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July 19, 2022

Boeing Scores BIG Bucks With Major Delta Buy

Delta Air Lines to Beef Up Single-Aisle Fleet, Adding Up to 130 Boeing 737 MAX Jets

A moe confident Boeing tells us that Delta Air Lines will update its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX. In a signing ceremony at the Farnborough International Airshow, the companies said Delta is ordering 100 737-10 jets – selecting the largest member of the 737 MAX family – with options for an additional 30 airplanes. "The Boeing 737-10 will be an important addition to Delta's fleet as we shape a more sustainable future for air travel, with an elevated customer experience, improved fuel efficiency and best-in-class performance," said Ed Bastian, Delta's chief executive officer.

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Pilot Executes Successful Emergency Approach, But…

…Lands in Hot Water

A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing on a major Missouri highway after his single-engine, Piper Cherokee ran out of fuel shortly after departing Warrensburg, Missouri. Arriving police arrested the pilot—35-year-old John Seesing of Prairie Village, Kansas—upon determining he was intoxicated and in possession of drugs. Mister Seesing was the only person aboard the aircraft.      

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Joint Raytheon-Northrop Grumman Hypersonic Test Vehicle Flies—Again

The Coming of the Scramjet

Raytheon subsidiary Raytheon Missiles & Defense in partnership with Northrop Grumman have successfully completed the second flight-test of a scramjet-powered, Hypersonic, Air-breathing Weapon Concept—or HAWC—upon which the two companies have been collaborating at the behest of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force.    

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Airborne 07.11.22: RV-15 Flies!, P-36 Replica 1st Flt, Military On Highways

Also: CAPSTONE Spacecraft, ALPA On The Warpath, SAS Strike, Tora! Tora! Tora!

Van's Aircraft is now flying the engineering prototype of the RV-15, their first high-wing bird, announced at Oshkosh last year. Van's JUST published a very short video of a test flight on YouTube and set the sport aviation community on fire. The video shows N7357, conducting a pretty short takeoff followed by nearly a minute of inflight beauty shots. ScaleBirds’ Sam Watrous, has confirmed that their P-36 replica has now flown a number of times and outside of the usual teething pains, the P-36 looks to have a bright future. Overall controllability appears promising and

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DOD Eyes Significant F-35A Buy as Price Increase Looms

Going Once, Going Twice…

In a move that bodes poorly for the U.S. and world economies, the Department of Defense is reportedly nearing an agreement with Lockheed Martin for the production and delivery of approximately 375 F-35A fighter jets over the next three years. The purported deal lends substance to murmurings of a coming price increase for the most common F-35 variant in the wake of sluggish orders and worsening inflation.    

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Marine Corps to Acquire Eight General Atomics MQ-9A Drones

Unmanned Assets Will Support U.S. Indo-Pacific Operations

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.—the San Diego-based, American energy and defense corporation—has been awarded a contract for eight of its MQ-9A Extended Range (ER), Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—known colloquially as Reaper or Predator B—as part of the U. S. Navy’s ARES Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (ID/IQ) contract. General Atomics anticipates subsequent awards for ground-control systems, spares parts, and ground support equipment germane to the eight MQ-9A drones—which collectively represent the first increment of the Marine Air Gro

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Classic Aero-TV At OSH21: Avidyne Introduces New Flight Display System

From Oshkosh 2021 (YouTube Version): CEO Dan Schwinn Chats About Products and AI For Aviation

Vantage is a new flight display system in an upcoming product line from Avidyne. This first product is for the generation of SR20s and SR22s that have the original Avidyne display. It is an upgrade to 12 inch screens and much more powerful processing capability, along with additional system redundancies. The upgrade will be cost effective, bigger than what it replaces and all hybrid touch. We had the chance to speak with CEO and Founder, Dan Schwinn, about the Vantage flight display systems on the first day of Oshkosh. “We think this will be a very desir

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U.S. Marine Corps Takes Delivery of Seventh Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion

It’s Good to Be King…

Sikorsky Aircraft—the Lockheed Martin subsidiary and iconic helicopter manufacturer—has delivered the seventh of its new, CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter to the U.S. Marine Corps. The newly delivered aircraft joins the six existing CH-53K King Stallions assigned to Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Sikorsky delivered the helicopter ahead of the stipulated contract schedule—an exquisite rarity in the realm of defense contracting.    

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-24-250

Pilot Had Recently Purchased The Airplane And Wanted To Fly With An Instructor

On May 11, 2022, about 1853 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-24-250, N8007P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Athens, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a flight instructor, the pilot had recently purchased the airplane and wanted to fly with an instructor to familiarize himself with the RayJay turbocharger system before flying home to Texas. The pilot told him he had completed a checkout in a PA-24 in Texas, but it was not equipped with a turbocharger.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.19.22)

Aero Linx: The Washington Pilot’s Association

The Washington Pilot’s Association started in 1960 and has grown to over 1500 members statewide and includes 28 chapters. Since it’s inception the WPA has built upon the 4 pillars of why we exist. Whether you’re a veteran pilot or just discovered a passion for aviation, we are proud to welcome new members who share the wonders of flight in the pacific northwest! You are the voice of all pilots flying in our state and we know that strength in numbers works.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.19.22): Transmissometer

Transmissometer An apparatus used to determine visibility by measuring the transmission of light through the atmosphere. It is the measurement source for determining runway visual range (RVR).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.19.22)

"The Boeing 737-10 will be an important addition to Delta's fleet as we shape a more sustainable future for air travel, with an elevated customer experience, improved fuel efficiency and best-in-class performancer. These new aircraft provide superior operating economics and network flexibility, and the agreement reflects our prudent approach to deploying our capital."   Source: Ed Bastian, Delta's chief executive officer, explaining the Air Lines buys of up to 130 737 Max 10s.

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