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African Pilot’s November 2020 edition
As we get closer to the end of this year, the November edition features ‘Gifts for Pilots’ as well as many international newsworthy aspects and developments in aviation. The November edition is complete and once again I would like to thank our valuable advertisers for their support, because the only way that any magazine exists these days is through advertising expenditure. The November edition of African Pilot is the third magazine where we have used the new 3D software to publish a superb digital magazine.
This bumper edition consisting of 252 pages, has 53 illustrated articles, 16 videos and 9 picture galleries embedded within the magazine. This is yet another record for African Pilot showing that the ‘new normal’ digital method of publishing has placed African Pilot onto the world aviation map. Therefore, whilst our small team continues to innovate within the digital space, other aviation magazines and weekly newsletters have been left behind.
Advertisers can now see the benefits of marketing their products and services to a vast international aviation audience including short videos, picture galleries and actual virtual shops, they will realise that marketing is most important for future profitability. In South Africa and the African continent, African Pilot is the only aviation publication that has purchased the latest software to provide digital enhancement to any advertiser anywhere in the world. At the same time African Pilot is also the only aviation magazine that is easy to read on any digital smart device, because our team understands the importance of ensuring the ease of use in this ‘new normal’ digital age. It is now quite obvious that ALL the other aviation publications are attempting to copy what African Pilot has pioneered, but this was to be expected. However, at least African Pilot publishes correct aviation information such as the calendar of events on a regular basis.
African Pilot’s December 2020 edition
The December edition will feature Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Drones, Flying Cars and Urban Conectivity. These subjects have fascinated me over the past few years as more ambitious projects come to market. There is no doubt that our future world will be highly connected and far more robotic that ever before as mankind explores opportunities to improve service delivery.
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Launch of Wouter Botes’ e-book ‘Flights to Nowhere’
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AERO South Africa news
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Aero Club of South Africa’s Centenary Yearbook
Produced by John Illsley who is the second master at Pretoria Boys’ High School (I spent five happy years at PBHS), the AeCSA is taking pre-orders for the Centenary Yearbook, to assess the demand for a print run. It will be in the form of a hard and soft cover version as well as a limited-edition leather-bound book on request. Details of the book are available on the AeCSA Website.
Indicative Pricing: – Hard Cover Book – R 400 – Soft Cover Book – R 300 – Leather Bound Book – add +/- R 200 for Novalite & R 500 for Leather. Delivery options are collected at the Rand Airport AeCSA office, or door to door courier service anywhere in South Africa. Courier costs will range between R 100 to R 130 per book dependent on location. Volume purchases are also available should this be required. Once you have registered for a pre-order and the print run is complete, the AeCSA will send an invoice for payment, which once received will have the book dispatched.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
News from CAASA
The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA) sent the SACAA’s proposed amendment of Part 187 of the regulations in relation to Part 96 – Proposed fees. Since the proposed fees will impact the industry, it is advisable to view these important documents.
Botswana Tourism announcement
November auction for SA Express assets
SA Express assets will go under the hammer in November after the beleaguered state-owned airline was placed under provisional liquidation earlier this year. SA Express assets will go under the hammer in November after the beleaguered state-owned airline was placed under provisional liquidation earlier this year. Among the assets available at the 18 November auction are eight Bombardier CRJ200 jet aircraft, which are not in an airworthy condition, jet engines, APUs, rotables and spares for the aircraft, as well as related aviation assets. GoIndustry DoveBid Africa, a leading asset disposal, valuation and consultancy firm, will be hosting the auction. It was mandated to perform valuation work, project management and disposal of assets.
Legal battle ahead as Numsa and SACAA oppose SAA liquidation
Numsa and the SA Cabin Crew Association want to legally challenge the liquidation of national carrier SAA and SA Express. The online auction event is a culmination of months of work, which included various processes to engage with interested parties to purchase the airline, with a view of restarting operations. The expression of interest process finally identified one consortium, FlySax, which will be led by an anchor investor and include a shareholding with previous SA Express staff. FlySax will not be purchasing any of the movable assets of SA Express, only the company itself which includes routes, landing rights and certain regulatory licenses that have not lapsed.
The online auction will be the first event, with a view to hosting a later event that will include the non-aviation assets such as office furniture. The assets are mostly located at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, which is a restricted national key point. Interested parties who do not have the necessary permits will therefore not be able to view the assets and will have to make a purchase based on comprehensive descriptions and photos provided.
