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Tue, May 26, 2020

Virgin Orbit Addresses Failure of First Launch Attempt

The Valiant Attempt To Reach Orbit Also Recognized and Lauded by SpaceX' Elon Musk

It was not the best of days for the team at Virgin Orbit, but it was an educational one. After having to scrub a launch attempt on Sunday, May 24th, due to sensor issues, the VO team, finally had the chance to launch a rocket from the belly of their 747 carrier aircraft, 'Cosmic Girl' on Memorial Day. However; while they finally had the chance to release a rocket in real life, things went bad shortly thereafter. The LauncherOne liquid-fueled two-stage rocket angled skyward about 27°, as expected, at the moment of release. After a 4-second freefall, the first stage engine, NewtonThree, was supposed to ignite and allow the vehicle to accelerate to more than 8,000 miles per hour before staging and allowing the second stage to finish the trip to orbit. It was supposed to... but like many things in rocket testing, it didn't.

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Airborne-Flight Training 05.20.20: Sporty's Resumes, RRA Motor-Glider, Texas A/C

Also: EAA Confirms COVID-19 SFAR Problems, Tech School Revoked, Rudy Frasca Goes West, FAA Examiner Bribe Attempt

We’re a few steps closer to ‘normalcy.’ With many Ohio businesses open and others preparing for a restart, Sporty's Academy tells us they have resumed training operations last week. Sporty's maintenance staff has carefully examined the entire fleet and cleared each aircraft for return to service, but also notes that each pilot should do the same for themselves as they prepare to return to the flight deck. In light of the new reality, Sporty's has made changes. Getting a pilot’s license is expensive... right? I mean, WAY EXPENSIVE... like over $10K or something... or so they tell us. Well... maybe not. Right Rudder Aviation of Florida’s Inverness Airport (KINF) looked over the regs and then looked over at their Pipistrel Motor-Glider and realized that a gli

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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

Airborne-Unmanned 05.14.20: DJI Matrice 300 RTK, Human Rights Watch, VOLY M20

Also: Dive Delivery, Wingcopter Emergency Delivery, MQ-8C Fire Scout, Remote ID Development

DJI has unveiled what they call their most advanced commercial drone platform, the Matrice 300 RTK (M300 RTK), and the Zenmuse H20 Series - a hybrid, multi-sensor camera. The M300 RTK integrates advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional Sensing and Positioning System, a UAV health management system, and 55 minutes' flight time. Alongside AES-256 encryption and an IP45 weather resistant enclosure, the drone platform comes built-in with an all-new OcuSync Enterprise transmission system The M300 RTK can support up to 3 payloads simultaneously and has a maximum payload capability of up to 2.7 kg. In support of Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world, Parrot has announced that it will provide the organization with its ANAFI drones and advanced software and technical

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Tue, May 26, 2020

Aero-Biz Survival 101: A Few Initial Ideas To Stay 'Alive' During the Pandemic

Avoid The Need For A Comeback... Get Your Marketing Right, Right Now!

Some time ago, the Aero-News Network, responding to numerous requests, established a marketing and communications sister company by the name of AEROPRENEUER... and it's been doing amazing work under these difficult circumstances -- and getting results! We're getting rave reviews from our clients, and working hard to earn the trust of a number of new marketing partners along the way. ANN's Amber Cedroni has come up with a few tips to help aero-businesses stay alive in these tough times, and will reach out each week to offer you all a few more from here on out... With millions of people forced to shelter in place, the digital market has a new “captive audience” to entertain. While many people may not be making big purchases, there is still an opportunity to take advantage of this time and ensure that your brand survives this pandemic. Th

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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

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

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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