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April 07, 2022

Airborne 04.07.22: SnF Digital Daily -- Elevate, Titan Mustangs, GAMI!

Also: ElectroAir Gets Certified, Avidyne Keeps Innovating, Micro-Aerodynamics Takes Control

Elevate is the SnF gang’s Aerospace and Logistics incubator... an intriguing and laudable effort to get aviation business off the ground... the new center was just dedicated this week at SnF22. The all-metal Titan T-51 replica Mustang series continues to grow its flock and has partnered up with another Mustang replica entity from Europe... Mustang world domination, anyone? GAMI’s George Braly wants to know why the GA world keeps talking about future GA fuel substitutes when he already has one... and it’s certified. ElectroAir has certified their dual electronic ignition system for four and six cylinder airplanes... and brought older piston engines in

Sun 'n Fun Honors Lakeland LE

Police Dept. Hero Honored with Thunderbirds Flight

A yearly tradition of the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, the Hometown Hero ride honored Sergeant Chad Mumbauer of the Lakeland Police Department. The Hometown Hero ride takes place with each year's respective military demonstration team, thanking those public servants that make the week possible through their patience, effort, adn assistance throughout Sun 'n Fun. The City of Lakeland PD and the Polk County Sheriff's Office have been instrumental in keeping things safe and secure throughout the event. 

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Amazon Signs Huge Launch Services Contract

Project Kuiper's 3,000+ Satellites to Launch Aboard 83 Rockets Over Next 5 Years

Amazon has struck an agreement with French space launch provider Arianespace, Blue Origin, and the United Launch Alliance for their recently announced Project Kuiper satellite constellation. The surprising contract broke records for being the biggest commercial procurement of launch vehicles in history, purchasing the heavy-lift capacity required in order to deploy the Kuiper constellation of 3,236 satellites in low Earth orbit. The system will provide global broadband access once completed, with the full constellation expected to deploy between 83 launches over a 5-year period. 

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Two Chances To See Patty Wagstaff At SnF 2022

At SnF 2022, Only Two Chances Remain to See Patty Wagstaff in Action with her Extra 330, Weather Permitting

During the daytime airshow, on 8th and 10th April 2022.  Considering she only does about 10-12 shows per year, this year you are in for a treat. Patty Wagstaff is a world-renowned aerobatic pilot, got her start in aviation in Alaska where she started taking flying lessons, eventually earning a CFII, commercial Rotorcraft, and type ratings in the TBM Avenger, T-28, and L-39. She rose to prominence in 1991 when she won the first of her three U.S. National Aerobatic Championships and was the first woman to win that championship.

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Flight Design Awaits FAA Certification, Monitors Facility in Occupied Ukraine

The spacious Light-Sport Aircraft, Flight Design’s F2, has taken the next step in becoming FAA certified. 

Concurrently with this development, however, has come fear for workers in the company’s Ukrainian facility. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency recently submitted a validation request to the FAA for the F2. The request, which is being processed through the Small Aircraft Standards Branch in Kansas City, Missouri, is the next step in getting the two-seat high wing certified under Part 23. The F2 received approval from the European aviation certification body in December 2021, earning an EASA CS-23 certification similar to the FAA’s Part 23 certification. Recent updates allowed for greater harmony between the two re

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Raisbeck Engineering Receives STC for Caravan System

Raisbeck Engineering has obtained an STC for its EPIC drag reduction system for the Cessna 208B Caravan. 

Epic allows those operating a Caravan equipped with an underbelly cargo pod to reduce drag and increase cruise speeds, while reducing fuel burn. The 208B, for all its wonderful backcountry capability, is not a sleek bird, especially with its underslung locker being carried around, adding significant drag, wasting fuel and decreasing top speed. Raisbeck's drag reduction is done by using a composite Forward Cargo Pod Fairing and metal Dual Aft Body Strakes, leading to a more tapered nose section that flows smoothly into the cargo compartment. The suite only weighs 38 lbs in total, yet adds more than 5 knots to the plane's top speed. Th

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Klyde Morris (04.04.22)

