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September 18, 2020

Diamond Relaunches DA20-C1

Equipped With Greatly Upgraded Instrument Panel

One of our favorite training birds is back... and upgraded, to boot! The high demand for single engine training aircraft has led to the return to production of the Diamond DA20-C1, powered by a 125HP Continental IO-240 engine and equipped with new state-of-the-art G500TXi Avionics. With over 1,000 DA20’s already operating worldwide, the strong desire for lower cost new single engine aircraft in training environments continues. The DA20 is proven to be the safest and most efficient aircraft for primary training, and fleet operators are raving about its return to production. “We are excited to re-introduce the brand new DA20-C1,” says Scott McFadzean, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industrie

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Airborne 09.14.20: Mooney Hit By Truck!, One Aviation BK Saga, Pawnee Dunked

Also: Bombardier Safety Standdown, New CAE Financing Initiative, AMA And Others Urge FAA, EASA 737 MAX Tests

An unfortunate Mooney was forced to execute a deadstick landing on an Eastbound lane of Florida's Interstate 75, Wednesday morning. A twitter post by FHP summed up the scenario... "A small airplane made an emergency landing on EB I75 (?? Alley) @ 40 mm. Once landed, a pickup truck collided with the left wing of the plane. Thankfully no injuries. The EB right lane of I75 remains closed at this time." An engine failure downed the M20R Mooney over Broward County. The 2007 M20R Ovation 3 GX, N120GX,

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.16.20: Brazil's Drone Delivery, Autel, Loyal Wingman

Also: Remote ID Changes?, Amazon Prime Air, Detection & Mitigation, Marine Mammal Rescue

Latin American drone delivery company, Speedbird Aero, announced it has received regulatory approval from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency, also known as ANAC, to operate two experimental drone delivery routes in Brazil. Speedbird Aero operates a proprietary delivery drone with an integrated ParaZero parachute recovery system, and is now the first company in Latin America to win regulatory approval for a drone delivery operation. A rapid-deployment, packable unmanned aircraft made in USA with (some foreig

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.10.20: Navy/NASA T-38s, Vincennes U, King Schools

Also: I/ITSEC 2020 Goes Virtual, Chad Weaver Av Scholarship, Airbus H145/135 Sim, S Utah Univ Adds Bell 505

The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) is the Navy's principal operator of the Northrop Grumman T-38C Talon supersonic jet trainer, with 10 of the twin-engined aircraft in its inventory. The school's T-38s fly an average of 1,100 hours per year, providing students with valuable experience evaluating its performance, flying qualities, dynamics, and transonic and supersonic flight characteristics. Because the T-38C is the school's primary fixed-wing trainer, students are required to rece

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EAA Young Eagles Workshops Brings Aviation Discovery To Local Youth

EAA Chapters To Host Sessions As ‘Next Step’ After Young Eagles Flights

EAA chapters now have an additional “next step” activity following Young Eagles flights, as EAA is introducing a Young Eagles Workshops program available to all chapters as a follow-on way to engage young people. The Young Eagles Workshops program offers youth, generally 11 to 17 years old, the opportunity to discover more about aviation in a social setting at a local airport. These sessions, either single-day or multiple-day, are geared toward introducing kids to the basic elements of airplanes and aviation. “EAA continues to build its offerings for young people as ways to introduce and engage them in aviation, as there are so many possibilities

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Gogo AVANCE L3 Now Listed As Factory Option for Pilatus PC-24

Pilatus Receives STCs for AVANCE L3 on PC-24 and PC-12 NGX

Pilatus has selected Gogo Business Aviation's AVANCE L3 system as a factory option on new production PC-24 aircraft, and has secured STCs for the PC-24 and the PC-12 NGX. The PC-24 joins the PC-12 NGX as the second airframe from Pilatus to install the AVANCE L3 system at the factory. The AVANCE L3 is an inflight Wi-Fi system that delivers the benefits of the Gogo AVANCE platform in a small, lightweight form factor, with the most affordable pricing options in business aviation. With the L3 users can choose an inflight Wi-Fi experience fitted to their unique needs or preferences. It is an ideal solution for smaller business jets and turboprops.

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United Pilots Reach Agreement to Forestall 'Imminent' Furloughs

Addresses The Imminent Furlough Threat To More Than 2,850 Pilots

The elected union leaders of the United pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Intl., (ALPA) have reached a tentative agreement (TA) with United Airlines management that addresses the imminent furlough threat to more than 2,850 pilots. The pilots’ elected leadership voted unanimously to send the agreement for full pilot membership ratification...

