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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne 05.20.22: Jessica Cox v JFK, Starliner!, AF Goes Hypersonic

Also: CAF B-25 Miss Mitchell, Centenarian Skydive, USAF & Drone Racers, S Korea Bell 505s

A model-C Ercoupe, N26R, owned and operated by Jessica Cox of ‘RightFooted International’  and motivational documentary ‘RightFooted’, was almost destroyed in the brief minutes it sat on the ramp at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The source of the destructive force was a business jet performing a 360-degree turn in the vicinity of the Ercoupe. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is FINALLY in orbit, heading for the International Space Station following the launch Thursday of the next-generation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on a mission designed to test the end-to-end capabilities of the crew-capable system as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. A USAF B-52H Stratofortress successfully released an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, off the Southern

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne 05.18.22: Hoover Foundation, East Hampton Battle, Paper Airplanes

Also: NIFA SAFECON 2022, KC-46 Completes Record, Drone Fishing, Spirit’s No Means Maybe

The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, established by the late Bob Hoover and his closest friends, is pushing past the woes of the pandemic and announcing new leadership as well as an aggressive new set of priorities... with more to come. Prior to his passing, Bob formed the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation. He did so for one purpose: to contribute to the growth and betterment of aviation in perpetuity. ANN CEO, Jim Campbell, will again serve as the BHLF Executive Director, as well as taking a seat on the Foundation's board. The fate of the East Hampton airport (HTO), some 40nm west of the Long Island Mac Arthur airport, is not yet sealed as NBAA and other stakeholders have filed motions in the local district court to delay its closure and seen some temporary success. The Town of East Hampton’s 20-year grant-based obligations expired in September 2021, and

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne 05.23.22: STOL Tragedy, GAMA Report 1Q/22, ALPA v Age Increases

Also: Young Eagles 30th Anniversary, Pilot Recovering From Caravan Incident, Frontier And Spirit, Hartzell Engine Seminars

The GA STOL competition phenomena has become all the rage across America... Unfortunately; a Nebraska STOL event, undertaken by MayDay STOL Drag Races, has resulted in a fatal accident to one of its registered participants. Shortly after the accident, the event organizers noted that, "On May 20, 2022, around 645 p.m, a pilot crashed on final approach at the Wayne Airport in Wayne, Nebraska and had what appeared to be a stall spin accident..." GAMA has published the First Quarter 2022 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report. GAMA notes that, “It is especially encouraging to see piston airplane deliveries continue their positive trajectory and exceed last year’s numbers as well as the first quarter numbers of 2020 and 2019. This report shows increasing light airplane deliveries from a number of compani

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne 05.16.22: Enstrom Bought-Again, Republic v FAA, NTSB Blames FAA

Also: FAA Funds Airport Improvements, WAI Membership Changes, USCG On Launches, United Airlines

Chuck Surack, founder of Surack Enterprises, has announced that he has purchased The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation of Menominee, Michigan, to rebuild the Enstrom brand into one of the leading American-made helicopter manufacturers as it once was. In a letter to the Enstrom leadership team, Surack shared his appreciation to the employees for their devotion and dedication over the years and particularly during the last few difficult months. For some time, Republic Airways has enjoyed a not so favorable opinion in the “Low Time” flying community due to reports of it allegedly engaging in second-in-command (SIC) operations on its single-pilot fleet, and those SIC’s later discovering that their ‘logged time’ is invalid and cannot be applied to flight experience for their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating. Well, those woes m

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne-UnCrewed 05.24.22: USAF and DRL, Amazon Drones, UK’s ‘Angel’

Also: Pilotless Airplane--Oooppps, Surf Air Mobility, Starliner Docks, Easy Aerial

