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August 28, 2022

CAF Capital Wing Continues Restoration of BT-13

WWII Trainer to Commemorate Legendary Aviator and Patriot

The CAF’s Virginia-based Capital Wing is tasked with the stewardship of warbirds the likes of Grumman’s TBF Avenger, Stinson’s L-5 Sentinel, Fairchild’s UC-61 Forwarder, and Vultee’s BT-13 Valiant—a basic trainer used by the United States Army Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and even the U.S. Coast Guard. That the BT-13 Valiant was as ubiquitous and useful in the 1940s as it is unknown in the 2020s is a wrong the CAF is endeavoring to set right.

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Intelsat-Nelco Agreement to Provide Inflight Connectivity

South Asian Air Travelers Rejoice

Intelsat has announced an agreement with Nelco—India’s leading satellite communication service provider—by which the latter will provide in-flight connectivity (IFC) services to aircraft operating in Indian skies. The agreement is a boon for Intelsat’s airline partners and South-Asian air-travelers who will henceforth enjoy end-to-end broadband coverage on domestic and international aircraft flying to or from Indian airports or transitioning the country’s airspace.

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NASA to Begin First Planetary Defense Test

DART Satellite to Test Direct Impact Effects on Asteroid Course

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test satellite, first of its kind, had a date with the asteroid Dimorphos on September 26. The test gauges the feasibility of changing the course of a moving asteroid, launching the autonomously navigated satellite on a collision course. If successful, a change in the post-impact course of the celestial body will be visible in ground-based measurements.

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Klyde Morris (08.26.22)

Klyde Gets Busted...


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MQ-8 Fire Scout Demonstration Successful

New Rotary Wing UAV Participates in “Resolute Hunter” Exercise

The Navy’s shiny new MQ-8C Fire Scout had the chance to strut its stuff at this year’s exercise, flying a total of 23 hours and providing some real-life demonstration of the uncrewed helicopter’s capabilities. The test took place off the coast of California, where Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23 remotely directed the MQ-8 through a hand-off to an alternate control point offshore. 

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ASTM Vertiport, Vertistop Standards Unveiled

New Publication Guides Future Advanced Aerial Mobility Infrastructure

A new ASTM International standard for civil vertipor design has been published, the result of a 5-year effort by their unmanned aircraft systems committee to provide industry guidance on what will likely become a common fixture all over the world. As electric and alternative fuel vertical takeoff aircraft progress to certification, infrastructure tailor-made to their inherent advantages will be required to fully leverage their capability. The lower sound signature, short takeoff capability, and diminished operating range compared to traditional air taxis result in structural differences from the usual small general aviation airport.

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Air Center Assists in Pararescue Training Week

Airbus Helos Get Workout During Simulated Rescue Scenarios

Airbus customer Air Center Helicopters took part in a USAF pararescue training exercise, lending a portion of its fleet to train offshore rescue operations. Air Center was a prime candidate to assist with the training, being the proud owner of 16 H225s and 4 H125s for use in their transport operations. Their body of expertise allowed them to bring that knowledge to bear during a skill level upgrade course for the Air Force’s premier Special Operators.

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Classic Aero-TV: Cruising The Superfortress - ANN Rides Along w/FIFI

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Sit Back, Relax, and Let’s Go Flying With “FIFI”…

Our ANN video crew took the opportunity at EAA AirVenture 2016 to capture a lot of video of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-29 named “FIFI”. Our montage of this airplane includes lots of scenes on the ground, in the air, and onboard the airplane. As you watch the scenes be sure to note such things as the amount of aileron control wheel motion necessary just to get this lumbering giant into a turn. You might also take a look at the flight engineers panel to see what it took to keep those four ‘Wright 3350’ en

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CAE & Qantas to Create Sydney Training Facility

New Location to Provide Simulator Services, Education for Airline and Area Carriers

CAE has signed an exclusive 15 year agreement with the Qantas Group, committing to develop and operate a brand new pilot training center in Sydney, Australia. The move comes as Qantas looks to expand its training footprint to replenish its number of qualified pilots, demonstrating a high level of commitment to training through a wide variety of top-flight training gear. The 7,000 square meter Sydney facility is expected to open in early 2024 with more than the usual slate of bells and whistles.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper J3C-65

About 10 Minutes After Departure, Witnesses Reported Seeing An “Intense” Thunderstorm Coming In From The North

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 (08.28.22)

Aero Linx: Airport Services Association (ASA) Airport Services Association (ASA) is the globally recognized trade association for the independent ground and air cargo handling industry and is the voice of the 1.6 million men and women who service the aircraft on the ground. At ASA, we are determined to get the message across; independent ground handling service providers (GHSPs) make up over half of this wonderful business, and as such deserve recognition. We are working constantly to strengthen the reputation of the ground handling industry and advance the interests of our sector.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.28.22)

“Fire Scout is the Navy’s only unmanned helicopter with the ability to deploy from a ship or land with ISR&T at the extended range required for future warfighting...” Source: Captain Dennis Monagle, program manager for the MQ-8. This year has been a busy one for his office, taking the Fire Scout through its paces with its biggest end user client to see just how the aircraft integrates into Navy operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.22): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline. The lights are focused toward the arrival end of the runway at the “line up and wait” point, and they extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft. Illuminated red lights indicate to an aircraft in position for takeoff or rolling that it is unsafe to takeoff because the runway is occupied or about to be occupied by an aircraft or vehicle.

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