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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

Airborne-Flight Training 09.29.22: More ATPs, Wright State, ANG Milestone

Also: More USAF Fighters Urged, “Pappy” Spinks Honored, “Flying Classroom”, Mil Recruitment Lags

The pilot shortage may see a small respite of sorts, as statisticians dig into FAA numbers to see that 9,087 freshly certificated commercial airline pilots have been minted in the last 12 months, besting 2019 numbers by nearly 2,500 pilots. The AirLine Pilot’s Association is happy to see the improvement, as Captain Joe DePete announced at the Association’s annual Air Safety Forum. Wright State University and First Flight Aviation will be teaming up to offer flight training near the birthplace of aviation itself in Huffman Prairie, Ohio. The trustees of Wright State University have passed a resolution approving the provision of pilot training classes in the course catalog, allowing enrolled students to take them as electives. The United States’ Air National Guard’s 1st Lieutenant Klsey Flannery took to th

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

Airborne 09.28.22: Eviation 1st Flight!, Airship Race, Yamaha LSA/Engine

Also: NBAA V Bloomberg, CA COVID Restrictions Cut, FAA Reauthorization, ATP Increases

Following years of intensive development and choruses of naysaying, Alice, the all-electric, nine-passenger commuter aircraft designed and built by Eviation, has made its inaugural flight. The nine minute undertaking saw the unconventional machine liftoff at approximately 07:10 PDT from Grant County International Airport (MWH) in Moses Lake, Washington. Test pilot Steve Crane urged Alice to an altitude of 3,500-feet and made several passes over the airport vicinity before bringing the sleek, low-wing aircraft to safe landing. Prince Albert II, of Monaco, has announced first details of the World Sky Race—a race around the world by airships (blimps, dirigibles, and zeppelins). Winner's prize: $5 million. Explorers Club member Prince Albert, Google co-founder Serge Brin, and Iron Maiden front man Bruce Dickinson are all among the world figures who now see air

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

FAA Extends Rest Periods for Flight Attendants

Bureaucracy and the Conflation of One Hour with Meaningful Change

The FAA has issued a final rule requiring that flight attendants receive longer periods of rest between crew-assignments. The new rule increases the inter-duty-day rest period from nine to ten consecutive hours. The measure also fulfills the requirements of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, by which the agency was directed to increase the minimum rest period for flight attendants with scheduled duty days of 14 hours or less, and eliminate a provision that permitted rest to be reduced under certain circumstances.

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

Gulfstream Fort Worth Alliance (AFW) Service Center Opens

Expansion Adds Jobs and Resources to Texas Business Aviation Hub

Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer of iconic business aircraft and wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has announced the official opening of its newest Gulfstream Customer Support service center at Fort Worth Alliance Airport (AFW).

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

Ohio County to Replace Sheriff’s Helicopters with Drones

Change of the Guard

The Sheriff’s Office of Hamilton County, Ohio—the home county of the Greater Cincinnati region—is retiring two of its MD-500 series helicopters and replacing the venerable machines with drones. Henceforth, when citizens go missing, or suspects flee, or surveillance and security need seeing to in Hamilton County, drones, not helicopters, will be dispatched to do the requisite seeking and snooping.

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.05.22)

Aero Linx: The Skyhawk Association The Skyhawk Association is a non-profit organization founded by former Skyhawk Pilots which is open to anyone with an affinity for the A-4 Skyhawk. We welcome all ages, male and female, pilots, maintenance personnel, modelers and photographers, aviation historians, aviation enthusiasts; anyone with a love for "Heinemann's Hot-Rod". Join those that flew and repaired her in recognizing the Skyhawk's contribution to freedom.

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

ANN FAQ: Q&A 101

A Few Questions AND Answers To Help You Get MORE Out of ANN!

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.05.22): Under The Hood

Under The Hood Indicates that the pilot is using a hood to restrict visibility outside the cockpit while simulating instrument flight. An appropriately rated pilot is required in the other control seat while this operation is being conducted.

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Wed, Oct 05, 2022

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.05.22)

“In 2010, we set out to find a way to skip traffic and get to our destination faster. That inspiration evolved into a mission to deliver safe, everyday flight for everyone. Over the past 12 years, we’ve pursued that mission through the development of five different generations of full-scale aircraft. Our 6th Generation aircraft is the culmination of years of hard work from our industry-leading team, learnings from our previous generations of aircraft, commitment from our investors, and the evolution and advancement of technology.” Source: Wisk CEO Gary Gysin providing details about the business of developing self-flying electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft with which the company hopes to pioneer the autonomous air-taxi industry. 

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Tue, Oct 04, 2022

NYET! Russia Expelled from ICAO Council

From Montreal With Love

In a move that speaks to the ongoing deterioration of Russia’s global standing, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)—a United Nations agency established to study, regulate, and standardize world aeronautics—has resolved to expel Russia from its governing body. The decision, unprecedented in ICAO’s 78-years, was made during the organization’s 2022 General Assembly in Montreal, Canada, and compelled primarily by Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine and its collateral humanitarian, social, and economic crises.

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