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June 11, 2021

Airborne-Special Edition 06.11.21: Catching Up W/Former AOPA Boss Phil Boyer-Pt1

Also: Oft Described As Aviation's Most Accomplished Leader, Phil Is Anything But Retired
Former AOPA president Phil Boyer is considered one of aviation's most effective leaders. Over the course of 18 Years, Phil led the organization to greater prominence and built membership numbers to well over 400,000 -- Heights of popularity the organization has not seen since his departure. Upon retirement, Phil, and his wife Lois, moved to an airport home where he continued his love for aviation... for both manned and unmanned aviation. 
Since leaving AOPA more than ten years ago, Phil has owned two exceptional biplanes (WACO and a Great Lakes), and a Beech A36 traveling machine -- and most recently has completed the building, and

EAA Joins In Condemnation of FAA Flight Training Edict

'FAA Flight Training Policy Changes Will Reduce Safety, Create Administrative Logjam'

FAA policy interpretations on flight training arising out of a recent court decision will have a chilling impact on general aviation safety and create a bureaucratic nightmare for pilots and federal officials, according to numerous GA groups including the Experimental Aircraft Association. In a letter sent to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson, the groups called the policy changes “unnecessary and unwarranted guidelines based on irrational legal positions” and called for the FAA to immediately revise the policy to prevent degraded safety in flight training and unnecessary legal battles. The combined groups noted that they are “prepared to use all

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SmartSky Opens Southeast Corridor

Says They're 'On Track' for 2021 Launch

SmartSky announced the completion of all technical milestones and the opening of the first fully operational coverage zone of its inflight communications network, enabling route-based flight demonstrations and marking an inflection point on its path to certification and commercial launch later this year. SmartSky believes it has proven it can provide office-grade, bi-directional, multi-Mbps inflight connectivity with very low latency for business jet and turboprop flights transiting the network’s Southeastern corridor that covers a large contiguous portion of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

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Bell 505 Receives UK Certification For Autopilot

Offers Stability Engagement Throughout All Phases Of Flight

Bell confirmed that the Genesys HeliSAS autopilot for the Bell 505 has received certification from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). “We are thrilled to offer the Genesys autopilot for the 505 to our customers in the UK,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director, Europe and Russia. “The system decreases pilot workload, increases pilot comfort over long distances, and provides assistance in the event of inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC).”

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Leonardo Delivers Navy's First TH-73A Training Helicopter

Total Requirement Is For 130 Aircraft With Contract Completion In 2024

Leonardo has delivered the first TH-73A training helicopter to the U.S. Navy. The ceremony was attended by Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell, commander of Naval Air Forces and Commander, Naval Air Force U.S. Pacific Fleet; Rear Admiral Gregory Harris, Director of Air Warfare Division (N98); and Captain Holly Shoger, Program Manager of Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program.

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uAvionix Receives Patent for tailBeaconX Transponder

tailBeaconX Received TSO Authorization From The FAA Earlier This Year

uAvionix has been granted a new patent enabling safety and surveillance benefits with the use of space-based ADS-B for General Aviation (GA). U.S. Patent 11,011,830 titled “Wireless Communication System within an External Enclosure for Attachment to a Vehicle” provides the ability to leverage the wing and tail locations of an aircraft for the installation of a transponder to gain optimal performance from both ground and space-based infrastructure.

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Classic Aero-TV: Exploration of Flight - Wings Over The Rockies’ New Venture

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Building On Past Success And Focusing On The Future…

The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is expanding, and in this video you’ll meet Greg Anderson who is the President and CEO of this Museum. Anderson’s background includes a long career with the EAA where he was the visionary behind the successful Young Eagles program. The video takes place at Centennial Airport, which is located south of Denver, CO. This is the site chosen to be the location of the new Exploration of Flight Education and Technology Center which will be the second Wings Over the Rockies location. Anderson explains that this

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Frontier Airlines Launches Pilot Hiring Program with ERAU

Among Other Qualifications, Candidates Must Maintain A GPA Above 3.2

Frontier Airlines has teamed up with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to identify and cultivate the next generation of highly skilled commercial airline pilots. “The new Frontier/Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Pilot Hiring Program will tap top-performing flight students who consistently demonstrate the work ethic, flying skill, aviation knowledge, professional attitude and demeanor to eventually become successful crew members for Frontier Airlines,” said Frontier’s Vice President of Flight Operations Brad Lambert.

