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August 25, 2022

NATA Announces New Leadership

Obitts Outbound: Castagna Inbound

On 24 August 2022, NATA formally announced that Timothy Obitts will step down as the association’s President and CEO effective 01 September 2022. Mr. Obitts will take up the mantle of Chief Legal Officer for low-carbon energy and biofuel concern Alder Fuels. NATA’s board has appointed Curt Castagna, president and CEO of aviation consultancy Aeroplex Group Partners, to serve as the outfit’s 11th President and CEO.

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Airbus Zephyr Falls Short of Endurance Record

Solar-Electric UAV Lost

Aribus's Zephyr 8’s odyssey over the American Southwest came to an unexpected and tragic end on 19 August, when, for reasons yet unknown, the unmanned air vehicle fell from the Arizona sky just hours short of breaking the 64-day, 22-hour, 19-minute, 05-second continuous flight world record.

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GAMA Second Quarter 2022 Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report Released

Positive Rate: Gear [Sales] Up

GAMA’s second quarter 2022 numbers indicate increasing aircraft deliveries across nearly all aircraft types and models, along with a commensurate increase in the overall value of the shipped aircraft. In all, the first half of 2022 saw shipments of 1,147 fixed-wing aircraft, and 344 helicopters valued at $9.1-billion and $1.3-billion respectively.

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Airborne 08.17.22: Air Race Classic, Boom Supersonic, Ukrainian Pilot KIA

Also: P-47 Thunderbolt Restoration, Challenger 3500, Osprey Crash, SAF Program Criticized

Women-pilot teams consisting of at least two (2) pilots are registering for this one-day create-your-own race, a twist on the traditional Air Race Classic long-distance endurance air race. Similar to the Race Teams, the Derby Teams must consist of at least two women pilots, and must fly VFR along their approved self-designed route. A greater variety of aircraft may participate, to include sport and experimental aircraft. This year, Derby Teams will have between September 23 to October 1, 2022, to complete and fly their Derby route. American Airlines has entered an

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Aerospace Center for Excellence Celebrates 150th PPL Trained

Sun ‘n Fun Host Reminds Students of Multiple ACE-Sponsored Flight Training Scholarships 

The ACE celebrated the 150th private pilot educated under their James C. Ray Scholarship Program, Hayden Gomez, who completed his check ride in early August on his way to an airline career. The ACE program allowed the Central Florida Aerospace Academy graduate to complete his training for the first of whe he hopes will be a series of ratings prior to attending Jacksonville University. Once there, he plans to pursue a degree in Aviation Management and Flight Operations, building experience for the day he goes on to achieve a common goal for most private pilots: finally being paid to fly.

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U.S. Coast Guard’s Eventful Alaskan Summer Continues

USCG Helicopter Medevacs Passenger from Cruise Ship

Watchstanders at the USCG’s Juneau Command Center received a call from the medical officer aboard the cruise ship Zuiderdam at approximately 17:00 AKDT on Sunday, 21 August 2022, requesting medevac of a 65-year-old female passenger experiencing loss of vision. Command Center personnel coordinated the launch of an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew.

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AeroTV at OSH22: Helicycle Sales and Appeal Remain Strong

Heaven and Helicycle

Buford John Schramm was a remarkable man. His contributions to aviation—rotary-wing aviation in particular—are myriad and of a significance commensurate with Schramm’s having been inducted into the EAA Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame—despite the fact he wasn’t an EAA member at the time of tragic, 2006 death. In addition to founding kit-helicopter manufacturer RotorWay, and operating a non-ferrous metal foundry that supplies materials to Bell, Hughes, Sikorsky, and Motorola, Mr. Schramm is remembered for developing the Helicycle—a rotorcraft widely esteemed among helicopter en

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Respected Pilot and Last Airworthy Hawker Hurricane Mk. IV Lost

Czech Republic Airshow Tragedy Under Investigation

The world has lost the last airworthy Hawker Hurricane Mk. IV—an eminently capable iteration of Britain’s storied WWII fighter. The lost Hurricane—callsign BE150/00-HUR—went down in a field near a private residence in the eastern Czech district of Podhrad. The accident occurred during an aerial display held in conjunction with an air show in the nearby town of Cheb.

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New Shepard’s 23rd Flight Imminent

Blue Origin’s Workhorse Back in Bit

On 31 August 2022, New Shepard will undertake its 23rd mission, the cargo manifest of which includes 36 payloads from academia, research institutions, and students across the globe. The mission—intuitively dubbed NS-23—brings the total number of commercial payloads flown on New Shepard to more than one-hundred-fifty.

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Inmarsat Completes Development of Falcon 300 Aircraft Satellite Terminal

System to Launch with SAUDIA Airlines

Inmarsat recently announced that a new terminal for its GX Aviation inflight broadband is now ready for deployment. Dubbed Falcon 300, the lightweight, low-drag terminal has received full type approval for use over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network, and will enter commercial service with Saudi Arabia’s national carrier SAUDIA in early 2023. The air-carrier will install the Falcon 300 terminal on 35 of its Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft.

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Orbital Reef Commercial Space Station Achieves Milestone

NASA Review Heralds Design Phase

Orbital Reef is a planned low Earth orbit (LEO) space station designed jointly by Blue Origin, the sub-orbital spaceflight concern founded by Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos’s, and Sierra Space, the Nevada based, private aerospace and national security contractor behind over four-hundred successful space launches. Technologies germane to the development of the Orbital Reef facility are being developed in cooperation with NASA, under the agency’s Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development (CLDP) program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.22)

Aero Linx: International Transportation Safety Association ITSA is an international network of heads (Chairpersons, Directors or the equivalent) of independent safety investigation authorities (SIA). ITSA covers all modes of transportation, including aviation, marine, railways, road transport, pipelines and underground infrastructure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.22): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.25.22)

“It has been an honor to serve the membership of NATA these past eight years. We have accomplished much together, overcome adversity, furthered the cause of aviation safety, and raised awareness of the critical role that aviation businesses play in advancing society. I am proud and humbled to have been the leader of a great team at NATA and continue my support of leadership in advancing the association’s success.” Source: On the occasion of his departure, NATA President Timothy Obitts reflected a bit.

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