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June 24, 2021

Operations Underway to Restore Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Was Launched In 1990 And Has Conducted More Than 30 Years Of Operations

NASA continues to work to resolve a problem with the Hubble Space Telescope payload computer that halted on June 13. After performing tests on several of the computer’s memory modules, the results indicate that a different piece of computer hardware may have caused the problem, with the memory errors being only a symptom. The operations team is investigating whether the Standard Interface (STINT) hardware, which bridges communications between the computer’s Central Processing Module (CPM) and other components, or the CPM itself is responsible for the issue. The team is currently designing tests that will be run in the next few days to attempt to further isol

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AMO Rescues Woman Suffering From Serious Heat Injury

AMO Pilots Flying In An AS350 Light Enforcement Helicopter From El Paso Air Branch Were On Patrol

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Marine Operations (AMO) El Paso Air Branch helicopter pilots rescued a female migrant suffering from a heat related injury recently at approximately 9:40 a.m. in remote area near Sierra Blanca, Texas. AMO pilots flying in an AS350 light enforcement helicopter from El Paso Air Branch were on patrol when they located a group of 30 non-citizens in remote area of Sierra Blanca approximately 87 miles Southeast of El Paso. The aircrew guided U.S. Border Patrol Agents to the group and upon arrival the agents discovered an unresponsive female apparently suffering from some type of heat injury in need of immediate medical

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MoT Provides Update On Safer Skies Initiative At ICAO Council Meeting

The Minister Also Addressed The Recent 'Unacceptable Actions' Taken By Belarusian Authorities

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) was shot down near Tehran by Iranian surface-to-air missiles, killing 176 people, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents and many more with ties to Canada. The Government of Canada continues to work with its international partners to improve global aviation safety and prevent tragedies like Flight PS752 from ever happening again. Recently, the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, virtually joined the 223rd session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council to discuss the latest developments on the downing of Flight PS752 and Canada’s Safer Ski

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FAA Announces Approved Administrators for Recreational Drone Pilot Safety Test

Tests Are Administered Online At No Cost Through The Approved Test Administrators

Sixteen organizations have been selected by the FAA to initially administer the Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Test (TRUST). The test was developed to provide recreational drone flyers with aeronautical safety knowledge and an overview of the rules for operating drones in the National Airspace System. “These organizations are key to making this test widely available and easily accessible to recreational drone pilots,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “We need pilots of all aircraft, including those who operate recreational drones, to have the training and knowledge needed to operate safely in the nation’s airspace.”

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FAA Provides $8 Billion in Airport Rescue Grants

Primary Commercial Service Airports Will Share Approximately $6.5 Billion

The FAA will award $8 billion in grants to keep U.S. airport workers employed, construction projects going and help U.S. airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding provides economic relief to eligible commercial service, reliever, and general aviation airports. The money will help keep people safe and employed by reimbursing operational expenses, debt service payments, and costs related to combating the spread of pathogens at the airport. Airports can also use the money to provide rent relief to in-terminal retail and concession companies. The funding requires that airports continue to employ at least 90 percent of their pre-pandemic employees fo

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Blackhawk Aerospace Launches Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies

Has Acquired All Assets From Columbia Avionics & Aircraft Service

Blackhawk Aerospace has created Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies after having acquired all assets from Columbia Avionics & Aircraft Services, Inc. based at the Columbia, MO Regional Airport (KCOU). Columbia Avionics has been in business since 1995 working to develop new STCs using avionics packages for Citations and other business jets. Blackhawk plans to expand on Columbia’s success and add a new focus on creating STCs for the turboprop market, which their global network of certified dealers can provide to aircraft owners and operators. Additional capabilities include maintenance, airframe modifications, and avionics installations.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-10-07 Requires A Revision Of The Existing Maintenance Or Inspection Program

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-8 and 737-9 (737 MAX) airplanes. This AD was prompted by the determination that additional Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs) are necessary. This AD requires a revision of the existing maintenance or inspection program to incorporate three additional CMRs. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective July 8, 2021.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD 2021-11-22 Continues To Require Revising The Life Limits For Certain Parts

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-11-21 for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model EC135P1, EC135P2, EC135P2+, EC135T1, EC135T2, and EC135T2+ helicopters. AD 2016-11-21 required revising the life limit of certain parts and removing each part that has reached its life limit. This AD continues to require revising the life limits for certain parts and removing each part that has reached or exceeded its life limit and expands the applicability to include Model EC135P3 and EC135T3 helicopters. This AD was prompted by the certification of new helicopter models since AD 2016-11-21 was issued. The FAA is issuing this AD to address t

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.21)

Aero Linx: The California DART Network In March 2018 The CalPilots Board of Directors voted to incorporate The California DART Network as a wholly owned subsidiary, and named Paul Marshall and Edward Story as the incorporating Directors. 7 additional directors joined the initial two directors over the subsequent months, and the basic tasks of incorporation were completed leading to public announcement in August of 2018. In August 2018 The DART Network featured DART Operators at San Martin, Watsonville, Half Moon Bay, and Santa Monica, with active DART Operator formation efforts underway at Lincoln Regional, Santa Rosa, and San Jose Reid Hillview airports, and additional DART Supporters located at Vac

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.21): Final Approach Fix

Final Approach Fix The fix from which the final approach (IFR) to an airport is executed and which identifies the beginning of the final approach segment. It is designated on Government charts by the Maltese Cross symbol for nonprecision approaches and the lightning bolt symbol for precision approaches; or when ATC directs a lower-than-published glideslope/path intercept altitude, it is the resultant actual point of the glideslope/path intercept.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.24.21)

“Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies is a great addition to our family of companies. The avionics STC development capabilities of the company will not only provide our dealers with more offerings for their customers, but it will also help Blackhawk to certify engine-to-avionics integrations more quickly and efficiently. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome this new team to the family.” Source: Jim Allmon, Blackhawk Aerospace President & CEO, commenting on their acquisition of an avionics company and their plans for the fuure. 

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