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July 02, 2021

Airborne 07.02.21: Wally Funk Spaceflight, AirCar X-C, Parrot ANAFI Ai

Also: Robert Sumwalt Retires, Piper Readies For Oshkosh, Massive United Buy, Citation Excel Eagle

The gang here at ANN could not be more thrilled... the amazing Wally Funk will finally be heading to space in less than three weeks -- after waiting some 60 years for the chance. Fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut, Wally Funk will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20 as an honored guest. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight. AirCar has reportedly fulfilled a key development milestone in a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the international airport in Bratislava on June 28th, 2021. Klein Vision's patented AirCar completed its 142nd successful

Bezos Selects Mercury 13's Wally Funk For July 20 SpaceFlight

Highly Experienced Aviatrix Will Fly To Space On New Shepard’s First Human Flight

The gang here at ANN could not be more thrilled... Wally Funk, a dear friend of many years, will finally be heading to space in less than three weeks -- after waiting some 60 years for the chance. Fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut, Wally Funk will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20 as an honored guest. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight. 

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Tamarack Introduces Active Winglet Pilot Proficiency Course

Course Is FAA WINGS FAAST Approved

Tamarack Aerospace has announced an Active Winglet Pilot Proficiency Course as part of the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program and FAA Safety Team (FAAST) program. The course covers the Tamarack Active Winglet system, including a brief review of the aerodynamics of wings, the Active Winglet system, Active Winglet benefits, safety and emergency procedures, and flying tips for maximizing a jet’s performance with Active Winglets. It is the company’s primary objective to ensure the Tamarack owners and operators are flying with the most thorough and current education on the Tamarack Active Winglet system. The Tamarack curriculum for the FAA WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program is available now.

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Oshkosh NOTAM Clarification: Minor Change in ID for Warbird/Turbine Arrivals

Changes to the Warbird/Turbine Arrival Are Found On Page 17 Of The NOTAM

Pilots using the turbine/warbird arrival route to Wittman Regional Airport should be aware of a slight clarification in the AirVenture NOTAM issued by the FAA. It is found on Page 17 of the NOTAM. This procedure is restricted to high performance turbojet, turboprop, and Warbird aircraft capable of cruising at 130 knots or greater. Slower Warbird aircraft shall use the VFR Arrival from the ATC designated Transition. The city of Fond du Lac is the entry point for all Turbine/Warbird arrivals. Monitor the AirVenture Arrival ATIS (125.9) for anticipated landing runways. The Warbird Island ID, which is used as a transition point from Fond du Lac to Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH)

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LIFT Academy Enters a Workforce Development Program with Cape Air

Provides an Aviation Career Pathway and Airline Flow Program

Under a new strategic workforce development relationship, Leadership in Flight Training (LIFT) Academy will send LIFT graduates to Cape Air in a flow program to provide Cape Air a talented pool of aviators to operate its daily passenger flights throughout their four regions in the Midwest, Montana, Caribbean and the Northeast. This relationship enables LIFT Academy and Cape Air to promote workforce development in aviation and provide greater opportunity for pathways to commercial airline careers. Upon completion of their flight training at LIFT Academy, graduates will transition to a First Officer role at Cape Air until they are qualified to upgrade to Captain status.

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Classic Aero-TV: Nextant Aerospace - Recrafting Some of BizAv’s Favorites

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Making Older Aircraft New Again…

Founded in 2007, Cleveland, Ohio based Nextant Aerospace is recognized as the first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The company started with the Nextant 400XTi, a completely-rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite up front. The new aircraft also has major aerodynamic enhancements and an improved engine mounting configuration with redesigned nacelles and pylons. The 400XTi is delivered with a two-year full-aircraft warranty and after-sales support provid

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Army Special-Missions King Air 300 Surpasses 50,000 Flight Hours

Has Been In Service In The US Army Fleet Of Aircraft Since 2009

Textron is bragging about a Beechcraft King Air 300, delivered in 1987 and in service in the U.S. Army fleet of aircraft since 2009, that has surpassed a significant 50,000 flight hours milestone. “The Beechcraft King Air is the world leader in twin-turboprop special mission operations because of the aircraft’s unmatched capabilities, ruggedness and reliability,” said Bob Gibbs, vice president, Special Mission Sales and Strategy for Textron Aviation.

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StandardAero Completes Acquisition of Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair and Ove

ERO Is Headquartered In Dallas, Texas

StandardAero has received all required regulatory approvals and officially completed its acquisition of Signature Aviation’s Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business. Signature’s ERO business is an engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider made up of the following five entities: Dallas Airmotive, H+S Aviation, W.H. Barrett Turbine Engine Company, International Governor Services (IGS) and International Turbine Service (ITS). ERO is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, with two overhaul facilities, (one in Dallas and the other in Portsmouth, England), ten regional turbine centers, one component MRO site and two parts/distribution facilities.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR20

After The Airplane Overflew Runway 4, It Entered A Steep Left Bank And Then Spun

On June 18, 2021, about 1357 central daylight time, a Cirrus SR20 airplane, N62WR, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at the Conway Regional Airport (CXW), Conway, Arkansas. The pilot and sole occupant sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. A witness reported that after the airplane departed Runway 22 at, CXW, he heard a transmission over the Universal Integrated Communications (UNICOM) frequency that stated “six-two whiskey Romeo emergency landing runway 2.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.02.21)

Aero Linx: Cardinal Flyers Online The Cardinal Flyers Online Web site was created and is maintained by Keith Peterson: 'My wife Debbie and I have owned a 1976 RG since 1985. With my mechanical engineering background I naturally enjoy digging into the Cardinal and finding out what to look for and what to do when you find it. The web site came about through the urging of a number of Cardinal owners who wished for a central location for information about the Cardinal. The goal has always been to capture and retain the accumulated wisdom of the Cardinal Owning population in a way that helps most of us learn and helps all of us remember.'

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.02.21): Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA)

Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA) The lowest MSL altitude at which an IFR aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller, except as otherwise authorized for radar approaches, departures, and missed approaches. The altitude meets IFR obstacle clearance criteria. It may be lower than the published MEA along an airway or J-route segment. It may be utilized for radar vectoring only upon the controller’s determination that an adequate radar return is being received from the aircraft being controlled. Charts depicting minimum vectoring altitudes are normally available only to the controllers and not to pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.02.21)

"Wally’s journey to space began in the 1960s when she was the youngest graduate of the Woman in Space Program, a privately-funded project which tested female pilots for astronaut fitness. Later known as the “Mercury 13” – thirteen American women successfully underwent the same physiological and psychological screening tests as the astronauts selected by NASA for Project Mercury, but they never flew to space. Wally was the youngest graduate of this program. She was the first female FAA inspector and first female NTSB air safety investigator. The 82-year-old pilot will now be part of the first crew on New Shepard, and the oldest person ever to fly to space." Source: A short summary of the life of soon-to-be

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