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July 09, 2022

Airborne 07.01.22: VariViggen!, Gulfstream G800 1st Flt, Jetson One

Also: Air Plains 172XPa, Psyche Delayed, CAPSTONE Launch, FARA Prototype Update

The forebear of Rutan’s famous, globe-trotting, space-going, industry-changing machines was a strange and wondrous craft he dubbed the VariViggen on account of its sporting a canard—after the fashion of SAAB’s 37 Viggen fighter aircraft. Rutan began building the VariViggen in 1968 and flew the rear wing, forward canard, pusher-prop beastie in 1972. 2022 marks the fiftieth-anniversary of the VariViggen’s first flight and Oshkosh appearance. Alas, only one flying specimen of the historic aircraft reportedly remains. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has annou

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Goodbye, Atlas. Hello, Vulcan

United Launch Alliance Readies for New Launch Vehicle

United Launch Alliance (ULA)—the Boeing/Lockheed joint-venture that provides space launch services to the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and other major players in the space industry—expects the first flight of its Vulcan Centaur rocket to take place by the end of 2022. The Vulcan Centaur will replace ULA’s Atlas-5 launch vehicle—a twenty-year old Lockheed Martin design and the oldest active American rocket.

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NASA Re-Establishes Contact With CAPSTONE Spacecraft

Communication Breakdown: It’s Always the Same …

CAPSTONE—an acronym for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment—is the first mission of NASA’s Artemis program, a multi-phase, multi-year endeavor undertaken for the noble purpose of returning human beings to Earth’s moon. Departing Earth from a New Zealand launch-site on 28 June 2022, the microwave-oven-sized CAPSTONE vehicle thundered space-ward atop  a Rocket Lab launch vehicle. 

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ALPA On The Warpath With DOT, Republic, SkyWest

Urges DoT to Reject Republic, SkyWest Bids to Undermine Landmark Safety Law

ALPA has filed formal opposition against two separate applications before the DOT and FAA asserting that both efforts are blatant attempts to skirt the nation’s most effective aviation safety improvements in decades—the First Officer Qualification Rules—and will leave the flying public at increased risk. Recently, Republic Airways and SkyWest Airlines filed independent petitions seeking approvals that would dimmish pilot training qualification and experience requirements while putting passengers and small communities that depend on safe, scheduled air service at greater risk.

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Sailors Disciplined After Leaking F-35 Accident Video

Vis Per Mare: Stultitia a Iuventute

In an incident that speaks to immaturity, poor-judgment, and a persistent state of cognitive apathy, a number of sailors aboard the deployed aircraft carrier Carl Vinson used their smartphones to record [video] an accident that saw an F-35C impact the carrier’s flight-deck before falling into the South China Sea. Some weeks after the accident, as recovery efforts to retrieve the classified, next-generation fighter from Beijing’s maritime backyard got underway, harrowing video of the jet crashing and plunging into the drink leaked online and promptly went viral. 

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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Two Survivors of Alaska PA-18 Super Cub Crash

Satellite Communications Save Fishermen’s Bacon

For the third time in less than two-weeks, U.S. Coast Guard personnel have rescued imperiled civilians in the vicinity of the Gulf of Alaska. On Tuesday, 05 July at 16:15 AKDT Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a report from an intermediary that a PA-18 Super Cub aircraft with two people aboard had crashed near the high tide line at Montague Island—a 305-square-mile island in the Gulf of Alaska at the entrance to Prince William Sound and the largest uninhabited island in the U.S.

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NASA and Other Space Highlights Featured at AirVenture 2022

Jared Isaacman From SpaceX Is Expected To Attend, As Well

NASA and other space organizations will be in attendance at AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 to highlight some of their upcoming programs and priorities related to space exploration and research. AirVenture 2022 will mark the first year since 2019 that NASA will have a full exhibit on-site. In addition, NASA’s administrator, Bill Nelson, a former U.S. senator, will be in Oshkosh during AirVenture, along with other top NASA leadership.

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Mechanics Join Striking SAS Pilots

Scandinavian Airline to Choose Between Paying Pilots or Piper

Some two-hundred aircraft mechanics have joined almost one-thousand striking SAS pilots in an ongoing dispute over pay, working conditions, and corporate restructuring plans at the struggling Scandinavian airline. SAS pilots have accused the joint Danish/Norwegian/Swedish flag-carrier of hiring new pilots at two of its subsidiaries—SAS Link and SAS Connect—at perniciously low pay rates. The disgruntled aviators allege the airline undertook the hiring scheme to circumvent its obligation to rehire approximately four-hundred pilots laid off during the pandemic at their outgoing rates of pay.

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Classic Aero-TV At DSAS21: TL Sport Aircraft Previews The Sparker

Buyers Can Choose From A Few Engine Configurations

TL Sport Aircraft announced their newest addition to their stable, the side-by-side Sparker, at the 2021 DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase. Meant to be a luxurious, high-performance personal aircraft, the Sparker is on track to build a niche all its own, an LSA with all the bells and whistles of a larger, more expensive airplane.

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NTSB Prelim: Hawker Aircraft Ltd Hawker Hunter

After Two Unsuccessful Attempts To Restore Engine Power, The Pilot Ejected

On June 20, 2022, about 1550 eastern daylight time, an experimental Hawker Hunter MK.58, N377AX, was substantially damaged when it impacted the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 public use flight. According to the operator, while performing an exercise with the US Navy, the airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power at flight level 240.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.09.22)

Aero Linx: The New Mexico Pilots Association The New Mexico Pilots Association is a grass roots organization of members with a passion for general aviation in New Mexico. Our mission is promoting general aviation, aviation safety, pilot camaraderie, and preservation of airfields and airspace. JOIN US! You’ll get to know a network of pilots and aviation enthusiasts who enjoy flying, discovering new places, and having fun! By joining NMPA, you support aviation in New Mexico! NMPA provides proactive leadership on issues and concerns of interest to general aviation pilots statewide. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.09.22): En Route High Altitude Charts

En Route High Altitude Charts Provide aeronautical information for en route instrument navigation (IFR) in the high altitude stratum. Information includes the portrayal of jet routes, identification and frequencies of radio aids, selected airports, distances, time zones, special use airspace, and related information.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.09.22)

“The quick response by the aircrew in Cordova helped these two get the help they needed. It’s incredible these two people made it out okay, and the fact that they had communication equipment readily available really aided in our response time.”  Source: Chief Petty Officer Katie Brown—who serves as a command duty officer at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, discussing how for the third time in less than two-weeks, U.S. Coast Guard personnel have rescued imperiled civilians in the vicinity of the Gulf of Alaska. 

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