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June 06, 2021

Airborne 06.01.21: Civilian Space, NIFA SAFECON, LIVE AEA21 Convention Details

Also: Vintage Aerobatic Championships Canceled, OneWeb, National Museum USAF, Flying Legends Cancelled

Axiom Space has named the commander and pilot of its second commercial mission proposed to fly to the International Space Station -- and announced the proposed crew’s intended research while on orbit. Axiom will compete to fly the Ax-2 mission when NASA announces the next private astronaut mission opportunity. If awarded, Ax-2 will further cement the research opportunities possible for private industry in low-Earth orbit. Peggy Whitson, who during a 22-year career at NASA became the ISS’ fi

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SpaceX Cargo Craft Docks to Station

CRS-22 Delivered The New ISS Roll-out Solar Arrays (iROSA)

Five spacecraft are now docked at the space station including the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Cargo Dragon vehicles, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus-15 resupply ship, all three from the United States, and Russia’s Progress 77 resupply ship and Soyuz MS-18 crew ship. While the International Space Station was traveling more than 250 miles over the South Pacific ocean, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft autonomously docked to the space-facing side of the orbiting laboratory’s Harmony module at 5:09 a.m. EDT, Saturday, June 5. NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur were monitoring docking operations for Dragon.

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G7 Set To Visit Assist Iconic Spitfire Rebuild

Top G7 VIPs Are To Lend Young Apprentices A Helping Hand

The G7 is about to lend a hand in the re-creation of an iconic Spitfire airframe. On 9 June 2021, senior G7 representatives will visit the Trelonk estate in Cornwall, to assist a young team of apprentices and aviation engineers engaged in the reconstruction of the 'St. Ives, Cornwall' Presentation Spitfire. In December 1941, following 15 months of determined fund raising by the local community, the St. Ives Spitfire fund reached its target of £5,000, enabling the construction of Spitfire BL709 'St. Ives, Cornwall' in early 1942.

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NAV CANADA To Retain Air Traffic Controllers Once Considered 'Surplus'

Affects Area Control Centres In Gander, Moncton, Montreal And Edmonton

NAV CANADA is reporting that it, "has been closely monitoring air traffic forecasts and is taking the necessary steps to ensure it has appropriate staffing to support the aviation industry recovery." As a result, NAV CANADA has cancelled surplus notices to 41 air traffic controllers in area control centres in Gander, Moncton, Montreal and Edmonton. These air traffic controllers will remain on the job to provide vital air navigation services as the aviation industry begins its recovery.

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Klyde Morris (06.04.21)

Klyde Has A Different View To This Scenario...


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Remote Drone Training Now Available At Embry-Riddle

First-Of-Its-Kind FAA Waiver Issued

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Worldwide Campus recently received a first-of-its-kind waiver from the FAA that will allow students to remotely pilot UAS through online video platforms like Zoom. “This is a big deal,” said Dr. David Thirtyacre, College of Aeronautics assistant professor and Department of Flight chair. “We've worked closely with the FAA on this project for two years and now have the ability to let students fly complex drones, that are not at their location, from anywhere in the United States. This opens up all sorts of training and opportunities for our students.”

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Int'l Rotorcraft Community To Collaborate On Safety Program

Regional Safety Teams Will Continue To Lead Safety Initiatives In Their Respective Areas

International rotorcraft safety organizations, regional safety teams, and other global safety stakeholders are pleased to announce the establishment of the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST). In cooperation and collaboration with the worldwide vertical flight community, VAST aims to achieve a vision of zero fatal accidents, providing “Safety Above All.” In pursuit of that vision, VAST will use a data informed, consensus-based approach to better harmonize, coordinate, and implement global safety information, resources, and programs, and to support regional safety efforts.

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Milwaukee Air & Water Show Cancelled for 2021

"We Look Forward To Getting Together Next Year To Watch The Blue Angels"

It's a familiar refrain... The welcome sounds of thunder, and the spectacular military and civilian precision acrobatics over Milwaukee - will again be silent and unseen this summer. The 2021 Milwaukee Air & Water Show, scheduled for July 24-25 this year with the US Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, "America's Ambassadors in Blue," will not be held, due to several major factors affecting the event.

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Classic Aero-TV: Updating The 912iS – Rotax Releases First Major Software Update

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Two Years In Service Yields Upgrades and Improvements

In this Video we ride along with ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell as he examines engines on display at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2014 in Sebring, Florida. Jim visits with Dean Vogel the Technical Director at Lockwood Aviation Repair. When Vogel starts talking about the Rotax 912iS engine, it becomes rapidly evident that this is a high tech product. It’s the first of the Rotax 912 series to use fuel injection technology, but the high-tech part of it only begins with the fuel injection. When you hear Vogel explain that engine performance can be

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Airborne-Flight Training 05.27.21: RedTail Buys Pipers, Diamond Sim, Sporty’s

Also: UIMC Training Course, Chipmunk's 75th, Tello Talent Drone, Astronaut Orientation

Piper Aircraft has received orders for two Pilot 100i single-engine trainers from the Tuskegee Airmen Inc., inspired aviation scholarship program, the RedTail Flight Academy (RFA). The RedTail Flight Academy, which began its legacy with the Major General Irene-Trowel Harris Chapter, Tuskegee Airmen, will officially begin training students in September 2021. The Academy, with a mission of honoring the legacy of the original Tuskegee Airmen, will be based at New York Stewart International Airport, will train to a Part 1

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NTSB Prelim: Beech B24R

During The Climb, The Engine Speed “Suddenly Dipped Down” To About 1,300 RPM

On May 13, 2021, at 1117 central daylight time, a Beech B24R airplane, N9199S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near New Lenox, Illinois. The pilot and 2 passengers were seriously injured, and 1 passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast data revealed the airplane departed from runway 2 at Lewis University Airport (LOT) at 1111. After takeoff, the pilot proceeded on a southeast course. The final data point was recorded at 1117.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.06.21)

Aero Linx: International Helicopter Safety Foundation In 2005, the Vertical Flight Society's Montreal/Ottawa Chapter hosted the first International Helicopter Safety Symposium (IHSS). Subsequently, VFS worked with the Helicopter Association International (HAI), Transport Canada and the Federal Aviation Administration, EASA and many other agencies worldwide to create the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST). VFS is the Secretariat for this international group and there has been significant improvements in safety through the efforts of IHST. IHST's goal was to reduce the worldwide civil helicopter accident rate by 80% in 10 years.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.06.21)

“Statistics show that accidents in our industry share the same causes, regardless of border or language. VAST will bring together safety advocates from around the world to collaborate on finding the most effective safety initiatives and then sharing them with the VTOL community.” Source: James Viola, President and CEO of Helicopter Association International, commenting as HAI and other International rotorcraft safety organizations, regional safety teams, and other global safety stakeholders announced the establishment of the Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST).

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