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Thu, Sep 23, 2021

FAA Proposes $382K Civil Penalty Against Universal Flight Training

Sarasota, FL, Operation Had Previously Been Subject Of Revocation Action

The FAA has proposed a $382,000 civil penalty against Universal Flight Training of Sarasota, FL, for allegedly conducting illegal passenger-carrying flights. The FAA alleges that between October 2015 and February 2019, Universal Flight Training and its affiliate, Universal Flight Services, conducted at least 26 paid passenger-carrying flights in multiple airplanes. The agency alleges the companies did not have the required FAA operating or air carrier certificate to conduct those flights. The FAA further alleges the companies used unqualified pilots who did not complete FAA-required training, testing, and competency checks.

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Thu, Sep 23, 2021

Shell Informs Community Of New Ambitions For SAF

Company Goal To Produce Around 2 Million Tons Of SAF By 2025

Shell informs the community of its ambition to produce around 2 million tons of sustainable aviation fuel a year by 2025. By 2030, the company also plans to have at least 10% of its total, global fuel sales as SAF. “Currently, sustainable aviation fuel accounts for less than 0.1% of the world’s use of aviation fuel. We want to help our customers use more SAF,” said Anna Mascolo, President of Shell Aviation. “With the right policies, investments and collaboration across the sector we can accelerate aviation’s progress towards net zero by 2050.”

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

Airbus Unveils 'CityAirbus' For UAM

CityAirbus Is Being Developed To Fly With A 80 KM Range

Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first Airbus Summit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace” as the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market begins to firm up. Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system. It is designed to carry up to four passengers in a zero emissions flight in multiple applications. 

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

NBAA Reveals Expert Panel Covering Federal Perspective On Integrating AAM

The Discussion Will Take Place on October 13

The National Business Aviation Association reveals the experts that will discuss the federal perspective on facilitating advanced air mobility operations during a session at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. “NBAA-BACE serves an important place to not only showcase innovation across our industry, but to also discuss how these emerging technologies will be implemented,” said NBAA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Christa Lucas “We’re pleased to bring together these influential policymakers and thought leaders to host an important conversation about current work in the AAM space, how each agency is preparing and planning, and future policies and regulations in this space.”

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

NBAA Hosts First Ever “Meet-the-Regulators” Session

Features Government Officials From CDC, FAA and Customs and Border Protection

The NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition is planning its first-ever virtual “Meet-the-Regulators” session. Government officials are ready for your operational questions whether it relates to COVID considerations or other issues. The session takes place from 11 am-12:30 pm on September 30, as part of the NBAA’s roster of hybrid content. There will be key figures from the Customs and Border Protection, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FAA. CBP Program Manager of General Aviation Eric Rodriguez will discuss the latest in customs policies and procedures, while Dr. Nicole Cohen, the CDC’s deputy associate director for science, division of global migration and quarantine, will answer attendees’ questions regarding masks, vaccine requirements and other pandemic-related issues.

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

AD: Gulfstream Aerospace LP Airplanes

AD 2021-17-14 Requires Non-Destructive Testing On The Forward (Front) Spar Vertical Stiffener

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace LP Model Gulfstream G280 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that during fullscale fatigue testing, a crack was found in the area of the attachment of the wing rib 0 to the front spar. This AD requires non-destructive testing on the forward (front) spar vertical stiffener and rib 0 for any cracking, installation of a doubler to the forward (front) spar and rib 0 attachment, and repair if necessary, as specified in a Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective October 14, 2021.

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Tue, Sep 21, 2021

Europcar Brazil Places Order For 50 Skyworks Aeronautics eGyro Electric Aircraft

The Pair Looks Forward To Making Affordable Mobility Accessible To The Masses

Europcar Brazil has shared plans to purchase 50 eGyro electrically powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft from Skyworks Aeronautics for use in Brazil. Europcar shares their anticipation as the purchase plans move forward. “Europcar Brazil is extremely excited to partner with Skyworks Aeronautics to bring safe, efficient, and cost-effective electric aircraft solutions to Brazil,” stated Paulo Gaba, Chief Executive Officer of the Autotur Group, the Europcar franchisee for Brazil. “This initial order for Skyworks’ revolutionary eGyro reflects our understanding that though aviation certainly connects the world in important ways, we have an opportunity to deliver new, sustainable mobility capabilities that create immense value for consumers while better caring for our planet. 

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Tue, Sep 21, 2021

Merlin Labs Receives Certification Basis For Autonomous Flight System

Civil Aviation Authority Of New Zealand Accepts Merlin's Certification Plans

Merlin Labs shares that the certification basis for its takeoff to touchdown autonomy system has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in collaboration with the FAA. Merlin is now the first company to reach an agreement on an approach for the certification of aircraft autonomy, according to a media release. Following a crawl, walk, run approach, this system incorporates an onboard safety pilot who will continue to act as legal pilot in command.

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Tue, Sep 21, 2021

Daher Reveals Three New Innovation Centers

Creativity And Collaboration Are Central To The Designs

Daher reveals three new innovation centers that have been designed to accelerate innovation and development within the Group. Creativity and efficiency will be promoted in the new facilities,  and will be operational in 2022. Login, the Toulouse-based innovation acceleration platform’s purpose is to improve and transform the industrial logistics industry, which plays an essential role in company competitiveness, by embracing an open and collaborative approach to innovation. Located near Nantes, this second project is designed to accelerate innovation in composite structural components for aerospace applications, and reduce their technological maturity lead time. 

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Mon, Sep 20, 2021

Phoenix Police Department Plans To Upgrade Fleet

Five New H125 Helicopters On Order

The Phoenix Police Department reveals plans to upgrade its helicopter fleet with five new H125 helicopters. Next year, deliveries are expected to begin. “We spent a lot of time analyzing which platform would best fit all of our operational needs as we began to renew our fleet, and the H125 met all of our requirements,” said Paul Apolinar, chief pilot at Phoenix Police Department. “Our responsibility is to protect and serve the Phoenix community, and these aircraft will allow us not only to protect from the skies, but to perform rescues in remote locations all over Arizona. We needed an aircraft that excels in hot temperatures, and the H125 is really the best aircraft for the job in such conditions.”

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