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August 13, 2023

USCG Detects 16 Unauthorized UAS During Seattle Seafair Event

U.S. Tax Dollars at Work

The United States Coast Guard employed Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capabilities in collaboration with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Seattle Police Department (SPD), and Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) to enforce FAA-issued temporary flight restrictions over Lake Washington during 2023’s Seafair Weekend Festival in support of the event’s constituent airshow.

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National Air Force Museum Acquires Tuskegee Airmen Trainer

Stearman Boeing PT-17 Biplane Display to Debut Spring 2024

Located on Dayton, Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. The institution curates upwards of 360 aircraft and missiles, and draws some one-million visitors annually. The museum’s collection was further broadened recently by the acquisition of a Stearman Boeing PT-17 Kaydet biplane—a WWII-Era military trainer in which the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF), U.S. Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force trained pilots throughout the early 20th Century. 

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ParaZero Launches SafeAir M350 Pro System

New Parachute DJI's New Enterprise Drone

ParaZero has released its SafeAir M350 Pro parachute system for DJI's M350 RTK drone—the newest model in the Chinese manufacturer’s Enterprise series. Founded in 2014 and based in Be’er Sheva, Israel, ParaZero Drone Safety Solutions is a technology concern specializing in the safe and comprehensive deployment of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). 

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Airborne 08.07.23: OSH23 Record, Perlan II, Polio Flt

Also: Wheels Up Criticized, Covington Aircraft, G550 Record, “Liberty Lifter” 

What an astounding week... AirVenture 2023 drew a record attendance of some 677,000 visitors—surpassing the previous record-high mark of 650,000 set in 2022. Over AirVenture 2023’s duration, upwards of ten-thousand fixed and rotary wing contraptions of every conceivable design and derivation descended upon Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport (OSH)—which recorded 21,883 aircraft operations over the 11-day period spanning 20 through 30 July. The Airbus Perlan Mission II team, which comprises a company of the aviation industry’s

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Peering Into the F-35’s Future

A Matter of Keeping Cool

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has conceived of an ambitious plan by which to update Lockheed-Martin’s controversial and thus-far demonstrably lackluster F-35 fighter aircraft. The plan identifies and addresses a key difficulty with which F-35 pilots, maintainers, and tacticians have been faced—the immense demands normal operations place on the aircraft’s cooling system. The degree of cooling required to mitigate waste-heat from the F-35’s myriad and complex electronic giblets is extensive and ever-increasing. 

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Virgin Galactic Completes Galactic 02 Mission

Galactic 03 Mission to Launch September 2023

Virgin Galactic, the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has successfully completed its Galactic 02 mission, the company’s first private space tourist flight. By flying private space tourists Jon Goodwin of the United Kingdom, and Keisha Schahaff and Anastatia Mayers of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Galactic 02 achieved a number of ostensibly historic milestones.

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Oklahoma Invests $1 Million in Aerospace Education

Sooner is Better

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission has approved grants totaling $502,885 and will provide over $1-million in total to schools, aerospace programs, and aviation-centric organizations during the 2024 fiscal year.

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Tunisian Air Force Takes Delivery of 8th T-6 Texan II

Capable Textron Turboprop Training North African Pilots

Textron Aviation Defense—the military facet of the aviation division of U.S. technology conglomerate Textron—has announced the arrival of the eighth Beechcraft T-6C Texan II turboprop aircraft in support of Tunisian Air Force pilot training at Tunisia’s Sfax Air Base’s No. 13 Squadron.

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Classic Aero-TV: Able Flight Empowerment --Introducing America’s Newest Pilots

From 2015 (YouTube Version): One of Aviation’s Greatest Efforts Expands Our Ranks With Inspirational New Flyers

In this short, 2 ½ minute video, you’ll see and hear Charles Stites, who is the Executive Director of Able Flight, as he pins pilot wings on four new able flight students. You’ll also receive an introduction to an organization that takes pride in helping people succeed in ways that were not imagined before. Able Flight was created by pilots who believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fly is best shared, and they designed the Able Flight Scholarships to enable people with disabilities to pursue th

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NTSB Releases Final Report on December 2022 777 Altitude Deviation

A Matter of Degrees

The NTSB has released its final report on a 18 December 2022 incident in which a 23-year-old United Airlines Boeing 777-222, registration N212UA, then operating as UAL Flight 1722, experienced a dramatic altitude deviation enroute from the Hawaiian island of Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) to California’s San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The flight was operated as a scheduled air-carrier operation under Part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.13.23)

Aero Linx: The Alaska Airmen's Association  The Alaska Airmen's Association includes over 2,000 members—we are one of the largest General Aviation communities in the country. We strive to promote aviation, enhance safety and support initiatives that benefit pilots and grow the aviation community. Whether you're a veteran pilot or you've discovered a passion for aviation, the Alaska Airmen's Association is proud to welcome new members who share the wonders of flight in the Last Frontier!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.13.23): Remote Pilot

Remote Pilot Pilot of a UAS who is not operating as a recreational flyer under 49 USC §44809, the Exception for Limited Recreational Operations of Unmanned Aircraft. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.13.23)

“Unauthorized UAS can be extremely dangerous to airshow pilots, as well as spectators. Our robust partnership with the FAA, Seattle Police, and Mercer Island Police Department is vital to ensure unauthorized UAS operators are intercepted and educated on safe operations and reminded of the FAA Temporary Flight Restrictions in place to support the airshow.”

Source: Coast Guard incident commander for Seafair Commander Scott McGrew, discussing the recent discovery of multiple UAVs flying during a recent airshow.  

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