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August 16, 2019

Airborne 08.16.19: Icon Crash Prelim, WingX Upgrade, SpaceX Starhopper

Also: AAIB Blames Carbon Monoxide, Praetor 500 Cert, SNC Selects ULA, Dickson on B737Max

Another Icon A5 accident has been reviewed by the NTSB.... Leading to questions about the airplane and the way this aircraft is being operated by the folks who supposedly know it. According to the Prelim, “The pilot rated passenger, who was seated in the left seat at the time of the accident, stated that 'the weather was not the best' and that the wind was shifting 180°. He said he told the pilot-in-command (PIC) this sentiment, and that it took four takeoff attempts to get airborne. After the second attempt, he said he told the PIC that it would not break his heart if they did not go. He said that the airplane felt very sluggish and acted as if it did not want to come off the wate

Five Finalists Named To Compete In AUVSI Innovation Challenge

Event Taking Place At Unmanned Systems – Defense. Protection. Security.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has named five startup companies as finalists in the Innovation Challenge at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems – Defense. Protection. Security. conference taking place at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT.

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VMS Eve Arrives 'Home' to Spaceport America

Chief Pilot Dave Mackay Talks About The Move...

This was a big week for Virgin Galactic... and VG's Chief Pilot described what was involved in conducting such a big move... "This week our mothership VMS Eve arrived home at Spaceport America in New Mexico. It’s another exciting step, bringing Virgin Galactic closer to starting commercial service. New Mexico is on track to become one of the very few places on this beautiful planet which regularly launches humans to space. We made the decision to move spaceline operations to Spaceport America after two successful spaceflights, which also created five new commercial astronauts. The most recent spaceflight in February saw Chief Astronaut Instructor, Beth Moses, become the first commercial astrona

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Bell 407GXi Earns IFR Certification

Certification Advances Bell's Single-Engine Aircraft To Support US Navy Trainer Replacement

Bell has announced that the FAA has issued an IFR STC for the Bell 407GXi. The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the US Navy's training helicopter. Bell's replacement bid offers a unique combination of capability, ease of transition, and low sustainment costs, giving the best value to the Navy. Should the Bell 407GXi be selected for the US Navy Advanced Helicopter Trainer program, the company plans to conduct final assembly of the aircraft in Ozark, Alabama.

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Commercial Crew Astronauts Conduct Additional Training Drills

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program Conducts Training At Solid Pace

SpaceX recently held a training event at its facility in Hawthorne, California for prelaunch operations with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley and ground operators for the company’s Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. The training provided an opportunity for the integrated team to dry run all of the activities, procedures and communication that will be exercised on launch day when a Crew Dragon spacecraft launches on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A in Florida.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. On Board Citation That Went Off Runway

No Injuries Reported In Tennessee Accident

Well-known racing personality, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife, were involved in an off-runway excursion that severely trashed a Cessna Citation, Thursday, but thankfully resulted in no serious injuries to those aboard. Among those reported on board, along with Earnhardt, were his wife and daughter. No other persons have thus far been reported to be on board the aircraft at the time of the incident, outside of the two pilots. The Citation experienced some as yet unknown difficulty after landing at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee. The aircraft was seen to go off the end of the runway, incur significant damage, and catch fire.

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Flightsafety Offers An Advanced G550 Course

Advanced Rejected Takeoff Go/No-Go Recurrent Course For Gulfstream G550

FlightSafety International now offers an Advanced Rejected Takeoff Go/No-Go Recurrent course for pilots who fly the Gulfstream G550 aircraft. "Our new Advanced Rejected Takeoff Go/No-Go Recurrent course is designed to review and reinforce the skills and lessons learned during the Initial course," said Dann Runik, Senior Vice President, Operations. "In addition to gaining proficiency in the Go/No-Go decision-making process, this invaluable course gives pilots another opportunity to fly their aircraft in the safe environment of a simulator under the high stress and demands of an emergency return to the airport after takeoff."

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United Airlines Increases 'Bottle to Throttle' Limits

No Drinking Allowed for 12 Hours Before Shift Starts

Few flyers have been in the business for long without hearing about there being at least an 8 hour bottle to throttle rule... and now United Airlines pilots have a few more hours to add to the formula. After recent bad press involving pilots suspected of being drunk or at least under the influence as they prepared to fly, United Airlines seems ready to set aside some additional boundaries to avoid further such temptations. They have good reason to be rethinking this strategy... in one of the most recent incidents, it was two of UA's pilots who wound up under arrest as they prepped for a scheduled FAR 121 flight from Scotland's Glasgow Airport to the US's Newark Airport, on August 3rd.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Congratulates Sierra Nevada

Selecting a Launch Provider for Dream Chaser Launches Is A Milestone

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) has congratulated Sierra Nevada Corp. on selecting United Launch Alliance (ULA) as the launch vehicle provider for the Dream Chaser spacecraft's six NASA cargo resupply and return missions to the International Space Station. Under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services 2 contract, in 2021, the Dream Chaser will deliver more than 12,000 pounds of pressurized and unpressurized cargo to the space station in 2021, and remains attached for up to 75 days as an orbiting laboratory.

