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AOPA STRATEGIC INSURANCE PARTNER TEAMS UP WITH NEW PROVIDER TO OFFER INSURANCE RELIEF

AOPA STRATEGIC INSURANCE PARTNER TEAMS UP WITH NEW PROVIDER TO OFFER INSURANCE RELIEF

AOPA strategic partner AssuredPartners Aerospace announces new underwriter partner to provide potential relief for older pilots After months of close coordination with AOPA, AssuredPartners Aerospace, AOPA’s strategic insurance partner, has teamed with an A-rated aviation insurer that has pledged to explore options for pilots up to age 79. This development could provide more options to those who fly single-engine, piston-powered aircraft with fixed, retractable, or tailwheel gear configurations, and having six seats or fewer and with hull values as high as $500,000. BasicMed is also scheduled to be an approved…
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Genesys Aerosystems Acquired by Moog Inc.

Genesys Aerosystems Acquired by Moog Inc.

Genesys Aerosystems announces that Moog Inc. purchased Genesys Aerosystems on December 18, 2020. Genesys will remain at its locations in Mineral Wells, TX and Anchorage, AK, and will continue doing business as Genesys Aerosystems, part of Moog’s Aircraft Controls segment. As a world leader of flight control systems for military and commercial aircraft, Moog’s addition of Genesys adds advanced avionics suites, including the IDU-680 and IDU-450 displays, digital radios, ADAHRS, GPS, DAU and autopilots for fixed wing and rotorcraft aircraft. “It has been exciting to be part-owner of Genesys Aerosystems…
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Garmin announces new GFC 500 Autopilot certifications to provide state-of-the art and cost-effective autopilot upgrade to additional aircraft

Garmin announces new GFC 500 Autopilot certifications to provide state-of-the art and cost-effective autopilot upgrade to additional aircraft

Garmin announces new GFC 500 Autopilot certifications to provide state-of-the art and cost-effective autopilot upgrade to additional aircraft Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC™ 500 Autopilot in additional aircraft to include select Mooney M20 C through G models, and the Cessna 172RG. The GFC 500 Autopilot is intended for light piston aircraft while delivering superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems. New aircraft…
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Garmin and FltPlan.com introduce new AeroData runway analysis service for operators in business aviation

Garmin and FltPlan.com introduce new AeroData runway analysis service for operators in business aviation

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced that FltPlan.com, a Garmin company, has integrated runway analysis service from AeroData, allowing pilots to calculate performance data while creating a flight plan through FltPlan.com. AeroData runway analysis joins Aircraft Performance Group (APG) and Automated Systems in Aircraft Performance (ASAP) runway analysis services available from FltPlan.com. All three of these runway analysis offerings through FltPlan.com eliminate the need for pilots to reference manuals and perform their own manual calculations for takeoff and landing data, ultimately resulting in time savings…
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SMOOTH POWER EXPANDS TO INCLUDE LINEUP OF HARTZELL PROPELLER TOP PROP STC KITS

SMOOTH POWER EXPANDS TO INCLUDE LINEUP OF HARTZELL PROPELLER TOP PROP STC KITS

Smooth Power LLC, master distributor for the Electroair line of electronic ignition products, has expanded its capabilities and recently announced it can now offer a complimentary lineup of Hartzell Propeller Top Prop STC kits. Darrell Pool, owner of Smooth Power, spent 35 years in the aircraft propeller overhaul and repair business before selling his shop in 2014. Not knowing exactly what he was going to do next, Pool began looking at several opportunities in multiple industries when he was introduced to the folks at Electroair. An immediate relationship was formed…
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GARMIN INTRODUCES NEW SAFETY-ENHANCING FEATURES FOR THE GTN Xi SERIES OF NAVIGATORS

GARMIN INTRODUCES NEW SAFETY-ENHANCING FEATURES FOR THE GTN Xi SERIES OF NAVIGATORS

Updates include new Glide Range Ring for enhanced situational awareness, improved integration of radio controls in dual GTN Xi installations, and much moreGarmin® International Inc, today announced new features now available for the GTN™ Xi Series of navigators including a Glide Range Ring that helps safety-minded pilots visualize the estimated area an aircraft could reach in the case engine power is lost1. Other new features include the ability to remotely control the radios of another GTN Xi when dual GTN Xi units are installed in an aircraft, quicker page navigation…
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PT6 turboprop engine makes General Aviation history: 50,000th engine rolls off the Pratt & Whitney Production Line

