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May 25, 2024

Starship's 4th Launch May Be Days Away... June 5th Is Current Target

Primary Objectives Turn To Demonstrating The Ability To Return And Reuse Starship And Super Heavy

Unlike the Boeing Starliner program, the SpaceX Starship effort proceeds apace. The fourth flight test of Starship could launch as soon as June 5, pending regulatory approval. SpaceX notes that Starship’s third flight test made tremendous strides towards a future of rapidly reliable reusable rockets with the test completing several exciting firsts, including the first Starship reentry from space, the first ever opening and closing of Starship’s payload door in space, and a successful propellant transfer demonstration.

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uAvionix AV-Link Receives FAA Approval

uAvionix Ups The Game In Connected Cockpits For Certified Aircraft

Following months of collaboration, uAvionix has received FAA approval of the AV-Link for certified aircraft. This approval expands the available functionality of uAvionix’s ecosystem of AV-30 panel displays, skySensor, and portable ADS-B receivers and transforms how these devices work with each other to display data for enhanced situational awareness and pilot efficiency in the cockpit. 

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Oshkosh 2024 Is Going To Be 'Warbird-A-Rama!'

Heroes And Historic Military Aircraft Will Have Their Stories Shared At Warbirds In Review

Warbirds in Review, an exciting and historically enriched presentation series during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that brings together historic airplanes with pilots and aircraft owners, returns in 2024 with guests that encompass 80 years of aviation and military history. The 71st edition of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s fly-in convention is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Another Day... Another USCG MH-60 Helo Rescue

Coast Guard Helo Rescues Mariner From Sailboat On Fire 60 Miles East Of Chincoteague

The Coast Guard rescued a mariner late Thursday evening from a sailboat on fire nearly 60 miles east of Chincoteague. Fifth Coast Guard District Command Center watchstanders received a 406-megahertz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon at approximately 8:30 p.m. for the 45-foot sailing vessel Trilogy. Watchstanders directed the launch of an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, as well as issued an Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue alert.

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World Games to Include Drone Racing

FPV Racing Joins the Roster of Lesser Known Sports For 2025 Chinese Games

The World Games 2025 schedule for drone racing has been published, with the big 32-man race scheduled to take part from August 14 to 16, 2025. The races will be held at the Dong'an Lake Sports Park, in Chengdu, China, pitting 32 competitors through a ringer of FPV speed racing. The proposed schedule also adds a day prior to the competition start for model processing, so pilots have a chance to walk through the track, practice, and prep their gear after a long flight to China.

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Coulson Aviation Snags SWA 737 for Fireliner Conversion

New 737-700 to Become Most Modern, Advanced Narrowbody Firefighter Yet

Firefighting specialist Coulson Aviation has shown off the newest addition to their fleet, a former Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700. The new aircraft is a first for the team, since prior Fireliners were built on a 737-300 platform until now. Coulson notes that so far, every one of its aircraft come courtesy of Southwest Airlines, a carrier that's always been a sort of poster boy for the narrowbody Boeings. The Next Gen Fireliner will improve on the older mods' payload and capability, thanks to those trickle-down updates from the -700.  It'll sport a 5,000 gallon payload, lower fuel burn, improved endurance, and higher speeds across the board.

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Starliner Delay Update... Still Delayed

NASA, Mission Partners Answer Questions Behind Starliner Scrub

Managers from NASA, Boeing, and ULA (United Launch Alliance) have disclosed ongoing work ahead of sending NASA astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test. The media update detailed a valve ULA replaced on the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V rocket, as well as a small helium leak in the spacecraft’s service module, and a propulsion system assessment to understand potential helium system impacts on some Starliner return scenarios. 

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NTSB Prelim: Bell 206-L4

The Helicopter Rotated About 180° To The Left And Descended Rapidly In A Nose Low Attitude Until It Went Out Of View 

On April 26, 2024, at 0659 mountain daylight time, a Bell 206-L4, N988B (File Photo Below), was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Anaconda, Montana. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The pilot had been conducting flights to distribute fertilizer from the same staging location for several days. An employee of the operator, who was performing ground support duties, met the pilot at their base at the Deer Lodge-City-Municipal Airport (38S), Deer Lodge, Montana, about 0545 on the day of the accident.

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Classic Aero-TV: Empowering Educators - Wings Over the Rockies' Teacher Outreach

From 2016 (YouTube Version): : An Amazing Opportunity For Colorado’s STEM Educators…

In this video you’ll hear about a program that is designed to inspire teachers to inspire their students by sharing with them the excitement of flying in a 1942 Boeing PT-17 Stearman trainer plane. Hetty Carlson, of the Teacher Flight Program, explains how they use aviation as a tool to motivate and encourage students. Their Colorado-based operation has a goal of flying one teacher from every school along the Colorado Front Range. Counting up the school districts and the schools involved means that they are offering 1,600 teachers, through the y

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.25.24)

Aero Linx: Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC The Latin American Civil Aviation Commission, LACAC, is an international organization with a consultative character, and its conclusions, recommendations and resolutions will be subject to the approval of each one of the member States. The primary objective of the Commission is to provide the civil aviation authorities of the member States an appropriate framework within which to discuss and plan all the required measures for cooperation and coordination of all their civil aviation activities.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.25.24)

“Warbirds in Review features veterans, aviation legends, and aircraft that simply cannot be seen together in one place anywhere else in the world. Many of these veterans maintain that they were just doing their jobs and nothing heroic or extraordinary, but that could not be farther from the truth. Their stories and unique perspectives on the aircraft showcased at Oshkosh are insightful, poignant, and important for the public to hear.” Source: Connie Bowlin, past president of the EAA Warbirds of America, speaking about this year's Warbirds In Review effort for Oshkosh 2024. 

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