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Airborne 08.16.19: Icon Crash Prelim, WingX Upgrade, SpaceX Starhopper

Also: AAIB Blames Carbon Monoxide, Praetor 500 Cert, SNC Selects ULA, Dickson on B737Max Another Icon A5 accident has been reviewed by the NTSB.... Leading to questions about the airplane and the way this aircraft is being operated by the folks who supposedly know it. According to the Prelim, “The pilot rated passenger, who was seated in the left seat at the time of the accident, stated that 'the weather was not the best' and that the wind was shifting 180°. He said he told the pilot-in-command (PIC) this sentiment, and that it took four takeoff attempts to get airborne. After the second attempt, he said he told the PIC that it would not break his heart if they did not go. He said that the airplane felt very sluggish and acted as if it did not want to come off the water... The folks at WingX have alerted us to a possible issue for users of iOS devices... WingX has published a notice saying... "We would like to send a reminder that effective this Thursday 08/15/2019, Moving Map data for WingX Pro7 Version 8 will no longer be available for download. Moving Map data is available for the new WingX Version 9 with its much-improved moving map." The very rudimentary test vehicle designed to prove some of the capabilities of SpaceX's next generation rocket system may be trying for a little more altitude this weekend. Known as "Starhopper', the vehicle is but a small part of what might eventually be a major space transport system... with other versions already under construction in Texas and Florida. Elon Musk hopes to see the vehicle in service as early as 2021. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has mentioned that the test vehicle will attempt to reach an altitude of 650 feet and return under power... All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

Airborne 08.16.19: Icon Crash Prelim, WingX Upgrade, SpaceX Starhopper

Also: AAIB Blames Carbon Monoxide, Praetor 500 Cert, SNC Selects ULA, Dickson on B737Max Another Icon A5 accident has been reviewed by the NTSB.... Leading to questions about the airplane and the way this aircraft is being operated by the folks who supposedly know it. According to the Prelim, “The pilot rated passenger, who was seated in the left seat at the time of the accident, stated that 'the weather was not the best' and that the wind was shifting 180°. He said he told the pilot-in-command (PIC) this sentiment, and that it took four takeoff attempts to get airborne. After the second attempt, he said he told the PIC that it would not break his heart if they did not go. He said that the airplane felt very sluggish and acted as if it did not want to come off the water... The folks at WingX have alerted us to a possible issue for users of iOS devices... WingX has published a notice saying... "We would like to send a reminder that effective this Thursday 08/15/2019, Moving Map data for WingX Pro7 Version 8 will no longer be available for download. Moving Map data is available for the new WingX Version 9 with its much-improved moving map." The very rudimentary test vehicle designed to prove some of the capabilities of SpaceX's next generation rocket system may be trying for a little more altitude this weekend. Known as "Starhopper', the vehicle is but a small part of what might eventually be a major space transport system... with other versions already under construction in Texas and Florida. Elon Musk hopes to see the vehicle in service as early as 2021. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has mentioned that the test vehicle will attempt to reach an altitude of 650 feet and return under power... All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!...

It's National Model Aviation Day!

Local Model Aircraft Clubs Offer Free Family-Friendly Events Across The US Today, August 17, thousands of model aircraft enthusiasts across the country are celebrating the seventh annual National Model Aviation Day, an event that brings together hobbyists and members of local Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) clubs to enjoy family-friendly model aircraft flying events. "National Model Aviation Day is a great opportunity for anyone interested in model airplanes or drones to interact with seasoned hobbyists and see why we're so passionate about flying," said Chad Budreau, Executive Director of AMA. "We hope to educate people about how to operate safely - and have a lot of fun with members of the community too!"...

Airborne-Unmanned 08.13.19: 'HAWK30' Authorized, UKCG Trial, Public Safety Drone

Also: SimActive, Atlas Multi-Drone System, UAS Public Safety Workshop, San Pablo Police Drone Unit HAPSMobile has received a Certificate of Authorization from the FAA to fly “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft, assembled in April 2019, to provide a stratospheric telecommunications platform system, in the stratosphere above the Hawaiian island of Lanai. As part of collaborative activities with the PPUTRC (Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex), which is run by public university research institutions, HAPSMobile has been working with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawaii to conduct stratospheric test flights. The University of Alaska Fairbanks applied to the FAA on behalf of the three parties, and received authorization. The UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) is soliciting proposals from drone operators for a demonstration program to aid SAR and ship surveillance missions of the southwest coast of England. The MCA has published a request for proposals for a contract valued at about $1.2 million. The deadline for applications is August 19. The solicitation indicates that UAVs could help cut SAR and other costs while making them more efficient. But it also indicates that the U.K.'s rules concerning BVLOS operation would have to be eased or waived for the purpose of the demonstration. Oneida County, NY Sheriff Robert Maciol and members of the Sheriff’s Office, along with Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. and Oneida County Aviation Commissioner Chad Lawrence recently announced the formation of a new unit within the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office will be able to use this new resource to protect the lives and property of citizens and first responders as well as being able to detect possible dangers that could not otherwise be seen from the ground. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!...

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."...

Klyde Morris (08.16.19)

Klyde Looks Over Some GREAT Deals On A Used Airplane... FMI: www.klydemorris.com...

