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February 09, 2022

Airborne 02.09.22: WWII Bomber Tour, French Elixir, Airline Merger

Also: Pelosi Criticized, Cuban Fly-In Delayed, CH-53K Contract, Renewable Fuels Program
The History Restored Tour will see the combination of 2 classic bombers, with the addition of the EAA's B-25, Berlin Express, alongside the B-29 Doc. The aircraft will make a series of stops in Florida and Louisiana throughout the spring as they kick off the 2022 tour seasons. The tour will make an appearance at the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo at Lakeland, Florida in April, along with opportunities for ride-alongs and flights at other events. Aéroclub des Pertuis in La Rochelle, France, has taken delivery of the first Elixir aircraft, intended for use as a general purpose trainer, rental, and leisure aircraft. The plane will enter their fleet as "the first 4

EAA Sends WWII Bombers On Tour

EAA Sends its B-25 to Join B-29 for Joint Exhibit Through Florida, Louisiana

The History Restored Tour will see the combination of 2 classic bombers, with the addition of the EAA's B-25, Berlin Express, alongside their B-29 Doc. The aircraft will make a series of stops in Florida and Louisiana throughout the spring as they kick off the 2022 tour seasons for both historic aircraft. The tour will make an appearance at the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo at Lakeland, Florida  in April, along with opportunities for ride-alongs and flights at other events for their passage in the area. 

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FBOs at JFK, LaGuardia Now Part of Modern Aviation

Sheltair Aviation at Famous New York Airports Completed Acquisition

A longstanding operator at New York's JFK International and LaGuardia Airports has finished its tenure after its FBO assets and operations have been acquired by Modern Aviation. Modern is a national network of FBO properties, on the rise as the company generally looks to acquire and develop operations in growth markets to expand their base. New York area FBOs would seem more likely to be classified as legacy operations instead of growth, but the high-profile locations are undoubtedly a solid addition to any collection of FBO gems as some of the most internationally trafficked and recognizable names in air travel around the world. 

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NASA Awards Lockheed Martin Mars Ascent Vehicle Contract

Sample Mission Will Launch Earthbound Samples from Martian Surface to Spacecraft Above

Lockheed is the lucky winner of the contract to design, develop, and produce the Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), which will be a key part of the Mars Sample Return mission currently in the works with NASA and the EASA. The mission hopes to deliver rock and soil samples collected on the Martian surface back to Earth, a tall order that requires a complex series of spacecraft and landers. Under the contract, Lockheed will provide multiple MAV test units with a prototype flight unit. Their purview includes designing, developing, testing, and evaluating the integrated MAV system, and designing and developing of the rocket’s ground support equipment. T

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AeroGuard Receives FAA Diamond Award

For the 4th Year in a Row, Flight Training Center Rewarded for Performance

For the 4th time in a row, AeroGuard Flight Training Center has been given the AMT Diamond Award program for 2021. Their win of the FAA Award of Excellence recognizes its devotion to aircraft maintenance, safety, and regulatory compliance. In the post-pandemic recovery era, AeroGuard points to their efforts at scaling up and expanding student loads while maintaining the same level of safety. The Diamond Award requires that 100% of all mechanics, repair staff and technicians earn an AMT Certificate of Training in 2021, in addition to surpassing FAA regulatory requirements with additional education in specialized components.

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As the Super Bowl Approaches, Avfuel Readies for Journey

Sustainable Fuels Loaded up in Game Area Airports, With Carbon Credits On Tap

Avfuel Network has announced the requisition of sustainable aviation fuel for those airports operated in conjunction with their fuel network in close proximity to the game's SoFi Stadium. Those customers looking to defray the environmental impact of their flight to the Bowl can refuel at Million Air Burbank (KBUR), ACI Jet-Orange County (KSNA) and Castle & Cooke Aviation (KVNY). Should operators desire, a carbon offset program adds an additional per-gallon fee to purchase carbon credits that invest in green projects. Each credit purchased is said to offset nearly 100 gallons of jet fuel. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Sikorsky Aircraft -- Designing the Helicopters of the Future

From 2009: An Amazing Success Story Continues As Sikorsky Maintains Its Innovative Ways

There are few more compelling stories in American Aerospace than the path trail-blazed by Sikorsky Aircraft. Brilliantly led and tightly focused, this company has innovated itself to be one of the most closely-watched tech companies in the world... with good reason. At the 2012 Heli-Expo, Sikorsky Boss, Jeff Pino, was riding a pretty substantial wave of good news, just weeks prior to his announcing his impending retirement. Among the news reported at HAI2012 was a sale to Brazilian helicopter operator, Lider Aviacao, of three S-92 helicopters. Lider will operate the

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Solar Farm Drone Monitoring System Updated

New Integration with Sitemark Systems Comes to H3's Drone in a Box 

H3 Dynamics has continued their quest to automate drone upkeep, releasing additional infrastructure geared at supporting drone fleet stations far away from human settlements at remote solar farms. The new partnership fuses their H3 Dynamics Drone-in-a-Box robots with the visual/thermal analytics from Sitemark in order to automate and scale up remote monitoring operations at large solar farm installations. So far, Sitemark has been deployed for inspection over 30,000 hectares of solar parks in 35 countries. 

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Fellowship Award Winners to Be Recognized at CSF Meeting

Commercial Spaceflight Federation Joins Hands with Grace Smith Fellowship to Promote Student Internships

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Patti Grace Smith Fellowship program announced the expansion of a program to bring three students to Washington, D.C., in order for them to participate in the 24th Commercial Space Transportation Conference. The Fellowship bears the name of Smith, a trailblazer for women like her, who passed away in 2016 after a long career in expanding access to aviation. The Fellowship honors her work by "encouraging young women of color to pursue aerospace and STEM careers," by selecting students among those from the Fellowship's fellows and applicants.

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NTSB Prelim: Walter Tachiki Tachiki 750 Cruzer

First Flight In The Accident Airplane Since He Was Involved In A Prior Mishap

On January 14, 2022, about 1248 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith 750 airplane, N145WT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spanish Fork, Utah. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that this was his first flight in the accident airplane since he was involved in a prior mishap that took place in the same airplane about 18 months earlier. A few days prior to the accident flight he fast taxied the airplane down the runway to check the operability of the flight control system and engine controls prior to the acc

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.09.22)

Aero Linx: International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians We are IFFR. We are members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. We have friends worldwide in Rotary and in aviation. The first Rotary Club met in Chicago in 1905.  Rotary was the intellectual offspring of a unique adventurous soul, Paul P. Harris.  IFFR was the brainchild of E. Edison Kennell. Rotarian Ed realized that there must be hundreds of fellow flying Rotarians in the skies over his native land and worldwide. Founding chairman Ed envisioned a network of pilots who shared not only his love of aviation, but his dedication to the Rotary concept of fellowship and service. The dream of P

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.09.22): Opposite Direction Aircraft

Opposite Direction Aircraft Aircraft are operating in opposite directions when: They are following the same track in reciprocal directions; or Their tracks are parallel and the aircraft are flying in reciprocal directions; or Their tracks intersect at an angle of more than 135 degrees.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.09.22)

“The rare opportunity to see living aviation history is even more unforgettable when these two iconic aircraft appear together at these upcoming stops. These joint appearances bring the history and heroism of World War II out of the books and videos to a personal experience and a tribute to people who defended freedom."  Source: Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, commenting on the joint B-25/B-29 coming this spring, in which the EAA B-25 will take part. 

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