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Classic Aero-TV: Bright-Shiny!-Steve Cole's Award-Winning Hummel UltraCruiser

From 2015: Some Of the Prettiest Sights Of Oshkosh Were Also Very Affordable

At EAA AirVenture 2015, there are lots of airplanes to look at, but this one is a real eye catcher. It’s a small single-place airplane, it qualifies as an ultralight, and is so shiny you need dark glasses just to look at it in the sunlight. ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had a sit-down and chat with, Steve Cole, who is the builder and owner of this Hummel UltraCruiser which took the Grand Champion Ultralight trophy this year at Oshkosh.

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The SportPlane Resource Guide RETURNS!!!!

Emphasis On Growing The Future of Aviation Through Concentration on 'AFFORDABLE FLYERS'

It's been a number of years since the Latest Edition of Jim Campbell's HUGE SportPlane Resource Guide first saw the light of day. That massive 1100 page book last featured over 800 exciting sport aircraft from all over the SportPlane universe... at a time when the SportPlane industry was still a healthy, thriving enterprise (those were the days...). While there has been some consideration, off and on, toward updating the nearly 5 pound book, the near implosion of the SportPlane and kit industry over the last decade has made such a pursuit an unwieldy one... until now.

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LogTen Pro Pilot Logbook for Apple Devices Launches Dropbox Backup

Pilots Now Have Even More Ways To Securely Backup Critical Logbook Data

Coradine's next version of their professional pilot logbook software is ready for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This latest LogTen Pro update includes logbook backup integration with Dropbox. Now, alongside backups to iCloud, LogTen Pro users will be able to connect their logbook to Dropbox for easy backups on both LogTen Pro for iOS and Mac. Noah Lieberman, CEO at Coradine Aviation Systems said, "Ensuring pilots can easily create and access backups of their logbook data is a top priority for us. Alongside providing pilots with the information they need to fly safely within regulated limits, LogTen Pro is also the full record of their flying career. Integration with Dropbox gives pil

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We Have A Winner! Julian Rojas Scores Major Goodies From King Schools Giveaway!

Will Receive A Free Course Of His Choice, Flight Bag, And Kneeboard

The Aero-News Network Team and King Schools couldn’t be more excited to announce Julian Rojas as the winner of our King Schools summer giveaway! Julian is the Director of Maintenance for a Part 91 Flight Department in Van Nuys, CA and is currently pursuing his private pilot’s license. He will be receiving a free cours

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 340

At 18,000 Ft, When The Right Windscreen Blew Out

On September 3, 2020, about 0715 central daylight time, a Cessna 340 airplane, N5178J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot said he was flying from Sundance Airport (HSD), Oklahoma, to Burnet Municipal Airport-Kate Craddock Field (BMQ), Texas, at 18,000 ft, when the right windscreen blew out 50 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

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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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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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AD: Glasflugel

AD 2020-19-12 Concerns Jamming Between The Double Two-Ring End Of The Towing Cable And The Deflector Angles Of The C.G. Release Mechanism

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018-21-04 for Glasflugel Models Club Libelle 205, H 301 “Libelle,” H 301B “Libelle,” Kestrel, Mosquito, Standard “Libelle,” and Standard Libelle-201B gliders. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as jamming between the double two-ring end of the towing cable and the deflector angles of the center of gravity (C.G.) release mecha

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.20)

Aero Linx: Australian Women Pilots’ Association On 16 September 1950 a group of thirty five women became charter members of the Australian Women Pilots’ Association at a meeting at Bankstown Airport in Sydney. These women pilots of all ages and experience became the core of a nationwide network which today, like then, aims to assist women to achieve their goals in aviation. AWPA is an entirely voluntary organisation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.18.20): Expedite

Expedite Used by ATC when prompt compliance is required to avoid the development of an imminent situation. Expedite climb/descent normally indicates to a pilot that the approximate best rate of climb/descent should be used without requiring an exceptional change in aircraft handling characteristics.

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ANN FAQ: Contact Us (Updated)

Update: We've Moved!

