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May 07, 2023

Iowa Lakes Community College Updates Skyhawk Fleet with Turnkey Panel Overhaul

Legacy XL Stationary Panel Replaces Analog Steam Gauges with Dynon Glass

Iowa Lakes Community College Aviation Program is moving to standardize their fleet of Cessna 172s with a quick, turnkey package that changes out the stock analog gauges with a suite of Dynon panels. The school has 11 Skyhawks of various vintages, with 9 172Ms, an -L, and a -K parked on their flight line. Bringing them to modern spec will be completed by Six Pack Aero’s Legacy XL Stationary Panel Kit, retrofitting each cockpit with a 10" and 7" SkyView HDX panel.

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Florida Allocates $25-Million for Replacement of Police Drones

Chinese Drones Deemed Security Risks

On 10 April 2023, the Florida legislature enacted a law by which Sunshine State governmental, police, fire, and similarly-critical agencies were barred from utilizing drones made by a “foreign country of concern.” The legislation tacitly but clearly refers to China, and strongly implies Chinese drone-maker Shenzhen DJI Sciences and Technologies Ltd.—more widely known as Da Jiang Innovations, or simply DJI. On 02 May 2023, Florida lawmakers allocated $25-million to help the state’s police forces replace their Chinese-made drone fleets.

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NTSB Prelim: Ryan Navion A

Unable To Get The Engine Power Restored, He Initiated A Forced Landing

On April 11, 2023, about 2113 central daylight time, a Ryan Navion A airplane, N4229K, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near New Waverly, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that, after a night cross-country flight, he overflew his private airport at 1,500 ft to see if the solar lights were working.

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