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August 23, 2022

Aircrew Allegedly Falls Asleep at Altitude

737 Continues Past Destination, but Lands Safely

The cockpit-crew of an Ethiopian Airlines flight from Sudan to the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa allegedly fell asleep at the controls of their Boeing 737-800. Air traffic controllers tried repeatedly to contact the aircraft as it continued past its filed destination of Bole International Airport, albeit to no avail. It wasn’t until the sounding of a cockpit alarm woke the two airmen that communications were restored and the airliner landed safely—about 25-minutes behind schedule.

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Red Arrows Pilots Resign Over 'Toxic Culture' and 'Political Correctness'

Cry “Harassment” and Muzzle the Dogs of “Wow!”

The Red Arrows’ characteristic brilliance has been sullied by a series of scandals and internal imbroglios. Sources close to the team state the group has fallen into a state of mutual loathing, forced expulsions, and bitter resignations. The trouble allegedly began in Greece, during a four-week training endeavor dubbed Exercise Springhawk. Ongoing ideological disputes appear to have engendered acrimony among the Red Devils, some of whom construe their colleagues’ behavior unprofessional.

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2022 Military Launches of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Still Possible

Problems, Persistence, and Promise

Space Force asserted in an August statement that Falcon Heavy could yet conduct its first launch for the U.S. Military prior to the end of 2022.  Also made public in the August statement was Space Force’s decision to permit SpaceX to make use of previously flown Falcon Heavy boosters—with U.S. military oversight—on upcoming Department of Defense launches.

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Skyborne Academy Partners with Purdue University

Online Degree Program Offers Flexibility and Savings

Skyborne Airline Academy, the Part 141 flight school with campuses in Vero Beach, Florida and Gloucestershire, U.K., is partnering with Purdue University Global to offer its students online learning and flight training options by which to earn bachelor’s degrees in professional flight.

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Pilot Reported Laser Incidents Reach Record High

Blinded by the Light

The number of reported instances involving the aiming of lasers at U.S. aircraft hit a record high in 2021—rising 42% over the previous year to a deplorable and worrying total of 9,273 incidents. The FAA puts forth in both regulation and public announcements that intentionally aiming lasers at aircraft poses a safety threat to pilots and violates federal law—albeit to insufficient effect.

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U.S. to Donate Eight Combat Helicopters to Czech Republic

Czechia to Acquire Ten AH-1Z Vipers and Ten UH-1Y Venoms

The U.S. is making ready to donate six AH-1Z Viper and two UH-1Y Venom helicopters to the Czech Republic. The machines will supplement a previous Czech order for four AH-1Zs and eight UH-1Ys—thereby bringing the total number of American combat helicopters destined for the Czech Republic to twenty. The Vipers and Venoms will replace eight outdated Mi-24V/35 Hind helicopters in service with Czech forces since 2003.

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Scandinavian Airlines to Cancel 1,700 Flights

Embattled Carrier Struggles in Wake of Pilot Strike

Scandinavian Airlines is struggling to remain solvent in the wake of a July 2022 pilot strike, and has announced it will cancel some 1,700 flights in the next two months. The cancellations represent about four-percent of the carrier’s September and October 2022 schedule. An SAS spokesperson asserted that the flight cancellations are attributable not only to the now resolved pilot strike, but to delayed deliveries of new aircraft.

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Aero-TV at OSH22: RANS Designs Names New President

Meet the New Boss…

Rans Designs (often stylized RANS) is a Kansas-based manufacturer of aircraft and bicycles. If that seems an odd combination, probably an aviation history lesson is in order. Since its founding in 1973, Rans has developed and marketed contraptions as weird and diverse as pedal-powered sail-trikes, hang-gliders, sail-planes, ultra-light powered aircraft, and finally, light-sport aircraft. Year in and year out, Rans products have sold briskly and consistently. By the early 2000s, the company was producing a dozen different aircraft models.

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NTSB Prelim: Holland Mike RV9A

The Wreckage Debris Path Was Consistent With An Inflight Breakup

On July 25, 2022, at 0839 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur built Vans RV-9A airplane, N192MH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Tryon, Nebraska. The pilot and student pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary radar data and air traffic control communications indicate the airplane departed Greeley-Weld County Airport (GXY) Greeley, Colorado, about 0715 and flew northeast towards its intended destination of (CKP) Cherokee, Iowa, at an altitude of 9,500 ft mean sea level (msl).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.22)

Aero Linx: The Helicopter Association Of Canada To promote a political and regulatory environment that will foster a prosperous Canadian Helicopter industry; To educate members, civil servants, and the general public about issues important to the industry; To promote the continued enhancement of flight safety; To develop expanded utilization of helicopter transport at all levels of Canadian life; and; To exchange maintenance practices and common issues among members;

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.22): Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA)

Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA) The lowest published altitude in effect between radio fixes on VOR airways, off-airway routes, or route segments which meets obstacle clearance requirements for the entire route segment and which assures acceptable navigational signal coverage only within 25 statute (22 nautical) miles of a VOR.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.23.22)

“Having a bachelor’s degree in addition to an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate broadens the range of airline prospects for pilots at the beginning of their careers. The Purdue Global degree program supports our mission to place our graduates in the most advantageous position possible for embarking on the path to becoming an airline pilot.” Source: Skyborne managing director Captain Ed Davidson, discussing their partnering with Purdue University Global to offer its students online learning and flight training options by which to earn bachelor’s degrees in professional flight.

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