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August 11, 2022

Airborne 08.03.22: OSH22 ROCKED, Dreamliner Resumes, Martha King Honored

Also: Masten Bankruptcy, Personal A/C Use Handbook, Dassault’s FalconEye, Drone Regs Upheld

If you were there, you knew it... massive traffic, LOTS of airplanes, VERY cool toys at every turn, and people everywhere... in other words, record territory for an AirVenture event. Total attendance? Approximately 650,000 – A record total (previous mark: 642,000 in 2019) and 7 percent above 2021’s attendance of 608,000. U.S. regulators have granted Boeing clearance to recommence 787 deliveries, thereby marking the ostensible end of a regrettable epoch that has seen the storied airframer’s cash reserves dented and its reputation for quali

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U.S. Moves to Seize Russian Oligarch’s Airbus

Take the Money and Run

Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch is a Russian billionaire, steel magnate, and parliamentarian. Presently, the U.S. Justice Department is actively targeting Skoch, his fellow Russian oligarchs, and their assets in condemnation of their support of the Kremlin’s belligerence in Ukraine. Of particular interest to the D.O.J. is the $90-million Airbus A319 Skoch uses as a personal conveyance.

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Artemis Launch Date Nears

The Sounds of Silence

NASA’s SLS rocket—a United States super heavy-lift expendable launch vehicle—is slated to make its inaugural launch in just three weeks. The 322-foot Space Launch System (SLS) is a bit shorter than the Saturn V’s stately 363-foot stature, a good deal taller than the 184-foot Space Shuttle booster configuration, and more powerful than both its predecessors by 13% and 15% respectively. Once underway, the unmanned, Lockheed-Martin-designed, Airbus-built Orion capsule will make its way to the moon, establish itself in lunar orbit, and circle the moon for approximately six-days before boosting back toward Earth—the entire trip is expected to span 42

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Van Nuys Runway Reopens

Warm Smell of Colitas…

Van Nuys (VNY), America's busiest general aviation airport is celebrating the reopening of its Runway 16L/34R after a $13.1-million renovation that saw the entirety of the runway’s four-thousand-foot length rebuilt, festooned with new surface markings, adorned in new airport signage, and showcased under new LED lighting. The base of the new runway comprises one-hundred-percent recyclable materials.

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Airbus Helicopters Delivers Inaugural ACH160

The Art of Arriving in Style

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the world's first ACH160 to a Brazilian customer. The H160 is a medium utility helicopter, the unique construction, noteworthy performance, excellent safety, and posh comfort of which speak to the 68 new patents integral to its design. The upmarket ACH160 encompasses 20% greater volume per passenger, 35% larger windows, and 15% lower fuel-burn than its nearest competitor. Customers may choose between the ACH160 family’s Line, Line with Lounge package, and Exclusive trim levels.

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Russian Airlines Apt to Cannibalize Aircraft for Spare Parts

Silence of the MELs

Belligerence against Ukraine has landed Russia in hot water with the international community—which swiftly levied sweeping sanctions against the superpower. In accordance with edicts handed down by their respective governments, American Boeing and European Airbus have halted sales of their aircraft, aircraft parts, and technical expertise to Russian air carriers. As the airworthiness of commercial aircraft is predicated upon constant maintenance and component replacement, Russian airlines have had no choice but to remove aircraft from service and relegate them to the sad station of parts donors.

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Classic Aero-TV: A True Show Stopper - Patty Wagstaff on Air Show Sponsorship

From 2009: Wagstaff Explains the Importance of Sponsorship for the Air Show Industry

At the 2009 International Council of Air Shows Convention, ICAS President John Cudahy expressed optimism going into 2010. Despite the struggling economy, air show attendance increased throughout the 2009 season. Yet as the industry shows signs of thriving, performer sponsorship remains a vital aspect to the continuation of the air show community. Patty Wagstaff sat down with Aero-TV to explain the criticality of sponsorship and the difficulties many performers face within the industry.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna T337G

Last Recorded ADS-B Target At 0938:47 At An Altitude Of 8,400 Ft Msl Was Located About 579 Ft Northeast Of The Accident Site

On July 17, 2022, about 0938 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T337G, N337KN, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Gold Hill, Colorado. The pilot and 3 passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight. Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed the airplane departed from Rock Mountain Metro Airport (BJC), Broomfield, Colorado, and proceeded along a westerly course for about 4 minutes, before a right turn to a north-westerly heading was initiated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.11.22)

Aero Linx: Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) SAFE is a member-oriented organization of aviation educators fostering professionalism and excellence in aviation through continuing education, professional standards, and accreditation. Together with our industry partners and the Federal Aviation Administration, SAFE provides the aviation community with resources to advance the profession and to assist aviation educators in developing skilled, knowledgeable, and safe members of the aviation community.We invite you to get to know us. Explore the SAFE website. Visit us often as we grow. Ask questions. And if you share SAFE’s goals of accountability, transp

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.11.22): Interrogator

Interrogator The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply. The replies received are mixed with the primary radar returns and displayed on the same plan position indicator (radar scope). Also, applied to the airborne element of the TACAN/DME system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.11.22)

"Once again U.S. law enforcement has demonstrated that international shell games will not suffice to hide the fruits of corruption and money laundering.” Source: Andrew Adams, director of the Justice Department’s poorly-named KeptoCapture task force explaining how the U.S. Justice Department is actively targeting Andrei Vladimirovich Skoch , his fellow Russian oligarchs, and their assets in condemnation of their support of the Kremlin’s belligerence in Ukraine. Of particular interest to the D.O.J. is the $90-million Airbus A319 Skoch uses as a personal conveyance.

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