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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft on its second operational flight with astronauts, from LC-39A, at KSC
Get to Know the Crew!
NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission will carry NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur – who will serve as the mission’s spacecraft commander and pilot, respectively – along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who will serve as mission specialists.
INGENUITY FLEW MONDAY APRIL 19 @ 6:30AM
Ingenuity is healthy!!!! NASA has now flown the first flight.
The Ingenuity Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration to test powered, controlled flight on another world for the first time. For additional information about Ingenuity, click on the AVIATION AND SPACE Tab above, then click on NASA SPACE NEWS, and/or click on the button below for some different details about this exciting effort.
EAA has reported that the FAA has published draft guidance to implement an optional task-based Phase I program for Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft. Under the program, once an aircraft completes a flight test plan that meets FAA standards, Phase I is complete. The standard 25- or 40-hour flight test period for Phase I will remain an option for all E-AB, and Experimental Light-Sport (E-LSA) continues to carry a 5-hour test period.
The program is part of an upcoming update to Advisory Circular (AC) 90-89B. Flight test programs do not need specific approval by the FAA, but the Circular lays out certain required flight test points and requires the use of test cards for data collection in flight. Users of the EAA Flight Test Manual should find it a straightforward way to complete the requirements of the task-based Phase I program, but anyone may draft a flight test plan that meets the FAA's outline, including kit manufacturers and other experts.
Task-based Phase I ensures that every hour spent in flight testing is meaningful and is contributing to both validating the airworthiness of the aircraft and gathering the data necessary to build a detailed operating manual. This will benefit the builder in ensuring full exploration of the aircraft's operating envelope, and it will benefit subsequent owners in having access to quality data on the aircraft. In exchange for this work, the aircraft will be released from Phase I when it is ready, not based on an arbitrary time requirement.
"This is the result of more than eight years of work by EAA and the FAA and we couldn't be happier that it is now nearing completion," said Tom Charpentier, EAA Government Relations Director. "This will be a true paradigm shift in E-AB flight testing."
This program comes on the heels of EAA's publication of its Flight Test Manual in 2018, which has sold thousands of copies to date. EAA is continuously working to improve it and create new materials and programming based upon the manual.
Task-based Phase I is yet another example of the EAA working collaboratively with the FAA to achieve a win-win solution that benefits the community and enhances safety. The groundwork for this change was laid by the EAA/FAA working group that created the Additional Pilot Program (AC 90-116), which allows another pilot into the cockpit to enhance safety during flight testing.
The Advisory Circular is in draft form and comments will be accepted through April 29. Please note that the relevant language on Task-Based Phase I is housed in Chapter 1, Section 1 of the draft. The rest of the document contains advisory information on flight testing and is not part of the task-based program requirements.
While the pandemic alleviated the pilot shortage almost overnight a year ago, the shortage could reemerge within nine months and grow worse over the decade, according to a global management consulting. In fact, the study estimates that the global demand for pilots on Jan. 1, 2022, will be 326,594 versus a supply of 316,435; by 2029, the study predicted, those numbers will be 416,709 and 357,214, respectively—a nearly 60,000-pilot shortfall.
The root cause of the coming shortage varies by region, the study said. “In the U.S., it’s an aging workforce facing mandatory retirement, fewer pilots exiting the military, and barriers to entry, including the cost of training,” the report noted. “In China and other regions where a burgeoning middle class is demanding air travel, the struggle is to expand capacity fast enough.”
Meanwhile, the pandemic has caused airlines to curtail cadet programs as they furloughed pilots and banks reduced lending for pilot training, creating a pilot-supply shock and causing pilot candidates to think twice about entering such a cyclical industry. “With the global nature of this shock, we believe 25,000 to 35,000 current and future pilots may choose alternative career paths over the next decade,” the study said.
Though many furloughed pilots will return, some might pursue other opportunities, according to the study. Additionally, airlines in some regions have relied heavily on early retirements to reduce costs, which permanently decreases the supply.
“The most important question is not whether a pilot shortage will reemerge, but when it will occur and how large the gap will be between supply and demand,” the study concluded.
Use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers
Notice Number: NOTC1739
The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
After careful review of available data regarding safety profiles, the FAA Office of Aerospace Medicine (AAM) adopts the following policy as both safe and operationally responsive to this unique situation:
Holders of FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificates or Medical Clearances may receive the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines; however, a 48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval must be observed after each dose.
Individuals holding an FAA-issued Airman Medical Certificate or Medical Clearance should be reminded that they are prohibited from performing flight crewmember duties or air traffic control duties if they do not meet medical certification requirements, including those related to adverse events from medications that render them unable to perform such duties.
AAM will monitor the patient response to Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and may adjust this policy as necessary to ensure aviation safety. Additional vaccines will each be evaluated as EUAs are issued.
YOUNG EAGLES CREDITS TO BE DOUBLED THIS SUMMER
INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY IS SATURDAY, JUNE 12
FLIGHT TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
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SITE UPGRADES AT AIRVENTURE 2021
For 2021, a number of significant upgrades have been made to the traffic, parking and tram operations. These changes are based on visitor feedback and from the 2019 Northwestern University Transportation Center study that included input from thousands of AirVenture visitors.
