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May 15, 2021

OK's Skiatook Municipal Airport Opens New Runway

New 3,000-Foot Runway Started Construction In 2020

The Skiatook Municipal Airport hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 14, in honor of the airport’s new 3,000-foot runway. The $2 million project began in 2020 with reconstruction of the existing asphalt runway with concrete and the upgrading of the existing stake mounted runway edge lights to higher quality base mounted fixtures. The grant also included funding for an obstruction survey to aid in the development of new Global Positioning System (GPS) instrument approaches at both ends of the runway. The project, included in the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission’s (OAC) Five-Year Airport Construction Program, provides better safety to the users of the airport while continuing to

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AMO To The Rescue -- McAllen UH-60 Crew Rescues Unresponsive Woman

Also Assists Border Patrol in Apprehension of 33

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the McAllen Air and Marine Branch of Air and Marine Operations rescued a non citizen migrant, who was found to be unresponsive while the crew was working with USBP agents assigned to the Falfurrias Border Patrol station in tracking a large group in the vast ranch lands of Brooks County, Texas. A McAllen Air Branch based UH-60 crew received of a report of a group of over 33 migrants in the ranch lands near Falfurrias, Texas. While USBP agents on the ground were apprehending the subjects, they informed the UH-60 crew that they had encountered a female that was unresponsive.

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Another Launch Target Set For Next Starliner Flight Test

CST-100 Starliner Spacecraft Prepares For Oft-Delayed Orbital Flight Test-2

NASA and Boeing are targeting 2:53 pm EDT Friday, July 30, for the launch of the company’s Starliner uncrewed Orbital Flight Test-2 (OFT-2) to the International Space Station. The updated launch target is supported by the station’s visiting vehicle schedule, Starliner readiness, and the availability of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. “NASA and Boeing have done an incredible amount of work to get to this point,” said Steve Stich, Commercial Crew Program manager.

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Bell 407 Earns Type Acceptance Certificate in Guernsey

There Are More Than 1,500 Bell 407s In Service

Bell has confirmed that the Bell 407 has received its Type Acceptance Certificate (TAC) in Bailiwick of Guernsey. This milestone will allow more European customers to add the aircraft to their operations. “As the most cost-effective IFR-certified platform, the Bell 407 has more than 6 million global flight hours,” said Duncan Van De Velde, managing director, Europe. “We are thrilled that type acceptance in Guernsey will enable us to begin delivering our newest long light single helicopter to more customers.”

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uAvionix Adds ping200XR With Integrated GPS to Transponder Line-Up

Single Enclosure Simplifies Installation

uAvionix has added a new low-SWaP transponder to the line-up of UAS communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) solutions. The ping200XR integrates the full capability of the ping200X TSO Certified Mode S ADS-B OUT transponder with the high integrity truFYX TSO certified GPS position source into a single, easy-to-install enclosure. The single enclosure simplifies installation and allows the customer to choose between the existing installed GPS antenna or one provided with the ping200XR.

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Airshare Adds Challenger 350s

Includes Options For An Additional 17 Business Jets

Bombardier had a great week as Airshare became its newest fleet operator for its Challenger 350s. Airshare has ordered three Challenger 350 aircraft, with options for 17 more, which will enable the Kansas City-based private aviation company to double the size of its fractional ownership fleet in the near future. “We appreciate the confidence Airshare has expressed in our Challenger 350 aircraft. This jet is the all-round performer. No other aircraft in the category comes close to its superior reliability, range, speed, performance, cabin experience and operating costs,” said Éric Martel, President and CEO, Bombardier.

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Airborne 05.12.21: 300th Bell 505, Unifor v ALPA, Beech Training

Also: B-1Bs Resume Flight Ops, PC-24 Goes Lithium, CAF Mile High Wing, Coast Guard Awards 4

The 300th Bell 505 Jet Ranger X has been delivered to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF). The first Bell 505 was delivered in 2017, and today there are 300 aircraft in operation across six continents, with customers logging more than 70,000 global fleet hours. Canadian Pilot’s Union, Unifor, has stated that they, 'will not tolerate interference in our democratic and pilot lead bargaining process with Cargojet by the self-serving US based Airline Pilots Association Intl. (ALPA) making ill-informed public statem

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 340A

Airplane Impacted The Vegetated Terrain In A Nose-Down, Vertical Flight Attitude

On April 19, 2021, about 1346 central daylight time, a Cessna 340A airplane, N801EC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Tatum, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight test. According to information provided by a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at the East Texas Regional Airport (GGG), the intention of the flight was to do a functional test of a newly upgraded autopilot system. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed that the airplane took off from runway 13 at GGG about 1340.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.15.21)

Aero Linx: United States Powered Paragliding Association Paragliding is the simplest form of flight: no plane, no windows, just you floating on air. A paraglider is a foot-launched inflatable wing. It is easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. The paraglider itself has no rigid structure and the pilot is suspended by lines. The pilot is clipped into a harness, which is quite comfortable. The motor is a backpack unit with propeller to give thrust allowing you to climb and fly level at your own will.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.15.21): Permanent Echo

Permanent Echo Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth’s surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain. Permanent echoes are distinguished from “ground clutter” by being definable locations rather than large areas. Under certain conditions they may be used to check radar alignment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.15.21)

“A new runway is more than just a victory for aviators—it’s an asset for the entire community. Skiatook is growing in population because of their proximity to Tulsa, but the infrastructure wasn’t keeping up. This new runway will support economic growth and make it possible for more businesses to locate in the area for years to come.” Source: Senator James Inhofe -- obviously very pleased with the addition of a new Oklahoma runway...

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