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September 08, 2021

Aero-TV At SnF21: The 915 Bristell Makes A Splash At Sun ‘n Fun

Lou Mancuso Speaks About His Experience With The Aircraft

At the end of Sun ‘N Fun 2021, we had the opportunity to speak with Lou Mancuso about his experience flying the 915 Bristell and what the future holds for the aircraft. Mancuso says that the 915 light sport Bristell was the only light sport that has been able to qualify with the Rotax 915 iS engine. “The last time I flew it I went from 400 feet to 18000 feet in 12 minutes with an average 1500 feet a minute climb all the way up there, and when I was at 18000 I was still getting 1400 feet a minute climb,” Mancuso says.

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Swiss Team Wins The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

2022 Event Will Take Place In Switzerland In Their Honor

Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpräechtiger of Team SUI-2, Switzerland, received their medals and trophies in Torun, Poland in late August, following their win of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. The historic gas balloon race has one simple goal: to fly the furthest non-stop distance from the launch site. Frieden and Witpräechtiger were the last crew to be airborne and flew 2.22 miles** further than the competitors behind them. This gained their victory after they landed in Les Landes Genusson in France on Wednesday, August 25th. Total airtime was 85 hours after traveling 969 miles from the launch site in Aeroklub Pomorski in Poland.

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Former Army Soldier Solos With Adaptive Paragliding Program

Utah Non-Profit Helps People Soar To Heights They Didn’t Think Were Possible

A Utah based organization called Project Airtime, takes anyone who wants to go flying, flying. For free. The adaptive paragliding program is designed to assist anyone who may have an injury or disability, and their caregivers, and show them that paragliding is still possible. Founder, Chris Santacroce, suffered a life-altering spinal cord injury in the 2000’s and now views life in a different way. He wants others to be able to experience the freedom he experienced with paragliding. Brenden Doyle, a former US Army soldier, was left paralized from a skydiving accident and he is one of the people who have learned to paraglide on their own with Project Airtim

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Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show Location Changed

The Event Will Now Take Place At Pensacola Beach

Due to COVID safety precautions, the 2021 Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show will now take place on Pensacola Beach instead of the NAS Pensacola base. The dates remain unchanged and will be taking place from November 5-6, 2021. “This is a huge disappointment to us. Holding the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show at NAS Pensacola is a long, proud, Pensacola tradition that is especially meaningful in this 75th anniversary year,” said Capt. Tim Kinsella, commanding officer of the base. “But, as I’ve said many times before, the links between this community and the military are incredibly strong. This airshow is important to the community, and I think in these times we probably need it m

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Remembering James Raisbeck’s Legacy

Founder, Former Chairman and CEO of Raisbeck Engineering, Passes

James Raisbeck passed away Tuesday, August 31st, 2021. James was an iconic figure in the aviation industry and the founder of Raisbeck Engineering with a sixty-seven year long career. “I am honored to lead the company that bears James Raisbeck’s name. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know James and I valued his input, insights and wisdom. We will miss James tremendously and our hearts reach out to his family and friends,” said Hal Chrisman, the President of Raisbeck Engineering.

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Pararescuemen Standby For SpaceX, Boeing Launches

Teams Are Trained To Rescue Astronauts That Detach From Rocket In Emergency

The 38th Rescue Squadron, located in Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, conducted rescue training of their pararescuemen in the Banana River and Atlantic Ocean near Patrick Space Force Base in the last week of August. The 38th RQS Blue Team trains to assist in the SpaceX human spaceflight program and Boeing’s spaceflight program, covering the ocean below them in the event of an emergency. If there is an issue during launch, that capsule will detach from the spacecraft with the ultimate goal being to land in the ocean where the pararescuemen can go rescue those who have been separated from the rocket. 

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Whirly-Girls Open 2022 Scholarship Season

Over $100,000 Of Helicopter Flight Training Scholarships Available

The Whirly-Girls Scholarship Fund is proud to announce the opening of the 2022 scholarship season. Female aviators can apply for over $100,000 of helicopter flight training and educational scholarships. The goal of these scholarships is to strengthen the diversity, and overall talent pool of the helicopter industry. Applications must be submitted by October 3rd, 2021. Awards are available for both experienced and newly-certificated pilots and examples include classes in turbine transition, software use, commercial flight training, and a helicopter rating.

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Kabul Airport Reopens

Domestic Flights Taking Place, No Radar or Navigation 

Domestic flights have begun taking place from the Kabul airport, though more work is required before international flights resume. “Officially the airport is open. Over the past two days, we’ve repaired more than we expected,”  Muhammad Salim Saad, the Taliban commander in charge of airport security, said September 5th. “I want to assure all people that the airport is safe and secure,” Saad continued. He said the remaining technical problems should be fixed this week.

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Airborne 09.03.21: Virgin Galactic Grounded, G700 Records, Kirby Chambliss

Also: Tamarack Aerospace, Laser Strikes, Sonaca Aircraft, Air Tractor

Virgin Galactic is grounded after a number of inflight issues have become public. The FAA has finally stepped in and grounded Virgin Galactic. This occurred as details about the flight that carried Richard Branson, and others, to a point short of the Karman Line ran into problems that have just recently come to light. A New Yorker story by Nicholas Schmidle was the first to note the hastily rescheduled Unity 22 that carried Branson encountered issues with its attitude and the parameters established for a proper ascent and return to their base. The Gulfstream G700, set its first ever

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150M

Pilot Established Best Glide Speed And Attempted A Soft-Field Landing To A Corn Field

On August 11, 2021, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N66748 sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Wadsworth, Ohio. The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that after she taxied to runway 21, she utilized the airplane’s checklist and performed an engine run-up, which included checking the magnetos and carburetor heat. After waiting for an arriving airplane to land, she taxied into position on the runway, held the brakes and advanced the throttle to full power before releasing the brakes to initiate th

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.08.21)

Aero Linx: The Ministry of Civil Aviation (Egypt) The Ministry of Civil Aviation is working to promote the civil aviation facility, helping it reach the worldwide standards. It is also working to insure the safety and security of aviation, serving the local and global community. Further, it is working to prepare the related necessary manpower, and develop the personnel performance, keeping pace with the advancement of the global air transportation industry, so that the facility can achieve the targets assigned to it according to the economic and social development plan, within the framework of the State public policy, keeping pace with the global changes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.08.21): Severe Weather Forecast Alerts

Severe Weather Forecast Alerts Preliminary messages issued in order to alert users that a Severe Weather Watch Bulletin (WW) is being issued. These messages define areas of possible severe thunderstorms or tornado activity. The messages are unscheduled and issued as required by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) at Norman, Oklahoma.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.08.21)

“When astronauts are doing their launches, we cover down in the Pacific or Atlantic Ocean. That way, if they have an emergency and they need a bailout, we’re the rescue team on-site who would recover them from their capsule... It’s a lot of work being a pararescueman. I’m surrounded by a bunch of great people who are constantly challenging me. We have those who are always trying to improve themselves, whether mentally or physically, and it just drives me to be a better person and reach my potential.” Source: Tech. Sgt. Michael Galindo, 38th RQS pararescueman and Blue Team section chief, chatting about their conducting rescue training of their pararescuemen in the Banana River and Atlantic Ocean near

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