Aero-News recently relocated its Global Headquarters from one aviation centric location... near Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine... to a spot near both Cecil Field and Herlong Airport. So ...for anyone needing to contact ANN via snail mail, here is our updated address: Aero-News Network 1335 Kingsley Ave., #831, Orange Park, FL, 32067.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.18.20)

“EAA continues to build its offerings for young people as ways to introduce and engage them in aviation, as there are so many possibilities for discovery and achievement through the world of flight. Our chapters have been asking for additional resources to build on the Young Eagles flight experience, which has already connected with more than 2.2 million young people over the past 28 years.” Source: Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programming, which includes the organization‘s youth initiatives, discussing their latest effforts with the Young Eagle program.

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September 17, 2020

House T&I Investigation Of 737 MAX Report Published

Those Pinnacles of Aviation Expertise, the US House, Hammer Boeing and the FAA -- Again

A long awaited report from the House of Representatives Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure has been published and as many government reports are wont to do, they place a lot of blame... but not always prioritized according to the realities of the situation at hand. While the politicians were patting themselves on the back generously, the report fails to prioritize the ponderous issues involved with the airlines (and the training issues associated with them), that the airlines involved in the two accidents, presented. It also makes sweeping judgments about improper/fraudulent intent on the part of Boeing and the FAA when the aero-community scu

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Airborne 09.14.20: Mooney Hit By Truck!, One Aviation BK Saga, Pawnee Dunked

Also: Bombardier Safety Standdown, New CAE Financing Initiative, AMA And Others Urge FAA, EASA 737 MAX Tests

An unfortunate Mooney was forced to execute a deadstick landing on an Eastbound lane of Florida's Interstate 75, Wednesday morning. A twitter post by FHP summed up the scenario... "A small airplane made an emergency landing on EB I75 (?? Alley) @ 40 mm. Once landed, a pickup truck collided with the left wing of the plane. Thankfully no injuries. The EB right lane of I75 remains closed at this time." An engine failure downed the M20R Mooney over Broward County. The 2007 M20R Ovation 3 GX, N120GX,

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.16.20: Brazil's Drone Delivery, Autel, Loyal Wingman

Also: Remote ID Changes?, Amazon Prime Air, Detection & Mitigation, Marine Mammal Rescue

Latin American drone delivery company, Speedbird Aero, announced it has received regulatory approval from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency, also known as ANAC, to operate two experimental drone delivery routes in Brazil. Speedbird Aero operates a proprietary delivery drone with an integrated ParaZero parachute recovery system, and is now the first company in Latin America to win regulatory approval for a drone delivery operation. A rapid-deployment, packable unmanned aircraft made in USA with (some foreig

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.10.20: Navy/NASA T-38s, Vincennes U, King Schools

Also: I/ITSEC 2020 Goes Virtual, Chad Weaver Av Scholarship, Airbus H145/135 Sim, S Utah Univ Adds Bell 505

The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) is the Navy's principal operator of the Northrop Grumman T-38C Talon supersonic jet trainer, with 10 of the twin-engined aircraft in its inventory. The school's T-38s fly an average of 1,100 hours per year, providing students with valuable experience evaluating its performance, flying qualities, dynamics, and transonic and supersonic flight characteristics. Because the T-38C is the school's primary fixed-wing trainer, students are required to rece

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STC'ed: Avidyne IFD540 Multifunction FMS For Citation Excel & XLS

Part 25 Certification Is A Big Step Forward For This Program

Avidyne has received STC approval for the IFD540 Multifunction Flight Management System in Citation 560 Excel/XLS aircraft equipped with Primus 1000 electronic flight instrument systems. “We are pleased to have completed our first in-house Part 25 Transport Category STC for the IFD series of Multifunction Flight Management Systems. This STC covers the installation of IFD540s in Citation Excel and XLS aircraft, and will be the basis for additional STC amendments and field approvals by Avidyne and our MRO partners for the entire range of Avidyne Multifunction Flight Management Systems in a wide variety of turbine aircraft,” said John Talmadge, Avidyne’s Vice President of

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AMA Meets With White House to Discuss Remote ID and Foreign-Made UAS

Model Aviation Community Gets Meeting With 'Top Brass'

AMA recently met with the White House National Economic Council regarding a proposed executive order on foreign-made UAS and the FAA’s proposed rule on Remote ID. The proposed executive order that has been drafted by President Trump’s administration, if signed, would ban the federal government’s use of foreign-made UAS, including model aircraft. The executive order would bar federal government departments and agencies from procuring, repairing, or servicing a UAS manufactured “in whole or in part” by any company from a foreign country viewed to be “engaged in a long-term pattern or serious instances of conduct significantly adverse to the national security o

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CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow: Drive-In Only

Four USAF Demo Teams, Three Aerobatic Shows, and Tora! Tora! Tora!

