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July 18, 2021

Aero-TV At SnF21: Piper Reinvents The PA-28 -- The 100i Trainer

Built Solely For Modern Flight Training, The 100i Is A Solid Bet For The Future

CNN's Jim Campbell sure loves doing flight tests... The more exciting and interesting, the better. However; one of the highlights of his recent trip to the Sun and Fun Aerospace Expo for 2021 was actually a humble aircraft whose type he's flown hundreds of times over the course of 19000 hours of flight time -- Many of it spent as a flight instructor.

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Klyde Morris (07.15.21)

Klyde Observes The Latest Stats In The Space Battle of the Billionaires


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Stratos 716 Prototype Ready To Make AirVenture Debut

0.7 Mach/402 Knot Cruise Speed, Single Turbofan Engine And Six-Seat Cabin

The Stratos 716X, an experimental, kit-built version of the upcoming FAR Part 23 / EASA CS 23 certified Stratos 716, will be making its first public appearance at EAA AirVenture 2021. The 1,500 nautical mile range 716 gets its name from its 0.7 Mach / 402 knot cruise speed, single turbofan engine and six-seat cabin. It will cruise at 41,000 ft. “People want the high-altitude speed, quiet and smoothness of a jet. But, up until now, many of them have been priced out of the top end of the market. They’ve had to settle for prop airplanes that typically fly 10,000 to 15,000 ft lower and 100 to 150 knots slower than modern jets. At Stratos, our goal is to lower the cos

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NASA Returns Hubble Space Telescope to Science Operations

NASA Anticipates That Hubble Will Last For Many More Years

NASA has returned the science instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope to operational status, and the collection of science data will now resume. This will be the first science data collected since the payload computer experienced a problem on June 13, which placed the instruments in a safe configuration and suspended science operations.

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Coast Guard Rescues 3, 20 Miles Off Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter Crew Responded

The Coast Guard successfully rescued three mariners 20 nautical miles off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Friday evening. At 4:21 p.m., Coast Guard First District watchstanders received notification on 406 MHZ from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon registered to the 42-foot sailing vessel Triad. The Coast Guard launched a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Portsmouth Harbor. The helicopter crew arrived on scene and located the vessel with three people waving and clinging to its hull.

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The French Air Force Buys Another Nine PC-21

With The Latest Order, The PC-21 Fleet Will Increase To A Total Of 26

In 2017 the Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace purchased 17 PC-21s and has successfully trained its future military pilots since then. The Air Force has now ordered a further nine PC-21s to reinforce its training programme with additional Pilatus training aircraft. The French procurement authority, the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), signed the agreement with F-AIR 21 (Cognac Formation Aero SAS France), with Pilatus acting as the exclusive subcontractor for the supply of the nine PC-21s and other groundbased training systems and spare parts. The order will secure jobs in Switzerland, where the PC-21s are produced.

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NASA Retires a Research Workhorse

S-3B Was Being Used Almost Daily As A Flight Research Aircraft

When the U.S. Navy retired its fleet of S-3B Vikings from active duty in 2009, not all of them were grounded. At NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, one S-3B was being used almost daily as a flight research aircraft. Acquired in 2004 and flown for the next 16 years on a variety of research missions, this S-3B Viking is about to fly off into the sunset and retire at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in California where it will be used to educate the public about its important role in the U.S. Navy and at NASA.

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NTSB Prelim: L-Bird LLC CCX-2000

Metallic Shiny Debris Was Observed Trailing From The Airplane

On June 28, 2021, about 1030 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built, CCX-2000 airplane, N10TA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hood River, Oregon. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot, who was also the Director of Maintenance (DOM) for the company contracted to perform maintenance, reported that the airplane was retrofitted with an experimental exhaust system consisting of a titanium exhaust header and an aluminum muffler. The pilot stated that following the installation of the exhaust, an uneventful full engine power ground run was conducted.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-13-02 Requires Installation Of An Insulation Blanket Assembly

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-300ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that a production design change to certain insulation blankets inadvertently opened up leakage paths for halon and smoke to escape from the aft cargo compartment in the event of a fire. This AD requires installation of an insulation blanket assembly on top of existing insulation blankets in certain areas of the forward endwall in the aft cargo compartment. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 19, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.18.21)

Aero Linx: ICAS Foundation/GAMA Scholarship The ICAS Foundation has joined with GAMA to provide assistance to students seeking an aviation-related degree. Eligible students are those who are enrolled in an aviation-related degree program, such as professional pilot, maintenance/engineering, or aviation business. The applicant must have completed at least two semesters in an aviation-related declared major, with a demonstrated ability and intention to complete their degree.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.18.21): Radio Magnetic Indicator

Radio Magnetic Indicator An aircraft navigational instrument coupled with a gyro compass or similar compass that indicates the direction of a selected NAVAID and indicates bearing with respect to the heading of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.18.21)

“People want the high-altitude speed, quiet and smoothness of a jet. But, up until now, many of them have been priced out of the top end of the market. They’ve had to settle for prop airplanes that typically fly 10,000 to 15,000 ft lower and 100 to 150 knots slower than modern jets. At Stratos, our goal is to lower the cost of owning and operating a jet to turboprop levels.” Source: Carsten Sundin, Stratos Aircraft President and Chief Technology Officer, discussing the upcoming debut of the Stratos 716X at AirVenture 2021.

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