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June 29, 2021

ALPA President Declares Pilots ‘More Than Ready’ for Takeoff

Claims Labor Played Critical Role to Help US Navigate Pandemic

In a speech before the Aero Club of Washington, Capt. Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), highlighted the critical role pilots and other aviation labor groups played to help the United States battle the pandemic and position the aviation industry for a strong economic rebound. In addition to highlighting the remarkable achievements aviation frontline workers accomplished during the COVID-19 crisis, DePete also underscored the importance of a strong, safe and diverse airline pilot workforce and the need to maintain and update current regulatory standards so that the U.S. aviation industry continues to set the standard for the world.

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Airborne-Unmanned 06.29.21: More Archer v Wisk, Safety Tests, Walmart Invests

Also: Rewriting Aviation Lexicon, Hubble Space Telescope, Emergency Response Drones, magniX
And the drama continues between Archer and Wisk! In court papers filed over the weekend by Archer Aviation, in opposition to Wisk’s motion for a preliminary injunction; Archer, citing Wisk employees’ testimony and documents produced by Wisk in discovery, states that Wisk filed its aircraft design patent application -- which as Wisk points out in its lawsuit appears nearly identical to Archer’s -- weeks after learning of Archer’s aircraft design. Sixteen organizations have been selected by the FAA to initially administer the Recreational Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Test (TRUST). The test was developed to provide recreational drone flyer

Airborne-Special Edition 06.14.21: Catching Up W/Former AOPA Boss Phil Boyer-Pt2

Also: One Big Surprise From Phil's Retirement... He Built An RV-12!

Former AOPA president Phil Boyer is considered one of aviation's most effective leaders. Over the course of 18 Years, Phil led the organization to greater prominence and built membership numbers to well over 400,000 -- Heights of popularity the organization has not seen since his departure. Upon retirement, Phil, and his wife Lois, moved to an airport home where he continued his love for aviation... for both manned and unmanned aviation. Since leaving AOPA more than ten years ago, Phil has owned two exceptional biplanes (WACO and a Grea

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ISS Astronauts Complete Install Of 2 Advanced Solar Arrays

Four More Arrays Will Be Launched To ISS And Installed Over The Next Two Years

Two new, advanced solar arrays have increased the International Space Station (ISS) power supply after European astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough installed them during three spacewalks on June 16, 20 and 25. The new arrays contain stronger solar cells that are also more efficient than their predecessors. Measuring 61 feet long and 20 feet wide, they generate twice the power in half the space of the original arrays that they partially cover.

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EAA and WAI Mark 13 Years of WomenVenture

'All Systems Go' For EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021

For the 13th year, women attending EAA AirVenture will enjoy a show within a show as a host of WomenVenture activities take place. EAA WomenVenture is an annual celebration of women from all facets of the aviation community. Activities are scheduled during the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 26-August 1) to provide women the opportunity to connect with other women who love aviation and build camaraderie within the EAA and WAI communities.

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CAF Names Their Top 10 Things To See At AirVenture

CAF Helps Target Your Eyeballs On All The Warbird Goodness to Be Seen At Oshkosh

Ya gotta love this idea... The CAF folks have assembled a list of the top 10 “CAF” things to see at EAA AirVenture in 2021 because they KNOW it’s going to be another great year at EAA AirVenture, possibly a record year.

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GECAS Increases Commitments to 777-300ERSF 'Big Twin Program'

Kalitta Air Signs Up for Two More Operating Leases for the Freighter

GECAS has announced three options have been upgraded to firm orders with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) whereby they will convert an additional three of the lessor’s 777-300ER passenger planes to freighters. This brings GECAS total commitment since the launch of the “Big Twin Program” in July 2019 to 18 firm (including the prototype aircraft from GECAS’ owned portfolio) with IAI and a remaining 12 options. Additionally, while Kalitta Air is the launch airline and already leasing three of the first Big Twin freighters to be converted, the scheduled and on-demand charter operator has contracted to lease two additional 777-300ERSF from GECAS.

