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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

FAA Certifies Robinson R66 Night-Vision Compatible Cockpit

Peering Into the Florida Night

On 30 September 2022, Robinson Helicopter received FAA certification for the Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible configuration of its R66 police helicopter. Such certification is predicated upon evaluation of the helicopter’s interior and exterior lighting, as well as its instruments and avionics—all of which must be deemed conducive to day or night flight operations with or without the use of night vision goggles.

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Pilot Sues Southwest After Colleague Exposes Himself In Flight

Cockpit Insanity

Southwest Airlines pilot Christine Janning is suing her employer, her pilots union, and Captain Michael Haak, a former colleague Janning alleges disrobed in front of her and committed a lewd act while the pair were crewing a 2020 flight from Philadelphia to Orlando.

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Tom Reilly To Be Inducted Into EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame

SO Deserved! Of Magnificence and Flying Machines

Tom Reilly of Douglas, Georgia, whose prowess as both an airman and a restorer of historic aircraft are lauded within the warbirds community, will be inducted into the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame on 10 November 2022 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Reilly is one of five individuals to be honored that evening with various Experimental Aircraft Association halls of fame inductions.

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Airborne-SE 10.06.22: STOL Champ Steve Henry, Pt 1

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Gets A STOL Education With Steve Henry

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we work our way through the sport aviation industry, it's impossible to ignore the excitement and following that’s built up around a new generation of aviation competitions... all involving short take off and landing skills. STOL skills can be critical to a number of aviation jobs but this skill set also can be a lot of fun to pursue. The new wave of STOL competitions has popularized the genre far more than originally envisioned. Few pilots have proven this better than Wild West Aircraft’s Steve Henry who has won a slew of competitions around the country and is getting ready to win even more. He has built 7 personal airplanes and named each one YeeHaw 1-7. He is currently flying YeeHaw 6, which is a Highlander with an Edge Performance EPeX 300 hp Yamaha engine. YeeHaw 8 is currently getting ready to make its first fli

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

AeroTV: Enstrom Helicopters Rises Anew

The Sweet Sound of Second Chances

In May 2022 Surack Enterprises purchased storied helicopter marque Enstrom with the near-term aims of restarting parts and eventually helicopter production, and a longer-term objective of improving and updating the Enstrom fleet. Company owner, Chuck Surack, earned his venture capital by starting Sweetwater Sound, one of the world’s largest online retailers of musical instruments and equipment. Whether or not Surack will strike as rich, resonant, and sustained a note with Enstrom as he did with Sweetwater remains to be seen, but initial indicators are promising.

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Airborne-UnCrewed 10.04.22: Lilium eVTOL, Mavic 3 Enterprise, Wingcopter

Also: EViation Flies, HR 5315 Summary, ABQ Balloon TFR, FAA Reauthorization

Lilium has announced that its Phoenix II eVTOL technology demonstrator aircraft achieved its first full transition from vertical, thrust-powered flight to horizontal, wing-borne, aerodynamic flight. This was accomplished during a 23 September test-flight. The company currently holds provisional sales agreements for 483 aircraft. DJI has introduced its new DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Series. The DJI Mavic 3E and DJI Mavic 3T are reportedly the most comprehensive improvement to the world’s compact drone offerings in three years. The two new Mavic 3 Enterprise drones are based on DJI’s prosumer Mavic 3 series. The Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences has partnered with Wingcopter—the German maker of eVTOL delivery-drones—to test the logistics, economics, and general feasibility of delivering consumer-goods to rural residents via a system comprising Win

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Airborne-Flight Training 10.05.22: EAA Education Ctr, Sportys, Aerobatic Champs

Also: Skydiving Pioneer Cheryl Stearns, Flight Path Flyers, FedEx Pilots, HR 5315 Summarized

Plans are moving forward to begin year-round programming at a new facility, the EAA Education Center, that opened in July adjacent to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh. The Pilot Proficiency Center area hosted numerous full-capacity sessions during AirVenture week that featured clinics that incorporated flight simulators in scenarios that ranged from mountain flying techniques to emergency flight procedures. A very fortunate Commercial pilot and CFI has earned a $2,500 award. Mike Petrucci has been enamored with aviation from a very early age. His father would take him to airshows and help foster his passion for flight. A close family friend, who was a pilot and operated a charter business, further encouraged his interest in aviation. The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will return to Salina, Kansas in October 2022. The 2022 U.S. National Aerobatic

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Airborne 10.03.22: CV-22 Rescued, Lilium eVTOL Transitions, ATP Increases

Also: Subaru Bell 412EPX Helis, China Airlines 787 Order, FedEx Pilots, NAA Honors Cheryl Stearns

On 12 August 2022, a hard clutch engagement forced an AFSOC (U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command) CV-22 Osprey crew to make an emergency landing in a nature preserve on the Norwegian island of Senja. Onsite repairs to the downed aircraft were deemed impossible, and Norwegian authorities—citing the delicacy of the Stongodden nature preserve’s bucolic terrain—balked at the notion of a conventional salvage operation. Lilium has announced that its Phoenix II eVTOL technology demonstrator aircraft achieved its first full transition from vertical, thrust-powered flight to horizontal, wing-borne, aerodynamic flight. This was accomplished during a 23 September test-flight. The company currently holds provisional sales agreements for 483 aircraft. The pilot shortage may see a small respite of sorts, as statisticians dig into FAA number

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

LIFT Academy-Indiana Wesleyan University Partnership Announced

Learning and Burning on the Indiana Prairie

Indianapolis’s Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, one of America’s largest and most in-the-news flight training schools, has announced a partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) by which the two institutions seek to create new didactic and practical career pathways for aspiring commercial pilots. Starting in autumn 2022, students will be able to combine LIFT’s flight training and IWU’s academic curricula to contemporaneously earn two and four-year college degrees and commercial pilot certificates. Graduates of the program are afforded opportunity to move directly from their studies to a defined pathway to the flight deck of a Republic Airways Embraer aircraft.

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Fri, Oct 07, 2022

Airborne 09.30.22: Tornado Damage, Nat'l Aerobatics Champ's, EAA Chapter 534

Also: Around The World-Again, New H160s, Recovery of DHC-3, Delta Pilots Claim 1000 Day Contract Delay

At approximately 21:30 EDT on the night of 27 September 2022, as the southeastern U.S. braced for Hurricane Ian’s landfall, a separate storm—believed to have been a tornado—struck the city of Pembroke Pines in southeastern Florida’s Broward County. Damage caused by the storm, though widespread, was particularly heavy at North Perry Airport (HWO), where some 15 aircraft were overturned and otherwise battered about. The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will return to Salina, Kansas in October 2022. The 2022 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will see pilots of both powered aircraft and gliders compete in five categories: Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited. ANN expects to have to offer up more than a few announcements like this one as the state of Florida dries out and shakes out after the indi

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