The United States Air Force (USAF) and the Drone Racing League (DRL) have apparently expanded their efforts to accelerate the recruiting and training of drone pilots, in the hopes of supplying new talent to the USAF. For the past five seasons, the USAF has renewed its partnership with the DRL, capitalizing on the latter’s expertise in marketing and attracting talent for its annual first-person view (FPV) drone racing competitions. Amazon received Part 135 Air Carrier Certification in August 2020. In Jun 2021, an Amazon ‘Prime Air’ drone crashed in eastern Oregon, sparking 25+ acre fire. Another test flight weeks later resulted in a crash when the drone’s motors failed in flight, causing it to hurtle 150+ feet to the ground. The MK27 drones they seem to favor weigh almost 90lbs, and have the potential to cause significant injury or possibly d

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne-UnCrewed 05.17.22: FAA Diverts eVTOL, DJI’s Mini Pro 3, Drone Fishing!

Also: Pentagon Cooks Drones, Paper Wings, Wingcopter 198, Joby Testing Noise

Recognizing the importance of keeping abreast of the technological developments in the industry, the FAA is reconsidering its approach to the certification of eVTOLs. On 16 December 2016, the FAA published the final rule representing an overhaul of airworthiness standards for GA airplanes, specifically in an attempt to enable faster adoption of “innovative safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes, while reducing costs for the aviation industry.” DJI recently launched its DJI Mini 3 Pro, a palm-able device weighing a tad over 0.5 lbs, featuring tri-directional obstacle sensing, true vertical shooting, focus track, and 4K HDR video. DJI promises extended flight time of just over 30 minutes, however, with the Intelligent Flight Battery Plus, you may expect a bit above 45 minutes. The Hawaiian fishing community is awaiting the outcome of Governor David

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Airborne-Flight Training 05.19.22: Republic SIC, USAF Kolligian, Pilot Shortage

Also: Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Women’s Air Race Classic, NIFA SAFECON 2022, Oshkosh Pilot Proficiency Center

For some time, Republic Airways has enjoyed a not so favorable opinion in the “Low Time” flying community due to reports of it allegedly engaging in second-in-command (SIC) operations on its single-pilot fleet, and those SIC’s later discovering that their ‘logged time’ is invalid and cannot be applied to flight experience for their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) rating. Well, those woes may soon come to an end if Republic Airways gets its way. “Where’s the ground? Where’s the ground?” No one wants to ask this question while flying. For Capt. Taylor Bye, an A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 23rd Wing at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, this question blared through her mind when she faced a looming crisis during a routine training sortie two years ago. The experience tested

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Aero-TV At SnF2022: Titan Aircraft Shows off Scaled T-51

Titan Aircraft’s T-51 “Rooster” 75% Scale, 100% Fun

Mr. Len Bechtold, Titan T-51 Builder and Driver shared some details with us regarding the “ROOSTER” (FF-582) on display at Sun n Fun 2022. He began by stating that Titan Aircraft manufactures the kits for these aircraft, three quarter scale Mustangs. They are two-seaters with a variety of engine options, such as Rotax, up to this engine; this airplane has a Chevy LS3 V-8. There's a current engine of choice for each airplane. He further stated that, “It's an all-metal airplane that comes as a kit that’s highly fabricated. Many of the difficult-to-make parts are already done at the factory”.

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Tue, May 24, 2022

Frontier Airlines Gains Pipeline To UND

Frontier Airlines Taps University of North Dakota To Supply Pilots

Frontier Airlines has established an agreement with the University of North Dakota (UND) to supply its pilot pipeline. As part of the agreement, UNDs aviation students can interview for a job with Frontier prior to graduation and, train with Frontier, return to UND to provide advanced instruction, then proceed with their career progression with Frontier Airlines.

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Tue, May 24, 2022

NAA Honors Largest Skydive & Canopy Records

NAA Honors Largest Heads-Up Skydive And Night Canopy World Records

Earlier this month, following a two-year COVID-induced absence, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), official record keeper for U.S. Aviation, out of a pool of 234 records, honored two very memorable record-setting events: the largest head-up formation (HUF) skydive and the largest canopy formation at night (CFN). On the international level, Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) recognized and ratified these and other records.

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