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March 20, 2021

President Announces Intent to Nominate Bill Nelson for NASA Lead

Not Very Popular Among Some in The Astronaut Corps, Nelson Nom Is Seen (By Many) As Troublesome

President Biden has announced his intent to nominate Bill Nelson to serve as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator -- the decision is not expected to be popular among much of the elder Astronaut corps who dealt with him during his politically motivated space flight -- which was often considered to be an ill-conceived PR stunt. Senator Bill Nelson, former U. S. Senator, is a fifth generation Floridian whose family came to Florida in 1829. He has served in public office over four decades, first in the state legislature and U. S. Congress, then as State Treasurer. He was elected three times to the United States Senate, represen

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F-16 Viper Demo Team Performing at AirVenture 2021

Will Also Participate In The Air Force Heritage Flight Program

The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will be performing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021, scheduled for July 26-August 1. The Viper Demo Team will perform demonstrations as part of the daily air shows during AirVenture, as well as participate in the Air Force Heritage Flight program. Maj. Garret Schmitz is the Viper Demo Team pilot for the 2021 season. "The Viper Demo Team is always a popular attraction at air shows across the country and we’re very excited to welcome it back to Oshkosh this summer as we continue to plan for a full AirVenture event in late July," said Dennis Dunbar, director of AirVenture air show operations.

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Surprise! FAA Experiences 50% Drop in New Registrations and Renewals

Registrations Fell From 1,746,248 To 868,421 Between December 2020 And March 2021

The folks at the Academy of Model Aeronautics tell us that the FAA has experienced a precipitous 50% decline in new registrations and renewals for UAS via The total number of registrations fell from 1,746,248 to 868,421 between December 2020 and March 2021, comprising 492,492 recreational fliers and 375,929 commercially registered drones. The FAA attributes this drop to registrations to reaching the end of their three-year expiration date, though dissatisfaction with the current processes and a number of anti-model aviation decisions may also have an impact on this issue.

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Klyde Morris (03.19.21)

Klyde OPines On The Many Differences Between BizJets and Airliners


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Accident(s) Waiting To Happen: Frequency Allocation-Growing Concern for Aviation

"This Is Undoubtedly An Aviation Safety Matter..."

Recent concerns expressed by GA groups over jamming of essential GPS signals for the purpose of military exercises and testing spotlights a growing set of issues surrounding how radio frequency spectrum is controlled to maintain aviation safety, according to EAA's advocacy team. Aero-associations, last week, focused on intentional military jamming of GPS signals as part of training exercises over broad regions of airspace, but aviation groups have also been regularly alarmed by the increasing handover of frequency spectrum to commercial interests without regard for aviation safety.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Patrouille De France--The Long-Awaited US Tour

From 2017 (YouTubeVersion): Team Trained All Winter To Adapt To U.S. Air Show Rules

The Patrouille de France performed in April at Sun 'n Fun, and then toured a large portion of the U.S. during the month of April. In an interview with ANN Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, Lead Solo Pilot Capt. Aubert said that the team trained all winter for the 2017 demonstration to match with U.S. regulations for military team performances at air shows. The logistics were challenging, but he said that at each location in the U.S., the team had support personnel waiting for them to help facilitate their performances. Capt. Aubert said one change from a European tour was t

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NASA Moon Rocket Passes Key Test

NASA Previously Conducted A Hot Fire Test Of The SLS Core Stage Jan. 16

The largest rocket element NASA has ever built, the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, fired its four RS-25 engines for 8 minutes and 19 seconds Thursday at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The successful test, known as a hot fire, is a critical milestone ahead of the agency's Artemis I mission, which will send an uncrewed Orion spacecraft on a test flight around the Moon and back to Earth, paving the way for future Artemis missions with astronauts.

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Textron Systems Awarded Contract By Army To Upgrade Shadow

Will Modernize The Current Shadow RQ-7B Block II

Textron Systems has received a contract for up to $607 million from the U.S. Army to provide contract logistics support, field services, and engineering support along with the retrofit of the existing Shadow Block II Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) to the upgraded Block III configuration. This award follows a successful Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) of the Block III configuration by the Army in late 2020.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150J

He Heard A Sound That Resembled A Gun Shot And Immediately Observed The Propeller Stop Rotating

On March 3, 2021, about 1220 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 150 airplane, N60290, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lodi, California. The instructor and pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the pilot receiving instruction, he had recently purchased the accident airplane, and this was his first flight with a new instructor. They departed the airport uneventfully and climbed to their cruise altitude, 3,000 ft mean sea level.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-05-13 Prompted By Two Reported Failures Of The Tail Plane Installation Forward Bolts

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD was prompted by two reported failures of the tail plane installation forward bolts (bolts). This AD requires inspecting the bolts and depending on the results of those inspections, removing certain parts from service or installing a tail plane retromod. This AD also requires torqueing certain part-numbered nuts, inspecting bolts and nuts for wear, and depending on the results of those inspections, removing parts from service. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 21, 2021.<

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.20.21)

Aero Linx: The Japan Business Aircraft Association (JBAA) The Japan Business Aircraft Association (JBAA) was established in May 1996 as an incorporated nonprofit organization (in April 2001 it was renamed the Japan Business Aviation Association). Up until the present, we have contributed to the development and expansion of Japanese business aviation with our members’ cooperation. It is essential to have more knowledge and informational exchange between our members for the further development of Japanese business aviation. We sincerely hope that you will understand the aviation policy and present situation in Japan as well as the process for achieving the smooth operations of business aircraft i

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.20.21): Airport Surveillance Radar

Airport Surveillance Radar Approach control radar used to detect and display an aircraft’s position in the terminal area. ASR provides range and azimuth information but does not provide elevation data. Coverage of the ASR can extend up to 60 miles.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.20.21)

"FAA has experienced a precipitous 50% decline in new registrations and renewals for UAS via The total number of registrations fell from 1,746,248 to 868,421 between December 2020 and March 2021, comprising 492,492 recreational fliers and 375,929 commercially registered drones." Source: From a report by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, noting the decrease in drone/model aircraft registrations.

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