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October 13, 2022

False Rumor of Lufthansa Ban on Apple Tracking Device Makes the Rounds

Portable Tracking Device Allowed on Checked Baggage Per TSA, Lufthansa

Lufthansa saw a brief rash of rumors regarding the airline's approach to the Apple tracking devices known as "AirTags". The tech is a compact, lightweight, battery powered device designed to attach to personal belongings to prevent their loss or theft wherever they travel. Passengers flying with the airline began to report that Lufthansa, in stereotypically Germanic adherence to regulation, had required them to remove batteries from the trackers before checking their baggage... defeating the purpose of a having a tracker to begin with. 

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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

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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

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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

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NASA Uncrewed Balloon Concept Passes Initial Testing

Atmospheric Assestment System in Development for Venutian Exploration

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory completed the first of a battery of test flights for their prototype aerial robotic balloon. The system is hoped to help uncover atmospheric conditions on the planet Venus, deploying the balloon into the intense heat, pressure, and corrosive gases found in its environment. The balloon is a part of a concept that pairs it with an orbiting platform outside the atmosphere.

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Crew 4 Undocking/Return Delayed Due To Weather

Potential For High Winds And Rainy Weather Near The Splashdown Zones

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting no earlier than 10:05 a.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 13, for the agency’s Crew-4 undocking from the International Space Station to begin the return trip to Earth completing a nearly six-month science mission in orbit. Splashdown is targeted several hours later at 5:43 p.m. Thursday off the coast of Florida. Mission teams continue to monitor a cold front passing over Florida with the potential to bring high winds and rainy weather near the splashdown zones off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Mission teams will continue to monitor splashdown and recovery conditions with another weather review around six hours prior to undocking.

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Zipline Begins Drone Deliveries in Salt Lake Valley

Zipline Drone Delivery Services Begin in Utah with Eye Towards Service Area Covering 1 Million Customers

Utah's Intermountain Healthcare has begun small medical parcel delivery service with UAV courier company Zipline. Zipline will ramp up its Utah delivery system over the next 5 years to eventually provide service to more than 1 million people in the valley. The company notes that deliveries will be contingent upon a variety of flight conditions surrounding patient homes, since Zipline drones require the usual combination of open airspace, clear flight lines, and sufficient yard size for safe operation.

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Update: Walt Disney's Gulfstream Joins Palm Springs Air Museum

Vintage Grumman Gulfstream I to Debut in Private Unveiling at California Museum

The Disney family's Gulfstream I will make a long-term appearance alongside the Palm Springs Air Museum collection with a special celebration on October 15th. The Mouse, as it's referred to within company lore, will be loaned to the California museum for exhibition. The lightly modified Gulfstream I boasts a number of characteristically Disney changes in addition to looking like it landed straight from the sixties. It's never looked better, having recently completed a renovation courtesy of Walt Disney Imagineering.

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PWI Expands LED Lineup for King Air, Falcon Aircraft

Additions to Catalog Bolster Nighttime Identification of Company Logos, Cleaner Interior Lighting

PWI Inc has expanded its cabin lighting lineup with the introduction of a PMA approved LED cabin light. PWI has been the OEM supplier of the Beechcraft King Air's cabin lighting since its introduction, kicking off an enduring relationship between the two entities that continues to this day. Even now PWI continues to evolve and progress in making the aircraft a brighter, cleaner place with a range of cool running, low-draw LED lighting. 

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First Airbus/Korean Light Civil Helicopter Delivered

Joint Airbus/Korean Aerospace Development Program Bears Fruit 

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Light Civil Helicopter to its first customer, Gloria Aviation. The helicopter (LCH), is the result of a joint effort between Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Airbus Helicopters that began as a follow-on to their Light Armed Helicopter (LAH) development program from 2015. The Civil Helicopter completed its first prototype flight testing in late 2019, not long after its Armed sibling did the same in July of the same year.

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Classic Aero-TV: I Feel I Can Fly-PLW Modelworks Birdly IITSEC16 FlightSim Demo

From 2016 (YouTube Version): A Truly Unique Flying Experience…

Most of us have dreamed of being able to fly like a bird. And while that’s not an option for most of us, unless you’re interested in a wingsuit, one company has devised a way to at least get close. At I/ITSEC 2016 in Orlando, Florida, Tony Isaacs, VP of Development for PLW Model Works, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that they have married high-resolution virtual reality with a fully-immersive simulation to allow you to “fly” over cities, like New York City, for a bird’s-eye view.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-140

Airplane Departed From Runway 25 At XLL About One Minute Before The Accident

On September 28, 2022, about 1340 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA28-140, N7329F, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport (XLL), Allentown, Pennsylvania. The student pilot was fatally injured, and the flight instructor was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed that the airplane departed from runway 25 at XLL about one minute before the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.13.22)

Aero Linx: The Aircraft Engine Historical Society The Aircraft Engine Historical Society is a non-profit educational and historical society that fosters an appreciation of the people, art, and science associated with aircraft engine development, manufacture, and use. A primary aim of the Aircraft Engine Historical Society is to share the reference material that allows authors and enthusiasts to write and speak knowledgeably on the subject of aircraft engines. To this end, AEHS provides to its members and to the public source material of historical interest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.13.22): Hold-In-Lieu Of Procedure Turn

Hold-In-Lieu Of Procedure Turn A hold-in-lieu of procedure turn shall be established over a final or intermediate fix when an approach can be made from a properly aligned holding pattern. The hold-in-lieu of procedure turn permits the pilot to align with the final or intermediate segment of the approach and/or descend in the holding pattern to an altitude that will permit a normal descent to the final approach fix altitude...

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.13.22)

“We’re extremely happy with the performance of the prototype. It was launched, demonstrated controlled-altitude maneuvers, and was recovered in good condition after both flights. We’ve recorded a mountain of data from these flights and are looking forward to using it to improve our simulation models before exploring our sister planet."  Source: Robotics technologist Jacob Izraelevitz, who leads the aerobot's development as the JPL principal investigator over flight testing, chatting about the Jet Propulsion Laboratory having completed the first of a battery of test flights for their prototype aerial robotic balloon. 

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