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September 05, 2022

USAF CV-22 Ospreys Return to Service

One Aircraft in Three Acts

On 17 August 2022, Lieutenant General Jim Slife of the U.S. Air Force’s Special Operations Command (AFSOC) ordered a fleet-wide safety standdown of AFSOC V-22 Ospreys. Sixteen-days later, Lt. Gen. Slife cleared the AFSOC V-22 fleet to resume operations, albeit conditionally. The grounding metaphorically encapsulates the developmental and operational history of the Pentagon's uniquely capable, chronically troubled tilt-rotor. 

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Walt Disney’s Gulfstream I Makes West Coast Return

Storied Aircraft on Display at D23 Expo 2022

Walt Disney's Gulfstream I has been restored to airworthiness and is making a cross-country journey to Anaheim, California, where it will be on display for fans attending Disney's D23 Expo 2022. The exhibit will highlight the history of the aircraft, which Walt dubbed The Mouse, and showcase its significance to The Walt Disney Company's history.

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NASA Awards SpaceX Additional Crew Dragon Launch Contracts

Crew Dragon Soars as Starliner Stumbles

For purpose of securing its astronauts' passage to the International Space Station (ISS) through 2030, NASA has finalized plans to purchase another five Crew Dragon launches from SpaceX. The agreement marks the eighth Crew Dragon launch NASA has purchased in the last six months and doubles the spacecraft’s future launch manifest. NASA’s decision to cast its lot with SpaceX is a major blow to Boeing’s Starliner program, which—aside from six launches guaranteed by the original 2014 CCtCap awards—has received zero additional orders for spaceflights.

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Classic Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- Getting a Little Help Along the Way

From 2011 (YouTube Version): Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 3)

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at AirVenture 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'Getting a Little Help Along the Way.'  Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've b

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.05.22): No Gyro Approach

No Gyro Approach

A radar approach/vector provided in case of a malfunctioning gyro-compass or directional gyro. Instead of providing the pilot with headings to be flown, the controller observes the radar track and issues control instructions “turn right/left” or “stop turn” as appropriate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.05.22)

Aero Linx: The Army Aviation Medicine Association

The Army Aviation Medicine Association is the subset of members of the SoUSAFS that are also members of the Aerospace Medical associatino (ASMA) and is a constituent organization of ASMA with separate Bylaws and governance IAW with the constitution and Bylaws of the Aerospace MEdical Association. The purposes of the Association are to represent the interests of the U.S. Army aviation medicine community within the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), and to provide a forum in which members of AsMA who are affiliated with Army aviation may gather at the annual AsMA meeting.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.05.22)

“Informed by analysis of the data and inputs from the CV-22 aircrew enterprise, Lt. Gen Slife, AFSOC commander, authorized resumption of CV-22 flight operations Sept 2, 2022 with risk control mitigations in place. These mitigation guidelines are focused on flight operations where the preponderance of HCEs were experienced. Until a root cause is identified, and solution implemented, the focus is on mitigating operations in flight regimes where HCEs are more prevalent and ensuring our aircrews are trained as best as possible to handle HCEs when they do occur.” Source: AFSOC spokeswoman Lt. Col. Becky Heyse folloowing up on the 02 September 2022 decision by Lt. Gen. Slife to clear the AFSOC V-22 fleet to resume oper

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