The 36th Annual Commemorative Airforce (CAF) Wings Over Houston Airshow will take the air on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-11, and will offer fans a drive-in viewing experience to ensure safe social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final lineup for an unprecedented three-day show includes will showcase the skills of four United States Air Force demonstration teams - F-22 Raptor, F-16 Viper, A-10C Thunderbolt II and the C-17 Globemaster III. The show will also include several aerobatic performers, fan favorite Tora! Tora! Tora! and an array of vintage World War II aircraft.

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Kopter: SH09 Back 'Home' After Successful Flight Tests In Pozzallo

Next Test Priorities Will Explore Capabilities Of The New Tail Rotor And Recent Aerodynamic Mods

Since the resumption of the test flight activities in June in Pozzallo, Sicily, Kopter's third prototype (P3) has completed 40 flights, allowing testing of multiple aerodynamic modifications and configurations. The current configuration fitted on P3 has seen a significant improvement in smoothness and stability. Recent upgrades include an engine cowling extension for improved aerodynamics, a variable asymmetric tail plane at the best available incidence, the removal of the end plates and a larger upper vertical fin improving stability.

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Classic Aero-TV: Veteran's Airlift Command -- Serving Those Who Served

From 2013: One Of Aviation's Most Positive Efforts... The VAC!!!

In all the doddering, misleading, anti-aviation blather we've had to deal with over the last few years, we've been waiting for the world to wake up and discover just how cool aviation, and its pilots and aircrews, are. We present a case in point and while it was a quick impromptu interview amid the heights of excitement at NBAA 2011 (a more extensive interview is coming shortly!), the message is clear, that aviation has a heart, that pilots are citizens of the world and that if you want to show aviation in its bes

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Boeing Responds to House T&I Investigation Of 737 MAX

"We Have Learned Many Hard Lessons As A Company From The Accidents..."

Boeing cooperated fully and extensively with the Committee’s inquiry since it began in early 2019. We have been hard at work strengthening our safety culture and rebuilding trust with our customers, regulators, and the flying public. The passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, as well as their loved ones, continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Multiple committees, experts, and governmental authorities have examined issues related to the MAX, and we have incorporated many of their recommendations, as well as the results of our own internal reviews, into the 737 MAX and the overall airplane design process. The revised design

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NTSB Prelim: Arrow-Falcon Exporters, Inc. UH-1H

Accident Flight Was The Pilot's First Day Working The Hills Fire

On August 19, 2020 about 0945 Pacific daylight time, an Arrow-Falcon Exporters, Inc. UH-1H, N711GH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Coalinga, California. The pilot, the sole occupant was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a public use firefighting flight. The accident flight was the pilot's first day working the Hills Fire, which had started four days prior. The pilot departed at 0846 followed by another pilot that was flying a Bell 212 helicopter for another operator. Investigators reviewed flight track data covering the area of the accident during the time surrounding the accident. Additionally, the Bell 212 pilot had an app recording his track t

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AD: Bell Textron Inc.

AD 2020-19-08 Prompted By Reports Of Corrosion On Main Rotor Hub Tension-Torsion Strap (TT strap) Assemblies

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Textron Inc. (Type Certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.) (Bell), Model 204B, 205A-1, and 212 helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on main rotor hub tension-torsion strap (TT strap) assemblies. This AD requires reducing the life limit of a certain part-numbered TT strap assembly and prohibits installing this TT strap assembly on any helicopter. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective October 21, 2020.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.20)

Aero Linx: Texas Pilot's Association We Are... The TPA is a statewide nonprofit General Aviation (GA) organization of both pilots and non-pilots who are committed, first and foremost, to preserving and advancing GA in the great State of Texas, then the U.S., to be followed by the rest of the world, via forging relationships and supporting sister interest groups in their respective and relating domains... The passion for flight and aviation has no boundaries nor nationality! Education & Preparation... One of our primary goals continues to be: proactively encouraging and supporting education in all fields that cater to GA with emphasis -when possible- on traditional schooling programs from the earl

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.20): ICAO Three-Letter Designator (3LD)

ICAO Three−Letter Designator (3LD) An ICAO 3LD is an exclusive designator that, when used together with a flight number, becomes the aircraft call sign and provides distinct aircraft identification to air traffic control (ATC). ICAO approves 3LDs to enhance the safety and security of the air traffic system. An ICAO 3LD may be assigned to a company, agency, or organization and is used instead of the aircraft registration number for ATC operational and security purposes. An  ICAO 3LD is also used for aircraft identification in the flight plan and associated messages and can be used for domestic and international flights. A telephony associated with an ICAO 3LD is used for radio communic