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Airborne-Flight Training 06.03.21: SAFE v FAA, ERAU Golden Eagles, Bell 505

Also: Diamond Aircraft Sim, Fairbanks Int'l, NAEC-Aerospace Summer Camp, FAA UAS Symposium

A recent court decision has upheld the FAA’s questionable “cease and desist” order against “Warbird Adventures.” This ruling lets stand an interpretation that threatens the historic role of CFIs as “educators” and will have a negative effect on all flight training (and aviation safety). This action has left CFIs confused and at risk from the greater future liability of “flying for hire,” along with potential regulatory and medical consequences. The Society of A

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Airborne 06.07.21: Ogden v GA, P-3s Seize Drugs, Bell H-1 Milestone

Also: FAA Revokes Certificate, SpaceX Cargo Craft, Rotorcraft Community Collaborates, AEA21 LIVE Coverage

There is another fight brewing over a GA airport -- this time, in Utah. The Ogden Regional Airport Association was brought back to life to start a series of legal and class action efforts against Ogden Airport and City officials that seem intent on changing rules and jacking up rates with great frequency and severity. A lawsuit has just been filed. ORAA is protesting changes in hangar leases and prices, and the rules under which they work with the pilot/owners. The organization believes that it is t

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NTSB Prelim: Ted Smith Aerostar 600

Initial Impact Point Was In A Tree About 50 Ft Tall

On May 6, 2021, about 1520 eastern daylight time, a Ted Smith Aerostar 600, Canadian registration CFAAZ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near La Belle, Florida. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured, and the pilot-rated passenger was seriously injured. The local personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Preliminary radar data revealed that the airplane departed La Belle Municipal Airport (X14) about 1500. The radar track showed the airplane in a cruise profile on a westerly track about 3,500 ft and 170 knots groundspeed until it was about 5 miles east of X14, where it began a decelerating descent.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.11.21)

Aero Linx: The Utah General Aviation Association (UGAA) The Utah General Aviation Association (UGAA) is formed to preserve, promote, and protect the interests of all involved in and served by General Aviation by: Taking all actions and precautions to promote the safety of flight. Monitoring current and proposed State Laws, City and County ordinances and Airport Authority actions to assure they are in consonance with FAA regulations, and by taking action to change any laws and ordinances to make them so. Assuring that all actions taken by any and all government bodies are fair to the interests of General Aviation and promote flight safety.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.11.21): Outer Area (Associated With Class C Airspace)

Outer Area (Associated With Class C Airspace) Non-regulatory airspace surrounding designated Class C airspace airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring and sequencing on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The service provided in the outer area is called Class C service which includes: IFR/IFR-IFR separation; IFR/VFR-traffic advisories and conflict resolution; and VFR/VFR-traffic advisories and, as appropriate, safety alerts. The normal radius will be 20 nautical miles with some variations based on site-specific requirements. The outer area extends outward from the primary Class C airspace airport and extends from the lower limits of radar/radio coverage up to the ceilin

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.11.21)

“While our primary goal remains lighting up the remainder of the nationwide network in the coming months, today we are showcasing the unparalleled inflight networking capabilities and advanced services that SmartSky is bringing to market for the connected aircraft ecosystem of operators, manufacturers, service providers and passengers.” Source: SmartSky CEO, David Helfgott, remarking on their completion of all technical milestones and the opening of the first fully operational coverage zone of its inflight communications network, enabling route-based flight demonstrations and marking an inflection point on its path to certification and commercial launch later this year.

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