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August 25, 2021

Airborne 08.25.21: Skytyper Lost, RC Paper Airplane, Blue Origin

Also: FAA's Warpath, Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, Spacewalk Postponed, Oceana Air Show
The aviation community is in mourning... Tragically, on the evening before an airshow in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, a pilot for the GEICO Skytypers died during a practice run. Andy Travnicek was confirmed as the pilot. He was an Air Force Academy graduate, a 20-year veteran of the Air Force, a commercial airline pilot, and a certified flight instructor. He resided in New Hampshire with his wife, Sandy, also a veteran military pilot.He was the only person on board. Because smartphones can pretty much do almost everything, now they can power paper airplanes. The PowerUp 4.0 is a device that can be attached to your paper airplane design to take th

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Breaks World Record

Claims Title For Greatest Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascent

A new Guiness World Record was set at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for the “Greatest mass hot air balloon ascent.” The record setting date was October 6, 2019 with 524 balloons launched. Paul Smith, the executive director of the Balloon Fiesta shared a bit of history about the event and what led them to this record breaking day, “Following our launch of 1,019 hot air balloons in 2000, the event’s leadership agreed that Albuquerque really should be the home for this kind of world record, so we started the process of learning how to document the launches,” said Smith.

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Virgin Orbit Becoming A Publicly Traded Company

Enters Business Combination With NextGen

Virgin Orbit revealed that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which they will become a publicly-traded company. Upon closing, the transaction is expected to provide the combined company up to $483 million in cash proceeds. Existing Virgin Orbit shareholders will roll 100% of their equity into the combined company. Virgin Orbit’s highly differentiated air launch technology enables satellite launches at any time, from any place, and to any orbit.

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International Council of Air Shows Announces 2021 Keynote Speakers

"It's Likely The Strongest Line-Up Of Keynote Speakers ICAS Has Ever Had"

ICAS has announced details on the three keynote presentations that will be conducted as part of its 2021 Convention, December 6-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. "It's likely the strongest line-up of keynote speakers ICAS has ever had," said ICAS President John Cudahy. "All three of them are excellent speakers with compelling messages that will resonate with our delegates…especially this year as our members work to recover from the challenges and deprivations of the pandemic."

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Smartphone Powered Paper Airplanes?

Challenge Your Kids To an Airplane Design Contest And Win

If you are looking for things to do with idle kids, challenge them to a paper airplane building contest and then surprise them with your smartphone-controlled, paper airplane boosting kit. The PowerUp 4.0 is a device that can be attached to your paper airplane design to take them to the next level. The device will run you about $70 but is well worth it if only for the nostalgia and fun it will bring. After purchase, you will open your kit to find everything you need to strap a dual motor to your airplane. Included are a USB charger, spare propellers, and four templates to build with.

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NBAA Promoting Owner-Pilot Pavilion For NBAA-BACE

Will 'Bring Together A Key Part Of The Business Aviation Community In New Ways'

Reportedly for the first time, NBAA-BACE (which takes place Oct. 12-14 in Las Vegas, NV), will feature an Owner/Single-Pilot Operator Pavilion 'to bring together a key part of the business aviation community in new ways.' “Owner-pilots are not just a key part of the business aviation community: they’re innovators, thought leaders and groundbreaking entrepreneurs,” said Andrew Broom, NBAA senior vice president for strategy, marketing and innovation.

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D-Day Paratrooper Tom Rice Jumps Again For 100th Birthday

Coronado Native Celebrates With The City

Tom Rice turned 100 years old on Sunday, August 15. Not one to settle for a boring birthday party, he celebrated the day by jumping out of the Commemorative Air Force's C-53 D-Day Doll assigned to the Inland Empire Wing based in Riverside, California. “I think the whole city of Coranado was there,” Rice said. “It was a happy day.” Rice was born and raised in Coronado, and still lives in the same house. Rice was joined by a large crowd and fellow D-Day veteran, 97-year-old Dan McBride. D-Day Doll flew in three missions on June 6, 1944 and the next day. It also flew in support missions and wounded evacuations to England.

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Crew Gets Ready for Cargo Dragon and Russian Spacewalks

Cargo Transfers Are Still Ongoing Inside The US Cygnus Space Freighter

The Expedition 65 crew is turning its attention to this weekend’s arrival of a US cargo craft and a pair of Russian spacewalks starting several days later. SpaceX is planning to launch its Cargo Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station on Saturday at 3:37 a.m. EDT. It will arrive on Sunday and dock autonomously at 11 a.m. to the Harmony module’s forward international docking adapter packed with new science experiments and crew supplies. NASA TV will broadcast both launch and docking and NASA Flight Engineers Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur will be on duty monitoring the Cargo Dragon’s arrival.

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NTSB Prelim: Enstrom 280FX

While Enroute To BTV The Pilot “Smelled Something Burning And Then Observed Smoke In The Cockpit.”

On July 30, 2021, about 1625 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom 280FX helicopter, N36DK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Colchester, Vermont. The commercial pilot incurred serious injuries. The helicopter was operated by Beta Air LLC. as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. The pilot reported that he departed for a flight from Plattsburgh International Airport (PGB) Plattsburgh, New York to Burlington International Airport (BTV), Burlington, Vermont. While enroute to BTV the pilot “smelled something burning and then observed smoke in the cockpit.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.21)

Aero Linx: The European Air Law Association (EALA) The European Air Law Association (EALA) was founded in 1988 on the initiative of Professor P. D. Dagtoglou in recognition of the fact that, after many years, air transport policy had become accepted as an indispensable part of the EU integration process. EALA’s inaugural conference was held in London in November 1989 and annual conferences have been held since then in European capital cities. Every other year (since 1997) the Munich Liability Seminar deals with liability issues and in 2006 the biennial Copenhagen Aircraft Finance Legal Seminar was established. EALA is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee (no 6374877

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.21): VFR-On-Top

VFR-On-Top ATC authorization for an IFR aircraft to operate in VFR conditions at any appropriate VFR altitude (as specified in 14 CFR and as restricted by ATC). A pilot receiving this authorization must comply with the VFR visibility, distance from cloud criteria, and the minimum IFR altitudes specified in 14 CFR Part 91. The use of this term does not relieve controllers of their responsibility to separate aircraft in Class B and Class C airspace or TRSAs as required by FAA Order JO 7110.65.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.25.21)

“I think the whole city of Coranado was there. It was a happy day.” Source: Tom Rice, who turned 100 years old on Sunday, August 15. Not one to settle for a boring birthday party, he celebrated the day by jumping out of the Commemorative Air Force's C-53 D-Day Doll assigned to the Inland Empire Wing based in Riverside, California. Rice parachuted in Normandy on D-Day, leading 18 paratroopers.

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