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ANN FAQ: View Aero-News YOUR Way ... The 'Headlines And Teasers' Option

Choose How YOU Want To View Your Aero News: Headlines And Teasers

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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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.17.20)

"Boeing’s design and development of the 737 MAX was marred by technical design failures, lack of transparency with both regulators and customers, and efforts to obfuscate information about the operation of the aircraft. During development of the 737 MAX, Boeing engineers raised safety concerns about MCAS being tied to a single AOA sensor. Another Boeing engineer raised concerns about not having a synthetic airspeed sensor on the 737 MAX. In the wake of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines tragedies, Boeing has now acknowledged some of these issues by planning to have two AOA sensors feed into MCAS, for instance. In January 2020, despite the fact that Boeing’s internal directive for the 737 MAX program made crystal clear that nothing should jeopardize Level B non-simul

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September 16, 2020

Tecnam P2012 SENTINEL SMP Rolls Out

P2012 Sentinel SMP (Special Mission Platform) Offers Multi-Mission Capabilities

Tecnam's new P2012 Sentinel SMP is readying to tackle the Special Mission Platform Market... The P2012 Sentinel SMP, compared to their P2006T Twin SMP, integrates higher payloads, additional operator and observer stations and new capabilities, including approval for FIKI (Flight Into Known Icing), while also improving mission efficiency. The operator may benefit from increased range, endurance, cabin volume and crew space. TECNAM has undertaken a program with L3 HARRIS Wescam MX - series Electro Optical Sensors optimized integration. This will greatly improve the law-enforcement mission efficiency when performed with the P2012 Sentinel, and offers the capability of acc

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Delta's Bastian Says FA Jobs Safe... Pilot Jobs Not So Much

Nearly 2000 Pilot Jobs At Risk

The airline industry has been hammered by the COVID crisis despite the MANY billions of taxpayer dollars that have been made available to keep them flying... but deadlines legislative occurring in just a few weeks may make the situation even worse and force extensive layoffs -- which many airlines are preparing for by paring costs, and making agreements with employees for reduced staffing, early retirements and other cost-cutting measures. Delta is pushing to create a survivable situation in the midst of the pandemic.

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Skyward-Parrot Partnership Offers Integration/Training for the ANAFI USA

Gives Enterprises A One-Stop Shop For Building And Scaling A Drone Program

Skyward and Parrot have announced a partnership to deliver Parrot ANAFI drones along with Skyward drone program management, flight log sync, and training to U.S. enterprises. In particular, the new ANAFI USA drone speaks to a widespread need among U.S. companies and public agencies for a secure, high-end drone manufactured domestically. Sold by Skyward, the ANAFI USA and training package gives enterprises a one-stop shop for building and scaling a drone program with aircraft, policies and procedures, training, and automatic flight log sync to the software platform to manage it all.

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Bell Adds 1st Authorized Maintenance Center in Denmark

Bell Appoints Air Service International

Bell is adding its first Authorized Maintenance Center (AMC) in Denmark and the second AMC in Europe. Air Service International A/S is located in Billund, Denmark and the new facility will provide maintenance for the Bell 206A/B, 206L and 505. "Bell will support Air Service International to provide the necessary resources to support customers and their aircraft maintenance needs," said Duncan Van De Velde, Managing Director, Europe & Russia. "Air Service International will provide local field maintenance to customers and Bell will continue to support customers with heavier maintenance needs or additional request from Bell's Prague Service Center."

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Classic Aero-TV: Citation Service Ctr–Maintaining Performance for Cessna Jets

From 2010: Cessna’s Kelly Reich Introduces the Citation Parts Distribution Service

Every year, Cessna invests crucial time and assets to provide their customers with the utmost service. In order to provide this service to Citation owners and operators, Cessna created a worldwide network of nine Cessna-owned Citation Service Centers and 24 Authorized Citation Service Centers. At each center, expert Citation technicians can provide specialized services including on-ground support and phase inspections, avionic and airframe modifications, damage repair, engine overhauls

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National Aviation Academy Awards Aviation Maintenance Scholarships

