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February 15, 2023

Air India to Acquire Up to 290 Boeing Jets

Landmark Deal Boeing’s Largest South Asian Order to Date

Air India announced on 14 February 2023 that a deal had been struck by which the New Delhi-based air-carrier will advance the revitalization of its fleet by dint of an initial purchase of two-hundred narrow and wide-body Boeing jets. The agreement comprises 190 737-MAX, twenty 787-Dreamliner, and ten 777X aircraft—and includes options for an additional fifty 737-MAX single-aisle, and twenty 787-9 long-range airliners.

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U.S. Airlines Urge FAA to Extend 5G Retrofit Deadline

IATA States Unfairness of Current Deadline “Cannot be Overstated”

To the subject of the advent of 5G connectivity services, US airlines are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to extend its radar altimeter retrofit deadline to June 2024. Air-carriers contend their fleets cannot be made ready to operate safely in the presence of 5G C-band frequencies within the agency’s specified timeframe. Under the FAA's extant proposal, carriers would be required to retrofit their aircrafts’ radar altimeters by July 2023.

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Settlement Resolving Charter Violations Reached

Indiana Charter Outfit to Pay $187,500 Civil Penalty

On 08 February 2023, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Zachary A. Myers announced that Indy Jet Management, LLC and associated parties had agreed to resolve allegations that they conducted illegal charter flights. The settlement addresses allegations set forth by the FAA that Indy Jet Management, between March 2017 and February 2018, operated approximately 168 paid passenger-carrying flights in violation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations.

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Todd Tetzlaff to Assume Enstrom Presidency

… by the Circuitous Path

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation, the American helicopter aerospace manufacturer based on Michigan’s Menominee–Marinette Twin County Airport (MNM), announced on 14 February 2023 that its new era of growth and expansion—instantiated by the 30 January maiden flight of the first new 480B turbine-powered helicopter produced in over a year—would be overseen by Enstrom veteran Todd Tetzlaff, who returns, after many years and much success, to take up the company’s presidency.

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U-2 Spy Planes Surveilled Chinese Spy Balloon

The Dragon Lady in the Year of the Water Rabbit

Vital information about the Chinese spy balloon that traversed U.S. sovereign airspace between 28 January and 04 February 2023 was gleaned by 1980s vintage Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady reconnaissance aircraft. Subject iconic, uncannily timeless machines enabled Pentagon officials to verify the Chinese balloon’s surveillance package comprised multiple antennas that U.S. intelligence agencies posited were intended to collect and geolocate American communications signals.

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NASA Clears Second Axiom Space Crew

Private Mission to Depart for ISS in Spring 2023

NASA and its international partners have approved the crew slated to man Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2), Axiom Space’s second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Recently chosen by NASA to design, develop, qualify, certify, and produce a moonwalking system (read spacesuit) for the agency’s planned Artemis III mission, Axiom Space is a privately-funded space infrastructure concern based in Houston, Texas.

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Leonardo to Equip Next-Gen AW09 with Safran Engine

Safran's 1000 SHP Class Arriel 2K Finds New Home in Upcoming Light Helo

Leonardo and Safran Helicopter Engines have joined hands on the next-gen AW09 single-engine helicopter. The production aircraft will feature Safran's 1,000-shaft horsepower class Arriel 2K engine, the latest and greatest from Safran. The selection is hoped to provide Leonardo customers with a greater measure of future-proofing heading into their next aircraft purchase. The Arriel should provide better fuel economy and lower cost per flight hour, thanks to a range of digital services built around the design.

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Couple Learns Airline Donated their Lost Luggage to Charity

The Strange Tale of a Wayward Bag

After a months-long odyssey involving police, endless wrangling with Air Canada, and an AirTag—an Apple gadget that can be tracked by other apple devices, thereby allowing users to locate lost items, even over considerable distances—a newlywed Canadian couple learned their lost bag had been donated to a charity ...

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Classic Aero-TV: Adventure Of A Lifetime -- Around The World by MU-2

From 2013 (YouTube Version): OK... Admit It -- Wouldn't You Have Loved To Fly In This Adventure?

In this video ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell brings us an adventure story. While at the NBAA 2013 convention Jim had the chance to talk with Mike Laver, the President of Air First Aviation Companies. But this interview was not about Laver’s company, it was about his flight around the world and in an MU-2. A lot of pilots would love the opportunity to fly around the world just to do it. Well, Mike Laver felt the same way and he did it. Laver describes his trip in detail and accompanies his description with some great photographs sh

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172

Winds From 040° At 19 Kts, Gusting To 22 Kts, And An Overcast Ceiling At 500 Ft AGL

On January 28, 2023, at 1902 central standard time (cst), a Cessna 172 airplane, N6482B, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Hooker, Oklahoma. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. A review of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) showed that the airplane departed the Liberal Mid-America Regional Airport (LBL), Liberal, Kansas, at 0916 cst for a flight to the Meadow Lake Airport (FLY), near Colorado Springs, Colorado, landing at 1150 cst.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.23)

Aero Linx: International Civil Aviation English Association Awareness: To raise awareness of the role of English in aviation safety, service quality and industry efficiency. Best Practice: To promote best practices in ELP training and testing in all sectors of the aviation industry. Cooperation: To provide a non-commercial platform for the sharing of expertise, experience and news.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.23): ICAO Three Letter Designator (3LD)

ICAO Three−Letter Designator (3LD) An ICAO 3LD is an exclusive designator that, when used together with a flight number, becomes the aircraft call sign and provides distinct aircraft identification to air traffic control (ATC). ICAO approves 3LDs to enhance the safety and security of the air traffic system. An ICAO 3LD may be assigned to a company, agency, or organization and is used instead of the aircraft registration number for ATC operational and security purposes. An ICAO 3LD is also used for aircraft identification in the flight plan and associated messages and can be used for domestic and international flights. A telephony associated with an ICAO 3LD is used for radio communication.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.15.23)

“Enabling more people to go to space is an important component of NASA’s continuing efforts to grow the low-Earth orbit economy. Private astronaut missions are a key component to enable a successful transition to a model of commercially owned and operated platforms in low-Earth orbit. I appreciate the commitment of our International Space Station and commercial partners to help us achieve this future.” Source: NASA’s Commercial Low-Earth Orbit Development Program manager Angela Hart commented NASA and its international partners have approved the crew slated to man Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2), Axiom Space’s second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

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