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December 16, 2022

Parts & Support for Enstrom Operators Ensured

Parts & Support for Enstrom Operators Ensured

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has been given FAA Production Certificate Number 26CE, hopefully teeing up the company for a wonderful 2023. Enstrom Helicopter Corp hit a rough patch in 2022, hammered into Chapter 7 bankruptcy by years of economic grind, including inflation and slackening helicopter demand throughout the pandemic. On top of all those issues, the slowdown of the world’s economic engine imperiled the logistics chain at every level, leaving Enstrom boxed in on all sides just as the world returned to normalcy.

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Last Production Pilatus PC-6 Lost in Aegean Sea

The Principle of Moments

On 15 December 2022, the last production Pilatus PC-6 Porter went down in the Aegean Sea, approximately four-nautical-miles east of Crete’s capital city of Heraklion. The aircraft's two pilots—a 32-year-old South African and a 62-year-old Indonesian were recovered from the sea. Only the former survived. The accident is under investigation. 

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Legal Action Promised Against Man Who Tracked Elon Musk’s Jet

The Fruits of Impudence

Jack Sweeney, the college student who tracked and tweeted the locations of private jets belonging to public figures the likes of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian, and Elon Musk, has allegedly been banned by Twitter. Musk, the multi-billionaire advocate of free speech and Tesla, SpaceX, and Twitter founder, asserted in a 14 December 2022 tweet that any account doxing real-time location information of anyone will be suspended, "as it is a physical safety violation."

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Updated: New York Attacks Helo Community Via SB7493A... Bill JUST Vetoed

Tyrannical Bill Allows Indiscriminate Lawsuits Against Rotorcraft Operators

ANN RealTime Update, 1000ET, 12.16.22: We'll have more info shortly, but we have confirmed that Governor Hochul has vetoed this bill, noting that, “Regulation of aircraft and airspace is primarily a federal responsibility, and federal law significantly constrains the state’s ability to legislate in this area. Certain elements of this legislation run counter to the federal scheme regulating New York’s airports and airspace.” Original Report: The State of New York’s Senate Bill S7493A has passed the New York State Assembly

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Ready, Fire, Aim... An FAA Sole-Source Solution Strangles Flight Schools

ANN Special Report: News/Analysis/Opinion By ANN Staff E-I-C Note: Many years ago, one of the FAA's core mandates was to promote aviation... which some law-makers sought to strike down because they expected that it would minimize the FAA's safety mandate -- among other issues... and so it was eventually cut from the FAA's dictates. Our conversations with a number of FAA senior officials indicate that the FAA only saw the mandate as being a statement whereby the FAA would act in the best interests of aviation... period, but not blindly. Sadly; with the loss of this mandate, some in the FAA saw this as a reason to seek tighter restrictions and act in a manner that was not always in the aviation industry's best interest

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Airborne 12.07.22: Delta Contract?, V-280 WINS, Tamarack on A320?

Also: Hartzell's Voyager, Tu-95 Bombers Bombed, Possible FAA Admin Under Cloud, Swiss Air-Rescue

A Delta Pilot contract draft has begun floating about, with details pointing the way on an eventual vote. While the contract seems to be a slightly better offer than others in recent months, mounting economic pressure may tarnish the silvery luster of a cumulative 31% pay bump over the next 4 years. Bell Textron has been selected for the Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. The deal will see the company build on their prior work from the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program, using the matured tiltrotor design

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Airborne-Flight Training 12.08.22: CubCrafters, Imprisoned CA Crew, Delta Pilot$

Also: Thrust Flight, Emirates-CAE, Aura Aero Electric Glider Tow Plane, Droner's Manual

Cub Crafters has announced that its certified CC19 XCub flagship has been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of a fleet modernization contract -- may start a rush to USDA from  pilots who want to fly cool airplanes... On 05 April 2022, a crew in the employ of Canadian charter air-carrier Pivot Airlines happened upon 460-pounds of cocaine stashed in the avionics bay of the CRJ-100 they were scheduled to operate on a chartered flight from Punta Cana (PUJ) to Canada. Upon being made aware of the contraband, the flight’s ca

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Airborne-Flight Training 12.08.22: CubCrafters, Imprisoned CA Crew, Delta Pilot$

Also: Thrust Flight, Emirates-CAE, Aura Aero Electric Glider Tow Plane, Droner's Manual

Cub Crafters has announced that its certified CC19 XCub flagship has been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of a fleet modernization contract -- may start a rush to USDA from  pilots who want to fly cool airplanes... On 05 April 2022, a crew in the employ of Canadian charter air-carrier Pivot Airlines happened upon 460-pounds of cocaine stashed in the avionics bay of the CRJ-100 they were scheduled to operate on a chartered flight from Punta Cana (PUJ) to Canada. Upon being made aware of the contraband, the flight’s ca

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United Aviate Academy Students to Receive UPRT Training

… Provided by Aviation Performance Solutions

Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), the Mesa, Arizona-based aviation training concern specializing in instructing pilots of all experience levels in the critical skill of aircraft Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT), has announced it has been contracted to provide Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) training to flight students at United Aviate Academy, the Goodyear, Arizona flight school owned by United Airlines.

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Airborne 12.07.22: Delta Contract?, V-280 WINS, Tamarack on A320?

