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January 25, 2022

NASA to Pay Tribute on Day of Remembrance

Administration Remembers Those Lost Along The Way

NASA's Day Of Remembrance is this Thursday, on January 27th. The day is the time to reflect on the sacrifices of those lost in space exploration, and this year marks 55 years to the day since the Apollo 1 tragedy. Bill Nelson, administrator, will lead an observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, starting with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Separate observances for the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews will follow, and later in the day deputy admin Pam Melroy, and associate admin Bob Cabana will moderate a panel discussion on safety. Their panel will air on the NASA channel, website, and app at 15:30 EST, focusing on the lessons learned from los

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JetPack Aviation Inks Deal for Flying Motorcycle Training

Signs Training Deal for Pilot, Maintenance Instruction

JetPack Aviation, the manufacturer of the small VTOL Speeder aircraft, has signed a landmark deal with an unnamed military customer in Southeast Asia for pilot and maintenance training. The Speeder is a small, turbine-powered, fully stabilized VTOL "flying motorcycle". The end result is hoped to be a variable manned/unmanned combat scout and courier, similar in function to terrestrial motorcycles in military trim. The company notes that the deal legitimizes the hoverbike industry, one still plagued by vaporware and promises. The training agreement came alongside an $800,000 order for 2 JB12 JetPacks, as well as initial training services for 2 pilots and 2 maintenance technicians at its Ca

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B-52 Delivered to Oklahoma City for Re-Engining

Fuselage, Wing Shipped Over the Road For Reassembly At Boeing

A technically vintage B-52H bomber fuselage, formerly named "Damage Inc. II" has made its way to the Boeing facility in Oklahoma City, where it will be reassembled to act as the testbed for the sorely needed B-52 replacement engine program. The donor aircraft was pulled from the boneyard at Pima, Arizona, where it was separated into separate sections for use throughout the Commercial Engine Replacement Program. The left wing and fuselage, now in Oklahoma, will be used in designing and integrating the prospective new engines as well as the Radar Modernization Program.

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EAA Hops & Pops Cancelled

Springtime Food and Drink Tasting Party Postponed to Next Year

The annual event, originally to be held on March 12 at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has been cancelled. Attendees were notified that all tickets will be refunded. The event is normally a chance to enjoy beverages and food, specifically the work of local master brewers, microbrews, and more with live music. The proceeds from the event help underwrite the cost of museum activities throughout the year, including free aviation education programs for young people. Hops & Props has brought out some of the best of the local aviation community, bringing dozens of volunteers together to put in hundreds of hours of work for a good cause, like the 2020 donation of over

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Korean Drone Delivery Company Signs to Joint Project

Unmanned Delivery System to Be Established in New York 

South Korean drone services provider Pablo Air has signed an MOU with the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (the conveniently acronymed NUAIR) to develop a framework for compliance in drone operations in the United States. Their aim is to complete a long-distance drone delivery network in New York later this year, and the agreement should serve as the base for Pablo's NY foothold. Pablo Air also joins the NUAIR's international alliance of the unmanned aerial system, an international AAM project to help provide worldwide frameworks to drone ops.

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Classic Aero-TV: Bright-Shiny-Airworthy!--Steve Cole's Hummel UltraCruiser

From 2015: Some Of the Prettiest Sights Of Oshkosh Were Also Very Affordable

At EAA AirVenture 2015, there are lots of airplanes to look at, but this one is a real eye catcher. It’s a small single-place airplane, it qualifies as an ultralight, and is so shiny you need dark glasses just to look at it in the sunlight. ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had a sit-down and chat with, Steve Cole, who is the builder and owner of this Hummel UltraCruiser which took the Grand Champion Ultralight trophy this year at Oshkosh. It’s a plans-built airplane that Cole completed with unbelievable attention to detail. The all-aluminum airframe is shiny be

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'Up Up & Away' Balloon Festival Begins May 6

Lakeland's biggest LTA Aircraft Event Signs Additional Bands

The Up Up & Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival has announced its new additions to the musical lineup, bringing out the Rico Monaco Band, Epic Band, Audio Exchange, Franchise Players, Tracey Coryell, and Stacy Gabel. The festival says there's still plenty of room for sponsors, volunteers, and attendees before things kick off on the weekend of May 6. The festival is run by a dedicated 501(c)(3) non-profit made to promote family friendly aviation, as well as provide a fun springtime day out to bring the community together and enjoy the special, laid back experience inherent to balloonery.

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Airborne 01.18.22: HIGH Alt Perlan II, 5G NOTAMs!, Virgin Orbit

Also: SuperBowl TFR, Piper Adds MSU, Boeing's 4th Quarter, Collier Nominations

Thales and Iridium have joined the infamous ultra-high-altitude Perlan continuous flight program. The engineless glider can now avail itself of the Iridium communications network, offering the world's highest internet hot spot at more than 65,000 feet. Perlan will use their newfound connectivity for inflight communications, as well as live streaming from both the glider and its Egret super tow plane. The FAA has published its first round of Notices To Air Missions regarding the soon-to-be activated 5G cell networks, placing warnings over 1,462 airports in an effort to ease t

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

The Engine Exhibited A Hole On The Top Of The Case Near The No. 6 Cylinder

On January 13, 2022, about 1326 eastern standard time, a Cirrus SR-22, N879CD, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lexington, South Carolina. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, a preflight inspection of the airplane was conducted with no anomalies noted. He stated, “I checked the oil quantity and added one quart of oil.” The pilot conducted a run-up and departed for Charleston Air Force Base/International Airport (CHS), Charleston, South Carolina, on a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan about 1300.

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AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

AD 2022-02-15 Retains The Actions Of AD 2020-12-06 And Corrects The Citation To The AFM

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-12-06 for all Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream) Model G-IV airplanes. AD 2020-12-06 required replacing the nose wheel steering servo valve manifold, incorporating revised operating procedures into the airplane flight manual (AFM), doing a records inspection for any incidents of un-commanded nose wheel steering turns, and reporting the results to the FAA. Since the FAA issued AD 2020-12-16,  the FAA determined that a typographical error was made in citing one of the AFM documents. This AD retains the actions of AD 2020-12-06 and corrects the citation to the AFM. The FAA is issuing this AD

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.22)

Aero Linx: The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), The United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS), located at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River in Patuxent River, Maryland, provides instruction to experienced United States Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and foreign military experimental test pilots, flight test engineers, and flight test flight officers in the processes and techniques of aircraft and systems testing and evaluation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.22): Available Landing Distance (ALD)

Available Landing Distance (ALD) The portion of a runway available for landing and roll-out for aircraft cleared for LAHSO. This distance is measured from the landing threshold to the hold-short point.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.25.22)

“There are so many things this aircraft can be used for.... As new weapons are developed and come on hand, we can use it  to see how the weapons attach, what needs to change, and if they fit on the aircraft. This is an asset that will help us integrate different items onto the aircraft quicker. An additional benefit is the cost to maintain a mock up is fa The B-52 senior materiel leader within the bombers directorateirly low.” Source: Col. Louis Ruscetta, B-52 senior materiel leader within the bombers directorate, describing why a technically vintage B-52H bomber fuselage, formerly named "Damage Inc. II" has made its way to the Boeing facility in Oklahoma City, where it will be reassembled to act as the testbed for th

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