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July 15, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 07.01.20: WAI Scholarships, eFlyer 2 Report, FSANA 2021

Also: ERAU Maintenance Students, EAA Chapter Scholarship, FlightSafety Maintenance Training, Horizon Int'l Flt Academy

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2021 WAI scholarship program officially opens July 1, and members can review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 56 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming weeks and months, with over 100 scholarships expected to be posted by the Fall. Applicants are encourag

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Airborne-Unmanned 07.08.20: FAA UAS Symposium, UAVOS UVH-170, Console Drone Sim

Also: DDC's Sparrow Drone, Altitude Angel, Korean Drone Show, Deuce Drone, Registration Renewal

It starts today... The annual FAA UAS Symposium, which is co-hosted by the FAA and AUVSI, brings together industry and safety professionals, technology experts and regulators to share safety information and updates among the UAS community. Originally set for June 16 to 18 at the Baltimore Convention Center, the symposium will now be conducted as a two-part virtual event. Episode I of the event is scheduled for July 8 to 9 with a focus on UAS traffic management (UTM) and international UAS integration. UAVOS&rs

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Armless Pilot To Fly Sen. Tom Harkin on ADA 30th Anniversary

Jessica Cox Is Known Internationally As The World's First And Only Armless Pilot

Jessica Cox is the world’s first person without arms licensed to fly an airplane. She shares her life story with the world as a motivational speaker and disability rights advocate. On the morning of July 24, 2020, Cox will host retired Iowa Senator Tom Harkin (Dem) on a flight in her airplane, N26R (“two-six-Romeo”), from Fredrick, MD, north of Washington, D.C.. The event is in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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MTSU Expands Their Training Fleet

Six 2020 DA40 XLT Aircraft Added To Fleet

Established in 1942, the MTSU Aerospace Department is a signature department at the university and has grown into one of the most respected aerospace programs in the US. Seventeen full-time faculty members, 75 flight instructors, and around 1,000 majors places it among the largest of the nation's collegiate aviation programs. Students from 32 states and 16 foreign countries have been drawn to study at MTSU’s exemplary program.

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The Summer 2020 ANN-King Schools Giveaway Goes Live!

Help Us Out With A News-Tip Or Fill Out A Survey To Get A Chance to WIN!

Want to win a FREE King School’s course, kneeboard, and flight bag? Enter to win by completing either of the options below… Submit a News Story: Help us source new stories for our editorial team by submitting newsworthy content to news-spy@aero-news.net to get entered in the giveaway! Each news story that you submit through August

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Set For Launch

Will Be Ready August 18 For PC, Also With XBOX Game Pass For PC

The lonmg awaited update to the nearly legendary Microsoft Flight Simulator launches on August 18. And it can't come too soon for the thousands who have been awaiting this version. MFS developers note that they, "...have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years. Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have the right tools, technology, partners, and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date."

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NBAA Supports FAA Supersonic Aircraft Noise Standards NPRM

...Also Expressed Support For Use Of New Technologies

In comments submitted this week, NBAA reiterated its support for guidance outlined in an FAA NPRM to develop new standards for noise certification of supersonic aircraft operating in the United States. Emphasizing the need to balance innovation and development of new technologies with protecting the general public and the environment, NBAA applauded the NPRM’s “data-driven approach to setting noise standards specific to particular categories delineated by weight and maximum cruise-speed.

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First V-22 Osprey Delivered To Japan

First International Operator Of The Osprey

The United States government has delivered the first Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey to Camp Kisarazu on July 10. The Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) is the first operator of the V-22 outside of the U.S. military. “Congratulations to Japan on becoming the first international operator of the Osprey,” said Kurt Fuller, Bell Boeing Program Director.

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Pilot Successfully Ejects At Holloman AFB

Pilot Escapes With Minor Injuries

An F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 49th Wing crashed during landing at Holloman Air Force Base at approximately 6 p.m. MDT July 13. The pilot on board the single seat jet successfully ejected, and is currently being treated for minor injuries. The Air Force is having a really tough run of luck... some of it deadly. The crash is the fifth Air Force fighter jet since mid-May. Two of the previous crashes saw the tragic losses of Air Force pilots. It is also the Air Force’s second F-16 crash in just two weeks.

