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October 05, 2021

Surprise! Gulfstream Intro's Two All-New Business Jets

G800 To Fly Farther/Faster Than Any Aircraft Ever Produced By The Company

Gulfstream has taken the wraps off two all-new aircraft -- the Gulfstream G800, the longest-range aircraft in Gulfstream history, and the Gulfstream G400, an airplane they call the first new entrant to the large-cabin class in more than a decade. “For more than six decades, Gulfstream has led the business aviation industry with our commitment to continuous improvement and by consistently setting new standards for safety, performance, innovation and comfort,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Today marks a major milestone and investment in our company’s future with the introduction of the G800, our fastest longest-range aircraft yet, and the G40

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Official: ‘Star Trek’ Legend To Head to ‘Space’

William Shatner To Fly Aboard Blue Origin Oct. 12

Willian Shatner, star of classic spacefaring series Star Trek, is the newest addition to Blue Origin's NS-18 flight set for launch on October 12. This comes on the heels of its first successful manned spaceflight in July, which brought four astronauts on an 11-minute voyage over 300,000 feet. Shatner is joined by Audrey Powers, longtime employee and overseer of Blue Origin's flight operations. The occasion has been well received by fans of space travel, science fiction, and pop culture, given Shatner's place in the pantheon of American media giants. His depiction of the fictional Captain James T. Kirk began in 1966 and has spanned a lifetime of work within the Star Trek Franchise.

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Airborne 10.01.21: New Catalyst Flies!, Virgin Galactic, West Point Goof

Also: Inspiration4 Still Inspires, Blues/TBirds/Snowbirds!, Hot Air Balloon Pilot, United Fined

GE's new, clean-sheet turboprop engine broke new ground Thursday, making its first successful flight on a King Air test bed. Flying out of Berlin Airport, the 1 hour and 40 minute jaunt added another important milestone to the design's continued development. To date, 16 test engines have racked up over 2,600 hours of operation in ground tests and appear on track to continue a streak of promising performance. Dubbed "Catalyst", the engine will find its first home in launch customer Textron's (Cessna) Denali for further testing. Virgin Galactic has announced t

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Aero-TV At XPO21: UAV Powerhouse, Skydio, Sees The Sky As No Limit

“The industry hasn’t fully come to appreciate what fully autonomous drones can do”

“We started Skydio in 2014, during the ascendancy of DJI, and I think people kind of over-fit to this narrative that DJI has won, that the whole space is played out, that this is what drones are gonna be. We never subscribed to that at all” says Skydio’s Adam Bry, Co-Founder & CEO. In a contested, quickly evolving market, he remembers an idea that so many seem to miss: The “U” in UAS doesn’t just refer to the unmanned cockpit.

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.28.21: CityAirbus Unveiled, MQ-25 Stingray, Archer Combines

Also: NBAA AAM Expert Panel, Leonardo and Northrop Grumman, Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft, Astranis Upgrades

Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first Airbus Summit. Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system. It is designed to carry up to four passengers in a zero emissions flight in multiple applications. CityAirbus is being developed to fly with a 80 km range and to reach a cruise speed of 120 km/h. Boeing reveals they will build the Navy&

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Diamond's First DA50 RG Touches Down In China

New Austrian Bird Reaches Another Milestone for China AirShow 2021

Diamond's newest iteration of their successful DA-series aircraft, the DA50 RG, recently made the North Atlantic Crossing to Guangzhou, China from its hometown in Wr. Neustadt, Austria. The ferry flight took 8 days, 45 hours, and 12 legs to travel over 7,000 nautical miles. Diamond company personnel saw an average fuel consumption of 11.8 US Gallons per hour as they flew through Greece, Egypt, Saudi Arabia,Pakistan, and Vietnam, to show off the new demonstrator livery at the China AirShow. The distinctive graphics and red color scheme is perfect to grab the attention of the crowds before the wide release of the DA50 RG.

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Busted! Suspect Pleads Guilty To 2016 Laser Strike On Coast Guard Aircrew

Illuminated An MH-65 Dolphin Crew With A Green Laser While Aircrew Was On Final Approach

A Port Angeles-area man pleaded guilty Monday at the U.S. District Court in Tacoma for aiming a laser pointer at a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles aircrew in 2016. Randall Muck, 35, pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of assault on a federal officer under Title 18 U.S. Code Section 111a. Muck was sentenced to 90 days of home confinement with electronic monitoring, one year of probation and a $1,000 fine. Muck illuminated an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew with a green laser light while the aircrew was on final approach to Air Station Port Angeles on Sept. 26, 2016. At the time, the crew of four returned to base with no injuries reported.

