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March 28, 2022

True Blue Power Releases Wireless Charging Points

FAA-Certified Aircraft-Installed Power Supplies for All Wireless Qi Devices

True Blue Power has disclosed the availablity of new FAA-certified wireless chargers for the company's line of electrical power solutions. The TWC15 Series Wireless Chargers are Qi compliant and provide up to 15 watts of power to smartphones, wireless earbuds and personal electronics. These new wireless chargers are available in three, easy-to-install configurations and are ideal for use in the cabin and cockpit. "Wireless charging has become more and more prevalent in everyday life. Our customers want to bring convenience power to the aircraft but have found wireless chargers were a hassle to install," said Van Winter, Director of Aftermarket Sales and Support. "With thre

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Ta Da!!! 65th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show Starts

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More than 1,300 avionics manufacturers, repair stations, approved maintenance organizations and other general aviation professionals have converged at the 65th annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which opened today at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The four-day event takes place March 28-31, and it is the largest gathering of avionics manufacturers, distributors and government-certified repair stations in the world. The event's primary focus is providing avionics professionals with educational and mar

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Maintenance Organization Says Things Are Looking Up

Despite Pandemic Setbacks, The MRO Market Grows, Though Underperforming Relative to 2019 Forecasts

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) Global Fleet & MRO Market Report was released earlier this month, and has now been digested and presented to its membership at their Annual Conference. The report shows a "resilient restart", showing promising recovery despite a number of challenges impeding a full return to the pre-pandemic status quo. The global in-service fleet had returned to 93 percent of its pre-COVID size by the start of this year, demand flight activity showing a fairly strong trend towards recovery.

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All-In-One Flightcell SmartHUB and Camera Released

 Simple One Piece Solution for Video, Audio, Flight Data Recording

Flightcell has introduced its new all-in-one recording solution, offering rotorcraft operators a simple, easy installation to provide HD video, audio, and flight data recording. The company says the inspiration for the product came from the increasing frequency of government and public sector rotorcraft operator requests, as mandatory cockpit recording becomes the norm. The SmartHUB allows for on-aircraft data access, greatly simplifying data collection and post-flight footage review. The system doesn't just record video and audio while in flight, but a range of useful flight parameters like GPS position, altitude and speed, pressure altitude, vertical rate, turn rat

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Honeywell Announces MV60 Accelerometer

Smaller, Lighter, Rugged System Enables Smaller Sensor Packages for Defense, Autonomous Vehicle Applications

Honeywell's Aerospace arm has released a tiny, 1.2-square inch sensor that allows designers and developers to add considerable acceleration sensing capability with a minimal footprint in size and weight. The MV60 micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) accelerometer is "designed for aerospace and defense but also has potential uses for industrial and marine applications that require high-precision, navigation-grade accelerometers that are small, lightweight and require little power to operate," according to the company's release documentation.

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Bob Cardenas Heads West

USAF Pilot, Flight Engineer for X-1 and Flight Test Museum Supporter Passes on 102nd Birthday 

The Flight Test Museum Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees have announced some sad news to their colleagues with the passing of Brigadier General Robert "Bob" Cardenas. Cardenas, a longtime supporter of the museum's mission and friend to the community, passed away on his 102nd birthday on March 10 just after midnight. In an address to friends, donors, and members of the test pilot scene, the museum foundation mourned the loss of a longtime fixture of the flight testing community, a founding member hailing back to a time when the policies had to be written from scratch, when fortune was just as important as preparation.

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Classic Aero-TV: A Painstaking Restoration - Bob Baker’s Exquisite JN-4D Jenny

From 2015 (YouTube Version): After Restoring Mustangs, What Could Possible Be Next? A JN-4D Jenny, Of Course!

While at EAA AirVenture 2014, Special Aero-News Correspondent Michael Maya Charles has a chance to take a step back in time with Bob Baker from Alva, Oklahoma who is restoring a World War I era Curtis JN-4 Jenny. Baker is well known and recognized for his restoration of two P-51 Mustangs, and he tells Charles that he wanted to try something different. The JN-4 Jenny certainly qualifies as something being different from a P-51. As you hear the story of Baker’s restoration of this classic World War I trainer plane the video shows

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NTSB Prelim: McDonnell Douglas 500N

He Continued To Apply Corrective Control Inputs, But The Helicopter Did Not Respond

On February 19, 2022, about 1834 Pacific standard time, a McDonnell Douglas 500N, N521HB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Newport Beach, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries, and the tactical flight officer (TFO) was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a public aircraft flight by the Huntington Beach Police Department.The helicopter was owned by the City of Huntington Beach and was providing law enforcement air support under a contract service agreement for the City of Newport Beach. The helicopter departed its home base, Huntington Beach Police Department Heliport (CL65), at 1800, and for the next 30 minutes f

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.22)

Aero Linx: The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight is the largest independent, non-profit air and space museum in the world! With over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, tens of thousands of artifacts, millions of rare photographs, dozens of exhibits and experiences, and a world-class library, the Museum and its people bring mankind's incredible history of flight to life.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.22): Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring

Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM)

A technique whereby a civil GNSS receiver/processor determines the integrity of the GNSS navigation signals without reference to sensors or non-DoD integrity systems other than the receiver itself. This determination is achieved by a consistency check among redundant pseudo-range measurements.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.28.22)

"The Aero-News Network will begin its livestreaming coverage from New Orleans Monday, March 28, at 8:45 a.m. CDT. ANN's livestreaming coverage continues from the AEA Exhibit Hall Tuesday, March 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. CDT, and again Wednesday, March 30, from noon to 3 p.m. CDT. To watch, visit"   Source: Detail from this week's AEA Event and the livestreaming offerings coming your way, courtesy of the Aero-News Network.

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