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May 28, 2022

Airborne 05.20.22: Jessica Cox v JFK, Starliner!, AF Goes Hypersonic

Also: CAF B-25 Miss Mitchell, Centenarian Skydive, USAF & Drone Racers, S Korea Bell 505s

A model-C Ercoupe, N26R, owned and operated by Jessica Cox of ‘RightFooted International’  and motivational documentary ‘RightFooted’, was almost destroyed in the brief minutes it sat on the ramp at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The source of the destructive force was a business jet performing a 360-degree turn in the vicinity of the Ercoupe. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is FINALLY in orbit, heading for the International Space Station following the launch Thursday of the next-generation spacecraft on a U

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CG Station Sitka Completes Multi-Leg MedEvac For Downed DHC-3

Survivors of Alaskan DHC-3 Crash Rescued by Quick Reaction, Good Organization

Coast Guard Station Sitka has completed another successful medevac mission, rescuing 2 from a crash Southeast of Yakutat, Alaska. On May 24, the watchstanders of the Coast Guard 17th District picked up on an ELT alert only minutes before receiving calls reporting the crash of a single engine Dehavilland DHC-3. The aircraft contained 4 people aboard, The responding unit launched from the Sitka Station in their MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, arriving on scene to transport the more seriously injured passengers. While on scene, it was determined that 2 of the passengers had incurred critical back injuries, rendering speedy care a priority.

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Airbus Surges As Boeing Slumps

2022 First Quarter Report Chronicles Ongoing Battle of Titans

Airbus and Boeing have announced their orders and deliveries for the first quarter of 2022, and the news is good—in Toulouse, anyway. The European aerospace consortium soundly outperformed Boeing in the first quarter of 2022, racking up 253 new aircraft orders to Boeing’s 167. Airbus’s first-quarter deliveries also outpaced Boeing’s by a margin of 140 to 95. Both companies, however, surpassed their 2021, Q-1 deliveries by 20, and 36 airplanes respectively.

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The A-10 Dilemma... Demolition By Neglect

USAF Resorts to Destroying A-10 Fleet by Legerdemain

The U.S. Air Force is starving its aging fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft of critical maintenance and upgrades, thereby surreptitiously circumventing Congressional mandates to preserve the uniquely capable, much-loved warplane—so indicates a recent report by the nonprofit, Project on Government Oversight (POGO). The 26 April 2022 report states the Air Force has essentially hollowed out the A-10 fleet by forgoing critical maintenance, including new wings and upgrades to a central computer system required for deployment.

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New USAF Bomber Slated For 2022 Roll-Out

Northrop-Grumman Reports B-21 Proceeding Apace in Ground-Testing

Northrop Grumman stated that the public unveiling of its next-generation stealth bomber, the B-21 Raider, is still expected later this year. The aircraft—an advanced, very long-range, heavy-payload, stealthy, intercontinental strategic bomber—is an integral component of the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber (LRS-B) program. When complete, the B-21 will be able to deliver conventional and/or thermonuclear ordnance to targets anywhere in the world.

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Inmarsat Strengthens Satellite Internet Service

Upcoming Launches will Reinforce Connectivity, Coverage for Jet ConneX Customers Worldwide

Inmarsat has announced the specifics of an upcoming upgrade program that will see its inflight broadband performance take a quantitative leap up to 130 mbps while aloft. Inmarsat's Jet ConneX connectivity program leverages the brand's global Ka-band satellite constellation for universal internet access while aloft, standing apart from similar service offerings in the sphere that have increasingly relied on terrestrial networks.

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Oklahoma Legislates Aviation For High School

Oklahoma Legislators Sign Bill For High School Aviation Curriculum

It was three years in the making, but Oklahoma’s High Schools can finally celebrate the culmination of this milestone legislative action that will permit high schools across the state to introduce aviation into the curriculum. The “You Can Fly” High School Curriculum has been well received across the state, and the legislation encourages its qualification as core credit while also providing additional options for students.

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Classic Aero-TV At SnF21: From Props to Jets -- RevelAero’s Speedy Obsession

From SnF21 (YouTube Version): Unique Sport Aviation Platform Shows Off Curves At Sun ‘n Fun

Throughout sport aviation history, there have been a number of small jet-like aircraft designs that managed to get the attention of pilots all over the world. The BD-5J was among the most famous, or infamous, of the lot -- though the success of that project left much to be desired. BUT... the concept of a line of piston-to-jet hotrods, with a common basic airframe, has remained elusive despite the intense interest in the breed.

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Spaceforce Thinks Commercially For ISR

Spaceforce System Command’s 2-Day Look At Exploiting Commercial Technology For ISR

The United State Spaceforce Command, led by Lt Gen Michael Guetlein (pictured), took a hard look, over a two-day period, at the possibility of using commercial satellite and traditional commercial equipment for Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) purposes, but more importantly, how that could be applied to military operations. A particular point of interest was the ability to collect data (such as radar imagery, radio-frequency signals, maritime, and aerial traffic) from multiple sources in real-time, and translate that into useful intelligence, aka tactical space-based ISR.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-235

...Exited The Left Side Of The Runway, Went Into A Ditch

On April 3, 2022, about 1755 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235, N9119W sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Calhan, Colorado. The pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Video surveillance of the accident showed the airplane cross the runway threshold and it remained airborne until past the 1st taxiway and appeared to touchdown near the 2nd taxiway before it bounced.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.28.22)

Aero Linx: The Australian Society of Air Safety Investigators (ASASI) The Australian Society of Air Safety Investigators (ASASI) was formed to better serve and represent the views of Air Safety Investigators in Australia.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.28.22): Decision Height (DH)

Decision Height (DH) With respect to the operation of aircraft, means the height at which a decision must be made during an ILS or PAR instrument approach to either continue the approach or to execute a missed approach.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.28.22)

"There's nothing inherently wrong with old aircraft — if an aircraft was well-designed originally and then maintained properly throughout the years, you can get a lot of use out of it..." Source: Dan Grazier, senior defense policy fellow at the Center for Defense Information at POGO, explaining why the US Air Force is starving its aging fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft of critical maintenance and upgrades, thereby surreptitiously circumventing Congressional mandates to preserve the uniquely capable, much-loved warplane—so indicates a recent report by the nonprofit, Project on Government Oversight (POGO).

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