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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Navy Researchers Use Flying Lab to Study Effects of Wildfire Smoke

Specially-Equipped Dehavilland Twin Otter UV-18a Aircraft Utilized

As the recent Monterey county wildfires burned more than 150,000 acres, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) researchers took to the local skies in a specially-equipped DeHavilland Twin Otter UV-18A aircraft, basically a flying laboratory full of scientific instruments, to research the effects that smoke has on the atmosphere to help better understand how smoke can affect optical and infrared sensor performance, and to test how well Navy aerosol models do in predicting smoke conditions. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, NPS’ aerial researchers from the Department of Meteorology’s Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely Piloted Aircraft Studies (CIRPAS) and Airborne Research Facility had not flown a research mission, that is, until these wildfires presented a key opportunity for study that could lead to improved naval operations.

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Air Force Selects Kirtland AFB for AC-130J Formal Training Unit

This Realignment Includes Seven Aircraft And 372 Positions

The Air Force selected Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico as the preferred location for the relocation of the AC-130J Ghostrider Formal Training Unit from Hurlburt Field, Florida. This action allows for Air Force Special Operations Command to realign its training mission under Air Education and Training Command and consolidate AC-130 initial and mission qualification training at Kirtland AFB. This realignment includes seven aircraft and 372 positions.

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Classic Aero-TV: High-Speed Match-up - Venom and GE Rebirth A Legend

From 2017: Major Engine Supplier Joins Forces With Small Aircraft Manufacturer…

GE recently made an agreement with Venom Aircraft to supply engines for the kit-built airplane which the company hopes can gain some traction in the military and para-military market. Roy Plackis, Director of Operations for Venom Aerospace, told ANN news editor Tom Patton at Sun 'n Fun in April that the engine that is being offered with the airplane is a GE H-80 family engine producing 750 horsepower. It will cruise at 350 knots, and will climb anywhere between 6,000 and 6,500 feet per minute, Plackis said.

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

NTSB Prelim: Piper PA32

Airplane Experienced A Loss Of Engine Power Shortly After Takeoff

On November 8, 2020, about 1430 Eastern Standard Time, a Piper PA-32-300 airplane, N33DW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Circleville, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to initial information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the airplane experienced a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff. Due to the low altitude during the loss of engine power, the pilot performed a forced landing straight ahead and came to rest in a field.

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.20)

Aero Linx: The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) is a non-profit war veterans organization filed under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service. It's missions it to enhance and accredit the cohesiveness, esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era. Further; tTo seek out, using whatever means available, individuals who piloted rotary wing aircraft in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era and inform them of the existence of the VHPA and encourage all eligible individuals to become members.

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.20): Computer Navigation Fix (CNF)

Computer Navigation Fix (CNF) A Computer Navigation Fix is a point defined by a latitude/longitude coordinate and is required to support Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) operations. A five-letter identifier denoting a CNF can be found next to an “x” on en route charts and on some approach charts. Eventually, all CNFs will be labeled and begin with the letters “CF” followed by three consonants (e.g., ‘CFWBG’). CNFs are not recognized by ATC, are not contained in ATC fix or automation databases, and are not used for ATC purposes. Pilots should not use CNFs for point-to-point navigation (e.g., proceed direct), filing a flight plan, or in aircraft/ATC communications. Use of CNFs has not been adopted or recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Aero-FAQ: Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories -- ITBOA BNITBOB

Dave Juwel's Aviation Marketing Stories

ITBOA BNITBOB ... what does that mean? It's not gibberish, it's a lengthy acronym for "In The Business Of Aviation ... But Not In The Business Of Business."

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Fri, Nov 27, 2020

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.27.20)

“I invite everyone from all around the world to tune in with us to celebrate the people who played a major part in the world of air sports and beyond. The FAI Awards Ceremony is such an important fixture in our calendar that we were determined to organise it despite the pandemic. In a sense, it has been a chance to be creative and to present the FAI Awards in a fresh way.” Source: FAI President Bob Henderson, in commenting on the traditional FAI Awards Ceremony having been moved online and converted into an Awards Announcement due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event will be broadcast on Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 19:00 UTC on the FAI General Conference event website and on the FAI Youtube Channel.

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Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Milestone: 100 Falcon 9 Launches, Seventh Use of First Stage Booster

Falcon 9 Is Powered By 9 Merlin Engines

On Tuesday, November 24 at 9:13 p.m. EST, SpaceX launched its sixteenth Starlink mission from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The Falcon 9 first stage rocket booster that supported this mission previously flew on six other missions: the Telstar 18 VANTAGE mission in September 2018, the Iridium-8 mission in January 2019, and four Starlink missions in May 2019, January 2020, June 2020, and August 2020. Following stage separation, SpaceX landed Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which was located in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Thu, Nov 26, 2020

GEICO Skytypers To Be Featured At The Sun ‘n Fun Holiday Flying Festival

The Team Will Be Conducting Media Flights And Photo Opportunities

The World Famous GEICO Skytypers will make a cameo appearance during SUN ‘n FUN’s upcoming Holiday Flying Festival and Car Show. The team makes the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus their winter home for training and maintenance. While they will not be flying their demonstration in the airshows, the team will be conducting media flights and photo opportunities during the weekend. “We support SUN ‘n FUN, and their mission at the Aerospace Center for Excellence is something we really think is very valuable,” said Larry Arken, Skytypers Team Lead and Commanding Officer. “We are very pleased to be able to attend and see our fans here in Florida!”

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