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Tue, Jan 25, 2022

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.22)

Aero Linx: The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Maryland, provides instruction to experienced United States Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and foreign military experimental test pilots, flight test engineers, and flight test flight officers in the processes and techniques of aircraft and systems testing and evaluation.

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Tue, Jan 25, 2022

ANN FAQ: How Do I Become A News Spy?

We're Everywhere... Thanks To You!

Even with the vast resources and incredibly far-reaching scope of the Aero-News Network, every now and then a story that should be reported on slips through our fingers. There's a lot of news out there, and sometimes we just don't get to all of it. Fortunately for us, we realized early on we couldn't be everywhere at once -- curse the laws of physics! -- so we came up with the idea of News-Spies. Just as the title suggests, a News-Spy is a reader who notices a news item -- be it in the newspaper, on television, or something they came across at their own airport, town hall, at the office water cooler or just by walking down the street -- basically, any item a reader may think is newsworthy, that pertains to the world of aviation.

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Tue, Jan 25, 2022

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.22): Available Landing Distance (ALD)

Available Landing Distance (ALD) The portion of a runway available for landing and roll-out for aircraft cleared for LAHSO. This distance is measured from the landing threshold to the hold-short point.

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Tue, Jan 25, 2022

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.25.22)

“There are so many things this aircraft can be used for.... As new weapons are developed and come on hand, we can use it  to see how the weapons attach, what needs to change, and if they fit on the aircraft. This is an asset that will help us integrate different items onto the aircraft quicker. An additional benefit is the cost to maintain a mock up is fa The B-52 senior materiel leader within the bombers directorateirly low.” Source: Col. Louis Ruscetta, B-52 senior materiel leader within the bombers directorate, describing why a technically vintage B-52H bomber fuselage, formerly named "Damage Inc. II" has made its way to the Boeing facility in Oklahoma City, where it will be reassembled to act as the testbed for the sorely needed B-52 replacement engine program. 

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Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Emirates Makes Headlines With Burj Khalifa Stunt

Flight Attendant Gets A380 Backdrop Atop Dubai Skyscraper

The Dubai Expo 2020, a convention running from October 2021 to March 2022, has seen a boost in its notoriety following an Emirates stunt aimed at publicizing the show as the expo enters its final half. Emirates recreated their previous announcement by once again placing a flight attendant atop the world's tallest 2,722-foot skyscraper while one of their Airbus A380s flew past for the perfect photo opportunity. The Airbus was decorated in colorful livery celebrating the Expo, giving a backdrop to skydiving influencer Nicole Smith-Ludvik as she rotated through cards with messages inviting passengers to fly Emirates to the exhibition.

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Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Is the Pilot Shortage Finally Upon Us?

Airlines Fight Increased Pilot Demand With Bonuses and Better Pay

Airline hopefuls and captains-in-waiting have some good news, as the long prophesied pilot shortage may actually be upon us. The lingering effects of the post-9/11 slump, retiring baby boomer generation pilots, and a cluster of pandemic-induced early retirements have come together to make qualified, experienced aviators capable of carrier service a precious commodity. So precious, in fact, that regional carriers, once stereotyped as the begrudging employers of low-time pilots passing through on their way to the majors, are offering pay boosts and bonuses to retain their pilots as long as they can. David Neeleman's Breeze Airways has already raised its pay scale after only 7 months of initial operation, boosting first officer pay on the Embraer E190 by 11% to $61 per flight hour.

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Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Mojave Spaceport Completes Name Change

Now "Mojave Air and Space Port at Rutan Field"

The Mojave Air and Space Port Board of Directors, on Tuesday, unanimously approved a resolution officially changing the name of the airport, Honoring Burt Rutan for his lifelong work in building and promoting aviation at the field. The board has previously mentioned during deliberations that the name change would not put the Rutan name front and center as the primary brand for the airport, as it would remove focus from the space and flight development focus. The official rollout will be phased in across the airport, as funding has not yet been set aside for replacement signage and updated marketing materials. Todd Lindner, general manager and CEO of the port, says that the most prominent customer-facing items will be tackled first. 

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Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Qatar v. Airbus Dispute Escalates with $6B Cancellation

Is Airbus Tired of Playing Games, or Making a Move of their Own? 

The long-running dispute and court battle between Qatar Airways and Airbus has escalated, with both sides taking moves against one another that has seen billions of dollars pulled off the table. The origin of the argument began with the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, demanding restitution for paint flaws on the company's relatively new A350s. The aircraft were grounded in Qatar due to paint flaking, chipping, and peeling around the aircraft's anti-lightning mesh material. Reportedly, some sections of paint exposed seams and gaps on the aircraft, as well as supposed imperfections in some aircraft. European authorities found the issue relatively benign, saying it had little bearing on safety of flight as a predominately cosmetic issue.

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Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Airborne-SE 01.20.22: Rod Machado On The State of Flt Instruction, Pt 1

Also: Where Is The Flight Instruction Community Right Now... And Why?

ANN is proud to work with some of the best in the industry... in a number of disciplines... but only a few folks have the pedigree boasted by Ace CFI, Rod Machado.A prolific speaker, author, presenter and all-around funny guy, Rod has build up an immense following in the flight instruction community for just a few primary reasons... he's one of the best in the field, he is a master communicator and writer, and he knows how to put forth an engaging and often humorous take on aviation's most complex topics. Rod is an Airline Transport Pilot with all fixed wing-flight powered instructor ratings. He started instructing student pilots full time in 1973, and taught grounds schools (often to classrooms of 200) starting in 1975. Machado has taught hundreds to fly from the right seat as a Certified Flight Instructor, even more thousands as a classroom instructor, some 350,000+ via 400+ a

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Mon, Jan 24, 2022

Airborne 01.24.22: Enstrom Heli BK, Dornier-Flywhale, Hollywood In ISS

Also: 19 Year-Old World Solo, Carbon Neutral 100LL, CO Detectors, AS365 Dauphin

The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has sent a letter to dealers and representatives, announcing the end of continuous operations. The company has apparently seen lean times lately, and its owners have directed the company to declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Enstrom will leave behind nearly 1,500 unsupported aircraft around the world, unless the assets are bought out. Dornier Seawings has purchased the Flywhale seaplane program from its German parent, Uniplanes GmbH, in a package that includes all intellectual property, production assets, design data, drawings, manuals, tooling, and molds. The acquisition positions the Flywhale FW650 as a future Dornier product in line with the company's Seawings and Seastar CD2 aircraft as the DS-2C. The battle for market supremacy in space continues, and a new front is seeing competition: Entertainment studios in low-Earth orbit. Space

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