PT6 turboprop engine makes General Aviation history: 50,000th engine rolls off the Pratt & Whitney Production Line

Pratt & Whitney, a division of Raytheon Technologies Corp. (NYSE: RTX), today announced that the 50,000th PT6 turboprop engine has rolled off the production line achieving an exceptional milestone in General Aviation. With the new PT6 E-Series™ engine now in full production, powering the Pilatus PC-12 NGX, the numbers continue to grow. “From the first application more than 50 years ago, the now iconic PT6 engine turns possibilities into realities for our customers around the world on more than 130 different applications today,” said Irene Makris, vice president, sales and…
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GARMIN ADDS FOUR NEW eLEARNING COURSES FOR G1000 NXi INTEGRATED FLIGHT DECK INCLUDING HELICOPTER SPECIFIC  eLEARNING COURSES FOR G1000H NXi

GARMIN ADDS FOUR NEW eLEARNING COURSES FOR G1000 NXi INTEGRATED FLIGHT DECK INCLUDING HELICOPTER SPECIFIC eLEARNING COURSES FOR G1000H NXi

New eLearning courses allow pilots to learn at their own pace through scenario-based training OLATHE, Kan./Nov. 19, 2020 – Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., is pleased to announce two new eLearning training courses for the G1000® NXi, as well as two separate eLearning courses for the G1000H NXi integrated flight deck for helicopters. These training courses are available in a virtual eLearning format allowing pilots to learn at their own pace, with the G1000 NXi Fundamentals eLearning Course providing a foundational understanding of the system, while the…
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GARMIN ADDS TWO MORE GFC 500 AUTOPILOT CERTIFICATIONS TO GROWING LIST

GARMIN ADDS TWO MORE GFC 500 AUTOPILOT CERTIFICATIONS TO GROWING LIST

New certifications for Cessna 206 C through F models and Cirrus SR22 provides modern and cost-effective autopilot upgrade Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced it has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the GFC™ 500 Autopilot in additional aircraft models to include the Cirrus SR22, and the Cessna 206 C through F models. The GFC 500 Autopilot is intended for light piston aircraft while delivering superior in-flight characteristics, self-monitoring capabilities and minimal maintenance needs when compared to older generation autopilot systems.New aircraft…
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AeroLEDs Aircraft Lighting - 10% OFF all products

AeroLEDs Aircraft Lighting - 10% OFF all products

AeroLEDs™ landing and navigational lighting products are designed for some of the most extreme operating conditions on the planet. With the focus on efficiency, reliability, and natural lighting, the company has introduced revolutionary landing and navigational lighting products that produce far better results than traditional lighting systems. Driven by the desire to reach new heights in performance and function AeroLEDs set out in 2005 to redefine the expectations of aviation lighting. For 75 years, pilots and aircraft manufacturers have had few lighting options with limited capabilities—until now! AeroLEDs created the…
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EAA TEAMING WITH MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS, EDUCATION RESOURCES

EAA TEAMING WITH MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS, EDUCATION RESOURCES

Students, EAA chapters to benefit with newest version of Microsoft Flight Simulator EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 19, 2020) — The Experimental Aircraft Association and Microsoft are teaming to provide flight training scholarships and education resources throughout the country in conjunction with the release of the new edition of the legendary Microsoft Flight Simulator software. EAA and Microsoft have committed to establishing three Microsoft Flight Simulator Scholarships for each of the next three years, giving young aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to move from virtual flight via simulators to…
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GARMIN PILOT ADDS GRAPHICAL AIRSPACE AND OBSTACLE NOTAMS FOR PRE-FLIGHT PLANNING AND ENHANCED INFLIGHT AWARENESS