Also: Hartzell's Voyager, Tu-95 Bombers Bombed, Possible FAA Admin Under Cloud, Swiss Air-Rescue

A Delta Pilot contract draft has begun floating about, with details pointing the way on an eventual vote. While the contract seems to be a slightly better offer than others in recent months, mounting economic pressure may tarnish the silvery luster of a cumulative 31% pay bump over the next 4 years. Bell Textron has been selected for the Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. The deal will see the company build on their prior work from the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program, using the matured tiltrotor design

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Classic Klyde Morris (12.09.22)

Klyde Really Doesn't Want To Go There (A Claasic Klyde From 01.06.14)

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Air India Possibly Eyeing 500+ Aircraft Order

As Tata Group Begins Transformation Into Household Name, Growth Opportunities Abound

Air India could be on the precipice of a deal for as many as 500 jets as it eyes an ambitious growth deal, according to insiders. Tata Group's management of the airline has continued to build its operations into a new peak, and now that growth could be cemented with 400 narrowbody jets and 100+ widebodies. So far, the group seems fairly brand-ambivalent, which could be a not-so-subtle way to break the news to Airbus and Boeing in the hopes of prompting some courtship surrounding a deal.

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More Aero-Insanity... Airlines Lobby Congress for Single Pilot Operations

“Stupidity is a talent for misconception.”  —Edgar Allan Poe

As technology advances and pilot salaries increase, airlines have inclined with increasing resolve toward the controversial notion of amending Part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations—the bit pertaining to scheduled airlines—in such a way that commercial cargo and passenger flights could be lawfully undertaken as single-pilot operations. The Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill currently before Congress contains language requesting that the legislative body add provisions to Part 121 permitting single-pilot commercial flight operations—initially of cargo aircraft ...

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Classic Aero-TV: The Nature of AirVenture-A Unique Look at the Planes of Oshkosh

From 2012 (YouTube Version): Aero-TV Takes A (Very) Creative Look At The Wilder Side Of Oshkosh

Sometimes, after a week of watching airplanes fly, they begin to seem to almost ... well ... begin to take on a life of their own. When videographers and writers start to look at airplanes in that way, strange things can happen. We call our airplanes "birds." They have names like KitFox, Goose, BearHawk, and ... yes ... Cub. And at an event like Oshkosh they do gather, like all the different animals at the watering hole on the African savannah, for a brief time before moving on. There are the fragile, the small and agile, the large and ponderous, and the swift predators. The only difference is that the

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Former Marine Aviator Charged with Training Chinese Pilots

Semper Stultus

A former U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier II pilot arrested in Australia for allegedly helping train Chinese naval aviators in the great American art of aircraft carrier flight operations has been accused by the United States of conspiracy and breaking arms control laws. Daniel Edmund Duggan, an Australian citizen, was arrested down under in October 2022. Only days before Duggan’s arrest, Britain and Australia issued terse warnings about Chinese attempts to recruit retired Western military pilots.

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ASL Aviation Holdings-Reliable Robotics Begin Search for UAV Turboprop Freighter

Group Aims to Develop Regional Freighter for Remote Piloting in EU

ASL Aviation Holdings and Reliable Robotics have announced a collaboration to explore the use of automated aircraft. The program will focus on selecting a suitable aircraft for Reliable’s Remotely Operated Aircraft System, with particular focus on twin-turboprop freighters. The pair will "jointly assess demand for remotely operated aircraft in Europe, hopefully stealing a march on a bevy of cargo operators abroad without the same level of polish on remote pilotage that Reliable Robotics has.

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NTSB Prelim: Gallagher XLT-RG

Video Footage Of The Accident Airplane Showed The Airplane On Fire Prior To The Impact

On November 22, 2022, about 1824, Pacific standard time, an amateur-built XLT-RG (Velocity), N101BH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Banning, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 cross-country personal flight. A witness stated that he was driving on Interstate 10 when he noticed a trail of smoke and fire from the rear of the airplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.16.22)

Aero Linx: Hatz Biplane Association Welcome to the official webpage of the Hatz Biplane Association, dedicated to the education and enjoyment of building and flying the Hatz CB-1, Hatz Classic, Bantam, and Kelly-D biplanes. Here you will find HBA news, builder info, where to buy plans and information packs about the Hatz, Hatz Classic and the Kelly-D biplanes, a forum to trade messages with other builders, a bookstore, and so much more!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.16.22): Localizer Performance With Vertical Guidance

Localizer Performance With Vertical Guidance (LPV) A type of approach with vertical guidance (APV) based on WAAS, published on RNAV (GPS) approach charts. This procedure takes advantage of the precise lateral guidance available from WAAS. The minima is published as a decision altitude (DA).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.16.22)

"APS is honored to play a key role in United Aviate Academy's expansive flight training program. It is the responsibility of flight schools worldwide to implement effective, transferable, and industry-standardized LOC-I solutions for student pilots that teach them how to expeditiously and correctly recognize, prevent or recover from an airplane upset, the precursor condition to LOC-I." Source: Aviation Performance Solutions CEO Paul BJ Ransbury, ruminating on their having been contracted to provide Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I) training to flight students at United Aviate Academy, the Goodyear, Arizona flight school owned by United Airlines.

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