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August 08, 2021

Cub On Takeoff v Kayak... Kayaker Injured

Plane Was Taking Off From A Gravel Bar When The Kayaker Was Struck

In one of the more unusual airplane accidents we've heard of, we must profess to hearing the phrase 'Cub versus Kayak' with a strong initial sense of disbelief. Oregon's Yamhill County Sheriff, however, provided a lot of detail and immediate credibility to the initial report. They noted that, "On August 4, 2021 at about 5:08 pm Yamhill Communications received a 911 call regarding an injured kayaker on the Willamette River in the area of Lower Lambert Bar between Dayton and the Wheatland Ferry.  A Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol boat responded along with a water rescue boat from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and land-based rescue and ambulance personnel f

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A-10s Land On Michigan State Highway -- On Purpose

If An A-10 Signals To Pass... Let Him!

Four A-10 Thunderbolt IIs from the 354th Fighter Squadron and the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Wing landed on a state highway as part of Northern Strike 21, a large-scale training exercise, in Alpena, Aug. 5. This is the first time in history that the Air Force has purposely landed modern aircraft on a civilian roadway in the US. The 355th Wing participation in this exercise demonstrates the unit’s continued effort to refine its agile combat employment capabilities and Dynamic Wing concept, which improve its Airmen’s ability to operate from austere locations with limited infrastructure and personnel. The A-10’s ability to land on a variety of surfaces, like highways and unimprov

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National Museum of the USAF Requires Masks While Indoors

Visitors Are Asked To Continue Practicing Good Hygiene And Physical Distancing

In accordance with the updated guidance released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Defense (DoD) and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will require all visitors to wear face masks indoors effective July 30 until further notice. Visitors ages three and up will be required to wear masks while indoors at the museum. This policy applies to all visitors, staff and volunteers regardless of vaccination status. Visitors may wear their own masks or a free paper mask will be provided. Cloth masks will also be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

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Klyde Morris (08.06.21)

Klyde Is A Very Serious Space Geek...


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Viking and PAL Aerospace Sign DHC-6 Twin Otter Aerial Firefighting Contract

Designing For Ability To Drop Up To 700 Gallons Of Water Or Retardant

Viking Air and PAL Aerospace Canada have announced a contract to support the Twin Otter Fire Attack System. The agreement’s scope includes the design, manufacturing, installation, and certification of the Aerial Firefighting System for the Twin Otter DHC-6 300 and 400 aircraft. It is anticipated that the Aerial Firefighting System will be certified in 2022 and an international customer will receive the first converted aircraft. This undertaking is a progressive effort between Viking and PAL Aerospace to build additional capabilities for the already versatile DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 and 400 aircraft. The Aerial Firefighting System will allow the Twin Otter to transition effortlessly between gl

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Autel To Abandon EVO 1 Support Starting in 2022

As Of December 31, 2021, All EVO 1 Sales By Autel Robotics Will Be Halted

Autel recently noted the End of Availability and End of Service timelines for the first generation EVO model. As of December 31, 2021, the first generation EVO will enter its End of Availability (EOA) phase. This means that the product and its accessories will no longer be made available for purchase to consumers. It may still be found in stock at some retailers, but all sales by Autel Robotics will be halted.

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Navy's PMA-271 Buys Used E-6B Trainer Aircraft

Navy Has Looked For Ways To Train Pilots And Keep Them Up To Date On The Airframe

The Airborne Strategic Command, Control, and Communications Program Office (PMA-271) purchased a retired Royal Air Force E-3D for $15 million that will be used as an E-6B Mercury pilot training aircraft. The program office had been looking to acquire a dedicated training aircraft for the fleet to take the strain off using the current mission-capable E-6 aircraft. “The training flights expose mission aircraft to significant wear-and-tear and impact their readiness and availability,” said Capt. Adam Scott, PMA-271 program manager. “This is a great chance to work with the United Kingdom and bring a much-needed aircraft to the fleet.”

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NTSB Prelim: Bailey N Moyes Dragonfly

Airplane Banked “Hard” To The Left, Pitched Nose Down And Descended Into One Of The Power Lines

On July 10, 2021, at 1813 eastern daylight time, an experimental light sport Bailey Moyes Dragonfly, N346FL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Morningside Flight Park, Charleston, New Hampshire. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The pilot-rated passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, prior to the accident flight both he and the pilot-rated passenger performed a preflight inspection together. After the inspection, the pilot-rated passenger flew the airplane solo and performed three t

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD 2021-13-12 Prompted By Reports Of Corrosion On The Passenger Door Internal Structure

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-1A11 (600), CL-600-2A12 (601), and CL-600-2B16 (601-3A, 601-3R and 604 Variants) airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on the passenger door internal structure of in-service airplanes. 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 unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective September 9, 2021.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2021-15-07 Prompted By Reports Of Incorrect Installation Of The Lower Attachment Parts Of The THSA

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, -300, -800, and -900 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect installation of the lower attachment parts of the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator (THSA). This AD requires doing a detailed inspection of the THSA lower attachment parts for discrepancies and corrective action if necessary, and prohibits using earlier versions of certain airplane maintenance manual (AMM) tasks, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by refer

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.08.21)

Aero Linx: Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) -- Our mission is to “Support the United States Army Aviation Soldier and Family.” AAAA was formed in early 1957 by a small group of senior Aviation Officers in the active Army, the Reserve Forces of the U.S. Army and industry. The Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to representing the broad interests of Army Aviation. With 78 Chapters worldwide, its membership of over 18,000 is comprised of  Active Duty, Reserve Components (Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve), government civilian, retired, industry, affiliated organizati

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.08.21): Sidestep Maneuver

Sidestep Maneuver A visual maneuver accomplished by a pilot at the completion of an instrument approach to permit a straight-in  landing on a parallel runway not more than 1,200 feet to either side of the runway to which the instrument approach was conducted.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.08.21)

“This proof of concept proves that we can land on any highway and continue to operate. The A-10 allows us to land a lot more places to get fuel, weapons and other armament so we can operate anywhere, anytime. This will allow us to get away from using built-up bases that our adversaries can target by moving much more rapidly.” Source: Capt. John Renner, 354th FS flight commander and one of the pilots who participated in the highway landing of A-10s on a Michigan highway.

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