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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

TSA PSA DOA

“Imagine Stealing Someone's Souvenir Snow Globe & Thinking That You're The Good Guy.”

The Transportation Safety Administration has taken to boasting about mundane liquids its agents have confiscated at an airport security checkpoint. After the fashion of a hapless angler mounting a sardine, Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokesperson, posted a photograph of liquids that TSA officers have confiscated from travelers passing through security checkpoints at the Syracuse Airport.

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Sullenberger to Step Down From ICAO Ambassadorship

'Miracle on the Hudson' Pilot Calls Decision “Difficult”

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot who safely landed a US Airways Airbus A320 on the Hudson River after the aircraft was damaged by multiple bird-strikes, is stepping down from his position as U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization. Sullenberger was confirmed to the ICAO ambassadorship in December, 2021 and presented his credentials to ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar Gómez in February, 2022. He gave no reason for stepping down from the post, but Sullenberger said in a statement that the decision to do so had been a difficult one.

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Airborne 06.24.22: Helicopter SAF, Evergreen 747 4 $ale, Federal Air Marshals

Also: Lunar Fission Reactor, Hawker Hunter Incident, HAV Airlander Airships, Honda and FlightSafety

An Airbus H225 has performed the word’s first helicopter flight powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The flight, which saw both the H225’s Safran Makila 2 engines powered by SAF, follows a November 2021 undertaking in which an H225 flew with one of its Makila 2 engines operating on SAF and the other on conventional jet fuel. The flights are part of an ongoing campaign to understand the impact of SAF use on aircraft gas-turbine systems. McMinnville, Oregon—famed UFO hotbed and Spruce Goose roost—will host a unique foreclosure auction. The property in question is neither a house, nor an automobile, nor even a collection of Richard Nixon campaign buttons; rather it’s a derelict Boeing 747 that’s been parked in front of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum for eight years. The Federal Air Marshal Ser

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2022 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

Oshkosh, to us, seems the perfect place to get started on watching aviation recover the past couple of years... and so ANN is putting EXTRA effort and resources into our coverage of Oshkosh 2022... just a little over 70 days hence. We are now starting the process to seek talented stringers to help us present Oshkosh and the sport and general aviation community to the world around us. If you ever thought about joining us, this is THE year to do it.

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Airborne-Flight Training 06.23.22: Space Training, Piedmont-ALPA, OSH22 PPC

Also: Second Denali, Pilot Frustrations, BMFA Centennial, Opposition to Republic Bid

Sierra Space is creating an astronaut training program comprising a commercial human spaceflight training center and astronaut training academy at its offices at the Kennedy Space Center. The program, which will be headed-up by former NASA astronaut and Sierra Space president Janet Kavandi (pictured), will recruit, train and prepare an astronaut corps requisite the commercialization of space. Piedmont Airlines, Inc.—the American regional airline and wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group—has reached an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The deal will see Piedmont pilots substantially exceed their regional peers in both pay and benefits. Voting members of ALPA’s Master Executive Council (MEC) unanimously agreed to accept the contract extension, which increases first year Captain pay from $78/hr to $146/hr, and

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Airborne 06.22.22: Fire Boss!, BGen McGee Laid To Rest, Buttigieg Threats

Also: Hartzell M20M/TLS/Bravo Prop, Stratolaunch 7th, Radar-Altimeter Concerns, Sierra Space

At this year’s Aerial Fire Fighting conference in Nimes, France, Fire Boss LLC signed a historic fleet order with Air Tractor Europe. The Fire Boss is a modified AT802F, manufactured by Air Tractor. The order consists of eight Fire Bosses with an option for an additional eight. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2022. Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and Air Force legend, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington June 17. Along with his family and distinguished guests, many senior military leaders attended the service to bid a final farewell to the historic figure. McGee’s aviation career began on Oct. 26, 1942, after he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a pilot. He would fly 108 combat missions throughout Europe during World War II. The federal government could take action against U.S. airli

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Bombardier Workers Ratify New Labor Contract

Challenger Victorious 

Bombardier, the Canadian aerospace company that produces the highly-successful Challenger, CRJ, and Global Express aircraft families, has announced that its union workers have ratified a new labor contract that will deliver pay hikes of up to 18.5% over five years. The Montreal-based company is one of several aerospace concerns grappling with labor disputes as travel demand rebounds from the COVID-19 havoc and soaring aircraft prices compel unions to demand pay-raises.

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Airborne-UnCrewed 06.21.22: Amazon, Michigan Drone Suits, Atlis UAV

Also: Mars Helicopter, ZeroAvia Hydrogen/Electric Technology, Hydrogen-Powered Airship, Internet Sat Duel

Amazon has announced that customers in Lockeford, California, will start receiving package deliveries by drone later this year. The community of 3,500 will be among the first U.S. locations to receive free drone delivery of Amazon products within 30 minutes. Amazon has begun contacting customers in Lockeford for purpose of inquiring after their interest in drone delivery. Once enrolled, customers will be visited by Amazon personnel who will determine whether or not  the areas adjacent the customer’s homes are conducive to drone deliveries. A Michigan pair accused of violating zoning laws is once again at the center of a Constitutional debate. In 2008, Long Lake Township brought a zoning ordinance violation lawsuit against township residents Todd and Heather Maxon. The township alleged the Maxons’ property was overfull of tras

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

U.S. Marine Corps Aviators Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

Hercules’s Final Labor

Capt. Michael Wolff and Maj. Cory Jones of the U.S. Marine Corps were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross—the military’s penultimate award for aviator valor—after piloting their stricken C-130J to a survivable landing in a California cauliflower field subsequent an inflight collision with an F-35 Lightning II. The September 2020 incident occurred during a refueling mission to support Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

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Mon, Jun 27, 2022

Airborne 06.20.22: SMARTWING King Air 350, 'Rise Above' Returns!, 2nd Denali!

Also: ALPA/Delta Letter, Hydrogen-Powered Airship, NJ Airport Improvements, Bahamas Nixes COVID Tests

Inflight testing of a Beechcraft King Air 350 fitted with Tamarack Aerospace Group‘s Performance SMARTWING  has confirmed predicted increases in endurance and payload, high/hot take-off abilities, extended loiter time, and inflight stability. Early comparative analysis of the flight-testing suggests a five-percent improvement in fuel economy during loiter-mission cruise; a ten-percent increase in climb-gradient; and a five-hundred-pound, “High/Hot” weight, altitude, temperature (WAT) improvement that correlates to almost two hours of added aircraft endurance. The CAF RISE ABOVE Squadron is honored to have Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Col. George Hardy and Lt. Col. James Harvey joining the CAF RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit for Oshkosh. The exhibit will be operating at KidVenture where visitors will be able to view both the RED TAIL RI

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