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July 09, 2021

Airborne 07.09.21: Able Flight, Flashcard App, B-29 'Pull-A-Plane'

Also: Strong/ASR OSH Specials, Pilatus PC-24 Update, DG Flugzeugbau Acquired, Oshkosh Rides
Able Flight’s “Class of 2021” will be honored at a pilot wings pinning ceremony at EAA AirVenture on Tuesday, July 27th at 10:00 AM at Theater In The Woods. Six scholarship recipients earned their pilot certificates in the program this year, and all will be on stage to receive their pilot wings. This year’s pilots are T’angelo Magee, Michael Price, Peyton Wolter, David Snypes, Jr. and Sheila Xu. They include a veteran wounded in combat, two veterans who became disabled through accidents, a woman who is deaf, and two new pilots who use wheelchairs due to injuries from accidents. King Schools has released a new aid for those of you stud

King Schools Unveils New FREE Flashcard App

A FREE Means To Insuring Better Scores On FAA Written Exams!

King Schools has released a new aid for those of you studying for your next FAA test. The Kings note that pilots, today, have very high expectations for their written test results, wanting to score a 100% or close to that. The Flashcard App is a new aspect of the KING Study Method designed to achieve that high score.

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Airborne 07.06.21: Eviation Alice, Telly Award!, Falcon 6X Program

Also: 2022 WAI Scholarships, Final G550 Delivery, Ascent Fines, DPE Reform

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. The advanced fly-by-wire system is mad

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Aero-TV At SnF21: Triple Threat! Diamond’s Truly ‘Next Generation’ DA40 NG

21st Century Airframe, Glass Panel AND A Next-Gen Aviation Diesel Engine... What’s NOT To Love?

If there’s one thing that we at ANN keep an eye out for, it's the kind of airplane that can help a new generation of pilot take to the skies... and there are few airframes as persuasive or prominent as Diamond’s latest rendition of the sturdy DA40 NG... with a Jet-A powered Diesel Engine. It’s the 168 hp turbocharged Austro AE300 jet fuel engine that sets the DA40 NG far apart from most aircraft.

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Aviation's Heart: Humanitarian Aircraft, Missions To Be Highlighted At Oshkosh

Several Of The Humanitarian Aircraft Will Be Open For Tours

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is hosting a special attraction this year that will highlight humanitarian aircraft that focus on providing medical and relief assistance to those in need around the world. These aircraft and organizations will be part of a salute to humanitarian aviation during the 68th edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual fly-in convention, which runs July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh...

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Coast Guard MH-65 Rescues 5 People Stranded On Otter Island

Survivors Were Hoisted Into An MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter

A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crew rescued five people stranded on Otter Island, Wednesday, after their recreational vessel drifted off the beach due to inclement weather from Tropical Storm Elsa. The survivors were hoisted into an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at approximately 8 a.m. and transported to Charleston Executive Airport in good health. The fishing vessel Holly Marie rescued a man from the water who was attempting to recover his adrift 21-foot Carolina skiff. The man reported to the Coast Guard his boat became adrift after beaching it on Otter Island and he left his wife, daughter, and three cousins, stranded, as he tried to recover the vessel.

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USAF and Drone Racing League Expand Partnership

USAF and DRL Unveil Custom Content, Virtual Drone Racing Experiences, And More...

The United States Air Force and the Drone Racing League, are expanding their partnership ahead of the 2021-22 DRL Allianz World Championship Season. Following a successful partnership with the league over the past four years, the USAF added new DRL activations, including custom content, virtual drone racing experiences, and season-broadcast integrations that will inspire drone pilots everywhere to aim high and prepare to fly. Tapping into DRL's fans who are 23x more likely to follow the USAF compared to the general U.S. population, this partnership will ramp up their pilot-recruitment efforts as the global drone market continues to grow to an expected $58 billion ind

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Airborne-Flight Training 06.10.21: FAA Policy Mess, Hypoxia Training, ERAU Drone

Also: F-35 Training Center, Flight School Financing, Runway Safety, Rotorcraft Safety Program

In a June 4th letter from the FAA, a new policy was announced by the FAA aligning the recent Warbird Adventures decision with 91.319 and defining flight instruction as “carrying persons or property for compensation or hire.” This reverses historic FAA guidance and also 8900.1 which defines flight instruction as “educational.” This new policy would also prevent flight instruction in *all* experimental aircraft without a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA). The additional downstream legal

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Airborne-Unmanned 06.29.21: More Archer v Wisk, Safety Tests, Walmart Invests

Also: Rewriting Aviation Lexicon, Hubble Space Telescope, Emergency Response Drones, magniX

And the drama continues between Archer and Wisk! In court papers filed over the weekend by Archer Aviation, in opposition to Wisk’s motion for a preliminary injunction; Archer, citing Wisk employees’ testimony and documents produced by Wisk in discovery, states that Wisk filed its aircraft design patent application -- which as Wisk points out in its lawsuit appears nearly identical to Archer’s -- weeks after learning of Archer’s aircraft design. Sixteen organizations have been selected by the FAA to initially administer the Recreational Un

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-14-06 Continues To Require Repetitive BSIs Of Certain LPC R1s Until Replacement Of EEC FADEC Software

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2019-21-11 and AD 2020-07-02. AD 2019-21-11 applied to all Pratt & Whitney (PW) PW1519G, PW1521G, PW1521G-3, PW1521GA, PW1524G, PW1524G-3, PW1525G, PW1525G-3, PW1919G, PW1921G, PW1922G, PW1923G, and PW1923G-A model turbofan engines. AD 2020-07-02 applied to all PW PW1519G, PW1521G, PW1521G-3, PW1521GA, PW1524G, PW1524G-3, PW1525G, and PW1525G-3 model turbofan engines...

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NTSB Prelim: Covey Quickie

Airplane Reached An Altitude Of About 50 Ft When It Made A Left Turn, Stalled, And Impacted

On June 15, 2021, about 0820 mountain standard time, an experimental Covey Quickie airplane, N8054Y, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Gila Bend, Arizona. The pilot was seriously injured, and the passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The owner had recently purchased the airplane and was flying it home to Texas. They had refueled the airplane the day before the accident, at the Gila Bend Municipal Airport (E63).

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Emergency AD: Bell Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, and 212

Emergency AD Was Prompted By A Bell Model 212 Helicopter Fatal Accident

Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-15-51 is sent to owners and operators of Bell Textron Inc. (type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.) (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, and 212 helicopters. This emergency AD was prompted by a Bell Model 212 helicopter fatal accident in which an outboard main rotor hub strap pin (pin), part number (P/N) 204-012-104-005 with a serial number (S/N) prefix “FNFS”, sheared off during flight, which resulted in the main rotor blade and the main rotor head detaching from the helicopter. The pin had accumulated only 20 total hours time-in-service (TIS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.09.21)

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 (07.09.21): Movement Area

Movement Area The runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport/heliport which are utilized for taxiing/hover taxiing, air taxiing, takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas. At those airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from ATC.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.09.21)

"The U.S. Air Force is the world's greatest air power, and we need the best and brightest Airmen on our team to fly, fight and win. Working with the Drone Racing League is critical to boosting our recruiting pool, reaching millions of young fans, who include top drone pilots, engineers and technologists, and we're excited to continue our partnership with this innovative league." Source: Maj. Jason Wyche, Chief of National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service, discussing the relationship between the Air Force and the Drone Racing League.

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