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African Pilot’s October 2019 edition
The October edition of African Pilot features Aviation Maintenance Organisations (AMOs) as well as Aviation Refurbishment companies and Professional Services in southern Africa is complete and will be fully distributed later this week and we have a surprise for our readers with the ‘Picture of the Month’.
New series unique to African Pilot from the October edition
I was approached by Commercial Pilot Wouter Botes to publish a series on Flights to Nowhere, which we believe will become one of the most sought-after series ever published in African aviation. Historically there have been many instances where aircraft and helicopters simply vanished without a trace. In some instances, the wreck was discovered years later, but some have never been found. This illustrated series unpacks the mystery surrounding these flights and as far as possible we are using what little we know about the examples Wouter has authored to provide illustrations in pictures and also video reconstructions of the particular event. You can look forward to the first in the series about the disappearance of the SAA Vickers Viscount – the Rietbok that crashed into the Indian Ocean off Kayser’s Beach near East London in 1967 within the October edition.
African Pilot’s November 2019 edition
This is the edition of African Pilot where we promote the various Cape Town Airports and the business based at these airports are exposed on our various media platforms. In addition, this edition will carry a theme ‘Gifts for Pilots’. The closing date for all editorial and advertising material is Wednesday 2 October. For advertising positions please contact Lara Bayliss at Tel: 0861 001130 Cell: 079 880 4359 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ordering your 2020 executive wall calendars
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Air Adventure Tours to Sun ‘n Fun 2020
Airshow Dates Tuesday March 31 to Sunday 5 April 2020.
Tour departs South Africa Saturday 28 March, arrives in Florida Sunday 29 March. Tour departs Florida Sunday 5 April, arrives South Africa Tuesday 7 April. Dates are flexible for those wanting to spend more time in the USA
Sharing R28 650 Single R29 850
Tour price includes return flights ex-Johannesburg, Durban or Cape Town, transfers between Orlando and Lakeland, one-night hotel accommodation, six-nights camping in Lakeland in tents provided.
Added features will be a trip to the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral – a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch and an Atlas V501 rocket launch are scheduled for 1 April (date not guaranteed!) and a day at one of the Orlando theme parks (Disney, Universal etc). Please note – entrance fees are not included in tour price and tour price could alter if exchange rates, tariffs or airfares change.
Contact Neil Bowden Cell 084 674 5674
E-mail Neil1@telkomsa.net or email@example.com
Pegasus Universal Aerospace signs MoU with Callen-Lenz group
South Africa’s Pegasus Universal Aerospace, pioneer of the Vertical Business Jet (VBJ) Pegasus One, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UK-based, technical aviation consultancy, Callen-Lenz Group. The agreement brings the two companies together to exclusively collaborate on the design and development of the flight control systems for the Pegasus One aircraft.
The flight control systems are integral to supporting the aircraft operations in all phases of flight, including transition from vertical take-off and hover, to forward horizontal flight. The merging of these functions, into one unique system, will be a key technology, enabling Pegasus One to deliver its powerful performance capabilities. Pegasus selected Callen-Lenz as its development partner owing to the team’s reputation for creating innovative solutions, required core competencies and experience in realizing complex technologies in the aerospace sector.
The Pegasus team has made great strides over the past year in developing multiple scale models, completing comprehensive studies into the drivetrain and thrust fan systems to support a true hybrid-electric propulsion power source. Pegasus is in ongoing discussions with two leading powerplant OEM’s to ensure the best performance capability is achieved. The signing of the MOU with Callen-Lenz Group ushers in the next significant phase in the programme.
