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Wed, May 18, 2022

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.18.22)

“This was a major accomplishment by the ARRW team, for the weapons enterprise, and our Air Force. The team's tenacity, expertise, and commitment were key in overcoming the past year's challenges to get us to the recent success. We are ready to build on what we've learned and continue moving hypersonics forward.” Source: Brig. Gen. Heath Collins, Air Force Program Executive Officer for Weapons, commenting on the successful test of an AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon, or ARRW, off the Southern California coast, May 14.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

East Hampton Airport (HTO) In Crosshairs

NBAA And Stakeholders Go to Court To Stave Off East Hampton Airport Closure

The fate of the East Hampton airport (HTO), some 40nm west of the Long Island Mac Arthur airport, is not yet sealed as the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and other stakeholders have filed motions in the local district court to delay its closure. The Town of East Hampton’s 20-year grant-based obligations expired in September 2021, and the town of East Hampton ceased accepting federal grant funds.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation Announces New Leadership and Programs

Former Executive Director and Close Hoover Friend Again Takes The Reins Of Reinvigorated Foundation

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. He was a humble man despite his amazing achievements, and had no interest in personal memorials, or tributes to the past. Bob wanted his name, his memorabilia – in fact, all of his aviation assets – to be used to support the top quality preparation of tomorrow’s aviation leaders.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

Women’s Air Race Classic Set For 21-24 Jun 2022

Air Race Classic 2022 Coming To An Airport Near You

The 2022 Air Race Classic, begin in Lakeland Florida, and terminate in Terre Haute, Indiana during the timeframe 21-24 Jun 2022. This year, organizers have confirmed that 50 teams from 35 states, including 13 colleges/universities, and two teams with multi-generational members! Beginning at 0800 on day 1, 115 hopefuls will take to the skies, navigating some 2,548 miles across 12 states with 8 planned stops...

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Tue, May 17, 2022

Spirit’s No Means Maybe To JetBlue

JetBlue Refuses To Accept Spirit No Interested In Its Merger Offer

In what amounts to more ‘unwelcome advances’, it seems JetBlue is unwilling to accept that No means No. A few weeks ago we reported that Spirit and Frontier Airlines had come to an agreement to combine forces and capitalize on additional market reach, while retaining their respective identities, operational control, and neither having to jettison existing routing or staff.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

Aero-TV At SnF2022: ScaleWings Debuts Scale P51 For Kit Builders

ScaleWings’ SW51 Makes P51 Mustang Affordable At 70% Scale For About 6.5% of Mustang Price

Sebastian Glueck, Business Development Manager with Scale Wings began our conversation by stating “we finally made it to Sun and Fun 2022 in Lakeland.” ScaleWings, a company that hails from Germany, started around 2011 with an idea from its founder. The idea was to scale up replica of his remote-control (RC) aircraft that was precise in detail. He crowd-sourced a poll to determine which iconic aircraft he should up-Scale. The majority vote was for the P51 Mustang, so he began with pictures of a real Mustang, handcrafting molds for the aircraft that ended up being 70% true scale of the real Mustang. He persevered with exact detail, so that every split line, every rivet, and every screw is in the exact place. Luckily for them, the kit arrived in New York three days ago, they had it driven down to Florida, just in time t

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Tue, May 17, 2022

USAF Kolligian Trophy Awarded, For The First Time, To Female Aviator

Captain Bye’s A-10 Gun Experienced A Catastrophic Failure

“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 her capabilities as an aviator and her ability to maintain a level head. For her extraordinary skill and airmanship, Bye was awarded the 2020 Koren Kolligian, Jr. Trophy by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., at the Pentagon, May 11.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

NIFA SAFECON 2022 Results Are In

NIFA SAFECON 2022 Competition: Collegiate Flight Programs Win

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Safety And Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) 2022, hosted by the Ohio State University, has announced the winners of this year’s competition. The top 3 ‘Scoring Contestant’ schools and ‘Top Pilots’ were from: University of North Dakota (UND), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott (ERAU-P), and LeTourneau University-Longview (LU-L) respectively. Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation (SCAN): First and second place taken by UND with 3rd place by ERAU-P. First through third-place “team” Championship went to ERAU-P, UND, and LU-L respectively.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

FAA Issues Commercial Space Reentry Site Operator License for Huntsville Int'l

Permits The Airport To Offer Its Site For Sierra Space Dream Chaser Vehicles

The FAA is issuing a license to the Huntsville-Madison Airport Authority in Alabama to operate the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) as a commercial space reentry site. The license permits the airport to offer its site for Sierra Space Dream Chaser vehicles returning to Earth from future NASA resupply missions to the International Space Station. The Reentry Site Operator License is valid for five years.

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Tue, May 17, 2022

NTSB Prelim: Dietrich Ryan S-4 Coyote 1

Airplane Immediately Began A Right Roll When It Was Only A Few Feet Above The Ground

On April 8, 2022, about 1530 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Rans S4 Coyote 1, N3156D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Chula Vista, California. The pilot was the sole occupant and was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated that he completed a preflight inspection of the airplane with his mechanic and then started the airplane and taxied to runway 27. He aligned the airplane with the runway centerline and then gradually advanced the throttle for takeoff.

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