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February 26, 2023

Embry-Riddle Group Secures EPA Grant

Can Drones Help Improve Air-Quality?

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the private, U.S. institution specializing in aviation and aerospace programs, has been awarded a $25,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant under the auspices of the agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program. The Embry-Riddle student group to which the grant was awarded is studying means by which Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) may be employed to help to improve air-quality.

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United Airlines IAH Operations to Expand

IAH Terminal Refurbishments Proceeding Apace

In January 2023, United Airlines (UAL)—the Chicago-headquartered U.S. airline with eight hubs and flight operations spanning six continents—opened a new training center at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). Dubbed the Global Inflight Training Center, United Airlines officials state the new 56,000-square-foot facility will create upwards of 1,800 jobs in the Greater Houston area and train six-hundred new United flight attendants monthly.

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Airborne 02.17.23: Santa Monica Update, Kerry Gulfstream, FAA Safety Audit

Also: F-16s Intercept Russians, Protestors Disrrupt EBAA, Continental Engine Issue, FAA 5G NPRM

The anti-aviation Santa Monica City Council has resolved to close SMO by 2028—approving a closure plan and timeline during a 24 January 2023 meeting. Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis blathered, “This is the beginning of a community process to reimagine the Airport site, which accounts for an unprecedented 4.3-percent of the city’s land.” Forbes family member and inaugural United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Forbes Kerry is once again facing criticism for his family’s surreptitious sale of a Gulfstream GIV-SP.

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SAFE Joins Aero-News, Bob Hoover Foundation for New Education Program

Partnership will Embark on Curriculum Development for Better, Safer CFIs

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) is now offering its repository of aeronautical safety and teaching info through a partnership deal with the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation (BHLF) and Aero-News Network. The arrangement will bring the wealth of knowledge held in SAFE’s library of educational material through broadcast on regular Aero-News programming. Throughout the series, the career of legendary aviator Bob Hoover will function as a throughline between lessons and topics, touching on aspects of his lengthy career to impart CFI essentials.

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Collins to Produce Lilium Jet Sidestick Controllers

Inception of the Outsourced Inceptor

On 23 February 2023, Lilium announced it had partnered with Raytheon Technologies subsidiary Collins Aerospace, an American technology company prominent among aerospace and defense concerns, to design, develop, and build the Lilium Jet’s inceptors—the cockpit sidestick control mechanisms by which pilots will guide the Lilium Jet in flight.

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Airspeeder Reveals MK4 Racer

Alauda Aeronautics Unveils High-Performance, Sustainable eVTOL Racer

The Mk4 aims to be the world's fastest eVTOL, hitting a top speed of 225 mph at the tail end of a 30-second sprint. Powered by the 1,340-horsepower "Thunderstrike" hydrogen turbogenerator, the Mk4 can travel about 188 miles between refuelings with near-zero emissions. The resulting aircraft strikes a balance between traditional VTOL aircraft and terrestrial sports cars - a blend of eVTOL capability with the handling of a Formula 1 racers.

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Klyde Morris (02.24.23)

Klyde Posits That The Balloonacy Will Never End...


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Philippines Reacts To Cessna Mishaps

Island Nation’s Civil Aviation Authority Expresses Alarm

On 22 February 2023, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) expressed alarm over the high number of mishaps involving Cessna aircraft over the last four years. According to CAAP records, the period spanning 2019 to 2022 saw 33 incidents and accidents involving Cessna light, single-piston engine, and one multi-piston engine aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: NASA X-57 Sceptor--Lean, Green, Money Making Machines!

From 2016 (YouTube Version): NASA Develops Electric Flight Technology for Industry to Use…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, our ANN video crew checked in with NASA to find out what’s going on with their experiments into electric powered flight. They had the opportunity to interview Mark Moore and Sean Clarke, who are both NASA Principal Investigators for the Sceptor X-57 project. Just the name of this project sounds pretty exciting, and it is. The project centers on using electric propulsion for airplane flight, and the system being developed by NASA is referred to as ‘Distributive Electrical Prop

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NTSB Prelim: Richard Brinkman Lancair 4P

Immediately After Rotation, The Airplane Entered A Left Roll

On January 28, 2023, about 1542 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Lancair 4P airplane, N550LX, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at the Hartford-Brainard Airport (HFD), Hartford, Connecticut. The private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Review of airport surveillance video found that the entire accident flight, from the engine start to the impact with terrain, was captured.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.26.23)

Aero Linx: A-10C Thunderbolt II

The A-10C Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against light maritime attack aircraft and all ground targets, including tanks and other armored vehicles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.26.23): Flight Standards District Office

Flight Standards District Office

An FAA field office serving an assigned geographical area and staffed with Flight Standards personnel who serve the aviation industry and the general public on matters relating to the certification and operation of air carrier and general aviation aircraft. Activities include general surveillance of operational safety, certification of airmen and aircraft, accident prevention, investigation, enforcement, etc.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.26.23)

“This study has the potential to produce viable systems to be used by the public, and systems to be implemented in manned and unmanned vehicles..." Source: Dr. Marwa El-Sayed, assistant professor of civil engineering and the director of Embry-Riddle’s Sustainability and Environmental Engineering Lab (SEEL), discussing a $25,000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant under the auspices of the agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program.  

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