Charles E. Taylor Scholarship Is Now Available For 2020-2021 School Year

Winners of National Aviation Academy’s Charles E. Taylor Scholarship have been awarded for the 2019-2020 school year, and applications are now being accepted for 2020-2021. This scholarship recognizes and encourages students pursuing careers in aviation maintenance, as well as promotes the future of aviation and, specifically, highly-trained airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics. Charles E. Taylor was an American inventor, mechanic, and machinist. He built the first aircraft engine and was a vital contributor to mechanical skills in the building and maintaining of early aircraft. Known as the “Father of Aviation Maintenance,” Taylor exemplifies the han

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GA-ASI SeaGuardian Concludes Maritime Test Flights

Flights Demo SeaGuardian Capabilities in Maritime Environments

GA-ASI has concluded a set of maritime test flights over the sea-lanes off the coast of Southern California on September 11th, using the MQ-9B SeaGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). This was the first MQ-9B configured for surveillance operations over open-water, and served to demonstrate MQ-9B capabilities in the maritime environment. “The SeaGuardian’s debut demonstrated persistent situational awareness in the maritime domain for our customers,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. SeaGuardian is an MQ-9B SkyGuardian configured for maritime ISR mission.

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USAF Flight Simulator Training Seeks Upgrades

Team Includes L3Harris, CAE USA, CymSTAR, Dell Technologies and Leidos

L3Harris Technologies tells ANN that it will lead a team to help transform the US Air Force’s flight simulator training used to help develop skilled air crews. The L3Harris team – including CAE USA, CymSTAR, Dell Technologies and Leidos – will support the Air Force’s Simulators Common Architecture Requirements and Standards (SCARS) program, which will integrate and standardize the service’s aircraft training simulators. The team will help the Air Force develop a set of common standards for simulator design and operation.

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NTSB Prelim: Titan Mustang T-51

As The Turn Continued, The Airplane Entered A Gradual Descent

On September 2, 2020, at 1213 mountain daylight time, a Titan Mustang T-51 airplane, N153JW, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Brighton, Colorado. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the pilot departed at 1157 and proceeded about 10 miles east before returning to the airport. The pilot appeared to execute a takeoff and landing before entering a right-hand traffic pattern.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.20)

Aero Linx: The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) The International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA) is an international organization for women who hold positions of impact in the aviation and aerospace industry. Founded in 1988, IAWA brings together women of achievement and promotes their advancement throughout the world. Women are assuming greater and more visible roles within the industry. Through annual global conferences, regional receptions and connects, IAWA provides a forum to share views on matters of importance to the industry, as well as to women in general. Women should have five years’ leadership experience in aviation or aerospace to apply for IAWA membership. Howe

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.20): VOR

VOR A ground-based electronic navigation aid transmitting very high frequency navigation signals, 360 degrees in azimuth, oriented from magnetic north. Used as the basis for navigation in the National Airspace System. The VOR periodically identifies itself by Morse Code and may have an additional voice identification feature. Voice features may be used by ATC or FSS for transmitting instructions/information to pilots.

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ANN FAQ: Disqus

A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations

Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-based comment tool you can use to talk about stories on Aero-News with your friends.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.16.20)

"TECNAM is very proud to expand the Special Mission Platform offer with a high-performance but still cost-efficient solution to the market. Here at TECNAM, we all recognize the importance of providing a high-capability platform that will allow our customers to perform aerial surveys and mapping as well as protect borders, save lives, and detect criminal operations. Our effort has been focused on the development of a system with higher-class capabilities at a fraction of their acquisition price, making such vital services accessible to those countries and operators that simply couldn't afford them before." Source: Giovanni Pascale Langer, TECNAM Managing Director, talking about the Roll-Out of their new SMP configuration for the P2012.

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.16.20: Brazil's Drone Delivery, Autel, Loyal Wingman

Also: Remote ID Changes?, Amazon Prime Air, Detection & Mitigation, Marine Mammal Rescue
 
Latin American drone delivery company, Speedbird Aero, announced it has received regulatory approval from Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency, also known as ANAC, to operate two experimental drone delivery routes in Brazil. Speedbird Aero operates a proprietary delivery drone with an integrated ParaZero parachute recovery system, and is now the first company in Latin America to win regulatory approval for a drone delivery operation. A rapid-deployment, packable unmanned aircraft made in USA with (some foreign and US components and labor) has been made available for public safety, municipal, and enterprise uses. UAV manufacturer Autel Robotics is releasing its