GARMIN PILOT ADDS GRAPHICAL AIRSPACE AND OBSTACLE NOTAMS FOR PRE-FLIGHT PLANNING AND ENHANCED INFLIGHT AWARENESS

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., is pleased to announce the addition of new features to the Garmin Pilot™ application for Apple mobile devices, offering the ability to reference graphical airspace and obstacle NOTAMs during pre-flight planning and for increased situational awareness inflight. Additional features include an enhanced user interface for Profile View, allowing pilots the ability to access important information such as weather, PIREPs, and more, faster than ever before. Graphical Airspace NOTAMS Airspace NOTAMS are now available as a graphical overlay on the map and can…
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Fly In Pancake Breakfast November 14, 2020 8:00 AM - 11:00

Fly In Pancake Breakfast November 14, 2020 8:00 AM - 11:00

MINTER FIELD AIR MUSEUM will be hosting a Fly in Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, November 14th at the Museum's Hangar Between 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM, Stop by for a Pancake Breakfast Just leave a donation to help Support the Museum. kmit - Shafter- Minter Field This Pancake Breakfast is open to Friends of the Museum, . So be a friend to the Museum come Fly in.. Aviation gas and Jet fuel self-service will be available. MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN Pancake Breakfasts Should Be Pre-Ordered In Advance. To order yours,…
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GARMIN RELEASES G500 TXi AND G600 TXi FLIGHT DISPLAY  ENHANCEMENTS

GARMIN RELEASES G500 TXi AND G600 TXi FLIGHT DISPLAY ENHANCEMENTS

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., today announced G500 TXi™ and G600 TXi flight display enhancements that bring more capability to cockpit upgrades are now available through select authorized Garmin dealers. Cirrus SR20/SR22 aircraft equipped with either legacy Avidyne flight displays or original flight instruments can now upgrade to the G500 TXi to display engine information. Additional enhancements to the TXi flight display series include DFC90 autopilot compatibility, new multi-function display (MFD) configurations, the display of additional engine parameters such as percent power and more. GFC™ 500 autopilot…
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Concorde Battery Corporation Announces January 2021 Virtual IA Renewal Series

Concorde Battery Corporation Announces January 2021 Virtual IA Renewal Series

All Training is FAA Approved for an IA Refresher Training 8-Hour Certificate WEST COVINA, CA – Concorde® Battery Corporation announces the 2021 dates of its popular IA Renewal Series. Due to pandemic restrictions, the IA Renewal Series has moved to a virtual format and will be accessed on the GoToWebinar® platform. Held over three days, January 21, 22, & 23, 2021, participants choose 2 of the 3 days to attend. Each day is comprised of 4 hours of training. At the end of this training, participants will leave with their…
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EAA MOURNS DEATH OF AUDREY POBEREZNY

EAA MOURNS DEATH OF AUDREY POBEREZNY

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 1, 2020) — Statement from Jack J. Pelton, Experimental Aircraft Association CEO and Chairman of the Board, on the death of Audrey Poberezny, wife of the EAA’s late founder Paul Poberezny. Audrey died in Oshkosh on Sunday, November 1, at age 95: “The quiet power behind the leader in EAA’s formation and development was certainly Audrey Poberezny. She supported Paul from the very earliest days of EAA, from being the sounding board for ideas and balancing the books, to answering the phone and…
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GARMIN ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 PILOT TRAINING CLASSES WITH VIRTUAL LEARNING FORMAT

GARMIN ANNOUNCES 2020-2021 PILOT TRAINING CLASSES WITH VIRTUAL LEARNING FORMAT

Garmin® is pleased to announce its pilot training opportunities through June 2021 will be transitioning to an entirely virtual learning format. This new format will allow customers to receive valuable product knowledge without concerns over travel and social distancing. A variety of pilot training opportunities are available ranging from Garmin pilot’s guides, PC trainers, eLearning courses, and monthly customer webinars that provide foundational knowledge about the equipment. Using scenario-based training, new instructor-led virtual courses build on that knowledge to best integrate the capabilities of Garmin avionics into the flight experience…
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Airforms Expands Axle Replacement Offerings

Airforms Expands Axle Replacement Offerings

Anchorage, AK – Axles bend. Axles break. They seem to suffer the most on aircraft flown into backcountry locations and landed at off-airport sites. In the past, OEM axles have been hard to find. Consequently, Airforms has found an expanding customer base for their PMA axles. Airforms stocks axles for the Cessna 170, 172, 175, 180, 182, 185, 206, 208, and 305 (L-19). The company has PMAs for steel axles which come anodized and provide greater strength than aluminum axles, especially in ski plane and tundra tire operations. Airforms also…
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GARMIN UPDATES GI 275 ELECTRONIC FLIGHT INSTRUMENT, ADDS GFC 500 AUTOPILOT COMPATIBILITY AND MORE

