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December 02, 2022

Jet It CEO Disparages HondaJet Reliability

Honda Aircraft Company Claims 99.7% Dispatch Reliability

In a letter sent to his company’s fractional share owners, Jet It founder and CEO Glenn Gonzalez—a former Honda Aircraft Company sales director—excoriated his former employer, stating Jet It has done its “best to shield you from Honda’s ineptitude.”

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NTSB Prelim: CAF Accident Involving B17 and P63

There Were No Altitude Deconflictions Briefed Before The Flight Or While The Airplanes Were In The Air

On November 12, 2022, about 1322 central standard time, a Boeing B-17G airplane, N7227C and a Bell P-63F airplane, N6763, collided in midair at the Dallas Executive Airport (RBD), Dallas, Texas. A post impact fire ensued. The pilot, co-pilot, and three crewmembers onboard the B-17G and the pilot of the P-63F were all fatally injured. There were no ground injuries reported. Both airplanes were operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 in the Wings Over Dallas Airshow.

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Aero-TV: Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Readies for 49th Anniversary

1974-2023

Sun ’n Fun Aerospace Expo (stylized SUN 'n FUN) is a Lakeland, Florida-based nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of aviation education. The organization is best known for its annual fly-in—which is considered by pilots and aviation aficionados to be early spring’s premier airshow and weeklong hootenanny. In 2014, Sun ‘n Fun introduced the Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE), a 14-building aerospace STEM facility located on the Sun ‘n Fun’s Expo Campus.

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ERAU Flight Teams Lead XC Regional Competitions

Embry Teams from Around the Country Sweep Top Spots in Flight Skills Competition 

Flight teams from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University won at this year's 2022 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) SAFECON regional competition, taking 1st place in each of their respective regions. The Golden Eagles Flight Team from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus won at the Region II competition held in Bakersfield, California; while the team from the Daytona Beach Campus earned their title at the Region IX competition in Lakeland, Florida.

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Pilot On Track to Chair House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Missouri Rep Sam Graves May Lead to Streamlining in Aviation Industry 

The would-be chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee may be of interest to pilots as Missouri Rep Sam Graves brings his own flight time to the position. Graves is set to replace the current Committee chair, Oregon's Peter DeFazio, who has led the panel since 2015. Graves has made some news in recent months over his comments regarding the "bipartisan infrastructure law", somewhat overshadowing the change in leadership once he takes charge of the House Committee.

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Airborne 11.23.22: Tamarack Records, Sporty's PJ2+, LATAM A320neo Collision

Also: ANN Turkey Day!, ALPA v Pilot Shortage, Eco Caravan, New Petrel XP

Tamarack Aerospace has submitted a claim this week to the NAA and the European FAI for two city-pair flight records. The first—a 15 October, non-stop 2,033-nautical-mile flight from Spokane, Washington (GEG) to Orlando, Florida (MCO) in a King Air 350 retrofitted with Tamarack’s innovative Performance SMARTWING technology—was completed in a brisk 7-hours and 46-minutes. porty's unveiled the newest rendition of their handheld radio systems with their PJ2+, improving upon the portable backup with more usability than ever before. The new model features 6 watts of peak tran

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Triple7 to Attempt Continent-Hopping Skydiving Record

Fundraiser to Assist Folds of Honor, Gold Star Families

A team of veterans are aiming for a world-record to support Gold Star families - skydiving all 7 continents in the span of a single week. The team behind it has begun raising awareness of their efforts, boosting a nonprofit that gives educational scholarships to the families of those lost in the line of duty. So far, the only comparable record attempt was an attempt by Martin Downs in 2008, when he set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to complete a skydive on 6 continents in 8 days.

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FAA Notes 500th Licensed Space Launch

Commercial Space Industry Is Just Getting Started, with Launch Activity Expected to Double Through 2026

The FAA noted an important landmark in commercial space operation with the 500th licensed launch. The administration took the opportunity to call attention to its safety efforts surrounding spaceflight, from the licensure and approval of rockets to the environmental suitability of prospective space ports.