South African Airways’ fate tied to international partner
The fate of South African Airways (SAA) remains in the balance as the government decides whether to let the airline expire, a move that apparently remains unpalatable, or bring in an international partner. The Department of Public Enterprises announced that it has received several expressions of interest but has given no details. Given SAA’s dire situation, the government’s negotiating position is not strong, and any new strategic investor will have to have assurances about SAA’s debt management and will have to deal with powerful vested interests like the unions and pilots. On 4 October a private study conducted by African Aviation Services and presented to the government urged it to resuscitate SAA and bring in Ethiopian Airlines Group as a strategic partner.
Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gebremariam has said his airline could provide pilots, aircraft and MRO services to a joint venture with the South African government, but he added that his airline would not get involved in SAA’s debts. In May this year SAA presented its draft financials for 2018 and 2019 to Parliament showing 16 billion Rands ($967 million) in losses over the 2017, 2018 and 2019 financial years. The airline has not made a profit since 2011 and has received 57 billion Rands in bailouts from the government since 1994. SAA had operated under receivership since December 2019 and needed another 10 billion Rands in funding to restart operations, failing which the business rescue practitioners would have no other option but to liquidate, retrench staff and sell assets.
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) news
The CEO of ACSA said the company aims to sell equity stakes and leases worth around seven billion rand ($433.11 million) in airports and other properties to help it weather a slump in passenger volumes caused by the pandemic. State-controlled ACSA, one of the biggest airport operators in Africa, operates nine airports in South Africa, including in the top three metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban and has been hit hard as the country’s air travel continues to be restricted to a few countries. “We are looking at monetising half of our portfolio, which is quite urgent from our perspective,” Mpumi Mpofu, chief executive of ACSA, told Reuters in an interview.
If successful, in five years or sooner the strategy could raise nearly half the level of the company’s current investments of 17 billion Rand. This would include selling shares in Mumbai and Sao Paulo airports, where it holds 10% stakes, whilst unlocking value in land and hotel investments in Johannesburg by bringing in new partners or offering long-term leases. The company aims to sell its interest in Mumbai by the end of 2020 and close the deal to sell its share in Sao Paulo in six months, Mpofu said.
ACSA reported a 2.7% increase in revenue and an 8.9% fall in operating profit for the year ended March 2020, reflecting reduced air travel in the last three months of its financial year. It is expecting a 60% fall in passenger volumes at its airports in 2020 / 21, which will impact its revenues and profits, the company said in a presentation earlier on Tuesday. The company has also requested the government guarantee part of its loans, Mpofu said.
Airlink formalises name change
Airlink, the privately-owned airline, has officially changed its company name from ‘SA Airlink’ to ‘Airlink’, as part of its strategy to distinguish itself as a totally independent airline. Earlier this year Airlink ended its 23-year franchise agreement with South African Airways and began operating and issuing tickets on its own ‘4Z’ code and designator. This has liberated Airlink and enabled it to forge commercial ties with other international airlines that carry passengers and cargo to and from destinations across Southern Africa. It has subsequently signed collaborative ‘interline’ agreements with Qatar Airways, Emirates, British Airways, KLM, Air France and United.
In addition, Airlink flights are now sold on www.flyairlink.com and no longer via SAA’s website. “The subtle, but significant, name change is a key element of our re-positioning, recovery and growth strategy,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster. “It should be seen together with recent commercial developments, including the interline agreements, the launch of our own mainline South African domestic services and new regional routes linking Johannesburg with Maputo and Windhoek. Airlink plans to announce additional new and reinstated routes in the coming weeks and months,” he explained.
Airlink’s new Johannesburg-Cape Town and Johannesburg-Durban services, which are South Africa’s domestic trunk routes, enable Airlink passengers to connect with our other domestic, long-haul and regional flights on a single ticket. Airlink’s modern training and maintenance facilities ensure the airline’s self-sufficiency for pilot and cabin crew training as well as for keeping its fleet safe and in prime working condition. Airlink took advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns to focus on its business continuity and future position in what has become a completely changed market. “The measures we have taken have all been in the best interests of the company, its employees, customers, suppliers, and shareholders. Today Airlink is a financially sound and robust business,” said Mr Foster.
The most visible change will be the introduction of a new corporate livery and branding, which will soon be revealed. “In the meantime, we continue to remain focussed on the job at hand, operating our schedule and keeping our customers happy by flying them to their destinations safely, on time and affordably,” said Mr Foster.
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African Pilot’s 2020 calendar
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SAPFA spot landing training camp at Brakpan Airfield
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AFRICAN AVIATION NEWS
Crash of Zimbabwe Parks Cessna 182
A Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks) plane, which went missing in the Zambezi Valley on Friday afternoon, was found crashed in Chewore Safari Area in Mbire on Sunday afternoon with one dead and two critically injured people in the wreckage. A fourth person who was on the four-seat Cessna 182 light aircraft, is still missing and a 25-man search party has been combing up the area to locate him.
