Volume 28, Number 28c, July 9, 2021
NASA Retires Last S-3B Viking
NASA’s Glenn Research Center has announced that it plans to retire its Lockheed S-3B Viking research aircraft after 16 years of service. The last example of the model still flying, NASA acquired its S-3B from the U.S. Navy in 2004. The aircraft has been used primarily for flight communications research,[…]   Read this article
Transport Canada, FAA Issue Emergency ADs After Bell 212 Crash
Transport Canada and the FAA have issued emergency airworthiness directives (ADs) grounding some Bell 212, 204B, 205A-1 and 205B helicopters pending replacement of certain outboard main rotor hub strap pins. The ADs stem from an investigation into the fatal crash of a Bell 212 helicopter in Edmonton, Canada, last week,[…]   Read this article
AirVenture Pilot Proficiency Center To Offer Remote Sessions
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Pilot Proficiency Center will be offering remote simulation exercises and scenarios for people unable to attend AirVenture 2021. As with onsite instruction, remote training will be provided by flight instructors who are members of either the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) or the Society[…] Read this article

One Piece At A Time
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always liked to make things, and I thought an airplane would be the ultimate project,” said Les Krumel of Moriarty, New Mexico, a mechanical engineer who recently retired as a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force who worked on aerospace projects. That[…] Read this article

Thales UAS 100 Completes First Flight
France-based aerospace company Thales has successfully flown a half-scale prototype of its UAS 100 long-range unmanned aircraft system (UAS/drone). The final version of the hybrid-electric UAS 100 is expected to have a range of greater than 100 kilometers (54 NM), be capable of carrying a 10-kilogram (22-pound) payload and feature[…] Read this article

Bell To Open New Systems Integration Lab
Bell Textron has announced plans to open a new systems integration lab (SIL) at the Bell Flight Research Center in Arlington, Texas. The facility is intended to support Bell’s participation in the U.S Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) and Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) programs. According to the company,[…] Read this article