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March 24, 2022

Airborne 03.16.22: Certified-SkyCourier, Blue Origin NS20, Russian Airline Theft

Also: One Air Group, Gulfstream to Digitize, UK MoD Falcon 900LX, Breeze Airways

Cessna's Utilitarian twin turboprop has gotten closer to open release after receiving type certification from the FAA. The new, clean-sheet design stands out from the rest of the Cessna portfolio, a notably fresh addition to a roster of planes that all too often date back decades. The SkyCourier, a little late following the global delays incurred during the disruptions of 2020 and beyond, is now proceeding along on its way to production and delivery. Blue Origin has released the passenger list for the NS-20 launch, making headlines with the presence of a celebrity often in

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uAvionix Enables Autopilot Integration

AV-30 Now Supports BendixKing, TruTrak Vizion With Software Update

uAvionix has released new digital autopilot and external magnetometer support for the AV-30-E display. The AV-30-E is the Experimental version of the multi-display instrument, capable of showing a variety of cockpit indicators. The AV-30 can, of course, display any of the traditional 6-pack instruments, in addition to angle of attack, G-meter, temperature, density altitude, voltage, GPS data overlay, navigational HSI, and more with more than 2 hours of internal battery operation out of the box. Its companion piece, the uAvionix AV-Link, allows for a compact, wi-fi network on board that can connect to external ADS-B receivers, GPS equipment, live traffi

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Klyde Morris (03.21.22)

Yeah, Klyde Can Be A Bit Of A Sore Loser...


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Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration to Be Celebrated

East Coast Chapter Celebrates the 81st Anniversary of the Unit

The United States Air Force Memorial will commemorate the 2022 Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day on the 81st Anniversary of the Airmen by holding a wreath-laying ceremony on Thursday, March 24. The accomplishments of the Tuskegee unit are recognized on the 4th Thursday of each March. This year, the East Coast Chapter Tuskegee Airmen will celebrate the group as well as acknowledge the national service of Brigadier General Charles McGee and General Colin Powell.

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Delta Receives 1st A321neo

Airline Begins Accepting Number 1 of 155 Planes on Order

Delta Air Lines has taken delivery of the first of 155 Airbus A321neo aircraft, commemorating the occasion with a photoshoot of their improved domestic First Class seating. The improved space, privacy, comfort, and storage for passengers stem from the new Airbus "Airspace" cabin, a wholesale redesign of the interior for a better traveling experience all around.

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Classic Aero-TV: Hartzell NextGen Props--Composite Materials and Manufacturing

From 2015 (YouTube Version): One of GA's Most Innovative Companies Shows Off The Latest Prop Technologies

In this video, Executive Vice President for Hartzell Propeller, J.J. Frigge, introduces us to Hartzell’s line of composite propeller blades. The tried-and-true wood propellers have been a source of thrust since the Wright brothers, and within 10 years of the first powered flight metal blades were brought into use. Now, composite propeller blade technology can provide greater propeller blade performance and longer life.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 03.15.22: LAANC Applications, uAvionix Bought, Joby-CAE

Also: EHang Lays Groundwork, GAMA Inducts 2, Spaceport Camden, Central Colorado UAS

The FAA has announced the opening of applications to those interested in joining Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). The agency will allow apps in order to join as approved LAANC service suppliers, allowing them to join the ranks of the drone industry. The program is a joint effort between the FAA and the unmanned industry as a whole that enables smoother, safer integration of remotely piloted and autonomous systems into the nation's airspace. uAvionix has announced its impending acquisition by DC Capital Partners. The company will join the r

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DART Fire Attack System Selected for Kawasaki H145

Japan Aerospace Corp. Selects DART Aero for Certification Process

DART Aerospace has been selected to assist in the certification for a new Fire Attack system for the 5-bladed version of the license-produced H145. Japan Aerospace Corporation and Kawasaki Heavy Industries will assist in the joint effort to finalize the installation of the firefighting equipment on the Japanese-produced H145. DART will complete the modifications on Kawasaki's version of the helicopter, adding their 311GII system with its attendant equipment.

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NTSB Prelim: Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH MBB-BK 117 C-2

Felt Ground Contact And “Forcefully Slammed The Collective To The Floor”

On March 6, 2022, at 2359 eastern standard time, a Eurocopter Deutschland GMBH, MBB-BK 117-C-2 helicopter, N29VA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Virginia Highlands Airport (VJI), Abingdon, Virginia. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the two flight paramedics were not injured. The helicopter was operated by the Virginia Department of State Police as a public state aircraft.

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AD: Bell Textron Inc., Helicopters

AD 2022-07-03 Requires Adding A Permanent Hours Time-In-Service (TIS) Penalty

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Textron Inc., Model 412, 412EP, and 412CF helicopters. This AD was prompted by evaluation results showing flight loads that impact the collective lever fatigue life. This AD requires adding a permanent hours time-in-service (TIS) penalty for certain collective levers and prohibits installing those collective levers unless the permanent hours TIS penalty has been added. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 27, 2022.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.22)

Aero Linx: The Malibu M-Class Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) The Malibu M-Class Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the interests and safety of owners and pilots worldwide who fly PA46 derivative (Malibu, Mirage, Meridian, M-Class, JetPROP and Matrix) aircraft. MMOPA was founded in 1988, and now serves over 1000 members. Membership is available to any registered or prospective owner and/or operator of qualified aircraft or any qualifying individual or organization involved with or providing a service for the PA46 family of aircraft. MMOPA is not affiliated with the New Piper aircraft company of any other manufacturer/vendor.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.24.22)

"I believe Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day is as important as many of the nation's holidays and recognition days on the calendar and is essential to the legacy. Like many holidays, the struggle to get Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day on state calendars is dependent on individual states and not the accomplishments of the more than 15,000 Original Tuskegee Airmen."  Source: Jerry 'Hawk' Burton, the national president of Tuskegee Airmen Incorporated, explainng that the day of remembrance should come to mind alongside any other calendared holiday in the public's eye.

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