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September 24, 2021

Airborne 09.24.21: Dillingham Airfield, Glasair Returns, USAF Pilots

Also: MQ-25 Stingray, L3Harris Flight Academy, FAA v Universal Flt Training, Cargojet Pilots 
General aviation and skydiving enthusiasts in Hawaii have something to celebrate! General aviation and skydiving enthusiasts are celebrating the fact that the Hawaii Department of Transportation - Airports Division revoked its termination of the lease of Kawai-hapai (Dillingham) Airfield. The news gives tenants and businesses at least three more years to utilize the airfield, while the US Army and HDOT work on finalizing a joint-use agreement that will look towards a long term lease. Located on Oahu’s North Shore, there are currently 11 businesses operating at Dillingham Airport that employ more than 130 people. Glasair Aviation has resumed operations

Glasair Aviation Has Resumed Operations

Sportsman Kits Are Available Again

Glasair Aviation has resumed operations after a “COVID pause”, and will now resume selling kits. Updates include the Sportsman kits, which have now reduced the builder’s assembly time, with the Two Weeks to Taxi program still on hold. Small changes have been made regarding the clean up instructions, updated bill of materials, prefabricating assemblies and other improvements, according to Coby Young, Glasair’s Final Assembly Manager. The kit now includes many parts and assemblies that have been historically sold separately as sub-kits.

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Aero-TV At OSH21: ANN Talks Skyleader 600 At Oshkosh

Michael Tomazin Gives An Overview Of The Aircraft

ANN and Michael Tomazin, the North American Distributor for Skyleader Aircraft reflect on the days past at Oshkosh. “We’ve had an outstanding turnout, a lot of excitement around our new 600 model, and we’ve just really been pleased with all the folks that have come by and all the new leads. We have got a lot of the demo rides to give after the show so we are looking forward to that, and showing customers the product that we offer,” Tomazin says.

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Dillingham Airfield Will Stay Open For Skydiving At Least 3 More Years

The Community Came Together, Passion For Aviation And Skydiving Prevails

USPA informs the sport parachuting community of some great news for general aviation and skydiving enthusiasts in Hawaii. September 17, the Hawaii Department of Transportation - Airports Division revoked its termination of the lease of Kawaihapai (Dillingham) Airfield. The news gives tenants and businesses at least three more years to utilize the airfield, while the US Army and HDOT work on finalizing a joint-use agreement that will look towards a long term lease. Located on Oahu’s North Shore, the atmosphere boasts steady trade winds, opening landing areas and stable, clear weather. Now, there are currently 11 businesses operating at Dillingham Airport that employ more

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Air Force Finetunes Pilot Candidate Selection Process

New Guidelines Have Been Established In Support Of Rated Diversity

Several Air Education and Training Command initiatives to remove barriers for qualified candidates after the Air Force completed their six-month assessment of their Initial Racial Disparity Report. These changes came after extensive research conducted by the pilot selection process, by a group responsible for identifying potential barriers to entry. “Our studies concluded that these changes will result in more qualified candidates of underrepresented groups being selected for training,” said Lt. Col. Brandi King, the working group’s AETC lead. The second-largest component of an applicant’s PCSM score is prior flying experience. In consideratio

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L3Harris Flight Academy Students May Qualify For Tuition Reimbursement

SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program Partners With The Flight Academy To Offer Up To $15,000 To Cadets

L3Harris Technologies reveals the reinstatement of partial tuition reimbursement for prospective first officers in the SkyWest Airlines Pilot Pathway Program. Qualifying cadets will be able to claim up to $15,000 in tuition reimbursement from SkyWest Airlines. L3Harris and SkyWest Airlines provide a direct path for pilots to launch their commercial pilot career. Enhanced seniority, access to pilot mentors, and a guaranteed final first officer interview with SkyWest are all part of the program. There are no flight hour requirements for L3 Harris students to join the SkyWest Pilot Pathway Program, and no commitment unless you utilize the tuition reimburse

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FAA Awards More Than $431.8 Million In Grants

