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March 10, 2023

Airborne 03.10.23: LAST Reno Air Race!, JetBlue v DOJ, MORE SF50 Problems

Airborne 03.10.23: LAST Reno Air Race!, JetBlue v DOJ, MORE SF50 Problems

Also: SnF Innovation Preview, ANN's April 1st Edition, Enstrom Update, NAA Boss Steps Down
If anyone needed another reminder that aviation is a bit troubled this, tragically, is it. The Reno Air Racing Association has announced that 2023 will mark the last race of its kind! RARA states that, “It is with heavy hearts that we write this to let you know that, after nearly 60 years of air racing in northern Nevada, 2023 will be the last National Championship Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport. While we knew this day might come, we had hoped it wouldn’t come so soon. The Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) has f

Startling... Reno Air Races to End After 59 Years

1964–2023; Beloved Mother of Rare Bear, Dreadnaught, and Voodoo

On 09 March 2023, the Reno Air Racing Association’s Board of Directors announced with leaden hearts that after nearly sixty-years of exhilarating air-racing in northern Nevada, 2023’s event will be the last National Championship Air Races held at the Reno-Stead Airport (4SD). In a letter addressed “To Our Loyal Fans and Passionate Community,” the race’s board of directors stated: “While we knew this day might come, we had hoped it wouldn’t come so soon.”

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NAA President and CEO Steps Down

Greg Principato to Retire

Founded in 1905, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) is the oldest national aviation club in the United States and among the world’s oldest such organizations. On 08 March 2023, the NAA announced that Greg Principato, its president and CEO since 2016, will retire from the association effective 15 September 2023.

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U.S. Authorizes Seizure of Russian-Owned Boeing 737

DOJ Alleges Violations of Trade & Import Sanctions

On Wednesday, 08 March 2023, the United States announced the unsealing of a warrant for the seizure of a Boeing 737, registration RA-73455, owned by PJSC Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), a Russian integrated energy company headquartered in Moscow, Russia, and headed by Russian oligarch Igor Ivanovich Sechin.

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Launch Customer for All-Electric eDA40 Named

Lufthansa Aviation Training-Diamond Sign LOI

Diamond Aircraft, the Chinese-owned, Austrian-built manufacturer of general aviation aircraft, and Lufthansa Aviation Training (LAT), the flight-academy subsidiary of German flag-carrier, Lufthansa, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) expressing the two entities’ intention to jointly explore and develop means by which flight-training may be undertaken more sustainably.

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Daher & GAMA Offer 'Trans-Atlantic' Internship

March 20th Deadline for Applications Approaches

Daher announced a new international internship program with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in order to "engage and motivate promising future leaders of the GA sector". The trans-Atlantic internship will provide 2 students with a chance to attain hands-on industry experience, with a plethora of networking opportunities. Students will spend 8 weeks at job assignments within their area of interest at the headquarters and production facility of Daher's Aircraft Division in Tarbes, France. 

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Airborne-Flight Training 03.02.23: SAFE Alarm, Lacy Scholarship, EAA LTF Effort

Also: UND Adds Aerospace Engineering, NBAA Scholarships, Flt School Threatened, John King on MOCA

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators set forth that the aviation industry is suffering an epidemic of flight-test applicants failing to even qualify for their written tests and check-rides. Attendees of a 2022 OSH meeting of senior [FAA] Designated Pilot Examiners (DPEs) and FAA personnel estimated that—owing to incorrect endorsements and/or inadequate pilot experience—one-in-five check-ride applicants never even qualifies to start his FAA Flight Test due to incorrect logbook endorsements. Clay Lacy Aviation has bolstered its commitment t

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Classic Aero-TV: AirVenture Hideaway - Chuck Swain’s Beer Coffin

A True ANN Classic From 2009 (YouTube Version): Chuck Swain’s Unique Gathering, a “Bier” of “Beer”

Each year, over 40,000 EAA AirVenture attendees opt to enjoy the event from the cozy campgrounds of Camp Scholler. Located adjacent to the EAA Convention grounds, the 140-acres pack with living arrangements of all sizes, from tents to large RVs. The site transforms into an “Aviation City,” as EAA has nicknamed it, equipped with shower facilities, food services, and even two general stores. What community, however, wou

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European Space Agency Wants Lunar Time Zone

As Focus on Space Grows, Stakeholders Seek Standardization

The ESA has begun a push for a standardized lunar time zone, after the idea was floated in the Netherlands in late 2022. The change would create a common lunar reference time for use between all space operators, moving away from the current system where each mission is governed by its parent country’s time zone. While similar issues were brought up in the establishment of the International Space Station, Moon missions will be using a common ‘LunaNet’ architecture for local communications and navigation services.

