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January 24, 2021

Win An Election... Get A Moon Rock

NASA Lends Moon Rock for Oval Office Display

You know that NASA has some fears over the future of established programs when they're willing to let go of a Moon Rock... to decorate the new President's office. So... In symbolic recognition of earlier generations’ ambitions and accomplishments, and support for America’s current Moon to Mars exploration approach, a Moon rock now sits in the Oval Office of the White House. At the request of the incoming Biden Administration, NASA loaned the Moon rock that was put on display in the Oval Office Jan. 20. It is from the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston...

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Royal Canadian Air Force Conducts Fighter Training in the High Arctic

Conducted Arctic Patrols Up The North-East Side Of Baffin Island

From January 18 to 20, 2021, as part of the Canadian Armed Forces’ ongoing commitment to an enduring presence in the furthest reaches of the Arctic, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) conducted High Arctic air training involving two CF-18 Hornet fighters and one CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refueling aircraft operating from Iqaluit, Nunavut. The training saw CF-18 fighter jets from Bagotville, Quebec rendezvous with a CC-150T Polaris air-to-air refueler over Baffin Bay where they successfully conducted air-to-air refueling before continuing North for the remainder of the mission conducting an Arctic patrol up the North-East side of Baffin Island, in the vicinity of Nanisivik, Nu

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2021 Tinker Air and Space Show Cancelled

Another Airshow Falls To Concerns Over COVID

Tinker AFB's 2021 Air and Space Show has been cancelled. The show, featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, was originally scheduled for June 19-20. Due to the continued battle against COVID-19 and the high number of cases in Oklahoma that continues rising every month, Tinker Air Force Base officials report that they made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Tinker Air and Space Show. “We explored a number of alternatives, but after careful consideration, we simply cannot execute a worthwhile event that would not potentially endanger both the community and members of Tinker Air Force Base,” Installation Commander Col. Paul Filcek said in a message to the workforce.

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Liberty University Names New Dean for School of Aeronautics

Has Served At Liberty University Since 2012

Liberty University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Scott Hicks has appointed Dr. Rick Roof, Dean for the School of Aeronautics -- one of the largest faith-based collegiate aviation programs in North America. Roof brings a vast amount of industry and education experience to the School of Aeronautics. After serving nine years in the Air Force as an avionics technician and operations researcher, Roof spent 20 years in senior positions in information technology, manufacturing, and publishing. He led an internet start-up company and was president and CEO of a specialized air carrier.

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EAA Undertakes AeroEducate Initiative

'Next Step' For Direct Youth Aviation Education

EAA has introduced AeroEducate -- which they hope will bring an interactive, educational, and engaging experience to young people ages 5 to 18 beginning in 2021. AeroEducate's web-based resource provides clear, age-appropriate pathways to aviation and aerospace engagement, and even career paths. A multitude of turnkey, easy-to-use aviation-themed activities for teachers and EAA chapters can be used at sites ranging from classrooms to EAA chapter hangars.

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Classic Aero-TV: Textron's Double Threat--Denali and Sky Courier Program Updates

From 2019: Mockups Of Two New Turboprop Products Displayed At NBAA

Textron Aviation displayed mockups of its two new turboprop airplanes at NBAA 2019; the Denali and The Sky Courier. The Denali features the widest cabin cross-section in the segment, providing passengers with additional head and shoulder room — and more room for cargo and baggage. Taking cues from design elements found in Textron Aviation’s large-cabin business jets, Denali delivers a new standard of luxury to turboprop passengers. Features such as larger seats and windows, as well as a modular refreshment center and an

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Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Rescue 4 From Aircraft Accident

Piper Saratoga Went Down Near Marathon, FL

The Coast Guard and local partner agencies rescued four people from an Aircraft Accident, Friday, approximately 25 miles northeast of Marathon. A Coast Guard Station Marathon 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement team embarked the four survivors and safely transported them to Station Marathon. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received a notification at approximately 4:30 p.m., from Coast Guard District Seven watchstanders reporting a plane crash of a Piper Saratoga aircraft with four people aboard near Marathon. Flamingo State Park Rangers and Monroe County Sheriff Officer’s recovered all four people from the water with no medical concerns and transferred them to a Station Marathon

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32R-301

The Airframe Accumulated About 1/2" Of Ice During The Descent

On January 12, 2021, about 1700 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-32R-301, N35718, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Paul C. Miller Airport (8D4), Sparta, Michigan. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported striking a snowbank short of the runway following a GPS approach. The airframe accumulated about 1/2" of ice during the descent in instrument meteorological conditions. There were no malfunctions associated with the airplane before the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.21)

Aero Linx: Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities -- Statewide Aviation Aviation touches all aspects of life in rural Alaska, and is a basic mode of transportation due to the vastness of Alaska. Approximately 82% of Alaskan communities are not served by roads and have no connection to the contiguous road system. The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development has 393 communities in their database, and the Federal Aviation Administration has an additional 99 sites with Location ID’s in Alaska. Of these 492 Alaska locations, only 90 sites, or 18%, are on the contiguous paved road system. The remaining 402 sites, or 82%, are off the paved road system and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.21): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen’s meteorological information (AIRMET/WA) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms that are rapidly developing and increasing in intensity, or low ceilings and visibilities that are becoming widespread which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.21)

“We explored a number of alternatives, but after careful consideration, we simply cannot execute a worthwhile event that would not potentially endanger both the community and members of Tinker Air Force Base... We understand what the air show means to Tinker and the surrounding communities, making this decision difficult. Thank you for your unwavering support and understanding.” Source:  Installation Commander Col. Paul Filcek, explaining some of the reasoning behind the cancellation of this year's Tinker Air Show. 

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