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July 18, 2022

Airborne 07.18.22: Sandel Update, Tamarack-Tarkio, Boeing Forecast

Also: MGen Harrison Nominated, MD500E Glass Upgrades, NTSB at Oshkosh!, Virgin Galactic

Nighthawk Flight Systems, Inc. has announced that it is the new exclusive manufacturer and technical service provider for all legacy Sandel Avionics displays. Nighthawk asserts it is committed to carrying on Sandel’s tradition of quality, reliability, and value. Sandel’s legacy displays are renown for full-sunlight, edge-to-edge optical clarity, optional night-vision goggle compatibility, and flexible Smart I/O that interfaces with most legacy and modern avionics. Tamarack Aerospace exhibited a King Air 350 kitted-out with the company’s SMARTWING technology at Tarkio, Missouri’s Wing Nuts Flying Circus fly-in. Notwithstanding its whimsical appellation the Wing Nuts Fly

Forgotten Hero Nominated for Congressional Medal of Honor

Seven MiGs and Seventy Years Later …

In the bleak November of 1952, as Americans alternated between cringing at the prospect of nuclear war with the Soviet Union and giggling at Ozzie and Harriet, U.S. Navy pilot E. Royce Williams and his Grumman F9F-5 Panther engaged and defeated no fewer than seven Soviet MiG-15 fighters over the Sea of Japan. On 18 November 1952, at the height of the Korean Conflict, Lieutenant E. Royce Williams Jr. and three other F9F Panther pilots launched from the USS Oriskany in the midst of a maritime blizzard. Their mission: Intercept seven Soviet MiG-15 fighters south of Vladivostok.

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Gulfstream G800 Makes Its First International Flight

When Less is More …

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation—the Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer of the iconic business aircraft to which the world’s powerful so fervently aspire—has announced that its all new, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 has made its first international flight. The sleek airplane—which is slightly smaller but longer-legged than its G700 predecessor—departed Savannah and cruised without incident to Farnborough, England in support of Gulfstream’s participation in the upcoming Farnborough International Airshow. The G800 is Gulfstream’s newest ultra-long-range, large-cabin business jet. The aircraft ticks all the boxes for which the storied airframer is renown: power, speed, comfort,

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Airborne 07.11.22: RV-15 Flies!, P-36 Replica 1st Flt, Military On Highways

Also: CAPSTONE Spacecraft, ALPA On The Warpath, SAS Strike, Tora! Tora! Tora!

Van's Aircraft is now flying the engineering prototype of the RV-15, their first high-wing bird, announced at Oshkosh last year. Van's JUST published a very short video of a test flight on YouTube and set the sport aviation community on fire. The video shows N7357, conducting a pretty short takeoff followed by nearly a minute of inflight beauty shots. ScaleBirds’ Sam Watrous, has confirmed that their P-36 replica has now flown a number of times and outside of the usual teething pains, the P-36 looks to have a bright future. Overall controllability appears promising and

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Delta Pilots Without New Contract Despite Airline Posting $1.4-billion Profit

It Isn’t Money That Trickles Downhill…

Delta Air Lines reported second quarter 2022 profits of $1.4-billion and stated that it’s poised to return to 2019 levels of record profitability. Delta management also posited that neither the difficulties confronting the airline industry, nor the overall gloomy, world economic forecast were likely to adversely affect the airline’s profitability. The optimistic sentiment belied the fact that Delta’s pilots—represented by the Airline Pilots Association International (ALPA)—are currently in negotiations for a new employment contract.

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The Air Force Does Some Serious Heavy-Lifting For Oshkosh

C-17 Highlights Air Mobility Command at Oshkosh

A C-17 Globemaster III based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state will attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, and will be showcasing the capabilities of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command. The aircraft will be at AirVenture on Sunday, July 24, through Sunday, July 31, based on Boeing Plaza. It will also fly aerial demonstrations on Thursday, July 28; Saturday, July 30; and Sunday, July 31, during the afternoon air shows starting at 2:30 p.m. During these demo flights, you will see the pilots push the C-17 to its limits and demonstrate the use of advanced technology within the aircraft.

