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April 04, 2022

ScaleWings Carbon Fiber P-51 Replica Inbound to Sun 'n FUN!

Attendees Have a Rare Chance To See Mustang Remakes Side to Side, Compare Aircraft in Person Along Mustang Alley

German manufacturer ScaleWings has announced their first US showing of their brand new, carbon fiber replica of the P-51 Mustang at this year's Sun 'n Fun 2022. Their rendition of the legendary fighter, the SW-51 is a 70% scale, full-carbon replica, lovingly crafted to strike the perfect balance between capability, replication, and appearance. ScaleWings put as much work as possible into their molds, forms, and designs, making the final product look nothing like the average composite kit plane.

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De Havilland Resurrects Canadair CL-415

Legendary Firefighting Aircraft Returns to the Production Line Once Again

De Havilland Aircraft has announced the re-launch of the DHC-515 Firefighter program, better known as the classic Canadair CL-415. Now that the pan-Canadian coalition of aircraft manufacturers has come under a single corporate roof, De Havilland has been free to open Viking's joint archive of discontinued but beloved aircraft to find some aeronautical gems. The new production DHC-515 will base itself on the Canadair CL-215/CL-415, an amphibious water bomber that left production in 2015. 

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King Schools Woman Flight Instructor of 2022 Selected

A 2nd Career Path Later in Life Saw Charnell Walls go from Student to Captain

King Schools has selected the winner of the 2022 Martha King Scholarship for female flight instructors, selecting Charnell Walls. Walls entered the world of aviation from a different position than the average pilot, deciding on a career change at 50, selling her home, and enrolling in the Aviation Department at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with honors and Bachelor's in Aviation Management, as well as the school's Letzeiser Award for achievements and community service.

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Flight Design F2 Begins Work on Part 23 Certification

EASA CS-23 Paperwork Given to FAA for LSA Evaluation

The Flight Design F2 has completed the first step in its certification process with the FAA with the recent submission of the aircraft's validation request from the EASA. The FAA Small aircraft standards branch in Kansas City, Kansas will determine whether the design of the F2 in its Euro trim conforms to FAA standards. It obtained CS-23 approval from the EASA, leading Flight Design to believe that there should be nothing standing in the way of a nearly turnkey American certification.

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ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Sun 'n Fun 2022 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

ANN again finds itself in the surprising and exciting position of partnering with the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in presenting Real-Time Daily news coverage of the first major aviation event in the better part of a year. Yeah... 'exciting' barely describes what we're feeling... along with an intense workload that just won't quit. And... that's why we're writing this... This year’s event is set to be the first major aviation gathering of the year. ANN and SnF's new Digital Daily will be taking on the speedy and mobile capabilities of the best in online media to offer exciting daily news programming via a number of rich media

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Santa Monica Airports Offering UL94 on Tap

California Anti-Lead Campaign Successfully Replaces 100LL with STC-Required Avfuel Alternative

Aeroplex Group has announced a successful transition to unleaded Swift UL94 fuel at those airports residing in Santa Monica, California. The locations have been ground zero in a high-profile example of the "war on leaded avfuel" to some after the local officials banned the sale of 100LL in the city-operated airfields under their purview. The installation of Swift UL94 at the airfields offers a viable, affordable replacement for continued operations - as long as the operator gets the appropriate STC for their aircraft. 

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Aerox Has Gifts in Store for Sun 'n Fun Attendees

3 Days of Oxygen Seminars, Mystery Goodies for Visitors Who Repeat the Secret Code Phrase

Aerox is getting ready for Sun 'n Fun 2022, one of the biggest aviation shindigs of the year! Given their long track record of oxygen system support and design, Aerox will hold an open seminar on hypoxia avoidance, prevention, and oxygen system use in the context of pilots just dipping their toes into the market. CFII, FAAS Team representative, and Aerox head Scott Ashton will present a series of 3 lectures suited to anyone in aviation, about on the technical level of an average PPL student.

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Classic Aero-TV: Able Flight Empowerment–Introducing America’s Newest Pilots

From 2015 (YouTube Version): One of Aviation’s Greatest Efforts Expands Our Ranks With Inspirational New Flyers

In this short, 2 ½ minute video, you’ll see and hear Charles Stites, who is the Executive Director of Able Flight, as he pins pilot wings on four new able flight students. You’ll also receive an introduction to an organization that takes pride in helping people succeed in ways that were not imagined before. Able Flight was created by pilots who believe that the life-changing experience of learning to fl

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Sport Aircraft Canada Inks Agreement for Shark 600 Distribution

Northern Dealer for Aerolite, Bushcat, Kanardia Adds Sleek, Sporty, High-Speed Sportplane

The Slovakian Shark 600 has a new distributor in the far north, Sport Aircraft Canada. Sport Aircraft Canada (SAC) has been a fixture of the Canadian aviation scene for more than 20 years, providing avionics, aircraft, and accessories throughout the country. The Shark 600, a lightweight sport plane designed by Shark.Aero, is a low-wing, composite aircraft with tandem seating for 2 which will be imported as requested by the new dealer. The Shark 600 will sport a retractable undercarriage, a Rotax 912, Garmin G3X avionics, and a constant speed propeller.

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NTSB Prelim: Flightstar Inc Flightstar II

The “Engine Got Really Loud,” And Then The Airplane Struck The Hangar

On February 24, 2022, about 1145 eastern standard time, a Flightstar II, N194PG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Holly Hill Airport (5J5), Holly Hill, South Carolina. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a witness, he was in his hangar at the airport when he first heard the airplane. Then, he saw the airplane’s shadow on the centerline of the runway before it veered left, the “engine got really loud,” and then the airplane struck the hangar.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.04.22)

Aero Linx: The JAA Training Organisation

The JAA Training Organisation (JAA TO) is a Dutch non-profit organization and an Associated Body of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC). JAA TO has a history of 50 years training the aviation industry and national authorities on regulation in the air transport sector. JAA TO is the only Training Centre of Excellence - Platinum (TCE) in Europe recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and a leading member of the EASA Virtual Academy (EVA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.04.22): Runway Condition Reading

Runway Condition Reading

Numerical decelerometer readings relayed by air traffic controllers at USAF and certain civil bases for use by the pilot in determining runway braking action. These readings are routinely relayed only to USAF and Air National Guard Aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.04.22)

" important first step in bringing the F2 CS-23 to the USA. We expect the certified version of the F2 to be even more popular than the S-LSA version, which was accepted by the FAA in June 2021."  Source: Tom Peghiny, the American importer for the Flight Design F2 and one of the prime movers and shakers in bringing it to stateside buyers, commenting as the F2 completed the first step in its certification process with the FAA with the recent submission of the aircraft's validation request from the EASA. 

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