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August 31, 2021

Aero-TV At OSH21: Oshkosh 2021 Final Press Conference

Jack Pelton’s Closing Remarks, MOSAIC, Numbers, AV22

Jack Pelton, CEO And Chairman of EAA, speaks at an Oshkosh press conference about the hopeful look ahead after bouncing back from 2020’s cancellation. Pelton opened up by saying, “We’re back. We are finally back, and this is gonna be the beginning of the next resurgence of what we are going to see as far as AirVenture goes in the years to come”

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Collins Aerospace Will Acquire FlightAware

FlightAware Will Join Collins' Information Management Services Portfolio

Collins Aerospace has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held FlightAware. Closure of the acquisition is subject to the completion of customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Following closing, FlightAware will join Collins' Information Management Services portfolio within the company's Avionics strategic business unit. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Airborne 08.27.21: Sonex High-Wing, Balloon Record, Midwest LSA Expo

Also: Piedmont Pilots, Virgin Orbit, NBAA Promoting Owner-Pilot Pavilion, Private Jet Prices

Sonex Aircraft presents its newest kit aircraft design: Sonex Aircraft High Wings. The aircraft will be available in both conventional tail and Y-Tail models. Additionally, four model options are available between tail and gear configuration options. The aircraft is set to display at Oshkosh in 2023, which is when the company will be taking orders. The aircraft will not be a backcountry airplane, and will take after the current Sonex Aircraft fleet, carrying on the mission for fun, local flying, aerobatics and fuel-efficient cross-countries. A new Guiness World

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Airborne-Unmanned 08.24.21: Autel Dragonfish, Blood Transport, MQ-25 Fuels E-2D

Also: Vantis, Model Politics, Tucson Drone Chase, New Shepard’s 17th Flight

Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Myers, Fla. has officially become the first law enforcement agency in the nation to own a Dragon-fish, an advanced eVTOL fixed-wing drone. Developed by Autel Robotics, the Dragonfish has a unique tilt rotor design that allows it to takeoff and land vertically, enabling deputies to deploy it from anywhere within 10 seconds and stream footage back to their Real Time Intelligence Center immediately. As donation and transplantation needs continue to rise in Maryland and across America, a faster, safer and more efficient solution for o

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NTSB: 2019 Crash Caused By Aircraft Fuel Error

Crash That Killed Tampa Doctor Caused By Wrong Fuel

The NTSB has released a report detailing the October 2019 crash that killed pilot Daniel Greenwald, 59, of Tampa Florida. The report reveals that the plane crash was due to dual engine failure after the aircraft was filled with Jet A fuel instead of Avgas. After the engines failed, Greenwald’s “exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack” resulted in an aerodynamic stall and loss of control of the plane shortly after taking off. Inadequate supervision of fuel servicing was a contributing factor to the crash, according to the report. Greenwald was the only occupant of the plane.

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Delta Takes Action To Increase Vaccination Rate

Unvaccinated Employees Must Wear Mask Indoors, More Changes Made

Delta employees have received a memo from CEO Ed Bastian stating that unvaccinated employees would be required to wear masks indoors following new spikes in COVID-19 cases, effective immediately. He noted that 75% of employees were vaccinated. Other incentives to get the vaccine were revealed, with plans to roll out over the next two months.

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Dawn Aerospace Conducts Flight On Its Suborbital Spaceplane

Five Flights Took Place In New Zealand This July

Startup Dawn Aerospace has completed five test flights of its Mk-II Aurora spaceplane, which is designed to fly up to 60 miles above Earth’s Surface. The suborbital spaceplane took its flights at the Glentanner Aerodrome in New Zealand’s South Island in July in order to focus on a review of the airframe and avionics. Flights were maxed out at 3,400 feet however this allowed the team to capture “extensive data enabling further R&D on the capability of Mk-II,” according to CEO Stefan Powell.

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ANRA Completes BVLOS Drone Delivery Project

The Company Partnered With Swiggy, India’s Largest Food Delivery Service

ANRA Technologies accomplished a 100-flight hour milestone while conducting Beyond Visual Line of Sight delivery operations in India. ANRA and Swiggy made history with their launch of the first end-to-end BVLOS drone delivery trials as part of a project last June. ANRA flew side by side with partner BetterDrones. Swiggy is India’s largest online food delivery system. The project concluded having flown over 350 sorties, transiting 1,100 kilometers of incident-free operations. Many challenges presented themselves over the course of the operations, including heavy rains during monsoon season and quarantines. The teams’ activities took place from the campus

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 5 Redux: RV-15!!!, Sen. Inhofe Speaks, Rugged Skyleader 600

07.30.21: The KitFox LIVES, New NAFI Boss, Jet It HondaJet Fractional, ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital, Pelton Int'vw-Final

The few details surrounding the Van’s RV-15 took Oshkosh by storm and the interest level in the latest product from Van’s Aircraft is skyrocketing. Mike Tomazin is showing off the Skyleader 600 at Oshkosh... a rugged LSA-type aircraft that ANN’s Jim Campbell REALLY liked... The KitFox was one of the first really popular sport aircraft kit offerings... and thousands were built... now, the Kitfox continues to evolve and show up in greater numbers each and every year. Senator James Inhofe is one of aviation’s m

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Afghan Refugee Gives Birth While Evacuating Kabul

The Birth Took Place On A US Military Aircraft, Which The Baby Was Named For

Reach is the name of a newly born Afghan girl, who was brought to safety while still inside her mother’s body and possibly one of the most dramatic delivery tales, to boot. She was named after the call sign on the Air Force C-17 that brought them to Germany on August 21, 2021 after evacuating Afghanistan. The Department of Defense had been in contact with the family since they left, thus they were able to confirm the name selection, Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command said.

