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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Airborne 09.21.20: B-25 Down In CA, Ampaire Flies Again, UAL Agreement

Also: STC'ed: Avidyne IFD540, Airbus Wins NASA Contract, LogTen Pro Pilot Logbook, SmartSky Beats Patent Challenge

We are still evaluating the information coming in on a crash in the central part of California state, near Stockton,  involving a WWII generation Mitchell Bomber that went down short of an airport and into an 'open' field, where an irrigation ditch, and other impediments, apparently caused serious damage to the airframe. Three people were on the aircraft. Two were transported to a local hospital, and one was able to walk away. Ampaire has flown its second technology demonstrator. The aircraft is a refined version of its Cessna 337 “Electric EEL” hybrid-electric aircraft conversion. The company refers to the new flight test aircraft as the Hawaii Bird, as it will be flown by Ampaire and Mokulele Airlines pilots on air routes in Hawaii later this year in a series o

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 09.23.20: DA20 Upgrades, CAE Financing, EMU Partnership

Also: Sterling Flight Training, National Aviation Academy, Young Eagles Workshops, ERAU Suspensions

One of our favorite training birds is back... and upgraded, to boot! The high demand for single engine training aircraft has led to the return to production of the Diamond DA20-C1, powered by a 125HP Continental IO-240 engine and equipped with new state-of-the-art G500TXi Avionics. With over 1,000 DA20’s already operating worldwide, the strong desire for lower cost new single engine aircraft in training environments continues. The DA20 is proven to be the safest and most efficient aircraft for primary training, and fleet operators are raving about its return to production. A new program could have a significant impact on your access to flight training... CAE has launched a new financing initiative for aspiring pilots in collaboration with financial institutions around the world. With this init

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 09.16.20: Brazil's Drone Delivery, Autel, Loyal Wingman

Also: Remote ID Changes?, Amazon Prime Air, Detection & Mitigation, Marine Mammal Rescue

Latin American drone delivery company, Speedbird Aero, announced it has received regulatory approval from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency, also known as ANAC, to operate two experimental drone delivery routes in Brazil. Speedbird Aero operates a proprietary delivery drone with an integrated ParaZero parachute recovery system, and is now the first company in Latin America to win regulatory approval for a drone delivery operation. A rapid-deployment, packable unmanned aircraft made in USA with (some foreign and US components and labor) has been made available for public safety, municipal, and enterprise uses. UAV manufacturer Autel Robotics is releasing its Autel EVO II Dual Enterprise UAS bundle/package, created for public sector and enterprise use. Under the Autel Enterprise label, Autel Robotics o

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Power, Pulchritude and Performance: Flight Testing Pipistrel's Panthera, Part 1

By Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-n-Chief/Test Pilot (Arrogant, Over-Opinionated Know-It-All/Test Dummy)

ANN E-I-C Note: It’s been a while since I had the chance to sit down and do a flight test report the way that I want to… at least as far as the flight dynamics and writing are concerned. ANN is simply too time-consuming to allow for much in the way of 'extra' projects right now, as we recover from all the added issues that the pandemic has dumped on us. I’ve looked forward to this one a great deal... and it appears that the wait was worth it… In the next 5 (possibly six) parts of this 8000 word magnum opus, we will lay out ALL the nitty-gritty of our flight test and analysis of the Pipistrel Panthera… as well as a few other issues… like the rant that precedes Part One. These things are LOT of work… it takes days to go through the notes, coordinate that with the analysis, stats, and specifications… and then make sure it doesn’t read like an FAA manual. We&rsq

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Mercy Flight Southeast P-51 Ride Raffle Winner Drawn

'Never Won Anything Before In His Life!'

Some guys have all the luck... even if they only have it all just once... for something REALLY big -- like a P-51 Mustang ride. George Kouba didn’t see the phone call that he had won the raffle for “A Flight of a Lifetime!” on the Stallion 51’s P-51 Mustang until 6:00 pm. “I thought 2020 would be total wash-out, and then this!” said George. “To get ‘stick-time’ on a P-51, well, my wife is extremely jealous!” Every other year, Stallion 51 and Mercy Flight Southeast team up to raffle off the half-day experience culminating with the dreamed-of flight in the iconic plane. The drawing took place on Monday at the Stallion 51 hangar in Kissimmee, FL.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Nav Canada Tightens Its Belt

Workforce Reductions Instituted... 'Looks To Streamline Operations'

Nav Canada, Canada's much-discussed privatized ATC company, has disclosed that it has 'made the difficult decision to eliminate permanent jobs as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant negative impact on global air traffic and on the aviation industry.' The company is also taking steps to safely streamline operations and will be launching level of service reviews for certain aerodromes. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company reports that it had 5,100 employees nationwide. Including the previous reduction in staffing of temporary employees in the spring and early retirements, the company had reduced more than 720 jobs or 14 per cent of the workforce.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

NORAD Busts Russian Tu-160 Bombers and Su-35 Fighters

Caught Entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone

The Russians apparently don't navigate well... because they keep showing up where they really aren't welcome... North American Aerospace Defense Command F-22 Raptors and an E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, supported by KC-135 air refuelers, positively identified two Tu-160 bombers and two Su-35 fighter aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) three times this week. Although the Russian aircraft loitered in the ADIZ for approximately four hours total over the three incursions and came within 50 nautical miles of Alaska’s Nunavik Island, they remained in international airspace and at no time entered United States or Canadian sovereign airspace.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Drone Racing League Launches 2020 Season

DRL Game Now On Xbox Enables Gamers To Fly Like The Pros

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced their 2020 DRL Allianz World Championship Season and their first-ever Drone Racing League Simulator on Xbox. Featuring a new competition format, new video game on console, and new ways for fans to stream the sport, the 2020 Season will kick off a new era of sport. The 2020 Season will challenge a dozen elite pilots through 16 races, premiering on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 7pm ET on NBCSN, Twitter, and Facebook Watch. Competition takes place in the DRL SIM, the same immersive drone racing video game that players can now download on Xbox and fly like the pros.

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: Versatile AND Practical - The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA

From 2017: A Quality LSA For Well Under $100k…

Aeroprakt unveiled its new LSA at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase in November. Dennis Long, U.S. Importer and Distributer for Aeroprakt U.S.A., told ANN’s Tom Patton that the design has been around for nearly two decades. “What makes them special is their handling, anywhere between 100 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour,” Long said. “It’s just spectacular the way they handle thermals, and bumps and crosswinds.”

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

The SportPlane Resource Guide RETURNS!!!!

Emphasis On Growing The Future of Aviation Through Concentration on 'AFFORDABLE FLYERS'

It's been a number of years since the Latest Edition of Jim Campbell's HUGE SportPlane Resource Guide first saw the light of day. That massive 1100 page book last featured over 800 exciting sport aircraft from all over the SportPlane universe... at a time when the SportPlane industry was still a healthy, thriving enterprise (those were the days...). While there has been some consideration, off and on, toward updating the nearly 5 pound book, the near implosion of the SportPlane and kit industry over the last decade has made such a pursuit an unwieldy one... until now.

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