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May 31, 2021

Airborne 05.26.21: Vintage Oshkosh, Pilots v Belarus, Mirage F1 Accident

Also: FBI v Drone, ALPA Has Concerns, Precision Aviation Group, F-16 Production Line

Notable aircraft anniversaries and gatherings of beautiful airplane types are among the highlights this year as the Vintage Aircraft Association celebrates its 50th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021. Among the featured aircraft in 2021 are Stinsons, commemorating their 100th anniversary held over from 2020, and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer family, to be joined by other Short Wing Pipers such as the iconic Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, and Colt. The International Federation of Ai

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Classic Aero-TV: Joby Aviation Lotus S--An Exquisite Blend of Form and Function

Just When You Thought You'd Seen It All... Innovators Step In and Surprise You

When ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spent time at the Unmanned Systems 2015 Conference he saw some really interesting aircraft, but this one could be used to visualize the word, unique. Jim talked with composite engineer, Edward Stilson, of Joby Aviation. Their aim is to provide a vertical lift UAS that has extended loiter capability. It doesn’t take long into the video before you realize something is strange about this aircraft that appears to have long wings, yet the wingtips don’t fit the standard mold. That’s because they are more than

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OneWeb Reports Successful Launch

OneWeb Confirms Contact With All 36 Satellites

OneWeb has confirmed the latest successful launch of 36 satellites by Arianespace from the Vostochny Cosmodrome. This launch brings OneWeb a step closer to completing its 'Five to 50' ambition and the possible start of commercial service by the end of the year. Liftoff occurred on 28 May at 18:38 BST. OneWeb's satellites separated from the rocket and were dispensed in nine batches over a period of 3 hours 52 minutes with signal acquisition on all 36 satellites confirmed.

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Bell and Universal Helicopters Expand Bell 505 Training

Both Ab Initio And Rotary Wing Add-On Training Available

Universal Helicopters (UHI) has embarked on a new venture with Bell to deliver Bell 505 training to pilots across the U.S. and from around the world. New pilots can receive ab initio and rotary wing add-on training in the new Jet Ranger X at various UHI locations, including their Scottsdale and Prescott Arizona locations. UHI can also provide training at a location on demand.

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Fairmont St U Aviation Ctr of Excellence Honors Donor and Scholarship Recipients

McRobie Donated His Personal Aircraft To The University This Spring

Fairmont State University and the Fairmont State Aviation Center of Excellence honored Fairmont native and donor to the University, David McRobie, recently. McRobie donated his personal aircraft to the University this spring, expanding the aviation program's fleet along with its capacity for training aspiring pilots. The exchange was made under one condition presented by McRobie; the aircraft would spend the entirety of its operating life training students to fly. McRobie made his grand entrance when he was flown in from the Fairmont Airport in the aircraft to be dedicated, then the plane was taxied into the hangar to launch the event program. 

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Masks No Longer Required For Fully Vaxxed At National Museum USAF

Those Who Are Not Fully Vaccinated Must Continue To Wear Masks Inside The Museum

In support of updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, fully vaccinated visitors (who are at least two weeks beyond their final dose) will no longer be required to wear masks when visiting the National Museum of the US Air Force. Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks inside the museum. Visitors will not be asked by museum officials to prove their vaccination status, and those who wish to continue wearing masks may still do so. In addition, cleaning procedures, sneeze guards at volunteer and cashier desks, and hand sanitizer stations will remain in place throughout the museum.

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NTSB Prelim: Enstrom F-28F

Clutch Disengage Light Dimly Illuminated, Flickered, And Then Fully Illuminated

On May 9, 2021, about 1440 Alaska daylight time, an Enstrom F-28F, N8627J, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Palmer, Alaska. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 sightseeing tour flight. The pilot reported that at about 1330 he took over as the pilot for Talahiem Air Service, who was providing helicopter tour flights for the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering that was taking place at the fairgrounds in Palmer. The pilot had fueled the helicopter with 25 gallons of fuel, performed a normal start-up, and he then engaged the belt clutch before the passe

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AD: CFM International, S.A. Turbofan Engines

AD 2021-10-09 Requires Removal, Inspection, And Replacement Of The Affected HPT Inner Stationary Seal

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all CFM International, S.A. (CFM) CFM56-5B and CFM56-7B model turbofan engines with a certain high-pressure turbine (HPT) inner stationary seal installed. This AD was prompted by cracks found in the rotating air HPT front seal. This AD requires removal, inspection, and replacement of the affected HPT inner stationary seal and, depending on the findings, replacement of the rotating air HPT front seal, HPT rotor blades, and No. 3 ball bearing. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective June 24, 2021.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.31.21)

Aero Linx: Aeronautical Repair Station Association ARSA is devoted to the worldwide civil aviation maintenance industry—from its global corporations to the small, independent businesses. ARSA members are located on five continents and in nearly 20 countries. The association’s experts create tools for members to navigate the maze of government mandates while enhancing safety, efficiency and productivity. ARSA is managed by the law firm of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, P.L.C., which provides management, government affairs, and legal services to trade associations and transportation-centric companies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.31.21): Squawk (Mode, Code, Function)

Squawk (Mode, Code, Function) Used by ATC to instruct a pilot to activate the aircraft transponder and ADS-B Out with altitude reporting enabled, or (military) to activate only specific modes, codes, or functions. Examples: “Squawk five seven zero seven;” “Squawk three/alpha, two one zero five.”

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.31.21)

"On a personal note and in the name of the whole team at The Fighter Collection who have worked so hard this past year to prepare the aircraft and the show itself, please know that this decision has not come lightly. We are very sad but pray that next year will be COVID free for all and that Flying Legends 2022 will be a classic." Source: Director Nick Grey of the Flying Legends Airshow of Sywell Aerodrome -- originally scheduled for 10-11th July 2021, but has since been cancelled by the organizers. 

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