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May 01, 2023

Airborne 05.01.23: Aerobility, Virgin Galactic Resumes, ISS Extended

 Also: Army Apache Midair, Avolon MAX Order, EAA Hiring, Piper Aviation Museum 

 
 
Aerobility is a U.K. charity about the commendable mission of providing disabled individuals access to the challenge of piloting an aircraft. Through various fundraising initiatives and thoughtful management strategies, Aerobility allows disabled individuals to get behind the controls of an aircraft for a fraction of the commercial rate. Virgin Galactic—the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of archetypal billionaire-cool-guy-knight Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group—resumed flight-testing of its VSS Unity spacecraft on Wednesday, 26 April 2023. The non-powered, gliding test-flight occasioned the first instance in which Unity ha

U.S. Army Orders Aviation Safety Stand Down

Helicopter Operations Paused Following Spate of 2023 Accidents

U.S. Army Chief of Staff James McConville has grounded all Army aviators not currently involved in critical missions following a trio of 2023 helicopter accidents in which a total of 16 service-members have lost their lives. At McConville’s direction, U.S. Army aviators “will focus on safety and training protocols to ensure our pilots and crews have the knowledge, training and awareness to safely complete their assigned mission.”

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Aerobility Announces Flying Scholarships for Disabled Persons

Application Window Open 28 April through 09 June 2023

  On 28 April, Aerobility announced its 2023 scholarship application window had opened and would remain so for a six-week period ending on 09 June. Awardees will receive five-hour flying scholarships which may be applied toward the attainment of pilot certification.

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ISS Operations Extended Through 2030

New Agreement Buys an Additional 45,213 Orbits

The International Space Station partners—the United States, Japan, Canada, and participating E.U. nations—have committed to extending the life and operations of the unique orbital platform in which multinational space-farers have lived and worked for upwards of 22-years, all the while conducting cutting-edge research in microgravity for the benefit of humankind.

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Virgin Orbit Creditors Cry Foul

Of Circling Vultures

The unsecured creditors of Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson’s imperiled Virgin Orbit have prevailed upon a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject the satellite launch concern’s request to access nearly $32-million in Chapter 11 financing, contending Virgin Orbit’s parent company's arranged both the bankruptcy case and the post-filing loan for its own benefit.

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AirVenture 2023 Theater In the Woods Lineup Set to Dazzle

From Korea & Vietnam to Apollo & Artemis

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 will again bring aviation’s notables, luminaries, and icons to the Theater in the Woods stage. A full and dazzling complement of evening programs is set to get underway on 23 July and continue throughout the weeklong celebration of all things aviation and aerospace EAA AirVenture 2023’s Theater in the Woods lineup comprises a diverse and engaging array of presentations which includes ...

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Oregon International Air Show Lineup Announced

HIO Event Set to Dazzle

The organizers of the Oregon International Air Show have announced the upcoming 2023 event will host a veritable squadron of classic, WWII era warbirds deriving primarily of the collections of Erickson Aircraft and Planes of Fame. In recent years, the show has featured such acts as the USAF’s Thunderbirds, F-35A Lightning II Demo Team, and F-16 Viper Demo; the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Rhino Demo; the Breitling Jet Team; and the Patriots Jet Team. In 2023, the Blue Angels will return to the show after an eight-year hiatus.

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Avolon Orders 40 737 MAX Aircraft

Scoring Two Score Maxes at Over $4-Billion

On 27 April 2023, Avolon announced it had entered into an agreement with Boeing by which it will take delivery of forty 737 MAX narrow-body airliners between 2027 and 2030. At current list prices, the deal is worth upwards of $4-billion.

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ANN, SNFDD Release Full Slate of Innovation Preview Presentations

MASSIVE Aviation News Event Presented More AvNews in 2+ Hours Than Seen Before

They Came, They Saw, They Presented... Over two dozen MAJOR aviation announcements were broadcast LIVE from the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo's Pavilion facility on the opening day of this 49 year old aviation juggernaut. Under the direction of SnF Boss Gene Conrad, ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino and ANN CEO Jim Campbell, aviation's most innovative companies gathered their best new programs, planes and products to present to the aviation world with gravitas, drama and detail.

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CAE to Open Bizjet Training Facility in Central Europe

6 Full-Flight Simulators Coming Soon

CAE will soon expand its offerings in Central Europe, with an upcoming center sporting 6 full-flight simulators. The exact city for the new CAE spot has not yet been divulged past a vague promise of "Central Europe", but should be open in the latter half of 2024, offering advanced pilot training for carriers throughout the region. CAE says the new spot will provide training for the gamut of business aviation, from the lighter end of the spectrum to large-segment bizjets.

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Classic Aero-TV: Sen. Inhofe on Protecting GA-Aviation Hero's Steadfast Efforts

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Discussing ATC Privatization And More With Aero-News At AirVenture

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) has been a strong advocate of General Aviation throughout his Senate Career. In an interview with ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, he said that the concept of ATC privatization is dead in the Senate. Inhofe said that the FAA Authorization bill reported out of the Senate does not contain language that would allow for the privatization of the nation's air traffic control system, and now, in his estimation, House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) does not have the votes in the house to pass the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.01.23)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) was created in 1988 at the initiative of 100 colleges and universities with aviation programs who recognized the need to establish standards and submit themselves to the review of their peers and the industry.  Its purpose is to serve as the official accrediting body for all collegiate aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.23): Pilot's Discretion

Pilot's Discretion When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.01.23)

"The scholarship has given me something to study toward and look forward to each week, and proven that my fear of not being able to fly the plane was completely unnecessary. As soon as I saw the scholarship advertised, I knew that a door was now open to me which would not have been, had I not been disabled and not known about Aerobility.” Source: Aerobility 2022 scholarship recipient Andy Braybrook of Grantham, Lincolnshire, who was paralyzed in a 2017 motorcycle accident, commenting on what the Aerobility Scholarships have done for him.

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