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July 03, 2021

Eviation Unveils the Production All-Electric Alice Aircraft

Prepares for the Inaugural Flight Later This Year

Eviation Aircraft has unveiled the design for its Alice all-electric aircraft, which is on track for first flight later this year. The production configuration, optimized based on real-world lessons learned and customer feedback, defines Alice's path to certification and entry into service expected in 2024.  Alice, a nine-passenger, two-crew member aircraft, produces no carbon emissions, significantly reduces noise, and costs a fraction to operate per flight hour. The aircraft is powered by two magni650 electric propulsion units from magniX.

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Van Nuys Airport Completes $35.5-Million, 15-Month Taxiway A Rehabilitation Proj

Rehabilitation Of The 8,000-Foot Taxiway Was Accomplished In 12 Phases

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has completed a $35.5-million, 15-month project to rehabilitate Taxiway A at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The work expands the taxiway's pavement life by 20 years, enhances safety and meets new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards. "Van Nuys Airport continues to demonstrate it is the premier general aviation airport in the country with modern and safe facilities that are among the most emulated by peer airports," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. "I want to thank our project team and Van Nuys Airport tenants for working collaboratively to coordinate the design, phasing and construction in a manner that mitigated o

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Navy Announces Initial Aviation Warrant Officer Selection Board

Those Selected For The Program Will First Complete Officer Candidate School In Newport, Rhode Island

A new era in Naval Aviation launches on Aug. 2 when a board will meet to select the initial cadre of Aviation Warrant Officers who will be trained to fly the new MQ-25 carrier-based unmanned aerial vehicle. The call for applications, announced in NAVADMIN 141/21 and released on June 28, says that qualified Sailors and civilians can apply for the program through Navy Recruiting Command. Applications to be considered by the board are due on July 26. Last December, the program’s approval came when the Navy formally established the Aerial Vehicle Operator (AVO) warrant officer specialty in NAVADMIN 315/20.

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Volatus Aerospace Acquires ConnexiCore

Intends To Expand Drone Services Business Into The US

Volatus Aerospace has agreed to acquire ConnexiCore LLC. The transaction will close on July 30th, subject to due diligence. Volatus Aerospace will leverage ConnexiCore's drone data platform and extensive drone pilot network to expand into the US market, and also develop their Canadian drone business further. In addition to accessing ConnexiCore's fleet of over 1,100 FAA-certified UAV drone pilots, software mapping consultants, and industry-specific subject matter experts, they will also make strategic use of ConnexiCore's unique drone data capabilities, including 3D modeling, building envelope and façade inspection, photogrammetry, aerial mapping, thermal imaging, GIS, and ConnexiCore Cl

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Classic Aero-TV: The Sikorsky HoverFly - CAF's Amazing Heli-Restoration Project

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Not Everything At Heli-EXPO Was Brand New…

People attend shows like Heli-EXPO to see what is the latest and greatest in aircraft and associated systems and equipment. But not everyone exhibiting at the show in Dallas in March had something brand new on display. Such was the case with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), which is dedicated to restoring and flying vintage military aircraft. At their booth, attendees saw the bones of an iconic rotorcraft, the Sikorsky Hoverfly. Keegan Chetwynd, Curator for the Commemorative Air Force, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the Hoverfly was the first

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US Aviation Academy Hosts 2nd Annual Aviation Discovery Summer Camp

Each Student Will Have The Opportunity To Log Their First Flight In Their Logbook

US Aviation Academy’s (USAA) 2nd Annual Aviation Discovery Summer Camp is taking-off at the Denton Enterprise Airport July 12 to 16. Read More


319th Reconnaissance Wing to Field E-11 Mission at Robins AFB

The Air Force Already Possesses Three E-11s

The Air Force announced plans recently that the 319th Reconnaissance Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base will now provide command and control support for the Air Force’s E-11 Battlefield Airborne Control Node aircraft mission. Under the proposed plan, which is contingent on Congressional approval of the retirement of four E-8 JSTARS at Robins AFB, Georgia, an E-11 squadron at Robins AFB would be a geographically separated unit reporting to the 319th RW.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150

Airplane Impacted The River And Sank In About 17 Ft Of Water

On June 18, 2021, about 1106 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150L, N1300Q, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Yulee, Florida. The flight instructor and a student pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to preliminary air traffic control (ATC) radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration, the flight departed Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (FHB), Fernandina Beach, Florida about 1056 and proceeded on a northwesterly heading for about 7 miles until over the St. Mary’s River. No ATC services were provided.

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AD: ATR-GIE Avions de Transport RĂ©gional Airplanes

AD 2021-12-17 Prompted By Reports Of Defective Seat Tracks

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional Model ATR42-300, -320, and -500 airplanes; and all Model ATR72-101, -102, -201, -202, -211, -212, and -212A airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of defective seat tracks. This AD requires a detailed visual inspection of each affected part for deficiencies (sealant blockage and out of tolerance ligaments), and depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective actions, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effect

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.03.21)

Aero Linx: African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) was established in 2012 as a not-for-profit organisation that fosters increased knowledge and understanding of business aviation in Africa, and promotes the tangible benefits that business aviation can contribute to Africa’s economic development and prosperity. In 2018, AfBAA widened its remit to include both business and general aviation in Africa. This has significantly expanded and strengthened AfBAA’s footprint on the continent and has firmly positioned it as the official Voice of Business and General Aviation in Africa.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.03.21): Mode C Intruder Alert

Mode C Intruder Alert A function of certain air traffic control automated systems designed to alert radar controllers to existing or pending situations between a tracked target (known IFR or VFR aircraft) and an untracked target (unknown IFR or VFR aircraft) that requires immediate attention/action.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.03.21)

"The Taxiway A project presented another opportunity for airport businesses to work in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports and the FAA on solutions to limit the number of days in which runways, taxiways and leasehold access points were impacted during construction." Source: Van Nuys Airport Association President Curt Castagna, after Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) completed a $35.5-million, 15-month project to rehabilitate Taxiway A at Van Nuys Airport (VNY). The work expands the taxiway's pavement life by 20 years, enhances safety and meets new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards.

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