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Airborne 07.12.21: Virgin Galactic Hype, Dumb FAA Regs, Remote Oshkosh

Also: SmartSky Networks, UNC's New TBM, B-21 Raider, SAFE Comments On DPE Report

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity successfully reached space, Sunday, completing the Company's fourth rocket-powered spaceflight.

With a number of in-flight streaming problems, some overt celebrity posturing, and an over-reliance on gushing hero worship of VG Boss Branson; a fully crewed 'test' flight came off well before previously postulated schedules thought it might occur. Thankfully; despite the rush seemingly created when Blue Origin announced their flight schedule, all seemed to go well. The FAA has just released a policy addressing the issue of training for compensation or hire in Experimental, Primary, and Limited category aircraft. The policy follows up on a letter that asserted that, without exception, no compensated flight training can take place in these aircraft categories without an exemption or letter of deviation authority (LODA). The newly announced policy maintains that position while offering a short-term solution that allows these operations to continue. The Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 is expanding its reach this year, as it is offering its high-quality simulation exercises and scenarios even for those who can’t be at Oshkosh in-person. The remote opportunities are in coordination with flight instructors who are members of NAFI and SAFE. These dedicated aviation instructors staff the Pilot Proficiency Center at Oshkosh each year. “We will be providing the same quality simulation mission exercises and scenarios featured at Oshkosh, but in your home or at a select flight training center near you,” said Radek Wyrzykowski, EAA manager of flight proficiency. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 07.12.21 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, July 12th, 2021... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Kimberly Kay. Kimberly is supported by ANN Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, as well as ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell. This episode covers:

  • Over The Top? Much-Hyped Virgin Galactic 'Test' Flight Succeeds
  • FAA Releases Policy on Training in Experimental, Primary, and Limited Categories
  • Oshkosh Features Remote Pilot Proficiency Center Training Sessions
  • Certified: SmartSky Networks Receives Nod From FCC
  • The University Of North Carolina Takes Delivery Of Its Third TBM
  • B-21 Raider Artist Rendering Shown To Public
  • SAFE Offers Initial Comments On FAA DPE Report

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