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February 18, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 02.18.21: FSANA Postpones, Robinson Video, HAI FIRC

Also: US Helicopter Safety Team, DPE Model Code of Conduct, Spatial Disorientation, American Flyers
Another much-anticipated event, one that was pretty an indoor convention, has been delayed due to issues associated with the pandemic. The Flight School Association of North America notes that, "Through discussions with members, suppliers, government officials and hotel management, the FSANA board and staff have decided to reschedule the 2021 conference. We apologize to anyone unable to make the new date, but feel the move will make for a better conference for all who attend or exhibit. We expect that we may have our largest attendance ever." The event is now scheduled for August 18-20, 2021, and will still be held in the Rosen Plaza in Orlando,

Another New GB1 Takes Flight

The Roll Rate Is 400 Degrees Per Second...

One of the most visually stunning new sport aircraft in many years continues to roll off the assembly line. GB1 GameBird Serial number 0027 was rolled out Thursday February 3rd 2021 for its production test flight from out of our facility on the Louise Thaden Airfield in Bentonville, AR. Production Flight Test is the final process before delivery. Each new GameBird is reportedly subjected to a rigorous set of inspections and checks which cover engine and avionics, flight controls, and system checks, as well as a final cleanup before handing the airplane over to its new owner.

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First DA62 SurveyStar Delivered

The Design Allows For Quick Configuration Changes

The first of its kind, DA62 SurveyStar, has been handed over To GeoFly. Despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, system integration went flawless in all directions. Considering that it is the first customer aircraft and involved numerous parties from various countries, it cannot be taken as given but once again demonstrates the strength of Diamond’s Special Mission Aircraft Division, to act as the single point of contact towards the customer in order to provide a ready-to-fly turnkey solution.

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.04.21: Sporty's Foundation, Mask Issues, Heli-Jobs

Also: Women In Corporate Aviation, Brooke Owens Fellowship, Doug Jeanes, eFlyer 2

The Sporty's Foundation made bequests totaling $161,000 during 2020 to fulfill its goal to attract young people to the aviation community both as a career and a lifestyle. The Foundation also supports organizations and museums that preserve the rich history of aviation for future generations -- with an apparent emphasis on aviation education activities. The Sporty's Foundation continues as a major sponsor of EAA's successful Young Eagles program from a financial commitment to complement Sporty's making its award-winning Le

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Join CAP, Find Your Soulmate

A CAP Love Story Takes Flight Over California

“Sometimes, flying feels too godlike to be attained by man,” Orville Wright said. “Sometimes, the world from above seems too beautiful, too wonderful, too distant for human eyes to see ...” The same could be said of real love, a thing seemingly too heavenly for mortal men and women. But sometimes, heartstrings zing and the perfect person makes eye contact in an unlikely place – like Civil Air Patrol mission aircrew school. Just ask Capt. Jenny Lynn Burnett and 1st Lt. Travis Carney of the California Wing. Both are CAP mission pilots.

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USAF Names First Overseas-Based F-35A Squadron

The 495th FS Will Be Called The “Valkyries”

The 48th Fighter Wing has selected a new nickname for the first U.S. Air Force overseas-based F-35A Lightning II squadron. The wing solicited help from the public to name the unit. Suggestions were originally submitted in the fall of 2020, and were narrowed down from 700 unique names to five finalists. In December, the 48th FW received thousands of votes from opinion polls, and the wing is excited to announce that the 495th FS will be called the “Valkyries,” besting four other choices – Archangels, Sabres, Sentinels and Swordsmen.

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Classic Aero-TV: Shelter From The Storm – The New AirCam Enclosure Option

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Latest Option For The Unique Aircraft Is A Cockpit Canopy And Windows…

The Aircam is a unique aircraft by any measure. A two-place open-cockpit twin engine airplane that is designed for land and water operations. It has made a name for itself as a camera platform among some of the world's best-known nature publications. But flying the aircraft has not always been the most comfortable experience. Some people just like the feeling of an enclosure around them. So, as Phil Lockwood, president and CEO of Lockwood Aircraft told ANN news editor Tom Patton at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, the solution was to create a

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SNPL & SIMAERO Cooperate To Help Pilots Maintain Their Licenses

'This Crisis Brought Catastrophic Consequences For Many Pilots'

The aviation industry is hit hard by the global pandemic, with the majority of airlines forced to significantly reduce their operations, park their airplanes and lay off their staff, including crew members. In France, like many other countries, many airline pilots are affected and cannot fly. According to the SNPL, (Syndicat National des Pilotes de Ligne) – the French National Union of Airline Pilots, this crisis brought catastrophic consequences for many pilots who were about to join airlines. Some cannot even claim unemployment benefits.

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Aquiline Drones Promotes 'Made in America' UAV Product Line

A Series Of Made-In-America Commercial Drones Will Be Built In Connecticut

Aquiline Drones (AD) is attempting to meet the increasing demand for "Made in America" drones by opening the first drone manufacturing and assembly plant in Connecticut. The Hartford-based aviation cloud solutions provider and commercial drone manufacturer now produces Drone Volt's Altura Zenith and Hercules 2 drones – re-branded by AD as the Spartacus line of drones: Spartacus MACKS and Spartacus HURRICANE.

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Airborne-Unmanned 02.09.21: Firefly Aerospace, Airspeeder, UAV Pilot Busted

Also: Drones Deliver, Bell Demonstrates APT, Apache and Drones, 100+ Super Bowl Drone Incursions

Firefly Aerospace has received an award from NASA for $93.3 million to deliver a suite of ten NASA-sponsored science and technology demonstration payloads to Mare Crisium in the Moon’s Crisium basin. Firefly’s ‘Blue Ghost’ lunar lander will deliver the payloads to the lunar surface in 2023 in fulfillment of Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) task order 19D, managed by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Blue Ghost (named after a breed of rare firefly) will operate on-board

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172

The Purpose Of The Flight Was To Take Some Friends’ Children Flying In The Local Area

On January 31, 2021, about 1420 mountain standard time, a Cessna 172, N4376Q, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Silt, Colorado. The pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The airplane had departed the Rifle airport (RIL) about 1400 for a local visual flight rules flight. According to a family member, the purpose of the flight was to take some friends’ children flying in the local area. During the accident flight, a minor child was in the right front seat and the mother was in the left rear seat. The family member stated

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD 2021-03-16 Requires Inspecting Each Sliding Door

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model AS350B, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350BA, AS350D, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters. This AD was prompted by the in-flight loss of a sliding door. This AD requires inspecting each sliding door and replacing the upper rail or front roller or removing the front roller from service if necessary. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective March 3, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.21)

Aero Linx: Aviation Fellowship Aviation Fellowship is an organization of pilots, mechanics, and other aviation enthusiasts who love the Lord. Our Mission is to share God’s Word. For 15 years Aviation Fellowship Inc. has been distributing Bibles around the country from Arlington Texas Municipal Airport. The founders of Aviation Fellowship are Kerry and Stephanie Mackey who had a vision to place New Testament Bibles at each of the almost 5,200 general aviation airports in the country.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.21): Option Approach

Option Approach An approach requested and conducted by a pilot which will result in either a touch-and-go, missed approach, low approach, stop-and-go, or full stop landing. Pilots should advise ATC if they decide to remain on the runway, of any delay in their stop and go, delay clearing the runway, or are unable to comply with the instruction(s).

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