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May 20, 2024

Airborne 05.20.24: Van's BK Exit, Bud Anderson, Air Race Classic

 Also: ALPA Warns, Aviation Meteorology Reference, Jennifer Homendy Re-Ups, CAF Tampa Bay

The court has approved Van's Aircraft's bankruptcy reorganization plans, settling a stressful period for the company with some pretty optimistic news. Van's Aircraft filed its Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization back in March, setting up their ideal path to recovery amidst some very expensive challenges. One of the remaining icons of the World War II fighter pilot community has gone west... Bud Anderson, at the age of 102. Brig. Gen. Bud Anderson shot down 16 German planes over Europe in World War II and became America's last living triple ace, passing away Friday at home in Auburn, Calif. Women pilots from across the United States and around the w

EAA’s Ray Aviation Scholarship Program Hits 500 Recipients

Flight Training Milestone Achieved for Association’s Most Flexible Assistance

The EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship program has seen its 500th student pilot graduate helped along the way, marking off a significant milestone for the group's most widely useful scholarship. The Ray Scholarship is funded by the Ray Foundation, but managed by the EAA. That allows it to source candidates through its network of EAA chapters, each with their own culture and community. That's a fine way to find those who have a passion for flight, but may not be able to swing the expensive costs of training on their own. Through their chapter, suitable youths can see up to $11,000 in assistance to cover their flight training expenses. This year the Ray Foundation has disb

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Blue Origin Completes 25th Mission

NS-25 Punches Through The Karman Line With Six Crew Onboard

Blue Origin has successfully completed its seventh human spaceflight and the 25th flight for the New Shepard program. The crew included: Mason Angel, Sylvain Chiron, Kenneth L. Hess, Carol Schaller, Gopi Thotakura, and former Air Force Captain Ed Dwight, who was selected by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 as the nation’s first Black astronaut candidate but never had the opportunity to fly. New Shepard has now flown 37 people into space, including the most recent crew. 

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Ambitious ‘Liberty Lifter’ Axed

And Then There Was One: Aurora Flight Sciences Continues on Ground-Effect Aircraft Development

General Atomics' run at developing the Liberty Lifter ground effect aircraft has been put to rest, with their competitor, Aurora Flight Sciences, retaining theirs for the time being. The Liberty Lifter is one funky duck, as far as prospective military projects go. Looking forward to a contentious Pacific theater, DoD planners see a dire need for seaborne transport, beyond the old school's island-hopping and airstrip-chopping. The Liberty Lifter will be, if it all goes well, a gargantuan seaplane designed to fly within the cozy cushion of ground effect and debark its cargo without needing specialized dock facilities.

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Electric Aircraft Symposium On Schedule For July 20–21

Event To Take Place At the U of Wisconsin Oshkosh Culver Family Welcome Center

It's ON... again! Building on last year's highly successful symposium, the Vertical Flight Society will present this year's 18th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS), in person (and also online), in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 20-21, 2024 — the weekend prior to Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2024. Last year's rendition was a huge success with nearly 200 in-person attendees plus 38 virtual, and learning from some 50 experts. Video recordings and presentation slides are still available.

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Florida Teen Receives Ray Aviation Scholarship

2024 Ray Aviation $11,000 Scholarship Awarded By EAA Chapter 534

By Ted Luebbers Isaiah Kadletz of Mount Dora, FL has received the 2024 Ray Aviation $11,000 scholarship awarded by the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534. A formal award presentation was held on May 11, 2024 at the Leesburg International Airport prior to the chapter’s monthly Young Eagle rally to honor this conscientious young man. Isaiah has been active in Chapter 534’s aviation youth program, Squadron 534 for several years. He attends regular Saturday work sessions in the chapter’s hangar and works closely with several of his adult mentors.

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2024 FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Symposium Set For 7/30-8/1

This Year’s Theme Is 'Connected Skies / Connected Communities'

This year's FAA Drone and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Symposium will focus on how the FAA continues (or tries...) to safely integrate these aircraft while creating a framework to accelerate advanced operations. The event, which runs from July 30 – Aug 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland, will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, international aviation experts, industry leaders and academia. 

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32R-301

(Witness) Observed An Airplane “Falling Out Of The Sky, Twirling” And Descending Below The Clouds Until He Lost Sight

On April 12, 2024, about 1633 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301, N9236J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Knoxville, Tennessee. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The flight was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. According to the pilot’s spouse, the pilot was returning to home on the day of the accident. Preliminary flight track data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration showed that the airplane departed from St. Petersburg, Florida, about 1130 and landed at Mc Ghee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, Tenne

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Classic Aero-TV: FPV With Style – The Cinemizer Viewpoint

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A New Way To See Where Your Drone Is Going…

One of the new entrants into the FPV world is the Cinemizer, which the company says is a versatile and comfortable way to see where your drone is going. Annette Tindall, Sales and Marketing director for Cinemizer, USA, told ANN's CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo in January, that the new FPV device is made by a 160-year-old German optics company. They are designed to be very comfortable for the wearer, and feature a focu

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.20.24)

Aero Linx: International Airline Medical Association (IAMA)

The International Airline Medical Association, formerly known as the Airline Medical Directors Association (AMDA) was founded in 1935 to provide a forum for doctors who were employed by or contracted to international and/or regional airlines. The aim is to share information about aviation medicine with the goal of providing the best possible up-to-date medical advice concerning an airlines employees both aircrew and ground crew and also to advise on the health of airline passengers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.20.24): Blind Speed

Blind Speed The rate of departure or closing of a target relative to the radar antenna at which cancellation of the primary radar target by moving target indicator (MTI) circuits in the radar equipment causes a reduction or complete loss of signal. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.20.24)

“Many aspiring pilots fall short of their goal due to the cost of flight training, so EAA working with the Ray Foundation helps relieve some of the financial pressure and make the goal of becoming a pilot even more accessible for future generations. The high completion rate of our scholars demonstrates the impact of a supportive environment provided by EAA chapters.” Source: Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programming, in comments made as the EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship program celebrates its 500th student pilot graduate helped along the way, marking off a significant milestone for the group's most widely useful scholarship.

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