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April 03, 2022

Parachute Powerhouse: Aviation Safety Resources to Acquire Pioneer Aerospace

Combined Entity to be Named ASR-Pioneer, Offer Airframe, eVTOL Parachute Systems

Aviation Safety Resources (ASR) announced the acquisition of Pioneer Aerospace along with an impending rebranding to become ASR-Pioneer. The company designs, tests, and produces aircraft emergency parachute recovery systems for the aircraft and upcoming advanced urban air mobility markets. ASR's acquisition of Pioneer will allow them to expand their core capabilities: The design and development of aerodynamic deceleration systems. It is a fine time indeed for ASR, who enter into the arrangement with a good deal of momentum from their growth over recent years.

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Virgin Galactic Promotes Test, Line Pilot to Director of Flight Testing

Kelly Latimer to Oversee Development of Next-Gen Motherships, Delta Class Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic has announced the selection of Lieutenant Colonel Kelly Latimer for a promotion to director of flight testing. The veteran pilot and retired USAF officer joined Virgin as its first female test pilot, and has been serving in recent years on the VMS Eve mothership. She was pilot in command for the Unity 21 mission, and second in command for Unity 22. Despite her newfound responsibilities, she will continue to serve as a Virgin Galactic line pilot and fly the company spacecraft on any test and commercial missions that need her. 

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Jet Edge Acquired by Vista Global

Jet Management & Membership Company Added to Growing Vista Network, Bolstering Fleet Size for Both

Vista Global Holding, a world-spanning private aviation group, has begun the process of acquiring charter operator Jet Edge. Jet Edge is an integrated charter, management, and brokerage platform that gives users access to a selection of large cabin, super-midsize jets, and aircraft management services. Currently, Edge averages over 60,000 flight hours a year. With the acquisition, Vista will bring their total fleet availability towards 350 aircraft. 

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Mid-Air Collision Between 2 ROKAF Trainers Kills 4

Dangers of the Terminal Environment Seen Once Again as Turboprop Trainer Aircraft Collide Soon After Takeoff

The South Korean Air Force saw tragedy today, when two pairs of trainee pilots and their instructors collided in midair resulting in the deaths of all those aboard despite their ejection. The Aircraft were a pair of KT-1 aircraft, a domestically produced, turboprop advanced trainer. They had taken off from a base near the southeastern city of Sacheon and flew for about 5 minutes until the aircraft collided. Both sets of pilots ejected but unfortunately perished regardless. South Korean authorities said that trainees were first lieutenants being trained by outside civilian instructors. 

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Alaska Airlines Pilots, Crew, Hold (Informational) Picketing Event

yUncompetitive Contract and Stalled Negotiations Leave Workers Frustrated

The Air Line Pilots Association recognized the efforts of the Alaska Airlines employees and supporters after they held a "historic, systemwide informational picketing event." The pickets were held in a few high-profile locations in the Alaska network, like Anchorage, Alaska; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, California. The goal was to "send a clear message to Alaska Airlines management that pilots are frustrated over stalled negotiations," said ALPA. 

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The United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority Turns 50

As a New Era Dawns, Leadership Looks Back for Inspiration to Move Forward

The British Civil Aviation Authority has begun celebrating its 50th anniversary since its inception as a standalone government agency in 1971. Until the formation of the Civil Aviation Authority, aerospace matters were left to the Board of Trade and Air Registration Board. The expansion of commercial aviation throughout the postwar era made it clear that keeping the reins on the industry would require far greater resources than the Boards could muster. Sir Stephen Hillier, chair of the CAA, looked back at the journey and promised the best is yet to come. 

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Klyde Morris (03.31.22)

Klyde Thinks Russia Isn't As Smart As It Thinks It Is...


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ION Satellite Delivery System Successfully Deployed

D-Orbit's Package Includes Plant Growth Experiments, USAF Research Sats, and Personal Tchotchkes

D-Orbit's Spacelust has made its way into space aboard the SpaceX Transporter-4 mission, taking its spot as the 5th mission using their proprietary ION Satellite Carrier. The ION system is designed to be a versatile and cost-effective orbital transfer vehicle designed both to precisely deploy satellites and perform technology demonstrations for third-party payloads in orbit. Spacelust saw the ION successfully deployed at a 500 km Sun-synchronous orbit. D-Orbit chief commercial officer, Renato Panesi, said the 5th ION in its orbital fleet is a sign of their rapid growth. 

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Classic Aero-TV: RJ Gritter - Part of Aviation’s Bright New Future

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Model Aviator Aims For Full-Scale Career

While at the 2015 Indoor Electric RC Festival, referred to as eFest, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell not only made this fascinating report, he was also “blown away” from what he saw. As you’ll see in this video, indoor RC model aircraft flying is something that can excite anyone at any age. Jim talked with RJ Gritter, a member of the U.S.A F3P Flying Team that is headed to Poland to fly in the world championship competition for this clas

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Lockheed's Sikorsky Arm Nets Contract Selected for CH-53K Modification Program

Selected for CH-53K Modification Program

Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, has successfully obtained a coveted CH-53K helicopter modification contract worth $25.6 million. The work is expected to be completed by June of 2023, working through a program to design, revise, test, and qualify a new data concentrator and blade fold distributor units for the CH-53K King Stallion propulsion system. The modification provides non-recurring engineering that is hoped to mitigate component obsolescence and outdated test equipment used to maintain the helicopter.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-30

Airplane Then Turned West And Back To The North While It Descended

On March 17, 2022, about 1638 central daylight time, a Piper PA-30 airplane, N8357Y, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Pond Creek, Oklahoma. The pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary radar and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the airplane first appeared at 1509 about 1.5 nautical miles west of the Mineral Wells Regional Airport (MWL), Mineral Wells, Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.03.22)

Aero Linx: Colorado Pilots Association Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization with over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flight safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.03.22): Radar Point Out

Radar Point Out An action taken by a controller to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft to another controller if the aircraft will or may enter the airspace or protected airspace of another controller and radio communications will not be transferred.

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