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April 12, 2022

FAA Sees New Aircraft Certification Head

Lirio Liu of FAA International Affairs to Move Up on May 8

The FAA has named the new head of its Aircraft Certification Service to be installed once Earl Lawrence moves on to another role at the FAA. Lirio Liu, soon-to-be erstwhile head of the FAA's International Affairs office, will become the new executive director of the Aircraft Certification Service. Her resume has seen her work as the executive director for operational safety in the Commercial Space Transportation Office, as well as a series of roles in the Office of Aviation Safety.

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Flexjet to Hire 350 Pilots, Add 50 Planes

Business Aviation Boom Continues Unabated, Allowing Rapid Expansion for Those Ready to Pounce

Fractional private jet operator Flexjet has announced its expansion plans, which will see the addition of 350 pilots and 50 aircraft to be integrated by the end of 2022. The pandemic, oddly enough, was quite kind to fractional and private jet operators, as swathes of well-heeled clientele found the climate aboard commercial carriers far more troublesome than it was worth.

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Pilatus Ends 2021 on High Note

Continuing Business Aviation Surge Bodes Well for Highest Delivery Numbers Yet

Pilatus has completed bookkeeping for 2021, announcing that the Swiss brand achieved record growth of 19%, over 35% higher than the previous year. The company delivered its highest number ever, sending out 45 PC-24s, 88 PC-12 NGXs, 17 PC-21s and 2 PC-6s. A record 152 aircraft made their way into customer hands, with sales of about 1.4 billion dollars, with incoming orders valued at approximately 1.8 billion. Pilatus credits "High demand in both Business Units In the Business Unit Government Aviation," like its follow-up order with France for 9 additional PC-21s, or the interest garnered in its brand new PC-7 MKX. 

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Secures Largest Contract Yet

The Rising Tide of Amazon Kuiper Lifts All in the Launch Services Harbor

Aerojet Rocketdyne just got its largest RL10C-X engine contract ever with an order for 116 units for the United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur Rocket. The ULA program will use the engines to fulfill its recently acquired launches in support of the upcoming Kuiper project. The Amazon satellite constellation itself accounted for the industry's largest commercial launch contract ever in the giant's bid to create a global connectivity solution capable of going toe to toe with similar providers. 

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Vertical Flight Society Continues Record Growth

Expands Mission to Include eVTOL, Hydrogen, and STOL Aircraft

The Vertical Flight Society has announced a continuous period of record growth, thanks in large part to the explosive growth of the eVTOL industry. The society has long been a professional club for those involved in the design, development, and manufacture of all manner of vertical flight aircraft. This year has seen the Society swell to 173 companies and other organizations after the addition of 23 new entities from last year. That 15% growth in a year has led to a Society that now stands at twice the size it was 5 years prior. 

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First Permanent Vertiport Constructed

Volatus Infrastructure Announces eVTOL Milestone

As the explosive growth of the AAM industry looms, those involved in the construction and maintenance of supporting facilities have begun laying the groundwork needed for an industry full of electric vertical takeoff aircraft. Volatus Infrastructure worked with the leadership at Wittman Regional Airport and the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation to develop, design, and complete the vertiport. It is under construction near the Wittman Regional Airport and will include a terminal with amenities, a landing pad, and a vehicle agnostic charging station.

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Classic Aero-TV: Profiles in Aviation - Aaron Singer’s Nanchang CJ-6A

From 2009 (YouTube Version): From China to Wittman Field, Singer Introduces the Nanchang CJ-6A

From 1954 until 1958, the Nanchang Aircraft Factory build the Soviet Yak-18 under license as the CJ-5; however, with increasing advancements in jet pilot training, Chinese engineers quickly realized that improvements to the performance and design would be necessary in order to meet the needs of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. Starting in 1957, two aeronautical engineers, Bushi Cheng and Lin Jiahua, began intensive revisions to the basic Yak-18 in order to develop a better-suited trainer aircraft. 

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Canada Jetlines to Begin Cabin Crew Education

New Airline Obtains Conditional Approval for Flight Attendant Training

The new "all Canadian leisure carrier" up north has received conditional approval for its Flight Attendant Training from Transport Canada with immediate effect. March proved to be a busy month for the outfit, collecting a uniform provider in Unisync, obtaining Stage 1 licensing approval from the CTA, and appointing a well-seasoned travel industry exec as CFO. Now, their flight attendant training program is nearly ready for action, with a conditional approval in hand to begin putting things into practice.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28

Pilot... Knew That It Was Going To Be A Risky Flight Home But Decided To Proceed With It Anyway

On March 29, 2022, at 1500 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28, N5067W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Melbourne, Florida. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight. According to the pilot, he was hired to perform a prebuy inspection of the airplane, then fly it to New Jersey to the new owner. He and his girlfriend flew down in his airplane a few days before the accident flight and he performed a prebuy inspection.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.22)

Aero Linx: Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.22): Breakout

Breakout A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream. In the context of simultaneous (independent) parallel operations, a breakout is used to direct threatened aircraft away from a deviating aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.12.22)

"The RL10 engine is the nation’s premier upper-stage engine and a true workhorse in the industry. With the RL10C-X, we've leveraged our industry-leading 3D-printing technology to significantly reduce the cost of the engine while at the same time increasing its performance to provide our customer with enhanced mission capability." Source: Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO Eileen P. Drake, commenting as Aerojet Rocketdyne just got its largest RL10C-X engine contract ever with an order for 116 units for the United Launch Alliance's Vulcan Centaur Rocket. 

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