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February 19, 2023

Virgin Orbit Reports on Anomalous U.K. Mission

String of Successful Launches Broken

On 09 January 2023, during the vehicle’s first attempted orbital launch from the United Kingdom, Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne orbital launch vehicle experienced an anomaly, leading to a premature shutdown of the rocket’s second-stage engine and failure to attain orbit ...

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AAL Flight 106 Pilots to Testify Before NTSB

After Due Consideration …

After much ado and protracted posturing on the parts of the Allied Pilots Association and U.S. federal agencies, the pilots of American Airlines Flight 106 has collectively conceded to appear before representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for purpose of offering testimony pertaining to a 13 January 2023 runway incursion incident at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

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Leak in Second Soyuz Capsule Further Delays ISS Crew Rotation

Boos and Hisses

Officials of Roscosmos, Russia’s space corporation and arbiter of all Russian Federation extraterrestrial activities, have announced the postponement of a planned 19 February 2023 mission that was to have seen a Soyuz spacecraft rendezvous with the ISS for purpose of retrieving cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin, and Frank Rubio from the orbital facility and returning them safely to Earth.

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Biden Downplays Unidentified Aerial Objects

“What, Me Worry?”

Joe Biden alleged on Thursday, 16 February 2023 that no evidence exists by which to tie three objects shot down in North American sovereign air space on 10, 11, and 12 February respectively to China’s spy balloon program. Rather, Biden contends the as-of-yet unidentified flying objects are the property of private entities.

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New FAA Rule Calls for SMS at Part 139 Airports

Thou Shalt …

A new rule set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) obligates airports certified under Part 139 of the Federal Aviation Regulations to establish and implement Safety Management Systems SMS protocols.

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Klyde Morris (02.17.23)

Klyde Thinks Blaming The Space Aliens Has Never been Easier...


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Airborne 02.10.23: eRace Delayed, SkyCourier Gravel Kit, 737 Firefighter Down

Also: Charles McGee Award, Boeing Slashing Jobs, UPS MD-11 Phase-Out, Hartzell Propeller

The National Aeronautic Association announced that the Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race was to be postponed from May 2023 to an as-of-yet undetermined date later in the year. Introduced in 2021 at the 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium as a one-thousand nautical-mile cross-country air race for zero-emission electric propulsion aircraft of all types, the race is intended to revive the tradition of the Pulitzer air races first held by the NAA in the early 1920s. Textron Aviation is offering a gravel kit for its new Cessna SkyCourier twin turboprop. The kit afford

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Classic Aero-TV: Able Flight's Leslie Irby... Air--Only Place Free of Prejudice

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Able Flight Welcomes New Pilots At AirVenture

After seven weeks of intensive flight training and ground school, seven 2019 Able Flight scholarship recipients are now licensed pilots. Six trained at Purdue University and one at The Ohio State University, and they were honored at Able Flight’s annual Wings Pinning Ceremony at EAA AirVenture 2019. Among them is Leslie Irby, who lives in Georgia and was paralyzed in an auto accident in 2013. She told Aero-News that was inspired to learn to fly after learning the story of Bessie Coleman, who was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native

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NASA’s Perseverance Rover Photographs its Accomplishments

Look Upon My Works, Ye Mighty …

Over the course of five-weeks beginning in December 2022, NASA's Perseverance rover busied itself constructing a sample depot atop a patch of Martian ground called Three Forks. Presently, the cache comprises ten sealed titanium tubes—eight containing samples of Martian rock and regolith, one containing a sample of Mars’s atmosphere, and a witness tube pre-loaded with materials capable of capturing molecular and particulate contaminants potentially detrimental to the mission’s scientific objectives. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) seek to retrieve and transport the cached sample tubes to Earth in approximately ten-years’ time.

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NTSB Prelim: Bellanca 7ACA

Pilot Executed A Forced Landing To A Field, But The Left Wing Collided With A Tree

On February 4, 2023, about 1630 central standard time, a Bellanca Aircraft 7ACA, N9111L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Bayport, Minnesota. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that, before departure, he checked the fuel level in the wing fuel tanks with a dip stick and the level correlated to about 24 gallons.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.23)

Aero Linx: The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation was founded in 2002, in memory of LeRoy Homer, First Officer of United Airlines #93 when it crashed in Shanksville, PA on September 11th, 2001. The mission of The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation is to encourage and support young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots and increase awareness to the field of aviation. The Foundation awards flight scholarships to obtain private pilot certification.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.23): Fallen Hero

Fallen Hero Remains of fallen members of the United States military are often returned home by aircraft. These flights may be identified with the phrase “FALLEN HERO” added to the remarks section of the flight plan, or they may be transmitted via air/ground communications. If able, these flights will receive priority handling.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.23)

“The intelligence community’s current assessment is that these three objects were most likely balloons tied to private companies, recreation, or research institutions studying weather or conducting other scientific research.” Source: President Biden, in a statement made when questioned as to the origins of targets he authorized destroyed, while risking $200 million dollar aircraft, and expending well over $1 million in ordinance.  

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