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May 05, 2024

Gone West (WAY Too Soon): LtC Dick Rutan

Held More Than A Dozen NAA/FAI Aircraft World Speed And Distance Records

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Richard Glenn Rutan (Born July 1, 1938) flew west on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 7:08 PM PDT A friend of the family passed on some really unfortunate news... the passing of yet another aero-legend, Dick Rutan... and one of the most fun guys to 'rat-race' a pair of Long-EZs with... period (and yes, he waxed my tail more than a few times...). Rest Well, Lt Colonel Rutan... and thank you for your service. The last time Dick Rutan flew towards the western horizon was on December 14, 1986 when he and copilot Jeana Yeager set the last great aviation record by flying around the world, nonstop and unrefueled, in nine days, three minutes and 44 seconds i

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SpaceX Details Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Suit

What's The Well-Dressed Spacewalker Wearing These Days?

In and amongst all the drama surrounding the latest rockets and associated programs, there are a million little details that need to be resolved... details like spacesuits capable of conducting an EVA... In February 2022, Jared Isaacman and SpaceX announced the Polaris Program, an effort designed to rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities, while also supporting important causes here on Earth. Polaris Dawn, the first of the program’s three human spaceflight missions, is targeted to launch to orbit no earlier than summer 2024.

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Coast Guard MH-65 Supports Flood Recovery Efforts

Medevacs 12-Hour-Old Baby From Flood-Impacted Cleveland, Texas

You don't always associate the need for the Coast Guard when it comes to inland rescue efforts... but after recent flooding, the USCG came (again) to the rescue in a semi-aquatic emergency. The Coast Guard medevaced a 12-hour old baby girl from flood-impacted Cleveland, Texas, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a request at approximately 11:45 a.m. from Harris County Emergency Operations Center personnel stating a newborn baby was reportedly experiencing low oxygen levels at Texas Emergency Hospital, which does not have a neonatal intensive care unit.

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EAA Responds To 'Impending' FAA Reauthorization

The May 10 Expiration Of The Current Extension Is Only Days Away

EAA has gone public with their thoughts on the upcoming vote on FAA Reauthorization... stating that they are, "appreciative of the work by the U.S. House and Senate aviation committee leaders to develop the bipartisan, bicameral FAA Reauthorization bill pre-conferenced text released this week. With the May 10 expiration of the current extension only days away, the passage of long-term reauthorization is imperative in ensuring the FAA has the proper staffing and infrastructure needed to safeguard operations in the National Airspace System...

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Uncle Sam Sues To Seize $1.55 Million Aircraft Landing Gear

'Gear Was Purchased For The Benefit Of A Kyrgyz Republic-Based Transhipper Of Dual-Use Items Servicing The Russian Federation'

Sanctions against Russia continue to be waged when evidence supports a violation. A Case in point... The Justice Department recently filed a forfeiture complaint against a set of aircraft landing gear for a Boeing 737-800 (file photo, below) that was detained in September 2023 at Miami International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The gear was purchased for the benefit of a Kyrgyz Republic-based transhipper of dual-use items servicing the Russian Federation, in violation of U.S. economic sanctions.

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Embraer Delivers 1800th E-Jet

E-Jets Are A Part Of The Fleets Of 90 Airlines And Leasing Companies From More Than 60 Countries

Embraer is staking a claim on a new delivery milestone for their small narrowbody aircraft program; the delivery of the 1800th E-Jet production aircraft. The new Azorra owned E190-E2 was handed over to Royal Jordanian Airlines today at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The delivery is the third E2 for the airline which currently also operates four first generation E-Jets. RJ will recieve a total of eight E2s under the existing deal.

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Klyde Morris (04.26.24)

Klyde Pokes A LIttle Fun at The Long-Delayed CST-100


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Modern Aviation Acquires KFTW's American Aero

With The Addition Of This Location, Modern Aviation Operates 17 FBOs In The U.S. And Puerto Rico

The FBO world keeps churning through owners and properties at an astounding rate. Modern Aviation reports that it has closed the acquisition of the FBO American Aero, which operates at Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (KFTW) in Fort Worth, Texas from an affiliate of Keystone Group, L.P. 

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Classic Aero-TV: How To Start A GREAT Aero-Life -- Horizon Hobby’s Alex Vanover

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Alex Has An Amazing Future Ahead Of Him... Because He Wants It

It seems like most pilots love their toys, and even more so if they fly. ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell is no different, and he took the opportunity at EAA AirVenture 2014 to stop by the Horizon Hobby display to see how aircraft modeling is doing. He spent time talking with Alex Vanover who is the Hobby Town demo pilot. While the video story is about the modeling side of aviation, Vanover’s story as a demo pilot is also unique. However, you’re going to have to watch the video to understand what is so unique about

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NTSB Prelim: Douglas C54D

(Pilot Stated) There Was “A Fire On Board” And That They Needed To Return To The Airport

On April 23, 2024, about 1003 Alaska daylight time, a Douglas C54D (DC-4) airplane, N3054V, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Fairbanks, Alaska. The two pilots were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. The accident airplane, owned and operated by Alaska Air Fuel, Inc., was transporting 3,400 gallons of unleaded fuel and two 100-gallon propane tanks. The airplane departed from the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) at about 0955 Alaska daylight time (AKDT) with a destination of the Kobuk Airport (OBU) Kobuk, Alaska.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.05.24)

Aero Linx: International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA) IAFPA was first formed in 2000 by a group of airport fire officers in the UK.  From the initial UK site, the work of IAFPA spread throughout the Asia Pacific and the Middle East.  In March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and affected almost all economies on the world stage especially aviation and the hospitality industry. With this major impact, the Council decided that to be relevant in the fast changing times and to be mission ready in the post-Covid era, IAFPA needed to restructure itself going forward...  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.05.24): Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System

Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System ODALS consists of seven omnidirectional flashing lights located in the approach area of a nonprecision runway. Five lights are located on the runway centerline extended with the first light located 300 feet from the threshold and extending at equal intervals up to 1,500 feet from the threshold. The other two lights are located, one on each side of the runway threshold, at a lateral distance of 40 feet from the runway edge, or 75 feet from the runway edge when installed on a runway equipped with a VASI.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.05.24)

"Polaris Dawn, the first of the program’s three human spaceflight missions, is targeted to launch to orbit no earlier than summer 2024. During the five-day mission, the crew will perform SpaceX’s first-ever Extravehicular Activity (more commonly known as an EVA or spacewalk) from Dragon, which will also be the first-ever commercial astronaut spacewalk. Interestingly enough, this historic milestone will also be the first time four astronauts will be exposed to the vacuum of space at the same time." Source: Some interesting details from SpaceX about the upcoming first use of their EVA spacesuit. 

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