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February 13, 2023

Fourth Mystery Object Shot Down in U.S. Sovereign Airspace

Unknown Aerial Target Engaged Over Northern Michigan

On Sunday, 12 February 2023, as the larger part of America’s citizenry made ready to watch the Chiefs of Kansas City take on the Eagles of Philadelphia in a contest of football history will remember as Super Bowl LVII, an altogether darker matter of greater historical significance was playing out over Lake Huron, where the U.S. military shot down yet another, mysterious, high-altitude object.

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National Association of Flight Instructors Summit Announced

Lakeland Event Promises to Inform and Inspire

In February 2023, NAFI announced that it will convene its inaugural flight instruction safety and business summit on SUN ‘n FUN’s Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) campus from 24 through 26 October 2023. NAFI cordially invites all current and prospective Certified Flight Instructors, aviation leaders, industry advocates, government representatives, and members of the news media to attend the event—which promises to be contemporaneously informative and inspirational.

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NAA Announces Postponement of Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race

The Other Pulitzer Prize …

In January 2023, the National Aeronautic Association announced that the Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race was to be postponed from May 2023 to an as-of-yet undetermined date later in the year. Introduced in 2021 at the 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium as a one-thousand nautical-mile cross-country air race for zero-emission electric propulsion aircraft of all types ...

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NTSB Issues Statement Re: Use of Recorded Interviews in Accident Investigations

Board Cites AAL-Delta JFK Runway Incursion

On 10 February 2023, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a statement pertaining to the use of recorded interviews in aviation accident investigations. The Board’s statement cites a 13 January 2023 incident in which American Airlines Flight 106—a Boeing 777-200 departing New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) bound for London’s Heathrow Airport (LHR)—crossed JFK’s Runway 4L without Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance. The resultant runway incursion compelled the flight-crew of Delta Air Lines Flight 1943, a Boeing 737-900ER departing for the Dominican capital city of Santo Domingo (SDQ) to abort a take-off on JFK Runway 4L.

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NGPA Announces New Executive Director

Association on the Upswing Changes Up the Brass

The National Gay Pilot Association has announced the installment of their new Executive Director, Justin Ellixson-Andrews. The group "embarked on a year-long national search to define and select the next era of leadership", surveying all 92 applicants for suitability. Ultimately, the NGPA found the next generation within their own ranks. The group has swelled to more than 4,600 members worldwide, helped along with more than 120 in-person events held each year.

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FEFY Offers Vermont Soaring Opportunity for Teens

Trio of Youth Soaring Camp Scholarships Return for 2023

Flight Experience For Youth (FEFY), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, announced a trio of Youth Soaring Camp scholarships for the summer of 2023. The group is dedicated to "creating growth opportunities for young people through aviation experiences and education", leveraging the thrill of flight to build hands-on experience in the world around them. The camp is a week-long, immersive experience that includes 10 instructional flights, ground school, meals, supervised overnight camping on the airfield, and daily activities. The scholarships cover the full cost of tuition for students 13-18.

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AERO Oklahoma Event Set for 22 March 2023

Better Sooner than Later

On Wednesday, 22 March, from 09:00 until 14:00 CDT, members of Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace industry will assemble at the state capital in Oklahoma City to observe AERO Oklahoma Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense Awareness Day. The event underscores the importance of aviation, aerospace, and defense to the state’s economy, and affords officials of Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace industries opportunity to come together as one and meet with state legislators and other elected officials ...

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F-22 Shoots Down Unknown Object Overflying Alaska

Bigger than a Bread Basket, Smaller than a Chinese Spy Balloon

On Friday, 10 February 2023, a U.S. military fighter jet shot down an unknown object transitioning Alaska’s remote northern coast. White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby alleged the object overflying Alaska was downed not on account of any knowledge it was engaged in surveillance, but because it was maintaining an altitude of approximately FL400, thereby posing a “reasonable threat” to civilian air traffic.

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Classic Aero-TV: Honoring Our Legacy - Recrafting Paul’s Game-Changing Baby Ace

From 2014 (YouTube Version): A Bit Of History Lovingly Restored To The Sport Aviation World

ANN's Michael Maya Charles had to search around at EAA AirVenture 2014 to find this story. The Aeroplane Factory building was one of the original exhibition halls back in the days before the term AirVenture was invented and it was simply referred to as The Oshkosh Fly-In. The Aeroplane factory is no longer a star exhibit Hall, but what Michael found inside was the soul of EAA. If you could pinpoint a starting place for the formation of EAA you would find it a little airplane called the Baby Ace.&nb

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NTSB Prelim: Cheek Carroll Hatz/Cheek

Pilot Reported A Gradual Loss Of Engine Power During Cruise Flight

On January 15, 2023, about 0930 central standard time, a Carroll Cheek Hatz/Cheek airplane, N1957P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Brashear, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported a gradual loss of engine power during cruise flight. He applied carburetor heat when the engine began running rough which seemed to make the situation worse.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.13.23)

Aero Linx: The American Navion Society The American Navion Society publishes a newsletter bi-monthly and is a major source of Navion parts, publications, and technical information. It maintains a current membership of over 800 and from the inception in 1960, over 8600 Navion enthusiasts have passed through the ranks. The membership numbers started with #150, except for #1 that was issued to Leo Childs, the manager of the Rangemaster factory.  Membership number 8888 has just been issued. An Annual Convention and Fly-in is held each summer in a different part of the United States. A list of former Convention sites is listed below which shows the scope of area the ANS covers. The Society has a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.13.23): Mode C Intruder Alert

Mode C Intruder Alert A function of certain air traffic control automated systems designed to alert radar controllers to existing or pending situations between a tracked target (known IFR or VFR aircraft) and an untracked target (unknown IFR or VFR aircraft) that requires immediate attention/action.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.13.23)

"The NAFI Summit will bring stakeholders in the flight instruction community together to share CFI tips, techniques and best practices, relevant business skills, and networking opportunities. We will focus on the important topics of professionalism, proficiency, and pilot well-being along with changes to FAA regulations and rules.” Source: NAFI President Paul Preidecker, whose comments were made as the organization announced that it will convene its inaugural flight instruction safety and business summit on SUN ‘n FUN’s Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL) campus from 24 through 26 October 2023. NAFI cordially invites all current and prospective Certified Flight Instructors, aviation leaders, industry advocates, go

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