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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA32

Airplane Experienced A Loss Of Engine Power Shortly After Takeoff

On November 8, 2020, about 1430 Eastern Standard Time, a Piper PA-32-300 airplane, N33DW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Circleville, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to initial information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the airplane experienced a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff. Due to the low altitude during the loss of engine power, the pilot performed a forced landing straight ahead and came to rest in a field.

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Thu, Nov 26, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 182

Had Departed The Abilene Airport (ABI) About 1139 On An Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Flight Plan

On November 12, 2020, about 1307 central standard time (CST), a Cessna 182, N7306H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Rockwall, Texas. The certificated private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The airplane had departed the Abilene airport (ABI) about 1139 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. The last communications with air traffic control occurred at 1303 when the pilot cancelled the IFR flight plan and proceeded to Rockwall Municipal Airport (F46).

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Wed, Nov 25, 2020

AEA Urges Protection Of Satellite Comm Services From Harmful Interference

Urges Congressional “Support Of Several Provisions That Will Protect Our Nation's Military GPS...

AEA has joined more than 50 other organizations to urge congressional “support of several provisions that will protect our nation's military global positioning system (GPS) devices and satellite communications services from harmful interference.” In a Nov. 20 letter sent to the chairmen and ranking members of the United States Senate and House Committees on Armed Services, the coalition wrote, “If the Federal Communications Commission’s April 2020 Ligado Order is left in place, it would upend decades of sound spectrum policy, negatively impact a significant cross-section of commercial and federal users who rely on the many different L-band satellite services, and threaten the safety of most Americans.”

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Wed, Nov 25, 2020

2021 GA Awards Extend Application Deadline To December 31, 2020

Program Has Been Conducted For Over 50 Years

The deadline for submitting nominations and applications for the prestigious 2021 National General Aviation Awards has been extended to December 31, 2020. For over 50 years, the General Aviation Awards Program and the FAA have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, and safety. The national Certificated Flight Instructor, Aviation Maintenance Technician, and FAA Safety Representative Honorees will receive an all-expense paid trip to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

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Wed, Nov 25, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: Honoring Pioneers: International Women’s Air & Space Museum

From 2010: Museum President Details Exhibits Featuring Women’s Aviation Accomplishments

On November 2nd, 1929, 117 American female pilots gathered at Curtiss Field in Valley Stream, Long Island, New York; their goal was simple:  to create an organization dedicated to the advancement of aviation. Three years later, Amelia Earhart became the first president of the “Ninety-Nines, Inc.,” named for the 99 charter members of the first organization composed entirely of licensed female pilots.  Today, the Ninety-Nines has over 5,500 members throughout the world.

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Wed, Nov 25, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Grumman GA7

The Flight Instructor Added That The Weather Was Conducive To Icing

On November 1, 2020, about 1748 eastern daylight time, a Grumman American GA-7, N791GA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Ellicott, New York. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane was based at Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport (JHW), Jamestown, New York. The pilot rented the airplane and flew uneventfully from JHW to Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport (BUY), Burlington, North Carolina on October 28, 2020. According to the pilot’s flight instructor, they spoke via telephone prior to the accident flight and discussed weather decisions and avoiding ice.

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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro Flight School Order Doubled

Aero Locarno Signs For Five Additional Aircraft

In March 2020, Aero Locarno (Switzerland) signed an order for 5 Sonaca 200 Trainer Pros. The Approved-Training Organisation has just decided to double the initial order bringing the revised order to a total of 10 aircraft. “Even though we are going through a difficult time in aviation, we are seeing a steady demand for training which justifies the investment in a brand new fleet. We feel the need to harmonize our aircraft fleet by acquiring additional Sonaca 200 Trainer Pros. The Sonaca 200s will replace our old Cessnas. It goes without saying that glass cockpit and state-of-the-art aircraft will further spark interest in our school," Stefano Buratti, Aero Locarno CEO. The 6 first aircraft will be delivered starting in February 2021.

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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Texas Aircraft Intro's Entry-Level Colt S-LSA

Fly-Away-Factory Pricing For The Entry-Level, G3X Touch-Equipped Colt LSA Is $139.9K

Texas Aircraft Manufacturing is now offering a new-generation, entry-level Colt S-LSA with Garmin G3X Touch flight display for $139,900. "As we come out from under COVID-19 induced flight training restrictions, the operators of several flight schools have come to us asking for an affordably-priced, all-metal, Garmin-equipped training aircraft," Texas Aircraft Manufacturing's CEO, Matheus Grande, stated. "Our solution is the highly-advanced and very-affordable entry-level Colt S-LSA, which is priced at $139,900, below the cost of the fully-equipped Colt-S and Colt-SL S-LSA."

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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Avidyne IFD100 APP Update: Supports Multi-Tasking Capability

The New IFD100 App Version 10.2.9 Is Free Of Charge For IFD Owners

Avidyne IFD100 App can now run at the same time and share data with other iPad apps that support multi-tasking, including ForeFlight and SkyDemon. Avidyne Corporation has announced that their IFD100 iPad App–a companion app that connects wirelessly with their panel-mounted IFD series of FMS/GPS/NAV/COM systems–now supports multi-tasking capability, which enables the IFD100 app to run and share data on the same split screen along with ForeFlight® or other third-party apps. “The IFD100 app provides another instance of IFD in the cockpit, giving our customers a unique, large-screen display and remote-control of their panel-mounted IFD,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of Worldwide Sales.

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Tue, Nov 24, 2020

New Sporty's iPad Kneeboard Features Universal Design

Latest Design Adds Storage Pockets

Kneeboards have changed drastically over the last 30 years. Once used for charts and flight plan forms, kneeboards are now used to hold the most trusted navigational tool: an iPad, or tablet. To meet the evolving needs of pilots, Sporty’s has redesigned its most popular kneeboard. The Flight Gear iPad Bi-fold kneeboard has been updated based on pilot feedback, to include movable brackets that allow for almost any iPad/tablet case combination and more flexible organization options. Sporty’s Flight Gear iPad Bi-fold kneeboard uses extra strong vinyl coated metal brackets that are held in place by hook and loop, allowing them to expand and contract to work with different sizes and thicknesses of tablets.

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