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IATA Says Border Restrictions Hamper Recovery

Recommend Simplification, Sundown of 2020 Measures

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released a statement calling for an end to the byzantine patchwork of international COVID-19 restrictions, saying the lack of sundown provisions have led to ineffective restrictions doing little to hamper the spread of disease while doing damage to the economic recovery. "Travel restrictions bought governments time to respond in the early days of the pandemic. 

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Chicago Jet Group Receives FAA Supplemental Type Certificate

More Upgrades To Come In Early 2022

The Chicago Jet Group received FAA Supplemental Type Certificate for Universal Avionics’ InSight Flight Deck Upgrade on the Dassault Falcon 900B. The solutions are designed to allow operators to choose from a Phase One or Phase Two Package. According to the company, Phase One replaces the NZ-2000 FMS by adding dual UA UNS-1Fw SBAS-FMSs including LP and LPV approach capabilities, a CVR-120A Cockpit Voice Recorder, and UniLink™ UL-801 Communications Management Unit. This solution offers capabilities for FANS 1/A+ CPDLC, European ATN B1, and Push-to-Load. This FOI design utilizes the Latitude Technologies DL150 Iridium transceiver.

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NBAA Honors Don Baldwin with 2021 Doswell Award

Celebrating Lifetime Achievement of Bizjet Safety Guru 

The National Business Aviation Association announced the newest recipient of their 2021 John P. "Jack" Doswell award, to be given during the organization's upcoming Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) from Oct 12-14 in Las Vegas, NV. Don Baldwin has a long history of safety advocacy and volunteering. Starting off building a career in business aviation, he put his experience to work by writing and developing safety standards for flight departments and transport organizations. His company, started in 2004 as Baldwin Safety & Compliance, continues to assist charter operators, FBO's, public services, air carriers, and business aviators.

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Airborne 09.29.21: SmartSky Wins!, Space Movie, Blue Origin's Next Flt

Also: SFO Requires The Jab, 50th Gulfstream G600, First Flight Society, Air Force CV-22

SmartSky Networks has prevailed in its arbitration of legal claims against a former vendor, Wireless Systems Solutions, LLC. SmartSky was awarded over $12M in damages, legal expenses, and sanctions. The panel of three arbitrators issued a permanent injunction against WSS, its companion companies DAG Wireless Ltd. and DAG Wireless USA, and individuals Laslo Gross, Susan Gross, and David Gross. All counterclaims against SmartSky were dismissed with prejudice. Tom Cruise’ 200 million dollar space movie may not be the first movie shot in space... On the morning of

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 182D

About 8,000 Ft MSL, The Engine Stopped Producing Power

On September 3, 2021, about 1200 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182D airplane, N9114W, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Delta, Colorado. The pilot sustained no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 skydiving flight. The airplane was operating as part of a commercial skydiving operation, Ultimate Skydiving Adventures, LLC, based at the Blake Field Airport (AJZ), Delta, Colorado. The pilot had just completed the 8th skydiving flight of the day, the skydivers onboard had already egressed from the airplane, and the pilot was returning to land at AJZ. About 8,000 ft msl, the engine stopped producing power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.05.21)

Aero Linx: British Gliding Association Gliding is the ultimate adventure sport, a sport that requires the pilot to harness the power of nature to stay airborne whether they’re flying locally to their club, flying long distances cross country or soaring at high altitude. Exhilarating, affordable and inclusive, gliding is enjoyed by people of all ages, physical abilities and backgrounds. It can be as exciting and challenging as you want it to be, and there are many diverse aspects to discover. No two flights are the same with the pilot continually attempting to make the best possible use of the conditions on the day. From flying close to the local airfield to cross country, long distance and moun

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.05.21): 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 (10.05.21)

"So now I can say something. Yes, it's true, I'm going to be a 'rocket man'!" Source: William Shatner, aka Captain James T Kirk, in confirming that he is about to take a space tourist flight aboard a Blue Origin New Shepherd rocket next week, October 12th. This comes on the heels of its first successful manned spaceflight in July, which brought four astronauts on an 11-minute voyage over 300,000 feet. Shatner is joined by Audrey Powers, longtime employee and overseer of Blue Origin's flight operations. 

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