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October 23, 2021

Rocket Lab to Reuse 'Electron' Rocket

Competes with SpaceX Multiuse Falcon

Rocket Lab has revealed its newest efforts refining its Electron rocket’s first stage recovery and reusability processes, during their next satellite delivery launch. After delivery of the second stage and payload towards its target, the first stage will complete a controlled descent, aided by parachutes, to a splashdown point in the ocean. On ce there, their Ocean Recovery and Capture Apparatus (ORCA) system will retrieve the rocket and store it in its cradle for inspection and return to service. Their eventual goal is to capture a returning rocket mid-flight during its descent. 

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ACE Offers Laboratory Internships

Skylab Innovation Center Seeks Students

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) has announced its new Skylab Innovation Center Internship Programs, a scaffolded initiative that offers future aerospace and aviation professionals hands-on training and on-the-job experience at ACE's laboratories. A world-famous campus is a great place for interns to experience the breadth of aerospace aviation, with opportunities to touch on a variety of pathways through a STEM career. ACE describes the program as a “mission to impact a variety of people and barriers to employment.” 

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Avolon, Japan Airlines Partner for Aerial Ride Share Biz

Vertical Aero’s VA-X4 eVTOL Chosen

Japan Airlines (JAL) has begun its partnership for a sustainable, zero-emissions rideshare service, slated to enter service at the Osaka Kansai Expo in 2025. Working with aircraft leasing company Avolon, JAL will create Japan’s first air-based ride sharing system. Avolon will pursue local partnerships, customers, support infrastructure, and certifications to set the stage for their 2025 launch. JAL will have the option to purchase or lease up to 100 of their aircraft of choice, the Vertical VA-X4. 

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EAA Begins 180 Turn-Around Study

Assessing PPL Training on Engine-Out on Takeoff Responses

The EAA has put together a safety analysis team to evaluate current pilot training and response when gliding to the runway. Specifically, pilot reactions to the difficult 180-degree turn back following an engine failure on takeoff. The perilous maneuver has long been known to be a cause of incidents for low-time and inexperienced pilots, but the EAA believes a study on real-world reactions could find space to improve.

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

From 2015: 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 class of indoor RC planes. Gritter talks about the competition, and he also shares his insights about the sport of model flying and how the RC

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Embraer Delivers First Praetor 500 in Canada

Will Serve Local Fractional Jet Company 

Canada received its first Embraer Praetor 500 with a delivery to AirSprint Private Aviation, a fractional ownership company. Already in possession of two Legacy 450’s-turned-500’s, the factory-new aircraft will bring their total fleet to 9 Embraer jets. The Praetor has seen increasing interest as the business aviation market heats up, especially in light of its smaller stablemate’s success in the light jet market. The Praetor offers users non-stop flight range of almost 3,500 nm at cruise, as well as runway performance suited to the snowy and wet conditions often found in Canadian winters. AirSprint serves hundreds of airports, offering nonstop flights coast-to-coast in Canada wi

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Airborne 10.18.21: MAX Pilot Indicted, Delta v Vax, Virgin Delays-Again

Also: Canada Limits 5G, Sonaca 200 Selected, Alaskan Aviation Safety, Bell Autonomous Pod Transport

A federal grand jury in the Northern District of Texas returned an indictment charging a former Chief Technical Pilot for The Boeing Company with deceiving the FAA’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) in connection with their evaluation of the Boeing 737 MAX, as well as scheming to defraud Boeing’s U.S.-based airline customers to obtain tens of millions of dollars for Boeing. Mark A. Forkner, 49, former Chief Technical Pilot for Boeing, has been charged with two counts of fraud involving aircraft parts in interstate commerce and four counts of w

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Airborne-Flt Training 10.07.21: EAGLE AMT, L3Harris, SportPlane Resource Guide

Also: Drone Night Authorization, 20 More Skyhawks, Bad USMA Flt Lesson, Colorado UAS Demo

In an effort to grow the necessary talent for Aviation’s ever-growing maintenance demands, Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois will soon offer a fellowship program for students building their careers. Partnering with AAR, they created the fellowship to offer a cash award, to be granted to ten students and recipients who work a minimum of two years with AAR. The funds can be used to cover the costs of tuition, fees, materials, and are annually renewable for those students in good standing. L3Harris To Train Pilots for Newest Iceland Airline, PLAY Ai

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NTSB Prelim: Tandem Air-Bike

Front Seat Pilot Recently Purchased The Airplane And Asked The Rear Seat Pilot To Teach Him How To Fly (It)

On October 3, 2021, at 1000 central daylight time, a Tandem Air-Bike, unregistered, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Warrensburg, Missouri. Both pilots were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The front seat pilot recently purchased the airplane and asked the rear seat pilot to teach him how to fly the airplane.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD 2021-20-16 Prompted By A Report That, During An Unscheduled Post-Flight Inspection Of The Tail Cone Area, A Crack Was Found...

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-04-15, which applied to all Airbus Helicopters Model AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters; and certain Model AS350B3 helicopters. AD 2021-04-15 required repetitive visual inspections of the right-hand side of the vertical fin spar for discrepancies (cracking), and corrective action if necessary. This AD retains the requirements of AD 2021-04-15, and requires repetitive cleaning and repetitive detailed inspections for cracking of the vertical fin spar and vertical fin upper attachments, and corrective action if necessary, as specified i

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2021-20-18 Requires Removing And Reinstalling The (Affected) Windows

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain serial-numbered Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW119 MKII helicopters. This AD was prompted by the discovery that the passenger cabin windows (windows) on a batch of helicopters were improperly installed during production. This AD requires removing and reinstalling the windows. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective November 3, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.21)

Aero Linx: The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) The Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) invites you to become a part of the ACANA community of brokers and operators worldwide. Our membership is open to companies associated with chartering aircraft globally. Our members strive to adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism. ACANA is the universally accepted industry authority concerning matters of air charter regulation and best practices, thereby elevating the standard in the North American private air charter marketplace. For our members, we endeavor to be the definitive source of information and guidance, continually raising the quality

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.21): Runway Heading

Runway Heading The magnetic direction that corresponds with the runway centerline extended, not the painted runway number. When cleared to “fly or maintain runway heading,” pilots are expected to fly or maintain the heading that corresponds with the extended centerline of the departure runway. Drift correction shall not be applied; e.g., Runway 4, actual magnetic heading of the runway centerline 044, fly 044.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.21)

"It will focus primarily on the safety considerations stemming from three sources: Reacting to engine failure on takeoff, stall awareness, and the installation of proper judgement in developing pilots. Under current premises, many private pilot students may only have brief exposure to the concept, with the majority of their training focused on preventing the situation from developing, or selecting a landing site-off airport." Source: From a statement by EAA after it put together a safety analysis team to evaluate current pilot training and response when gliding to the runway. Specifically, pilot reactions to the difficult 180-degree turn back following an engine failure on takeoff.

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