GARMIN UPDATES GI 275 ELECTRONIC FLIGHT INSTRUMENT, ADDS GFC 500 AUTOPILOT COMPATIBILITY AND MORE

Garmin® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced an update for the GI 275 electronic flight instrument has been granted supplemental type certificate (STC) approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and is available immediately through select authorized Garmin dealers. The GI 275 can now be used with the GFC™ 500 autopilot to deliver superior in-flight performance and added redundancy when multiple GI 275 units are installed in an aircraft. In addition to GFC 500 compatibility, the GI 275 can serve as a replacement attitude indicator…
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D2 AIR AVIATORSMARTWATCH DELIVERS POWERFUL FLIGHT FUNCTIONALITY WITH A VIBRANT AMOLED DISPLAY

D2 AIR AVIATORSMARTWATCH DELIVERS POWERFUL FLIGHT FUNCTIONALITY WITH A VIBRANT AMOLED DISPLAY

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced the D2TM Air, its latest GPS smartwatch for the modern pilot with powerful aviation capabilities and a sleek, new touchscreen design that can be worn 24/7. The newest addition in the D2 aviator watch series, the D2 Air offers tools for all phases of flight, including weather, direct-to navigation, airport information, flight logging, Pulse Ox, and much more. To keep up with life on the go, the D2 Air incorporates connected features like smart notifications, Garmin PayTM contactless payment…
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GARMIN DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS AWARDED FLIGHT TEST  PILOT HONOR FOR CERTIFICATION OF AUTOLAND

GARMIN DIRECTOR OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS AWARDED FLIGHT TEST PILOT HONOR FOR CERTIFICATION OF AUTOLAND

Garmin ® International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd.(NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced its Director of Flight Operations and Chief Test Pilot, Tom Carr, has received the prestigious Society of Experimental Test Pilots’ (SETP) 2020 Iven C. Kincheloe Award for his outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing. SETP presented the award to Carr last week during a virtual awards ceremony that was held in place of its annual gala. The Iven C. Kincheloe Award was established in 1958 in memory of the veteran flight test pilot and U.S. …
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Airforms Releases Caravan Catalog for Replacement Parts

Airforms Releases Caravan Catalog for Replacement Parts

Anchorage, AK – Cessna Caravans are logging a tremendous number of hours in commercial operations, hauling people and parts to locations all over the globe. Unfortunately, high times lead to worn out parts or deferred maintenance due to the high cost or scarcity of replacement parts. Consequently, Airforms has developed enough PMAs and STCs for standard and upgraded Caravan components to warrant a 20-page catalog that is available in hard copy or on-line format (that can be printed out). Door hinges are one of the early items needing replacement on…
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MCFARLANE AVIATION PRODUCTS AND TEMPEST AERO GROUP EXPAND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

MCFARLANE AVIATION PRODUCTS AND TEMPEST AERO GROUP EXPAND DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT

McFarlane Aviation, Inc. is pleased to announce an expanded distribution agreement with Tempest Aero Group LLC. The expanded product lines allow McFarlane to increase their product offerings to the full line of Tempest products; Marvel Schebler, Precision Airmotive, Alcor and Tempest Plus providing their valued customers a smoother all-encompassing shopping experience for their general aviation needs. “Tempest Aero Group™ is excited to expand our partnership with McFarlane Aviation” said Vince Bechtel, Director of Aftermarket Sales for Tempest Aero Group. “For the past several years McFarlane has represented our Alcor® brand…
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AOPA PLANS NEW LOOK FOR 2021 EVENTS

AOPA PLANS NEW LOOK FOR 2021 EVENTS

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association event lineup will look a bit different in 2021, but what won’t change is AOPA's commitment to meeting members where they live and fly. The year 2020 has been altered in almost every aspect of daily life, and AOPA has felt the sting through the postponement and cancelation of its most popular fly-in events. However, AOPA remains committed to engaging members and will continue to host first-class events that bring aviation enthusiasts together for fun-filled days of excitement, interaction, and learning. “With the uncertainties…
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GARMIN® RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR NEW G5000 FEATURES AND UPGRADES FOR THE CITATION EXCEL AND CITATION XLS