With some 16,000 hours flying time spanning a 26-year career operating ultra-long-range commercial airliners and corporate jets, captain Dietrich joins the expanding Pegasus team. Familiar with numerous flight-decks, working with a variety of avionics systems and aircraft simulators, Captain Dietrich brings valuable knowledge to Pegasus. Reporting directly to the executive team, his hands-on experience will deliver vital input to the aircraft operational capability, performance and safety requirements. As an integral part of the Pegasus technical team he will work alongside Callen-Lenz and Pegasus Chief Engineer Matthew Buttle and be responsible for overseeing compliance, safety procedures and the coordination of test pilots during the official test flight phase. Construction of a full-scale VTOL demonstrator to show in Europe in 2020 has already begun and a series of investor evenings in South Africa starts this month. The MoU with the Callen-Lenz Group and the appointment of Captain Dietrich will ensure Pegasus development continues on the right trajectory.
What happened in aviation over the past week?
EAA Talk Show with Scully Levin
On Thursday evening Captain Scully Levin was hosed by Dr Mike Brown in the packed revamped EAA Auditorium at Rand Airport. What a pleasure it was to listen to so many of Scully’s stories, some of which I had not heard before. As the Talk Show host Dr Mike Brown certainly produced a most entertaining evening as he managed to get Scully to talk about his magnificent aviation career spanning more than 50 years. In addition, between Marie Reddy and Eugene Couzyn they have made a terrific improvement on the EAA Auditorium, which is now looking beautiful. It was also wonderful to meet up with so many EAA friends all of whom enjoyed the friendship of the evening. Thanks to everyone involved and now let’s see more talk shows in the future.
What is scheduled for the next few weeks?
African Pilot’s 2019 calendar
We will publish the aviation calendar within APAnews three months ahead, but you can always visit African Pilot’s website: www.africanpilot.co.za if you would like to obtain the full calendar for the entire year.
25 to 26 September
MEBAA show Morocco Marrakech Menara Airport, Morocco
Contact Matthew Cunliffe Tel: +971 4 603 3323 Cell +971 56 171 5734
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.mebaamorocco.aero
26 to 27 September
Commercial Aviation Associate Symposium Africa Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Contact Tel 011 659 2345 E-mail: email@example.com
I will be representing African Pilot at the CAASA Symposium this week
Witbank Aeronautical Association Spring Bash Fly-in
Contact Marga Cell: 082 892 5954
Barnstormers MFC Warbirds Day airshow
1 to 3 October
AfBAA Conference and Exhibition Montecasino, Johannesburg
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 1206 844288
5 & 6 October
SAC Western Cape Regionals – Swellendam airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: email@example.com
10 to 13 October
Airlines Association of Southern Africa 49th Annual General Assembly – Reunion Island
I will be representing African Pilot at this very important annual conference again this year
15 & 16 October
Drone Con International Convention Centre Durban
15 to 18 October
SACAA ARO regulatory development workshop Ambrosia Hall, Midrand
SACAA Strategic Plan Stakeholder Consultation Kempton Park
RSVP Charmaine Shibambo E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011 545 1076
SAPFA SA Landing Championships at Brits Airfield
Contact Ron Stirk E-mail: email@example.com Cell:082 445 0373
25 and 26 October
Ladysmith Aviation Careers Expo sponsored by the SACAA
Contact Kgomotso Malema E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Cell 083 451 2661
22 to 24 October
NBAA-BACE Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
SAPFA Baragwanath Fun Rally – Baragwanath Airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: email@example.com
SAPFA Rally Championships – Stellenbosch airfield
Contact Frank Eckard cell: 083 269 1516 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
8 to 10 November
EAA Sun ‘n Fun at Brits airfield
Contact EAA National Committee Marie Reddy E-mail: email@example.com
Aero Club of South Africa annual awards Rand Airport
Contact AeCSA office 011 082 1100 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 to 24 November
NBAA- BASE convention and exhibition in Las Vegas Convention Centre, Nevada, USA
SAPFA Springs Speed Rally – Springs Airfield
Contact Jonty Esser cell: 082 855 9435 e-mail: email@example.com
30 November – 1 December
SAC Ace of Base Vereeniging Airfield
Contact Annie Boon e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Air Show South Africa (ASSA)
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South African Power Flying Association (SAPFA)
Sports Aerobatic Club of South Africa (SAC)
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)
South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)
Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA)
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AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Zambia takes delivery of two C-27Js
On 21 August 2019 one of Zambia’s C-27Js, registration AF003, was seen at Lanseria International Airport, indicating that the deliveries have happened. With its first flight flew on 24 September 1999, the C-27 Spartan was developed from the G.222/C-27A, using the engines and systems of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules to provide 30% lower operating costs and 35% increased range. The Spartan offers the ability to carry up to 60 troops in high density configuration and a maximum of 46 paratroopers. In the medical role 36 stretchers and six attendants can be carried. The payload is 9 000 kg for the C-27J, although maximum payload is more than 10 tons.
