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October 21, 2021

Nonagenarian Skydives for Museum Charity

9 Jumps at 90 to Fund Skydiving Museum

Ten years ago, history maker Pat Moorehead completed a record 81 jumps on his 80th birthday to raise funds for the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame (ISMHF), bringing in $20,000 with his efforts. Now, for his 90th birthday, he will jump again. For that 2011 attempt, Pat had the support of 50 riggers, cameramen, a pilot, and medical personnel on standby. A constant stream of parachute packing and aircraft prep took place over the course of 6 ½ hours, until he made his 81st jump with a celebratory American flag. Observers were impressed at his stamina throughout the day.

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Surprised??? Southwest Airlines Halts Unpaid Leave Policy

“We Intend to Grant All Valid Requests for Accommodations”

Southwest Airlines has acquiesced from an earlier policy of barring employees who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier, the company had used the Biden administration’s executive order deadline of December 8 as a cutoff, wherein any employees, no matter the reason for their unvaccinated status, would be forced on unpaid leave until treated.

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Blue Sky Now Shipping Skylink Data System

Offers Satellite and Cellular Connectivity with Global Coverage

Blue Sky Network has begun shipping their SkyLink, a dual-mode Data Management System that offers remote, consistent connectivity wherever it’s needed most. Designed to be a versatile addition to any operation, the unit offers internet connection through Iridium Certus service as well as GSM and LTE comms. Stackable, small, and portable, Blue Sky says it’s perfect for maritime, aviation, land, and IoT operations. Allowing truly global internet connectivity, the Skylink’s forte is its use in areas with sparse, spotty cellular connections, as users move through areas of varying coverage. Small enough to be carried, an optional, rechargeable backup battery adds an addit

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Klyde Morris (10.18.21)

Klyde Takes Another Peek Into The Life of A TSA Screener


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ACR Electronics ELT Systems Chosen by ‘Big Iron’ Manufacturers

Embraer, Boeing To Use ARTEX/Skytrac ELT Combo

ACR Electronics is proud of their recent contracts with two of the three largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, in which they supply their new ARTEX brand ELT 5000 (DT) with enhanced crash survivability. Their ELT is increasingly popular, as companies seek compliance with ICAO’s 2023 Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) initiative. SKYTRAC, another company under the ACR Group umbrella with Artex, offers their Autonomous Distress Tracking System (ADT) with the ELT 5000 for an all-in-one, turnkey solution. Boeing and Embraer have both selected ACR’s joint product for full end-to-end GADSS. 

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Aero-TV At SnF21: The Hawk Returns! Legendary LSA Makes A Comeback

The Hawk Has Been Part Of The Sport Aviation Landscape For Over 40 Years

When the CGS Hawk came on the sport aviation scene over 40 years ago, it literally transformed what was then the nascent ultralight industry. And over the years, the Hawk has grown from a single seat ultralight into a variety of two-seat sport, experimental, and light sport aircraft with a dizzying variety of configurations – with one mission in mind - seriously fun flying. Under new ownership, CGS owner Joe Shirley is cognizant of the legacy that he has been entrusted with, and is looking forward to not only continuing it, but improving upon it. In add

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I Hart Flying Foundation Scholars Announced At NBAA

Phillips 66 “Helping Today’s Women Take Flight” With Hart

The lucky winners of the I Hart Flying Foundation’s (IHFF) flight training scholarship got more than the expected funds, when they were surprised with an invitation to NBAA-BACE 2021. IHFF founder, Rachelle Spector, brought them to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a week of networking, sightseeing, and exposure to one of the biggest events of the year for business aviation enthusiasts. In addition to the trip,  they receive funding, training packages, pilot supplies, and flight equipment to further their burgeoning aviation career.

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NTSB Prelim: RANS S20

Just After The Airplane Became Airborne, The Airplane Rolled Inverted And Impacted The Runway

On September 18, 2021, about 1845 eastern daylight time, a Rans S-20 airplane, N6915G, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Wadsworth, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The Wadsworth Municipal (3G3) airport surveillance camera captured the accident sequence on video. A preliminary review of the video revealed a Sikorsky S-76 helicopter and the accident airplane both utilizing runway 2. The helicopter was on the approach to runway 2, while the accident airplane had taxied to the end of the runway. Shortly after the helicopter passed the airplan

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AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters

AD 2021-19-17 Prompted By An Incident Of A Side Facing Utility Seat Detaching From Wall Attachments

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters. This AD was prompted by an incident of a side facing utility seat detaching from wall attachment points. This AD requires modifying certain side facing utility seats and observer seats, and prohibits installing those seats unless the modification has been accomplished. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective November 22, 2021.

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AD: Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes

AD 2021-20-20 Requires Inspecting The Angle Of The Support Bracket On The Wing Leading Edge Tank Fuel

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pacific Aerospace Limited Model 750XL airplanes. This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI identifies the unsafe condition as installation of the wing leading edge tank fuel pickup assembly in a pre-stressed condition, which could cause cracks in the wing spar web or the fuel pickup assembly pipe. This AD requires inspecting the angle of the support bracket on the wing leading edge tank fuel pickup assembly and takin

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.21.21)

Aero Linx: The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA) The Canadian Sport Parachuting Association (CSPA), through affiliation with the Aero Club of Canada (ACC), is Canada’s representative to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), and is thereby the official sport organization for sport parachuting in Canada. Incorporated in 1956, CSPA promotes safe, enjoyable sport parachuting through cooperation and adherence to our self-imposed rules and recommendations. CSPA is run by its Members and Registered Participants, joined together, voluntarily, for our mutual benefit. CSPA is a Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association and is thereby recognized as the National Sport Or

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.21.21): Radar [ICAO]

Radar [ICAO] A radio detection device which provides information on range, azimuth and/or elevation of objects. a. Primary Radar− Radar system which uses reflected radio signals. b. Secondary Radar− Radar system wherein a radio signal transmitted from a radar station initiates the transmission of a radio signal from another station.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.21.21)

“While we intend to grant all valid requests for accommodations, in the event a request is not granted, the company will provide adequate time for an employee to become fully vaccinated while continuing to work and adhering to safety protocols..." Source: Brandy King, a Southwest Airlines spokeswoman (who, no doubt, got quite a workout over the last week or two...) offering comments about Southwest Airlines having acquiesced from an earlier policy of barring employees who have not received the COVID-19 vaccination. Earlier, the company had used the Biden administration’s executive order deadline of December 8 as a cutoff, wherein any employees, no matter the reason for their unvaccinated status, would be forced on unpaid leave

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