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Subject: July 26, 2022 – Redbird simulator enables more realistic experience

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A prototype of Redbird Flight's new desktop mixed-reality flight simulator is on view at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., and consists of a basic aviation training device, a Varjo mixed reality headset and Quantum 3D image-generation system. The system is intended to offer a more immersive flying experience at a more affordable cost for high-school and college aviation programs.

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Textron introduced a maritime patrol aircraft at the Farnborough International Airshow. The modified Cessna Citation Longitude's features include a beyond line-of-sight datalink, specialized radar capability and a retractable electro-optical/infrared sensor turret.

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Airport Focus

Plum Island Airport in Newburyport, Mass., utilized a grant from the state's Department of Transportation to undergo a nearly $2 million project to repave the runway and add perimeter landscaping. In addition to serving small airplanes and providing flight training, the airport houses a museum that reflects the site's rich aviation history, dating to the Wright Brothers era.

Full Story: The Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.)

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International News

Bell is mulling an international market for the 360 Invictus helicopter currently under development for the US Army Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft requirement. "I don't want to talk about specific countries, but the attributes of the Invictus should appeal to most air forces and/or armies [that operate helicopter gunships]," said Bell's Chris Gehler during the Farnborough International Airshow.

Full Story: Jane's Information Group

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Pilot Spotlight

Six aviators who earned their sport pilot certificates through an Able Flight scholarship program will be honored at a July 26 ceremony during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The pilots earning their wings all use wheelchairs and received training from Purdue University flight instructors to fly specially equipped light sport airplanes.

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Careers & Education

The US, represented by a team from Newport High School in Bellevue, Wash., took second place at the International Rocketry Challenge, with Team Japan winning the event. "They garnered hands-on engineering experience and overcame countless technical challenges — just as the engineers throughout our industry do every day," said Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO Eric Fanning of the US team.

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The Van's Aircraft RV-15 is bigger and taller in person than you might expect from seeing it in videos. The fuselage is as wide as a Cessna 182 Skylane, and its constant-chord wings have a roughly 36-foot span, also the same as a Skylane.

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