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September 16, 2021

They Made It! Inspiration4 Orbits The Earth

Inspiration4 Has A Fundraising Goal To Raise $200 Million Through February 2022

On September 15 the crew of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian human spaceflight mission to orbit, officially ushered in a new era of space exploration at 8:02:56 PM EDT as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lifted off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. “Our crew carries the responsibility and importance of this mission as we prepare to blast off,” said Inspiration4 Commander Jared Isaacman just before launch. “We have been well-prepared for the challenges ahead of us the next three days and look forward to sharing our experience with the world as we continue to bring attention to St. Jude Children’s Rese

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Aero-TV At OSH21: ScaleBirds Warbird Replica Kits, A Closer Look

Sam Watrous Speaks With ANN At Oshkosh

Twenty-five years ago at Sun ‘N Fun, Sam Watrous was sitting with his good buddy and wondering what it would be like to have war replicas as a finished kit. The idea never went anywhere until his son’s senior project at Rhode Island School of Design. “He had to come up with a product, company, marketing research, and pitch to professors,” Watrous says. “He said, ‘Hey dad, how about this ScaleBirds design’ so he came up with everything. Once his professors got the pitch they said he had to finish the concept. It’s been six years in design and dev

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New DOI/USFS Aviation Helmets Standard For Air Tractor Aircraft

Models AT-504, AT-602, AT-802, and AT-802A Included

There is a new flight helmet standard in place for pilots of Air Tractor models AT-504, AT-602, AT-802, and AT-802A, which has been recently approved by the FAA. While the FAA does not require a helmet for other Air Tractor models, Air Tractor strongly recommends that pilots of all its aircraft wear an appropriate flight helmet, including helmets tested to the new DOI/USFS standard. In 2017, the OAS determined that while Mil-Spec and DOT aviation helmet specification standards have existed for some time, no government regulatory agencies had provided a civilian aviation helmet specification standard. 

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Delta Air Lines Says 4,000 Unvaccinated Employees Got Vaccine

Company Revealed A $200 Monthly Surcharge For Non Vaccinated

The Chief health officer at Delta Air Lines unveils news that last week 4,000 unvaccinated employees decided to receive the vaccine following the company's announcement that there would be a $200 monthly surcharge on its health care plan for those employees who did not receive the vaccine. During a media briefing with the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Henry Ting said almost 20 percent of the 20,000 unvaccinated Delta employees moved towards vaccination after CEO Ed Bastian announced the new surcharge policy on August 25. The new surcharge policy takes place November 1, and the number of vaccinated employees has climbed to 78% from 74% before the announcement.

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Klyde Morris (09.13.21)

Klyde Speaks The Truth

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Cargojet Fires 23 Canadian Pilots

ALPA, ACPA Not Happy

Cargojet has terminated the employment of twenty three pilots, despite the need for more pilots at that airline. Canada’s two largest pilot groups, ALPA and Air Canada Pilots Association, are not happy with the decision. “It is highly questionable for Cargojet to fire these pilots while they continue to hire,” said Tim Perry, ALPA Canada president. “This is a further troubling tactic used by Cargojet, coming mere weeks after the Company engaged in an effort to coerce its pilots to support its plan to weaken Canada’s new pilot fatigue rules.”

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President Salutes Space-Bound Graduates

Half Of The Crew For Inspiration4 Mission Is ERAU Alumni

Two Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduates prepared for takeoff aboard SpaceX’s Inspiration 4, as ERAU President P. Barry Butler sent his best wishes to the alumni – Jared Isaacman and Chris Sembrowski. “Everyone at Embry-Riddle is excited about the mission and proud of our Eagles, Jared and Chris,” Butler said. “Through their participation in this mission, they are also raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. In doing so, they are exemplifying Eagle values, which call on us to be of service to each other. We wish the whole Inspiration4 crew a very safe and successful mission. We thank them for being a source of inspiration

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 175

During The Landing Rollout On The Grass Runway, The Airplane Turned Hard To The Right

On September 10, 2021, about 0940 central daylight time, a Cessna 175 airplane, N9343B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hot Springs, South Dakota. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, during the landing rollout on the grass runway, the airplane turned hard to the right. The left wing impacted the terrain, and the airplane skidded to a stop. The airplane came to rest upright with the left main landing gear partially separated. The airplane was modified to conventional landing gear through a supplemental

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AD: Hélicoptères Guimbal Helicopters

AD 2021-19-04 Prompted By A Report Of Cracks Discovered On The M/R Scissor Link

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Hélicoptères Guimbal Model Cabri G2 helicopters with any metal bushing installed on the main rotor (M/R) swashplate guide bellcrank. This AD was prompted by a report of cracks discovered on the M/R scissor link during scheduled maintenance on several helicopters. This AD requires removing all metal bushings from service, visually inspecting the lug bore area and depending on the inspection results, removing certain parts from service and installing certain part-numbered plastic bushings. This AD also prohibits installing any metal bushing on any helicopter. The FAA is issuing this AD to address th

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG

AD 2021-17-11 Requires Initial And Repetitive Borescope Inspections (BSIs) Of The Affected IPC R1 Blades

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Trent XWB-75, Trent XWB-79, Trent XWB-79B, and Trent XWB-84 model turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in the intermediatepressure compressor (IPC) rotor 1 (R1) blades installed on certain Trent XWB model turbofan engines. This AD requires initial and repetitive borescope inspections (BSIs) of the affected IPC R1 blades and, depending on the results of the inspections, replacement of all 34 IPC R1 blades. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective October

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.16.21)

Aero Linx: United States Powered Paragliding Association The USPPA was formed on March 15, 2001 as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. Tax exempt status was gained several years later. IRS documents are available here. There are four elected positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Any full member is eligible for an elected office position. Paragliding is the simplest form of flight: no plane, no windows, just you floating on air. A paraglider is a foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. The paraglider itself has no rigid structure and the pilot is suspended by lines. The pilot is clipped into a harness, which is quite comfor

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.21): See And Avoid

See And Avoid When weather conditions permit, pilots operating IFR or VFR are required to observe and maneuver to avoid other aircraft. Right-of-way rules are contained in 14 CFR Part 91.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.16.21)

“It is highly questionable for Cargojet to fire these pilots while they continue to hire. This is a further troubling tactic used by Cargojet, coming mere weeks after the Company engaged in an effort to coerce its pilots to support its plan to weaken Canada’s new pilot fatigue rules.” Source: Tim Perry, ALPA Canada president, discussing the questionable actions of Cargojet -- which terminated the employment of twenty three pilots, despite the need for more pilots at that airline. Canada’s two largest pilot groups, ALPA and Air Canada Pilots Association, are not happy with the decision. 

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