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July 04, 2021

Airborne 06.28.21: Virgin Galactic OK'd, AEA21 Rocked!, USAAT Withdraws

Also: RETAIN Act v Ligado, Solar Impulse 2 Anniversary, UND Adds Another R44, DAC Says No To 'Cockpit?'

After a lot of work, Virgin Galactic is able to celebrate a huge milestone… they've gotten approval for a Full Commercial Launch License. Virgin Galactic has reported that the FAA updated the Company’s existing commercial space transportation operator license to allow the spaceline to fly customers to space. The Company also announced that it has completed an extensive review of data gathered from its May 22 test flight. The 2021 Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention and trade Show wrapped up last week and it was quite

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Bombardier Announces Its Largest Business Jet Order of the Year

Sale Includes 10 Aircraft Worth $451.8M US

Bombardier’s family of business jets just got a ringing endorsement... in the form of cold hard cash... for 10 airplanes! Bombardier has confirmed that it has received a firm order for 10 aircraft from an existing customer. For competitive reasons, the order mix will also remain undisclosed at this time. This agreement represents a total value of $451.8 million U.S., according to current list prices.

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Third Falcon 6X Joins Busy Test Program

The First 6X Flew On March 10 And The Second On April 30

A third Falcon 6X recently took flight and joined Dassault Aviation’s flight test campaign, moving the new long-range extra widebody twin a step closer to anticipated certification in 2022. Falcon 6X s/n 003 is fitted with a full interior and will be used for cabin design validation. The aircraft completed a two-hour maiden flight from Dassault’s Bordeaux-Mérignac final assembly plant to its Istres flight test facility on June 24, climbing to Flight Level 400 and accelerating to a cruise speed of Mach 0.85.

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WAI Announces 2022 Scholarships

98 Scholarships Totaling $479,505 Offered

With new scholarships being posted weekly, the 2022 WAI scholarship program officially opened July 1, allowing members to review dozens of scholarships. Currently, there are 98 scholarships totaling $479,505 offered for flight training, engineering, maintenance, dispatcher, drones, and professional development for individuals in all stages of life. Additional scholarships and internships will be added in the coming weeks and months, with over 100 scholarships expected to be posted by the Fall. Applicants are encouraged to check for new scholarships often and may apply for up to three scholarships per year.

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Klyde Morris (07.01.21)

Klyde Wonders If SpaceX Might Occasionally Have Less Than Pure Motives...


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Intrepid Museum Acquires Douglas F4D Skyray

Rare Procurement of Exact Aircraft That Flew Off Intrepid 60 Years Ago

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum today announced the acquisition of a new historic aircraft to its collection, a Douglas F4D Skyray. This exact aircraft flew from Intrepid during the Cold War and will be added to the Museum's flight deck on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. It will become the 28th plane in the Museum's aircraft collection.

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Gulfstream Makes Final G550 Commercial Delivery

The G550 Entered Service In 2003

It is, again, the end of a notable era. Gulfstream has recently delivered the final commercial Gulfstream G550 to an international customer, further increasing the worldwide fleet of more than 600 G550s already in service. The delivery took place June 30. “For nearly two decades, the G550 has been exceeding customer expectations,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream.

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Classic Aero-TV: EFX Applied Technology - Saving Lives by Sensing Danger

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Interactive Personal Alert Systems Work Day And Night

Among the vendors at AirVenture 2018 was EFX Applied Technology, which makes Interactive Personal Alert systems for use in areas where people might encounter unanticipated safety hazards. Company founder Stan Ross told Aero-News that the company's technology saves lives by "alerting people to invisible dangers." Those can include jet engine intakes, spinning helicopter rotors, airplane propellers and other such hazards. The Interactive Personal Al

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CAE Completes Acquisition Of L3Harris Technologies' Military Training Biz

Military Training Business Sold for US$1.05 Billion

CAE has announced that it has formally concluded the previously announced acquisition of L3Harris Technologies' Military Training business for US$1.05 billion. As announced earlier, all regulatory approvals were obtained and now all other closing conditions have been met. As previously announced, a portion of the purchase price of the Acquisition and other related transaction costs was financed using the net proceeds from the private placements of C$700 million (approximately US$550 million) aggregate amount of subscription receipts issued by CAE to Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and GIC Private Limited.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA28

Intention Of The Flight Was To Ensure That The Airplane Operated Normally Before It Was Sold

On June 4, 2021, about 1830 central daylight time, a Piper PA28-140 airplane, N8208N, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Justin, Texas. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated that the intention of the flight was to ensure that the airplane operated normally before it was sold. There were 15 to 20 gallons of fuel in each wing tank, which had been added about three months earlier. On the evening of the accident, he had already completed two landings on the grass runway and was completing a third and final take

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2021-14-08 Prompted By Reports Of An Increasing Number Of Operational Disruptions Due To Airspeed Discrepancies

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A319-151N, A319-153N, A319-171N, A320-251N, A320-252N, A320-253N, A320-271N, A320-272N, A320-273N, A321-251N, A321-251NX, A321-252N, A321-252NX, A321-253N, A321-253NX, A321-271N, A321-271NX, A321-272N and A321-272NX airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of an increasing number of operational disruptions due to airspeed discrepancies. This AD requires revising the existing airplane flight manual (AFM) to include a procedure to reinforce the airspeed check during the take-off phase and provide instructions to abort take-off in certain cases, as specifie

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.04.21)

Aero Linx: Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals OBAP Inspires Excellence and provides opportunities in aerospace by Supporting, Transforming, Educating, and Mentoring our members and communities. OBAP will be a world-leading organization that changes lives by creating a pathway to success through educating youth, communities, and professionals—shaping an aerospace industry as diverse as the people we serve.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.04.21): Simplified Directional Facility (SDF)

Simplified Directional Facility (SDF) A NAVAID used for nonprecision instrument approaches. The final approach course is similar to that of an ILS localizer except that the SDF course may be offset from the runway, generally not more than 3 degrees, and the course may be wider than the localizer, resulting in a lower degree of accuracy.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.04.21)

"One of the major benefits of being a WAI member is the opportunity to apply for scholarships that can assist people of all stages of their careers with financial support. We appreciate the generosity of our numerous scholarship sponsors, and welcome any individual, company, or organization to find out more about our program that changes lives for hundreds WAI members every year." Source: WAI CEO Allison McKay, discussing the fact that the 2022 WAI scholarship program officially opened July 1, and members can now review dozens of scholarships.

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