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Tue, May 26, 2020

Airborne 05.22.20: 6-Place Bearhawk!, Virgin Orbit Launch, Cessna SkyCourier

Also: SpaceX Demo-2, Hurricane Hunters, NASA Remembers Annie Glenn, Gulfstream G280 Record

Bearhawk Aircraft has announced the introduction of its largest Bearhawk model to date, the Bearhawk 5. The new aircraft was designed by engineer Bob Barrows and is the first in the lineup of Bearhawk aircraft to use a 300-horsepower engine, seating up to six occupants. The Bearhawk Model 5 made its first flight on May 3rd. The prototype has flown more than five hours in testing and is exhibiting excellent flight characteristics. The Bearhawk Model 5 has been under development for two years. Our friends at Virgin Orbit have released details about Virgin Orbit's first attempt to launch a payload into space from a cradle slung underneath a modified Boeing 747. They seem pretty excited... "We are extremely excited to announce that the window for our Launch Demo mission starts on Sunday, May 24th, and extends th

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Klyde Morris (05.26.20)

Klyde Just Can't Get Over Being A Space-Geek

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: Team Aerostars - New Extras Upgrade Team's Performance

From 2019: Yak 52s Have Been Replaced With Extra Aerobatic Airplanes For 2019

The Phillips 66 Aerostars have been performing together, side by side at around 250 mph, for more than a decade, and the story of how the team came to be is like so many other such stories ... it happened almost by accident. Team member Paul "Rocket" Hornick told that story to Aero-News at AirVenture 2019. Essentially, Harvey "Boss" Meek was looking to buy an aerobatic airplane, and answered an ad for a Pitts for sale. But through a sequence of events that you'll have to watch the video to learn, he wound up forming the Aerostars with Dave "Cupid" Monroe flying Yak-52s. The team flew as a three-ship operation until last year, when Gerry "Fossil" Molidor joined the team in the slot position.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Destination Aviation Summer Camp Goes Online

Content Designed For Campers 11-17 Years Old

The Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc has announced that it will host its Destination Aviation Summer Camp for participants online for the summer of 2020. The ACE Team will be delivering content designed for campers 11-17 years old covering aviation lessons, field trips, and interviews with aerospace professionals. It is scheduled to begin June 15th, and take up six weeks. Destination Aviation Virtual Summer Camp is FREE for all to participate with the online lessons, virtual field trips and interviews with aviation professionals. Those interested in a more robust experience can order a Summer Camp Kit.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

AMA Staying Active In 'DC' Despite Pandemic Issues

AMA Offers A Government Affairs Update

Our friends at AMA remain busy trying to keep the more ignorant factions of our government from doing any more damage to the model aviation community and those who progress into aviation, after climbing the ladder to "the big stuff" from their model plane days. AMA's Government Affairs team reports that they continue to work with Congress and the FAA despite the ongoing pandemic.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

ALPA: New 5G Towers Put Essential Aviation Safety Feature at Risk

Says FCC 'Must Reverse Harmful Decision'

ALPA has called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reconsider a recent decision that threatens the safe operation of Global Positioning System (GPS) aviation communication, navigation, and surveillance services. In its Petition for Reconsideration, ALPA called the Commission’s Ligado Networks decision “arbitrary, irrational, and unsupported on any logical basis by the record.”

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Navy Laser v Drone... Drone Loses

USS Portland Conducts Laser Weapon System Demonstrator Test

Amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland (LPD 27) successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with a Solid State Laser - Technology Maturation Laser Weapon System Demonstrator (LWSD) MK 2 MOD 0 on May 16. LWSD is a high-energy laser weapon system demonstrator developed by the Office of Naval Research and installed on Portland for an at-sea demonstration. LWSD's operational employment on a Pacific Fleet ship is the first system-level implementation of a high-energy class solid-state laser. The laser system was developed by Northrup Grumman, with full System and Ship Integration and Testing led by NSWC Dahlgren and Port Hueneme. 

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Tue, May 26, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Maule MT-7

Aircraft Lost Over The Atlantic, Without Recovery

On March 23, 2020, at 2103 eastern daylight time, a Maule MT-7-235 airplane, N899ZZ, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in the Atlantic Ocean near Swansboro, North Carolina. The pilot and the passenger were presumed fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The pilot held a private pilot certificate for single-engine airplanes with an instrument rating. According to fuel receipts and the manager of the Orangeburg Municipal Airport (OGB), Orangeburg, South Carolina, the airplane and pilot were based at the OGB airport, and at 1820 the pilot added about 40 gallons of 100-low lead fuel to the accident airplane.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

AD: Certain Learjet Inc. Model 60 airplanes

AD 2020-11-04 Issued To Mitigate Failure Of The Engine Thrust Reverser System

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet Inc. Model 60 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a reverse thrust command accelerating the airplane instead of decelerating the airplane. The acceleration with reverse thrust commanded occurred when the thrust reverser doors were in the stowed position instead of the deployed position. This AD requires installing a thrust reverser (T/R) Voice Command Warning System (VCWS) to alert the crew of a T/R malfunction. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective June 25, 2020.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

AD: Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B

AD 2020-11-05 Requires Repetitive Inspections Of The Tail Rotor Hub Body

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of recurrent loss of tightening torque on several attachment bolts of the tail rotor hub body. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the tail rotor hub body for cracks and applicable corrective actions if necessary, and repetitive replacement of the attachment bolts, washers, and nuts of the tail rotor hub body. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective June 8, 2020.

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