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December 12, 2022

Airborne 12.12.22: Joe Kittinger Goes West, SF50 Prelim, EU Climate Shakedown

Also: 1st of 20 PC-12 NGXs, IMU #1,000,000, Revised 2023 NDAA, Mars Helicopter Update
On 16 August 1960, 32-year-old USAF Pilot,Captain Joe Kittinger, kitted out in a pressure-suit and a specially constructed and rigged parachute—boarded a gondola tethered to a helium balloon, ascended to 102,800-feet above the New Mexico desert—and jumped. During the ensuing four-minute 36-second free-fall, Kittinger’s body accelerated to 614-miles-per-hour. At 14,000 feet, Captain Kittinger deployed his 28-foot main parachute and—in addition to setting records for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall the world had yet seen—provided the Air Force data that would help save the lives of innumerable pilots. The most recent parachut

EU Combats Climate with Added Airline Costs

No-Cost Carbon Permits Cut by 25% in 2024, 50% in 2025

European Parliamentarians have announced a scheme to combat climate change via increased carbon regulations on commercial aviation. Negotiators from partner countries and officials announced a deal that will alter the way carriers receive permits from the European Union, changing the current system where they receive permits to cover carbon emissions.

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Paragon Flight Training Strengthens Ties with Piper

A New Seminole and Frasca FTD Cement Their Inclusion in Piper's Flight School Alliance

Paragon Flight Training, has expanded its training equipment with the addition of a brand-new Piper Seminole at its campus at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. Like other Piper customers as of late, Paragon elected to send its personnel to the manufacturer's Vero Beach facility to make the ferry flight themselves, breaking in the new plane with a little cross country.

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Palm Springs Opens Disney Exhibit

Walt Disney's Vintage Gulfstream I Offers Glimpse into 60's Traveling Style

The Palm Springs Air Museum opened up Walt Disney's refreshed and refurbished Grumman Gulfstream I for public exhibition, just in time to celebrate the man's 121st birthday. The aircraft is mintier and cleaner than ever before, brought back to its heyday after years behind a Florida warehouse. Along with the plane's custom fittings and styling touches, attendees can see a series of items from the business aviation world, fresh from 1963.

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Erickson Delivers 8th S-64 Air Crane to Korean Forestry Service

Despite Logistics Issues, Helitanker Manufacturer Comes Through in a Pinch

Erickson's Unique S-64 Air Crane helicopter has been delivered to one of the firm's classic customers, the Korean Forest Service. The relationship between the two dates back more than 20 years, when the South Korean government entity procured its first S-64 Air Crane, the first foreign  government to put its face in the aircraft. From then on, they've gone on to procure 7 more, pressing the helicopter into service as an all-weather firefighter.

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uAvionix Announces Improved BVLOS Product Lineup

LTE/RF Capable Command and Control Uplink Now Available for Manufacturers, Operators

Avionics manufacturer uAvionix announced an updated product line for uncrewed aircraft to provide enhanced Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Command and Control (C2). The SkyLine C2 management platform ecosystem is headlined by the firm's "muLTElink", a cutely-abbreviated way of describing a combination LTE and radio-based uplink for roving UAVs.

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Pilatus Delivers First of Twenty PC-12 NGXs to Tradewind Aviation


Tradewind Aviation—the American charter airline and aircraft management provider headquartered at Connecticut’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OCX)—accepted delivery of its first Pilatus PC-12 NGX during a ceremonial handover at Pilatus’s U.S. subsidiary in Broomfield, Colorado. The event occasioned the first of twenty PC-12 NGX deliveries Pilatus will make to Tradewind over the next five years.

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Classic Aero-TV: True Blue Power–Evangelizing The Best Of Lithium Technologies

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Technology Is Misunderstood, Company Executive Says…

Lithium batteries are a misunderstood technology that has suffered from a misperception of the devices. That is the assessment of Rick Slater, Director of True Blue Power at Mid Continent Instrument Company, who told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at NBAA-BACE that the company began in 2013 to educate people about the technology, and its benefits for aviation. Slater said the company worked to educate consumers about lithium batteries, and the importance of proper use and maintenance. 

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MyGoFlight-Embry-Riddle Partnership Honors Instructor Pilots

Hail the Conquering CFI

MyGoFlight has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to recognize exceptional students and instructor pilots (IP) through an IP of the Month program at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach, Florida campus.

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Ampaire Nets $150,000 NASA Award

Cessna Skymaster Testbed to Serve as ARPA-E SCALEUP, E-Bird Programs

Ampaire's work in electrified aviation bore some fruit with NASA funding under its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The money, somewhat small in comparison to the kind of venture funding so often seen in the sustainable aviation field, is somewhat modest, perhaps more 'award' than actual booster funding. The Phase I award granted $150,000 for the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, mean to fund "fund sizing, architecture and other analytical studies over six months as a prelude to a potential Phase 2 award that would fund the system’s installation and testing on Ampaire’s Cessna Skymaster testbed," per Ampaire PR.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SF50

The Pitch Up And Reduction Of Engine Power Were Not Commanded By The Pilot

On November 25, 2022, about 0800 eastern standard time, a Cirrus SF50 airplane, N15VJ, was substantially damage when it impacted a retention pond after a deployment of the whole airplane parachute system near Mount Comfort, Indiana. The pilot was not injured. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. The pilot reported that the preflight and pretakeoff checks of the airplane were normal and he proceeded to takeoff from runway 25 at the Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ), Greenfield, Indiana.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.22)

Aero Linx: The Howard Aircraft Foundation (HAF) The Howard Aircraft Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to the preservation and support of the airplanes inspired in the 1930's by the vision of Ben O. Howard. Without support, these airplanes could not survive into perpetuity. Through donations from members, the HAF purchased all five of the FAA Type Certificates for the different Howard aircraft models. We are the self appointed entity responsible for preserving the history of these airplanes as well as ensuring that current owners of the surviving airplanes are provided with any technical information necessary to keep them safely flying. Each of these operational airplanes

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.22): Line Up And Wait (LUAW)

Line Up And Wait (LUAW) Used by ATC to inform a pilot to taxi onto the departure runway to line up and wait. It is not authorization for takeoff. It is used when takeoff clearance cannot immediately be issued because of traffic or other reasons.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.12.22)

“Piper Aircraft is happy to have Paragon Flight as a member of the Piper Flight School Alliance. We are honored to serve as a fleet partner for Paragon Flight, a school with an outstanding training curriculum and a state-of-the-art, new-production fleet, providing increased value to their students." Source: Ron Gunnarson, vice president of sales and marketing at Piper, commenting on Paragon Flight Training's expansion of its flight training equipment with the addition of a brand-new Piper Seminole at its campus at Page Field in Fort Myers, Florida. 

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