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March 30, 2022

BAE Donates Last Historic Aircraft From Collection

Shuttleworth Trust Becomes New Home, Caretaker for DH60 Cirrus Moth

BAE Systems has given away the last remaining aircraft from its historical collection, handing over the De Havilland DH560 Cirrus Moth to the Shuttleworth Trust. The announcement completes the transfer of the company's last 3 vintage aircraft it had left in its museum fleet dating back a century. The Cirrus Moth will go to a good home, with BAE making a "significant donation towards the upkeep of the aircraft," and will be operated by the charitable Shuttleworth Trust alongside a fleet of other historic, unique, heritage aircraft.

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Airborne 03.25.22: ANN at AEA-LIVE, Max Pilot NOT Guilty, Young Eagles

Also: uAvionix Autopilot Integration, Hartzell Prop Discount, OneWeb & SpaceX, Nicrocraft

Our normal Airborne schedule will be interrupted next week to make room for our LIVE webcast of the Aircraft Electronics Association new product introduction session -- an exciting look at what’s REALLY new in avionics for 2022. The event is on track for the 65th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, kicking off on March 28 and continuing nearly a decade and a half of ANN service to the avionics community with upscale LIVE web programming. The program continues the aviation industry’s longest-running annual live web programming series

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Airborne-Flight Training 03.24.22: Epic Flt Academy, WAI2022, Sporty's E6B

Also: ANN To Livestream AEA 2022, Airlines Push Back on CA Law, Dassault Reg'l M&O, Young Eagles

Epic Flight Academy, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, has signed a deal with Polk State College to allow Epic AMT graduates to receive transfer credit hours. Students must have matriculated from Epic's Part 147 Aircraft Mechanic Program, and submit a transfer of credits request along with their FAA Airframe & Powerplant certificate to Polk state. Once approved, students will obtain 30 credit hours classified as courses performed to obtain an associate degree in Aviation Maintenance Administration. Women in Aviation International has successfully held t

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Airborne-UnCrewed 03.22.22: WA UAV Reg, Steadicopter Arms Up, Eve and GlobalX

Also: Joby Works on Part 135, Vertical Flight Society, Hot Spot Symbology, Mars Helicopter Flt 21

Washington state has released its commercial drone registration system ahead of the April 1st program due date. Those drone operators flying under 14 CFR Part 107 for compensation or hire are now required by law to register their UAVs with the Washington State Department of Transportation. The state hopes to make itself an attractive location, a hub for the uncrewed industry as a whole. Other states have looked to establish the same as they court the exciting new industry ahead of the projected proliferation of autonomous and uncrewed aircraft. Smart Shoot

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True Blue Power Announces Frequency Converter for High-Heat Use

New 4,000 Watt AC-to-AC Converter Survives & Thrives in Harsh, Unpressurized Environments of Large Aircraft

True Blue Power has announced their new purpose-built frequency converter designed to conquer difficult, harsh operating environments while providing 4,000-watt AC-to-AC frequency conversion. The positioning can vary from one aircraft to another, but the theme is the same: Equipment placed deep in the bowels of the machine, unpressurized and non-temperature-controlled, tends to wear over time as it's subjected to difficult, corrosive forces flight after flight. Compounding the problem, access is usually limited, being a cramped, inconvenient affair that precludes frequent maintenance until it is absolutely necessary.

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Airborne 03.23.22: TL Aircraft Stream, 24-Volt Rotax 915 iS/C, WAI2022!

Also: Douglas A-26 Restoration, Dassault M&O Seminars, SkyWest Ordered to Continue Service, Young Eagles Day

Wow... talk about your Walter Mitty moments... ANN’s Jim Campbell got a  test flight in the TL Aircraft Stream tandem RG composite rocket. Powered by a Rotax 100HP ULS, the Stream’s sleek lines are an eye catcher right from the get-go. A fighter style side-stick and adjustable rudder pedals make acclimating to the cockpit an easy event, and the side-hinged canopy offers superb visibility for your next fake fighter adventure due to the skinny nose allowed by the tandem configuration. Foreshadowed earlier this year, Rotax has

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Tri-Axial Accelerometer Released by Texas Aerospace Technologies

Smaller, Lighter, More accurate Gravitational and Inertial Measurement System Unveiled at AEA

Texas Aerospace Technologies availed themselves of the AEA show to launch their new TXA201 Tri-Axial Accelerometer. The sensor takes advantage of improvements in micro-electromechanical systems, resulting in a tiny, compact, but robust sensor to convert gravitational and inertial forces into a DC voltage output for each of the three axes. The TXA201 has outputs for lateral, longitudinal, and vertical feeds ideally suited for Flight Data Recorders and Flight Data Acquisition Units. The sensor is made to be a simple, "plug and play" system compatible with any ARINC 542A form factor, with a pin for pin connector for simpler installation.

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SmartSky Selected by FlyExclusive

Inflight Internet Provider Nabs 4th Largest Charter Operator from Segment Rival 

SmartSky Networks has announced its selection by flyExclusive as the company's choice for their inflight connectivity service provider. The charter operator runs the 4th largest private charter business around, making it a solid 'get' for the up-and-comer challenging the Gogo throne. As an added raspberry blown at their rival, SmartSky mentioned that their equipment would be replacing the Gogo-brand gear currently installed, making it the first notably major fleet to make the jump from one team to another.

