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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Airborne 06.27.22: Sully Quits ICAO, Archer Flies, AEA Prizes

Also: Aerobility, Universal Avionics SkyVis, Eurofighter Buy, CA Crazies V Airlines

Chesley Burnett "Sully" Sullenberger III, the pilot who safely landed a US Airways Airbus A320 on the Hudson River after the aircraft was damaged by multiple bird-strikes, is stepping down from his position as U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization. Sullenberger was confirmed to the ICAO ambassadorship in December, 2021 and presented his credentials to ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar Gómez in February, 2022. He gave no reason for stepping down from the post. Archer Aviation, the San Jose, CA-based designer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, reports flight-tests of its Maker demonstrator aircraft are proceeding apace. Most recently, the test program saw the first use of the company’s Tilt Propeller System (TPS), which actively controls Maker in hover. To help owners of general aviation aircra

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Airborne 06.29.22: Disabled Pilots, Velocity 6-Seat, MH-60 Jayhawk Rescue

Also: Bombardier Contract, Embraer E-Jet Freighter, 122nd Fighter Wing, Virgin Orbit Launch Window

Justin Falls, a full-time pharmacist is converting and customizing a Zenith STOL CH-750 to hand controls. Justin intends to purchase the customized CH 750, and plans to share his airplane with fellow pilots. Incidentally, Justin is a quadriplegic, a pilot, and by all accounts, a darned good one. Recently, Justin did some flying with fellow-pilot and eminently able paraplegic John Robinson. The occasion may well have marked history’s first instance of what Justin called, “ … a quadriplegic pilot and a paraplegic pilot get out of their wheelchairs, squeeze into a small airplane together, and take to the sky." Velocity Aircraft has some big plans in the works. Big, in this instance, pertains to the six-place iteration the company is developing of its popular, four-place, V-Twin aircraft. Stretching a fiberglass / carbon-composite air

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Airborne-Flight Training 06.23.22: Space Training, Piedmont-ALPA, OSH22 PPC

Also: Second Denali, Pilot Frustrations, BMFA Centennial, Opposition to Republic Bid

Sierra Space is creating an astronaut training program comprising a commercial human spaceflight training center and astronaut training academy at its offices at the Kennedy Space Center. The program, which will be headed-up by former NASA astronaut and Sierra Space president Janet Kavandi (pictured), will recruit, train and prepare an astronaut corps requisite the commercialization of space. Piedmont Airlines, Inc.—the American regional airline and wholly owned subsidiary of the American Airlines Group—has reached an agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The deal will see Piedmont pilots substantially exceed their regional peers in both pay and benefits. Voting members of ALPA’s Master Executive Council (MEC) unanimously agreed to accept the contract extension, which increases first year Captain pay from $78/hr to $146/hr, and

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Aero-TV: PBY Catalina -- From Wartime to Double Sunrises to the Long Sunset

Before They’re All Gone...

Humankind has been messing about in airplanes for almost 120-years. In that time, thousands of aircraft representing innumerable technologies, design philosophies, and aspirations both noble and contemptible have been built and flown. Airshows—the good ones—are lenses into aviation’s past. Events like AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun, and Frontiers in Flight afford modern audiences glimpses of aircraft that shaped the world in war, and brought it together in peace.

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Airborne-UnCrewed 06.28.22: Archer Maker, H55 Electric, Wingcopter Expands

Also: HAV Airlander Airships, Skystar-330 Aerostat, Psyche Asteroid Mission, BMFA Centennial

Archer Aviation, the San Jose, CA-based designer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, reports flight-tests of its Maker demonstrator aircraft are proceeding apace. Most recently, the test program saw the first use of the company’s Tilt Propeller System (TPS), which actively controls Maker in hover. The system, which facilitates transition from hover to wing-borne flight, comprises a series of independent actuators, sensors, and software that articulates the vehicle’s forward six propellers relative its single, high-mounted wing. H55, the Swiss producer of electric propulsion technology, has been awarded its design organization approval (DOA) from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The measure follows the granting of the company’s production organization approval (POA) by the Swiss Federal Office for C

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2022 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

Oshkosh, to us, seems the perfect place to get started on watching aviation recover the past couple of years... and so ANN is putting EXTRA effort and resources into our coverage of Oshkosh 2022... just a little over 70 days hence. We are now starting the process to seek talented stringers to help us present Oshkosh and the sport and general aviation community to the world around us. If you ever thought about joining us, this is THE year to do it.

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Airborne 06.24.22: Helicopter SAF, Evergreen 747 4 $ale, Federal Air Marshals

Also: Lunar Fission Reactor, Hawker Hunter Incident, HAV Airlander Airships, Honda and FlightSafety

An Airbus H225 has performed the word’s first helicopter flight powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The flight, which saw both the H225’s Safran Makila 2 engines powered by SAF, follows a November 2021 undertaking in which an H225 flew with one of its Makila 2 engines operating on SAF and the other on conventional jet fuel. The flights are part of an ongoing campaign to understand the impact of SAF use on aircraft gas-turbine systems. McMinnville, Oregon—famed UFO hotbed and Spruce Goose roost—will host a unique foreclosure auction. The property in question is neither a house, nor an automobile, nor even a collection of Richard Nixon campaign buttons; rather it’s a derelict Boeing 747 that’s been parked in front of the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum for eight years. The Federal Air Marshal Ser

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Airborne 06.22.22: Fire Boss!, BGen McGee Laid To Rest, Buttigieg Threats

Also: Hartzell M20M/TLS/Bravo Prop, Stratolaunch 7th, Radar-Altimeter Concerns, Sierra Space

At this year’s Aerial Fire Fighting conference in Nimes, France, Fire Boss LLC signed a historic fleet order with Air Tractor Europe. The Fire Boss is a modified AT802F, manufactured by Air Tractor. The order consists of eight Fire Bosses with an option for an additional eight. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2022. Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and Air Force legend, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington June 17. Along with his family and distinguished guests, many senior military leaders attended the service to bid a final farewell to the historic figure. McGee’s aviation career began on Oct. 26, 1942, after he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a pilot. He would fly 108 combat missions throughout Europe during World War II. The federal government could take action against U.S. airli

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Klyde Morris (06.27.22)

Klyde's Not Too Impressed With These Passengers, Either

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Expanding Our Vast Horizons... ANN Now Available on Roku and FireTV!

And That's But One Of Over A Dozen Major Developments Planned For The Next Year Or So

Aero-News Network is now available on Roku and Amazon FireTV! That’s right folks. You can now get your daily dose of aviation news… right on the ol' giggle box! This is an EPIC development for our network, one of many to come, and we’re thrilled to offer you this new way to watch our news programming. Whether you’re a traditional website reader, podcast listener, or YouTube subscriber, we’re dedicated to giving you quality, honest, aviation news that you can trust and broadening our reach and audience aggressively in the coming years, so that we may both Grow and Inform the aviation and aerospace world.

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