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March 19, 2023

DJI Announces Mini 2 SE Drone

New UAV Offers Affordability and Function

The release of DJI’s new Mini 2 SE drone strategically expands the company’s Mini line and offers drone operators yet another powerful and portable UAV by which to accomplish their professional and/or recreational objectives. A step up from the Mini SE, the Mini 2 SE improves upon many of the Mini SE's features while maintaining its resolution.

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Poland to Provide Ukraine MiG-29s

The Perils of Escalation

Polish president Andrzej Duda announced his country will provision Ukraine with approximately one-dozen Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets—thereby securing Poland the dubious distinctions of being the first NATO member to acknowledge the Ukrainian government's requests for warplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: Power Flow Systems - An Altogether Different Tune

From 2013 (YouTube Version): It's Not Enough To Simply Get More Power... You Have To Do It Right

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell met with Jim Shafer of Power Flow Exhaust Systems at EAA AirVenture 2013. Power Flow Systems specializes in producing tuned exhaust system for a variety of engine and airplane installation combinations. Shafer points out that most exhaust systems are designed to get rid of the exhaust gas, and that’s about all they do. Power Flow changes that by tuning the exhaust system which increases efficiency and horsepower.

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2024 USAF Budget Makes Tough, 'Uncool' Choices

A-10s, F-22s on the Outs with Orders for F-35s, KC-36s, and F-15EXs

The Air Force's FY2024 budget of 215 billion appears to have made some harsh selections in fleet sizing, with plans to eliminate 32 Block 20 F22A Raptors, 57 F-15C and D model Eagles, and 42 A-10 Warthogs. The budget also looks to buy 14 KC-46A Pegasus tankers, 7 MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters, 24 F-15EX Eagle IIs, 48 F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, and a single E-11A BACN. The choice to slash the fleets of two enthusiast favorites, the A-10 and F-22, will likely be a hard pill to swallow for some.

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Bell Says Bell 429 a Hit in Africa

With 2 Deliveries and 1 Sale, the 429 Inches its Way to (Eventual?) Market Dominance

Bell's PR department was quick to crow about their increasing level of interest in the Bell 429 in africa, thanks to the recent sale of one, and delivery of 2 aircraft to the region. While the sales are nice, a single new sale may not be quite the measure of success to claim the continent just yet - but the Bell 429 is a fine aircraft either way. 

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DOT Asserts Phil Washington Requires No Waiver

Biden FAA Boss Nominee Unable to Pass Private Pilot Knowledge Test

The White House has stated that Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), needs no waiver from Congress to be confirmed. Appointment to high positions in numerous federal regulatory agencies are expressly predicated upon nominees being civilians, not military personnel. Previous FAA nominees with retired military status—specifically, those who served twenty-or-more years in uniform—were required to secure waivers from both the House and Senate. The Biden White House, however, has deemed for reasons passing understanding that Phil Washington is an exception to the requirement.

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LIFT Completes First Crewed eVTOL Flights in Japan

Piloted HEXA Aircraft Demo Will Complete Tour Throughout Country

Lift's Hexa aircraft made a notable demo for the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), obtaining approval for additional demonstrations. The company completed Phase 1 flight testing and initial envelope development with the USAF, moving onward to Alpha Flights to allow persons outside the company to fly the prototype Hexa. Demonstrations were held on a field within sight of the Osaka Castle, with Masatoshi Kumagai of GMO Internet Group taking up the helm for a few flights in the pattern after a brief introduction to the aircraft.

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JetBlue and Shell Aviation Announce LAX SAF Agreement

California Dreaming

JetBlue, the U.S. low-cost airlines currently at odds with the Biden DOJ over its proposed acquisition of Spirit Airlines, and Shell Aviation, the aerospace subsidiary of the British-Dutch multinational oil and gas company, announced on 14 March 2023 that the two companies would collaborate to bolster the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). JetBlue and Shell Aviation look to commence SAF deliveries to LAX in the first half of 2023.

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Inmarsat & Heron AirBridge Partnership Announced

Companies to Integrate UAVs Into Singapore’s Airspace

Inmarsat, the British satellite telecommunications company, announced On 15 March 2023 that Singapore-based Heron AirBridge, a concern specializing in Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) in the Asia Pacific region, had joined its Velaris Partner Network—a connectivity service intended to support the growth of the emergent commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector. Inmarsat asserts the partnership will set the worldwide standard for the integration of UAVs into national airspace systems.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150G

Airplane Impacted A Tree About 205 Ft Prior To The Final Resting Place

On February 27, 2023, about 1655 eastern standard time, a Cessna 150G, N2991J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hillsville, Virginia. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A friend of the pilot reported that the pilot flew from Twin County Airport (HLX), Hillsville, Virginia, to Burlington/Alamance Regional Airport (BUY), Burlington, North Carolina, to pick up parts for an engine the pilot was working on.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.19.23)

Aero Linx: European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP)

Since 1956 the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) provides a forum for professionals working in the various domains of aviation psychology and human factors. With more than 560 members worldwide we facilitate - from a European perspective - a professional network to encourage the successful management of human performance in aviation. If you are working in the field of aviation psychology and human factors, and you are looking for professional exchange and stimulation, join our association and contribute to its future challenges and opportunities to promote the human side of aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.19.23): Back-Taxi


A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway opposite to the traffic flow. The aircraft may be instructed to back-taxi to the beginning of the runway or at some point before reaching the runway end for the purpose of departure or to exit the runway.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.19.23)

“JCAB was thorough in their review of our safety standards and our aircraft, and gave us the green light to fly. It’s an honor that our aircraft was selected to be the first eVTOL ever piloted in Japan.” Source: Matt Chasen, founder, and CEO of LIFT Aircraft, discussing Lift's Hexa aircraft and its notable demo for the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), and obtaining approval for additional demonstrations.

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