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Wed, Mar 03, 2021

Hartzell STC's Voyager Prop for Cessna 180/182/185/206

Builds On Backcountry Acceptance of Skywagon/AgCarryall Prop

Hartzell has expanded the eligibility of its popular three-blade aluminum Voyager props. The Voyager is now STC approved for the large fleet of Cessna 180/182/185/206 aircraft, powered by Continental 520 and 550 engines. The Voyager, which has reportedly been well received by bush pilots, was previously approved for Cessna's A185E/F Skywagon and AgCarryall aircraft. "Inspired by enthusiastic customer acceptance since we introduced the Voyager in 2019, we decided to make it available to a much broader fleet," said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge (pictured). "We are also excited to partner with the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) to offer its members a $1,000 discount off the regular price from now until the end of 2022."

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Wed, Mar 03, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150G

Engine Stopped Producing Power And The Propeller Windmilled Momentarily Before Stopping

On February 17, 2021, about 945 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150G, N8428J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Maryland Airport (2W5), Indian Head, Maryland. The flight instructor and pilot-rated student were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the pilot-rated student, he kept his airplane tied down on the ramp at the Potomac Airfield (VKX), Friendly, Maryland. On the day of the accident, he was flying with his flight instructor to prepare for his initial flight instructor checkride. He added 10 gallons of fuel to the fuel tanks, conducted a preflight inspection, and rocked the wings to free any water that might have been trapped in the fuel tank before draining the fuel tank sumps.

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Tue, Mar 02, 2021

Classic Aero-TV: Built On Honor -- Touring Hartzell's Prop Shop

From 2015 (YouTube Version): The Stunning Technology Behind What Keeps Much Of The Aero-World Flying

In this video we have the pleasure of meeting, J.J. Frigge, the Executive Vice President for Hartzell Propeller, and we receive a personal guided tour of the Hartzell production facility. The Hartzell Propeller Company goes back to the early days of aviation when they were innovators in airplane propeller research and development. The spirit of those days has not been lost on the modern company. The video takes us through the production process of Hartzell propellers that are found on some of the highest performance propeller-driven airplanes. Hartzell produces their propellers through a process they call, "Cellular Manufacturing," and Frigge gives us a look at how that's accomplished.

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Tue, Mar 02, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Velocity VTwin

Bank Angle Increased And The Nose Of The Airplane “Was Almost Pointed Down Toward The Ground”

On February 16, 2021, about 0917 central standard time (CST), a Velocity VTwin experimental amateur built airplane, N13VT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Janesville, Wisconsin. Both pilots sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 ferry flight. The airplane had departed the Appleton International Airport (ATW), Appleton, Wisconsin, about 0634 destined for the southern Wisconsin Regional Airport (JVL), arriving about 0715. Fuel records obtained from the fixed base operator (FBO) showed the service order slip requested the fuel tanks be topped off with 100LL fuel. The fuel slip and receipt reflected the addition of 53.5 gallons of 100LL and the receipt was signed by one of the pilots at 0852.

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Mon, Mar 01, 2021

Inhofe Leads CONTRACT Act Introduction to Support Air Traffic Controllers

Would Remove The Disincentive For Retired FAA Air Traffic Controllers To Work At Federal Contract Towers

US Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) led 39 of their Senate colleagues in re-introducing S. 419, the Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2021. There are 257 air traffic control facilities participating in the FAA’s Federal Contract Tower Program. These contract towers are an important part of our national air traffic control system—serving communities through a proven public-private partnership that increases safety and improves air traffic control services, while lowering the cost to the federal government. Reps. Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Rodney Davis (R-IL) re-introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

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Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers May Receive Johnson & Johnson’s Vaccine

Appropriate Precautions Are Still Advised 

Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, the FAA has determined that pilots and others who perform safety sensitive duties may receive the vaccine under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification. FAA and contract air traffic controllers, who are subject to FAA medical clearance, may also receive the vaccine. To maintain the highest level of safety in the National Airspace System, the FAA will require the affected recipients of this single-dose vaccine to wait 48 hours before conducting safety sensitive aviation duties, such as flying or controlling air traffic.

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Sun, Feb 28, 2021

Embry-Riddle Celebrates Electric Aero-Milestone

Four Years of Work Culminates in First Taxi Test

After nearly four years of perseverance, the Embry-Riddle's Eagle Flight Research Center (EFRC) team is celebrating a milestone in its electric propulsion research: its Diamond HK-36 completed a successful taxi test exclusively on electrical power at the Daytona Beach International Airport. Dubbed the eSpirit of St. Louis — in honor of Charles Lindbergh’s notion of balance between aviation and the environment — the aircraft serves as a testbed for students to gain experience on the interdisciplinary aspects of mixing electrical engineering skills with aerospace engineering. As faculty and student researchers develop a unique fully electric propulsion system for the eSpirit, they bring aviation a step closer to cleaner and quieter flight — objectives that could revolutionize commercial aviation.

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Sun, Feb 28, 2021

FAA Looking To Hire Former Controllers

Must Have An Air Traffic Control Certification Or Facility Rating Within Five Years Of Application

The FAA is accepting applications nationwide from people with experience in controlling air traffic, such as former civilian and military controllers. The application period is Feb. 26 – Mar. 2, 2021. The announcement is open to candidates who have maintained at least 52 consecutive weeks of air traffic control experience involving the full-time active separation of air traffic.

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Sat, Feb 27, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Cessna 177RG

...Began A Gradual Descent Until The Data Ended At 1,200 ft MSL

On February 8, 2021, about 1442 central standard time, a Cessna 177RG airplane, N8080G, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Galt, Missouri. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Based on preliminary radar information, the flight departed Saint Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), Saint Louis, Missouri, at 1051 and arrived at Omar N. Bradley Airport (MBY), Moberly, Missouri, at 1157. Witnesses at MBY observed the airplane after landing and said the airplane windscreen was completely obscured by ice and there was significant ice accumulated on the rest of the airplane that was about ¼ inch thick. The pilot requested assistance deicing the airplane and the witnesses helped put the airplane in a heated hangar to melt the ice.

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