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September 27, 2021

Captain Kirk May Soon Be Space Bound

Won't Be Quite As Easy As 'Beaming Up...'

A number of media outlets are reporting vague details about the possibility that Star Trek actor, William Shatner, (aka Captain James T Kirk) may be one of the next space tourist/passengers about an upcoming flight of a Blue Origin New Shepherd sub-orbital launch vehicle. Reportedly set for a mid-October launch, Shatner's flight is allegedly the subject of a documentary that is still being shopped around to various outlets. The first manned flight of a New Shepherd was supposedly upstaged by the flawed launch of Virgin Galactic's Unity 22 flight last July, that subsequently caused the FAA to ground VG and their vehicles until further notice.

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Aero-TV At OSH21: Light Sport Aircraft Pilots -- This Is For You

Chris Horsten, Kanardia Avionics, Shares Innovative Product Line With ANN

Chris Horsten, the Canadian Dealer for Kanardia Avionics spent some time chatting with ANN about their innovative product line. “Kanardia has been around about fifteen years, they were more predominantly in Europe although a lot of their stuff was making it over here, to aircraft like Pipestrel, a lot of the gyro manufacturers, and gliders were heavy users, light sport aircraft is probably the best target market we have.” Horsten reveals. “If you are just a daytime VFR kind of guy, this is probably the good stuff for you.&rdqu

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Bell Celebrates Grand Opening of Bell 525 Experience Center

The New Center In Norway Is Located Inside A Hangar

Bell Textron company is noting the opening of its new Bell 525 Experience Center at the Stavanger Airport in Norway. The innovative space was created to display the Bell 525 capabilities for customers in Norway who perform missions in oil and gas, search and rescue, and military operations. “Norway is a key market for Bell, and we are proud to establish our presence here,” said Patrick Moulay, senior vice president, Commercial Business. “We look forward to hosting key stakeholders to experience the Bell 525 and see firsthand how this 21st century aircraft will revolutionize customers’ operations.”

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Spaceflight Offers Rideshare Opportunities Via Sherpa Orbital Transfer Vehicle

First Lunar and GEO Rideshare Mission: “GEO Pathfinder”

Spaceflight has revealed a breakthrough cislunar rideshare mission: “GEO Pathfinder.” As a secondary payload on board Intuitive Machines’ IM-2 South Pole Mission, Spaceflight will offer rideshare opportunities in trans-lunar orbit, low-lunar orbit and beyond to geosynchronous equatorial orbit. Spaceflight will utilize a lunar flyby with its new propulsive transfer vehicle, Sherpa EScape, to deliver a payload from GeoJump that contains an Orbit Fab in-space fueling payload. The mission has a tentative launch date on a SpaceX Falcon 9 -- no earlier than Q4 2022. Spaceflight’s rideshare missions allow customers to quickly access lunar orbits affordably.&n

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FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference Postponed

The 24th Annual Conference Will Take Place February 2022

The 24th Annual FAA Commercial Space Transportation Conference will be postponed until February 16th and 17th, 2022 at the Ronald Reagan Center in Washington DC. The reasons cited include difficulties with the rise of COVID cases, increasing travel restrictions. “We believe a February 2022 date will better serve attendees, speakers, media, sponsors, and all other stakeholder involved,” the group said in their announcement.

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Archer Aviation Announces Combination With Atlas Crest Investment

Archer Has Become A Publicly Traded Company

Archer Aviation has closed its business combination with Atlas Crest Investment. Atlas Crest has now changed its name to “Archer Aviation Inc.” after the completion of the transaction. Archer’s common stock and warrants will commence trading on the New York Stock Exchange on September 17, 2021, under the ticker symbols “ACHR” and “ACHR WS”, respectively.

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Embraer And Alliance Airlines Sign Service Agreement

Services And Support Deal Provides More Than 300 Components

Embraer has signed with Alliance Airlines, an agreement that will provide materials support for their fleet of E190s. The Embraer Services and Support deal will cover more than 300 repairable components and will be aided by the Brazilian OEM's Asia-Pacific spares facility in Singapore. Currently, around 95% of Embraer’s customers have signed up for its spare pool package. “Alliance has world leading on time and operational performance, a key attribute sought by our customers in Australia and the broader region. The Repair Management Service Program we have with Embraer will enhance our fleet performance and strengthen our business as it grows,” said Lee Schofield, C

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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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NTSB Prelim: Enstrom Helicopter Corp 280C

Helicopter Made An Uncommanded Climb And Started To Spin To The Right

On August 21, 2021, about 1330 eastern daylight time, an Enstrom 280C, N9285, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Daytona Beach, Florida. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he conducted a local flight around the airport and was approaching to land. Just prior to touchdown, the helicopter made an uncommanded climb and started to spin to the right.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.21)

Aero Linx: The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) came into being in 1946 when a group of Aer Lingus pilots met and formed a committee, headed by the first IALPA President Captain P. W. (Darby) Kennedy. In the early days it dealt with the airline on matters of common interests, mainly the “lifestyle” items of salary, working conditions, pension and seniority. As the Association’s title implies, IALPA currently draws its membership from all airlines in Ireland -i.e.,  Aer Lingus, ASL Airlines, CHC (Ireland), CityJet, Irish Helicopters, Parc Aviation, Ryanair, Stobart Air, and Westair.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.27.21): Precipitation Radar Weather Descriptions

Precipitation Radar Weather Descriptions Existing radar systems cannot detect turbulence. However, there is a direct correlation between the degree of turbulence and other weather features associated with thunderstorms and the weather radar precipitation intensity. Controllers will issue (where capable) precipitation intensity as observed by radar when using weather and radar processor (WARP) or NAS ground-based digital radars with weather capabilities. When precipitation intensity information is not available, the intensity will be described as UNKNOWN. When intensity levels can be determined, they shall be described as: LIGHT (< 26 dBZ) <

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.27.21)

“This mission will demonstrate our complete mission toolbox and ability to execute complex, groundbreaking and exciting missions beyond LEO. Spaceflight will utilize a launch with a creative trajectory and our best-in-class propulsion system to slingshot around the Moon, allowing us to deliver payloads to GEO in an environmentally safe manner. We’re pleased to take Orbit Fab on this pathfinder mission and leverage the secondary payload capacity from Intuitive Machines. Spaceflight is committed to being the leading space transportation provider for Earth orbit and beyond, and this is an unprecedented example of delivering on that vision.” Source: Grant Bonin, SVP of business development at Spaceflight -- who recently 

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