The deceased was a South African researcher who was conducting a game survey with a compatriot and two Zimbabweans, including the pilot. Rescuers found the pilot and the other South African researcher badly injured, about 48 hours after the plane disappeared from the radar. “The plane was found crashed in Chewore, mid-Zambezi. It is not yet clear what caused the crash and investigations are still in progress. Authorities recovered the body of a South African national while two people were found badly injured. They were in such a bad state they could not call for help. We have engaged authorities in Zambia to help in the search for the fourth person who remains missing,” said Mr Farawo.
More help with additional manpower and sniffer dogs to assist in the ongoing search and rescue efforts to find the missing Ecologist are needed.
WORLDWIDE ACCIDENTS AND INCIDENTS
US air boss orders Naval Aviation safety stand down after two crashes
On Monday the US Navy, Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell ordered a safety stand down after two crashes last week only three days apart. All non-deployed aviation units stopped operations on orders from commander Naval Air Forces the service announced. On Friday, US Navy Lt. Rhiannon Ross (30) instructor pilot and US Coast Guard Ensign Morgan Garrett (24) student pilot, died after their T-6B Texan II crashed in an Alabama town near Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. On 20 October, an F-18E Super Hornet crashed near Naval Air Station China Lake, California. The pilot was recovered safely. This stand down provides an opportunity for our aviation commands to focus on how to further improve operational risk management and risk mitigation across the Naval Aviation enterprise.
NTSB preliminary report: Velocity Elite
On 6 October 2020 an experimental, amateur-built Velocity Elite RG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lady Lake, Florida. The airline transport pilot incurred minor injuries.
The pilot reported that he purchased fuel and departed with 31 gallons on an instrument flight rules flight from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida to Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida. About 20 minutes into the flight, the pilot descended the airplane from 7,000 feet mean sea level (msl) to 3,000 feet msl, to fly below some convective cloud build-up. About 1 to 2 minutes after levelling the airplane at 3,000 feet msl, the engine lost all power without any unusual sounds. The pilot verified adequate fuel and that the mixture and throttle were in the correct positions. However, he was unable to restart the engine. With the assistance of air traffic control, the pilot attempted to glide the airplane to Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida, but soon realised that the airplane would not glide the full distance to the airport. The pilot subsequently landed in a field and the airplane struck a fence before coming to rest upright, resulting in damage to the wings and fuselage.
Attempt at gear-up glide to the runway goes awry
The Cessna 177RG pilot reported that he decided to attempt a gear up glide to the runway at the airport in Albermarle, North Carolina. He recalled that he became fixated on reaching the runway and forgot to extend the landing gear. The airplane touched down and skidded to a stop on the runway, sustaining substantial damage to the lower fuselage bulkheads. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot recommended adhering to checklists.
NTSB preliminary report: Stephens William E Quicksilver
On 6 October 2020, an experimental light sport Quicksilver airplane, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Mount Vernon, Indiana. The student pilot and private pilot were fatally injured. A witness stated that she observed the accident airplane flying around in the area. She observed the airplane come out of a loop then spiralled toward the ground. She did not see the airplane impact the ground, but she heard a sound similar to the impact. She observed the airplane from her residence which was 0.33 nautical miles (nm) east of the accident site and about 1 nm northeast east of the airport. The airplane impacted a harvested crop field on a heading of southwest and came to rest on its right side. The airplane was about 100 feet from the initial ground impact marks and airplane debris was scattered in between. The engine remained attached to its mount and one propeller blade had separated from the propeller hub.
NTSB preliminary report: Cessna 414
On 8 October 2020 a Cessna 414 was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Florida. The private pilot and six passengers sustained serious injuries. According to the pilot’s son, a multiengine airplane rated passenger who was seated in the front right seat, his father was flying family members to Claxton-Evans County Airport, Claxton, Georgia, where they planned a fuel stop before proceeding to their home-base of Columbus Municipal Airport, Columbus, Indiana. After the pre-flight inspection, engine start and taxi, he noted no irregularities when his father performed the engine run-up. His father then taxied onto the runway, checked the trim for take-off, applied brakes and advanced the throttles to full power. Once at full rpm, his father released the brakes and the airplane began its take-off roll. Shortly into the take-off roll, he felt a momentary ‘slight shudder’ which appeared to come from the controls.
As the airplane continued down the runway, he looked out of the window and thought that they should have rotated. He observed that the airspeed indicator showed about 10 to 15 knots past ‘blueline.’ However, the airplane remained on the runway and continued to gain speed.
