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July 06, 2021

Airborne 07.02.21: Wally Funk Spaceflight, AirCar X-C, Parrot ANAFI Ai

Also: Robert Sumwalt Retires, Piper Readies For Oshkosh, Massive United Buy, Citation Excel Eagle

The gang here at ANN could not be more thrilled... the amazing Wally Funk will finally be heading to space in less than three weeks -- after waiting some 60 years for the chance. Fulfilling a lifelong mission to become an astronaut, Wally Funk will fly to space on New Shepard’s first human flight on July 20 as an honored guest. She will join Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, and the auction winner on the flight. AirCar has reportedly fulfilled a key development milestone in a 35-minute flight from the international airport in Nitra to the internati

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.06.21)

Aero Linx: The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) is the only national, non-profit trade association dedicated to advancing the full participation of minorities and women in employment and contracting opportunities throughout the aviation and aerospace industries. Since 1984, AMAC has been at the forefront of nearly every national policy initiative impacting the participation of disadvantaged businesses in airport contracting. AMAC also works consistently with Congress, the Federal Government, aviation trade associations and others as a resource for information, education and guidance on business and employment matters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.06.21): Special Activity Airspace (SAA)

Special Activity Airspace (SAA) Any airspace with defined dimensions within the National Airspace System wherein limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations. This airspace may be restricted areas, prohibited areas, military operations areas, air ATC assigned airspace, and any other designated airspace areas. The dimensions of this airspace are programmed into EDST and can be designated as either active or inactive by screen entry. Aircraft trajectories are constantly tested against the dimensions of active areas and alerts issued to the applicable sectors when violations are predicted.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.06.21)

“Two successful launches and two groups of happy customers in 5 months really speaks to our team’s abilities. They’re making air launch look easy — and I can tell you from experience that it’s not. We can now proudly say that 17 satellites launched by our system are up in space exactly in their target orbits. We’re looking forward to growing that number tremendously as we push to ramp up our flight cadence in the coming months.” Source: Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart, commenting on this past week's successful launch of the Tubular Bells: Part One mission.

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