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No Rest For The Weightless... Busy Day of Spacewalk Preps and Human Research

Final Set Of Power Upgrade Spacewalks Upcoming

Two astronauts are concentrating on the final set of power upgrade spacewalks on the International Space Station beginning this week. Meanwhile, their Expedition 63 crewmates continued focusing on biology research to ensure humans stay healthy in space during long-term missions. Flight Engineer Bob Behnken and Commander Chris Cassidy for preparing for a pair of spacewalks to wrap up battery swaps and ready the orbiting lab for a new airlock. The duo collected and organized spacewalk tools then studied their tasks step-by-step on a computer during the afternoon. Fellow NASA astronaut Doug Hurley assisted the pair and installed their spacesuit batteries and metal oxide canisters to remove carbon dioxide

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Classic Aero-TV: Flight Design Comes Alive--Major Advances Show Company Strength

From 2019: Flight Design Debuts New Models At AirVenture

Flight Design introduced its new F-Series airplanes at AirVenture 2019. Flight Design president, Tom Peghiny, told Aero-TV’s Tom Patton that the aircraft will be certified under Part 23 as well as an SLSA. The F-2 will be available with both a Rotax 912 engine and a Seimens electric motor. Next year, the company hopes to have a 4-place F-2 flying behind a Rotax 915 engine.

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NEW! Aero-Biz Survival 101 (0720a): Expert Ideas To Help You Through Tough Times

Avoid The Need For A Comeback... Get Your Marketing Right, Right Now!

Some time ago, the Aero-News Network, responding to numerous requests, established a marketing and communications sister company by the name of AEROPRENEUER... and it's been doing amazing work under these difficult circumstances -- and getting results! We're getting rave reviews from our clients, and working hard to earn the trust of a number of new marketing partners along the way. ANN's Amber Cedroni has come up with a few tips to help aero-businesses stay alive in these tough times, and will reach out each week to offer you all a few more from here

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Northrop Grumman Firebird Demo's Mission Flexibility

Multi-Mission Capabilities Shown Off During Recent Exercises

The Northrop Grumman Firebird has recently completed a series of mission focused engagements, including integration and testing of Overwatch Imaging’s TK-9 Earthwatch sensor on its Firebird system. A provider of automated airborne imaging systems for piloted and unmanned aircraft, Overwatch Imaging's TK-9 Earthwatch sensor is equipped with a flexible onboard AI-enabled automatic image processing engine that allows the system to quickly adapt to new roles in new environments such as natural disaster emergency management, border security patrol, or large-scale infrastructure inspection.

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ANN/Airborne Special Programming Highlights: Oshkosh 2019

We're REALLY Going To Miss Bringing You OSH2020, But Here's The Next Best Thing...

The Aero-News Network, throughout its history of nearly a half million stories and tens of thousands of multi-media productions, is particularly proud of our special event coverage and programming. But... no event stirs our souls nearly as much as Oshkosh does... an event that ANN's CEO and Editor-In-Chief has been attending for nearly half a century (yup... he's getting WAY old...). And yet... 2020 is going to be the first year without an Oshkosh in our adult memories... so what to do? Well; the best bet to is to celebrate all the goodness and excitement of past AirVentures and make serious preparation to come back in 2021, with a vengeance.

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NTSB Prelim: Jabiru J250-SP

LSA Ditches In Gulf of Mexico, Pilot Rescued

The pilot reported that he was conducting a cross country flight and departed the airport with slightly less than 36 gallons of fuel on board. About 1.5 hours into the flight, he noticed that the fuel tank quantities were dropping rapidly. The engine subsequently lost all power, and he set up for a ditching in the Gulf of Mexico. After ditching, the pilot and passenger were picked up by a U.S. Navy helicopter and transported to a local hospital for observation. The airplane eventually sank and was not recovered.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.15.20)

Aero Linx: Aviation Crime Prevention Institute, Inc. ACPI Is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of aviation-related crime through: EDUCATION of the aviation industry worldwide in security awareness, theft prevention and methods. COOPERATION between the Aviation Industry and Law Enforcement Agencies to provide information on theft or suspicious activity. COMMUNICATION of information and security procedures to all involved. DOCUMENTATION of information developed, maintained and available to Aviation Insurers in the form of dat

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ANN FAQ: View Aero-News Your Way ... The 'View Everything' Option

