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April 05, 2022

Airborne 04.05.22: SnF Digital Daily -- TBM 960!, Piper, Thunderbirds!

Also: SnF Gets All Setup, Lites Starts His Farewell Tour, Morning Brief!
You have NO idea what it takes to get ready for something as important and immense as an event like the SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo... the ANN crew took a look at what it takes to prepare the field for Aviation’s ‘Spring Break’. It’s been a long, eventful run... but John ‘Lites’ Leenhouts is approaching his last day as the man in charge of one of aviation’s pivotal events... Join us as Lites conducts his last Morning Briefing at the start of the Expo. When Daher decides to upgrade... they UPGRADE. The TBM 960 is here and we’re dying to get our hands on it and its FADEC propulsion system... Piper is pushing airplanes out the doors as fast

Daher Unveils Next-Gen TBM 960

Sun 'n Fun Premiers The Best TBM Release Yet

Daher brought their brand new TBM 960 to Lakeland, Florida, showing off the very 1st aircraft to roll off the assembly line. The 960 is described as "quintessential TBM", by Daher exec Nicolas Chabbert. It's the 5th iteration of the "very fast turboprop aircraft" and represents the very best the breed has to offer. The secret sauce this time around is a wholesale improvement towards digital throttle control courtesy of a new electronic Engine and Propeller Electronic Control System. 

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After Constant Delays, Space Industry Is Impatient for Stars

Advocacy Groups Urge FAA to Approve the SpaceX Flight Test to Speed Up Development of Domestic Heavy Lift Capability

An industry effort urging the Federal Aviation Administration to pick up the pace on SpaceX Starship approval. The statement was released this week, signed by a group of 14 space advocacy entities publishing a joint statement in support of the project. The signatories said that the approval of the SpaceX Starship, a super heavy, reusable launch system, is vital to the progression of the commercial space industry as a whole. The Complete system is hoped to someday carry both crew and cargo not just into Earth orbit, but to Luna, Mars, and someday - beyond. 

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uAvionix Receives tailBeaconX STC

 Begins Shipping Pre Orders Throughout North America, With EU, UK to Follow After STC Validation Abroad

With its STC complete, uAvionix has announced the immediate shipment of the newest iteration of the firm's tailBeaconX, a streamlined solution that combines equipment like ADS-B-OUT, a Mode S transponder, SBAS GPS, and an LED position light for a variety of light and experimental aircraft. The tailBeaconX is shipping now, with an Approved Model List containing over 550 aircraft make and models suitable for the STC. The expansive list means that almost any light aircraft - including light twins - can take advantage of the streamlining possible with the nifty all-in-one system. Owners of the major models like Cessna, Piper, Moo

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JetBlue Pilots Ratify Agreement and End Dispute with Company

60 Percent Of Those Voting, Voted To Ratify The Agreement

JetBlue pilots have approved an agreement (Letter of Agreement 17) that ends a more than yearlong dispute with the Company stemming from its unilateral implementation of parts of the Northeast Alliance (NEA) with American Airlines that violated the pilots’ collective bargaining agreement with JetBlue. With nearly 90 percent of eligible pilots casting ballots, 60 percent voted to ratify the agreement. This deal provides improvements to the pilots’ current collective bargaining agreement and gives the pilots significant say in the renewal of the NEA.

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Hartzell Propeller Heads to SUN n’ FUN 2022

Company Plans To Focus on Backcountry Flying

Hartzell Propeller’s next public appearance for its technical experts, sales team, and executive leaders will be at the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, April 5-10 at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) in Florida. Hartzell’s exhibit space will be located at B-034/035. Hartzell’s display will focus on backcountry flying and will feature a carbon fiber Trailblazer propeller and an aluminum Voyager prop. The company will have experts on hand to answer questions about any Hartzell prop. “The Trailblazer has been around for eight years now and is one of the most popular two- and three-blade propellers in all of General Aviation. It is

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Tamarack Aerospace Assists Diamondo Earthrounding Team

Sustainable 'Round-the-World Adventure Team Receives Assistance From Active Winglet Experts

Tamarack Aerospace Group enjoyed the company of the Diamondo Earthrounding flight team when they stopped by at their Aiken, South Carolina facility. Tamarack accepted the Diamondo Diamond DA50 RG amidst preparations for the Masters Golf Tournament, an event that will see Aiken briefly become home to about 200+ Cessna CitationJets alone, with about 250 more miscellaneous aircraft of all sorts and descriptions passing through the FBO in anticipation of the gold tourney only a short drive away.

