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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

US Carriers See Downtime Amid Crowdstrike Fiasco

In a Funny Twist, IT Problems Hobble Everybody But Southwest

The airline industry has been given another harsh lesson in IT reliance after thousands of flights were canceled and delayed amid the downstream effects of a bungled software update.An IT issue caused at least 2,500 flight cancellations across the USA, while delaying north of 8,000 more, all thanks to a botched software update by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. Locked-up computers around the country confounded flight ops personnel as they struggled to keep up the routine, but without a solid backbone of scheduling, airlines quickly admitted defeat against the tide, preferring to hand out travel waivers for affected passengers. It wasn't just the customer-facing systems that got hit, either, flight planning, internal corporate communications, and even the weight & balance systems crews depend on started their Friday morning completely seized.

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Boeing's Figured Out Its Starliner Issues

After Weeks of Study, Ground Testing, Engineering Says it Has the Thruster Thing All Squared Away (Probably)

Boeing said it's come pretty far in understanding what went wrong in its recent Starliner launch, after deep scrutiny of its sundry propulsion systems. Boeing's test personnel have reportedly been able to replicate the errant thruster conditions up to the point of capsule contact, in addition to the thruster's operations that will be a part of its flight back home. Using ground-based replicas of the Starliner's propulsion systems, Boeing thinks it has the issue nailed down. First, it will disassemble the test-fired thruster and analyze all the data it has on hand before clearing the Starliner's trip back to Earth.

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Lunar Landing Site Finalized for Intuitive Machines’ Prospecting Mission

IM-2 Search for Water Ice Slated for Late 2024 Launch

Intuitive Machines (IM), a provider of lunar landing capability, as well as infrastructure and ancillary exploration services, announced that it has selected a landing site near the Lunar South Pole for its upcoming IM-2 mission. The goal of the IM-2 mission is to prospect for water ice and other volatile organic compounds on the Moon’s South Pole using NASA’s PRIME-1 lunar drill. The drill requires the landing site to be sufficiently stable to support the spacecraft and have a high probability of ice within one meter of the surface. Working together with NASA, the company has identified a small elliptical region about 200 meters in diameter on the Shackleton Connecting Ridge with good terrain, sufficient solar exposure for about 10 days of power generation, and in a good position for comms with Earth.

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Lilium Signs Deal With Saudia Group for 100 eVTOL Jets

Initial Deliveries Expected In 2026

German eVTOL jet maker Lilium has inked a binding sales deal with Saudia Group for an initial 50 Lilium Jets with options for an additional 50, the companies announced July 18. The signing was done by Fahd Al-Jarbou, CEO of Saudia Private, representing Saudia Group, and Lilium's CEO Klaus Roewe, in a ceremony that was held with several distinguished guests present including H.E. Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group, Michael Kindsgrab, German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Tom Enders, Lilium Chairman.

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Klyde Morris (07.15.24)

Klyde Tries to Find the Brighter Side of A Rare SpaceX Launch Issue

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Airborne 07.17.24: Illegal Parts, Fantasy of Flight, Apollo 11's 55th

Also: Aerox, WI ANG, HI Helo Accident, Gulfstream Expansion

Another criminal case involving non-airworthy parts swappage has seen the sentencing of those involved, costing the perpetrators a year in prison and about $300,000 in restitution. Daniel Navarro, 50 years old, was the Vice President of Sofly Aviation Services, a parts distributor. Jorge Guerrero, 71, was the firm's Procurement & Asset Management Specialist. Their grift wasn't anything particularly complex or thought out: Sofly would buy cheap parts marked "as removed", and then fake the paperwork... Kermit Weeks has amassed more than 140 vintage military and civilian aircraft during his life. He also established the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida, along Interstate I-4 which traverses Polk County. To advertise the museum and attract visitors, Weeks mounted a Douglas DC-3 at the I-4 exit near the museum. For readers of a certain age who were mesmerized by the idea

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

2024 SUN N FUN Innovation Preview Segments Published

Massive Aviation News Event Started 2024 Off With a Plethora of Exciting Info

Last year, we introduced the SnF Innovation Preview in which 25 companies introduced over 30 new planes, products, engines, accessories, and more… in other words… a LOT of news. Rotax previewed the powerful 916iS, CubCrafters showcased the Carbon Cub UL, Bose introduced the A30, Aerox revealed the Boomula… and so much more. This year, we went beyond that... way beyond all that, with a larger selection of news announcements that covered ALL aspects of sport, general and commercial aviation... all at the start of the 50th Annual SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo... the undisputed start to the aviation year. This year was also a major news-breaker... especially with the announcement that the DeltaHawk Diesel engine folks were working with Piper Aircraft on an STC for the PA44 Seminole. It also hosted the first forma

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Upgraded S-TEC Autopilot Receives STC for Metroliner

Digital Features Improve Operational Capabilities for Specific Models

Genesys Aerosystems announced that its next-generation S-TEC 3100 Digital Flight Control System autopilot completed testing requirements to receive FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC). The upgraded attitude-based autopilot is now approved for installation on the Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner aircraft. Models approved under the STC include the SA226-TC, SA227-AT, SA227-AC, SA227-BC, SA227-CC, and SA227-DC. The 3-axis autopilot features automatic trim, envelope protection and alerting, one-button straight and level recovery, and presets for indicated airspeed and altitude holds. It also comes with traditional vertical and horizontal navigation modes and supports many 3rd-party EFIS displays.

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Airborne-Flight Training 07.18.24: UAS4STEM, FAA Initiatives, AV Nonprofit

Also: College Internship, Pilots Request Mediation, RAA Speaks Up, New iPad Organizer

UAS4STEM is an Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) sanctioned competition for students aged 11 through graduating high school seniors. Teams compete throughout the year to make it to the championship at AirVenture. NBAA returned to the grind of angling for fresh blood in the industry, urging congress to implement some of the high-minded plans enclosed in their recent FAA reauthorization legislation. Every so often the industry seems to remember the impending wave of retirements, which is followed by some anxious glances at the unimpressively slim pilot production pipeline. Breaking Down Barriers is a new aviation nonprofit set up by Doug and Gwen Parker and is based in Dallas, Texas. It is committed to eliminating obstacles that many young adults face and to serve as an inspiration and pathway for those who might otherwise have never thought of aviation as a career

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Sun, Jul 21, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 07.16.24: Joby Record, Pelican Spray, Beta’s ALIA

Also: UAS4STEM, uAvionix Waiver, 1st J-1 Pulsejets, ZeroAvia Hydrogen

Joby Aviation managed to pull off a 523-mile flight using their hybrid electric/hydrogen VTOL aircraft, once again putting them near the front of the sustainable pack in terms of real-world accomplishment. Their demonstrator finished off a 523-mile flight putting out nothing but water as the byproduct of its hybrid powerplant. SLC Agricola is one of the largest agricultural producers in Brazil, working 1.7 million acres of farmland and is a leading innovator of farming practices. SLC has signed a commercial agreement with Oakland, California, -based Pyka Inc. for the purchase of its fully autonomous and all-electric aerial application platform, the Pelican Spray aircraft. The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL), all-electric battery-powered, fixed-wing ALIA aircraft produced by BETA Technologies of Burlington, Vermont, successfully conducted a flight test carrying carg

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