Zambian C-27Js have registrations AF002 and AF003 as the serial AF001 is allocated to the Zambian Air Force’s new Gulfstream 650ER jet that first flew in February 2018 and was delivered to Zambia on 28 February 20198. The C-27s are expected to replace the Zambian Air Force’s BAe 748s and supplement its Y-12 and MA60 transport aircraft. They will be based at Lusaka / Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
Draco STOL airplane extensively damaged when departing from Reno
On Monday the PZL-104 Draco Turbine Wilga belonging to Mike Patey was substantially damaged when it looped during its take-off roll at Reno. The pilot was attempting to depart before a weather front arrived at the airport and winds were picking up. He said the left wing lifted during take-off and the aircraft swerved off the right side of the runway, coming down hard and causing a wing to collapse. The aircraft is an extensively modified PZL-104 Wilga 2000 airframe with a PT6A-28 turbine engine, redesigned wings. control surfaces and landing gear.
Patey, his wife Chandra and another passenger were not injured in the accident. Wind conditions were reportedly very gusty reaching as high as 40 knots with a major crosswind component. Patey recorded a video and posted it to YouTube shortly after the accident occurred. In the video, he said if he had been in the backcountry in the kind of wind he was experiencing at Reno, he might have turned the airplane across the runway and departed. He said in the conditions that were present at Reno on Monday, his Draco could take off in about 25 feet. “But instead, I asked the tower if I could crab a little bit to the runway and take-off a little bit into the wind and I kind of felt like I was doing something wrong. In my head, I kept thinking ‘this wind’s so strong I ought to just turn a 90 and just take off’. I didn’t want to get the tower mad at me and I thought there was something wrong with that, I should just taxi back.” Patey said the left wing broke off the airplane as a result of the accident. “It definitely was my fault,” he said in the video. Patey also posted video of the damaged aircraft. On the YouTube page, Patey said “I’m heartbroken. I will learn from my mistake, maybe showing where I failed others may learn as well.”
FAA Administrator Dickson will personally fly the 737 MAX Simulator
CNBC reports that Dickson said in an interview with the network Monday that he plans to make the trip this week in order to make an evaluation of software changes to the airplane’s MCAS, which has been implicated in two accidents earlier this year leading to a worldwide grounding of the airliner. As a former airline pilot, Dickson will also meet with Boeing officials in Seattle. He said the FAA has no firm timeline for a return to service for the 737 MAX. However, he did say “I can guarantee you that the airplane will not be flying again until I am satisfied that it’s the safest thing out there.”
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has said in the past that Boeing hopes to formally submit the software changes to the FAA this month and that he anticipates that the 737 MAX will be cleared to fly at least in the US by the end of the year. But he has also acknowledged that other aviation regulators may not follow the FAA’s lead when it comes to recertifying the airplane.
Aviation authorities critical of FAA Boeing 737 MAX certification
In the coming weeks, several world aviation authorities should submit a report on the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX. The conclusions will reportedly be critical of the way the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handled the approval of the aircraft. The Joint Authorities Technical Review (JATR), a committee set up by the FAA in April 2019, regroups the EASA, aviation authorities from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Japan and Singapore, as well as NASA. It was tasked with reviewing the approval procedures of the Boeing 737 MAX, after suspicions of collusion between the manufacturer and the US regulator emerged.
