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April 03, 2021

B-29 Doc Announces April and May tour stops in Alabama and Louisiana

Doc’s Southeast Tour Will Include Visits To Monroe, LA, And Mobile, AL

B-29 Doc will bring its 'History Restored Tour' to Alabama and Louisiana with two tour stops between April 19 through April 25. This portion of Doc’s southeast tour will include visits to Monroe, LA, and Mobile, AL. Both will feature B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and flight deck tours. The tour stops in Alabama and Louisiana will follow the April 16-18 tour stop in Fayetteville, AR, which was previously announced.

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NORAD ID's And Tracks More Russian Aircraft Inside ADIZ

Positively Identified And Tracked Two Tu-142 Russian Maritime Patrol Aircraft

At 4:50 a.m. (AKST), the Alaskan North American Aerospace Defense Region, in support of NORAD, positively identified and tracked two Tu-142 Russian maritime patrol aircraft entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone. The Russian aircraft, which are currently operating in international airspace, have not entered United States or Canadian sovereign airspace. The Tupolev Tu-142 is a Soviet/Russian maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft derived from the Tu-95 turboprop strategic bomber.

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Erickson Wins 3 U.S. Forest Service Contracts For Upcoming Wildfire Season

S-64F and Bell 214ST Helos To Take On Firefighting Roles

Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces three new USFS Firefighting contracts for the upcoming 2021 wildfire season. The USFS cooperates with CAL FIRE, US Department of Interior agencies Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs, on aerial firefighting contracts. Erickson has been working for the US Forest Service on firefighting contracts since 1995 and is a global leader in aerial firefighting, with current firefighting contracts in USA, Canada, Australia, Greece, Italy, and South Korea.

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Monday: First US Commercial Crew Port Relocation on Space Station

The Crew-1 Astronauts Will Depart The Station And Return To Earth In Late April Or Early May

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts aboard the International Space Station will mark another first for commercial spaceflight Monday, April 5, when the four astronauts will relocate the Crew Dragon spacecraft to prepare for the arrival of new crew members in late April and the upcoming delivery of new solar arrays this summer. NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, will undock Crew Dragon Resilience from the forward port of the station’s Harmony module at 6:29 a.m. and dock to the space-facing port at 7:15 a.m.

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Klyde Morris (04.02.21)

Klyde's NOT A Big Fan Of Hypocrisy...


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Classic Aero-TV: Cruising The Superfortress - ANN Rides Along w/FIFI

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Sit Back, Relax, and Let’s Go Flying With “FIFI”…

Our ANN video crew took the opportunity at EAA AirVenture 2016 to capture a lot of video of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-29 named “FIFI”. Our montage of this airplane includes lots of scenes on the ground, in the air, and onboard the airplane. As you watch the scenes be sure to note such things as the amount of aileron control motion necessary just to get this lumbering giant into a turn. You might also take a look at the flight engineers panel to see what it took to keep those four ‘Wright 3350’ engines running sm

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Textron Aviation Celebrates 1,000 Deliveries Of The Citation 560XL Series

The Citation XLS+ Equips Operators With Speeds Of Up To 441 Knots

Textron is touting the 1,000th delivery of its 560XL series midsize business jet with a delivery of the Cessna Citation XLS+ to a customer based in the Northeastern United States. The aircraft will be managed and operated by Custom Jet Charters, an FAA-certified Part 135 operator based at Palm Beach International and Westchester County Airports, known for providing air charter services. Today, the global fleet of 560XL aircraft has amassed more than five million flight hours.

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ICAO Joins UN Call For Prioritized Vaccinations For Aircrew

ICAO Reports Total Number Of Pre-Pandemic Licensed Aviation Professionals Was 887,000

ICAO joined four other UN agencies in calling on countries to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for aircrew and seafarers. In addition to ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, the special Joint Statement was signed by the heads of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO). “The implementation of the current WHO recommendations are of primordial importance to the continued and optimal operation of the international civil aviation network, and therefore to the transport worldwide of essential shipments and workers,”

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Airborne 03.31.21: SpaceShip III Unveiled, Inspiration 4, Kodiak 100 Series III

Also: Hartzell 3-Blade Navigator, Heroes at Sun 'n Fun, SnF Press Conferences, ARTEX Gets Boeing Nod

Virgin Galactic has added the first SpaceShip III to its fleet. VSS Imagine will commence ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The livery design, finished entirely with a mirror-like material, reflects the surrounding environment, constantly changing color and appearance as it travels from earth to sky to space. Along with providing thermal protection, this dynamic material is appealing to the human eye. The SpaceShip III class of vehicles

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NTSB Prelim: Beech B36TC

He Heard The Airplane Suddenly Experience A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On March 15, 2021, about 1459 eastern daylight time, a Beech B36TC, N236BC, was destroyed when it collided with a vehicle and the ground after takeoff from North Perry Airport (HWO), Pembroke Pines, Florida. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger in the airplane and a passenger in the vehicle were fatally injured. The driver of the vehicle sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness at HWO reported that he heard an engine run-up being performed near taxiway Bravo before the airplane’s departure. He stated that the engine was sputtering, “like rough idle.” He heard cycli

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AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

AD 2021-06-04 Prompted By Notification Of Corrosion Present In Floor Beam Support Links

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream) Model GV airplanes. This AD was prompted by notification of corrosion present in floor beam support links. This AD requires inspecting the right butt line 6 floor beam inboard support links and bushings for corrosion. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective May 4, 2021.

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AD: Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes

AD 2021-06-01 Prompted By A Report That Electronic Circuit Breakers (ECBs) Were Found In A Locked State

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Model PC-24 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that electronic circuit breakers (ECBs) were found in a locked state after maintenance, but before flight. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to incorporate a procedure to check for the ECB status. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective May 4, 2021.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.02.21)

“The 560XL series is known for propelling the landscape of business aviation forward, delivering speed, spaciousness and comfort to a new segment of the industry. Its evolution and prominence continue to resonate with customers across the globe: Every two minutes, a 560XL jet takes off or lands somewhere in the world. This milestone delivery is a direct reflection of our customers’ trust and the dedication of our employees who continue to build and support the Citation 560XL family of aircraft.” Source: Lannie O’Bannion, senior vice president, Global Sales and Flight Operations, discussing the 1,000th delivery of its 560XL series midsize business jet with a delivery of the Cessna Citation XLS+ to a customer based in

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