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Airborne 05.28.19: Tamarack Grounding, 'Fat Albert' ...

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  • 7 months ago
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The FAA has grounded Cessna Citation business jets equipped with the Tamarack ‘ATLAS’ active winglet system, stating that, “An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD.” According to the AD, “...the active load alleviation system (ATLAS), when operational, deflects the Tamarack active control surfaces (TACS) on the outboard wings. Recently, occurrences have been reported in which ATLAS appears to have malfunctioned, causing upset events where, in some cases, the pilots had difficulty to recover the aeroplane to safe flight. Investigation continues to determine the cause(s) for the reported events. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to loss of control of the aeroplane.” The U.S. Navy Blue Angels have announced the retirement of one of their most visible assets ... a C-130 dubbed "Fat Albert". In a message posted to Facebook the team called the day "bittersweet" after the airplane flew for the final time. "Fat Albert has served the Blue Angels honorably the past 17 years, flown more than 30,000 hours in support of our mission, and represented the United States Marine Corps to millions of fans," the post said. DoD has owned up to the fact that it continues to investigate "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" ... which most of us would call a UFO. The revelation came in the form of a statement by DOD spokesman Christopher Sherwood. In the statement, Sherwood said that the Pentagon's Advance Aerospace Threat identification Program "did pursue research and investigation into unidentified aerial phenomena." The program officially ended in 2012, but Sherwood said that the DOD still looks into reports of UFOs in the US. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 05.28.19 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, May 28th, 2019... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Sophie Hurlock, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton.
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