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June 01, 2021

Airborne 06.01.21: Civilian Space, NIFA SAFECON, LIVE AEA21 Convention Details

Also: Vintage Aerobatic Championships Canceled, OneWeb, National Museum USAF, Flying Legends Cancelled
Axiom Space has named the commander and pilot of its second commercial mission proposed to fly to the International Space Station -- and announced the proposed crew’s intended research while on orbit. Axiom will compete to fly the Ax-2 mission when NASA announces the next private astronaut mission opportunity. If awarded, Ax-2 will further cement the research opportunities possible for private industry in low-Earth orbit. Peggy Whitson, who during a 22-year career at NASA became the ISS’ first female commander, the first ISS Science Officer, and set and still holds the American record for time spent in space, will return to flight as a priva

New Memorial Will Commemorate The 'Secret Spitfires'

Historic Site Recognizes Extraordinary WWII Efort

The RAF is touting a major new memorial consisting of a life-sized replica Spitfire commemorating the production of ‘Secret Spitfires’ and the thousands of workers who built them. It will be unveiled in Salisbury, UK, on 9 July. The finished memorial will be located adjacent to a wartime Spitfire factory site at Salisbury Rugby Club, Castle Road and stand over 20ft tall. The Secret Spitfire Memorial was the brainchild of Chris Whalley, former President of the Salisbury Rugby Club. After organising a showing of the film, The Secret Spitfires, at the Club to raise money for new changing rooms, Chris struck up a friendship with the film’s director and producer, Ethem Cetintas, and de

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EAA Aviation Museum Presents Astronaut Joe Engle Archive Collection

Exhibit Opens June 4th In Oshkosh

The personal archives and memorabilia of astronaut Joe Engle, the only person to participate in the X-15, Apollo, and space shuttle programs, will go on display at the EAA Aviation Museum on June 4, after Joe and Jeanie Engle donated the collection to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 2020. The Engles will participate in a brief dedication and ribbon cutting for the display, adjacent to The Borman Collection on the museum’s main level, honoring Gemini and Apollo astronaut Frank Borman. It further exemplifies the connection between aviation and the pioneers of spaceflight, who came from the nation’s corps of top test pilots and aviators.

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Flying Legends Airshow Cancelled For 2021

Flying Legends Airshow of Sywell Aerodrome Was Originally Scheduled For 10-11th July

One of the world's greatest classic and warbird flying events has fallen due to ongoing concerns about COVID-19 infection. The Flying Legends Airshow of Sywell Aerodrome was scheduled for 10-11th July 2021, but has been cancelled by the organizers. Director Nick Grey announced the bad news over the weekend... "In the light of yesterday’s message (27.05.2021) from our Prime Minister, and the uncertainty surrounding the UK opening fully for business, it is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we must cancel this year’s event. We understand the government’s careful position but cannot safely stay the course in the light of the potential loss

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

Most Martian Clouds Hover No More Than About 37 Miles In The Sky

The science team is studying the clouds, which arrived earlier and formed higher than expected, to learn more about the Red Planet. Cloudy days are rare in the thin, dry atmosphere of Mars. Clouds are typically found at the planet’s equator in the coldest time of year, when Mars is the farthest from the Sun in its oval-shaped orbit. But one full Martian year ago – two Earth years – scientists noticed clouds forming over NASA’s Curiosity rover earlier than expected.

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Coast Guard Medevacs Hikers Near Coos Bay, OR

A USCG Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin Rescue Helicopter Crew Was Conducting Training Nearby

The Coast Guard medevaced two stranded hikers from a cliff Wednesday afternoon near Coos Bay. At approximately 2:10 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Bend received a report from a woman whose daughter and husband were stranded on a cliff in the vicinity of Cape Arago State Park. The man sustained an ankle injury and required assistance. A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew was conducting training nearby when diverted to respond at 2:12 p.m.

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AIAA Kahn Scholarship Winners Announced

First-Ever Scholarship AIAA Has Offered To High School Students

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce the four recipients of the inaugural Roger W. Kahn Scholarship – the first-ever scholarship AIAA has offered to high school students. The Kahn Scholarship recipients will be invited to attend an AIAA event such as AIAA SciTech Forum, AIAA AVIATION Forum, or ASCEND. Each of them also will be matched with an AIAA professional member mentor to help guide them on their career path.

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Fairbanks Int'l Airport Operators’ Council Awards 2021 Scholarship

Golden Will Be Pursuing A Bachelor Of Science In Aviation Technology

The Fairbanks International Airport Operators' Council (AOC) has announced Jake Golden as their 2021 scholarship recipient. Golden, a recent graduate of West Valley High School, will be attending University of Alaska Anchorage beginning fall 2021 where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology with an emphasis in Professional Piloting.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 140

'...Exhibited Significant Altitude Fluctuations Within A 30 Second Timespan'

On April 15, 2021, about 1930 mountain standard time, a Cessna 140, N2506N, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Williams, Arizona. The pilot and the passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot’s social media postings, he had recently purchased the airplane. He and his passenger, who was also his spouse, departed Bermuda Dunes, California on April 12, with the planned destination of Sedona, Arizona.

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AD: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD 2021-10-15 Requires A Modification Of The Outboard Load System

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 and Model MBB-BK 117 D-2 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a determination that a life limit for the adapter forward (FWD) of the outboard load system, repetitive inspections of other components of that system, and for certain helicopters, a modification of the outboard load system, are necessary to address the unsafe condition. This AD requires a modification of the outboard load system for certain helicopters, repetitive inspections of the outboard load system and its components for any defect (including cracking, damage, corrosion, and incorrect installation)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.01.21)

Aero Linx: Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine The aims of ASAM are: To cultivate and promote aerospace medicine and related sciences; To provide an authoritative body of opinion on matters of aerospace medical significance; and To increase the awareness of the aerospace industry, government, and the general public of the importance of aerospace medicine to flight safety. The aims of ASAM are supported by the John Lane Aerospace Medicine Trust. The John Lane Aerospace Medicine Trust provides an opportunity for members and others to support ongoing research into aerospace medicine with tax deductible d

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.01.21): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.01.21)

“If you see a cloud with a shimmery pastel set of colors in it, that’s because the cloud particles are all nearly identical in size... That’s usually happening just after the clouds have formed and have all grown at the same rate... I always marvel at the colors that show up: reds and greens and blues and purples, it’s really cool to see something shining with lots of color on Mars.” Source: Mark Lemmon, an atmospheric scientist with the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, chatting about recent observations made about Martian cloud cover.

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