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Vietnam Airlines Flies Its First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

Vietnamese Flag Carrier Puts Largest Dreamliner To Work

Boeing delivered the first of eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes to Vietnam Airlines today via lease from Air Lease Corporation. The Vietnamese flag carrier plans to put the 787-10 on the busiest routes in its network. "Welcoming the largest member of the 787 family to our growing fleet ensures we continue to boast one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia and also adds a competitive edge to Vietnam Airlines' operations. We appreciate the unbeatable efficiency performance with reduced fuel burn and outstanding passenger comfort and amenities," said Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines.

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Aero-TV: AirVenture Airshow - Airshow Beauty in Slow Motion

The Displays Never Fail To Amaze The AirVenture Audience
The world’s best aerobatic, military, and warbird pilots make Oshkosh a priority for their air show performance schedule because they have the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of their peers in the community, as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet.

Aero-TV: AirVenture Airshow - Airshow Beauty in Slow Motion

The Displays Never Fail To Amaze The AirVenture Audience

The world’s best aerobatic, military, and warbird pilots make Oshkosh a priority for their air show performance schedule because they have the opportunity to strut their stuff in front of their peers in the community, as well as perhaps the most aviation-savvy audience on the planet. AirVenture’s daily air shows feature a vast variety in today’s world of flight - precision aerobatics, the latest innovations, rare and unique flying examples, and history coming alive through warbird and vintage showcases.

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Blue Angels Report 'Minor' Mid-Air During Practice Session

...Though It's Hard To Think of ANY Mid-Air As 'Minor'

Somewhere, there are two US Navy Blue Angel pilots who possess some very capable rabbit's feet. The US Navy has confirmed that a Wednesday practice flight went awry when two Blue Angel F/A-18s came into contact with each other... thankfully, without any serious damage. Blue Angel Spokesperson, Lt. Michelle Tucker, described the incident on behalf of Rear Admiral Daniel Dwyer, chief of naval air training... "The No. 3 canopy made momentary contact with the underside of No. 1's outer wing during the Diamond 360 maneuver," she noted. The number one Blue Angel is flown by team Boss, Captain Eric Doyle, and there were no reported injuries... though the number 3 jet apparently got its canopy scratch

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Classic Aero-TV: Simply Extraordinary – The Wright B Flyer Program

Wright 'B' Flyer Organization Is Preserving Aviation History

Wright "B" Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer, membership-based, not-for-profit corporation located on the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Dayton, Ohio. They fly one Model B look-alike during the summer months, curate a hangar that doubles as a museum. The flying airplane, No. 001, is available for fly-overs and static displays at public and private events. Honorary Aviator Members, who pay the $100 membership fee, are eligible for a free orientation flight at the facility in Dayton. Experience the thrill of pioneer flight. You’ll sit ou

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Klyde Morris (08.16.19)

Klyde Looks Over Some GREAT Deals On A Used Airplane...


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Bell Announces 200th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X Delivery

200 Helis In A Little Over 2 Years...

Bell has confirmed delivery of the 200th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X to Austria-based operator Hubi-fly Helikopter GmbH. The aircraft will be used for corporate transport. The first delivery of the Bell 505 occurred in March 2017 to Pylon Aviation. The global fleet of 200 aircraft are flying across six continents. The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X was developed with the support of a customer advisory panel focused on honoring the legacy of the renowned Bell 206 Jet Ranger while enhancing performance, technology and cost of operations. The aircraft has continued to garner global attention from operators in a variety of segments including electronic news gathering, law enforcement, helicopter emergency medical services, corpo

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National Aviation Day and Open Cockpit at New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum is welcoming visitors to a National Aviation Day Celebration on Saturday, August 17th from 1000 to 1500

Established by President Roosevelt in 1939 to commemorate the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday, this year's event celebrates over one hundred years of New England aviation history. Join us for activities for children, families, and aviation enthusiasts of all ages. The program includes our popular Open Cockpit experiences in a variety of aircraft will be open for visitors including a WWII era fighter, helicopters and jet aircraft. The Museum also offer hands-on Build & Fly Challenge; interactive Flight Science Demonstrations; virtual flight simulators; and much more.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.16.19)

"The team did a great job ensuring the Bell 407GXi achieved the FAA's IFR certification necessary to meet all of the Navy's requirements. Bell is an instrumental part of the Navy's training program and has been for more than 50 years, and we look forward to continuing the tradition for the next generation of Naval Aviators."  Source: Bell's Mitch Snyder, president and CEO, commenting on the FAA issuance of an IFR STC for the Bell 407GXi. The certification is a requirement for the Navy Advanced Helicopter Training System competition, enabling the Bell 407GXi to replace the Bell TH-57 Sea Ranger as the US Navy's training helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.19): Axes Of An Aircraft

Three imaginary lines that pass through an aircraft’s center of gravity. The axes can be considered as imaginary axles around which the aircraft rotates. The three axes pass through the center of gravity at 90° angles to each other.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.16.19)

Zenith Aircraft: Oshkosh 2019 - Part One

Zenith Aircraft president Sebastian Heintz recounts his experiences at AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 on the company's blog. He says that one of his best memories of the show this year will stem from something that occurred while he was flying home.

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