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September 11, 2023

Airborne 09.11.23: FAA SpaceX Report, H2 Flight!, Bearcat Rebirth

 Also: Young Eagles Air Academy, WWII Pilot Fred L. Brewer Jr., Virgin Galactic, Cert G700-G800 Engines

 
 
The FAA has issued a brief statement in which they state that they have closed the SpaceX Starship Super Heavy mishap investigation. The final report cites multiple root causes of the April 20, 2023, mishap and 63 corrective actions SpaceX must take to prevent mishap reoccurrence. H2Fly, a German Hydrogen-Electric Demo Company has successfully completed a test flight using its liquid hydrogen-electric powered HY4 aircraft. The HY4 demonstrator was able to set a company record with a 3-hour flight, showing some promising performance that points to a max range somewhere around 1,500 kilometers. An F8F Bearcat operated by the Commemora

Virgin Galactic Completes 4th Successful Flight in 4 Months

‘Galactic 04,’ the Company’s Next Commercial Spaceflight Planned for Early October

Virgin Galactic completed its second private space tourist astronaut flight, ‘Galactic 03.’ The mission flew three of Virgin Galactic’s first customers. ‘Galactic 03’ was Virgin Galactic’s fourth successful spaceflight in the past four months, and the third flight of Virgin Galactic’s inaugural commercial spaceflight season. The flight followed the Company’s first research mission in June and first private mission in August.

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Because We Must NEVER Forget: WWII Pilot Fred L. Brewer Jr. Accounted For

Brewer Was A Pilot With The 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, Also Known As The Tuskegee Airmen

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Fred L. Brewer Jr., 23, of Charlotte, North Carolina, killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 10, 2023. In late 1944, Brewer was a pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group, also known as the Tuskegee Airmen, in the European Theater. On Oct. 19, Brewer departed Ramitelli Air Base, Italy, as one of 57 fighters assigned to escort bombers to their targets in Regensburg, Germany.

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FAA Closes SpaceX Starship 'Mishap' Investigation

'FAA’s Closure Of The Mishap Investigation Does Not Predetermine The Results Of Any Ongoing Or Future Environmental Reviews'

The FAA has issued a brief statement in which they state that they have closed the SpaceX Starship Super Heavy mishap investigation. The final report cites multiple root causes of the April 20, 2023, mishap and 63 corrective actions SpaceX must take to prevent mishap reoccurrence. Corrective actions include redesigns of vehicle hardware to prevent leaks and fires, redesign of the launch pad to increase its robustness, incorporation of additional reviews in the design process, additional analysis and testing of safety critical systems and components including the Autonomous Flight Safety System, and the application of a

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ALPA Notes LAX Construction and Extended Runway 24R Closure

LAX Runway 6L/24R Will Be Closed For 120 Days

Over the weekend, beginning Saturday, September 9, 2023, Runway 6L/24R at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will be closed for 120 days as Phase 3 of the North Airfield Exit Taxiway (NAET) project continues to move forward. The project will rehabilitate a sizable portion of pavement on Runway 6L/24R, reconstruct the first third of Runway 24L, and most notably construct four new exit taxiways (two for exiting Runway 24R and two for exiting Runway 6L).

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FAA Certified: Gulfstream G700 and G800 Engines

Approval For Powerplants Move Aircraft Closer to Entry Into Service

Almost ready for prime time, Gulfstream has confirmed that the Gulfstream G700 and Gulfstream G800 Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines have earned FAA certification, bringing the aircraft program another step closer towards entry into service and customer deliveries. “We are excited about this latest advancement towards G700 and G800 certification,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

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Vietnam War Hero Honored

Biden Criticized for Lack of Decorum

Joe Biden was criticized for abruptly departing a Medal of Honor ceremony, leaving a celebrated, 81-year-old Vietnam War hero standing awkwardly alone on a White House stage. Biden hastened from the East Room after awarding the U.S.’s highest military honor to retired U.S. Army Captain and UH-1/AH-1 pilot Larry Taylor, who flew over two-thousand combat missions in both the iconic Huey utility and Cobra attack helicopter platforms.

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Honeywell Launches Anti-Interference Device for Networking Security

Single Type J DLNA Module Reduces 5G Interference

A TSO-approved module designed to reinforce L-band satcom signals is now available via Honeywell, aimed squarely at aircraft operators concerned about the impact of 5G cell network interference. The Type J DLNA device can "limit the effects of cellular interference on certain satellite communications (satcom) systems for aircraft communications". Honeywell’s Type J DLNA (Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier) was designed as an upgrade for those using the firm's Inmarsat L-band network, used around the world by carriers and aircraft operators for long-range communications.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Model DA 62 Airplanes

FAA–2023–1812: Prompted By Reports Of Baggage Nets Installed With Defective Buckles, Which May Result In Failure Of The Baggage Net

The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Model DA 62 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of baggage nets installed with defective buckles, which may result in failure of the baggage net to restrain the baggage or cargo, which could lead to injury to the occupants in the case of an emergency landing. This proposed AD would require identifying and replacing the affected part. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. The FAA must receive comments on this NPRM by October 16, 2023.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Ultimate RANS?? - Randy Schlitter’s New S-21 SportPlane Kit

From 2016 (YouTube Version) The RANS S-21 Kit-Built Airplane Encompasses a Unique Building Concept…

While ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, was stomping around EAA AirVenture 2016 on his “What’s New” rounds, he stopped to talk with Randy Schlitter, the founder and owner of RANS Designs, which is the company that produces the RANS line of kit-built airplanes. While RANS has been around for a long time, they still managed to come up with something new in the RANS S-21. For those of you who are familiar with the RANS airplanes this truly is “Breaking News.” RANS has been noted for building tube-and-rag airplan

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.11.23)

Aero Linx: Mid-Atlantic Pilots Association   Formed in 1957, Mid-Atlantic Pilots Association is a non-profit flying organization dedicated to air safety, aviation education and flying camaraderie. All levels of pilots, student pilots and aviation enthusiasts are invited to join.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.11.23): Resume Own Navigation

Resume Own Navigation Used by ATC to advise a pilot to resume his/her own navigational responsibility. It is issued after completion of a radar vector or when radar contact is lost while the aircraft is being radar vectored.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.11.23)

"The final mishap investigation report cited a total of sixty-three (63) corrective actions for SpaceX to implement. These included actions to address redesigns of vehicle hardware to prevent leaks and fires, redesign of the launch pad to increase its robustness, incorporation of additional reviews in the design process, additional analysis and testing of safety critical systems and components including the Autonomous Flight Safety System (AFSS), and the application of additional change control practices."   Source: From an FAA statement, closing the 'mishap' investigation of SpaceX's Starship April 20,2023, test flight.

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