AMA Drone Report 08.15.19: Amazon Petition, Mavic-Mini?, Eek! Drone Flamethrower

Also: Drone Shooter, DJI Pocket, DroneResponders, Passenger Drone Test Amazon has petitioned the FAA for a waiver from several current rules governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to allow the company to begin delivery services with its MK27 drone. Waivers requested by Amazon would, among other things, allow the aircraft to operate without a certificate of airworthiness and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). They further request that the aircraft be exempted from rules governing altitude, VFR fuel requirements and maintenance documentation. The rumor mill is ripe with the possibility that DJI may soon be unveiling a ‘Mini-Me’ version of the popular Mavic. While many hoped to hear the announcement in the same session that revealed the latest variation of the DJI Osmo 3 (which we want... bad), DJI remains mum for the moment. Video has surfaced though, as well as a spec sheet, and the details that seem consistent as having this foldable offering coming in at under 250 grams with all the right goodies (4k cams and the like). This makes the bird even smaller than the Spark and may signal a whole new product generation. OK... how could we resist this story? A drone has already been cast as a villain in at least one Hollywood movie, and this device might just take that concept to the next level. Throwflame, a company that commercially markets flamethrowers, had developed the TF-19 Wasp kit that allows a flamethrower to be added to a drone. And no, it's not April 1st. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!...

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.18.19)

“Imagine being able to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft, like a Cessna or Piper, into an unmanned aerial vehicle, having it fly a mission autonomously, and then returning it back to its original manned configuration. All of this is achieved without making permanent modifications to the aircraft.” Source: Dr. Alok Das, Senior Scientist with AFRL’s Center for Rapid Innovation, commenting on the Air Force Research Laboratory and DZYNE Technologies having successfully completed a two-hour initial flight of a revolutionary Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program called ROBOpilot Aug. 9 at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah....

ISS Preps for New Docking Port During Science and Soyuz Checks

Busy Week Ahead For ISS Crew Three NASA astronauts remain focused on preparations for next week’s spacewalk at the International Space Station. The rest of the Expedition 60 focused on biology research and a pair of docked spaceships. Flight Engineer Christina Koch has been supporting spacewalkers Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan, as they get ready for the fifth spacewalk of the year on Aug. 21. The pair will install the new International Docking Adapter-3 (IDA-3) to the Harmony module’s space-facing port during the six-and-a-half-hour job. Koch printed out checklists the spacewalkers will wear on their spacesuit cuffs and verified the spacesuits are the correct size. She also joined Hague and Morgan reviewing next week’s spacewalk procedures. The spacewalking duo also set up the Quest airlock where they will collect their tools and suit up ahead of their excursion....

Drones To Begin Delivering Food Via UAS in NC

UAV Food Deliveries Coming Via Causey Aviation Unmanned, Flytrex The FAA has granted UAS services company Causey Aviation Unmanned Inc. (CAU) and Flytrex permission to begin using UAS to make food deliveries in Holly Springs, North Carolina. The flights, which will be conducted under the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP), will be a collaborative effort between CUA, Flytrex, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the Town of Holly Springs, and Kite Realty Group Trust....

Air Force Research Laboratory Successfully Conducts First Flight Of ROBOpilot

Unmanned Air Platform Conducts Initial Two Hour Test Flight The Air Force Research Laboratory and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated successfully completed a two-hour initial flight of a revolutionary Robotic Pilot Unmanned Conversion Program called ROBOpilot Aug. 9 at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. “This flight test is a testament to AFRL’s ability to rapidly innovate technology from concept to application in a safe build up approach while still maintaining low cost and short timelines,” said Maj. Gen. William Cooley, AFRL Commander. “Imagine being able to rapidly and affordably convert a general aviation aircraft, like a Cessna or Piper, into an unmanned aerial vehicle, having it fly a mission autonomously, and then returning it back to its original manned configuration,” said Dr. Alok Das, Senior Scientist with AFRL’s Center for Rapid Innovation. “All of this is achieved without making permanent modifications to the aircraft.”...

SpaceX Starhopper Won't Fly This Weekend

Safety Issues Have Pushed The Test Off For At Least A Week Despite intense anticipation, there will be no SpaceX Starhopper flight test this weekend. The news comes courtesy of SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk, and his comments to his 27.8 million Twitter followers. Musk tweeted: “Good conversation with head of FAA Space. Need a bit more hazard analysis and should be clear to fly soon.” Further; additional updates to the Starship’s design are set to be disclosed August 24 at the company’s facilities in Boca Chica, South Texas. Known as "Starhopper', the vehicle is but a small part of what eventually be a major space transport system... with other versions already under construction in Texas and Florida. Elon Musk hopes to see the vehicle in service as early as 2021....

NTSB Prelim: 'Piles Of Dirt' May Have Hindered C-118A Landing

Runway Threshold Interference May Have Figured in Accident On August 1, 2019, about 1400 Alaska daylight time, a Douglas C-118A (DC-6A) airplane, N451CE, sustained substantial damage while landing at Candle 2 Airport (AK75), Candle, Alaska. The airplane was registered to Tatonduk Outfitters Limited and operated by Everts Air Cargo as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 supplemental air-cargo flight when the accident occurred. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The airline transport pilot certificated captain, airline transport pilot certificated first officer, and certificated flight engineer were not injured. The flight departed Fairbanks, Alaska about 1140....

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.19): Ceiling

Ceiling The heights above the earth’s surface of the lowest layer of clouds or obscuring phenomena that is reported as “broken,” “overcast,” or “obscuration,” and not classified as “thin” or “partial.”...

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.19)

Linx: The International Ryan Club The International Ryan Club is a community dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of pre-WWII Ryan aircraft. Help us keep the Ryan flyin! Members enjoy access to a network of Ryan enthusiasts, technical resources, vintage publications and the ability to post questions, events, news, photos, and classified ads to community forums....