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Vertical Aerospace Announces FLYINGGROUP Agreement

European Charter Operator Conditionally Pre-Orders Fifty VX4 eVTOL Aircraft

Vertical Aerospace, the Bristol, UK-based concern that designs and manufactures Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft—has announced that FLYINGGROUP, the European charter operator and broker of business aircraft, has conditionally pre-ordered up to 50 of its VX4 aircraft. The VX4 is a piloted, eVTOL aircraft ostensibly capable of transporting four passengers and a pilot one-hundred-miles (161-kilometers) at speeds of up to two-hundred miles per hour (320-kilometers per hour). The VX4 is intended to operate from confined, urban locations and is—according to its manufacturer—safer than and one-hundred-times quieter than a conventional helic

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Airborne 07.08.22: Elixir 2 OSH22, Virgin Galactic, TBM-960 Delivers!

Also: Airbus Zephyr “S”, SpaceX Starship-24, American Airlines Pays Up, NASA v China

Elixir Aircraft has announced that it intends to broaden its presence in North America. Elixir’s advance will begin with AirVenture 2022, where the company will have 2 Aircraft on display. To promote awareness and sales of its Part 23 certified 912-iS and 915-iS aircraft, the company plans to invest in a dedicated U.S. sales and marketing team. Further, they have an eye toward eventual U.S. production of the company’s aircraft. Virgin Galactic has completed an agreement with Boeing's Aurora Flight Sciences to manufacture the Company’s next

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Classic Klyde Morris (07.18.22)

A Classic Klyde From April 12, 2020


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Classis Klyde Morris (07.15.22)

A Classic Klyde Toon From June 1st, 2015


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Classic Aero-TV: Evolutionary Rotorcraft–Cicaré Heli's Offer Versatile Airframes

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Long-Time Rotorcraft Manufacturer Looks To Build North American Presence

While at EAA AirVenture 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, checked in on the world of kit-built helicopters by visiting with Raul Oreste, the Chief Commercial Officer for Cicare SA Helicopters. Cicare helicopters is located in Argentina but they are now setting up operations in the United States. Oreste tells us that their company now has four models of helicopters on the market.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2022-14-10 Revises The Applicability By Adding Airplanes And Retains The Requirements Of AD 2018-13-08

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018-13-08, which applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, 132, and -133 airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -216, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 airplanes. AD 2018-13-08 required repetitive inspections for cracking of the radius of the front spar vertical stringers and the horizontal floor beam on frame (FR) 36, repetitive inspections for cracking of the fastener holes of the front spar vertical stringers on FR 36, and repair if necessary, and, for certain airp

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NTSB Prelim: Cub Crafters Inc CC18-180

Pilot Reported There Were No Preimpact Mechanical Malfunctions Or Failures With The Airframe

On July 1, 2022, about 1225 mountain daylight time, a Cub Crafters CC18-180 airplane, N469AK, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. The pilot sustained minor injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 glider tow flight.The pilot completed the preflight activities and flew a tow pattern and was on the second tow flight to an altitude of about 9,500 ft above msl. The tow and glider release were uneventful. The pilot classified the approach to the airfield as normal and he prepared for a wheel landing with the airplane. As the airplane was level to s

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.18.22)

Aero Linx: The American Aviation Historical Society   The American Aviation Historical Society was founded in 1956 as a non-profit ( 501.3.c. ) educational organization.  The primary objective of the organization is the preservation and dissemination of the rich heritage of American aviation.  The Society maintains an extensive collection of books, documents and photographs that are available to researchers and aviation enthusiasts on a wide variety of American aviation history.  The AAHS publishes an outstanding quarterly Journal and informative AAHS FlightLine that provides information into interesting and often little known facts associated with American aviation.&n

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.18.22): Parallel Runways

Parallel Runways   Two or more runways at the same airport whose centerlines are parallel. In addition to runway number, parallel runways are designated as L (left) and R (right) or, if three parallel runways exist, L (left), C (center), and R (right).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.18.22):

“To take the G800 on this transatlantic trip so close to first flight is extraordinary. Thanks to our strategic planning and the investments Gulfstream has made in our aircraft, we are able to fly the G800 with remarkable efficiency and bring the aircraft directly to customers early in the flight test program, as we have in Farnborough.”   Source: Gulfstream president Mark Burns discussing the G800’s first international flight.

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