GARMIN® RECEIVES APPROVAL FOR NEW G5000 FEATURES AND UPGRADES FOR THE CITATION EXCEL AND CITATION XLS

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced it continues to make significant investments and add valuable enhancements to the G5000® integrated flight deck upgrade in the Citation Excel and Citation XLS. New software-enabled features1 include stabilized approach monitoring, steep approach certification and reactive windshear detection, as well as optional takeoff and landing data (TOLD) calculations. New hardware approvals for these aircraft include the Garmin Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), the GRATM 5500 radar altimeter and the GTSTM 8000, which all address third-party product obsolescence…
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2020 WIPAIRE POKER RUN

2020 WIPAIRE POKER RUN

JOIN YOUR SEAPLANE FRIENDS FOR THE INAUGURAL WIPAIRE POKER RUN! Location: Maddens on Gull Lake Date: September 18, 2020 In conjunction with this year’s Seaplane Safety Seminar, Wipaire is hosting our first ever Wipaire Poker Run fundraiser for MSPA. Show your support and find out if you really are lucky! ENTRY DETAILS - $100 per player. $50 for each additional hand, up to 4 hands per person. CASH ONLY – Collected at Sign-in. Registration is limited to 25 aircraft and ends on September 10th. EVENT DETAILS: Sign in at Maddens…
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Vividia VA-150 Two-Way Articulating Borescope now available

Vividia VA-150 Two-Way Articulating Borescope now available

Vividia VA-150 Two-Way Articulating Borescope has 2.7" LCD monitor and 80cm long 6.0mm diameter waterproof probe. The tiny probe camera can be bended in two directions and the maximum bending angle to each direction is around 175 degree. The resolution of the camera is 640x480 and the focus range is around 20mm to 50mm. There are 6 LED lights around lens. The 2.7" LCD monitor can take pictures and videos, and files are saved on a SD card. Vividia VA-150 Two-Way Articulating Videoscope is ideal for detailed visual inspection in…
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Air Serv International Receives ISTAT Foundation Grant for COVID-19 Relief in Navajo Nation

Air Serv International Receives ISTAT Foundation Grant for COVID-19 Relief in Navajo Nation

Phoenix, AZ. Phoenix-based Caravan operator Westwind Air Service, has generously donated a transport flight to the Navajo and Hopi Airlift Program coordinated by Air Serv International. The flight, which employed the use of a Cessna 206 and carried approximately 1,000lbs, delivered virus-fighting supplies to Chinle, Arizona, where they were distributed to adjacent communities by local volunteers. The time-sensitive cargo, which would have taken a volunteer driver approximately two days round trip due to travel and curfew restrictions, was delivered within a matter of hours. Air Serv, which also operates Caravans…
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Air Plains Services now offers drop-in EIS for Lycoming 180 hp pistons

Air Plains Services now offers drop-in EIS for Lycoming 180 hp pistons

Air Plains Services, a world leader in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, announced today it is offering the newly certified Lycoming Electronic Ignition System for its Lycoming 180 hp engines. The Lycoming EIS is a drop-in replacement for one mag, requires no maintenance through TBO and provides precise starts every time. “The new Lycoming EIS is designed and tested to provide trouble-free operation and installation is not an issue,” said Katie Church, head of Air Plains marketing. “We’re offering it now as a stand-alone replacement of one mag and…
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Air Plains Services adds Alpha Systems AOA product line

Air Plains Services adds Alpha Systems AOA product line

Air Plains Services, a world leader in general aviation engine and avionics upgrades, announced today the addition of Alpha Systems AOA products as an authorized dealer, offering the company’s full line of stand-alone angle of attack systems for a variety general aviation aircraft, including most Cessna piston models. “We have been very impressed with the performance and reliability of the kits from Alpha Systems AOA and we’re very happy to add them to our growing lineup of avionics and aircraft systems,” said Eric Papon, Air Plains avionics service manager. “They…
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