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October 09, 2023

Virgin Galactic Completes Fifth Successful Manned Space-Flight

Galactic 04 Mission Lands Safely

Virgin Galactic, the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, announced on 06 October 2023 that its Galactic 04 mission—the company’s fifth manned space-flight in five-months—had been successfully completed and the three private astronauts borne spaceward aboard such had returned safely to Earth. Virgin Galactic asserts its unbroken string of successful spaceflights evinces the company’s ability to deliver safe, repeatable space-travel and a transformative customer experience.

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'Band of Brothers-The Pacific' Follow-Up Series Imminent

Spielberg & Hanks Continue to Chronicle WWII

Students of U.S. History are making ready for the upcoming release of Steven Spielberg’s and Tom Hanks’s much-anticipated Masters of the Air, a nine-episode follow-up series to Band of Brothers and The Pacific slated to premier on Apple TV+ on Friday, 26 January 2024. Thereafter, episodes will air every Friday through 15 March.

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Hélicoptères Guimbal and Precision Services Host Training Event

Training the Trainers

September 2023 saw flight-instructors and aircraft owners from across the U.S. travel to Oregon for purpose of participating in Hélicoptères Guimbal Factory Instructor Training. The event was jointly hosted by Guimbal and Precision Support Services, LLC, the McMinnville, Oregon-based U.S. distributor and service center for Hélicoptères Guimbal’s Cabri G2—a two-seat light-helicopter produced by the French rotorcraft marque. The training event complemented the release of Guimbal’s Flight Instructor Guide, a training aid instantiating Guimbal’s customer support ethos and evincing the company’s dedication to the safe operation and proficient maintenance o

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USAF Instructor Pilot Effects Yosemite Rescue

Injured Climber Airlifted to Local Hospital

U.S. Air Force Instructor Pilot Captain Joshua Haveman has been recognized for his contribution to the rescue of an injured hiker in California’s Yosemite National Park. According to representatives of Fairfield, California’s Travis Air Force Base, Captain Haveman, while negotiating the final stretch of a 02 September summiting of the park’s famed Half Dome—an 8,800-foot quartz monzonite batholith named for its distinct morphology—witnessed one of his fellow-adventurers suffer a sixty-to-eighty-foot fall onto a small ledge some eight-thousand-feet above the Yosemite Valley floor ...

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Could The Holly Hill SC Aircraft Ban Get Any Stranger?

Mayor Is Reported To Have Threatened Hangar Tenants And Pilots

News, Information, Analysis, and Opinion by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell Several days ago, we reported on the bizarre ban of a narrowly defined type of aircraft that was occurring to a little airport in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Over the course of a year and half, two licensed aircraft were involved in accidents that resulted in no fatalities and minimal property damage. One wound up in a tree, while one wound up hitting a hanger… And that damage was reportedly quickly repaired. Both pilots apparently got in over their heads, flying light sport aircraft with which they weren't totally familiar, and received injuries.

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NTSB: Deadly Seaplane Accident Ascribed to Failure of Single Component

September 2022 DHC-3 Mutiny Bay Tragedy Explained

On 04 September 2022, ten people lost their lives when a 55-year-old de Havilland DHC-3 Otter went down in the waters of Puget Sound’s Mutiny Bay off the coast of Whidbey Island. Comes now October 2023, and NTSB investigators have attributed the accident to a single defective component—the aircraft’s elevator actuator.

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Prada and Axiom to Collaborate on Artemis Spacesuits

Be Seen, Be Heard, Be Moon-Bound

In perhaps the most unlikely syncretism of practicality and ostentation, Italian luxury fashion marque Prada will collaborate with Axiom Space, the Houston, Texas-based space infrastructure development concern, in the design and manufacture of the spacesuits in which the Artemis III astronauts will journey to and possibly land on Earth’s moon.

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Pilot Accused of Stalking Woman from the Air

Bizarre Case Transpiring in Vermont Court

A New Hampshire pilot has been accused of stalking an upstate New York woman by means of a 1976-vintage Cessna 180 Skywagon purportedly registered to him and based at southwestern Vermont’s William H. Morse State Airport (DDH). Details pertaining to how, precisely, Arnold aerially stalked the woman have yet to be made public. Michael Arnold, 65, a resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, made an initial appearance in a Bennington, Vermont court on Wednesday, 04 October 2023. Arnold faces charges of aggravated stalking, violating an abuse prevention order, resisting arrest, impeding a public officer, and providing false information to police.

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NTSB Prelim: Champion 7KCAB

Airplane Began To Drift Right Then Suddenly Rolled Sharply To The Right

On September 19, 2023, about 0830 mountain standard time, a Champion 7KCAB, N998B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Benson, Arizona. The flight instructor and the pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The flight instructor reported that he and the pilot were planning to fly about an hour in the traffic pattern at the Benson Municipal Airport (E95), Benson, Arizona. Shortly after departing the runway at about 50ft above ground level, the airplane began to drift right then suddenly rolled sharply to the right.

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Classic Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows - Bud Granley, Creating a Legacy

From 2009 (YouTube Version): Granley Describes His Passion for Aviation and Air Show Performance

Bud Granley is certainly not a new face on the air show circuit; after 47 years as an aerobatic pilot, Granley now performs with his company, “Granley Family Airshows,” alongside his son Ross. Their hair-raising formation act has garnered much acclaim among the aerobatic community. In 2005, Bud Granley received the Art Scholl Showmanship award and just recently, he also accepted the Bill Barber Showmanship award.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.09.23)

Aero Linx: The Aerospace Medical Society of Aotearoa New Zealand (AMSANZ)  The Aerospace Medical Society of Aotearoa New Zealand (AMSANZ) exists to foster and support aviation and aerospace medicine for doctors and other professionals who are involved or interested in the field. We run an Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and other educational and networking events which support ongoing professional development. We also liaise closely with Australian and other overseas groups involved in the field.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.09.23)

"Our teams in New Mexico and California have delivered on our monthly spaceflight objectives. Three new astronauts journeyed to space today and brought back incredible memories and stories of their experience above the Earth. These early missions with our initial ship, VSS Unity, have informed and confirmed the design and maintenance objectives for our Delta class spaceships, and the production tooling for those ships is on track to commence later in the fourth quarter.”   Source: Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier, commenting on their latest commercial space tourism flight.

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