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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

The First Brazilian Gripen Has Flown In Brazil

The Flight Test Program Will Be Expanded To Include The Gripen Flight Test Center

The first Brazilian Gripen E, designated by Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as F-39 Gripen, concluded its first flight in Brazil. The aircraft flew from the airport in Navegantes to Embraer's facility in Gavião Peixoto. The official presentation of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during the Aviator's Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day ceremony in Brasilia, celebrated on the 23rd of October. "Gripen's arrival in Brazil and its first flight are major milestones in the Brazilian Gripen programme. We are proud of this journey alongside so many qualified and committed professionals from both countries," said Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab. "We are following the delivery schedule for the aircraft and we continue to maintain our long-term commitment to Brazil."

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Fri, Sep 25, 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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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Airborne 09.25.20: 1000th TBM, Airbus Reveals ZEROe, Colyer 'Acemaker' T-33

Also: More Boeing 737-800BCFs, Bell 505 Logs 50,000 Hrs, London's ITPS, Embraer 250th

It's quite the milestone... The 1,000th TBM has rolled out from Daher’s Tarbes, France final assembly line, in this case a TBM 940 version, destined for an owner/operator in the United States. Nicolas Chabbert, the Senior Vice President of Daher’s Aircraft Division, added: “Looking ahead to the next 1,000 TBMs, we maintain our firm commitment to continue delivering aircraft that provide the optimum combination of speed and operational efficiency for owners and operators, along with the highest levels of safety and protection for pilots, families and passengers.” Airbus has unveiled three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. These concepts each represent a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight. All of these

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Fri, Sep 25, 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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Fri, Sep 25, 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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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

FAA Increases Drone Access to Controlled Airspace

Adds 133 Air Traffic Facilities To The LAANC System

The FAA has made it easier for drone pilots to quickly and safely access controlled airspace by adding 133 air traffic facilities to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC is an automated application and approval system for drone pilots requesting to fly below 400 feet in controlled airspace. It directly supports UAS integration into the airspace.

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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Flightsafety Now Trains On The Gulfstream G280 Wilmington, DE

The Wilmington Learning Center Is Flightsafety's Third Gulfstream G280 Training Location

FlightSafety International now offers training for the Gulfstream G280 aircraft at its Learning Center in Wilmington, Delaware. "We look forward to providing Gulfstream G280 operators with a wide range of high-quality training programs at our Wilmington Learning Center," said Nathan Speiser, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Klyde Morris (09.25.20)

Klyde is Ever The Skeptic...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: 'No Other Options' -- The Israeli Air Force's Danny Shapira

From 2017: Remembrances Of An Israeli Air Force Test Pilot

Early in 2016, ANN contributor Maxine Scheer traveled to Israel, where she had the opportunity to sit down with retired Israeli Air Force Col. Danny Shapira, who served 25 years in the Israeli Air Force. Shapira was among the first pilots for the Israeli Air Force, which was formed shortly after the State of Israel was established in 1948. He and several others, including some Americans and pilots from other countries, went to Czechoslovakia to train in Avia S-199 aircraft, a variant of the Bf 109. The pilots and the aircraft brought back from Czechoslovakia were instrumental in holding off Arab attacks and cementing Israel as a sovereign state.

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Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.25.20)

"Gripen's arrival in Brazil and its first flight are major milestones in the Brazilian Gripen programme. We are proud of this journey alongside so many qualified and committed professionals from both countries. We are following the delivery schedule for the aircraft and we continue to maintain our long-term commitment to Brazil." Source: Micael Johansson, President and CEO of Saab, discussing the first Brazilian Gripen E, designated by Brazilian Air Force (FAB) as F-39 Gripen, concluding its first flight in Brazil. The aircraft flew from the airport in Navegantes to Embraer's facility in Gavião Peixoto. The official presentation of the aircraft is scheduled to take place during the Aviator's Day and the Brazilian Air Force Day ceremony in Brasilia, celebrated on the 23rd of October.

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