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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Blue Origin Announces Next Space Passengers For New Shepherd

Upcoming Human Flight Is Also Rumored To Be Interested In Flying William Shatner

Blue Origin has announced New Shepard’s 18th mission, NS-18, will lift off on Tuesday, October 12, carrying four astronauts to space and back, including Dr. Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, Vice-Chair, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Dassault Systèmes and co-founder, Medidata. The two other astronauts will be announced in the coming days (William Shatner???). Live launch coverage begins on BlueOrigin.com at T-60 minutes. Liftoff is currently targeted for 8:30 am CDT/ 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas.

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Airborne 09.27.21: Kirk in Space?, Flt Training Bill, Planes of Fame

Also: Rob Holland Wins Again, EAA On VA Flt Training Benefits, JetIn in MKE, Army Delays AWO Advancement

Captain Kirk May Soon Be Space Bound. A number of media outlets are reporting vague details about the possibility that Star Trek actor, William Shatner, (aka Captain James T Kirk) may be one of the next space tourist/passengers about an upcoming flight of a Blue Origin New Shepherd sub-orbital launch vehicle. Reportedly set for a mid-October launch, Shatner's flight may be the subject of a documentary that is still being shopped around to various outlets. A bipartisan amendment, introduced by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) and Representative Kai Kahele (D-HI), that would reverse the FAA’s recent policy on flight training has been accepted into the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment, which encompasses the Certainty for General Aviation Pilots Act of 2021, would negate the FAA’s recent pol

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Airborne 09.27.21: Kirk in Space?, Flt Training Bill, Planes of Fame

Also: Rob Holland Wins Again, EAA On VA Flt Training Benefits, JetIn in MKE, Army Delays AWO Advancement

Captain Kirk May Soon Be Space Bound. A number of media outlets are reporting vague details about the possibility that Star Trek actor, William Shatner, (aka Captain James T Kirk) may be one of the next space tourist/passengers about an upcoming flight of a Blue Origin New Shepherd sub-orbital launch vehicle. Reportedly set for a mid-October launch, Shatner's flight may be the subject of a documentary that is still being shopped around to various outlets. A bipartisan amendment, introduced by Representative Sam Graves (R-MO) and Representative Kai Kahele (D-HI), that would reverse the FAA’s recent policy on flight training has been accepted into the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment, which encompasses the Certainty for General Aviation Pilots Act of 2021, would negate the FAA’s recent pol

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 09.21.21: Autonomous Cert, CityHawk $$$, eStarling Test Flt

Also: Lilium Update, James Webb Space Telescope, Wingcopter, Skyworks Aeronautics eGyro

Merlin Labs shares that the certification basis for its takeoff to touchdown autonomy system has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in collaboration with the FAA. Merlin is now the first company to reach an agreement on an approach for the certification of aircraft autonomy, according to a media release. Following a crawl, walk, run approach, this system incorporates an onboard safety pilot who will continue to act as legal pilot in command. Urban Aeronautics Secures $10 Million Advance for CityHawk -- Israel-based aerospace company Urban Aeronautics has revealed the first $10 million towards their next round of funding. After the latest test flights in July ran smoothly, the company has demonstrated the capabilities of their eVTOL called the CityHawk. According to the company, investors in the US, Brazil and Israel participated in th

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Airborne-Flight Training 09.23.21: RedTail Flt Academy, Whirly-Girls, Pan Am

Also: Legacy Flight Training, New CAP-10C NG, EAA Ultralight/LSA Council, T-45 Loss

The RedTail Flight Academy celebrated the opening of its flight academy September 10th at New York Stewart International Airport. Honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the RedTail Flight Academy will train seven aspiring Black aviators from inadequately serviced communities. To strengthen the foundation of the Academy, original documented Tuskegee Airmen Lieutenant Colonel Enoch Woodhouse attended the opening to welcome the inaugural cadets, including three females and four males. The Academy strives to increase the percentage of non-Caucasion aviators from less than 2.5% represented in the military and the commercial space, to at least 4% in the next 10 years. Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund has announced the 2022 Whirly-Girls Scholarship offerings. This offering is the largest program in the helicopter industry. The scholarships will be awarded March 7, 2022

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Aero-TV At OSH21: ANN Speaks With Owner & Designer of Viking Aircraft Engines

Jan Eggenfellner Shares A Moment At Oshkosh To Talk Engines

ANN spoke with Jan Eggenfellner, Owner & Designer of Viking Aircraft Engines, at Oshkosh about the new technology they brought to the show in the form of two different engines: a 150 and a 195. Eggenfellner starts off the conversation by talking about the 150 Engine. “The 150 is still in production by Honda because that's what we do, convert Honda engines for aircraft. The engine comes from the Honda HR-V, which is a very popular Honda car,” Eggenfellner explains.

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Gulfstream Delivers 50th Gulfstream G600

The G600 Can Travel 6,600 Nautical Miles At Mach 0.85 And 5,600 NM At Mach 0.90

Gulfstream has delivered its 50th Gulfstream G600. The aircraft was delivered to a North America-based customer. “With every new customer delivery, operators around the world are experiencing the tremendous benefits of the G600,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The G600 dominates the sweet spot of range, speed, cabin comfort and fuel-efficiency, and overwhelming market enthusiasm is exceeding even our own high expectations.”

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

First Flight Society Offers Chance to Fly in a WWII P-51

2021 Fundraising Sweepstakes Offers MAJOR Prize!

The First Flight Society is getting a lot of attention with their latest sweepstakes program. They offer the chance to fly in the same type of aircraft as some of their First Flight Society Honorees such as the "Red Tail" Tuskegee airmen, including General Benjamin Davis, USAF and B/Gen. Charles McGee, USAF, as well as other Honorees, Col. Jacqueline Cochran, USAF (Former WASP), Maj/Gen. Robert White, USAF, and B/Gen. Charles Yeager, USAF!

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Boom Times On The Horizon For BizJet Builders?

A 'Hot' New Report Recently Released By Brian Foley Associates

If patience is a virtue, then business jet makers are the most virtuous of all, having waited some 13 years until now to proclaim that business is booming once again. Back in 2008, the industry delivered over 1,300 shiny new aircraft worldwide. Following the 2008-09 Great Recession, that figure atrophied to just half that amount annually, around where it still remains today. But that’s all about to change. Call them one of the late beneficiaries of the pandemic. For 2020, which included the depths of the pandemic, the industry actually had 20% fewer aircraft deliveries than the previous year, an anemic level not seen since 2004. This was brought on by a combination of factory shutdowns, supplier hiccups and buyers waiting for economic confidence before plunking down millions on a new jet.

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Tue, Sep 28, 2021

Klyde Morris (09.27.21)

Klyde Should Have Known Better by Now...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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