The report, which the JATR should submit in the coming weeks, is apparently critical of the FAA’s methods, particularly of the way it delegated some of the approval processes to Boeing’s engineers. According to a source close to the matter quoted by the Wall Street Journal, the report recommends an earlier involvement of the FAA in the design of new systems, particularly when they can influence pilot response times during emergency situations.
Shortly after the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the Seattle Times revealed that the authority delegated some of the 737 MAX certification process to Boeing engineers and specifically the review of the MCAS system which was blamed for two fatal 737 MAX crashes. Discrepancies were found in the MACS report: the system is known for correcting the angle of the stabilisers by 2.5°, yet FAA documents state the maximum is only 0.6°. “The FAA believed the airplane was designed to the 0.6 limit and this what the foreign regulatory authorities thought, too,” said an FAA engineer quoted by the media.
The MCAS relies on the reading of a single sensor while its potential failure was evaluated as one level below ‘catastrophic’, which goes against the usual FAA regulations. Preliminary inspection of the FDR data from the Flight 302 showed that ‘the two sensors differed by some 20 degrees not only throughout the flight but also while the airplane taxied on the ground before take-off’. The safety review also forgets to mention that the system can reset itself after each pilot input, ignoring the fact that it is able to repeatedly push the plane’s nose down. The JATR report should be critical of the fact that these discrepancies did not alert the FAA and will include new certification guideline suggestions to make sure it does not happen again.
“We will review all the recommendations and incorporate any proposal that would improve our certification activities,” an FAA spokesman told AFP. “We look forward to the publication of the JATR report when it is complete,” a Boeing spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the company continues to work with global regulators to safely return the 737 MAX to service.
On 19 March 2019, the EASA and Transport Canada had declared that they would not validate the decision of the FAA as it is custom but instead would run an independent investigation. The decision was confirmed by Patrick Ky, head of the EASA, in an audience with the European Parliament on 3 September 2019. More recently, it was reported that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) was also looking into testing and certifying the grounded 737 itself, rather than relying on the FAA’s judgment.
Following EASA, India to certify 737 MAX individually
It seems like the ending to the 737 MAX crisis will be as complex as the crisis itself. In the latest setback for Boeing, India is prepared to flight test and certify the grounded 737 themselves, rather than relying on FAA’s judgment, according to a source close to the matter. Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) expects the 737 MAX to fly in India only in 2020; a timeline far from Boeing’s hopes of un-grounding the jet in ‘early Q4 of 2019’. The Indian authority would join the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which also announced that it will flight test and certify the MAX, stripping the FAA of delegation to do so, something that was “not very popular with our American colleagues”, according to EASA’s executive director.
The final chapter of the 737 MAX seems to be getting more complex, as EASA has confirmed it will test flight the aircraft itself, instead of delegating the tests to FAA.As of August 2019, Boeing received 261 orders for the 737 MAX, according to the manufacturer’s order and deliveries data. But it is more than likely that 125 of those orders will not be fulfilled, as those were Jet Airways’ orders, dating back April 2013, March 2014 and June 2018, because the airline ran out of cash in April 2019 and is likely to never take-off on a commercial flight ever again. So far, seven 737 MAX’s have been delivered to SpiceJet, the only active user of the aircraft within the country.
On the other side of the Pacific Ocean, Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO and chairman of Boeing, noted that the company is ‘making good, solid progress’ on the 737 MAX return to service. However, at the same time, Muilenburg mentioned that a scenario, in which the aircraft is un-grounded on a country-by-country basis, is not ruled out. At a recent conference organised by Morgan Stanley, Boeing’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg has provided further updates on the Boeing 737 MAX situation. The latest report is that that other aviation agencies will certify the narrow-body themselves rather trusting the FAA’s decision seems to put a further dent in the preliminary plan for the MAX to return to service worldwide, as it truly appears that the FAA’s word is no longer taken at face value.
