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August 18, 2022

Russian Spacewalk Cut Short

Cosmonaut’s Spacesuit Malfunctions

Spacewalks are regular occurrences on the ISS. Astronauts and cosmonauts routinely exit the orbiting behemoth to conduct equipment upgrades, perform routine maintenance and set up and monitor scientific experiments. More than 250 spacewalks have been conducted since the station entered service about two decades ago, and they typically go off without a hitch—but not this time.

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Philippines – U.S. Helicopter Deal Pending

Mi-17s Out: CH-47s In

The Philippines is looking to buy CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the United States. The Asian island nation’s interest in Boeing’s twin-rotor workhorse follows the cancellation of a 12.7-billion-peso ($228-million) deal that would have seen the Philippine military acquire 16 Russian Mi-17 heavy-lift helicopters.

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Airborne 08.10.22: TL 3000 Sirius, Boeing PTO Forecast, SAF Controversies

Also: Flight Design Update, F/A-18E/F SLM, Flight Delays Worsen, SWA Attdt Hurt by Hard Ldg

In all the hub-bub of readying for Oshkosh, we missed the chance to publish our first impressions of a recent flight test series using the TL Sport Aircraft TL 3000 Sirius... A slick high-wing tractor tri-gear produced by a Czech company, TL Ultralight. Using a variety of 912 and 914 series engines for power (with the 915 not far away), the 112-136 mph Sirius was a machine that, for some reason, we had overlooked to this point... to our regret now that ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, has flown the bird -- and liked it-- a lot. Boeing has made public the result

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Airborne 08.10.22: TL 3000 Sirius, Boeing PTO Forecast, SAF Controversies

Also: Flight Design Update, F/A-18E/F SLM, Flight Delays Worsen, SWA Attdt Hurt by Hard Ldg

In all the hub-bub of readying for Oshkosh, we missed the chance to publish our first impressions of a recent flight test series using the TL Sport Aircraft TL 3000 Sirius... A slick high-wing tractor tri-gear produced by a Czech company, TL Ultralight. Using a variety of 912 and 914 series engines for power (with the 915 not far away), the 112-136 mph Sirius was a machine that, for some reason, we had overlooked to this point... to our regret now that ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, has flown the bird -- and liked it-- a lot. Boeing has made public the result

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Passenger Falsely Accused of Bomb Threat Sues American Airlines

Hysteria and Credulity

An unidentified amateur photographer was falsely imprisoned, denied his rights to council, and defamed by print and social media when a woman seated next to him on an American Airlines flight from Indianapolis to New York’s LaGuardia Airport mistook his vintage camera for an explosive device. What happened thereafter beggars belief. 

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Drone Bootlegging on the Rise

Drone Delivers Contraband to Prison

Mr. Bryant LeRay Henderson was arrested and charged with multiple felonies after allegedly flying a drone into a federal prison for purpose of delivering drugs and electronic devices to inmates. If convicted, Henderson faces up to 45-years in prison.

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Klyde Morris (08.15.22)

Klyde Notes The Latest Victim of 'POSD'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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General Atomics Test P&W PT6E Engine on MQ-9B UAV

Don’t Fear the Civilian Reaper

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the California-based energy and defense concern, has undertaken testing of Pratt and Whitney’s PT6 E power-plant on its MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA). The tests, which consisted of multiple full-power runs, were performed at General Atomics’s Desert Horizon flight operations facility in El Mirage, Calif. The MQ-9B SkyGuardian derives of the combat-proven MQ-9 Reaper in use with the United States Air Force, Navy, and numerous NATO militaries. SkyGuardian—unlike its warfighter sibling—was developed in accordance with EASA regulations for purpose of boosting European sales.

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American Airlines to Cut 31,000 Flights

United, Delta, and JetBlue Also to Curb Flight Operations

 American Airlines has announced it will slash 16%—some 31,000 flights—from its November 2022 schedule. The largest cuts will pare down the number of flights between Chicago O’Hare (ORD) and Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), and Boston (BOS) and Philadelphia (PHL). In addition, American intends to eliminate 109 Boston-to-Philly, and 42 Boston-to-Miami flights.

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Classic Aero-TV: Kyle Franklin -- Acro Flying With Showmanship

From 2014 (YouTube Version): One Of the Airshow Industry's Most Creative Performers Talks Shop With ANN

While at EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN News Editor Tom Patton caught up with Kyle Franklin at the Concorde Battery display booth. Patton has been checking up on the health of the airshow industry and he asked Franklin to give his views. Franklin indicated that, in his opinion, the industry is coming back from the doldrums it was in last year. Franklin ranks as one of the most popular performers because of the type of routines he perform

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NATA Lauds Inflation Reduction Act

Shaking the Devil’s Hand

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) released a statement pertaining to former vice president Joe Biden’s signing of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which includes five years of dedicated Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) tax provisions aimed at incentivizing production of the renewable jet fuel.

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NTSB Prelim: Sonex Aircraft Waiex

ADS-B Data Terminated In A Remote Area Populated With Fields Used For Agricultural Work

On August 9, 2022, about 1106 pacific daylight time, a Sonex Aircraft Waiex airplane, N51YX, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Maxwell, California. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A preliminary review of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed that the airplane departed runway 13 at the Colusa County Airport (O08), Colusa, California, about 1027.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.22)

Aero Linx: The Malibu M-Class Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) The Malibu M-Class Owners & Pilots Association (MMOPA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the interests and safety of owners and pilots worldwide who fly PA46 derivative (Malibu, Mirage, Meridian, M-Class, JetPROP and Matrix) aircraft. MMOPA was founded in 1988, and now serves over 1000 members. Membership is available to any registered or prospective owner and/or operator of qualified aircraft or any qualifying individual or organization involved with or providing a service for the PA46 family of aircraft. MMOPA is not affiliated with the New Piper aircraft company or any other manufacturer/vendor.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.22): Autoland Approach

Autoland Approach An autoland system aids by providing control of aircraft systems during a precision instrument approach to at least decision altitude and possibly all the way to touchdown, as well as in some cases, through the landing rollout. The autoland system is a sub-system of the autopilot system from which control surface management occurs. The aircraft autopilot sends instructions to the autoland system and monitors the autoland system performance and integrity during its execution.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.18.22)

"This cancellation of this contract is precipitated mainly by the war in Ukraine. While there are sanctions expected to come our way from the United States and western countries, obviously it is not in our interest to continue and pursue this contract.” Source: Philippine ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez, chatting in a virtual forum, and commenting on the decision to cancel an Mi-17 contract with Russia.

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