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June 06, 2022

Airborne 06.06.22: New Spacesuits!, Special Olympics Airlift, USAF Flt Time

Also: Sagetech Mode-S Transponder, Gulfstream To Upgrade, Sukhoi And MiG Merger, UAL To Expand in Denver
In preparation for expanding orbital and exploratory missions, NASA has selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to develop and produce advanced spacesuits and space-walk systems. The next-generation gear will serve astronauts working outside the International Space Station, as well as those selected for the upcoming Artemis mission. The awards, which leverage NASA expertise with private sector innovation, enable selected vendors to compete for task orders with the end purpose of providing the agency a full suite of capabilities for its  spacewalking needs through 2034. Textron Aviation and upward of 120 Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker owners an

Embraer Boss Cites Brisk Sales

Brazilian OEM Enjoying 2.1:2 Book to Bill

Embraer President Michael Amalfitano says his company expects to deliver over one-hundred new airplanes in 2022. Amalfitano attributes the Brazilian airframer’s success, in part, to its products’ appeal to first-time jet buyers. “New users are coming into the marketplace, and we are very well positioned with our products because those first-time buyers are coming to buy entry-level light jets and medium-category aircraft; whether they do that in a purchase sense or user sense, the numbers are significantly growing,” he said at last month’s EBACE event.

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Aero-TV At AUVSI 2022: Griffon Aerospace eVTOL

Evolution & Future Direction Of Griffon Aerospace’s eVTOL

Mr. Larry French, CTO of Griffon Aerospace shared that they’ve been in business obviously since the mid-1990s when they produced the Lionheart kit planes, which declined in the late 1990s to early 2000s. They then bid as a prime contractor to be the Army’s Air Defense Training Contractor, and they are now a prime contractor for the United States Army, building training drones.

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NASA Suits Up For Future Missions

Axiom Space and Collins to Develop Next-Generation Spacesuits

In preparation for expanding orbital and exploratory missions, NASA has selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to develop and produce advanced spacesuits and space-walk systems. The next-generation gear will serve astronauts working outside the International Space Station, as well as those selected for the upcoming Artemis mission—a P.R. hootenanny that seeks to advance identity politics under the guise of a lunar mission. 

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Biden To Deepen American Involvement In Ukraine War

Drone Sale Adding Fuel to the Fire, Russia Says

The Biden Administration is making ready to sell four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine. The move would supplement Ukraine’s existing drone fleet, which comprises primarily Turkish, Bayraktar-TB2 units. The MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones, which can remain aloft for over thirty-hours, are capable of carrying up to eight Hellfire missiles, which are double the weight of the munitions with which the Bayraktar-TB2 can be armed. 

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FAA Certifies Sagetech Mode-S Transponder With Integrated ADS-B In/Out

First-of-Its-Kind Device Promises Versatility to Military and Civilian UAS Operators

Sagetech Avionics, the Bingen, WA based aerospace technology company, has announced the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the technical standard order (TSO) for its MXS, Mode S Transponder with integrated ADS-B In and Out. The MXS miniature transponder provides Mode A, C, S, and 1090 MHz ADS-B In/Out and is suitable for use worldwide by crewed or un-crewed systems. In addition, each transponder comes with user-friendly, command and control software with a built-in traffic display to enhance situational awareness.

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Shareholders Urged To Vote In Favor Of Spirit/Frontier Merger

Merger Would Create Fifth-Largest U.S. Airline

Spirit Airlines has announced that Glass, Lewis & Co., the American proxy advisory services concern, has recommended that Spirit stockholders vote in favor of a proposed merger with Frontier Group Holdings, parent company of Frontier Airlines. The merger—which would see the two largest discount carriers in the U.S. come together to create the fifth-largest airline in the country—was announced in February and is expected to close in the second half of 2022, pending completion of the regulatory review process and approval by Spirit stockholders.

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Embry-Riddle Team Wins Collegiate Aviation Championship

Golden Eagles Prevail at NIFA SAFECON

Embry–Riddle, the private university focused on aviation and aerospace programs, has announced that the Golden Eagles Flight Team of its Prescott, AZ campus was victorious at 2022’s NIFA [National Intercollegiate Flying Association] SAFECON [Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference] national championship. The achievement marks the Golden Eagles’s second consecutive win of the prestigious competition—and the fourteenth in campus history. 

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National Naval Aviation Museum Honors Battle Of Midway

Imperiled Museum Opened for One Day

A little background... Persons intent upon visiting the National Naval Aviation Museum on the grounds of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL are greeted with the following: Important Visitor Information The National Naval Aviation Museum is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to current Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders. 

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NTSB Prelim: Grumman American Avn. Corp G-164

Pilot Announce(d) Over The Company Radio Frequency, That “I’ve Got To Land This Airplane...”

On May 28, 2022, about 1340 central daylight time, a Grumman American Aviation G-164B airplane, N178LB, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Whiskerville, Arkansas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The operator reported that the pilot departed for training purposes from the operator’s airstrip near Beech Grove, Arkansas, at 0910, and flew west toward Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.06.22)

Aero Linx: The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) was organized in 1978 to give Arizona’s general aviation community a voice in aviation matters. Our mission remains much the same today as we continue to promote general aviation through advocacy at various levels of state and federal government, as well as through partnering with other aviation organizations in advocating our common interests: promoting aviation safety, pilot education, and public understanding of general aviation; preserving, maintaining, and even re-opening Arizona’s backcountry and recreational airstrips; broadcasting Arizona aviation news; and connecting Arizona pilots

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.06.22): Precision Obstacle Free Zone (POFZ)

Precision Obstacle Free Zone (POFZ) An 800 foot wide by 200 foot long area centered on the runway centerline adjacent to the threshold designed to protect aircraft flying precision approaches from ground vehicles and other aircraft when ceiling is less than 250 feet or visibility is less than 3/4 statute mile (or runway visual range below 4,000 feet.)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.06.22)

“We’re not in a save the museum mode quiet yet, but there is a significant financial drain.” Source: Admiral Kyle Cozad, President and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, explaining how security measures have severely limited access to the National Naval Aviation Museum—thereby drastically and deleteriously impacting the museum’s visitation numbers and revenue. 

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