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September 26, 2021

Airborne 09.22.21: CityAirbus Debut, DeLand Ready!, Air Race 1 Delay

Also: Environmental Review For SpaceX, Daher Reveals, Cargojet Pilots Join ALPA, Aerospace Industry Outlook

Airbus has announced plans for a new CityAirbus at the Company’s first Airbus Summit on “Pioneering Sustainable Aerospace” as the emerging Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market begins to firm up. Ushering in the next generation of CityAirbus, the fully electric vehicle is equipped with fixed wings, a V-shaped tail, and eight electrically powered propellers as part of its uniquely designed distributed propulsion system. It is designed to carry up to four passengers. The sport aviation world is ready to close out 2021 on an upwards note

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EAA Opposes Cap on Veteran Flight Training Benefits

"This Will Harm Veterans And Limit Their Employment Opportunities In The Aviation Industry."

EAA joined 14 other aviation organizations in jointly opposing a bill in the House of Representatives that includes a cap on flight training benefits available to United States military veterans. H.R.4874, the bill in question, caps payments for flight training programs and virtually guarantees that U.S. veterans seeking to use their GI Bill benefits to pursue a career as a professional pilot will not have the necessary funds provided to complete flight training. Other degree programs at public colleges or universities are not capped in a similar manner, meaning fields involving flight training are unfairly disadvantaged.

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2021 Planes of Fame Airshow Cancelled

Logistical Issues And Rising Operational Costs, Along With The Pandemic, Contributed To The Decision

The Planes of Fame Air Museum has announced that its 2021 Airshow, scheduled for Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, 2021, at the Chino Airport has been cancelled. “After losing the 2020 Airshow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were looking forward to presenting this year’s show,” commented Museum president Steve Hinton. “But the difficult decision was made to cancel this year’s event. We hope 2022 will be a different story.”

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Bad Timing? New Army Directive Will Reset Aviator Warrant Officer Date Of Rank 

Promotions That Used To Come With 2 Years Of AWO Service, May Now Take Longer

The Army has made some decisions that are likely to be unpopular among their Aviation Warrant Officers (AWO). The Army's new initiative has been undertaken to 'provide aviation warrant officers more time for professional development at junior ranks.' Army directive, AD 2021-31, approved Sept. 10, 2021, and effective Oct. 1, 2021, will reset the time required for aviator warrant officers (military occupational specialty 152 through 155) to be promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 2.

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Klyde Morris (09.24.21)

It Ain't Easy Being Klyde...


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Astranis Moves Launch of First Commercial Satellite to Falcon Heavy

Satellite Will Launch Directly To Geostationary Orbit, Hastening Broadband Service For Alaska

Astranis' first commercial communications satellite, set to provide service for Alaska from geostationary orbit, will now launch as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket on a direct-inject mission set for Spring 2022. The mission profile will allow the spacecraft to arrive at its orbital slot within days of launch and removes the need for a multiple-month orbit raise from a highly-elliptical geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). “Launching on Falcon Heavy will get us on-orbit months faster, allowing us to serve customers in Alaska that much sooner. This is a huge win for our customers in Alaska.”

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Classic Aero-TV: True Blue Power–Evangelizing The Best Of New Lithium Technology

From 2017: Technology Is Misunderstood, Company Executive Says…

Lithium batteries are a misunderstood technology that has suffered from a misperception of the devices. That is the assessment of Rick Slater, Director of True Blue Power at Mid Continent Instrument Company, who told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at NBAA-BACE that the company began in 2013 to educate people about the technology, and its benefits for aviation.

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Jet In Sets KMKE Groundbreaking of New FBO

Company Has Committed To An $11 Million Investment

Milwaukee headquartered FBO, Jet In, has announced plans to break ground on its new facility at the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. An $11 million investment will permit the development of the last greenfield parcel on the airport into the premier facility for general aviation in the state of Wisconsin. The facility will provide a full complement of services and amenities, including heated hangars capable of accommodating the largest general aviation aircraft. A thoughtfully designed terminal will incorporate the latest technology advancements and will cater to the needs of passengers and flight crew.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-20-01 Requires Removal And Replacement Of The HPT 1st-Stage Hub

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pratt & Whitney PW1500G and PW1900G series turbofan engines with a certain high-pressure turbine (HPT) 1st-stage hub or HPT rotor 1st-stage blade retaining plate installed. This AD was prompted by a report from the manufacturer who determined that the HPT 1st-stage hub and HPT rotor 1st-stage blade retaining plate fail to meet the published life-cycle limits for each part. This AD requires removal and replacement of the HPT 1st-stage hub and HPT rotor 1st-stage blade retaining plate prior to reaching certain cycle limits. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is e

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AD: Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica S.A.

AD 2021-18-03 Prompted By A Report Of An In-Flight Shutdown Due In Part To Failure In The Low-Pressure Compressor

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-26-02, which applied to certain Yaborã Industria Aeronáutica S.A. (type certificate previously held by Embraer S.A.) Model ERJ 190-400 airplanes. AD 2020-26-02 required amending the existing airplane flight manual (AFM) to incorporate a new limitation and revise certain normal procedures. This AD retains those requirements and also requires upgrading the electronic engine control (EEC) software, as specified in an Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC) AD, which is incorporated by reference. This AD was prompted by a report of an in-flight shut

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.21)

Aero Linx: Mid-Atlantic Pilots Association Formed in 1957, Mid-Atlantic Pilots Association is a non-profit flying organization dedicated to air safety, aviation education and flying camaraderie. All levels of pilots, student pilots and aviation enthusiasts are invited to join. MAPA has a monthly meeting held on the second Thursday of each month. We often have a speaker or an animated discussion on hot aviation related topics. Our programs have covered a variety of topics including aviation safety, flying adventures, weather and many others. Lincoln Park Aviation generously provides meeting space and facilities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.21): Tentative Calculated Landing Time (TCLT)

Tentative Calculated Landing Time (TCLT) A projected time calculated for adapted vertex for each arrival aircraft based upon runway configuration, airport acceptance rate, airport arrival delay period, and other metered arrival aircraft. This time is either the VTA of the aircraft or the TCLT/ACLT of the previous aircraft plus the AAI, whichever is later. This time will be updated in response to an aircraft’s progress and its current relationship to other arrivals.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.02.21)

“After losing the 2020 Airshow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were looking forward to presenting this year’s show. But the difficult decision was made to cancel this year’s event. We hope 2022 will be a different story.” Source: Planes of Fame's Museum President Steve Hinton, explaining the need for cancelling the 2021 airshow  that so many warbird enthusiasts looked forward to each year.

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