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Tue, May 18, 2021

Bearhawk Aircraft Announces First Flight of Side-by-Side Bearhawk Companion

The Cruise Speed Target Of 145 MPH Has Reportedly Been Met, As Well As A Payload Of 1,070 Lb

Bearhawk Aircraft tells us that the first flight of a Bearhawk Companion, their side-by-side two-place aircraft, has taken place. The Companion is a utility aircraft with backcountry flying characteristics. It is derived from the tandem seated Bearhawk Patrol wings and the 4-Place Bearhawk Model 5 fuselage. A design goal cruise speed of 145 mph has reportedly been met, as well as payload target of 1,070 lb. The first flight of a Bearhawk Companion was performed by the aircraft's builder, Dave Lenart of Bethel, Vermont. Dave completed the build from a manufactured kit. An experienced builder and mechanic, Dave has built two prior Bearhawk aircraft including 4-Place and LSA models. He is currently assembling a Patrol.

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Tue, May 18, 2021

Airborne 05.17.21: Snowbird Update!, Rocket Lab Snafu, Robinson Audio Alerts

Also: NTSB on Mid-Air Collision, Skiatook Municipal Airport, Starliner Flight Test, Bell 407

According to the International Council of Air Shows, the Snowbirds have updated their schedule... The Canadian Forces Snowbirds initially released their 2021 air show schedule during the 2020 ICAS Virtual Convention in December. Since then, the team spent their early season training at the team's home base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and recently moved to Comox, British Columbia, where they plan to complete the balance of their 2021 air show preparation. On Wednesday, the Snowbirds released an updated schedule seen on your screen... reflecting some of the changes and cancellations prompted by the ongoing pandemic response. Following a successful lift-off, first stage burn, and stage separation, Rocket Lab experienced an anomaly during its 20th Electron mission ‘Running Out Of Toes.’ The issue o

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Tue, May 18, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 05.11.21: FAA UAS Symposium, Starship SN15, Wisk-Blade

Also: Altitude Angel, AMA Meets With OMB, CAP SD Members, UASidekick

The FAA and AUVSI will co-host Episodes III and IV of the virtual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Symposium - Remotely Piloted Edition. The theme for this year's virtual event is "Above and Beyond" and will take place on June 9-10, 2021, and September 14-15, 2021. With hundreds of thousands logging in all over the globe to watch, the 'much upgraded' Starship SN15 aced a test flight that had destroyed four prototypes before it. On Wednesday, May 5, Starship serial number 15 (SN15) successfully completed SpaceX’s fifth high-altitude flight test of a Starship prototype from Starbase in Texas. Similar to previous high-altitude flight tests of Starship, SN15 was powered through ascent by three Raptor engines, each shutting down in sequence prior to the vehicle reaching apogee – approximately 10 km in altitude. Blade Ur

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Tue, May 18, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 05.13.21: Sporty’s Award, Beech Training, Young Eagles

Also: H145 Sim, Flight Path Museum, Van’s Transition Training, CAP SD Learns sUAS Search

While under quarantine in a small New York City apartment during the pandemic, Jake Phillips returned to his childhood dream of becoming a pilot as an escape from the isolation and enrolled in Sporty’s online Learn to Fly Course. After leaving New York for Chester Springs, PA, Phillips took the next step in fulfilling his dream by taking his first flight lesson. As he nears his first solo, Phillips received a financial boost by earning a $2,500 scholarship awarded through his membership in Sporty’s Flight Crew program. The ABS Air Safety Foundation has released the Beechcraft Essential Systems and Techniques course: the BEST program. BEST is designed to be the next generation enhancement of the American Bonanza Society's Beechcraft Pilot Proficiency Program (BPPP) which, since 1983, has 'prov

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Tue, May 18, 2021

Airborne-Special Edition 04.30.21: SnF21--The Good, The Bad and The Un-Airworthy

Also: Great Planes, Great People, Great Crowds, and A Surprising Success

As many of you know, ANN’s Jim Campbell has been, in the past, a vocal critic of the old Sun and Fun Fly-In organization -- now called the Sun & Fun Aerospace Expo.  But his criticism has been surprisingly rare over the last few years -- the main reason being is that there's new leadership and a whole new cast of characters leading this event. More important though, there's a new mission for what WAS a major Fly-In and what has now become a movement that seeks to build a better future for Aviation... Starting with their Aerospace Center of Excellence. All expectations were that this year's Sun and Fun should have been an outright disaster... Coming on the heels of one of the worst years in recent US history, but Aviation is far more resilient than that, many of the companies sure are, and a pent-up demand,

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Tue, May 18, 2021

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2021 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

E-I-C Note: It seems that 2020 may truly be behind us and that 2021 presents us with an opportunity to come together once again and rebuild the aviation world in the wake of a global pandemic that did a lot of damage to us all. Oshkosh, to us, seems the perfect place to get started on all that... and so ANN is putting EXTRA effort and resources into our coverage of Oshkosh 2021... just a little over 70 days hence. We are now starting the process to seek talented stringers to help us present Oshkosh and the sport and general aviation community to the world around us. If you ever thought about joining us, this is THE year to do it. IF YOU want to be a part of this unique adventure, speak up NOW, rather than later, because we're going to be looking for the best volunteer folks we can find and are planning to do so ASAP. You've been warned (grin)....

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Tue, May 18, 2021

New STC Permits Texas Turbine to Install Hartzell Composite or Aluminum Props

Applies To Converted 950 Shaft Horsepower Supervans

Texas Turbine Conversions, working with Hartzell Propeller, has FAA approval to allow Supervan conversion customers to choose either structural composite props or more economical aluminum props as part of their conversion package. "Now Cessna Caravan owners and operators with the Supervan turboprop conversion can choose between a 110-inch diameter structural composite prop, or the more economical 109.5 diameter aluminum option. Both propellers are four-blade and offer a 60 pound or 25 pound weight savings, respectively, over the original Supervan propeller," said Hartzell Propeller President JJ Frigge.

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Tue, May 18, 2021

VoloConnect Designed to Expand Volocopter UAM Ecosystem

Unveils New Urban Air Mobility Aircraft Design

Volocopter has unveiled its newest aircraft, VoloConnect. This electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) is designed to connect suburbs to cities and complements the company's existing family of aircraft for the intra-city mission. VoloConnect's hybrid lift and push design is expected to achieve certification within the next 5 years. With the capacity to travel longer distances, VoloConnect joins Volocopter's aircraft family and extends the company's UAM ecosystem coverage to the suburbs. The new aircraft will be integrated into Volocopter's existing portfolio of UAM ecosystem solutions: VoloDrone, VoloCity, VoloPort, and the digital platform, VoloIQ.

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Tue, May 18, 2021

Rocket Lab Recovers First Stage Following 2nd Stage Failure

First Stage Performed Nominally During The Mission And Did Not Contribute To The Flight Issue

The rocket business can be hard... On May 15, 2021, Rocket Lab experienced an anomaly almost three minutes into the company’s 20th Electron launch. Following a successful lift-off from Launch Complex 1, Electron proceeded through a nominal first stage engine burn, stage separation, and stage 2 ignition. Shortly after the second stage ignition the engine shut down, resulting in the loss of the mission. Rocket Lab continued to receive good telemetry from Electron following the safe engine shutdown on stage two, providing engineers with comprehensive data to review as part of a robust review into the anomaly.

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Tue, May 18, 2021

Klyde Morris (05.17.21)

Klyde's Not Too Sure This Green Utopia Will Turn Out All That Well

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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