Klyde Tries To Make Sense... Out of Nonsense


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Duncan Advertises Their Falcon2000EX Handiwork

Aircraft Outfitter Highlights its Custom, Rejuvenated Aircraft Interiors

Duncan Aviation has shown off their newest overhaul, a full interior/exterior revamp of a Falcon 2000EX. The aircraft made its way into Duncan’s hands at their Battle Creek, Michigan facility with an out-of-vogue beige interior, gold accents, and dated paint scheme. The current owner wanted an aircraft that presented better to passengers, one that looked convincingly new and modern, so Duncan put their lead designer, Heather Pridemore, on the case. While showing off the company’s handiwork, Pridemore said the owner gravitated towards a black and gray color scheme for the interior, something more fashion-forward as business aviation interiors are trending

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Classic Aero-TV: ‘Have it Your Way!’ – The SPA Panther

From 2014 (YouTube Version): A New Single-Seat SportPlane Shows Great Potential For Serious Fun

While at the Sport Aviation Expo 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell stopped by to talk with Dan Weseman, the president of Sport Performance Aviation. Sitting on display was their snappy looking single place light sport airplane that seems to be cut from a different cloth than most other LSA’s on display. Called the Panther, the airplane is being produced only in a kit version at this time. It is designed for someone to certify as an experimental amateur built airplane that complies with the LSA definition. It’s also designed for the

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JetBlue Pilots End Alliance Dispute

New Letter of Agreement Squashes Beef Over Code-Share Partnership With American

JetBlue Pilots ratified their a deal with company management, ending their dispute witha letter of agreement that puts the yearlong issue to rest. Of the eligible pilot base, nearly 90% participated in the vote, which tallied a 60% approval rating to ratify the pilot's agreement as presented. The deal provides improvements to the pilot's current collective bargaining agreement while giving them significant say in the renewal of the Northeast Alliance, the main point of dispute that brought about the new agreement in the first place. 

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NATA Updates FBO & Airport Safety Database

Improved Datasets, Enhanced Navigation Allows Operators to Track Service Provider Adherence to Safety Programs

NATA has officially launched an online directory to gauge the participation of FBOs and airports in "leading industry safety programs." The National Air Transportation Association launched the Safety 1st Verify in order to give interested customers an easy, one-stop spot to see who participated and maintains standards as a part of "Safety 1st, IS-BAH, Safety 1st Clean, and Fuel QC Management System." The Safety 1st directory is a continuation of an older dataset from the NATA, the FBO Status Map, that offers improved search and filtering actions as well as more robust operational and facility information.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 182D

He Attempted To Troubleshoot The Loss Of Engine Power By Cycling The Mixture

On March 02, 2022, about 0800 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 182D, N8814X, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Mortmar, California. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that shortly after departure from Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport, the airplane climbed to 400 ft above ground level and leveled off. Shortly after level off, a noticeable decrease in engine rpm was observed by the pilot, followed by a total loss of power. He attempted to troubleshoot the loss of engine power by cycling the mixture, increasing, and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.07.22)

Aero Linx: The American Bonanza Society The American Bonanza Society serves Beechcraft enthusiasts by sharing valuable safety, technical and educational resources, and by promoting interaction among and advocacy on behalf of its members. ABS is the premier association for Bonanza, Baron, Debonair, and Travel Air enthusiasts, with 10,000+ members who own, fly, or have a sincere interest in these Beechcraft models. Because of this common interest, we have banded together to share information and experiences involving the operation and maintenance of Beech-produced aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.07.22): Interrogator

Interrogator The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply. The replies received are mixed with the primary radar returns and displayed on the same plan position indicator (radar scope). Also, applied to the airborne element of the TACAN/DME system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.07.22)

“As of today, all of our people are fine and that's the most important thing. You can make new molds, you can get another building, but you can’t replace your friends and people that you love..” Source: Flight Design's Tom Peghiny... talking about what's really important in the midst of the world's latest madness... and we are ALL hoping that they all get away safely and get back to the otherwise mundane business of building cool little airplanes.

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