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August 19, 2022

Some Engineering Insight On The RV-15

Rob Heap, Van's Director of Engineering Goes 1 on 1 For A Fascinating In-Depth Q & A

By Anthony J. Liberatore Question: Rob, tell me the overall genesis of this aircraft. Answer: Van’s has been talking about building a high wing utility airplane for a long time. Long before I hired in, one of my interview questions was, what would you do next? The general market we were going to target with it has been open for debate for a while. What we've decided to do is look at a utility type of airplane. And the general question we're trying to answer is, what do you do when you get to the grass strip...

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IATA Urges ICAO to Remove Pilot Age Limits

Reeling In the Years

The International Air Transport Association (IATA)—an airline trade association has submitted a paper suggesting the removal of pilot age limits to ICAO’s leadership. IATA’s move precedes next September’s ICAO General Assembly, a plenary meeting occurring every three years, at which member states gather to discuss and vote on new provisions germane to the regulation of international commercial aviation.

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Flight School and Community College to Pay $7.5-Million Settlement

It’s Not Nice to Fool the Dpt. of Veterans Affairs

Universal Helicopters Inc., a private helicopter flight training outfit, and Dodge City Community College, a public educational institution in Dodge City, Kansas, have agreed to pay $7.5-million to resolve allegations that they collectively made false statements to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs regarding a helicopter flight training program officiated jointly by the two organizations.

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Airborne-Flight Training 08.11.22: Thrust Flight, Delta Propel, PTO Forecast

Also: Astronaut Training, Taiwan Pilot Shortage, I Hart Flying, USAF and Aptima

Thrust Flight has earned FAA Examining Authority over the Commercial Single-Engine Land facet of its Part 141-approved training curriculum. Examining Authority enables designated academy personnel to perform check-rides for enrolled students pursuing Commercial Pilot Certification. The U.S. is in the midst of a nationwide shortage of Designated Pilot Examiners—pilots authorized by the FAA to perform check-rides in the stead of FAA examiners. Delta is among the world’s oldest, largest, and most profitable airlines. Delta's Propel program transforms baggage-handle

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Vertical Flight Society Chronicles 700 eVTOL Concepts

Straight-Up Progress

The Vertical Flight Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of vertical flight, has announced that the number of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concepts being tracked in its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory now exceeds seven-hundred designs attributable to nearly 350 worldwide companies and innovators. 

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Georgia Residents Allege F-15 Flyover Damaged Homes

To Boom or Not to Boom

Homeowners in Bonaire and Kathleen—two small, Georgia towns about halfway between Atlanta and Savannah—allege their dwellings were damaged by an F-15 flyover staged to add a dash of patriotic panache to a Southeast Region Little-League Tournament game played in neighboring Warner Robins, Georgia. Following the flyover, Facebook users sang out a series of allegations to the tune of sonic boom, broken windows, shattered glass doors, collapsed porch ceilings, and even damaged foundations.

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Industry Hungry For More AMTs, Says Embry Riddle

A Dearth of Qualified AMTs Means Better Pay & Nifty Perks for Willing Candidates

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University says that industry contacts are getting even hungrier for additional maintenance personnel, to the point that seemingly nothing is off the table, from higher salaries and bonuses to free tools and chests. In an event hosting professionals at the school’s David B. O’Maley College of Business last spring, attending executives repeatedly brought up the dearth of qualified technicians as a continuing bugbear for them all.

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NASA to Announce Candidate Landing Regions for Artemis III

What Goes Up …

NASA—at 14:00 EDT on Friday, 19 August 2022—will hold a media teleconference during which the public will be apprised of regions near the moon’s south pole which the space agency has deemed suitable for lunar landings. The teleconference precedes the 29 August launch of Artemis I, which marks the first step of mankind’s long-awaited return to the moon.

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Classic Aero-TV: Anticipating Futurespace - Blue Origin Visits Airventure 2017

From AirVenture 2017 (YouTube Version): Flight-Proven Booster On Display At AirVenture…

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is known primarily as a celebration of experimental and amateur-built aircraft. But over the years, the scope of the show has grown to include all aspects of aviation and aerospace. Enter Blue Origin, an aerospace company that has seen significant success over the past two years launching and recovering reusable boosters with an eye towards suborbital space tourism and commercial space launches. And this year, the Blue Origin New Shepard boo

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NTSB Prelim: Piper J3C-65

It Suddenly Descended In A Left Spin Before Impacting The Ground Adjacent To The Runway

On August 3, 2022, about 1725 eastern daylight time a Piper J3C-65, N88550, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport (0I8), Cynthiana, Kentucky. The passenger sustained fatal injuries and the private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. About 1700, the pilot and his passenger, who were seated in the aft and front seat respectively, departed the airport for a brief personal flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.19.22)

Aero Linx: Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association The purpose of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association is to: Promote seaplane flying and safety programs pertaining to seaplane operation throughout the State of Minnesota, Promote a forum for the purpose of approaching governmental agencies, to educate said agencies, the legislature and the public in the understanding of seaplane operation, and Create safe and compatible seaplane base facilities in the State of Minnesota.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.19.22): IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

IFR Military Training Routes (IR) Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training in both IFR and VFR weather conditions below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.19.22)

“With demand for air travel anticipated to return to [pre-pandemic] traffic levels in 2023, and then continue on an upward growth path, the demand for commercial pilots is expected to exceed supply. It is therefore timely to revisit legacy age limitation requirements to ensure that they remain fit for purpose, do not represent an unjustified barrier to employment for these critical workers, and do [not] constitute de facto age discrimination.”

Source: Excerpted from an IATA paper submitted to ICAO, in support of

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