EASA orders immediate inspections of some Airbus helicopters
EASA has issued an Emergency AD which applies to Airbus AS 350 B3E helicopters equipped with a SAFRAN Helicopter Engines (SAFRAN) ARRIEL 2D engine which having accumulated (on the effective date of this AD) less than 300 flight hours (FH) since first flight and EC 130 T2 helicopters, all s/n, having accumulated (on the effective date of this AD) less than 300 FH since first flight.
An accident recently occurred with an AS 350 B3 helicopter, the root cause of which has not been identified and the technical investigation is still ongoing. As a precautionary measure, AH has issued the applicable ASB, providing instructions for a one-time visual inspection of the Main Gear Box (MGB) drive shaft installation. Due to similarity of design, EC 130 T2 helicopters are also affected. This measure applies only to recently delivered helicopters. For the reason described above, this AD requires a one-time visual inspection of the affected parts and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s) before the next flight of the aircraft.
The AD specifies the following actions:
Before next flight after the effective date of this AD, inspect the installation of the affected parts in accordance with the instructions of the applicable ASB. Corrective Action(s):
If, during the inspection as required by paragraph (1) of this AD, discrepancies are detected, as identified in the applicable ASB, before next flight, contact AH for approved corrective action instructions and accomplish those instructions accordingly. Within seven days after accomplishment of the inspection as required at paragraph (1) of this AD, report the results (including no findings) to AH. This can be done using the instruction provided in the applicable ASB.
Reuters reports that the AD is in response to an accident which occurred on 31 August in Norway in which the pilot of the accident helicopter and five passengers were fatally injured. According to the report, there are about 400 affected helicopters flying worldwide.
USAF F-15s nearly collide with skydivers in the UK
In April, a pair of skydivers had a close encounter with two USAF F-15s in the skies over the UK and the cameras on the helmets of the skydivers captured the incident. Fox News reports that the incident occurred over Chatteris Airfield in Cambridgeshire. According to a report released on Thursday by the UK Airprox board, the fighters were unaware that they were flying below the two skydivers who were freefalling at about 120 mph. The Airprox Board said that the cause of the incident was likely a miscommunication with air traffic control. “The controller had not realized the F-15s were heading towards Chatteris prior to them calling on the frequency and therefore was not able to pre-empt their call and provide a warning,” the report stated. “This was likely because the controller was busy and therefore distracted by other work-related tasks.”
The planes had diverted away from their original flight plan to avoid a refuelling tanker. During the diversion, they were handed off by a controller at Royal Air Force Coningsby to one at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, a station for the USAF 48th Fighter Wing. According to the report, the jets can be seen in the GoPro footage passing beneath the skydivers. “Once the parachutists had seen the F-15s there was very little they could do to avoid the situation, having no control over their speed or direction whilst in free-fall,” the report said. The board did not establish a precise distance between the skydivers and the aircraft, but the skydivers said they felt the risk of a collision was ‘medium’.
Kaman announces new K-MAX order from Rotex Helicopter AG
Kaman Aerospace has received a new order for the K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopter, bringing the total number of firm orders since the relaunch of production to twelve aircraft. The most recent order is from Rotex Helicopter AG, of Balzers Liechtenstein, which currently operates multiple K-MAX aircraft focused on aerial construction and logging. Delivery of this aircraft is expected in the fourth quarter of 2019. “Rotex Helicopter AG has been a K-MAX operator for over 22 years and has flown over 45,000 flight hours. A new production K-MAX will add to our proven aerial lift operations, while providing our customers with a highly reliable low-cost solution,” said Urs Riebli, Owner of Rotex Helicopter AG.
Development of the K-MAX was led by Kaman founder and former CEO, aviation pioneer Charlie H. Kaman and received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. The K-MAX is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimised for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds.