September 15, 2020

Take A Deep Breath... GAMA Releases Brutal 2Q/20 A/C Shipment/Billing Report

Not Much Good News As The Aero-Verse Works Its Way Through The Pandemic And All Its Effects

This one had to hurt... GAMA released its report of general aviation aircraft shipments and billings through the second quarter of 2020 (June 30). Piston, turboprop, business jet and helicopter deliveries 'declined' (or 'cratered' in some cases) across all segments during the first six months of 2020 as compared to the same period of 2019. No surprise, that, though. "It should come as no surprise to anyone that the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the general aviation industry and its global operations in the second quarter. During those months, while the global aerospace supply chain was significantly degraded and national, state and local pandemic rest

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The Latest Aero-Legal Skirmish... SmartSky Sues Former Radio Contractor

Ouch... Company Alleges Misappropriation of Intellectual Property, Breach of Contract

SmartSky Networks tells ANN that it has filed a federal lawsuit against its former radio contractor, Wireless Systems Solutions LLC (WSS), after terminating the WSS contract and asserting that WSS misappropriated SmartSky's intellectual property. SmartSky's lawsuit alleges improper actions by WSS, two related entities (DAG Wireless LTD and DAG Wireless USA), and three of their senior leaders. "We have pledged to defend our intellectual property vigorously because it is critical to our success. In this situation, WSS failed to complete what it was contracted to do for SmartSky. Simultaneously, we believe WSS attempted to sell our product as its own, including thro

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.02.20: Prime Air Pt 135, Autonomous Cessnas, SumoAir

Also: Multi-Lingual Drone Program, Vue TZ20, 1st Agility Prime 'Flying Car', KSU Polytechnic

If you thought that you saw too many Prime trucks around the highways and byways of America, it may be time to look skyward. Amazing Prime Air has been granted a Part 135 ticket ("Part 135 air carrier certificate using unmanned aircraft systems") to start trial operations of drone deliveries... something that has been on their drawing board for years. this allows Amazon to join the ranks of UPS and Alphabet-owned Wing, who have already pioneered some limited FAA approval for their drone delivery aspirations. Rel

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Van's Still Closed While Staff Deals With Wildfires

Hopes To Open Their Doors, Later Today, Tuesday

It's hard not to worry about the folks at Van's Aircraft, who have been under the threat of the numerous wildfires that have plagued much of the West Coast these last few weeks. As noted previously, Van's sent their staff home to protect their families and home the middle of last week and has shuttered all their operations in the meantime... with hopes that they'll be able to open for some bushiness later today, Tuesday the 15th. The wildfire issue has been sweeping much of the West Coast and the most recent meteorology hasn't helped the situation much. Thousands of responders have been putting themselves at risk to deal with this situation and will probably have to do so for some time.

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Coast Guard MH-65 Rescues Overdue Mariner Near Dauphin Island, Alabama

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Crew Located The Man

The Coast Guard rescued a man on an overdue personal watercraft near Dauphin Island, Alabama, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from Baldwin County 911 at approximately 8:50 p.m. that the father of the reporting party had taken a personal watercraft from Fort Morgan toward Dauphin Island to fish and had not returned for three hours. A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man about two miles south of Dauphin Island when the crew noticed a white cap that was not breaking and was later identified as the capsized personal watercraft. The Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoist

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Classic Aero-TV: AvConnect - Modern Aircraft Management

From 2009: C.E.O. Erik Murrey Introduces the Aviation Connection Network

The Aviation Connection Network is a revolutionary service that allows operators, owners, service centers, and manufactures to quickly access and communicate all available records pertaining to an aircraft. Through their online database, owners and operators can track such information as automatic flight data, logbook updates, expense records, as well as any automated service requests and complete maintenance history from FBOs and OEMs. The online service will also be made available in the near future through a dedicated iPhone app

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Sterling Flight Training Adds Two More Archer TX Aircraft To Their Fleet

Fresh From Announcements About Their Partnerships With Purdue U, And Liberty U, Sterling Builds Up Their Flock

Sterling Flight Training has taken delivery of two new Piper Archer TXs, expanding their fleet of aircraft and training devices -- again. These new aircraft represent Sterling's commitment to provide students access to the most reliable and latest technologically advanced training tools and aids. Each Archer TX is designed specifically for efficient, comfortable and safe single-engine flight training, and is outfitted with the G1000 NXi cockpit. This investment comes as student enrollment continues to grow through Sterling's FAA-approved 141 in-house training courses and university partnerships with Purdue University Global and

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Ready To File IFR? Western Smoke Stretches Across The Country

Worse... Wildfires Spew Methanol, Benzene, Ozone And Other Noxious Chemicals

NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite captured two recent images of the United States and both images show that the winds have changed yet again, blowing the smoke from western fires back to the East and crossing the continental U.S. Along with the smoke, small particles suspended in the air (aerosols) are also moved along the jet stream and bring hazardous air quality across the country.

