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Fri, May 29, 2020

Airborne 05.27.20: Virgin Orbit Attempt, WACO YMF-5F Cert, AEA 1Q Report

Also: Ligado Takes More Flak, ERAU Makes Return Plans, CG Helo Rescue, UND Plans Restart

It was not the best of days for the team at Virgin Orbit, but it was an educational one. After having to scrub a launch attempt on Sunday, May 24th, due to sensor issues, the VO team, finally had the chance to launch a rocket from the belly of their 747 carrier aircraft, 'Cosmic Girl' on Memorial Day. However, while they finally had the chance to release a rocket in real life, things went bad shortly thereafter. The LauncherOne liquid-fueled two-stage rocket angled skyward about 27°, as expected, at the moment of release. After a 4-second freefall, the first stage engine, NewtonThree, was supposed to ignite and allow the vehicle to accelerate to more than 8,000 miles per hour before staging and allowing the second stage to finish the trip to orbit. It was supposed to... but like many things in rocket testi

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 05.20.20: Sporty's Resumes, RRA Motor-Glider, Texas A/C

Also: EAA Confirms COVID-19 SFAR Problems, Tech School Revoked, Rudy Frasca Goes West, FAA Examiner Bribe Attempt

We’re a few steps closer to ‘normalcy.’ With many Ohio businesses open and others preparing for a restart, Sporty's Academy tells us they have resumed training operations last week. Sporty's maintenance staff has carefully examined the entire fleet and cleared each aircraft for return to service, but also notes that each pilot should do the same for themselves as they prepare to return to the flight deck. In light of the new reality, Sporty's has made changes. Getting a pilot’s license is expensive... right? I mean, WAY EXPENSIVE... like over $10K or something... or so they tell us. Well... maybe not. Right Rudder Aviation of Florida’s Inverness Airport (KINF) looked over the regs and then looked over at their Pipistrel Motor-Glider and realized that a gli

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Airborne-Unmanned 05.28.20: FAA UAS Symposium, Flirtey Patent, Senator Letter

Also: AMA Remembers Bob Brown, New eVTOL Startup, Airobotics Gets Approval, UAS Delivers Defibrillators

The FAA and AUVSI have announced the two-part virtual event for the revised FAA UAS Symposium – Remotely Piloted Edition, Episodes I and II, will take place on July 8 to 9 and August 18 to 19, 2020. Episode I is scheduled for July 8 to 9 with a focus on UAS traffic management (UTM) and international UAS integration. Episode II is planned for August 18 to 19 with a focus on UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) updates and public safety operations. Each event will feature keynote presentations, expert panels, guided and non-guided networking discussions, one-on-one meetings with experts in the FAA UAS Support Center and How-To Sessions with live Q&A. Flirtey has been granted what they call a critical patent for the safe and precise drone delivery of packages. This key patent describes a c

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Fri, May 29, 2020

All-Electric Cessna 208B Grand Caravan Makes First Flight

Took Place At The Grant County International Airport In Moses Lake, Washington

magniX and AeroTEC have completed a successful flight of an all-electric Cessna Grand Caravan 208B. The successful flight of the eCaravan, magnified by a 750-horsepower (560 kW) magni500 propulsion system, took place at the AeroTEC Flight Test Center at the Grant County International Airport (KMWH) in Moses Lake, Washington Thursday morning. Allegedly the world’s largest all-electric commercial aircraft, the companies consider this to be a significant milestone. “The iconic Caravan has been a workhorse of industry moving people and transporting goods on short routes for decades,” said Roei Ganzarski, CEO of magniX.

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Fri, May 29, 2020

B-29 Doc Hangar, Education And Visitors Center To Reopen June 2

Phased Plan In Place To Resume Full B-29 Doc Operations

After more than two months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center will reopen to the public June 2. Doc’s Friends, Inc., closed the facility that B-29 Doc calls home in Wichita in March to take precautions to protect the health and safety of its volunteers and flight crew teams during the public health concern with COVID-19 (coronavirus). The process of reopening the hangar to the public is the first step in a phased approach to return to full operations for B-29 Doc.

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Boeing Resumes 737 MAX Production

Production System Enhanced Through Factory Initiatives

Boeing has resumed production of the 737 MAX at the company’s Renton, Washington factory. The 737 program began building airplanes at a low rate as it implements more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality. “We’ve been on a continuous journey to evolve our production system and make it even stronger,” said Walt Odisho, vice president and general manager of the 737 program. “These initiatives are the next step in creating the optimal build environment for the 737 MAX.”

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Aero-Biz Survival 101: A Few Initial Ideas To Stay 'Alive' During the Pandemic

Avoid The Need For A Comeback... Get Your Marketing Right, Right Now!

Some time ago, the Aero-News Network, responding to numerous requests, established a marketing and communications sister company by the name of AEROPRENEUER... and it's been doing amazing work under these difficult circumstances -- and getting results! We're getting rave reviews from our clients, and working hard to earn the trust of a number of new marketing partners along the way. ANN's Amber Cedroni has come up with a few tips to help aero-businesses stay alive in these tough times, and will reach out each week to offer you all a few more from here on out... With millions of people forced to shelter in place, the digital market has a new “captive audience” to entertain. While many people may not be making big purchases, there is still an opportunity to take advantage of this time and ensure that your brand survives this pandemic. Th

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Klyde Morris (05.29.20)

Klyde Celebrates Demo-2's Successes... Such As They Were

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Fri, May 29, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: 'WHOA Control' To The Max-Kitfox S7 STi Gets MORE STOLworthy

From 2015: One Of The Most Revered Classic SportPlanes Gets A New Set Of Wings... And Capabilities

If you try to think about a kit airplane company that has passed the test of time, one of the first names that would come to mind is, Kitfox. This year they showed up at EAA AirVenture 2015 with what could best be called an “addendum” to their popular series 7 airplane, and ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, was there to get the scoop. Tom met with Kitfox President and CEO, John McBean, to find out what’s going on with the Kitfox that stands a lot taller. McBean said they are catering to what could best be called, the “backyard flyer,” by designing a new wing and flaperon system for their series 7 airplane. The series 7 plane has always had great short field performance, but the new wing system is now providing takeoff and landing distances measur

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Fri, May 29, 2020

The Waiting Game -- Expedition 63 Waits for Weekend Arrival of SpaceX Crew

NASA Has Rescheduled The Crew Dragon Launch For Saturday at 3:22 p.m. EDT

The Expedition 63 crew will wait a few more days to gain two new crewmembers after weather scrubbed the initial launch attempt of the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Meanwhile, the orbiting trio aboard the International Space Station continued focusing on lab operations. Rain and lightning around Kennedy Space Center kept Commercial Crew members Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken on the ground Wednesday. The Florida weather violated launch rules and SpaceX scrubbed the liftoff of the Falcon 9 rocket with the two NASA astronauts atop sitting inside the Crew Dragon vehicle. NASA has rescheduled the Crew Dragon launch for Saturday at 3:22 p.m. EDT with a backup launch date on Sunday at 3 p.m. If Hurley and Behnken launch Saturday, they would dock Sunday at 10:29 a.m. to the Harmony module’s International Docking Adapter.

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