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Airborne 03.21.22: AeroSport Bushcat, Another Icon A5 Sinking, AEA 2022 LIVE!!!

Also: Dassault Takes Photo-Op, Canada Anti-GA Luxury Tax, Delta To Buy 737 Max 10s?, Vande Hei Return by Soyuz

ANN’s Jim Campbell finally got out of the office this past weekend to visit Deland’s AeroSport operation and check out current versions of the AeroSport Bushcat, as well as TL North America’s Stream tandem and Sting, side by side, two-seater. While we’ll have some more info on the TL offerings in the next few days, the little Bushcat, with pricing WELL below $100K offered some surprises. The so-called ‘tube and rag’ two seater is a really rugged aircraft that pushes 800-1000 fpm climb rate at near gross and

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Klyde Morris (11.28.22)

Klyde Revisits Old Controversies...


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Duncan Aviation's Larry Bartlett Receives Award

Senior Captain Chosen for FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Captain Larry Bartlett has been chosen to receive the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in recognition of his longstanding service within the aviation industry. The award is granted to those who hold a pilot certificate and gain 50+ years of experience in civil and military piloting experience, allowing the FAA to reward those who bring decades of experience to the profession. Duncan refers to the Wright Brothers Award as the "most prestigious award the FAA issues" to Part 61 pilots.

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Mid-Continent Innovates Its Way Through AEA 2022

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power  AEA Convention 2022 Booth #301

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Adds 5 New Digital Instruments to Flex ® Product Line Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics unveiled five, new 2-inch digital instruments at the annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. The company’s Flex ® product line now includes digital Counter Drum Encoding Altimeters, Airspeed Indicators, GPS Clocks, Battery ACUs, and Attitude Indicators.

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Classic Aero-TV At OSH21: Hot Canard! A Velocity Turbo-Prop

From Oshkosh 2021: This Airplane Pretty Won All The Bragging Rights At Oshkosh!

Tom Duley, Builder of this Turboprop Velocity XL RG, takes a moment to share a few details of this impressive aircraft. The culmination of two years of development, planning, and testing resulted in this sleek, high-performance cross country machine. The build process was completed with the end goal of offering similar conversions in the future, according to Duley. The estimated cost for the end-user, depending on the avionics chosen and level of involvement in

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Phillips 66 Inbound to NBAA Dispatchers Conference

Fuel Company Supports the Schedulers and Organizers That Keep the Calendar Moving

Phillips 66 is on its way to San Diego with goodies in tow, making their way to the 2022 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. Phillips 66 Aviation will be joined by 17 of their associated FBOs at the San Diego Convention Center along with almost 3,000 industry professionals from 50 states for the networking event. The scene will have a series of "top-level education sessions and critical peer-to-peer networking to help leaders work smarter, not harder in the year ahead," according to the company.

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Gogo Business Aviation Awards Top Dealers

Company Execs Nominate 5 of their Network's Highest Performers

Gogo has named its top dealers of 2021, highlighting the recipients of the company's 51,000 Five award. Gogo Business Aviation used the occasion of the Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show to announce the top performers of the company, celebrating Bombardier, Duncan Aviation, StandardAero Business Aviation Services, Textron Aviation, and West Star Aviation. Each one of them has gone above and beyond in their efforts to move product for Gogo's burgeoning business network.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech A35

During The Emergency Landing, The Airplane Collided With Power Lines

On March 6, 2022, about 1015 eastern standard time, a Beech A35, N764B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Waco, Georgia. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he was on a short cross-country flight when the engine began to lose power. He observed that the fuel pressure dropped to zero and attempted to regain power by hand-pumping the auxiliary fuel pump.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2021-26-20 Requires Revising The Existing Maintenance Or Inspection Program

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series airplanes). This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these product

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.30.22)

Aero Linx: The British Helicopter Association

The BHA promotes the compliant, safe and considerate use of rotorcraft throughout the UK. Its activities are directed by a Council of Management. The BHA encourages European harmonization through its membership in the European Helicopter Association. The BHA negotiates with government departments, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), on behalf of the industry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.30.22): Request Full Route Clearance

Request Full Route Clearance

Used by pilots to request that the entire route of flight be read verbatim in an ATC clearance. Such request should be made to preclude receiving an ATC clearance based on the original filed flight plan when a filed IFR flight plan has been revised by the pilot, company, or operations prior to departure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.30.22)

“Historic aircraft embody the spirit of innovation and engineering excellence and continue to inspire engineers and young people to develop cutting edge technology and help keep our country safe. The expertise at the Trust means the aircraft will be preserved in pristine condition and returned to flight for the enjoyment of the public this summer.” Source: Sir Andy Pulford, senior military advisor at BAE Systems, upon giving away the last remaining aircraft from its historical collection, handing over the De Havilland DH560 Cirrus Moth to the Shuttleworth Trust. 

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