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Boeing Australia ‘Fires Up’ Engine on First Loyal Wingman Aircraft

An Artificial Intelligence-Powered Teaming Aircraft Developed For The Global Defense Market

Boeing Australia powered up the commercial turbofan engine on the first Loyal Wingman aircraft in September, as part of ground testing and preparations for first flight. This milestone comes on the heels of Boeing completing the first unmanned Loyal Wingman aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force earlier this year, a major step forward for the unmanned vehicle serving as the foundation for the global Boeing Airpower Teaming System, an artificial intelligence-powered teaming aircraft developed for the global defense market.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.15.20)

Aero Linx: Air Transportation Research International Forum (ATRIF) Formed in 1973, the Air Transportation Research International Forum (ATRIF) is a professional group of market and operations analysts, economists, and forecasters that regularly meet to discuss topical issues within the air transport and aerospace industries. Our members represent seasoned aviation professionals from leading firms in the commercial aviation sector.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.15.20): Tower

Tower A terminal facility that uses air/ground communications, visual signaling, and other devices to provide ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of an airport or on the movement area. Authorizes aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport controlled by the tower or to transit the Class D airspace area regardless of flight plan or weather conditions (IFR or VFR). A tower may also provide approach control services (radar or nonradar).

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ANN FAQ: How To Get YOUR News Out On Aero-News

Good News, Bad News... It's ALL News

As the preeminent online aviation news resource out there, the editorial staff at Aero-News sees a large number of news releases. We look at all of them, and can usually tell whether something merits publishing consideration within reading the first couple of paragraphs. Often, however, a new and innovative product can be overlooked because of the very words written to promote it, by the very people who created it.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.15.20)

"It should come as no surprise to anyone that the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the general aviation industry and its global operations in the second quarter. During those months, while the global aerospace supply chain was significantly degraded and national, state and local pandemic restrictions changed routinely on both sides of the Atlantic, many companies supplemented their activities to support the health care response with the manufacture and distribution of personal protective equipment. With facilities conducting operations in a 'new normal' work environment, what has been very encouraging is that the supply chain has begun to stabilize and robust screening procedures and innovative work station COVID-19 mitigation protocols have resulted in very few virus transmi

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September 14, 2020

Airborne 09.11.20: Diamond DA50 RG Cert, Collings Fined, Apocalypse RV?

Also: uAvionics AV-30-C STC, Rocket Lab Licensed, USAF Supersonic Deal, Av Maintenance Program

Diamond Aircraft has confirmed EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) certification for the new DA50 RG single engine piston with retractable gear. This paves the way for initial EASA customer deliveries in Q1/2021. General Aviation’s new piston single offers retractable gear, double slotted flaps for high lift and superior slow speed behavior, good handling and flight characteristics, a 5-seat luxury cabin with a generous rear baggage compartment, Diamond’s well-known safety features, ramp a

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Klyde Morris (09.14.20)

Klyde Gets A Chance to Take A Look On The Other Side...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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September 13, 2020

Airborne 09.11.20: Diamond DA50 RG Cert, Collings Fined, Apocalypse RV?

Also: uAvionics AV-30-C STC, Rocket Lab Licensed, USAF Supersonic Deal, Av Maintenance Program

Diamond Aircraft has confirmed EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) certification for the new DA50 RG single engine piston with retractable gear. This paves the way for initial EASA customer deliveries in Q1/2021. General Aviation’s new piston single offers retractable gear, double slotted flaps for high lift and superior slow speed behavior, good handling and flight characteristics, a 5-seat luxury cabin with a generous rear baggage compartment, Diamond’s well-known safety features, ramp a

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September 08, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: Velocity's Spacy V-Twin -- A 21st Century Multi-Engine Airplane

From 2013: Velocity Aircraft Shows Off Their Twin-Engine Model At The AOPA 2013 Convention

While at the AOPA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to get out on the ramp and check out the twin-engine Velocity prototype. He met with John Abraham, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Velocity Aircraft and asked what’s in the future for this unique homebuilt airplane.

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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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