers pilots and aviation enthusiasts the ultimate lifestyle. Featuring 99 lots between 1-2 acres (4000-8000m2), stabilized grass taxiways leading to a 3000′ X 60′ Paved Runway. This Florida Aviation Community has beautiful homes, and plenty of space. Our CEO, John Fazzini has been involved in land development since 1967. We start with a dream, then a vision, and then we create that vision. Pilots have exclusive access to a gated and secured residential airpark featuring a paved and lit runway. From the beginning our entire focus is on our community and their enjoyment of aviation. Ridge Landing Airpark 4FL5 -- The pa

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.20)

“We are very proud of this accomplishment and looking forward with great excitement to the continued successes of this program. This successful first flight is an important milestone that brings our squadrons one step closer to flying this incredible aircraft over the skies of Qatar.”          Source: Col. Ahmed Al Mansoori, commander, QEAF F-15 Wing, discussing the first flight of the F-15QA fighter, the most advanced version of the jet ever manufactured. Developed for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), the jet demonstrated its next-generation capabilities during its 90-minute mission. The flight took off and landed from Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

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