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August 11, 2021

Airborne 08.11.21: Blackshape GabriƩl, Bahamas VAX Regs, United Mandates

Also: FAA On The Warpath, Wings Over North Georgia, Tamarack Joins ICAO, OFT-2 Valve Issue
Ameri Aircraft Sales and Service in Houston, Texas, is now the exclusive sales and service dealer for the Blackspace line of aircraft. The Gabriél is the trainer version of their higher performance Prime model, certified in the EU and about to become certified by the FAA under reciprocal agreement protocols. Gabriél is a tandem-seat, retractable-gear design constructed of carbon-fiber prepreg, steel and aluminum. It is powered by a Lycoming IO-320-D1B 160 hp engine turning a Hartzell three-blade constant speed prop. Our friend, Jim Parker of Caribbean Flying Adventures, has informed us that things have changed with Bahamas entry requirements... again.

Airborne 08.09.21: Oshkosh21 Stats, Raptor Down, Cub v Kayak

Also: A-10s on Highway, Virgin Galactic Prices Double, Norwegian DA62 MPP, B-29 Doc Setback

At a final Oshkosh briefing from EAA Boss Jack Pelton, he noted that, “This was perhaps the most challenging set of circumstances we’ve ever faced as an organization to make the event happen. I could not be more proud of our volunteers, staff, and participants on the way they came together to exceed our expectations and make AirVenture 2021 a truly memorable experience.” One of the SportPlane world's most controversial kit development programs may be ending. Following years of setbacks, delays and no end of questionable development decision, fo

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2021 Wings Over North Georgia Hybrid Drive-In Air Show Plans Announced

Decision Made To Continue To Utilize The Drive-In Style Air Show Format

Some more good news on the airshow front... The 2021 Wings Over North Georgia Drive-In Air Show will take flight at the Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA on Oct. 30-31. The event will feature headlining performances by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force ACC A-10 Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team. COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 forced JLC Air Show Management to create guidelines and a format that allowed for social distancing or face the risk of cancellation. The result was a drive-in format.

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Tamarack Joins ICAO Global Coalition for Sustainable Aviation

Tamarack Winglets May Allow For Up To 33% Reduced Fuel Use

Tamarack Aerospace is the newest member of the ICAO Global Coalition for Sustainable Aviation. The Coalition is a forum of stakeholders which aims to facilitate the development of new ideas and accelerate the implementation of innovative solutions that will further reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Other notable members of the Coalition include Airbus, Archer, and others.

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SkyWest Makes Big Embraer E175 Buy

Will Be Operated With Delta Air Lines Livery

Embraer has sold 16 new E175 jets to SkyWest, to be operated exclusively with the Delta Air Lines network, under a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA). The contract is valued at USD 798.4 million, based on list price. Beginning in the middle of 2022, deliveries of the 76-seat aircraft will begin. Embraer's E175 series started with a stretch of the E170, entering service with Air Canada in 2005. The E175 typically seats around 78 passengers in a typical single class configuration, 76 in a dual-class configuration, and up to 88 in a high-density configuration. Powered with General Electric CF34-8E engines of 14,200 pounds of thrust, the E175 series has well over 600 birds in the field and another 200 on ord

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Liftoff! NASA Science, Cargo Launches on Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission

Scheduled To Arrive At The Space Station Around 0610 Thursday, Aug. 12

A Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with more than 8,200 pounds of science investigations and cargo after launching at 6:01 p.m. EDT Tuesday from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. At 8:46 p.m., the spacecraft’s solar arrays successfully deployed to collect sunlight to power Cygnus on its journey to the station. Cygnus is scheduled to arrive at the space station around 6:10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12.

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NASA, Boeing Report Progress on OFT-2 Valve Issue

Inspecting Affected Valves Indicated No Signs Of Damage Or External Corrosion

NASA and Boeing continued work over the weekend and Monday morning on the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft service module propulsion system in preparation for the Orbital Flight Test-2 mission to the International Space Station. Work progressed to restore functionality to several valves in the Starliner propulsion system that did not open as designed during the launch countdown for the Aug. 3 launch attempt. The valves connect to thrusters that enable abort and in-orbit maneuvering. With the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V and Starliner in the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) near Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florid

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NTSB Prelim: Vans RV6

While On Short Final Approach For Runway 27, The Engine Experienced A Total Loss Of Power

On July 15, 2021, at 0954 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-6, N468AC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Riverside, California. The two pilots onboard were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that while on short final approach for runway 27, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The airplane subsequently impacted terrain short of the runway and came to rest inverted.

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AD: Bell Textron Inc.

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bell Textron Inc. (type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, and 212 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a fatal accident in which an outboard main rotor hub strap pin (pin) sheared off during flight, resulting in the main rotor blade and the main rotor head detaching from the helicopter. This AD requires removing the pins from service before further flight and prohibits installing them on any helicopter. The FAA previously sent an emergency AD to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters and is now issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 24, 2021. Emergency AD 2021-15-51, issued on July 6, 2021,

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.11.21)

Aero Linx: Air Marshal Association Air Marshal Association: Our predecessor association, FAMSNJ, was formed in 2009. We merged with another group of unrepresented TSA employees to be the OLE component of a TSA-wide professional organization. It became apparent that FAMs stood alone, both in the severity of discipline and the lack of avenues of redress. In March of 2013, the FAMs split away and formed the AMA under the guidance of the Communication Workers of America/AFL-CIO. It became quickly apparent that a traditional union was not a good fit for federal agents, so in 2015 we ended our affiliation with the CWA and formed the Air Marshal As

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.11.21): Terminal Radar Service Area

Terminal Radar Service Area Airspace surrounding designated airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring, sequencing, and separation on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The AIM contains an explanation of TRSA. TRSAs are depicted on VFR aeronautical charts. Pilot participation is urged but is not mandatory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.11.21)

"We held our first event in 2012 and have always listened to feedback from the guests attending our air shows. Each year, we have incorporated improvements and enhancements to continue to offer one of the top air show experiences in the U.S. Wings Over North Georgia Air Show was recently voted USA Today's No. 7 fan favorite air show in the world and is also a top-rated fall event for northwest Georgia. Our ninth annual air show promises to be our best yet." Source: JLC AirShow Management President John Cowman, commenting on the forthcoming 2021 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show.

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