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April 18, 2020

At Long Last! SpaceX Confirms Demo-2 MANNED Launch date

SpaceX and NASA Are Targeting May 27 For Launch Of Crew Dragon’s Second Demonstration Mission

SpaceX and NASA are targeting May 27 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission (Demo-2) from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two NASA astronauts to fly onboard the Dragon spacecraft as part of the Demo-2 mission to and from the International Space Station, which will return human spaceflight to the United States since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011. The Falcon 9 launch vehicle and Crew Dragon spacecraft that will support Demo-2 are onsite at SpaceX&rsqu

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Another Treasured Aviation Event Falls to COVID-19

The Arlington Fly-In Will Pause In 2020 And Return In 2021

It's coming with greater and greater regularity... more bad news about treasured aviation events that we love to visit from year to year... and another of the greats has been put off until 2021. Worse... it was one of our favorites. Our dear freinds at the Arlington Fly-In sent us the bad news yesterday... "Due to the worldwide public safety and economic uncertainties of the COVID-19 crisis, and to protect our guests and volunteers, the 2020 Arlington Fly-In is cancelled. The event that was scheduled for August 14-16 will not occur, and instead we will shift our planning to the 2021 event..."

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USAF Notes 78th Anniversary Of The Doolittle Raid

April 18 Marks The 78th Anniversary Of The Doolittle Raid

In choppy, frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean and more than 10 hours out from their planned takeoff, the Doolittle Raid task force was spotted. Not wanting to jeopardize the mission, the command was given and each of the modified bombers slowly crept off the Hornet’s flightdeck — one of the most daring aerial missions in American history was underway. April 18 marks the 78th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, in which Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, U.S. Army Air Forces, and Vice Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., U.S. Navy, led a joint bombing operation on the Japanese mainland aimed to inflict both material and psychological damage upon the enemy following the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

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A Restored Classic, Erco Ercoupe 415-C, Added to the EAA Great Aircraft Raffle

A Touching Donation Has Some Great History Behind It

This year, EAA will be raffling off two airplanes during the EAA Great Aircraft Raffle at AirVenture. The addition of this second raffle airplane is made possible due to the generous donation of the Roach family. John P. Roach, EAA 1344059, said EAA AirVenture Oshkosh meant the world to his late father, John A. Roach, so it was a no-brainer when talking with his siblings that their father's Ercoupe should be donated to EAA as the second raffle airplane. John A. Roach started flying in the 1970s when his wife gave him a gift certificate for ground school. He later received his private pilot certificate and started flying at the Detroit City Airport, now known as the Coleman A. Young Municipal Air

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Indoor Free Flight Nats CANCELLED

'Health And Safety Of Contestants Is Our Primary Concern'

And the hits just keep on coming... This time from the AMA and the National Free Flight Society. "It is with great regret, that AMA and National Free Flight Society (NFFS) announce that the current COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the Indoor Nats scheduled for May 27-31, 2020 in Eagar, Arizona. We do not anticipate that there will be a rescheduling of this event in 2020. Anyone that had already registered will be refunded 100% by AMA automatically. Obviously, the health and safety of contestants is our primary concern and we will absolutely abide by all federal, state and local guidelines..."

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Classic Aero-TV: Fast, Small, & Exciting - An Introduction To FPV Racing

Drone Racing A Hit At Sebring 2017

The Sebring Sport Aviation Expo has "Sport" prominently featured in its name, and one of the fastest-growing segments of sports, and sport aviation, is drone racing. So it would seem to make sense that steps from the Sebring Speedway, drone racing was taking place at the January air show. Brian Morris of Team Multistar told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that there were about 110 of the fastest drone pilots competing at the show for a total prize purse of $20,000, with $10,000 going to the overall winner of the event. The racing quadcopters fly at speeds of about 80

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FAA Proposes $220,000 Civil Penalty Against Jem Air Holdings, LLC

FAA Alleges Each Flight Operated By Jem Air With Unqualified Crew Was Careless Or Reckless

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $220,000 civil penalty against Jem Air Holdings, LLC, of Raleigh, N.C., for allegedly using unqualified pilots to conduct charter flights. The FAA alleges Jem used three unqualified pilots to fly as second-in-command on 18 flights between April 25, 2019, and May 19, 2019. The agency alleges these pilots had not undergone required annual flight-competency checks and written or oral knowledge tests.