The airplane was running out of runway and the pilot’s son attempted to pull back on the control yoke. However, the controls would not move, so he pulled the throttles back to idle and applied maximum braking; he estimated that the airplane’s indicated airspeed was between 120 and 130 knots when the aborted take-off was initiated. The airplane departed the paved portion of the runway, travelled through the grass and impacted a dirt mound before coming to rest in a marsh.
A witness who observed the take-off stated, “They were going fast enough to fly, but they were not coming up off the ground.” He further stated said the engines never lost power until the pilot shut them off in an attempt to stop. Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it came to rest upright and submerged in about five feet of water about 450 feet beyond the departure end of runway 14. The fuselage and cabin area remained relatively intact. The right wing and engine were separated. The right elevator was bent upwards nearly vertical with the vertical stabiliser; the left elevator separated. The left wing and engine remained attached in their respective locations, with the outboard portion of the left wing sheared at the wing tip fuel tank.
NTSB preliminary report: Evolution Revo
On 4 October 2020, a weight shift control (WSC) light sport airplane, commonly referred to as a ‘Trike’ was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hawthorne, California. The pilot was fatally injured. A witness was driving his vehicle near the Jack Northrop Field / Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR), Hawthorne, California, when he observed the airplane depart the runway and turned right at a height of about 500 feet above the ground (agl). Another witness and friend of the accident pilot was performing a pre-flight on his airplane when he saw the airplane take-off from runway 25 and climb to about 30-40 feet agl before banking right. The airplane cleared the airport perimeter fence and continued to bank right until it was out of sight. Another witness watched the airplane depart the runway and soon after began a right banking turn. He watched as the pilot “pushed the steering to the right and banked harder to the right before flying into the drainage ditch.” The witness also stated that the engine was running the entire time that it was in flight.
WORLD AVIATION NEWS
NASA confirms presence of useable water on the Moon
NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface and not limited to cold, shadowed places. SOFIA has detected water molecules (H2O) in Clavius Crater, one of the largest craters visible from Earth, located in the Moon’s southern hemisphere. Previous observations of the Moon’s surface detected some form of hydrogen but were unable to distinguish between water and its close chemical relative, hydroxyl (OH). Data from this location reveal water in concentrations of 100 to 412 parts per million, roughly equivalent to a 12-ounce bottle of water trapped in a cubic meter of soil spread across the lunar surface. The results are published in the latest issue of Nature Astronomy.
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft takes measures to preserve asteroid sample
On Tuesday 27 October NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission was ready to perform an early stow of the large sample it collected last week from the surface of the asteroid Bennu to protect and return as much of the sample as possible. On 22 October the OSIRIS-REx mission team received images that showed the spacecraft’s collector head overflowing with material collected from Bennu’s surface, well over the two-ounce (60-gram) mission requirement and that some of these particles appeared to be slowly escaping from the collection head, called the Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM). A mylar flap on the TAGSAM allows material to easily enter the collector head and should seal shut once the particles pass through. However, larger rocks that did not fully pass through the flap into the TAGSAM appear to have wedged this flap open, allowing bits of the sample to leak out.
Because the first sample collection event was so successful, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has given the mission team the go-ahead to expedite sample stowage, originally scheduled for 2 November in the spacecraft’s Sample Return Capsule (SRC) to minimise further sample loss.
Catalina requires rescuing from infamous Loch Ness
Miss Pick Up is the name of one of the world’s only airworthy Catalina flying boats and is currently operated by Plane Sailing based in Duxford, Cambridge. They call themselves, ‘a small team of dedicated volunteers who do it for the love of preserving this wonderful WWII flying boat.’ Miss Pick Up ran into engine problems whilst operating on Loch Ness on Saturday, 17 October RNLI Loch Ness helped them secure the aircraft following engine troubles and assisted in towing the aircraft to safety. After hopes for a simple fix were dashed, the massive warbird was pulled out of the water by crane and onto dry land. As the aircraft gets a thorough look-over, it is obvious that they are in for an extensive and expensive effort to return her to flying status. The Miss pick Up crew has described what they have done and what they need to do. What was originally thought to be just a fault starter motor has turned out to be something inside the engine itself shearing and preventing the starter motor from turning the engine over. The only solution is to change the engine and send the damaged one off for overhaul.