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ALONG WITH EXPRESS ARRIVAL AT AIRVENTURE 2021 READ WHAT EAA IS DOING WITH RESPECT TO THE COVID SITUATION
"You're only as good as your last landing!"
Airtext is proud to announce a new product that will improve landings and provide accurate above the ground callouts to assist in the landing process. Landings account for more than 40% of accidents in aviation. A stabilized, consistent and accurate approach can minimize landing problems. Traditionally the main criteria for round-out and flaring an airplane is based on depth perception. Truly, landing is in essence an art based on visual cues processed by the pilot. Land-DAR can change this art of landing into more of a science with specific information as to height above the runway. To learn more, click on this link:
VAN’S AIRCRAFT PERFORMING REVIEW OF QUICK BUILD KITS
Van’s Aircraft is investigating a few reports of potential surface corrosion appearing on the interior aluminum surfaces of specific Quick Build wing and fuselage kits.
For complete information go to the Aviation and Space tab above and click on Aircraft Related Issues
NTSB CALLS FOR MORE SCRUTINY OF FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS
The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the federal agency responsible for aviation accident investigations, has recommended closer scrutiny of flight instructors following a 2019 crash in Mokuleia, Hawaii that killed 11 people.
In a safety recommendation report published on 7 January, the NTSB says the pilot of the accident aircraft, which was carrying skydivers on a parachute jump flight, had been inadequately trained.
It asks the Federal Aviation Administration to create a more robust programme to flag instructors whose “student pass rate… has become substandard”. For more information click on the following link:
REPORT ON LEAD EMISSIONS REDUCTION FOR PISTON-ENGINE AIRCRAFT HAS BEEN RELEASED
The report gives several alternatives for near- and mid-term mitigation on lead emissions. The ultimate goal? An unleaded drop-in replacement for 100LL, the avgas we use to power a large percentage of the general aviation fleet—and particularly one that serves the roughly one-third of piston airplanes that require at least 100 octane fuel.
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THE NASA ARTEMIS PROGRAM
FORMER NASA ADMINISTRATOR, JIM BRIDENSTEIN, REPORTED ON THE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS NASA'S MADE THIS PAST YEAR AND PROVIDED AN UPDATE ON THE EXCITING Artemis program
Our teams conducted a successful hot fire of the Artemis I core stage in the iconic B-2 test stand at NASA’s Stennis Space Center. CLICK ON THE AVIATION AND SPACE TAB AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE, THEN SELECT NASA SPACE NEWS.
Aerion Supersonic today said it has started development of its $300 million, two-million-sq-ft headquarters complex at Florida’s Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB). Dubbed Aerion Park
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc., Model PA-34-220T airplanes. For more information go to:
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP) Model IO-360-series and O-360-series reciprocating engines and certain Lycoming Engines (Lycoming) Model AEIO-360-, IO-360-, and O-360-series reciprocating engines with a certain SAP crankshaft assembly installed. To read more go to:
The FAA announced plans to put visual navigation and planning charts on a 56-day publication cycle early next year, streamlining the process of updating charted information and causing some charts now in use to become obsolete earlier than their published expiration dates.
Munich-based startup lilium unveiled an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) passenger jet, planning to have its fleet of five-seat air taxi operating in cities worldwide by 2025. one year later, the company has announced plans for its first US vertiport to be located at orlando’s aerotropolis in lake nona. the chosen location provides the opportunity to connect more than 20 million floridians within a 186-mile radius and will generate more than 100 jobs in the area.
In addition to publishing the 29th and 30th editions of its Joseph T. Nall Report, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Air Safety Institute (ASI) has launched a new platform designed to provide “access to more current accident data in near real-time.” According to AOPA, the new platform will allow accident data to be updated on a rolling 30-day cycle. It will also let users select and compare accident analysis graphs for multiple years from 2008 up through 2020.
Chapter 288 started in the 1970s, and originally met at nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The chapter took regular trips to the Spruce Creek Fly-In, located in Port Orange, Florida, and soon moved their meeting location to Spruce Creek. Chapter 288 is unique, because of it's location. 288 is located at the intersection of young aviation enthusiasts from the University and experienced aviators along Florida's Space Coast.
Chapter 288 works to continue the spirit of general aviation in Daytona Beach area. We host several events throughout the year for our members which feature prominent aviators and aviation technology. Chapter 288 members also volunteer at aviation related functions throughout the community to teach people about general aviation. Volunteering at local airshows and hosting
Young Eagles events are some of the ways that EAA 288 members participate in the community. Chapter 288's members are also very involved with the EAA on a national level. The chapter has a good turnout at the EAA's annual fly-in "AirVenture" in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The EAA works on a national level to help endure the "spirit of aviation." They work to get children who have an interest in becoming a pilot, air traffic controller, mechanic, etc. achieve their goals. EAA sponsors workshops for homebuilders teaching skills neccesary for them to build their own airplanes. Founded in 1953 by Paul Poberezney, the EAA has worked for over 60 years to keep general aviation alive and prospering into the future. They work today with other aviation organizations to ensure that aviation friendly laws are passed in Washington D.C., and to help ensure that general aviaiton will continue well into the future. To learn more about the Experimental Aircraft Association on a national level, and how to join, please visit their website at EAA.ORG