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March 15, 2023

Airborne 03.15.23: Carbon Cub on HeliPad!, Warbird Assoc., Saudia Boeing Buy

 Also: Air Force One Livery, Task-Based Phase I Guidelines, AirVenture Pattern Changes, Enstrom Rotor Governor

CubCrafters has achieved an unprecedented and, frankly, remarkable feat of aeronautical engineering and airmanship by landing one of its fixed-wing Carbon Cub aircraft on the heliport of the United Arab Emirates’ world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. The Bull’s Eye landing event was performed with with a specially-modified version of the bestselling CubCrafters’ aircraft on the 78-foot-diameter helipad—which is itself suspended 696-feet above sea-level atop the iconic 56-story hotel. The Association of Professional Warbird Operators (APWO) is a cooperative established to facilitate the development

CubCrafters-Built Aircraft Lands Atop Burj Al Arab Helipad

STOL Feat Dazzles

CubCrafters, the Yakima, Washington-based manufacturer of high-performance backcountry airplanes patterned after Piper’s iconic PA-18 Super Cub, has achieved an unprecedented and, frankly, remarkable feat of aeronautical engineering and airmanship by landing one of its fixed-wing Carbon Cub aircraft on the heliport of the United Arab Emirates’ world-famous Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.

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Saudia Announces Major Boeing Order

Saudi-Arabian Flag Carrier to Acquire Up To 121 787 Jets

Boeing and Jeddah-based Saudia announced on 14 March 2023 that the Saudi national flag carrier will add up to 49 787 Dreamliners to its long-haul fleet. Saudia plans to acquire 39 787s straight away while retaining options for an additional ten aircraft. By leveraging the Dreamliner’s proven efficiency, range, and flexibility, the air-carrier will effectively and profitably expand its global operations.

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Russian Fighter Jet Collides With U.S. MQ-9 Drone

Su-27 Dumped Fuel on U.S. Drone Prior to Collision

U.S. European Command reported on Tuesday, 14 March 2023, that a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet had collided with an unarmed American MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The collision, which occurred in international airspace, catastrophically damaged the drone and occasioned its loss in the Black Sea.

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Enstrom Introduces New Rotor RPM Governor

Thriving After Rebirth

On 08 March 2023, Enstrom proudly made public its development of a new RPM governor for the company’s piston helicopter models. Designed to aid pilots in maintaining rotor RPMs, the new governor functions by dint of a digital controller and fast-acting servo-motor.

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AirVenture 2023 Homebuilt-Rotorcraft Pattern Altered

Safety First …

Owing to expansion of aircraft parking at the south end of Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport (OSH), the flight pattern for ultralight/homebuilt rotorcraft attending EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 has been slightly altered. The enacted changes will create a more standard pattern for those using the Fun Fly Zone airstrip, home for ultralights, homebuilt rotorcraft, light planes, balloons, and the Twilight Flight Fest.

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WestJet Pilots Respond to Acquisition of Sunwing

WestJet Across the Great White North

Currently in ongoing negotiations for their second collective labor agreement, Pilots of WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline after flag-carrier Air Canada, have reiterated their call for greater job-security, better working conditions, and industry-standard wages. The aviators’ demands echo loudly in the wake of the Canadian federal government’s formal approval of WestJet’s acquisition of Toronto-headquartered low-cost air-carrier Sunwing Airlines.

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Boeing & GMR Partner in Freighter Conversion Enterprise

New Hyderabad, India Facility Announced

U.S. aerospace titan Boeing has partnered with India's GMR Aero Technic—an Airframe Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD)—for purpose of establishing an Indian in-country facility at which passenger aircraft will be converted to freighters. The enterprise speaks to the surging global demand for cargo occasioned, in part, by online commerce.

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Airbus Cites Increasing Demand for H160s

Newcomer to Company Portfolio Sees Waxing Interest

Airbus Helicopters said it has continued to see increasing demand for its H160 and ACH160 helicopters, with more than 12 ordered throughout the North American market. While the numbers may seem small when contrasted against competing rotary-wing manufacturers, but Airbus is playing in the American sandbox against long time dominants like Bell, Sikorsky, and Boeing. Airbus seems comfortable that the H160 will win over additional American buyers with its Euro-scented presentation and modern accouterments.

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DIU Invests in Mobile SAF Production

Contract with Air Company Could Eventually Provide Self-Contained, Portable SAF Production at Forward Bases

The Defense Innovation Unit has started an effort to provide small-scale, mobile, quickly deployable fuel production under their Project SynCE. The program, short for 'Synthetic Fuels for the Contested Environment', aims to provide military operations with a resilient, configurable solution to fueling in denied environments. 

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

On An Approximate 4-Mile Final Approach For Runway 14 At SUW When It Suddenly Pitched Down About 30°

On February 24, 2023, about 1607 central standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR22, N929DR, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Duluth, Minnesota. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot co-owned the airplane and based it at Richard I Bong Airport (SUW), Superior, Wisconsin. The purpose of the accident flight was a short reposition from Duluth International Airport (DLH), Duluth, Minnesota to SUW. According to Automatic  Dependent SurveillanceBroadcast (ADS-B) data and data downloaded from the airplane’s remote data mo

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Classic Aero-TV: A 2011 LSA Q&A – What’s Missing From Today’s LSAs?

From 2011 (YouTube Version): The Third Question (of Five) Is Put Forth Among The Attendees of the 2011 US SAE

OK... three questions down, two to go... are you feeling better educated about LSAs yet? One of the most enjoyable interactions we at ANN and Aero-TV undertake at the dozens of events we attend is the chance to talk NOT with the newsmakers... but to those that the news we report on affects most... YOU. At the 2011 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, we spent extra time asking the attendees a series of five questions... both to gauge the kind of interest that LSA holds for the aviation community as well as the strength of that interest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.23)

Aero Linx: American Association of Airport Executives American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is the largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of management personnel at public use airports.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.15.23)

“I want to stress that this MQ-9 was operating in international airspace over international waters and posed a threat to nobody.” Source: National Security Council strategic communications coordinator John Kirby briefing reporters on a U.S. European Command report that a Russian Su-27 Flanker fighter jet had collided with an unarmed American MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).  

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