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Textron Obtains Special Airworthiness Cert for Aerosonde Development

Small, High Endurance Drone to Begin Operations at Virginia Center

Textron has been issued a special airworthiness certificate from the FAA to conduct Aerosonde drone operations at its Unmanned Systems Service and Support Center located in Blackstone, Virginia. The Aerosonde is a small, high endurance, expeditionary drone powered by a fueled, reciprocating engine. The company received the special airworthiness certificate in the experimental category (SAC-EC), giving authority for Textron Systems to operate its Aerosonde MK 4.7G unmanned aircraft system within the National Airspace System.

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US Space Command Publishes Points of Focus for Operations

“Specific Behaviors” Outline Ideal Space Force Behavior

The U.S. Space Command published its list of proposed specific behaviors for future operations, setting out 8 points of particular focus for US operations in space. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III signed the Tenets of Responsible Behavior in Space in July of 2021, acknowledging 5 longstanding DoD tenets of responsible military behaviors in space. After the signing, Austin directed the commander of USSPACECOM to develop associated specific behaviors for each one, specifically suited to the Space Force’s mission.

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Indiana PD to Respond to 911 Calls with Drones

Fort WaynePD Air Support Unit to Survey Scene to Evaluate Appropriate Response

The Fort Wayne Police Department’s new Drone First Responder Program (DRF) will create a hybrid response for 911 calls within the area. Under the program, the FWPD Air Support Unit will work closely with the 911 dispatch center, responding to calls with an immediate drone sortie to survey and evaluate the area. The move will allow dispatchers to quickly ascertain the level of response appropriate to the issue.

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Top Aces Buys into EpiSci for Tactical AI

Future Aggressor Work Expected to Leverage Autonomous, Realistic AI Integration

Top Aces, the commercial operator of civilian-owned F-16 aggressors, announced their investment in EpiSci, a tactical AI developer. The company said the investment "expands on Top Aces’ commitment of providing world-class training to the next generation of combat leaders," getting out in front of the AI trend and "positioning the company at the forefront of development and training in the future ‘human-machine’ collaborative battlefield."

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NBAA Sees Strong Attendance at Leadership Conference

Theme of "Dynamic Excellence” Honed Business Stakeholders with Sessions, Speakers

The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) saw record attendance at its 2023 Leadership Conference, with nearly 500 attendees present. The Conference allows members of the industry to come together and network while laying the groundwork for collaboration on industry efforts. This year, speakers included championship NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski, author and consultant Todd Henry, and Dr. Sian Proctor, and the first black woman to pilot a spacecraft.

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M.S. Flight Simulator Reno Air Races Series 2 Announced

A Matter of Virtual Velocity

The next phase of the Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) Reno Air Race series is set to begin at 11:00 PST on 17 March 2023. On 25 January, an exhibition match featuring prominent Twitch and YouTube content creators from the Microsoft Flight Simulator community was presented to wide acclaim. The upcoming event, entry in which was open to the general public, offers flight-simulator aficionados of all derivations and skill-levels opportunity to race for glory, bragging rights, and nifty prizes.

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USAF Puts KC-46 to Work on Unconventional Airfields

New Tanker Trains on Off-Airport Runways 

Pilots from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing got a chance to try out the KC-46A Pegasus in tandem with the USAF's Airfield Marking Patterns (AMP)-3 system, practicing unconventional airfield operations. The AMP-3 system is a collection of man-portable landing aids designed to mark off unconventional runways, allowing operation from unmarked runways, roadways, or interstates. The AMP-3 builds on versions 1 and 2 with day/night capability, allowing tactical airlifts to happen with less environmental constraints. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.10.23)

Aero Linx: American Yankee Association/Grumman Owners & Pilots Association The purpose of this organization shall be to bring together in good fellowship those who share a common bond of affection and interest in the American Yankee, Model AA-1, and its descendants, models AA-1A, -1B, -1C, -5, -5A, -5B, GA-7, AG5B and Tiger aircraft. Furthermore, it is to provide a forum for owners and pilots of Grumman American aircraft to exchange information on parts and aircraft availability and to further the education and exchange of methods, ideas and modifications concerning the operation, maintenance and characteristics of these aircraft.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.10.23): Oceanic Airspace

Oceanic Airspace Airspace over the oceans of the world, considered international airspace, where oceanic separation and procedures per the International Civil Aviation Organization are applied. Responsibility for the provisions of air traffic control service in this airspace is delegated to various countries, based generally upon geographic proximity and the availability of the required resources.  

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.10.23)

“While we knew this day might come, we had hoped it wouldn’t come so soon.”

Source: The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, citing the region’s significant growth, amongst other concerns, has sounded the beloved event’s death knell. However, after the fashion of the truly and inveterately impassioned, the Reno Air Racing Association’s Board of Directors has expressed confidence the event will continue.

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