Choose How YOU Want To View Your Aero News: View Everything

We're all pretty excited about the new website design here at ANN, but we HAVE heard from some of you that you liked the way that content was displayed on the old site.  We hear you, and before you chuck your bitgrinder out a 5th story window, you should know that there are several ways that you can view your Aero-Content.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.15.20): Aircraft Conflict

Aircraft Conflict Predicted conflict, within EDST of two aircraft, or between aircraft and airspace. A Red alert is used for conflicts when the predicted minimum separation is 5 nautical miles or less. A Yellow alert is used when the predicted minimum separation is between 5 and approximately 12 nautical miles. A Blue alert is used for conflicts between an aircraft and predefined airspace.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.15.20)

"...have been thrilled and humbled by the support and dedication that has fueled the Flight Sim community for the past 38 years. Since the launch of the very first Microsoft Flight Simulator in 1982, we knew it was finally the right time to develop the next-generation version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. We have the right tools, technology, partners, and hardware to release the most realistic and authentic flight simulator to date." Source: From a statement released by Micrsoft Flight Simulator developers in advance of the upcoming debut of the product now scheduled for August 18th.

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July 14, 2020

Airborne 07.13.20: Aerobatic Championships, Rachel's GoFundMe, Electric Aircraft

Also: B-29 Doc Flight Experience, Triple Tree Cancels, Challenger 350, RAVN May Yet Live On

A late night notice was posted with the bad news, Friday evening... The IAC Board of Directors met by teleconference on Friday, 10 July 2020, to discuss the 2020 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships scheduled to be held in Salina, Kansas, 20-24 September 2020. After much research, debate, and discussion with City of Salina officials and EAA leadership, the IAC Board of Directors has determined that it will be in the best interest of the safety of all who attend the U.S. Nationals that this premier event is cance

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Airborne 07.13.20: Aerobatic Championships, Rachel's GoFundMe, Electric Aircraft

Also: B-29 Doc Flight Experience, Triple Tree Cancels, Challenger 350, RAVN May Yet Live On

A late night notice was posted with the bad news, Friday evening... The IAC Board of Directors met by teleconference on Friday, 10 July 2020, to discuss the 2020 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships scheduled to be held in Salina, Kansas, 20-24 September 2020. After much research, debate, and discussion with City of Salina officials and EAA leadership, the IAC Board of Directors has determined that it will be in the best interest of the safety of all who attend the U.S. Nationals that this premier event is cance

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Airborne-Unmanned 07.08.20: FAA UAS Symposium, UAVOS UVH-170, Console Drone Sim

Also: DDC's Sparrow Drone, Altitude Angel, Korean Drone Show, Deuce Drone, Registration Renewal

It starts today... The annual FAA UAS Symposium, which is co-hosted by the FAA and AUVSI, brings together industry and safety professionals, technology experts and regulators to share safety information and updates among the UAS community. Originally set for June 16 to 18 at the Baltimore Convention Center, the symposium will now be conducted as a two-part virtual event. Episode I of the event is scheduled for July 8 to 9 with a focus on UAS traffic management (UTM) and international UAS integration. UAVOS&rs

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Airborne-Flight Training 07.01.20: WAI Scholarships, eFlyer 2 Report, FSANA 2021

Also: ERAU Maintenance Students, EAA Chapter Scholarship, FlightSafety Maintenance Training, Horizon Int'l Flt Academy

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2021 WAI scholarship program officially opens July 1, and members can review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 56 scholarships offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming weeks and months, with over 100 scholarships expected to be posted by the Fall. Applicants are encourag

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First Lot Of F-15EX Fighter Aircraft Approved and Funded

Nearly $1.2 Billion Contract For Its First Lot Of Eight F-15EX Fighter

The Department of the Air Force has awarded a nearly $1.2 billion contract for its first lot of eight F-15EX fighter aircraft. The contract, awarded to Boeing, provides for the design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, including spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support. The F-15EX will replace the oldest F-15C/Ds in the service’s inventory. Eight F-15EX aircraft were approved in the fiscal year 2020 budget and 12 were requested in the FY21 budget. The Air Force plans to purchase a total of 76 F-15EX aircraft over the five-yea

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Thrush Adds Storm Shield Windshields

Impact Resistant Windshields Now Available As Standard Equipment

The ag business can be a tough one... But few hazards are more worrisome to an ag pilot than a bird strike or, more recently, a high-speed drone strike. Post-impact images and outcomes reveal the extensive damage such collisions can cause - especially to the cockpit, and to the pilot, when the aircraft windshield is compromised or penetrated. Thrush Aircraft is now providing customers with a significantly higher level of protection from such occurrences by making advanced technology Storm Shield windshields from Storm Aeronautics standard equipment on all Thrush aircraft beginning this summer.

