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Fri, Feb 03, 2023

ANN FAQ: Disqus

A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations

Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-based comment tool you can use to talk about stories on Aero-News with your friends.

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Fri, Feb 03, 2023

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.03.23)

"The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government, to include NORAD, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the US government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.” Source: Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder, as he conceded the U.S. government has detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental United States.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Qatar Airways and Airbus Settle Legal Dispute

Resolution in the Absence of Culpability

Qatar Airways and Airbus announced on 01 February 2023 that they had reached an amicable and mutually agreeable settlement vis a vis a protracted legal dispute over A350 surface degradation and the resultant grounding of the Middle Eastern carrier’s A350 aircraft. A repair solution has reportedly been devised and implemented, and both parties assert they look forward to seeing the affected aircraft returned to service.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Final 747 Delivered to Atlas Air

In the Long Shadows of Past Successes

On Tuesday, 06 December 2022, Boeing completed production of its 1,574th and final 747. Subject aircraft—a 747-8F freighter, registration N863GT—was delivered to cargo airline Atlas Air, the world’s largest operator of 747s, on 31 January 2023. The delivery marked the final chapter in an aeronautical saga that spans upwards of five-decades, one-hundred-plus customers, 54 airlines, 118-million flight hours, 23-million flight cycles, and an estimated four-billion passengers.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Aero-TV: In Praise of the NV3 Foundation

That Others May Fly

Founded by Colonel Sean David McClung, a 28-year disabled USAF/joint service veteran of the Cold War, Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Noble Eagle; Captain Stewart McQuillan, a disabled Royal Air Force veteran and instructor pilot; and Kristen Christy, a U.S. Department of Defense civic leader and Force for Change National Award winner, the National Veterans Vocational Village (NV3 Foundation) is a self-sustaining vocational training center and residential village that educates, employs, and houses disabled and injured veterans—to include those with invisible, psychological and emotional wounds—transitioning from military and first responder duties to civilian life.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Air India to Acquire Upwards of 495 New Airliners

Massive Deals with Boeing and Airbus Pending

In October 2022, India’s national air-carrier, Air India, was acquired by the Tata Group—a Mumbai-based Indian multinational conglomerate comprising 29 discrete, publicly-listed companies with a combined market capitalization of $311-billion. On 27 January 2023, for purpose of furthering the Tata Group’s aspiration to restore the airline’s reputation in India and overseas, Air India moved to finalize an agreement that would see its fleet revitalized with up to 495 new airliners.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Hartzell Engine Tech Granted FAA PMA

… for Robinson Helicopter Sky-Tec Starters

Formed in 2010 by Tailwind Technologies from assets of Kelly Aerospace Energy System, Hartzell Engine Technologies has evolved into a leading OEM supplier and aerospace technology concern. On 30 January 2023, the company announced it had received FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) for its Sky-Tec HT (High Torque) starters for Robinson two-place R22 and four-place R44 light utility helicopters.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Crew Dragon Demo-2 Astronauts Honored

Medals for Honor for Honorable Mettle

NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken will be awarded Congressional Space Medals of Honor during an afternoon ceremony on Tuesday, 31 January 2023. Hurley and Behnken will be honored for the bravery they demonstrated during NASA’s May 2020 SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2) to the International Space Station. The ceremony will air on NASA Television, the agency’s website, and the NASA app, as well as the agency’s Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube channels.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

National Flight Training Association Founded

In Service of Flight Training Organizations

Newly-founded to represent and safeguard the interests of U.S. professional flight training organizations, the Washington D.C.-based National Flight Training Association (NFTA) seeks to provide flight schools and aviation academies a unified voice by which to speak out on aerospace industry matters and legislation pertaining to such. The organization is led by CEO Lee Collins, a former airline pilot and flight training professional.

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Thu, Feb 02, 2023

Alaskan NG Wing Receives Refreshed F-16s

354th Fighter Wing Replaces 40-Year Old Aircraft with Updated 35-Year Old Aircraft

The 354th Fighter Wing accepted delivery of its first pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Alabama Air National Guard. A trickle of the aircraft will make their way up to Alaska's Eielson AFB throughout the year, replacing fighters assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron. While the jets are 'new' to the unit up north, they're still fairly aged when stacked against the roster of 5th generation aircraft they face down as aggressors. Each year, Red Flag and Northern Edge frequently pit the F-16s against F-22s and F-35s, nemeses the older block Falcons can struggle to compete against without sufficient modernization.

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