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Who Is That Masked Passenger? Air Canada Requires Face-Covering

Air Canada Customers Required To Have Protective Face Coverings As Additional Safeguard

Following a Transport Canada directive, Air Canada is making its recommended face-covering practice mandatory as an additional safeguard for its customers and crew. This requirement will apply to customers at various points in Canadian airports, during the boarding process and during flight as may be directed by Air Canada staff where social distancing is not possible. The requirement, effective April 20, follows a Directive issued by the Minister of Transport of Canada requiring travellers to wear protective face-coverings at various stages of their air travel journey. Pursuant to the Ministerial Directive travellers will be required to show that they have a s

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1st Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano Successfully Completes Inaugural Flight

Delivery To The NAF Expected On Schedule In 2021

Embraer Defense & Security and Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced the first of 12 A-29 Super Tucano light attack, combat and reconnaissance aircraft for the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) successfully completed its inaugural flight at the production facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The full fleet of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft for the NAF are currently in production by SNC and Embraer at the Jacksonville facility with delivery to the NAF expected on schedule in 2021. The NAF A-29 aircraft will now begin mission modification and final testing in Centennial, Colorado. Following final testing, before delivery, NAF pilots will train in the aircraft.

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Aerovironment To Provide Raven Small UAS And Training To Allied Nation

$2,424,595 Firm-Fixed-Price Contract For Raven Small UAS AeroVironment has announced that on March 3, it received a $2,424,595 firm-fixed-price contract to provide an allied nation with its Raven small UAS and training. Delivery is anticipated by August of this year. “With its rugged design, small footprint and high resolution sensor capabilities, the combat-proven Raven offers allied forces the actionable intelligence they need at a moment’s notice in the most extreme environments,” says Rick Pedigo, vice president of sales and business development for AeroVironment.

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Airborne 04.13.20: Move Over, SpaceX?, EAA Camp Cancelled, Aspen Enhancements

Also: Starliner Refly, A350-1000 Deployed, Skydiving Museum HOF Ceremony, 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview is LIVE

Rocket Lab has successfully completed a mid-air recovery test – a maneuver that involves snagging an Electron test stage from the sky with a helicopter. The successful test is a major step forward in Rocket Lab’s plans to reuse the first stage of its Electron launch vehicle for multiple missions. The test took place in early March, by dropping an Electron first stage test article from a helicopter over open ocean. A parachute was then deployed from the stage, before a second hel

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.18.20): Approach Gate

Approach Gate An imaginary point used within ATC as a basis for vectoring aircraft to the final approach course. The gate will be established along the final approach course 1 mile from the final approach fix on the side away from the airport and will be no closer than 5 miles from the landing threshold.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.18.20)

Aero Linx: Rich Stowell’s Aviation Learning Center A really good friend of ours, Master Instructor Rich Stowell has specialized in spin, emergency maneuver, aerobatic, and tailwheel training since 1987: in the classroom, in the cockpit, in front of seminar audiences, in writing, and in front of the camera. Rich Stowell took his first flying lesson in 1982 and earned his Private license in early 1984. He began his career as a full-time instructor in 1987. In February 2001, Stowell was designated the country’s first Master CFI-Aerobatics and has served on the Master Instructors LLC Board of Review for Master CFI-Aerobatic applicants ever since. He is also the 2014 National FAA Safety Team R

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.18.20)

"SpaceX and NASA are targeting May 27 for Falcon 9’s launch of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission (Demo-2) from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will be the first two NASA astronauts to fly onboard the Dragon spacecraft as part of the Demo-2 mission to and from the International Space Station, which will return human spaceflight to the United States since the Space Shuttle was retired in 2011." Source: From the narrative that accompanied the SpaceX confirmation that the first manned flight of the crew dragon vehicle was now on the schedule for May 27th, 2020.

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