Investments Include Safety, Sustainability and Greater Accessibility At Airports

The FAA has awarded more than $431.8 million in grants to build safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports across the United States. Projects at 60 airports in 31 states plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands are included in this final round of funding for 2021. “To get passengers where they need to be safely and sustainably, we must make ongoing investments in our aviation system. These grants will help fulfill our commitment to build a safer, more equitable and more sustainable future,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

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FAA Invests In Alaska Airports

82% of Communities In The State Are Accessible Only By Air

The FAA will award seven Alaska airports a total of $42 million in Airport Improvement Program grants to help with safety, access and sustainability efforts. The FAA has awarded more than 64 grants totaling $257.4 million to Alaska airports during fiscal year 2021. “These grants reflect our ongoing commitment to the unique needs of the Alaska aviation community and our focus on supporting the extensive Alaska National Airspace System,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. In Alaska, approximately 82% of communities are only accessible by air. Aviation in Alaska is critical to daily operations in the state, including life saving supplies, food distribution, transportation, medi

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Meggitt Shareholders Approve Parker Hannifin Recommended Cash Acquisition

Transaction To Close End Of Q3, 2022

Parker Hannifin Corporation confirms that Meggitt Shareholders have approved the terms of the recommended cash acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Meggitt PLC as announced on August 2, 2021. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 of 2022. Meggitt PLC has issued a report announcing the voting results. The acquisition remains subject to satisfaction of the conditions set out in the scheme document, including regulatory clearances. Under the UK Companies Act, the Scheme of Arrangement further requires the sanction of the Court, currently Q3 of 2022.

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Airbus and Air New Zealand To Study Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft

The Companies Will Work Together To Bring New Forms Of Air Travel To Market

Air New Zealand and Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a study to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations. Following the terms of  the agreement, Air New Zealand will examine the reactions hydrogen-powered aircraft may have on its network, operations and infrastructure. Meanwhile, Airbus will share expected aircraft  performance and ground operations characteristics to support Air New Zealand in its decarbonisation roadmap.    

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.16.21: ERAU Astro's, Delta VAX Mandate, American A/L

Also: Cargojet Fires 23, Drone Safety Awareness Week, Simaero Wins, EAA Space Day

SpaceX’s Inspiration 4 has Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduates onboard... Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President P. Barry Butler sent his best wishes to the alumni – Jared Isaacman and Chris Sembrowski. "Everyone at Embry-Riddle is excited about the mission and proud of our Eagles, Jared and Chris,” Butler said. “Through their participation in this mission, they are also raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In doing so, they are exemplifying Eagle values, which call on us to be of service to

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32-300

The Pilot Began A Slow Climb, When The Engine Began To Surge

On August 24, 2021, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300 airplane, N2843T, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Del Mar, California. The flight instructor and private pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that the airplane had just completed an annual inspection and he was flying it back to its home base. A departure on runway heading to a level off about 1,500 ft mean sea level (msl) was accomplished. Once past the class B airspace floor of 1,800 ft msl, the pilot began a slow climb, when the engine began to surge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.24.21)

Aero Linx: Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) CANSO is the global voice of the air traffic management industry. As the industry association, we bring the world’s air navigation service providers, leading industry innovators and air traffic management specialists together to share knowledge, develop best practice and shape the future for secure and seamless airspace. Together we are experts, we are innovators and we are the architects of future ATM.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.24.21): Wind Shear Escape

Wind Shear Escape An unplanned abortive maneuver initiated by the pilot in command (PIC) as a result of onboard cockpit systems. Wind shear escapes are characterized by maximum thrust climbs in the low altitude terminal environment until wind shear conditions are no longer detected.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.24.21)

“Flying lessons are expensive and could potentially exclude qualified candidates from becoming pilots in the Air Force due to limited income or lack of opportunities. In order to ensure we do not eliminate otherwise qualified candidates, flight programs have been implemented at both the United States Air Force Academy and the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Cadets receive free ground and flight training, and an opportunity to gain critical skills and directly improve their competitiveness for pilot selection boards.” Source: Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, AETC’s Director of Operations and Communications and the pilot selection process working group’s overall lead, discussing several Air Education and Trai

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