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August 30, 2021

Airborne 08.30.21: Afghan Aircraft, New Shepherd Model, Beechcraft Denali

 Airborne 08.30.21: Afghan Aircraft, New Shepherd Model, Beechcraft Denali

Also: Piper Pilot 100i, FAA Proposes $617K Fine, ALPA Contributes $200K, Laser Pointer Sentenced
According to US Congressman Jim Banks, the Taliban has over 200 Aircraft and Helicopters from US withdrawal. Banks gave details on the situation in a speech earlier this week in Washington and warned that the Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. Banks was a Navy reservist who served in Afghanistan as well as a foreign military sales officer. “The Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. That includes over 75,000 vehicles, over 200 airplanes and helicopters..."

Taliban Have Over 200 Aircraft And Helicopters From US Withdrawal

Currently, US Military Equipment In Taliban’s Hands Valued At Over $85 Billion

The Taliban has access to a significant amount of weapons left behind by the US on their exit from Afghanistan, according to US Congressman Jim Banks. Banks gave details on the situation in a speech earlier this week in Washington and warned that the Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment. Banks was a Navy reservist who served in Afghanistan as well as a foreign military sales officer.

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Estes Brings A New Shepard Model To Market

The Model Rocket Flies 400ft, Deploys Capsule

You can now launch your own version of the Blue Origin New Shepard with the Estes New Shepard model rocket. The Estes New Shepard is a 1/66th scale model of the Blue Origin New Shepard. The model rocket flies to altitude on a C6-3 or C6-5 with capabilities of up to 400ft. After deploying a capsule, it falls back down to Earth with a large parachute. You can fly and deploy this model as many times as you like, and it will be made available on the first of November. The Estes New Shepard aims to provide the excitement of launch and feeling of exploring a new frontier to everyone. The collaboration is the first in a series between Estes and Blue Origins Club for The Future, which is a non-profit

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Wing Says They Have Almost Reached 100,000 Deliveries

10,000 Cups Of Coffee Have Been Delivered Via Drone

Delivery drone company Wing informs the community that they have almost achieved 100,000 customer deliveries. The milestone will coincide with the Alphabet-owned company’s second anniversary after their first launch in Australia. 10,000 cups of coffee, 1,200 roast chickens and 1,700 snack packs were consumed thanks to the drone services in Logan, Australia which is home to about 300,000 residents. The company also operates in Finland and the US, where they have made about 50,000 deliveries to date. Users can download an app to make their purchase which includes an inventory of small items such as coffee, pet food and groceries. 

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Georgia Man Sentenced To Prison For Pointing Lasers At Aircraft

Man Pleads Guilty To Three Separate Incidents, FAA and FBI Investigation

A Rincon, GA man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after Aiming A Laser Pointer at an Aircraft and pleading guilty. After the sentence is served, Roger Floyd Hendricks, 48, will serve three years of supervised release. In February 2020, the FBI and FAA began investigating three incidents that took place separately. The incidents were described as green laser strikes on airplanes that were heading into Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. One of the pilots involved was able to help them find the origin of the strike. When questioned and identified, Hendricks pleaded guilty on May 3, 2021. 

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FAA Informs The Community Of Drone Safety Week

Event Will Take Place September 13-19, 2021

The third annual National Drone Safety Awareness Week will take place on Sept. 13-19, 2021. The FAA encourages the drone community to participate and interact at the event. Moving forward with the FAA continuing to integrate drones into the National Airspace System, one of the most important details will be ensuring drone pilots understand the responsibilities involved with flying safely. During the duration of the campaign, pilots and recreational flyers can discuss passions in the industry, while experts will share with them the pressing drone safety educational topics. New requirements for the drone community will also be discussed.

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High Cringe: Bezos And Musk Share Another Awkward Week

Musk’s Tweet Spells Bezos Name Wrong, Bezos Protests SpaceX

The SpaceX CEO criticized Bezos in a tweet on Friday, saying it 'turns out Besos [sic] retired in order to pursue a full-time job filing lawsuits against SpaceX.' The tweet spelled his name incorrectly. It is unclear if this was human error or intentional. Wednesday of this week, Kuiper Systems, an Amazon subsidiary, filed a protest with the FCC to block SpaceX from launching more Starlink satellites. Kuiper is also busy at work making internet satellites to compete with Starlink. Kuiper’s filing questions the plans SpaceX has, saying that it goes against FCC’s rules.

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NTSB Prelim: Socata TBM 700

While Descending Through 12,100 Ft MSL, The Airplane Entered A Left Turn

On August 20, 2021, about 1440 eastern daylight time, a Socata TBM 700A airplane, N700DT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Urbana, Ohio. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary air traffic control information revealed the airplane was en route from the Erie-Ottawa Airport (PCW), Port Clinton, Ohio, to the Cincinnati Municipal Airport (LUK), Cincinnati, Ohio. The airplane departed runway 9 at PCW and climbed to flight level 200 before beginning to descend. The airplane was southbound, descending to 12,000 ft mean sea level (msl), and established communications wi

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.21)

Aero Linx: University Aviation Association To promote and foster excellence in collegiate aviation education by providing a forum for students, faculty, staff, and practitioners to share ideas, to enhance the quality of education, and to develop stronger programs and curricula. To influence aviation education policy at all governmental levels. To provide and nurture the linkage between college aviation education, the aviation industry, and government agencies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.21): Security Notice (SECNOT)

Security Notice (SECNOT) A SECNOT is a request originated by the Air Traffic Security Coordinator (ATSC) for an extensive communications search for aircraft involved, or suspected of being involved, in a security violation, or are considered a security risk. A SECNOT will include the aircraft identification, search area, and expiration time. The search area, as defined by the ATSC, could be a single airport, multiple airports, a radius of an airport or fix, or a route of flight. Once the expiration time has been reached, the SECNOT is considered to be canceled.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.30.21)

“The Taliban now has access to over $85 billion worth of American military equipment.That includes over 75,000 vehicles, over 200 airplanes and helicopters, over 600,000 small arms and light weapons. The Taliban now has more Black Hawk Helicopters than 85% of the countries in the world. But they don’t just have weapons... They also have night vision goggles, body armour, medical supplies, and unfathomably, unfathomable to me and so many others, is that the Taliban now has biometric devices which have the fingerprints, eye scan and biographical information of the Afghans who helped us over the last 20 years.” Source: From statements made by US Congressman Jim Banks, explaining how the Taliban now has access to a signi

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