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October 14, 2022

DART Asteroid Redirection Test Successful

Sci-Fi Program Proves Kinetic Alteration of Moving Bodies in Space Possible With Satellite Intervention

NASA's DART program was successful, as the administration confirmed after weeks of analysis following its Double Asteroid Redirection Test. The program used the asteroid Dimorphos as a case study in the real-world efficacy of a kinetic impact on redirecting the path of a transitory celestial object, sending up the DART satellite on a collision course that saw it swing around the asteroid's larger sibling Didymos before impacting the target. The result? Dimorphos' orbit around the larger asteroid has been shortened by 32 minutes, shortening the 11 hour, 55-minute orbit down to 11 hours 23 minutes (with some wiggle room of 2 minutes either wa

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Textron Delivers 1,000th T-6 Texan II

Advanced Turbine Trainer Plane Passes Milestone with Colombian Delivery

Beechcraft's turbine-powered trainer plane passed an impressive milestone this week with the delivery of the 1,000th T-6 Texan II, which found its home with the Colombian Air Force. Their fleet of 5 T-6C trainers are assigned to the Air Combat Command No. 1 (CACOM-1), headquartered at Capitan Germán Olano Moreno Air Base in Palanquero, Colombia. The global fleet of Texans has proudly carried on the tradition of its WWII forebear, acting as a premier turbine engined, advanced trainer plane for militaries around the world as a transitional model between lower-powered piston aircraft and jet trainers. 

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Airborne-SE 10.07.22: STOL Champ Steve Henry, Pt 2

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Gets A STOL Education With Steve Henry

Welcome to this Special Edition of Airborne. As we work our way through the sport aviation industry, it's impossible to ignore the excitement and following that’s built up around a new generation of aviation competitions... all involving short take off and landing skills. STOL skills can be critical to a number of aviation jobs but this skill set also can be a lot of fun to pursue. The new wave of STOL competitions has popularized the genre far more than originally envisioned. Few pilots have proven this better than Wild West Aircraft’s Steve Henry who has won a sle

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Airborne-SE 10.06.22: STOL Champ Steve Henry, Pt 1

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Gets A STOL Education With Steve Henry

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we work our way through the sport aviation industry, it's impossible to ignore the excitement and following that’s built up around a new generation of aviation competitions... all involving short take off and landing skills. STOL skills can be critical to a number of aviation jobs but this skill set also can be a lot of fun to pursue. The new wave of STOL competitions has popularized the genre far more than originally envisioned. Few pilots have proven this better than Wild West Aircraft’s Steve Henry who has won a slew of

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Airbus and Air France Go To Court over 2009 Crash

Victim's Families See Manslaughter Charges Levied Against Companies for Fatal Incident

A longstanding effort to bring Airbus and Air France to court over the deaths of 228 victims aboard a Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight in 2009 have borne fruit, with the company heads present in a French courthouse to see their firms charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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Flightcell Releases Iridium-Based Comms System

Interference-Free Satellite SVS Allows Uninterrupted ATC Communications 

Flightcell has expanded their portfolio of satellite enabled flight equipment for use on the edge of civilization's service area with the Safety Voice Services, or SVS, comms module. The SVS provides reliable air traffic voice communications free of interference common to legacy high frequency radio systems, providing worldwide voice comms anywhere on the globe. Regardless of the flight path, the SVS provides closed circuit, high-quality voice communications in a small, 1.4-lb package.

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Sporty's Continues Ornament-al Holiday Tradition

2022 Tree Ornament Features the Legendary Ercoupe

Everyone's favorite funky vintage plane receives some recognition this year with Sporty's Crystal Christmas Ornament, allowing actual or aspiring Ercoupe pilots to celebrate the life of aviation's surprisingly enduring safety plane. The Ercoupe, produced from 1940 to 1969, remains a fixture of ramps across the country, soldiering on with its characteristic low wing and twin-rudder tail while offering pilots a rudderless, "unspinnable" aircraft.

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Klyde Morris (10.10.22)

Is It Really Getting TOO Easy, Klyde?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Update: Kaman to Create USMC Version of Upcoming Kargo UAV

US Marine Corps Selects Quadrotor VTOL for Autonomous Logistics in Austere Environments

Kaman Air Vehicles has announced their selection to create an uncrewed logistics aircraft for the United States Marine Corps. The aircraft will be a modified variant of the Kaman Kargo UAV, a purpose-built autonomous medium-lift logistics vehicle. The Kargo, a quadrotor VTOL, is slated to carry up to 800 lbs of payload for more than 500 nautical miles with ease. In line with its military-ready bonafides, the Kargo system is designed to happily operate out of the most austere environments.

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Classic Aero-TV: Goes Like Heck! - Wipaire's Boss 182 Amphibious Conversion

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Upgrades For Your 182…

Sun ‘n Fun 2016 presented the opportunity to see some really interesting things, and a hopped-up Cessna 182 on floats, called the Wipaire Boss 182 Amphibious, runs pretty high on the list for displaying the, “Right stuff.” ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had the opportunity to stop by the Wipaire display to take a look at this mean looking piece of machinery. To get the scoop, Tom met up with Brittnie Brink, who is with aircraft sales at the Wipaire Company. 

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Robinson Publishes R22/R44 Service Letter for Lycoming Valves

Recent Lycoming Service Bulletin Covered Under Warranty (At Least for the Next 12 Months)

Owners of some R22 and R44 aircraft should take note of a recent service letter regarding Lycoming's lkatest foul-up with their engine's intake valve rotator caps. Affected aircraft include those R22-series Helicopters with O-360-J2As and R44-series Helicopters with O-540-F1B5 engines. Lycoming Service bulletin number 651 covers the issue, and should be complied with at the next scheduled maintenance event. 

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NTSB Prelim: EADS Socata TBM 700

Pilot Heard A Low Tone He Was Unfamiliar With. He Chose To Ignore The Tone.

On August 3, 2022, about 1500 mountain daylight time, a Socata TBM 700 airplane, N620WG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near  Carlsbad, New Mexico. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. The pilot stated he followed another airplane into the traffic pattern and maintained separation visually as the other airplane landed in front of him.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.22)

Aero Linx: The Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) The Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) is a federally chartered, tax exempt 501(c)7 organization with headquarters in Maryland. CJAA is organized into a nine-member board supported by experts in finance, safety and administrative functions. CJAA is a non-profit organization and relies on member funding. Administrative, logistical, and lobbying activities that provide member benefits consume time and money, and for that CJAA requests nominal annual dues.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.22): Mode C Intruder Alert

Mode C Intruder Alert A function of certain air traffic control automated systems designed to alert radar controllers to existing or pending situations between a tracked target (known IFR or VFR aircraft) and an untracked target (unknown IFR or VFR aircraft) that requires immediate attention/action.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.14.22)

“This result is one important step toward understanding the full effect of DART’s impact with its target asteroid. As new data come in each day, astronomers will be able to better assess whether, and how, a mission like DART could be used in the future to help protect Earth from a collision with an asteroid if we ever discover one headed our way.” Source: Lori Glaze, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, discussing the success of NASA's DART program, as the administration confirmed after weeks of analysis following its Double Asteroid Redirection Test. 

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