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August 01, 2022

FAA and EASA Approve Dassault’s FalconEye Synthetic Vision System

We Don’t Need No Stinking VFR

Dassault Aviation, the legacy manufacturer of capable, tasteful, eminently French, military and business aircraft, has received FAA and EASA approval of FalconEye—an advanced, dual heads-up display—on its Falcon 8X very-long-range trijet. The system’s dual Heads-Up Display (HUD) configuration will ultimately permit an EFVS-to-land capability in near zero-zero conditions—pending ever-changing EASA regulations. Enhanced flight vision systems (EFVS, sometimes EVS) are collections of air-going gadgets that provide pilots a visual perspective of the flight-environment that exceeds in scope and clarity what can be seen with the naked eye.

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Space Debris Impacts Australian Sheep Farm

Shepherd’s Pie In the Sky

A sheep farmer in New South Wales, Australia, made a strange and improbable discovery: a large, blackened hunk of mechanical junk wedged into a remote corner of his paddock. The object’s charred appearance and accessory, high-tech bits and bobs suggested it might have made its way Earthward from space, and endured a scorching descent through miles of atmosphere. Theories pertaining to the object’s origin and purpose descended with equal fire and fury from experts and neophytes alike, many of whom posited the seven-plus-foot-long enigma was a jettisoned former piece of a SpaceX vessel. Prevailing theories allege the piece is a remnant of SpaceX's November 20

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SnF's Aerospace Expo Updates For 2023 And Beyond

Conrad Shares Updates & Future Of Sun n Fun Since Taking Helm

Sun n Fun’s Gene Conrad, President and CEO of the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) was excited to share their progress to date, a future look to Sun n Fun 2023, and beyond. He began by showing a video montage, and shared a little about his beginnings in aviation, specifically that he was born in the city of Oshkosh, grew up around Mr. Steve Wittman and his wife Dorothy… the PB&J sandwiches she used to make him, being around all things aviation, which also included a stint as Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH) manager for 12 years, serving in the same role for a similar duration at Lakeland Linder International A

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Murphy Aircraft Rises To The Challenge

Murphy Aircraft Focuses On Moose After Pandemic Shutdown

By Suzanne Collins Anton Fix and Tim Gai of Murphy Aircraft were on hand at discuss their lineup of certified aircraft at AirVenture 2022. Murphy Aircraft, in business since 1985 closed its doors during the pandemic, and in late 2021 found new life following a purchase, change of hands, and subsequently rebuilding/rehiring the workforce. Having worked through the challenges, Murphy Aircraft believes its ready to resume supplying kits. Murphy Aircraft, headquartered in Chiliwack, British Columbia, Canada offers factory tours to its owners, and the chance to meet the dedicated staff who are responsible fo

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U.S. Court Upholds FAA Drone Regulation

AUVSI Deems Remote ID Rule Necessary and Beneficial

A United States Court has issued an opinion denying a petition for review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Remote ID rule. Subject rule requires unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) to be equipped with components or systems by which they may be individually but anonymously identified—after the fashion in which a license plate identifies an automobile without publicly disclosing the identity of the vehicle’s owner.

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STADIA Skips FAA For GA-With Laser Altimeter

Skeeter Enterprise’s Laser Altimeter Ready For Showtime

On site at EAA AirVenture 2022, we bumped into Mr. Sean Sherman of Skeeter Enterprises tent in the South 40 (Vintage side of the house) to ask about the little white boxes attached to the mock strut which served as his prop display. Mr. Sherman confirmed that the STADIA model is a laser altimeter that was designed and developed specifically with General Aviation in mind, and that this model is intended for land-based aircraft, with a water-landing model currently in the works. Once turned on, the STADIA is in standby mode, and kicks in at 130ft (vertical detection), and at 100ft its truly awake to within 2 to 3 inches, which is significant

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METARmaps Debuts Additional Features

METARmaps Introduces New Features For 2022

We checked in with Mr. Richard Freilich at EAA AirVenture 2022, and he shared with us that new for this year in version 4.0 of METARmaps are the following features: off-panel processing (the work is being done in the cloud) which will facilitate easier over-the-air (OTA) updates and feature enhancements to the map, geo-dimming (real-time sunrise brightening or sunset dimming), in addition to the lightning indications (via LED flicker), general wind, and sustained wind-gust information (via LED pulse at programmed rates) that was previously available.   

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Membership Up at Vertical Flight Society

Upward Mobility for All

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), a non-profit technical society for the advancement of vertical flight, has announced that it has enjoyed steady growth in the second quarter of 2022. The organization attributes its accession to the waxing acceptance and burgeoning popularity of electric aircraft around the world. As of July 2022, the Vertical Flight Society comprises 176-member companies and organizations—twenty more than it numbered in July 2021.

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Florida Critter Keepers to Corral Two Bell-Textron 505 Helicopters

Whirlybirds Fly South

Bell Textron, the Texas-based, Texas-sized manufacturer of military and civilian helicopters, has announced the signing of a purchase agreement that will see two of its Bell-505 helicopters delivered to the state of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The aircraft will support the multi-mission law enforcement operations of the commission’s Division of Law Enforcement.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 1: Tom Poberezny Goes West, CubCrafters, Kodiak 900

07.25.22: Piper's eArcher, Titan/SW51, Stratos 716X, Pelton Int'vw Part 1

EAA Boss Jack Pelton started off the week at AirVenture with some sad news... the passing of former EAA President Tom Poberezny. Poberezny was first elected president of EAA in 1989. CubCrafters is looking to the future and has massive plans to expand their service to aviation by going public. The manufacturer of a whole new generation of Super Cub upgrades, CubCrafters has taken the STOL/Adventure market by storm. The Daher Kodiak 100 was a monster lifter... a rugged high winged beast... and now it's gotten bigger... and faster... and even cooler than before. Piper has entered into an

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-12

Airplane Descended Toward The Banner But Missed The Haul Line

On July 16, 2022, about 0935 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-12, N3703M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Middle Twp., New Jersey. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 banner-tow flight. According to the operator, who witnessed the accident, the pilot was hired in late May 2022. The airplane was completely fueled prior to the accident flight. On the accident flight, the pilot departed runway 32 and flew a left traffic pattern to pick up the banner at the approach end of runway 14, which was normal procedure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.01.22)

Aero Linx: Youth Aviation Adventure YAA has developed this signature program as a modular, inexpensive, repeatable system that can be transplanted and replicated almost anywhere. Many programs have been implemented with immediate success. The current platform exists for our program to be implemented with almost instant success.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.01.22): Meteorological Impact Statement

Meteorological Impact Statement An unscheduled planning forecast describing conditions expected to begin within 4 to 12 hours which may impact the flow of air traffic in a specific center’s (ARTCC) area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.01.22)

“Drones are coming. Lots of them. They are fun and useful. But their ability to pry, spy, crash, and drop things poses real risks. Free-for-all drone use threatens air traffic, people and things on the ground, and even national security. Congress recognizes as much. It passed a law in 2016 requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop standards for remotely identifying operators and owners of unmanned aircraft systems …” Source: From... A United States Court has issued an opinion denying a petition for review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Remote ID rule.

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