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November 25, 2021

L3Harris Expanding Footprint in Oklahoma

Cites Growing Demand for Special Ops Aircraft

The L3Harris Technologies production facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma will see an expansion under plans to increase output as demand for special purpose aircraft are increasingly selected for their affordable, reliable, and capable designs. The announcement comes in anticipation of the U.S. Special Operations Command Armed Overwatch Program contract award for the fighting variant of their agricultural workhorse, the Air Tractor. The AT802-U Sky Warden takes the rugged aircraft and runs it through the gamut of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Strike mission systems and suites to create a smaller, lighter, and cheaper aerial platform suited to the kind of missions undertaken by SOCOM. 

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Airborne-Unmanned 11.23.21: Zipline Delivers 4 Walmart, Dream Chaser, eMagic

Also: Samad Joins Aerosud, Rocket Lab, Russian Anti-Sat Test, Ascent Aerosystems Intro’s the Spirit

Residents of Pea Ridge, Arkansas are set to enjoy Walmart's new on-demand delivery service, with a driver a little out of the ordinary. For those within range of the Neighborhood Market Walmart location, orders for select health and wellness items, and a variety of consumable items, will be delivered by a Zipline drone to their front door. After announcing the offering of autonomous delivery in 2020, Walmart and Zipline have been creating a 25-foot platform to act as a miniature airport of sorts, necessary to provide enough room to safely take off

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Colder Than (Deleted): Coast Guard Helo Hoists Three

Coast Guard Hoisted 3 Stranded Hunters Near Sand Point, Alaska

The Coast Guard hoisted three hunters Wednesday, who were stranded after their boat sank on the southern end of Popof Island. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted all three hunters at 7:30 a.m. from the shoreline and transported them to Sand Point Airport where they were met by local emergency services. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard 17th District command center in Juneau received the initial request via a satellite communications device at approximately 3 a.m., from three hunters who requested help after their boat sank.

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T'is The Season... EAA Chapter Upgrades Hangar

Early Christmas Present From Leesburg Airport Management

Chapter 534 of the Leesburg, Florida of the Experimental Aircraft Association saw an early Christmas present, this year, when LakeSide Electrical Services appeared before the Mid Florida Chapter Hangars and began unloading equipment. The lighting above had probably served faithfully at some point, long ago, but for most of member's memory had never been functional. The old fluorescent fixtures came down in favor of Envoy Lighting LEDs sporting a fine 21,000 lumens of bright white light. LakeSide installed 6 of them on the rafters above, ending the tradition of mechanics providing their own shop lighting for most hangar activities for good. The lights drop down from the ceiling just enou

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International Test Pilot School Nets Turkish Training Contract

TF-X Fighter, Hurjet Jet Trainer, and Heavy Attack Helo Projects

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has chosen the International Test Pilots School (ITPS) in Ontario, Canada, for one of the biggest flight test training contracts in the school's history. Turkish Aerospace has a full roster of developing aircraft to test and evaluate, including the Hürjet Advanced Jet Trainer/Light Attack Craft, the Heavy Attack Helicopter, and the upcoming TF-X fighter. In order to bolster their ranks of qualified test pilots, TAI has inked a deal for a group of 10 students to attend the school, in addition to those already in training. 

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Klyde Morris (11.22.21)

Klyde's Having a Problem Figuring Out Bit Coin...


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Classic Aero-TV: The PB4Y-2 Privateer - A Priceless Aero-Treasure

From 2015: Oshkosh Reveals Many Treasures... Including Old Warbirds Full Of History

While at EAA AirVenture 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, ventured out to visit the warbirds and was attracted to a large four engine aircraft that is a variation of the World War II Consolidated B-24. It turns out to be the world’s only flyable PB4Y-2, Privateer, which is a U.S. Navy version of the B-24. To get the full scoop about the airplane, Tom talked with Boyd Gallaher, who is the pilot of the aircraft. Gallaher first became acquainted with this airplane in the late 1970s when it was being operated as a fire suppression aircraft. He described it as being l

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NTSB Prelim: Beech P35

The Accident Site Was Defined By An Initial Impact Crater And A Debris Field About 700 Ft Long

On October 31, 2021, about 1334 mountain daylight time (MDT), a Beech P35 Bonanza airplane, N8625M, was substantially damaged with it was involved in an accident near Harrison, Nebraska. The pilot, passenger, and a dog were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed Marion, Ohio (MNN), about 0800 EDT and stopped for fuel at Marshalltown, IA (MIW). The airplane departed about 1104 central daylight time (CDT) and was en route to Douglas, WY (DGW), with a cruise altitude from 4,400 ft to 5,300 ft msl. A witness reported that while flying his airplane 15 miles south of V

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AD: MHI RJ Aviation ULC

AD 2021-22-24 Requires Revising The Existing Maintenance Or Inspection Program

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain MHI RJ Aviation ULC Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 & 702), CL-600-2C11 (Regional Jet Series 550), CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900), and CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations for structural inspections and safe life components are necessary. This AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the u

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AD: Airbus Canada Limited Partnership

AD 2021-22-17 Prompted By A Report Of Cracking In Certain Components On Left And Right Sides Of The Aft Wing-To-Body Fairing

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Canada Limited Partnership Model BD-500-1A10 and BD-500-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of cracking in certain components on left and right sides of the aft wing-to-body fairing (WTBF) structure near the tie-rod attachment at a certain fuselage station; this cracking likely resulted from excessive tie-rod preload. This AD requires inspecting the aft WTBF structure for any cracking or damage, adjusting the load on the two tie-rods at a certain fuselage station, and repair if necessary, as specified in two Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TC

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.21)

Aero Linx: Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) We conduct scientific and objective accident investigations separated from apportioning blame and liability, while deeply exploring into the background of the accidents, including the organizational factors, and produce reports with speed. At the same time, we ensure that the reports are clear and easy to understand and we make efforts to deliver information for better understanding.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.21): Request Full Route Clearance

Request Full Route Clearance Used by pilots to request that the entire route of flight be read verbatim in an ATC clearance. Such request should be made to preclude receiving an ATC clearance based on the original filed flight plan when a filed IFR flight plan has been revised by the pilot, company, or operations prior to departure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.25.21)

“...the initial committee feedback that we’ve gotten has indicated that I think there’s a good likelihood that we’ll go into procurement in fiscal year ’22.” Source: In anticipation of the U.S. Special Operations Command Armed Overwatch Program contract award for the fighting variant of an agricultural workhorse, the Air Tractor, Lieutenant General Jim Slife told reporters that congressional support looked healthy for the program. At the time the appropriations acts were yet to be finalized, but he felt confident the first aircraft would be on their way soon.

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