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Classic Aero-TV: Ultimate Airshows -- In Flight With Rob Holland

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Looking Back At Oshkosh 2012 With One Of The Airshow Industry's Top Fliers

Top-notch aerobatic performer, Rob Holland, amazed the crowds at EAA AirVenture 2012. ANN had a chance to talk with Rob and asked him about his career as an airshow performer. Rob said that while going to college for an aviation degree he made a trip to the local airport and saw a pristine Steen Skybolt airplane parked on the ramp. He asked the owner if he could take a picture of the airplane and the owner offered to take him for a flight. One flight was all it took; Rob was hooked on aerobatics. Rob said that he likes his routines to be full of nons

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NATA Announces Changes to Board of Directors For 2021

Clive Lowe, EVP of Atlantic Aviation Services, Elected As New Board Chairman

NATA announces Board of Directors leadership changes and the election of two new members. Clive Lowe, Executive Vice President of Atlantic Aviation Services, was elected as the new board chairman. Clive’s home base is in Arlington, Virginia. Clive will take the helm from Curt Castagna, President & CEO of Aeroplex/Aerolease Group in Long Beach, CA, who will continue to serve as immediate past chair on NATA’s Executive Committee. The new vice-chair is Joe Gibney, who is Chief Operating Officer of TAC Air in Dallas, Texas.

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NTSB Prelim: Swearingen SA226TC (A1); Cirrus Design Corp SR22 (A2)

Airplanes Collided At 1023:53 When They Were About 3.2 NM From APA

On May 12, 2021, at 1023 mountain daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N416DJ, and a Swearingen SA226TC, N280KL, collided in flight while approaching to land at Centennial Airport (APA), Englewood, Colorado. There were no injuries on either airplane. N416DJ was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight, and N280KL was operated as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 positioning flight. N416DJ departed APA for a local flight about 0921, and N280KL departed the Salida Airport (ANK), Salida, Colorado, about 0956. A review of preliminary air traffic control (ATC) communications and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data provided by the FAA revealed th

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2021-10-12 Required Revising The Existing AFM To Define A Liquid-Prohibited Zone On The Flight Deck

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-09-14, which applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes. AD 2020-09-14 required revising the existing airplane flight manual (AFM) to define a liquid-prohibited zone on the flight deck and provide procedures following liquid spillage on the center pedestal. AD 2020-09-14 also required installing a removable integrated control panel (ICP) cover on the flight deck and further revising the AFM to include instructions for ICP cover use. This AD requires installing a new, water-resistant ICP,  which allows removing the ICP protective cover and the AFM revisions, as spe

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.21)

Aero Linx: The International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) Following World War II, several American aviators returned to the United States with a desire in their hearts to use aviation in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the globe. That desire gave birth to the first mission aviation effort in the United States, known then as Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship (CAMF). Today, it is known as Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). The first flights were in a Waco biplane, and served Bible translators with the Summer Institute of Linguistics in southern Mexico. The pilot of those first flights was a remarkable woman named Betty Greene. Since those early days

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.21): Mountain Wave

Mountain Wave Mountain waves occur when air is being blown over a mountain range or even the ridge of a sharp bluff area. As the air hits the upwind side of the range, it starts to climb, thus creating what is generally a smooth updraft which turns into a turbulent downdraft as the air passes the crest of the ridge. Mountain waves can cause significant fluctuations in airspeed and altitude with or without associated turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.29.21)

“Make no mistake, our nation’s airline pilot workforce is ready for duty and already on the job. In fact, we are more than ready. ALPA pilots are trained for life, ready for takeoff, and not missing a single beat when it comes to safely transporting people and goods around the globe.” Source: In a speech before the Aero Club of Washington, Capt. Joe DePete, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), highlighted the critical role pilots and other aviation labor groups played to help the United States battle the pandemic and position the aviation industry for a strong economic rebound.

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