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September 28, 2021

Blue Origin Announces Next Space Passengers For New Shepherd

Upcoming Human Flight Is Also Rumored To Be Interested In Flying William Shatner

Blue Origin has announced New Shepard’s 18th mission, NS-18, will lift off on Tuesday, October 12, carrying four astronauts to space and back, including Dr. Chris Boshuizen, a former NASA engineer and co-founder of Planet Labs, and Glen de Vries, Vice-Chair, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Dassault Systèmes and co-founder, Medidata. The two other astronauts will be announced in the coming days (William Shatner???). Live launch coverage begins on at T-60 minutes. Liftoff is currently targeted for 8:30 am CDT/ 13:30 UTC from Launch Site One in West Texas.

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Aero-TV At OSH21: ANN Speaks With Owner & Designer of Viking Aircraft Engines

Jan Eggenfellner Shares A Moment At Oshkosh To Talk Engines

ANN spoke with Jan Eggenfellner, Owner & Designer of Viking Aircraft Engines, at Oshkosh about the new technology they brought to the show in the form of two different engines: a 150 and a 195. Eggenfellner starts off the conversation by talking about the 150 Engine. “The 150 is still in production by Honda because that's what we do, convert Honda engines for aircraft. The engine comes from the Honda HR-V, which is a very popular Honda car,” Eggenfellner explains.

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.21.21: Autonomous Cert, CityHawk $$$, eStarling Test Flt

Also: Lilium Update, James Webb Space Telescope, Wingcopter, Skyworks Aeronautics eGyro

Merlin Labs shares that the certification basis for its takeoff to touchdown autonomy system has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in collaboration with the FAA. Merlin is now the first company to reach an agreement on an approach for the certification of aircraft autonomy, according to a media release. Following a crawl, walk, run approach, this system incorporates an onboard safety pilot who will continue to act as legal pilot in command. Urban Aeronautics Secures $10 Million Advance for CityHawk -- Israel-based aerospace company Urban A

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Gulfstream Delivers 50th Gulfstream G600

The G600 Can Travel 6,600 Nautical Miles At Mach 0.85 And 5,600 NM At Mach 0.90

Gulfstream has delivered its 50th Gulfstream G600. The aircraft was delivered to a North America-based customer. “With every new customer delivery, operators around the world are experiencing the tremendous benefits of the G600,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “The G600 dominates the sweet spot of range, speed, cabin comfort and fuel-efficiency, and overwhelming market enthusiasm is exceeding even our own high expectations.”

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First Flight Society Offers Chance to Fly in a WWII P-51

2021 Fundraising Sweepstakes Offers MAJOR Prize!

The First Flight Society is getting a lot of attention with their latest sweepstakes program. They offer the chance to fly in the same type of aircraft as some of their First Flight Society Honorees such as the "Red Tail" Tuskegee airmen, including General Benjamin Davis, USAF and B/Gen. Charles McGee, USAF, as well as other Honorees, Col. Jacqueline Cochran, USAF (Former WASP), Maj/Gen. Robert White, USAF, and B/Gen. Charles Yeager, USAF!

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Boom Times On The Horizon For BizJet Builders?

A 'Hot' New Report Recently Released By Brian Foley Associates

If patience is a virtue, then business jet makers are the most virtuous of all, having waited some 13 years until now to proclaim that business is booming once again. Back in 2008, the industry delivered over 1,300 shiny new aircraft worldwide. Following the 2008-09 Great Recession, that figure atrophied to just half that amount annually, around where it still remains today. But that’s all about to change. Call them one of the late beneficiaries of the pandemic. For 2020, which included the depths of the pandemic, the industry actually had 20% fewer aircraft deliveries than the previous year, an anemic level not seen since 2004. This was brought on by a combination of factory shu

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Bell Boeing Upgrades Underway For Air Force CV-22s

Aircraft Modifications Help Reduce Repair Time & Improve Readiness

The first Air Force CV-22 Osprey designated for nacelle improvement modifications arrived at Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center on Sept. 21. The aircraft is part of an ongoing process by Bell and Boeing to further increase the Osprey’s reliability and maintainability for the Department of Defense (DOD). Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Bell Boeing an $81 million contract in December 2020 to complete Nacelle Improvements on the CV-22 fleet. The contract covers completion of non-recurring elements, fabrication of nine kits, and installation of one kit. NAVAIR has an option period to cover fabrication and installation through 2025.

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NTSB Prelim: Aeronca 7AC

The Left Wing “Fell,” And The Airplane “Stalled, Entering A Spin”

On August 21, 2021, about 0853 central daylight time, an Aeronca 7AC airplane, N1472E, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Fort Worth, Texas. The airline transport pilot and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the manager of the Flying Oaks Airport (2TE2), Fort Worth, Texas, the pilot was going to conduct a local area flight with his son onboard. The pilot was seated in the rear seat and the passenger was seated in the front seat. The airplane, which had flight controls at both positions, but only flight instruments f

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG

AD 2021-18-05 Requires Initial And Repetitive Ultrasonic Or Visual Inspections

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-15-12 for certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Trent 1000 model turbofan engines. AD 2020-15-12 required initial and repetitive ultrasonic or visual inspections of the intermediate-pressure compressor (IPC) stage 1 rotor blade root (front face), IPC stage 2 rotor blade root (front and rear face), and IPC shaft stage 2 dovetail post (front face), and removal of any cracked parts from service. AD 2020-15-12 also required an inspection after asymmetric power and cabin depressurization events. This AD was prompted by IPC rotor blade separations resulting in engine failures.

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AD: General Electric Company Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-18-13 Requires A Borescope Inspection (BSI) Or Visual Inspection Of The Combustion Outer Liner Shell

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all General Electric Company (GE) CF34-8 model turbofan engines with a certain outer shell combustion liner (combustion outer liner shell) installed. This AD was prompted by two in-flight engine shutdowns (IFSDs) that occurred as a result of failures of the combustion outer liner shell. This AD requires a borescope inspection (BSI) or visual inspection of the combustion outer liner shell and, depending on the results of the inspection, possible replacement of the combustion outer liner shell. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is ef

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.28.21)

Aero Linx: The American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists The Society is a non-profit organization created to serve as a voice for and represent the professional needs of Aerospace Medicine specialists in the United States. The Society is a constituent organization of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA). Members are specialists in the field of Aerospace Medicine dedicated to the advancement of aviation and space medicine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.28.21): Radar Required

Radar Required A term displayed on charts and approach plates and included in FDC NOTAMs to alert pilots that segments of either an instrument approach procedure or a route are not navigable because of either the absence or unusability of a NAVAID. The pilot can expect to be provided radar navigational guidance while transiting segments labeled with this term.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.28.21)

“This is a fulfillment of my greatest childhood dream. More importantly, though, I see this flight as an opportunity to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and catalyze the next generation of space explorers. After all, our future of life in space is in their very capable hands.” Source: Dr. Chris Boshuizen, one of two space passengers slated for an upcoming flight of Blue Origin's New Shepherd, along with Glen de Vries... two other passengers have yet to be named.

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