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Airshow London Plans Canada's 1st Socially Responsible Airshow

The Airport Grounds Can Accommodate Close To 2500 Cars

Airshow London is extremely excited to announce their 2020 air show will take place September 12 and 13 as a drive-in format, offering Canada's first socially responsible and physically distant air show. This new and innovative approach will continue to feature a traditional three-hour air display, but removed this year will be the static display (additional aircraft parked all weekend for visitors to climb aboard), food vendors and displays. Airshow London has always adhered to advanced safety measures as the show's highest priority is the well-being of guests, volunteers and performers.

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Rod Machado Wins George Palmer Putnam Award

The Award Was Established In 2006

The Ninety-Nines have named Rod Machado as its 2020 George Palmer Putnam Award winner at its annual meeting on July 11, 2020. The award, established in 2006 to recognize the support provided to The 99s by an individual or organization outside of The 99s, is named after Amelia Earhart's husband. Earhart was The 99s' first president. Rod's support for The 99s precedes his 33-year marriage to 99 Diane Titterington-Machado. He assists her with 99 projects, having donated training materials to winners of an aviation essay contest and working at chapter events among other activities.

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Reduction in Helicopter Op Leads to Reduction in Accident Totals

U.S. Helicopter Safety Team Also Adds New Safety Experts to its Steering Committee

The first six months of 2020 have been challenging for the helicopter community and for the entire aviation industry, but one positive from the circumstances has been a decrease in accidents. From January through June 2020, the U.S. helicopter industry experienced 42 total accidents with nine of them being fatal accidents.  For the same period in 2019, there were 69 total accidents and 15 of them were accidents involving fatalities.

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Classic Aero-TV: American Barnstormers Tour-Bringing Old-Style Aviation Back

From 2019: American Barnstormers Tour Storms Through AirVenture

From July 5-29, 2018, the 2018 American Barnstormers Tour undertook a 5-city, 5-state tour through MO, IA, SD, MN and WI. The 2018 American Barnstormers Tour exclusively featured 10 vintage Travel Air open-cockpit biplanes. Five of the biplanes will function as static displays at each venue, with owners and restorers available to answer crowd questions. Five of the biplanes offered ride experiences to tour attendees. The goal of the tour was to extend fellowship, to bridge a gap between the modern-day and aviation history, to allo

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20TN

Normal Takeoff Followed By Runway Impact

On July 7, 2020, about 1344 mountain daylight time, a Mooney M20TN airplane, Canadian registered C-GTVS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Central Colorado Regional Airport, Buena Vista, Colorado. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness, who was located at the airport, reported that he observed the airplane takeoff from runway 15 with no problems noted. The airplane then suddenly impacted the runway surface. A post crash fire ensued. The witness responded to the accident location to assist the pilot.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2020-12-15 Requires A Measurement Of The Trunnion Nut Torque Of The V-Band Clamp

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model BD-700-1A10 and BD-700-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that certain safety valves at the left- and right-hand sides of the cabin pressure control system were not installed correctly and that the trunnion nuts used to fasten the V-band clamp were over torqued. This AD requires a measurement of the trunnion nut torque of the V-band clamp, an inspection of the safety valve and airplane bulkhead flange area for any cracking and deformations, and corrective actions, if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Th

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AD: Daher Aircraft Design, LLC

AD 2020-13-01 Requires A One-Time Inspection To Determine If An Affected NLG Fork Is Installed

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Daher Aircraft Design, LLC (type certificate previously held by Quest Aircraft Design, LLC), Model KODIAK 100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks found in certain nose landing gear (NLG) forks. This AD requires a one-time inspection to determine if an affected NLG fork is installed, repetitive inspections of the affected NLG fork for cracks, repetitive inspections of the shimmy damper bracket for looseness, and of the shimmy damper system for damaged components if an affected NLG fork is installed, and rework/replacement of parts as necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to ad

