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Mon, Dec 06, 2021

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.06.21)

“Captain Sullenberger has used the spotlight that was thrust upon him in 2009 to advocate vigorously for aviation safety, as well as using his role to encourage young people to discover aviation through his work with Young Eagles. We congratulate him on his confirmation to this important position of representing the United States in the international forum supporting aviation around the globe.” Source: Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman of the Board, commenting after the US Senate confirmed the nomination of C. B. “Sully” Sullenberger III to be the U.S. representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Airborne 12.01.21: A-4 4 Sale!, Aura Aero Approved, Blue Origin's Next Crew

Also: Kelowna Expands GA, NASA Delays SpaceWalk, A350 Paint Quality Complaint, DA62 MPP Sale

For those of you looking to make sure that ANN’s Jim Campbell gets a great Christmas gift, we have an idea for you... A 1960 Douglas A-4 Skyhawk has been listed for sale at an asking price of $995,000. Downright cheap in comparison to other veteran aircraft, often in multiples of the price when available at all. Not only collectible for its civilian airworthiness, combat pedigree, or historical value, the Skyhawk represents one of the few aircraft on the market that could provide a user with the full fighter-jet experience. Aura Aero has received Part 21 Subpart G approval for the entirety of its industrial facilities. The French civil aviation authority took 18 months to audit the Toulouse-Francazal and Bernay fabrication sites as well as the primary subcontractors for the company before approval. This will allow for serial production and assembly

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Airborne 12.03.21: EAA Reaches 250K, Kodiak #300, 11,000th RV!

Also: Commemorative Air Force, Skydiving Museum Fundraiser, SmartSky, Shadin Avionics

The Experimental Aviation Association has passed a big milestone for the once niche aviation organization. Begun in 1953 by a group wanting grassroots, enthusiastic support for aviation, the EAA has grown to over 250,000 members for the first time in history. The quarter of a million mark comes at the tail end of a bonanza over the last 5 years that saw group membership grow by 25%. Daher's Kodiak celebrated a milestone when it recently delivered the 300th plane, an important moment for the high-wing, turboprop workhorse. Introduced in 2007 as a STOL option for those needing reliable, capacious, hardy aircraft for remote missions, the Kodiak saw itself quickly pressed into service in humanitarian, medical, governmental, and special mission sectors. The Kodiak squared off with similar backwoods aircraft in offering an unimproved, dirt-strip performance

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 11.30.21: EHang 216, S-100 Goes North, Czech eVTOL Project

Also: DJI Joins AnimaMundi, Earth Defense Grid, Bladeless Balloon Drone, Aergility's ATLIS

E-Hang's 216 autonomous electric vehicle completed an aerial sightseeing demonstration at the tourist favorite of Bali, Indonesia working alongside local partner Prestige Aviation. During a 5-minute unmanned flight at Villa Blackstone Beach, VIP guests saw the aircraft take off and hover amidst the beautiful backdrop before returning to earth on the painted landing target. Guests from Indonesia's directorate of civil aviation, industry authorities, and other VIPs preceded the momentous flight by speeches and photos. Schiebel, working with Andøya Space Defence, recently completed a test of their Camcopter S-100’s search and rescue capabilities in a week-long trial aboard the Norwegian Coast Guard's Nordkapp in the frigid northern waters above the 75th parallel. The unmanned aircraft was the focus of the week-long program through the Norwegian Min

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 12.02.21: Sonaca 200, MSFS Volocopter, Int'l Test Pilot

Also: USAF Extends Rated Prep Program, Micro Drones UAV Sim, Drone Awareness, ERAU Scholarship

Flight School Promotion  will receive its first Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro shortly. The Sonaca 200 Trainer Pro is the Glass Cockpit version of their two-seater low-wing aircraft with an all-metal structure and a 750 kg maximum take-off weight. The Volocopter VoloCity eVTOL aircraft has been officially added to the roster of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, granted through the application's Sim Update VII. The 33.4 gigabyte update added the first vertical takeoff and rotorcraft to the game as part of a joint effort with Volocopter as a multi-function advertisement, update, and training tool. Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has chosen the International Test Pilots School (ITPS) in Ontario, Canada, for one of the biggest flight test training contracts in the school's history. Turkish Aerospace has a full roster of developing aircraft to test and evalua

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

USAF's 75th Anniversary Celebration Set for AirVenture

The Biggest Shindig of the Year to Celebrate an Aviation Milestone

The United States Air Force is set for a great time at EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 as it joins the world's most diehard aviation fans in celebrating three quarters of a century since its founding. The annual fly-in convention from the Experimental Aircraft Association is every summer's must-attend event for anyone even tangentially affiliated with flight, and 2022 is no exception. Following World War II, the Air Force was established as a standalone, aviation-focused military arm, breaking from previous standing as the Army Air Corps. It was an announcement that cemented military aviation as a serious, professional, and vital role in warfighting, allowing for the Force to retain, train, and polish a highly effective, volunteer fighting force.

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Commercial Space Station Design Tenders Selected

Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Grumman Chosen for the Start of "Commercial ISS" 

NASA has selected 3 winners for its Low-Earth Orbit (LOO) space station program, geared towards establishing a thriving commercial space economy. The awarded contracts amount to over $415 million, with Blue Origin, Nanoracks, and Northrop Grumman coming up as the lucky recipients of the agency's favor. If successful, the program would result in continuous American presence in space after the International Space Station is phased out of service. The burgeoning commercial space race has stimulated private investment into launch, delivery, and life support systems never before seen in space.

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Klyde Morris (12.03.21)

Klyde Can't Make Any Sense of ALL This, Either...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com 

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Skyborne Graduates Join Flyby Technology

Flyby Technology Hires Newest ATPL Students for Skylift Drone Operations

Skyborne Airline Academy celebrated the achievement of 2 recent ATPL UK graduates joining Flyby Technology as Beyond Line of Visual Sight Drone Operators. The students now put their training to use, supporting flight operations for an NHS trial to evaluate drug delivery for the Isle of Wight.  The graduates, James Kirk and Adam Prince, have begun working on a project with Apian for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, researching the capabilities of drone technology to increase speed of delivery and access to chemotherapy drugs between Portsmouth and the Isle. If promising, the route could save a good deal of time and medication wastage, especially important for intensely expensive, temperamental chemo drugs.

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Sun, Dec 05, 2021

Grumman Nets $3.19B Rocket Launch System Deal

Solid Rocket Launch Systems To Be Used in Artemis and Beyond

NASA has awarded the Booster Production and Operations Contract to Northrop Grumman for the agency's upcoming Space Launch System rockets. The launch system will be the primary system for use in the first 3 Artemis missions, with likely inclusion for the 4th. The contract comes in at a value of $3.19 billion, finalizing a contract awarded in 2020 that authorized Grumman to build the labor-intensive, expensive twin boosters for the next 6 SLS flights. The contract stands through 2031 and includes all the necessary flight materials and support equipment, as well as operations for the SLS. Artemis missions IV-VIII will see benefits of the design, development, testing, and evaluation of the boosters, with Artemis IX seeing bolstered specifications under the Booster Obsolescence and Life Extension (BOLE) program. 

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