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April 11, 2022

Airborne 04.11.22: SnF22 Rocked!, Aero 1000 UL 4 Stroke, Basic Med Welcome In DR

Also: Aero Friedrichshafen Expo, Cessna Bags CJ3+ Order, King Schools Concierge Service, Benjamin Davis honors
OK... SUN ‘n FUN is barely in the rearview mirror, having ended yesterday, but early estimates indicate that the show was a major success... signaling, perhaps, that the long dreary influence of COVID may finally be over. Crowds were good from the start and were constantly active throughout the week... even through Thursday’s rain tantrums. Vendors reported solid results and several major players used SnF22 to make BIG announcements... An Air Tech Quicksilver, on display at SnF22 showed off the Aero 1000 Engine. The engine is a water-cooled 250cc 4 stroke single cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI). Currently rated fo

SportCruiser LSA Returns!

US Sport Aircraft has entered into a deal to import Czech Aircraft Group's SportCruiser. 

The Czech SportCruiser will be making a return to American shores once again, coming back to the market after a few years away. US Sport Aircraft was the original importer of the aircraft from 2006 to 2017, filling the fleet of their training partner, Thrust Flight, with plenty of modern, cost-effective, glass-panel aircraft. The plane may be more familiar to some under its brief stint as the PiperSport, which was imported for a short time in 2011 until the company just as abruptly backed out of the arrangement, apparently disinterested in the light sport aircraft market. That was a boon for US Sport, though, as all that interest in the plane headed

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Aero 1000 4 Stroke Ultralight Engine Displayed For The Paradise City Audience

Air Tech Ultralight and Sport Planes Show Up With Something New

Walking by the AT Air Tech Quicksilver on display in the Paradise City area of Sun and Fun you wouldn't know that something interesting and new was going on powerplant-wise if you casually walked by. A more discerning eye might notice something is different, that's not the typical UL power plant and different it is. The Aero 1000 Engine on the Quicksilver is a water-cooled 250cc 4 stroke single cylinder engine with electronic fuel injection (EFI). Currently rated for 500 hours TBO, and it employs a 3.98 ratio belt reduction drive (with a clutch) to deliver its 39hp at 9200 rpm, which allows it to swing large-diameter propellers. It is designed to be a bolt-on replacement for the ubiqu

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GAMI Nears Approval of Unleaded Avgas

Just in Time for Avgas Replacement Initiatives, a 12-Year Passion Project Could Solve GA's Biggest Problem

General Aviation Modifications is immensely close to full, fleet-wide certification for their unleaded 100LL replacement. GAMI has been hard at work for the last 12 years to complete development of their G100UL lead-free aviation fuel, now awaiting the final step in the process to bring it to the industry at large. All that stands in the way now, they say, is a signature from the Wichita Aircraft Certification Office that would approve an expanded AML Engine and Aircraft Supplemental Type Certificate. That could happen at any moment, only requiring FAA headquarters to send their authorization.

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Delayed 737 Max 10 Certification Causes Headaches

Boeing's Latest Trouble Raises Specter of Costly Delays

Boeing may face an uphill battle getting their Max 10 in under the wire, as the clock runs out on their chance to certify the 737 Max 10 variant without a major flight control system redesign. Oregon representative and leader of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Peter DeFazio said that the FAA shouldn't give the company any more slack on the certification process. “The aircraft certification bill gave the FAA a two-year grace period to certify aircraft without the advanced flight crew alerting system, but that grace period should not be extended,” he said, referring to the soon-to-be-mandatory Engine Indicating and Crew Alerting System (EICAS), which will

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Klyde Morris (04.08.22)

Klyde Is Being Taken Over By Technology... and NOT In A Good Way


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Bristow Firms Up Agreement with Helicentre

Flight Training and Operations Will Cross-Promote, Offer Career Carryover

Bristow Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Helicentre Aviation to serve as its preferred provider of commercial pilot training. The MOU will entwine the two companies, with Bristow supporting Helicentre with the promotion of future pilot career events, actively driving student pilot recruitment for the flight trainer. In return, Helicentre will be the go-to ab-initio pilot training and recruitment spot for Bristow in the United Kingdom, supporting both commercial air transport and SAR missions. 

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Bivy Stick Now Under Artex Brand

Bluetooth Iridium Satellite Device Still Made in America

Bivy has announced that the manufacture of its Stick, a satellite messenger device, has moved to ACR Electronics. Bivy's Salt Lake City, Utah facility has not been able to keep up with consistent demand for the tiny satcom safety device, so they found a solid supplier in Fort Lauderdale, Florida's ACR in order to ramp up production to address demand. Bivy was careful to select a domestic operation for the Stick, owing to its position as a vital link in the safety chain. 

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Classic Aero-TV: EAA Seaplane Base -- Lake Side at Oshkosh 2009

From 2009 (YouTube Version): Chairman Paul Seehafer Introduces the “Forgotten Paradise” of EAA AirVenture

Hidden between Reinke and McClarin Creeks, in an inviting cove off the shores of Lake Winnebago, exists EAA AirVenture’s own oasis, the EAA AirVenture Seaplane Base. Established as the center for all water-based aviation attendees in 1973, the base continues to be one of the most popular havens from the bustle of Wittman Field. This year, 101

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 525B

Everything Appeared To Be Going Well Until The Pilot Asked, “Why Aren’t The Brakes Working?” On March 7, 2022, about 1045 eastern standard time, a Cessna 528B, N22AU, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Martin State Airport, (MTN) Baltimore, Maryland. The airline transport pilot and copilot were not injured. The airplane was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a Part 135 ondemand charter flight. According to the pilot, they maintained a stable approach to runway 15, a 6,997-ft-long paved runway, in windy and gusty conditions. They added about 5 knots to their reference speed to account for the added gust factor. Their landing performance data indicated the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.22)

Aero Linx: The Soaring Association of Canada (SAC) The Soaring Association of Canada (SAC) is the governing body for the sport of gliding in Canada. Mandated to safeguard and promote our sport, we render support and representation to glider pilots and gliding clubs across the nation through a variety of committees. On a national level, we represent our affiliated clubs and members on issues related to licensing, medical requirements, airspace and regulation. Internationally, we maintain representation within the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and the International Gliding Commission. We invest in the renewal and expansion of our sport by offering bursaries for y

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.22): Alternate Aerodrome [ICAO]

Alternate Aerodrome [ICAO] An aerodrome to which an aircraft may proceed when it becomes either impossible or inadvisable to proceed to or to land at the aerodrome of intended landing. Note: The aerodrome from which a flight departs may also be an en-route or a destination alternate aerodrome for the flight.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.11.22)

“While outsourcing manufacturing to other parts of the world in order to drive costs down is great for some products, at ACR we believe in quality because our products are designed to save lives. Our in-house production capabilities allow us to have quality assurance steps in place throughout the entire build process to ensure that our satellite communication devices are the best quality available.” Source: Mikele D’Arcangelo, ACR’s VP of Global Marketing and Product Management, discussing why Bivy announced that the manufacture of its Stick, a satellite messenger device, has moved to ACR Electronics. 

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