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.14.20)

Aero Linx: The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) The Independent Pilots Association (IPA) is an airline pilots association and trade union for aviation professionals.  Our members are commercial airline pilots, as well as flying instructors and those who fly a wealth of operations globally.  Most of our work is based in the UK; and, if you fly under a UK contract as a full member of the IPA, we will be able to assist you in issues arising in your employment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.14.20): Airspace Hierarchy

Airspace Hierarchy Within the airspace classes, there is a hierarchy and, in the event of an overlap of airspace: Class A preempts Class B, Class B preempts Class C, Class C preempts Class D, Class D preempts Class E, and Class E preempts Class G.

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Aero-FAQ: Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories -- ITBOA BNITBOB

Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories

ITBOA BNITBOB ... what does that mean? It's not gibberish, it's a lengthy acronym for "In The Business Of Aviation ... But Not In The Business Of Business."

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.14.20)

“The F-15EX’s digital backbone, open mission systems, and generous payload capacity fit well with our vision for future net-enabled warfare. Continually upgrading systems, and how they share data across the Joint Force, is critical for defeating advanced threats. F-15EX is designed to evolve from day one.” Source: Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, discussing a nearly $1.2 billion contract for its first lot of eight F-15EX fighter aircraft. The contract, awarded to Boeing, provides for the design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, including spares, support e

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July 13, 2020

Airborne 07.10.20: Mother Of ALL Cubs, Airshows!, Bristell B8 High-Wing

Also: Summering... On Mars, Hartzell Engine Tech, 2020 FAI General Conference, Gogo Inflight

American Legend Aircraft Company has unveiled its MOAC, a.k.a. the Mother Of All Cubs, a backcountry edition of the Legend Cub. While rooted in the legendary Super Cub, MOAC is a thorough remake and all new construction from the hands of American Legend. MOAC incorporates numerous performance enhancing features and is purposely built for the backcountry operations. MOAC is the most exciting way to fly low, and slow, while driving performance to the extreme. Horsepower on the Legend Cub has more than doubled with

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GoFundMe Program Hopes To Get Engine For Young Aviation Entrepreneur

$2,300 Raised So far With Goal Of $20K

The internet is filled with various GoFundMe and other donation programs for all manner of reasons... some inspired and worthy, some... not so much. This one, though, just might deserve a moment of your time... not to mention a few bucks. A regular fixture at a number of aviation events, Rachel St Louis is a hard-working young lady who is pursuing her dream to fly in an airplane she built by herself. A soloed pilot, she's working on her Private ticket and hopes to make aviation a major part of her life. She is also planning to enter Embry-Riddle next year to pursue her aviation studies. You may have seen her at a number of fly-ins, before the pandemic hit, with her aviation oriented jewelry making business --

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Coast Guard MH-65 Medevacs Injured Fisherman

Helo Rescue Takes Place 100 Miles Off Coos Bay, Oregon

Anyone with any experience in the helicopter industry has a healthy respect for the folks who crew USCG rescue helicopters... some of the most difficult flying in the known universe. Day after day, night after night, these folks pull off rescues in some incredibly insane conditions. Most recently; a Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a 26-year-old man Saturday morning off the fishing vessel McKenzie Rose 100 miles west of Coos Bay. The fishing vessel’s captain used a marine radio to hail watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend at approximately 5:30 a.m. to report a member of the crew sustained a head injury and was in need of medical attention.

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ALPA Seeks To Head Off Future Airline Furloughs

In The Past Few Weeks, Thousands Of Pilots And Crewmembers Have Received Furlough Notices

Capt. Joe DePete, president of ALPA, issued a statement meant to respond to recent announcements of potential upcoming furloughs for aviation workers effective Oct. 1, 2020: “The economic impact COVID-19 has had on the airline industry has been profound for the workers who keep our skies safe and our world connected. Unfortunately, in the past few weeks, thousands of pilots and crewmembers have received furlough notices and, absent congressional action, it is likely that there will be more to come..."

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So... What Did You Do With Your Weekend? EXP63 Stayed Busy...

