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Fri, Oct 15, 2021

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.15.21)

Aero Linx: The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) The Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) is responsible for monitoring civil aviation in Switzerland and aviation development. It is responsible for ensuring that civil aviation in Switzerland has a high safety standard and one that it is in keeping with sustainable development. The FOCA aims to ensure the safe and best possible and environmentally friendly use of the infrastructure, which includes airspace with air traffic control and aerodromes. The Office also supervises aviation companies to which it issues an operating licence based on a technical, operational and financial evaluation.

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Fri, Oct 15, 2021

ANN FAQ: May I Post An Aero-News Story On MY Site?

As Long As You Ask Us, It's Usually OK

It's a question the ANN staff is asked too many times per week to count. The message usually goes something like this: "I really enjoyed the story Aero-News did on (fill in topic here.) I'd love to post it on my blog/newsletter/website... is that OK?"

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Fri, Oct 15, 2021

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.15.21): Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP)

Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP) A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure printed for pilot use in textual or graphic form to provide obstruction clearance via the least onerous route from the terminal area to the appropriate en route structure. ODPs are recommended for obstruction clearance and may be flown without ATC clearance unless an alternate departure procedure (SID or radar vector) has been specifically assigned by ATC.

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Fri, Oct 15, 2021

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.15.21)

“As more people become aware of us, and of our commitment to the community, we believe this volunteer-based hot air balloon festival is quickly becoming a major event held annually at the Lakeland Linder International Airport.” Source: Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival Executive Director, Ron Clukey, discussing next year's spring event. 2022 will be the 2nd annual festival, in what hopefully become a tradition for ballooning enthusiasts.

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Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Blue Origin Completes Second Flight... With Captain Kirk

Four Space Tourists, Including William Shatner, Return to Earth Safely

Blue Origin flight NS-18 completed its suborbital flight safely today, making it the company’s second successful manned voyage. Four astronauts, including Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner made their mark on a portion of aviation history when they returned to Earth on October 13.  The 90 year-old Shatner made history as the oldest man in space. After their capsule made landfall, the astronauts had an impromptu meeting with reporters.  Flanked by Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, Shatner said “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can ask… I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened, it’s extraordinary.”

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Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Airborne 10.13.21: HondaJet 2600!, Electric DA40!, Jaunt Air Joins Airo

Also: New Radar Altimeters, Net-Zero Pledge, SmartSky Networks, ThrustSense Autothrottle Deliveries

Honda Aircraft took the wraps off their new "HondaJet 2600 Concept”, at a special event hosted by Honda Aircraft Company at NBAA 2021 where the displayed a mockup. The HondaJet 2600 Concept inherits Honda’s Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology on wings and fuselage nose, and carbon composite fuselage. What might it do? The HJ2600 has a range of 2,625 nautical miles, and also features a high speed cruise of 450 knots and a ceiling of 47,000 feet. Diamond Aircraft’s experimentation with electric aircraft began a decade ago, when they unveiled their hybrid DA36 E-Star, a modified HK36 motor glider. Its sequel arrived two years later, with the E-Star 2, sporting increased payload and performance. Continued collaboration with corporate partner Siemens brought the HEMEP, their hybrid-el

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Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Airborne 10.14.21: Captain Kirk In Space!, Sumwalt Honored, FAA v Motorgliders

Also: Big Airbus Heli Buy, USAF-Help Wanted, G280 Updated, Universal Avionics

Blue Origin flight NS-18 completed its suborbital flight safely making it the company’s second successful manned voyage. Four astronauts, including Dr. Chris Boshuizen, Glen de Vries, Audrey Powers, and William Shatner made their mark on a portion of aviation history when they returned to Earth on October 13.  The 90 year-old Shatner made history as the oldest man in space. After their capsule made landfall, Shatner said to Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos, “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can ask… I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened, it’s extraordinary.” In commemoration of a long career advancing the safety of the aviation industry, the NBAA honored Robert Sumwalt, former chairman of the NTSB, with the association’s Silk Scarf Award at this year’s expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Se

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Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 10.05.21: Night Authorization, 2 From Autel, Eve-Bristow

Also: Mars Helicopter Delay, Vertical Aerospace, Space Transportation Conference, Aero-TV At XPO21: Skydio

Here is some good news for those looking to capture nighttime drone video,  Night Authorization Available for Part 107 Drone Pilots. The capabilities of licensed drone operators are taking another leap forward with the news that the FAA is allowing for night operations via the LAANC authorization process... which continues to mature. Drone pilots with current Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificates may now obtain near real-time authorizations to fly at night through FAA-approved providers of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services. Autel Robotics announced their newest evolution in the Evo Drone series with the Evo Lite and Evo Nano. The carbon-legged Evo Lite weighs 1.8 pounds and offers a 1” CMOS sensor and 4-axis gimbal for its improved camera. Autel notes enhanced night photography using th

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Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Aero-TV At OSH21: Hot Canard! A Velocity Turbo-Prop

This Airplane Pretty Won All The Bragging Rights At Oshkosh!

Tom Duley, Builder of this Turboprop Velocity XL RG, takes a moment to share a few details of this impressive aircraft. The culmination of two years of development, planning, and testing resulted in this sleek, high-performance cross country machine. The build process was completed with the end goal of offering similar conversions in the future, according to Duley. Estimated cost for the end user, depending on the avionics chosen and level of involvement in the build, is in the range of $450-500K. Combining the benefits of a standard Velocity SportPlane with increased performance, and slightly decreased fuel burn, for 18 Gallons an hour at 190 knots TAS, Duley says.

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Thu, Oct 14, 2021

Airborne-Flt Training 10.07.21: EAGLE AMT, L3Harris, SportPlane Resource Guide

Also: Drone Night Authorization, 20 More Skyhawks, Bad USMA Flt Lesson, Colorado UAS Demo

In an effort to grow the necessary talent for Aviation’s ever-growing maintenance demands, Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois will soon offer a fellowship program for students building their careers. Partnering with AAR, they created the fellowship to offer a cash award, to be granted to ten students and recipients who work a minimum of two years with AAR. The funds can be used to cover the costs of tuition, fees, materials, and are annually renewable for those students in good standing. L3Harris To Train Pilots for Newest Iceland Airline, PLAY Airlines is the new low-cost carrier operating flights between Iceland and Europe. They have selected L3Harris for their training needs, using the suite of Airbus A320 simulators at its London Training Centre. The airline’s fleet consists of 3 Airbus A321 NEO’s leased from AerCap, with mor

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