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May 26, 2021

Airborne 05.26.21: Vintage Oshkosh, Pilots v Belarus, Mirage F1 Accident

Also: FBI v Drone, ALPA Has Concerns, Precision Aviation Group, F-16 Production Line
Notable aircraft anniversaries and gatherings of beautiful airplane types are among the highlights this year as the Vintage Aircraft Association celebrates its 50th anniversary during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021. Among the featured aircraft in 2021 are Stinsons, commemorating their 100th anniversary held over from 2020, and celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer family, to be joined by other Short Wing Pipers such as the iconic Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, and Colt. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) fully share the concerns expressed by the International Civil Aviati

Airborne 05.24.21: Aerion ShutDown, LSA Expansion Update, Virgin Galactic

Also: GAMA 1Q/2021 Sales, 2021 ARC Air Derby, EUROCONTROL Forecast, Canada Issues NOTAM

Aerion... one of a very few companies currently attempting to build the next generation of supersonic aircraft, this time for the BizJet market, has announced that it is shutting down. The ambitious program to build the AS2 supersonic aircraft has failed to attract sufficient investment and is done before they even got a prototype in the air. The company has been quoted as stating, "The AS2 supersonic business jet program meets all market, technical, regulatory and sustainability requirements, and the market for a ne

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RedTail Flight Academy Purchases Two Pilot 100i Aircraft

Will Fly As Part Of Minority Youth Aviation Scholarship Program

Piper Aircraft has received orders for two Pilot 100i single-engine trainers from the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., inspired aviation scholarship program, the RedTail Flight Academy (RFA). The RedTail Flight Academy, which began its legacy with the Major General Irene-Trowel Harris Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, will officially begin training students in September 2021. The Academy, with a mission of honoring the legacy of the original Tuskegee Airmen, will be based at New York Stewart International Airport, will train to a Part 141 curriculum, and will start with six pilot scholarships, increasing to thirty students per year by 2026.

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Canada Takes A Stand On Belarusian State-Sponsored Hijacking/Diversion

Canada Condemns Belarus’ 'Diversion' Of Ryanair Flight 4978

The heat continues to get turned up over the deplorable, illegal hijacking of a Ryanair 737 by the Belarussian government. Now, Canada not only has spoken out, but has issued a NOTAM advising Canadian air operators and the owners of aircraft registered in Canada to avoid operating at any altitude within Belarusian airspace.

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Training Accident Occurs At Nellis AFB

Contractor Owned/Flown Mirage F1 Goes Down On Takeoff

A commercially owned and operated Mirage F1 aircraft has been involved in a fatal accident shortly after departure from Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, Nevada. Provided to the US Air Force by Draken International, the aircraft's pilot, identified as 43-year-old Nicholas Hunter Hamilton was confirmed to have perished in the accident by the local coroner. The accident took place at approximately 1430, Monday, outside the southern edge of the base -- with the aircraft reportedly carrying the callsign of SNIPER01.

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Klyde Morris (05.24.21)

Klyde's Patience Is Wearing Thin... It's Been A LONG Pandemic


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Embraer Offering ERJ 145 Semi-Private Jet Aftermarket Modification

Conversion Will Be Possible Through An STC Currently Under Development

Embraer is now offering a semi-private configuration for ERJ 145 jets as an aftermarket solution, which includes premium seats for passenger comfort. The conversion will be possible through an STC currently under development by Embraer, and all ERJ 145 are eligible to be converted to a semi-private aircraft. "Embraer constantly assesses customer needs to offer innovative solutions and support new market requirements, which is why we developed the new semi-private conversion," said Marsha Woelber, Head of Worldwide Executive Jets Customer Support & Aftermarket Sales, Embraer Service & Support.

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Airbus Delivers The 100th A400M

The A400M Global Fleet Also Achieved The 100,000 Flight-Hours Landmark

Airbus has reached 100 A400M deliveries with MSN111, the tenth A400M for the Spanish Air Force. The aircraft performed its ferry flight on 24 May from Seville to Zaragoza, where the Spanish A400M fleet is based. In the same week, the A400M global fleet also achieved the 100,000 flight-hours landmark performing missions worldwide for all eight customer nations. All A400M operators have been able to operate the aircraft intensively for Covid-19 emergency response missions, as well as conduct joint, collaborative operations.

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737 MAX Order Book Gets Fatter

SMBC Aviation Capital Orders 14 Boeing 737 MAX Jets

SMBC Aviation Capital is ordering 14 additional 737-8 jets to grow its 737 MAX portfolio. The new order comes as airlines prepare for a robust return to air travel and modernize their narrowbody fleets to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions. "We are pleased to have concluded an agreement with Boeing for the purchase of 14 low-cost carrier configured 737 MAX aircraft which is an aircraft we are seeing increased customer demand for following its successful return to service," said Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital.

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FAA Downgrades Mexican Safety Rating

Announces Results of Mexico’s Most Recent Safety Assessment

The FAA has announced that the Government of Mexico does not meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. Based on a reassessment of Mexico’s civil aviation authority, the FAA has downgraded Mexico’s rating to Category 2 from Category 1. While the new rating allows Mexican air carriers to continue existing service to the United States, it prohibits any new service and routes. U.S. airlines will no longer be able to market and sell tickets with their names and designator codes on Mexican-operated flights. The FAA will increase its scrutiny of Mexican airline flights to the United States.

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Airborne-Unmanned 05.18.21: VoloConnect Unveiled, CA Drones, uAvionix ping200XR

Also: Advanced Air Mobility, Drone Delivery Canada, Next Starliner Test, HAI UAS Advisor

Volocopter has unveiled its newest aircraft, VoloConnect. This electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) is designed to connect suburbs to cities and complements the company's existing family of aircraft for the intra-city mission. VoloConnect's hybrid lift and push design is expected to achieve certification within the next 5 years. With the capacity to travel longer distances, VoloConnect joins Volocopter's aircraft family and extends the company's UAM ecosystem coverage to the suburbs. The new aircr

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 210

(Pilot) Initiated A Forced Landing To A Clearing On Sloped Terrain

On May 16, 2021, about 1545 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 210, N7350E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lake Arrowhead, California. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that while climbing through an altitude of about 8,500 ft mean sea level (msl), en route to Big Bear Airport (L35), Big Bear City, California, he noted a partial loss of engine power. He contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and was provided with alternate airports and current weather information.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.21)

Aero Linx: The Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) The Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) is a federally chartered, tax exempt 501(c)7 organization with headquarters in Maryland. CJAA is organized into a nine-member board supported by experts in finance, safety and administrative functions. CJAA is not directly associated with other flying organizations, but we do maintain contact and coordinate some activities, primarily with the EAA and AOPA. Many of our members have multiple memberships combining their CJAA membership with AOPA, EAA, ICAS and many other organizations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.26.21): Radar Point Out

Radar Point Out An action taken by a controller to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft to another controller if the  aircraft will or may enter the airspace or protected airspace of another controller and radio communications will not be transferred.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.21)

“Our vision is to create a state-of-the-art flight training academy that uses aviation as a developmental tool focusing on STEM, leadership development, and the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen” Source: Glendon Fraser, Director, Lee A. Archer Jr., RedTail Youth Flying Program, explaining the decision to undertake orders for two Pilot 100i single-engine trainers for the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., inspired aviation scholarship program.

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