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Volume 29, Number 22a, May 30, 2022
Doomed A-10 Gets Life Extension
Despite repeated attempts by Air Force brass to retire it, the A-10 Warthog is getting a billion-dollar lease on life. Boeing announced last week it had started delivering the first 50 of 112 sets of new wings for the close[…]   Read this article
'Top Gun Maverick': Yeah, Worth The Wait
First, a nod of thanks to John Lehman Jr. Without him, this thing would never have gotten started. Lehman was Secretary of the Navy in 1984 when Jerry Bruckheimer approached him about doing a movie on the Navy Fighter Weapons[…]   Read this article
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Twin Otter Carrying 22 Missing In Nepal (UPDATED)
The search for a Tara Air Twin Otter missing in Nepal was suspended on Sunday due to bad weather. There were 22 people on the small twin when it disappeared on a 20-minute flight from Pohkara to Jomsom. The aircraft[…] Read this article

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Australia Lobbying For BasicMed
The head of Australia’s largest pilot’s group says a BasicMed type medical certification system may be among reforms being considered after recent meetings with top government officials. A self-certification system like that available to U.S. private pilots is at the[…] Read this article

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AOPA Fighting Canadian ADS-B Mandate
AOPA is diving into Canadian politics by supporting a call by aviation groups there to delay implementation of phased-in ADS-B mandates. Transport Canada intends to require aircraft to be equipped with ADS-B transponders and antennas capable of communicating with satellite-based[…] Read this article

Stratolaunch Unveils Talon-A Test Vehicle
Stratolaunch announced the public debut of its first structurally complete Talon-A test vehicle on Thursday. While this version, TA-0, will not be powered in flight, future Talon-As are expected to be capable of carrying customizable payloads at speeds above Mach[…] Read this article

Top Letters And Comments, May 27, 2022
Seeing The Invisible Operating a commercial hot air balloon operation for two decades, your wind summary is spot on. Wind is the engine, directional control or brake for a lighter-than-air (LTA) aircraft and its through understanding critical to safe operations.[…] Read this article