China, Russia to collaborate on heavy lift helicopter
Russia and China will work together to develop a heavy-lift helicopter, the two countries announced at the 2019 Russian International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS) in Zhukovsky, near Moscow. The aircraft could be purposed for both military and civilian use. The Global Times reports that the helicopter will be an ‘Advanced Heavy Lift’ aircraft in the 40-ton class. It should be able to lift about 15 tons, have a range of 340 nautical miles and a top speed of about 162 knots. The programme has reportedly been in the works for several years. The Russian news agency Tass reported earlier this year that Rostec was planning to sign the ‘contract of the century’ with China for the new helicopter after four years of talks. No mention was made of the number of aircraft to be built in China at the Wednesday news conference, though in 2017, the number 200 was mentioned by Viktor Kladov, a Rostec representative, in a report published by RT. Under the contract announced on Wednesday, China will be responsible for the design and production of the helicopter, while Russia will be a technical partner.
San Francisco, Texas builds helipad for Uber Elevate
City officials in San Francisco, Texas say that a recently completed heliport along the North Dallas Tollway will potentially be the first test site for Uber Elevate, an Urban Air Mobility plan being developed by the company. Television station WFAA reports that Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said “Frisco is going to be the first location in the world to test this technology. The city’s long-term master plan calls for the heliport to be among the first permanent locations for Uber Elevate when it opens to the public. Travel time between the heliport and DFW airport would be about seven minutes”, he said.
Travis Considine, the communications manager for Uber in Texas. said the region represents a ‘big canvas to develop, test and refine our advanced mobility technologies to create next-generation transportation options for the growing population of Dallas-Fort Worth.’ Uber anticipates that flight testing for Uber Elevate aircraft will begin in 2020, with the service commercially available in 2023.
Dubai Police become a DJI solution development partner
Drone manufacturer DJI has announced a Solution Development Partnership with Dubai Police to test and deploy DJI drone technology as a tool to aid its public safety professionals. The agreement marks DJI’s first partnership with a police agency in the United Arab Emirates and will provide the Dubai Police with access to new drone technologies, training and support to promote safety and security in the nation’s largest city. Under the agreement, Dubai Police will have custom access to DJI’s line-up of hardware and software solutions including DJI drones, the DJI Flight Simulator for pilot training, DJI FlightHub for drone fleet management and mission planning, as well as DJI AeroScope to help aid in the identification and remediation of unauthorised drone activity.
“This partnership is set to boost cooperation, exchange experiences, share information and knowledge between both sides in the field of unmanned aerial systems,” said H.E Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander in Chief of Dubai Police. “It reflects the keenness of Dubai Police to bring Drones into the different police sectors, which helps promote safety and security in the city by utilising the latest tools and systems.”
Australian officials investigate unusual internet video
You probably know about drones that carry fishing lures out to where an angler thinks the fish are biting, but what about one that carries the fisherman? A video has surfaced in Australia of a man who appears to be being carried under a large, homemade drone over Upper Coliban Reservoir in central Victoria, fishing pole in hand. He drops the bait in the water, catches a fish and flies back to shore. The Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reports that the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is investigating the video to see if any of the country’s rules were violated by the flight. CASA spokesman Peter Gibson said regardless, the flight was genuinely unsafe. “This is a first for Australia, to have a large homemade drone being used to lift someone off the ground,” he said. “It’s really not a sensible thing to do in any way, shape or form; there’s lots of things that could have gone wrong, someone could have been seriously injured.”
While some believe that Australia’s drone certification laws are lax, Gibson says that safety regulations are comprehensive. “Of course, we are keeping them under review at all times, because the types of drones are changing, the ways drones are being used are evolving,” he said. A lot could have gone wrong with the flight. In a best-case scenario, the flight would have drained the batteries and dropped the angler into the water. More seriously, computer or motor issues could have sent the aircraft flying out of control.
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