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March 26, 2021

Airborne 03.26.21: Aspen Evolution 1000, MAF Vaccine Aid, EAA B-17 Recovers

Also: No April 1st Edition This Year, Ingenuity Mars Heli, Columbia Helicopters, TX Aviation Hall of Fame

Aspen Avionics reports that the Evolution 1000 Primary Flight Display has been selected by manufacturers of the PAL-V, the first flying car. After being the first flying car to get road permission for Europe, PAL-V is now also reportedly the first to finalize the full certification basis with EASA. Based on PAL-V's 10 years of test results, EASA specialist teams finalized the requirements for the PAL-V Liberty including the installation of the Aspen Evolution 1000 PFD. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is delivering COVID-19 vaccines in the land-locked country of Lesotho to help combat the spread of the deadly virus. Lesotho’s mountainous terrain makes interior land tr

EAA B-17 Recovering Swiftly From Recent Bird Strike

"Aluminum Overcast Lived Up To The B-17's Reputation"

EAA's Kermit Weeks Hangar aircraft technicians, B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour team, and EAA Chapter 690 members showed EAA's can-do spirit over the past few days in getting their B-17 back in the air after a bird strike last Saturday cut short the 2021 tour's very successful inaugural stop at Lawrenceville, Georgia. When the flight crew discovered the apparent bird strike after landing the aircraft following an uneventful flight experience, everyone got to work to fully inspect the aircraft's right wing between the engines, where the strike took place.

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Airborne 03.24.21: Special Olympics Airlift, Sportys Airport Woes, B-17 v Bird

Also: Ultimate Bad Reg?, Van's Aircraft, Soyuz Repositioned, Hartzell Engine Technologies

Next year is the 2022 Special Olympics USA games and Textron is asking for help transporting the athletes... Textron has started work on what they call (rightfully), the "company’s signature industry endeavor" — the Special Olympics Airlift (SOA), by starting the call for Cessna Citation, Beechcraft King Air, Beechcraft Premier, Beechjet and Hawker owners and operators to help transport more than 4,000 athletes and coaches from across the nation to the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games in Orlando, Fla. A

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Mission Aviation Fellowship Begins COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery In Rural Lesotho

One of Aviation's Greatest Organizations Steps Up -- Again

Humanitarian organization Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is delivering COVID-19 vaccines in the land-locked country of Lesotho to help combat the spread of the deadly virus. Lesotho’s mountainous terrain makes interior land travel difficult and MAF is acting as a last-leg carrier to ensure the vaccines stay at the appropriate temperature before being administered. This past week, about 140 workers in Lebakeng and 60 in Kubunyane were vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been used exclusively in Lesotho.

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Building Time! V-22 Osprey Soars Past 600,000 Fleet Flt-Hours

V-22 Is The Only Military Production Tiltrotor Aircraft In The World

The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey has logged more than 600,000 flight-hours. The V-22 fleet has grown to more than 400 aircraft and is operated by the United States Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The V-22 is the only military production tiltrotor aircraft in the world. “There is no other aircraft in the world capable of matching the unique capabilities of the Osprey,” said Kurt Fuller, Bell V-22 vice president and Bell Boeing program director. “The 600,000 flight-hours represent countless tactical, logistical and humanitarian assistance missions, and the dedication of the men and women who maintain and operate the airc

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CBP’s Air and Marine Operations and Cochise County SAR Team Up

Working Together, They Rescue an Injured Hiker from the Huachuca Mountains

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations (AMO) agents and Cochise County Sheriff’s Deputies (CCSO) team up to rescue a stranded hiker from the Huachuca Mountains. On the afternoon of March 22, the AMO Tucson Air Branch received a call from CCSO Search and Rescue requesting air support for a U.S. citizen, solo female hiker stranded with a broken leg in the Huachuca mountains. The hiker was stranded on a hiking trail at over 7500 feet in elevation.

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Classic Aero-TV: An Autogyro Milestone – Autogyro USA’s Certified Rotorcraft

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Takes Advantage Of A New Category Of Aircraft Established By The FAA…

Gyroplanes are among the most misunderstood aircraft, but the recent certification of the factory-built AutoGyro Calidus as a primary category aircraft has gone a long way towards making the public more aware of what the aircraft are, and their capabilities. That is the assessment of Andy Wall, CEO of Autogyro USA, who told ANN's Tom Patton at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo in January that the company has been inundated with inquires since the certification was granted in December of last year.

