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September 01, 2021

Aero-TV At XPO21: Brian Wynne Shares Thoughts On The Unmanned Future, Pt 1

Next XPONENTIAL Takes Place In Orlando, April 2022

In part one of a two part interview, Brian Wynne, President and CEO of AUVSI took some time to speak with ANN on day two of AUVSI XPONENTIAL and shared his thoughts on the future -- as well as how the community has expanded in unexpected ways during the pandemic. “As usual XPONENTIAL is high energy, it’s very dynamic, just like this community,".

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Tamarack Aerospace Exits Voluntary Bankruptcy, Looks Forward

Installation Centers For Active Winglets Now In SC, UK

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington has granted a Final Decree in the Tamarack Chapter 11 voluntary reorganization, closing the bankruptcy case.  This Final Decree ends a bankruptcy proceeding that began June of 2019. Tamarack sought Chapter 11 protection voluntarily when its fleet of 91 privately owned Cessna Citation Jets were grounded in the US for two months, following a no-injury 2019 incident involving an Active Winglet modified jet.

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Airborne 09.01.21: NBAA-BACE Wants Vax, California v GA, FlightAware Sold

Also: Astra Launch Failure, Delta Wants Vax Too, Dawn Aerospace, F-15QA
Although the NBAA-BACE is still happening, there is a new requirement. If you're planning on attending, the tradeshow is requiring attendees to get the COVID -19 vaccine. “For decades, the aviation industry has brought people together and transported them forward safely and responsibly,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said. How they will enforce this requirement is yet to be determined, but NBAA promises a more defined policy 30 days before the show. The County of Santa Clara alongside a coalition of community groups represented by Earth justice filed a petition calling on the EPA to take steps to eliminate lead pollution from aircraft across the US. The Petition follows

The Other Shoe... NBAA-BACE Will Require Vaccination For Tradeshow Attendance

"Requirement Reflects Business Aviation’s Core Value of Safety"

With all the hub-bub about COVID strains and mutations, it was a matter of time before additional restrictions came (again) to the aero-biz... and one of the most prominent of such will occur with this year's NBAA-BACE, in Las Vegas. NBAA has confirmed that it is adopting a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition. “For decades, the aviation industry has brought people together and transported them forward safely and responsibly,” NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said.

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Boeing, Qatar Emiri Air Force Celebrate New Aircraft

The F-15QA Starts Rollout Later This Year

Boeing The U.S. Air Force and Qatar Emiri Air Force had a shared celebratory moment in the naming and rollout of Qatar’s advanced F-15, the F-15QA. “The rollout of the F-15QA is momentous, not just in terms of capability but also in terms of the enhanced partnership it represents. The relationship the United States shares with Qatar is critical to the stability and security of the central command area of responsibility, and we are grateful for our coalition partner’s continued focus on building interoperability and combined readiness,” said Lt. Gen. Greg Guillot, commander of 9th Air Force. “It is a privilege and honor to stand with our Qatari counterparts this day and every d

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Attacking GA… Again: Santa Clara County Files Petition With EPA

Factions Claim Children’s Blood Lead Levels Living Near Airport Allegedly Similar to Flint Water Crisis

The County of Santa Clara alongside a coalition of community groups (often associated with anti-aviation programs) represented by Earthjustice filed a petition calling on the EPA to take steps to eliminate lead pollution from aircraft across the US. The Petition follows a study commissioned by the County of Santa Clara on lead exposure risks for 13,000 children living near Reid-Hillview Airport in East San José, which is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Various anti-airport political factions and property developers have been trying to get the airport closed down for many years -- this appears to be their latest weapon.&

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Remembering Katherine Johnson On Her 103rd Birthday

NASA’s “Hidden Figure” Is Not Forgotten

August 26th marked what would have been Katherine Johnson’s 103rd birthday. Born in West Virginia before helping lead humanity to the moon, her accomplishments laid the groundwork for today’s mission as we are on the horizon of a return to the moon. Johnson broke into STEM and made history, paving the way for many to follow her. She did trajectory analysis for Alan Shepard’s Freedom 7 mission in May 1961, the US’s first human spaceflight. This was one of many of her brilliant accomplishments. She is famous for checking the computer’s math for John Glenn’s historic first orbital spaceflight by an American in February 1962, continuing on to do the

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Scottsdale Fire Department Uses Drone To Service Gas Leak

Drone Footage Helps Firefighters Stay Safe

Over the weekend in Scottsdale, AZ, a drone was used by the Scottsdale Fire Department to assist in the repair of a gas leak. Firefighters said the leak was making a ‘jet engine sounding noise’ and was identified as a six-inch main that had been torn into pieces. The use of the drone was key in keeping firefighters safe during the event. The drone footage made it easier for firefighters to find the safest entry points as well. 14 individuals are now able to operate three drones for the city after completing their FAA certification. They will be operating for three battalions and a technical rescue unit.

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Astra Space Launches Small Rocket Over Weekend, Fails To Reach Orbit

The Rocket Made It 31 Miles Before Descending Back To Earth

Astra Space launched a rocket in Alaska over the weekend, the company's first since going public. The rocket failed to achieve its goal of making orbit. Astra founder and CEO Chris Kemp says that one engine shut down about one second into the rocket's first flight. “It was obviously not successful at putting anything in orbit, but it was a flight where we learned a tremendous amount,” Kemp said, according to CNBC. “We do have a serial 7 which is right now in production and we’ll take what we learned here and incorporate whatever changes into that rocket and will be flying soon. We have a tremendous amount of data from the flight and are in the process of reviewing

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GrandView Aviation, WAI Host Girls In Aviation This Month

The Event Will Take Place In Maryland, September 25

GrandView Aviation and Women in Aviation International will be hosting the next Girls in Aviation Day, set to take place at Martin State Airport in Middle River, Maryland on September 25, 2021. "We cannot wait to introduce these girls to all the potential career opportunities in aviation and enjoy a great day learning about airplanes," says Jessie Naor, Chief Operating Officer at Grandview Aviation. Registered guests will receive a complimentary GIAD2021 Backpack Kit, a display and photo opportunity with a Phenom 300 private jet and Sikorsky 76D executive helicopter, multiple activity stations including a "Meet a Pilot" booth, and interactive learning activities like paper airplane races. Th

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NTSB Prelim: Rotary RAF2000

Suddenly The Nose Pitched Up, Then Pitched Down As The Gyroplane Rapidly Descended

On August 7, 2021, about 1115 central daylight time, an unregistered Rotary Air Force RAF 2000 gyroplane, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Anahuac, Texas. The pilot was uninjured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 test flight. The pilot stated that he was completing a test flight after a new trim system was installed. After departure, about 50 ft above ground level, he actuated the trim switch and did not notice an immediate response.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.01.21)

Aero Linx: This is the first complete production list of the Beech 17 on the internet, second edition. My main goal is describing all the individual airplane histories and events, in order to inform the Beech community and to connect with all the enthousiasts worldwide. It is the result of many years of wading through books, magazines, the internet and personal exchange. The information presented I regard as open, publicly accessible. My effort is in combining all the information in one sole database to present an organised one-stop site.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.01.21): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline. The lights are focused toward the arrival end of the runway at the “line up and wait” point, and they extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft. Illuminated red lights indicate to an aircraft in position for takeoff or rolling that it is unsafe to takeoff because the runway is occupied or about to be occupied by an aircraft or vehicle.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.01.21)

“We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics. Everything is physics and math.” Source: Wise words from the late Katherine Johnson, talking to students at the NASA Trailblazers and Legends STEM Conference in Cape Canaveral, Florida in 2010.

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