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Classic Aero-TV: Oshkosh Night Airshow - Lighting up the Night Sky in 2012

From 2012 (YouTube Version): One Of The Many Hits Of The Oshkosh Experience...

If you think when the sun slips beyond the western horizon and the calm of night spreads over EAA AirVenture that this is the time for quiet contemplation of the day’s activities, then you haven’t been to AirVenture since the advent of the nighttime airshows. Nighttime airshows are new to the airshow world and EAA AirVenture is the place to see the greatest of nighttime aerial activities. This video is a masterpiece of videography. You’ll see skydivers, single aircraft aerobatics, and formation aerobatics. There just seems to be someth

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NASA to Send Personnel to Space Symposium

Speakers Set to Address Growth of Spacefaring Economy, Mars, Artemis Program

NASA is holding court at the Space Foundation's 37th Space Symposium, running from April 5 to 7 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event will include deputy administrator Pam Melroy and associate administrator Bob Cabana. Their speeches will be streamed through NASA's TV channel, application, and website from the first day of the conference. Their involvement will include lectures on the current NASA strategy for extra-lunar travel, from the Artemis program to the Moon to Mars initiative. 

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NTSB Prelim: MD Helicopters Inc 369

He Did Not Possess A Helicopter Rating At The Time Of The Accident

On March 18, 2022, at 1432 eastern daylight time, an MD Helicopters 369HM, N650AG, was destroyed after it impacted power lines near Loxahatchee, Florida. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated by the commercial pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane single engine sea, and instrument airplane. He did not possess a helicopter rating at the time of the accident; he had a logbook endorsement for solo student flight with the prohibition of carrying passengers.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes

AD 2022-06-08 Retains The Actions Required By AD 2017-18-10

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-18-10, which applied to certain Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH (DAI) Model DA 42, DA 42 M-NG, and DA 42 NG airplanes. AD 2017-18-10 required modifying the flap control system, repetitively inspecting the flap bell crank, and replacing the flap bell crank as necessary. Since the FAA issued AD 2017-18-10, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) superseded its mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) to correct an unsafe condition on these products. This AD retains the actions required by AD 2017-18-10, expands the applicability, and prohibits the installation of certain flap bell cranks. The FAA is issuing this

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.22)

Aero Linx: Alaska Airmen's Association Our Mission: To protect, preserve, and promote general aviation in Alaska. Who We Are: With more licensed pilots per capita than any state in the union—the Airmen includes over 2,000 members—we are one of the largest general aviation communities in the country. We strive to promote aviation, enhance safety and support initiatives that benefit pilots and grow the aviation community. Whether you're a veteran pilot or you've just discovered a passion for aviation, the Alaska Airmen Association is proud to welcome new members who share the wonders of flight in the Last Frontier!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.22): Meteorological Impact Statement

Meteorological Impact Statement An unscheduled planning forecast describing conditions expected to begin within 4 to 12 hours which may impact the  flow of air traffic in a specific center’s (ARTCC) area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.05.22)

"The SpaceX Starship offers extraordinary potential benefits for the exploration and development of space by both the public and private sectors. It will enable many new commercial space ventures as well as dramatically lower the costs and raise the frequency of scientific missions that will provide amazing new knowledge about our universe and home planet."  Source: One of the co-signers of an industry support statement, the Mars Society, an organization devoted to the eventual goal of manned missions to the red planet. 

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