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Airborne 03.22.21: Draco Lives!, New NASA Boss?, Ilyushin IL-103

Also: Frequency Allocation Problems, NASA Remembers Lunney, Drone Registration Drop, Sterling Airways

Remember that takeoff accident at the Reno-Stead airport in 2019 that put Draco down... once and for all, unsalvageable, and thought never to be seen again... until now. The GA community was all agog at the exploits of Mike Patey and a one of a kind upgrade of a STOL aircraft  into something of a 2500 lb Super-STOL bird... complete with a massive turbo-prop engine. Debuting at AirVenture in 2018, Draco was an immediate hit, a YouTube sensation, and won many STOL competitions. The folks at Horizon H

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Airborne-Special Edition 02.11.21: Aviation Safety Resources' Larry Williams

Also: Next-Gen Airplane Parachutes, Lighter, Smaller, and More Cost-Effective, Coming Soon

ANN’s Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell has an interesting background as a test pilot... But one of the most exciting programs he was part of …..was flying and testing the first early generation of emergency airframe parachute systems on several different Cessnas, while working with two separate development programs. The technology has progressed so much since then, but the next generation of airframe recovery parachute systems is undergoing preparation for the civilian market and beyond... promising bette

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna P210N

He Smelled “Electrical Fumes” And Noted Smoke In The Cockpit

On March 2, 2021, about 0747 eastern standard time, a Cessna P210N, N4629K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Johnstown, New York. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that about 30 minutes after climbing to 10,000 ft msl after his departure from Burlington International Airport, Burlington (BTV), Vermont, he started hearing “an unfamiliar buzzing or humming noise” that became increasingly louder. After attempting to troubleshoot the issue, he decided to divert to an airport along his route. Soon after, he smelled “electrical

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AD: Air Tractor, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2021-05-14 Prompted By Reports Of Cracks In The Flap Torque Tube Actuator Attachment Brackets

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Air Tractor, Inc., (Air Tractor) Models AT-250, AT-300, AT-301, AT-302, AT-400, AT-400A, AT-401, AT-401A, AT401B, AT-402, AT-402A, AT-402B, AT-501, AT-502, AT-502A, AT-502B, AT-503, AT-503A, AT-504, AT-602, AT-802, and AT-802A airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in the flap torque tube actuator attachment brackets that may cause the flap actuator to detach from the flap torque tube. This AD requires repetitive visual and dye penetrant inspections of the flap actuator attachment bracket welds for cracks and replacement if cracks are identified. The FAA is issuing this AD to

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AD: Rockwell Collins, Inc. Flight Display System Application

AD 2021-05-17 Prompted By Conflict Between The TCAS Display Indications And Aural Alerts

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) AD 2019-12-09 for certain Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Rockwell Collins) FDSA-6500 flight display system applications installed on airplanes. AD 2019-12-09 imposed operating limitations on the traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS). AD 2019-12-09 was prompted by conflict between the TCAS display indications and aural alerts that may occur during a resolution advisory (RA) scenario. This AD retains the requirements of AD 2019-12-09 until a software upgrade is completed. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 29, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.21)

Aero Linx: The International Aviation Fire Protection Association IAFPA was first formed in 2000 by a group of airport fire officers in the UK.  From the initial UK site, the work of IAFPA spread throughout the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. In March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and affected almost all economies on the world stage especially aviation and the hospitality industry. With this major impact, the Council decided that to be relevant in the fast changing times and to be mission ready in the post-Covid era, IAFPA needed to restructure itself going forward. On 28 Sep 2020, the IAFPA Executive Council took a major decision to merge IAFPA UK and IAFPA Asia into a s

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.21): Execute Missed Approach

Execute Missed Approach

Instructions issued to a pilot making an instrument approach which means continue inbound to the missed approach point and execute the missed approach procedure as described on the Instrument Approach Procedure Chart or as previously assigned by ATC. The pilot may climb immediately to the altitude specified in the missed approach  procedure upon making a missed approach. No turns should be initiated prior to reaching the missed approach point. When conducting an ASR or PAR approach, execute the assigned missed approach procedure immediately upon receiving instructions to “execute missed approach.”

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.26.21)

"It was really a team effort. Chapter 690 offered tremendous assistance to both the tour personnel and the EAA headquarters staff who immediately traveled to Georgia to work on the aircraft. We also got great support from everyone on the airport, which allowed us to fully repair the minor damage to the wing and put the airplane back on tour." Source: Dennis Dunbar, EAA's director of flight operations, discussing the speedy and expert repairs made to EAA's B-17 after a bird strike did a bit of damage several days ago.

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