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September 26, 2022

Airborne 09.26.22: Snowbirds Return, Gen Atomics v China, Starlink Inflight

Also: Boeing $200M Fine, USAF Pilots Still Grounded, CH-53K Hauls!, C172 Visits UN The Royal Canadian Air Force has cleared its demonstration team for flight once again, but air show fans will be disappointed that they will miss the rest of the 2022 season. The pause followed a failed takeoff that occurred in Fort St. John last month that brought the fleet to a stop while investigators cast a critical eye at the aging Canadair CT-114 Tutors used by the team. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is sounding the alarm on a Chinese agricultural development set to break ground near Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. The defense manufacturer is urging the government to shut down the project due to national security concerns, saying that the large-scale corn milling plant will be far too close fo

Update: New USAF B-21 Bomber to Be Unveiled

Planned Rollout to Disclose Little

In a September 2022 press conference at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber event in National Harbor, Maryland, USAF acquisition executive Andrew Hunter set forth that the B-21 Raider was to roll out of Northrop Grumman’s Palmdale, California plant in early December.

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Should i Stay Or Should i Go? NASA Closely Monitoring Weather

Artemis Rollback Preparations Continue

NASA continues to closely monitor the weather forecast associated with Tropical Storm (probably a hurricane by now) Ian as preparations for rolling back the Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to the Vehicle Assembly Building continue. The agency is making incremental decisions that prioritize the agency’s people and hardware and its process is in accordance with established NASA policies for tropical storms and hurricanes.

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ANG's First Female Fighter Pilot Takes To The Skies

ANG’s Lt Kelsey Flannery Takes F-35A Fighter To The Skies

The United States’ Air National Guard’s 1st Lieutenant Kelsey Flannery took to the skies earlier this month piloting a F-35A Lightning II fighter jet, having recently completed three years of training with the Vermont National Guard. Lt Flannery is a member of the 134th Fighter Squadron that has a long history and strong reputation going all the way back to WW II, and sees the importance of retaining that heritage. On the topic of heritage, Lt Flannery comes from a military family, where her father previously served as a pilot in the

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EAA Posthumously Inducts “Pappy” Spinks to International Aerobatic Club

Foundational Supporter of US Aerobatic Championships Recognized for Service

The International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame will induct Maurice Hunter Spinks - or “Pappy” as many called him - into the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame on November 10. Spinks will be one of 4 individuals to be honored by the EAA as a part of its annual Sport Aviation Halls of Fame program in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Though long departed, Spinks left an indelible mark on the art of aerobatic flight, acting as president of the Aerobatic Club of America and the sponsor of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

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Around The World-Again-For 86 Year Old Pilot

86 Year Old Pilot Circumnavigates The Globe For Alzheimers

Retired dentist, Ed Galkin, aged 86, is on his 4th flight around the world starting last weekend out of the Central Jersey Regional Airport (48N) in the United States, approximately two-miles SW of the Newark Class Bravo airspace. Mr. Galkin previously completed similar trips in 1988, 2004, and 2018 when he circumnavigated the globe with three different co-pilots. As before, he will be flying his 1975 Cessna 210L Centurion, N2160S, accompanied by Zvi Mosery aged 64, and with the mission to raise awareness and donations for Alzheimer's which has claim

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Classic Aero-TV: Pure Aerial Precision - The Snowbirds at AirVenture 2016

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The Canadian Forces Snowbirds Can Best Be Described As ‘Elegant’…

EAA AirVenture 2016 was a great show and, in no small part, it was because of the participation of the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron from Canada - better known as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Their appearance at AirVenture was a special treat, and that’s what this video is all about. There’s something about their performances that seems to stand out as being more than a presentation of military prowess; it also seems to be a demonstration of elegance. Maybe it’s because they fly jet trainers that seem to stay close

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NTSB Prelim: Czech Sport Aircraft AS Piper Sport

Audio Captured The Instructor Screaming, “Let Go, Let Go……. Let Go, Let Go, Let Go”

On September 8, 2022, about, 1626 Pacific daylight time, a Czech Sport Aircraft, Piper Sport, N126WK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Santa Monica, California. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 91 instructional flight. The flight was an introductory flight lesson for the prospective student pilot, with a flight school was based at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). Prior to departure, the instructor provided about 45 minutes of basic ground instruction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.22)

Aero Linx: WORLD WAR 1 AEROPLANES WORLD WAR 1 AEROPLANES was founded by Leo Opdycke in 1961 and incorporated as a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in 1979. In 2016 a decision was made by the Board of Trustees to dissolve the organization and transfer the assets to the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum to allow back issues, documents and other related items to remain available to the public.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.22): Buffer Area

Buffer Area As applied to an MVA or MIA chart, a depicted three (3) or five (5) NM radius MVA/MIA sector isolating a displayed obstacle for which the sector is established. A portion of a buffer area can also be inclusive of a MVA/MIA sector polygon boundary.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.26.22)

“I feel very much like an equal here. People just treat me like a wingman, and its great as it allows me to focus more on flying.”  Source: From comments made by the United States’ Air National Guard’s 1st Lieutenant Kelsey Flannery -- who took to the skies earlier this month piloting a F-35A Lightning II fighter jet, having recently completed three years of training with the Vermont National Guard.

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