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March 22, 2021

Airborne 03.19.21: AERO South Africa, Des Barker, F-16 Demo Team

Also: SE Aeronautics, Airline Passengers Busted, NTSB Wants More Regs, New K-MAX

Due to the ongoing pandemic AERO South Africa Delayed to July 2022. Messe Frankfurt South Africa has taken the decision to postpone the AERO South Africa exhibition and conference to July 2022. The three-day event will take place at Wonderboom National Airport and is supported by AERO Friedrichshafen. The launch event in 2019 was reportedly well received by the General Aviation Sector and it is hoped that the new dates will allow sufficient time for the impacts of the pandemic to settle.  The International Council of A

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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 Hobby have resurrected Draco -- albeit in model form... this time as an exquisitely detailed six foot span RC aircraft that leaves little to the imagination... President Biden has

Draco Lives! (In Miniature)

RC Model of Near-Legendary STOL Turbo-Prop Hits The Model Market

The GA community was all agog for a period o time 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 the EAA AirVenture Fly-In at Oshkosh in July 2018, Draco was an immediate hit, a YouTube sensation, and the winner of many a STOL competition. But... a takeoff accident at the Reno-Stead airport in September of 2019 put Draco down... once and for all, unsalvageable, and thought never to be seen again... until now.

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America’s Seaplane City Plans Seaplane-A-Palooza

Seaplane-A-Palooza Is Always Held The Weekend Before Sun’N Fun

If you want to fly into Seaplane-A-Palooza in Tavares, Florida (FA1) and spend three festive days attending this annual splash-in at America’s Seaplane City, you should be making your plans now. Seaplane-A-Palooza is always held the weekend before Sun’n Fun, the second largest air show in the country which is held in Lakeland, Florida. This year the splash-in will take place starting on the afternoon of April 9, 2021 and continue through Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11.

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Once Around The Patch? Three Crewmates Reposition Soyuz

19th Overall Soyuz Port Relocation And The First Since August 2019

It's getting busy up at the ISS... and about to get even busier... hence the need to 're-park' one of the vehicles that got them to the station. The Expedition 64 crew members who arrived to the International Space Station Oct. 14, 2020, have successfully relocated their Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft. Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA and Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, undocked from the Earth-facing port of the station’s Rassvet module at 12:38 p.m. EDT, Friday, and Ryzhikov successfully piloted the spacecraft and docked again at the space-facing Poisk port at 1:12 p.m.

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Blue Angels Conclude Winter Training, Depart NAF El Centro

Scheduled To Perform 53 Flight Demonstrations At 28 Locations Across The USs And Canada

The US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels successfully completed winter training onboard Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro at the conclusion of the Festival of Flight, last week. The Blue Angels departed NAF El Centro and are scheduled to perform 53 flight demonstrations at 28 locations across the United States and Canada. “We’ve been training in Imperial Valley for over 50 years, and this is where the Blue Angles cut their teeth and where the show is made,” said Cmdr. Brian Kesselring, commanding officer, The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

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Klyde Morris (03.22.21)

Klyde Seems To Have Some Questions About NASA's New Admin, Too


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Classic Aero-TV: Lockheed Flight Services -- Improving Safety for the NAS

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Gearing Up To Meet Tomorrow's FSS/Pilot Requirements

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell speaks with Jim Derr, the director of aviation services for the Lockheed Martin company. This is the division of Lockheed Martin that provides pilots with flight service station services. Most pilots are familiar with the typical flight service station briefing obtained over the telephone, but Derr says that the AFSS system is now moving to provide some types of information over the Internet.

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FAA Still Looking For Drone Test Administrators

Apply by March 31 to become an FAA approved Test Administrator

The FAA invites drone companies and educational institutions to become test administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). The test offers recreational flyers safety training, best practices, and educational resources.

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Airborne 03.17.21: Falcon SAM STC, Alaska ANG Rescue, Fifth 2021 Spacewalk

Also: B-17 Avionics Upgrade, Fenix Air Charter Penalty, Jazz Agreement, RAA Says Industry Needs Bucks

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has announced the company's SAM MD302 Standby Attitude Module, is STC approved on Falcon 900 A/B/C/EX Series for FAA, EASA and AFAC (Mexico) registered aircraft. The 2-inch, solid-state instrument displays attitude, altitude, airspeed, slip, vertical trend and heading information to the pilot during normal or standby operation in the event of primary instrument failure. SAM replaces the Attitude Horizon Standby, Altimeter and Standby Mach Airspeed Indicator onboard

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NTSB Prelim: Aviat A-1B

The Track Then Made A Second, Tighter, 360-Degree Turn At 49 Knots And Decreasing

On March 6, 2021, about 0610 central standard time, an Aviat A-1B airplane, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Berwyn, Nebraska. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The purpose of the flight was to fly from the pilot’s private runway to Holyoke, Colorado, for an annual inspection. About 0555, the airplane was first observed on primary radar about 1/2 mile south of the private runway. The airplane track proceeded generally west-southwest about 87 knots. About 11 miles from the runway, it made a left turn toward the south. The track then made right 36

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD 2021-05-06 Prompted By Incidents Of Difficulty Unbuttoning The Extraction Tape On The Windows

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model AS332C, AS332C1, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, EC 155B, EC155B1, EC225LP, and SA330J helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the snap fasteners on the windows. This AD was prompted by incidents of difficulty unbuttoning the extraction tape on the windows. The actions of this AD are intended to address an unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 19, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.21)

Aero Linx: The Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) The Air Medical Physician Association (AMPA) is the largest professional organization of physicians dedicated to rotor wing (helicopter), fixed wing (airplane) and critical care ground transport. With over 400 members nationally and internationally the Association represents extensive expertise in the field of medical transport. Our members represent many medical specialties including Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and various Surgical Subspecialties.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.21): En Route High Altitude Charts

En Route High Altitude Charts Provide aeronautical information for en route instrument navigation (IFR) in the high altitude stratum. Information includes the portrayal of jet routes, identification and frequencies of radio aids, selected airports, distances, time zones, special use airspace, and related information.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.22.21)

“We are honored to have the Blue Angels train at NAF El Centro and debut the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. The team is comprised of absolute professionals across-the-board and demonstrated that they are ready to execute the 2021 show season. Now, Team NAFEC and our community will begin to plan for their return next year so that we can ensure we are aligned and ready to support their unique and evolving training requirements.“ Source: Capt. William Perkins, commanding officer, NAF El Centro, where the Blue Angels train before each season, commenting on the relationship that have with the team.

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