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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Airborne 10.22.21: Jetson ONE, Nonagenarian Skydives, Drones v Lava

Also: NASA Adjusts Crew-3 Sked, Southwest Relents, ACR Electronics, Blue Sky Now Shipping

Swedish company Jetson has officially launched their ONE, a commercially available, personal electric aircraft with VTOL capabilities. The cockpit is flanked by four twin rotors, and the folding, ultralight vehicle appears ready for sale in its recently released promotional video. The ONE appears suited for the recreational crowd, with space for a single pilot and… well, there’s probably somewhere to wedge a granola bar somewhere in that tubing. Piloting is accomplished by a fighter like HOTAS configuration, with the right hand controlling three axes of flight, and power on the left. Ten years ago, history maker Pat Moorehead completed a record 81 jumps on his 80th birthday to raise funds for the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame (ISMHF), bringing in $20,000 with his efforts. Now, for his 90th birthday, he will jump again. For th

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 10.19.21: 8-Day Drone Test, Honda eVTOL, Bell APT

Also: Jaunt Air Mobility, Mars Helo Chief, Electra eSTOL, BepiColombo

A final flight time of 8 days, 50 minutes, and 47 seconds covering 12,200 miles of continuous flight was achieved when the Vanilla Unmanned prototype ISR UAS touched down October 2. It created the newest world record for unrefueled, internal combustion endurance of an unmanned aircraft. The ET-CTF has been essential to the development of Vanilla’s prototype drone aircraft, trying to create a cost-effective, airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance demands for long-term periods aloft. Honda Motor Company recently released its ambitious "2030 Vision", an series of changes and projects geared towards future-proofing the company by integrating its wide range of expertise in combustion, electrics, aeronautics, and robotics into a series of products suited for a rapidly changing economy. Central to their new "mobility ecosystem" will be a hybrid gas turbine and el

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 10.21.21: KSU Skyhawks, USAF Help Wanted, Sonaca 200

Also: ACE' New Exec Director, Nat’l Av Hall of Fame, New ERAU Safety Center, Aviation Scholarships

Textron Aviation released news of a recent order for 10 Cessna Skyhawks, destined for Kansas State University Salinea Aerospace and Technology Campus, bringing their total fleet to 20. “K-State” also owns Bonanzas, Barons, motorgliders, and sailplanes in their collection, all put to use in their Part 141 pilot training program. The Salina, Kansas school was one of the earliest participants in Textron’s Top Hawk program, receiving their position in 2015. Since then, they use their customized, branded Skyhawks for promotional activities and flight training. The United State Air Force (USAF) found itself short of its annual goal for 1,500 new pilots, as increased airline hiring and low retention draw away aviators towards other careers. The Air Education Training Command (AETC) is the center of USAF's efforts to create pilots fi

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

‘Adapt to Fly’ Scholarship from EAA Open for Applications

Organization Is Helping Pilots with Disabilities

The EAA fields a lot of calls through its volunteer aeromedical program, often asked about a variety of disabilities that some prospective aviators feel could prevent them from licensure. While some conditions do preclude students from attaining their desired level of training, many members are surprised to find out just how many can be overcome. Their newest effort to assist those with unique challenges is The Adapt to Fly Scholarship fund, designed to help those with disabilities enter the world of aviation. Totalling $5,000 through EAA’s Flight Training Scholarship Program, applications are accepted through November 1.

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Klyde Morris (10.22.21)

We're Not Sure That A Five-Stripe Uniform Will Fix Much, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

AZ AMO/Border Patrol EC120 and AS350 Rescue Distressed Hiker

A Yuma Air Branch EC120 Crew Conducted The Initial Aerial Patrol In The Mesquite Mountain Region

Air and Marine Operations (AMO) Yuma Air Branch aircrews and Ajo Station Border Patrol agents rescued an individual in distress in Southern Arizona on October 5. Recently, a Yuma Air Branch EC120 crew conducted an aerial patrol in the Mesquite Mountain region of Southwest Arizona. The pilot located a single male who appeared to be in distress, prompting a landing to assess the situation. An agent learned that the undocumented individual had been left behind by a group because he could not keep up, because of a foot injury.

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Life Link III Announces Plans for New Air Medical Base

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, Will Be The 11th Base

Life Link III plans to open a new base of operations in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in spring 2022. This new base, which marks the company’s eleventh helicopter base location throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, will provide additional air medical resources with industry-leading clinical capabilities to support Life Link III’s consortium member-owners and surrounding communities. “Together, Life Link III and Essentia, as well as our valued healthcare, public safety and EMS partners, will work collaboratively to ensure an unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and exceptional patient care.”

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Plug Power Invests in Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Airflow’s 9-Passenger Hauler to Come? 

Airflow, an AAM company working on their 4 and 9-passenger electric STOL aircraft, has announced a new investment from Plug Power Inc. Known for their hydrogen engines and mobility fueling systems, Plug will help in the development and certification of a hydrogen fuel cell for short haul regional aircraft. Their new agreement with Airflow is hoped to bring their ProGen hydrogen cells to a wider market of vehicles, later branching to a wide spectrum of missions and aircraft types in the aviation industry.

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Coast Guard MH-65 Medevacs Man From Fishing Vessel 40 Miles Off Baffin Bay, TX

Helicopter Crew Hoisted The Fishing Vessel’s Master, Who Was Experiencing Chest Pains

It's been yet another busy week for the air wing of the US Coast Guard. Afew days ago, the Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel 40 miles off Baffin Bay, Texas. Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a medevac request via VHF-FM channel 16 at 5:23 a.m. from the fishing vessel The Jake M stating the vessel's 58-year-old master was experiencing chest pains and an accelerated heart rate. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist.

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Sun, Oct 24, 2021

Classic Aero-TV At SnF21: Aviation Safety Resources Expands Its Parachute Empire

From SnF 2021: ASR Takes Over The Iconic Strong Enterprises Parachute Operation

Aviation Safety Resources has acquired Strong Enterprises, turning them into one of the world’s parachute technology powerhouses overnight. In addition to announcements in which ASR chutes will be included in a number of new airframes, the strong deal is a massive development in the civil, commercial, and military segments. ASR reached an agreement with Marcie LaVanway to acquire 100% of the stock of Strong Enterprises -- who designs, engineers, tests, and manufactures complete parachute systems.

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