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ISS Prepping For Two Russian Spacewalks

242nd And 243rd Spacewalks In Support Of Space Station Assembly, Maintenance And Upgrades

Two Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station Friday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 9, to conduct the first pair of up to 11 spacewalks to prepare the new Nauka multipurpose laboratory module for operations in space. The first spacewalk, called Russian EVA 49, could last up to seven hours, while the second spacewalk, Russian EVA 50, is scheduled to last about five hours. Expedition 65 Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of Roscosmos will exit the Poisk module on the space-facing side of the station’s Russian segment.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 4 Redux: FAA on LODA-Mosaic, Gogo 5G, The Aerostars

07.29.21: King Schools APPs, Wally Funk an Astro?, Pelton Int'vw, Part 4

Today FAA Boss Steve Dickson got hit with the big question early on… What is the FAA going to do about recent mis-steps with the flight training interpretations and the need for L.O.D.A.’s to do what used to be simply allowed as standard procedure. But... Jack Pelton didn’t seem satisfied with Dickson’s answers... and said so. Administrator Dickson also dealt with questions about MOSAIC and the future reimagining of the Light Sport segment... a program that forecast will NOT be complete until the fall of 2023. And finally, Dickson dodged our questions abou

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 3 Redux: Volocopter Flies, Hartzell Family, GAMI G100UL

07.28.21: Flight Design's F2, Pilot Communications Bluetooth, Daher Talks Kodiak and TBM940, Pelton Int'w, Part 3

The 'Multi-Multi-Rotor' Volocopter is not only here but already conducted several manned flight demonstrations showing off the craft’s maneuverability and VERY low noise signature. Must see video! Hartzell’s Family of aviation businesses continue to grow and grow, with Tanis being the latest addition. Here’s an overview of their many companies and numerous projects and upgrades. Flight Design’s F2 is the latest generation of composite high-wing light sport aircraft... and the F2 shows that the Flight Design team has

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Airborne 08.25.21: Skytyper Lost, RC Paper Airplane, Blue Origin

Also: FAA's Warpath, Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, Spacewalk Postponed, Oceana Air Show

The aviation community is in mourning... Tragically, on the evening before an airshow in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, a pilot for the GEICO Skytypers died during a practice run. Andy Travnicek was confirmed as the pilot. He was an Air Force Academy graduate, a 20-year veteran of the Air Force, a commercial airline pilot, and a certified flight instructor. He resided in New Hampshire with his wife, Sandy, also a veteran military pilot.He was the only person on board. Because smartphones can pretty much do almost everything, now they can power pa

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 2 Redux: Aspen Avionics, DA50 RG, Aviation Safety Resources

07.27.21: WACO Aircraft, Cessna/Textron Sky Courier, AMAZING Able Flight, Pelton Int'vw Part 2

Aspen Avionics has announced programs that allow you to dump your old AI and clean up your cockpit... relying on Aspen’s outstanding Primary Flight Displays.... John Uczekaj explains. One of the most popular airplanes at Oshkosh, Diamond’s new five seat, diesel-powered DA50-RG is drawing crowds. It looks like the ultimate Cirrus-beater has finally arrived. Aviation Safety Resources is adding new airplane partners and adjusting to the new capabilities they have as a result of the purchase of Strong Parachutes. They report strong business from the f

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 1 Redux: Avidyne Vantage, Stratos 716X, Curti-Zefhir Heli

07.26.21: Opening Comments, Redtail Piper 100i, AeroEducate Builds, Pelton Int'vw Part 1

Jack Pelton opens up a VERY busy first day of EAA AirVenture after a two year drought. He talks about how busy day 1 has been  and if they beat previous numbers. Avidyne introduced a whole new generation of glass panel cockpits for the GA biz... and also showed the work they are doing with AI for the up and coming cockpit. Stratos has flown their 716X to Oshkosh... the first of a generation of experimental jet kits that will precede the certified version in the coming years. The Curti Aerospace Zefhir is now on sale... the very cool-looking two place turbine e

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NTSB Prelim: Air Tractor Inc AT-602

During The Forced Landing, The Airplane Impacted A Soybean Field And Came To Rest Upright

On August 4, 2021, about 1520 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-602, N455LA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Mer Rouge, Louisiana. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The pilot reported the accident flight was the 3rd aerial application load for the day, and the airplane was loaded with about 480 gallons of insecticide and fertilizer. Prior to the flight, the airplane was also loaded with about 150 to 160 gallons of Jet A-1 fuel. Shortly after rotation, the airplane engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced la

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.31.21)

Aero Linx: NASA Headquarters Library The NASA HQ Library supports the shared NASA mission of pioneering the future by: Enabling HQ staff to increase productivity by offering expert research services of professional librarians, desktop and remote access to electronic information, and a consolidated collection of Headquarters-focused information resources. Providing immediate, high-quality information and full service research for senior management and high level agency-wide missions and projects. Specializing in the collection, preservation, and dissemination of space policy and management information. Fostering learning,

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.31.21): Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)

Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) An unmanned aircraft and its associated elements related to safe operations, which may include control stations (ground, ship, or air based), control links, support equipment, payloads, flight termination systems, and launch/recovery equipment. It consists of three elements: unmanned aircraft, control station, and data link.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.31.21)

"The world's aerospace companies and aircraft operators are looking to digital aviation to provide the next revolution in aviation efficiency and reliability, and we are excited to join Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies at this pivotal time to continue to lead that revolution at an even broader scale." Source: Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware, in comments made as a result of the sale of FlightAware to Collins Aerospace.

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