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Concerns Raised Over Chinese Drones in D.C. Skies

Red Fright Out of the Blue

American national security officials have expressed consternation over the increasing number of unauthorized drones flying through restricted areas in the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. Subject drones—the overwhelming majority of which are of Chinese manufacture—represent risks to the safety of the American people and the integrity of America’s national security.

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Red Cat Sells Fat Shark, Rotor Riot Brands

UAV Manufacturer Exits Consumer Game to Focus on Military, Government Products

Uncrewed aircraft manufacturer Red Cat entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Unusual Machines, Inc., in a move that will spin off Red Cat subsidiaries aimed at consumer products. Unusual Machines will acquire Red Cat's consumer divisions under the brands of Rotor Riot and Fat Shark Holdings, providing the company with a turnkey portfolio of consumer drone offerings and first-person-view goggles. 

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Airborne 11.21.22: Balloon Medical Regs, Area 51 Website Raid, A/C Registration

Also: Dutch Court Rules On Malaysia Downing, Air Cargo To Double?, Airbus A330 SAF, Alto's 100th

After negative media attention following a somewhat unique 2016 commercial balloon ride accident, the FAA has adopted a final rule requiring commercial hot-air balloon pilots to hold medical certificates when flying paying passengers. The rule mandates a second-class medical certificate, the same standard required for other commercial pilots. Agents of the Air Force and FBI raided two homes owned by Joerg Arnu, the proprietor and webmaster of Dreamland Resort, a website that focuses on Area 51. Arnu reported that his homes in Las Vegas and Rachel, Nevada had

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uAvionix Awarded FAA Contract Critical to BVLOS Operations

Of Frequencies Managed and Futures Advanced

Montana-based uAvionix was recently awarded a contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for multiple end-to-end demonstrations of a Frequency Assignment Manager (FAM) as a component of the company’s SkyLine Command and Control Communications Service Provider (C2CSP) management platform. Through the contract, the FAA seeks to assess and verify real-world operations of dynamically allocated FAA protected spectra for UAS operations.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 11.22.22: Archer Midnight, UAV Organ Transport, Eco Caravan

Also: ‘Airborne-NextGen’ Coming Soon, XQ-58 Autonomous Aircraft, ispace Mission 1, Cornwall Spaceport

Archer Aviation has unveiled its production aircraft, Midnight, a pilot-plus-four-passenger eVTOL aircraft during its Open House event in Palo Alto, CA. Midnight is the evolution of Archer’s demonstrator eVTOL aircraft, Maker, which has validated its twelve-tilt-six configuration and key enabling technologies. A group of three organ procurement organizations—San Antonio’s Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), Houston’s LifeGift, and Oklahoma City’s LifeShare—have teamed with the Matador Unmanned Aerial System Con

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.02.22)

Aero Linx: USAF PIlot Application Portal We employ some of the most advanced aircraft in the world to complete our missions and defend our country. Utilizing extraordinary skill and precision, Air Force Pilots push each aircraft’s limits with complete control. While successfully completing their missions is paramount, their role as leaders and character models, training and commanding crews, is just as important. These skilled professionals deploy around the world to wherever there’s a need as fighters, trainers, bombers, advisers and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.02.22): Lateral Navigation (LNAV)

Lateral Navigation (LNAV) A function of area navigation (RNAV) equipment which calculates, displays, and provides lateral guidance to a profile or path.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.02.22)

"Competition this year was tough. All schools in the region sent their best, and it showed. Because of our continuous practice and team depth, we were able to put several individuals in the top 10 in every event, which gave us the win this year. The team overcame many obstacles, kept a positive mental attitude and came out on top.” Source: Eagles Flight Team Coach Rich Garner, commenting on how flight teams from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University won at this year's 2022 National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) SAFECON regional competition, taking 1st place in each of their respective regions.

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