SpaceX logs 100th successful launch and orbit
On Saturday, 24 October SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched 60 Starlink satellites to orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the GPS III Space Vehicle 03 mission in June 2020 and a Starlink mission in September 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the ‘Just Read the Instructions’ drone ship, which was stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The Starlink satellites deployed approximately one hour and three minutes after lift-off. This mission also marked the 100th successful flight of a Falcon rocket since Falcon 1 first flew to orbit in 2008. SpaceX believes that fully and rapidly reusable rockets are the pivotal breakthrough needed to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space to enable people to travel to and live on other planets. While most rockets are expendable after launch akin to throwing away an airplane after a one-way trip from Los Angeles to New York, SpaceX is working toward a future in which reusable rockets are the norm. Of its now 100 successful flights of Falcon rockets, SpaceX has landed a Falcon first stage rocket booster 63 times and re-flown boosters 45 times. This year, SpaceX twice accomplished the sixth flight of an orbital rocket booster.
Falcon 9 has become the most-flown operational rocket in the United States, overtaking expendable rockets that have been launching for decades. The difficulty of precision landing an orbital rocket after it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere at hypersonic velocity is not to be overlooked. SpaceX remains the only launch provider in the world capable of accomplishing this task. At 14 stories tall and traveling upwards of 1300 m/s (nearly 1 mi/s), stabilising Falcon 9’s first stage booster for landing is like trying to balance a rubber broomstick on your hand in the middle of a hurricane. While recovery and re-flight of an orbital rocket booster may now seem routine, developing Falcon such that it would withstand re-entry and return for landing was generally accepted as impossible and SpaceX learned many lessons on the road to reusability.
Seamax aircraft will now be assembled in the USA
Seamax is ready to add an ‘assembled in the USA’ tag to its aircraft, the Seamax M-22. This company has been planning this move for the past three years, requiring extensive market research and engineering upgrades. For this task, the company engaged with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where some 100 students, both graduate and undergraduate students tutored by business professors, prepared comprehensive business assessments. Seamax has already been developing new features for the M-22 in accordance with US market needs. New instrument panel versions, including an all-glass cockpit, have been introduced. New safety features have been added and the Rotax 912 iS, injected engine, is now offered as an option. Seamax delivered its first IFR-capable aircraft customised for a veteran fighter pilot and international Boeing 767 Captain. The company brand new assembly line building is located at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park with a brand-new taxiway designed to provide convenient access to the facilities. Seamax M-22, which has been exported to over twenty countries and holds a certification in more than a dozen countries, has been manufactured since 2000. Today, after 20 years of continuous engineering improvement, the product is mature enough to allow the company to transfer technology to the United States.
Convertible ALSIM AL40/42 simulator now available
The device reproduces the Diamond specific interior cockpits and flight decks. Changing from the DA42 to the DA40 configuration is fast and easy and is performed by swapping only the dashboard and the middle console. The conversion kit provides two cockpit and central panels, including all aircraft system switches, Garmin avionics, as well as the specific power levers, fuel selection and yaw trim panels.
The switch of the central panel can be optional as the DA40 configuration will be compatible with the DA42’s one. The simulator includes real G1000 NXI and GFC 700 Autopilot / Flight Director, the latest VFR-VS image generator and visual system with 210° screen and the instructor station designed for instructor’s comfort. This simulator is specifically designed for PPL, IR and CPL training needs and is compliant with the latest aviation standards from EASA (FNPT II) and the FAA (AATD & FTD 5) to TC (FTD 2) and CAAC (FTD 5). The specific ALSIM simulators AL40 and AL42 will also be available with the conversion kit and can be upgraded at any time.
China’s aviation industry expands with General Aviation aircraft totalling 2,913
According to the civil aviation authorities, China’s General Aviation industry has achieved major progress with increasing enterprises and aircraft over the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020).
By now, China has 509 General Aviation enterprises and 2,913 general aircraft, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China. These numbers represented 81.1 percent and 30.3 percent increase respectively compared with those by the end of the 12th five-year plan period (2011-2015). In 2019, China’s general aircraft operated 1.06 million hours, up 36.7 percent from the end of the 2011-2015 period.
China has listed the General Aviation industry as one of the strategic emerging industries and taken measures to boost its development. Traditionally, General Aviation refers to the flight activity carried out by helicopter and other small-and-medium general aircraft other than military and airlines’ scheduled flights. Over the 2016-2020 period, China has seen an emerging General Aviation market carried out by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In the period, the country has seen more than 9,700 registered enterprises focusing on general aviation operations with UAVs. CAAC data showed that the total number of China’s UAVs for commercial operations has exceeded 120,000.
The General Aviation sector is playing a unique role in fighting against the COVID-19 epidemic. Various General Aviation aircraft, especially the UAVs, have been used to deliver emergency supplies, conduct aerial patrol, spray disinfectants and carry out public education. In the first eight months this year, the online registered UAV flight hours reached 1.41 million. Data showed that in 2019 1.25 million flight hours were reached.
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