Prepped Spacesuits Ahead Of Two More Battery Swap Spacewalks

The Expedition 63 crew spent Friday setting up advanced science hardware to explore a wide variety of space phenomena. The International Space Station residents also worked spacesuit maintenance and conducted more eye checks. NASA Flight Engineer Bob Behnken spent the morning swapping furnaces inside the Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) research rack. Fellow NASA  astronaut Doug Hurley joined Behnken and installed the specialized device, known as the Solidification and Quench Furnace (SQF), in the MSL. The SQF will enable scientists to discover new applications for metals, alloys, polymers and more, or design advanced materials for industrial usage.

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Klyde Morris (07.13.20)

Klyde Finally Follows A Protest He Can Believe In...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Homecoming! F/A-18 Squadrons Return from Deployment With USS Theodore Roosevelt

VFA-31 and VFA-87 Departed NAS Oceana in July 2019

Two F/A-18E “Super Hornet” squadrons with a total of 20 aviators returned to their home base at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., July 7, following their six-month deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). The two F/A-18E squadrons, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 and VFA-87 embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt.

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Classic Aero-TV: The New Extra NG Aerobat--Walter Extra Raises The Aerobatic Bar

From 2019: The Extra NG Is 'A Whole New Dimension Of Aerobatic Aircraft'

Extra Aircraft unveiled its next generation of aerobatic aircraft during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The company says the Extra NG is "a whole new dimension of aerobatic aircraft", featuring an all-carbon rigid base frame - a first in aerobatic aviation history. The airplane truly represents a "quantum leap forward" by offering its owner not just a stunningly beautiful silhouette, but also an ergonomically advanced cockpit. It is designed for maximum pilot comfort and equipped with state-of-the-art avionics. Improved aerodynamic

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NTSB Prelim: Vans WILSON RV4

Airplane Began A 4,000-Fpm Descent That Lasted About 12 Seconds

On June 9, 2020, about 0845 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Wilson (Vans Aircraft) RV4, N173CW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Safford Regional Airport (SAD), Safford, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary ADS-B data revealed the airplane departing from runway 11R at Tucson International Airport (TUS) about 0810, and initiating a climbing left turn to the northeast. The airplane continued on the same track, reaching an altitude of about 9,800 ft mean sea level (msl), about 7 minutes later...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.13.20)

Aero Linx: The Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA) The Sports Aviation Federation of Australia (SAFA) is the sporting body that administrates Hang Gliding, Paragliding and Weight Shift Microlights in Australia under regulations laid down by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). It represents over 3500 members and their clubs providing a framework for all pure flight aviation enthusiasts to take part in the sport they love, in a safe, fun way. Recognised by CASA and the FAI as the voice of members nationally and internationally, the SAFA supports and promotes members and their clubs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.13.20): Actual Calculated Landing Time

Actual Calculated Landing Time ACLT is a flight’s frozen calculated landing time. An actual time determined at freeze calculated landing time (FCLT) or meter list display interval (MLDI) for the adapted vertex for each arrival aircraft based upon runway configuration, airport acceptance rate, airport arrival delay period, and other metered arrival aircraft. This time is either the vertex time of arrival (VTA) of the aircraft or the tentative calculated landing time (TCLT)/ACLT of the previous aircraft plus the arrival aircraft interval (AAI), whichever is later. This time will not be updated in response to the aircraft’s progress.

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ANN FAQ: How Do I Become A News Spy?

We're Everywhere... Thanks To You!

Even with the vast resources and incredibly far-reaching scope of the Aero-News Network, every now and then a story that should be reported on slips through our fingers. There's a lot of news out there, and sometimes we just don't get to all of it... so we came up with the idea of News Spies.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.13.20)

“ALPA continues to work with airline managements on creative ways to mitigate the effects that the recent economic downturn has on pilots. Through our extensive resources, ALPA is assisting pilots affected by these potential furloughs—and working to ensure that more passengers feel comfortable taking to the skies again.” Source: Capt. Joe DePete, president of ALPA -- as part of a statement meant to respond to recent announcements of potential upcoming furloughs for aviation workers effective Oct. 1, 2020.

