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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

August 19th Is Our Day! National Aviation Day

Don't Miss A Chance To Promote Aviation Today

Stephen K. Brown, an FAASTeam Program (or Flight Proficiency) Manager, sent us a note over the weekend that we thought worth sharing... "August 19th is National Aviation Day, which is (today). This year will be the 80th year of the national day in recognition of Orville Wright's birthday and a day to celebrate all things aviation. It is in Part 36 of the United States Code and is a day to encourage activates by citizens to promote interest in aviation...

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

NEXA Advisors Completes Landmark Urban Air Mobility Study

Groundbreaking Report Sets 20-year Market Value of $318 Billion

NEXA Advisors and the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) have completed a comprehensive year-long study, Urban Air Mobility—Economics and Global Markets. The groundbreaking NEXA report, undertaken in a partnership with VFS, contains forecasts for 74 metropolitan areas over the period of 2020 – 2040. The online databases include thousands of geocoded data features and characteristics of each city, as well as the study’s findings on their potential market for urban air mobility (UAM). Included on these web pages are custom ArcGIS maps of each city. The public can explore the deep city-level analysis available, using New York City as an example, at www.nexa-uam.com.

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

FAA Seeks Stakeholder Input on Drone Tests

FAA Looking For Testing Designees

The FAA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) this week seeking to work with stakeholders on the administration of a new aeronautical knowledge test for recreational drone operators. Section 349 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (PDF) requires new conditions to operate recreational small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Many drones can be flown today with minimal training or knowledge of aviation rules or safety practices. The new statute is an opportunity to educate recreational flyers on UAS safety and to bring new flyers into the existing aviation safety culture. The law requires that flyers of recreational drones pass an aeronautical knowledge and safety test. The test will demonstrate a recreational flyer’s understanding of aeronautical safety knowledge and rules for operating a UAS.

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Classic Aero-TV: Aquatic WACO Update - WACO YMF-5F Builds Appeal

Float-Equipped Biplane Turns Heads At AirVenture

WACO Aircraft brought its latest airplane, the YMF-5F Floatplane, to AirVenture this summer. When the aircraft was introduced last year, the company said that the combination of a new 300 HP engine, the new MT constant speed propeller and Aerocet 3400 Amphibious floats helped make this ambitious project a reality. This blending of equipment has allowed WACO to build a great performing, exceptionally fun, and beautiful WACO Amphibious float plane, the YMF-5F (The "F" is for Float, and Fun). In preliminary flight testing, performance both in the air and on the water have met and exceeded expectations, according to the company. The airplane exhibited water run times under 18 seconds, and in the air numbers nearly equal to conventional landing gear aircraft.

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Aggressive NASA Mission To Collect Asteroid Samples

Final Four Site Candidates Selected For Asteroid Sample Return

Outside of the upcoming return to the moon, this may be one of the most interesting missions on NASA's plate... After months grappling with the rugged reality of asteroid Bennu’s surface, the team leading NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission has selected four potential sites for the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft to “tag” its cosmic dance partner. Since its arrival in December 2018, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has mapped the entire asteroid in order to identify the safest and most accessible spots for the spacecraft to collect a sample. These four sites now will be studied in further detail in order to select the final two sites – a primary and backup – in December.

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Pitts Pilot Radioed Of Aircraft Problems Before New Orleans Accident

Witnesses Suggest The Aircraft Was Having Engine Trouble

In the days following a highly visible and tragic aircraft accident that took the lives of a well-known aerobatic pilot and a highly respected local reporter, a few reported details indicate that former airshow Pilot Franklin Augustus knew that his Pitts S-2B was in trouble. An NTSB senior air safety investigator from Denver arrived at the accident site Saturday to begin the on-scene phase of the investigation. At about 3:06 p.m. CDT, Aug. 16, an Aerotek Pitts S-2B (registration N600DF) crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport. Both occupants, the commercial-rated pilot and the passenger, were fatally injured. Shortly after take-off, the pilot radioed the controller in the Lakefront Airport tower and indicated that he was having problems, which were not specified. The controller gave the pilot a clearance to return to the airport.

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Northrop Grumman Becomes First Commercial Partner to Use VAB

How Do You Rent Out One Of The World's Largest Buildings?

After spending more than 50 years supporting NASA’s human spaceflight programs, the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB), a landmark at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, is getting its first commercial tenant. Northrop Grumman will assemble and test its new OmegA rocket inside the massive facility’s High Bay 2, one of four high bays in the building. Officials with NASA, Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force gathered in High Bay 2 on Aug. 16 to celebrate the partnership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by legislative representatives and spaceport employees. The company also is modifying mobile launcher platform-3 (MLP-3) to serve as the launch vehicle’s assembly and launch platform. Both the VAB and MLP-3 were originally built for the Apollo Program and went on to enable the three-decade Space Shuttle Program. The VAB also will be the assembly site for NASA’s Space Launch System rocket, which will carry the Orion spacecraft on Artemis missi

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

NTSB Prelim Notes Non-IFR Pilot's Lack Of Experience in PA28-180 Fatal

Only A Few Hours Logged in Previous 18 Months...

On August 3, 2019, about 1143 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N5167L, collided with trees and terrain near Ontonagon, Michigan. The private pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was owned by private individual and operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The cross-country flight to Ontonagon County Airport (OGM) departed Gogebic-Iron County Airport (IWD), near Ironwood, Michigan, about 1115. According to the pilot's brother, the pilot intended to fly to OGM to meet some friends and go fishing on Lake Superior. The pilot's brother stated that the pilot had called him a couple hours before the flight to inquire if the recently installed engine had completed its break-in period and if there were any restrictions on its use...

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Aero-TV: Building For The Future -- The 2019 Deland Sport Aviation Showcase

The Preeminent Regional Sport Aviation Event Gears Up For 2019
 
No one has to tell you that the aviation business is a fascinating road to follow… especially if you're one of the visionaries that is attempting to bring aviators together to showcase the best the industry has to offer at one of the few venues that focuses on the most affordable, if not the most rewarding, aspects of civil aviation. 

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Mon, Aug 19, 2019

Airborne 08.19.19: Blue Angel Incident, Tecnam P2012, New Orleans Tragedy

Also: VMS Eve Arrives 'Home', Bell 407GXi IFR Cert, Advanced G550 Course, Fake Mechanic

Somewhere, there are two US Navy Blue Angel pilots who possess some very LUCKY rabbit's feet. The US Navy has confirmed that a Wednesday practice flight went awry when two Blue Angel F/A-18s came into contact with each other... thankfully, without any serious damage or injury. Blue Angel Spokesperson, Lt. Michelle Tucker, described the incident on behalf of Rear Admiral Daniel Dwyer, chief of naval air training... "The No. 3 canopy made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1's outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver," she noted. Tecnam has announced that the FAA has awarded a full Type Certificate to the P2012 Traveller with the number A00076CE under Part 23 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Tecnam is now on track to commence deliveries, beginning with the first 20 of the one hundred P2012 Travellers awaited by Cape Air in Massachusetts. The first few P2012 Travelle

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