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June 16, 2021

Airborne-Unmanned 06.16.21: Massive eVTOL Order, TAV Record, USN UAS Test Squadron

Also: Eve Urban Air Mobility, Electra Hybrid-Electric, Aerovironment Relocates, ASTM International
Avolon and Vertical Aerospace have agreed on a ground-breaking US$2 billion order for up to 500 electric eVTOL aircraft. Building out of the technologies here-to-fore pioneered by the autonomous air vehicle industries, Avolon and Vertical Aerospace have agreed on a ground-breaking agreement. This agreement, which is subject to certain conditions, will introduce the ultra-short-haul aircraft category to commercial aviation. The agreement will see both companies collaborate throughout the development, road map to certification and subsequent commercial roll-out of the VA-X4. Zenith AeroTech has, over the span of a week, flown its Quad 8 multi-rotor platform f

FAI Notes 100 Years Since They Granted Bessie Coleman’s Pilot Licence

Bessie Learned To Fly Over The Course Of Seven Months

On 15 June 1921, the FAI granted a black female aviator named Bessie Coleman her pilot’s licence. Coleman - the tenth of thirteen children born in Waxahachie, Texas to a family with African American and Native American heritage - became the very first person of colour to obtain an official FAI pilot’s licence. Inspired by the courage of European female aviators, this fearless young woman made a journey from Chicago to France and into the history books, inspiring generations of future pilots.

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Airborne-Unmanned 06.08.21: UAV Aerial Refuel, Embry-Riddle, Eve-Helisul Partner

Also: NAV CANADA Drone App,, SpaceX Cargo Craft, Safety Program Collaboration

For the first time in history, the Navy and Boeing have demonstrated air-to-air refueling using an unmanned aircraft – the Boeing-owned MQ-25 T1 test asset – to refuel another aircraft. During a test flight June 4, MQ-25 T1 successfully extended the hose and drogue from its Navy-issued aerial refueling store (ARS) and safely transferred jet fuel to a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet, demonstrating the MQ-25 Stingray's ability to carry out its primary aerial refueling mission. Embry-Riddle Aeronautic

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USAF Crew of Hawg 53 Flight to Receive 2020 Mackay Trophy

The Mackay Trophy Was First Presented By Clarence Mackay In 1912

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has announced that United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Joel W. Bier and Lieutenant Colonel Leif C. Nordhagen, the aircrew of Hawg 53 flight, have been named the recipients of the 2020 Mackay Trophy. The Mackay Trophy was first presented by Clarence Mackay in 1912 and was later deeded to the National Aeronautic Association. Administered by the United States Air Force and NAA, the trophy is awarded for "…the most meritorious flight of the year by an Air Force person, persons, or organization.” The Mackay Trophy is on permanent display at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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President Biden to Nominate Sullenberger to Serve as Ambassador To ICAO

ICAO Is Funded And Directed By 193 National Governments

The White House published a notice today indicating that C. B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III, is a Nominee for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The White House notes that, "C. B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III is a former United States Air Force fighter pilot, retired airline pilot, safety expert and keynote speaker. In 2009, as captain of US Airways flight 1549, he and his crew guided their aircraft to a successful emergency landing in the Hudson River with no fatalities. He has served as a NASA aviation safety research consultant...

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CBP AMO P-3s On A Roll... Busts Tons Of Drugs -- Again

Seized Almost 6 Tons of Narcotics in 8 Days in Eastern Pacific

Air and Marine Operations (AMO) National Air Security Operations Center, P-3 Long Range Tracker and Airborne Early Warning crews partnered with Joint Interagency Task Force-South and federal authorities to stop transnational smuggling of almost six tons of narcotics between April 16 and April 24 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, denying narcotics traffickers an estimated $156 million in illicit proceeds. Over an eight-day period, AMO P-3 aircrews conducted detection and sustained tracking operations that led law enforcement partners to detain 15 individuals and seize a total of 7,805 pounds of cocaine and 3,588 pounds of marijuana in the Pacific Source and Transit Zone for illicit drugs.

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Klyde Morris (06.14.21)

Klyde Was Apparently Not the High-Bidder For Blue Origin's First Passenger Flight


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Rocket Lab Awarded Contract to Design Twin Spacecraft for Mars

Two Photons (Named Blue And Gold) Will Insert Themselves Into Elliptical Orbits Around Mars

Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to design two Photon spacecraft for a scientific mission to Mars. The Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission, led by Rob Lillis at the University of California, Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, is a twin-spacecraft science mission that will orbit two spacecraft around Mars to understand the structure, composition, variability, and dynamics of Mars' unique hybrid magnetosphere. The mission will leverage its unique dual viewpoint on the Mars environment to explore how the solar wind strips atmosphere away from Mars to better understand how its climate has changed over time.

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Aerovironment Relocates Corporate Headquarters To Arlington, Virginia

AeroVironment Will Maintain Its Presence And Existing Operations In Simi Valley, CA

AeroVironment is relocating its corporate headquarters from Simi Valley, Calif. to Arlington, Va., effective June 15, 2021. “The greater Washington D.C. area is where many of our key customers are located, and expanding our presence in the region will further our access to decision makers, influencers and talent,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer.

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Av Businesses Can Apply for the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection Program

$3 Billion Can Be Used To Help Cover Employee Compensation Costs For Up To Six Months

The DOT has launched the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program. The Department is encouraging eligible businesses of all sizes to apply for funding to protect jobs for workers as the industry climbs back from the impacts of the pandemic. This program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Before the pandemic, the aerospace industry was estimated to employ approximately 2.2 million workers, including 1.2 million who worked in various parts of the supply chain nationwide, according to industry sources. The historic drop in air travel precipitated by the pandemic led to reduced demand for parts, repairs, modifications, and other serv

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NTSB Prelim: Dassault Aviation Mirage F-1

The Pilot Started The Final Turn And Then Reported That He Had A Flap Issue

On May 24, 2021, about 1417 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Dassault Aviation Mirage F-1 Turbo-jet, N567EM, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Nellis Air Force Base, (LSV), Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a public-use aircraft in support of the United States Air Force’s simulated combat training. According to the pilot of the number 2 airplane in the formation, the accident airplane was the lead of a flight of two aggressors, which returned to LSV after completion of their Weapons School support flights in the Nevada Test and Tactics Range. The number 2 airplane in the formation recovered befor

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.16.21)

Aero Linx: Patient AirLift Services Patient AirLift Services is a nonprofit that arranges free flights for medical patients requiring medical diagnosis, treatment or follow-up who cannot afford or are unable to fly commercially. PALS also arranges volunteer flights for family members of patients as compassionate missions, to ensure patients have support when they are away from home for long periods. PALS is proud to assist military personnel and their families with free flights to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation processes for our wounded veterans. Finally, PALS has a history of supporting humanitarian efforts in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.16.21): Instrument Departure Procedure (DP)

Instrument Departure Procedure (DP) A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure published for pilot use, in graphic or textual format, that provides obstruction clearance from the terminal area to the appropriate en route structure. There are two types of DP, Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP), printed either textually or graphically, and, Standard Instrument Departure (SID), which is always printed graphically.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.16.21)

“Each year, the recipients of the Mackay Trophy exemplify the best of the United States Air Force, and their flights invariably involve important objectives that achieve results and often save lives. Hawg 53 flight is exactly in this mold. We at NAA salute Lieutenant Colonel Bier and Lieutenant Colonel Nordhagen for their excellence and bravery. They surely honor this award by their receiving it.” Source: NAA President Greg Principato, explaining the award of the Mackay Trophy to the extraordinary 'Hawg 53' USAF crew.

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