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Airborne 07.13.20: Aerobatic Championships, Rachel's GoFundMe, Electric Aircraft Symposium

Also: B-29 Doc Flight Experience, Triple Tree Cancels, Challenger 350, RAVN May Yet Live On

A late night notice was posted with the bad news, Friday evening... The IAC Board of Directors met by teleconference on Friday, 10 July 2020, to discuss the 2020 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships scheduled to be held in Salina, Kansas, 20-24 September 2020. After much research, debate, and discussion with City of Salina officials and EAA leadership, the IAC Board of Directors has determined that it will be in the best interest of the safety of all who attend the U.S. Nationals that this premier event is cancelled for 2020. The internet is filled with various GoFundMe and other donation programs for all manner of reasons... some inspired and worthy, some... not so much. A regular fixtu

July 12, 2020

Airborne 07.10.20: Mother Of ALL Cubs, Airshows!, Bristell B8 High-Wing

Also: Summering... On Mars, Hartzell Engine Tech, 2020 FAI General Conference, Gogo Inflight

American Legend Aircraft Company has unveiled its MOAC, a.k.a. the Mother Of All Cubs, a backcountry edition of the Legend Cub. While rooted in the legendary Super Cub, MOAC is a thorough remake and all new construction from the hands of American Legend. MOAC incorporates numerous performance enhancing features and is purposely built for the backcountry operations. MOAC is the most exciting way to fly low, and slow, while driving performance to the extreme. Horsepower on the Legend Cub has more than doubled with

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2020 US National Aerobatic Championships Cancelled

"We Know That This Is The Right Decision"

A late night notice was posted with the bad news, Friday evening... The IAC Board of Directors met by teleconference on Friday, 10 July 2020, to discuss the 2020 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships scheduled to be held in Salina, Kansas, 20-24 September 2020. After much research, debate, and discussion with City of Salina officials and EAA leadership, the IAC Board of Directors has determined that it will be in the best interest of the safety of all who attend the U.S. Nationals that this premier event is cancelled for 2020.

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RAVN May Yet Live On... Under New Owners

Ravn Air Group Has Successfully Sold its Two Part 121 Airlines

Approval for the sale of all 12 lots of Ravn Air Group assets was granted this week at the final Bankruptcy Court hearing – including, in a last minute turn of events, Ravn Air Group’s two Anchorage- based Part 121 passenger air carriers (“RavnAir Alaska” and “PenAir”) which were sold as a “going concern” along with many of the assets of these two companies. The successful bidder of RavnAir Alaska and PenAir was FLOAT Shuttle, a Los Angeles–based air commuter service.

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Classic Aero-TV: Coming Home To Roost -- The 'Last Time' For The DC-3 Community

From 2010: An Extraordinary Gathering That May Truly Be The Last Of Its Kind

What a concept... An historic event, billed as “The Last Time”, was organized to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 type aircraft. Designed as an airliner in 1935, the DC-3 was pressed into military service in WWII as the C-47 and served in every theater of the war. Formerly; the largest gathering of them, in any one place, was at the English airfields in preparation for the D-day invasion of Normandy. Some of these same crew members once again flew in these magnificent birds gatherin

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Russian Cargo Ship Leaves, Crew Tests Dragon’s Comfort Factors

Four Out Of The Five Expedition 63 Crew Members Assessed Comfort Factors

Russia’s Progress 74 (74P) cargo craft departed the International Space Station this week leaving four spaceships from the US, Russia and Japan parked at the orbital lab. It will be replaced in two weeks when the Progress 76 arrives to replenish the crew. The 74P undocked Wednesday at 2:23 p.m. EDT after seven months attached to the Pirs docking compartment. The trash-packed resupply ship will descend into Earth’s atmosphere above the South Pacific for a fiery but safe demise. The 76P will take its place when it launches on July 23 at 10:26 a.m. and docks just three-and-a-half hours later to Pirs.

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New Leadership Takes Over Naval Air Museum

Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, USN (Ret.) Named To Lead

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation announced the retirement of Lt. Gen. Duane Thiessen, USMC (Ret.) and named Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, USN (Ret.) as his successor. Thiessen has served as the president and CEO for the past seven years supporting the National Naval Aviation Museum and the National Flight Academy, after retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps. Thiessen will continue his role as CEO until later this fall when Cozad will take over as CEO. The date is still to be determined.

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DOT Fines Volaris for Violating Tarmac Delay Rule

Volaris Flight 881 Experienced A Tarmac Delay Of Four Hours And 21 Minutes

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación (Volaris) $70,000 for violating a federal statute and the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. The airline was also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. An investigation by the Department’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection found that on September 13, 2017, Volaris Flight 881, carrying 92 passengers from JFK to Mexico City International Airport, experienced a tarmac delay of four hours and 21 minutes prior to departure from JFK, during which passengers were not provided an opportunity to deplane. In addition, Vol

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StandardAero Completes Consolidation of Helicopter Centers of Excellence

Company Acquired A Brand New Test Cell Supporting RR M250/RR300

StandardAero has completed the consolidation of the company’s Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Helicopter Center of Excellence (COE), after accelerating the final phase of integration of helicopter MRO engine operations into one site. In addition, the company’s transition program included the integration of two additional COEs located  Langley, British Columbia, and Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, to support helicopter airframe/component MRO services and turboprop engine MRO services, respectively.  The two-year COE restructuring program was originally expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

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Aero-Biz Survival 101 (0620a): Expert Ideas To Help You Get Through Tough Times

Avoid The Need For A Comeback... Get Your Marketing Right, Right Now!

Some time ago, the Aero-News Network, responding to numerous requests, established a marketing and communications sister company by the name of AEROPRENEUER... and it's been doing amazing work under these difficult circumstances -- and getting results! We're getting rave reviews from our clients, and working hard to earn the trust of a number of new marketing partners along the way. ANN's Amber Cedroni has come up with a few tips to help aero-businesses stay alive in these tough times, and will reach out each week to offer you all a few more from here

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NTSB Prelim: Champion 7EC

He Reported That The Engine Lost Power

On July 3, 2020, about 1215 central daylight time, a Champion 7EC, airplane, N9891B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Port O'Connor, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, after adding fuel to the airplane, he departed from the Calhoun County Airport and was flying along the coastline. He reported that the engine lost power, so he turned the airplane back towards land. During the forced landing the airplane impacted brush about 400 yards from the coastline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.12.20)

Aero Linx: British Model Flying Association The BMFA is the National Governing Body for the sport of model flying. Its aims are to promote, protect, organise and encourage model flying within the UK. Typically there are around 780 affiliated clubs and a combined membership of over 36,000 members, all of whom have entered a partnership to ensure that model fliers have a voice and their rights are recognised by the authorities. The mandate for the BMFA to do this comes from the Royal Aero Club, dating back to 1922, the Civil Aviation Authority and the UK Sports councils.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.12.20): Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC)

Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) A facility established to provide air traffic control service to aircraft operating on IFR flight plans within controlled airspace and principally during the en route phase of flight. When equipment capabilities and controller workload permit, certain advisory/assistance services may be provided to VFR aircraft.

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ANN FAQ: What Does The API Mean To You

Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints

The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.12.20)

"We regret having this decision to make and believe that with safety as our focus in all matters of our sport, to continue without knowing what mid-September will bring in terms of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic would be irresponsible. The “go/no go” date was moved ahead because we believe that IAC members deserve to know as early as possible so that they can make other plans with family, business, and school..." Source: IAC President, Robert Armstrong, commenting as the IAC Board of Directors met by teleconference on Friday, 10 July 2020, to discuss the 2020 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships scheduled to be held in Salina, Kansas, 20-24 September 2020. After much research, debate, and discussion with City of Salina off

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December 31, 2019

SSJ100 Meets The European Standards For Controller-Pilot Digital Communication

Aircraft Will Be Additionally Equipped With Controller-Pilot Digital Private Communications System

SSJ100 aircraft has successfully completed test flights and proved the performance capability of ATN system in real conditions in Europe. The installation of this system is relevant primarily for the operators flying to EU countries. Equipping of all civil passenger aircraft with ATN system starting from February, 2020 is a mandatory requirement of the European aviation authorities for flight operations in various European countries above FL285.

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A Special Note From ANN To Our Friends/Readers

Hi Folks... This is a special issue of the Propwash newsletter, dedicated only to its being a personal message from the ANN gang to you. I promise not to do this too often, but hope that I can impose on you for a few minutes in order to seek your continued support. We'd like to make one last pitch for book orders while they might affect the total print order. We have sent this book to the printer and are in pre-press prep right now (proofs expected today)... and the more we can add to the print tally, the more cost-effective our printing prices (per book) become. As you

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