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March 25, 2023

RAA Applauds Pilot Retirement Age Legislation

If It Isn’t Broken …

In response to legislation titled the Let Experienced Fly Act, Regional Airline Association (RAA) President and CEO Faye Malarkey Black, on 21 March 2023, offered a comprehensive statement of support.

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U.S. Senate Panel Cancels Planned Phil Washington Vote

Kings, Wannabe's, and the Short Roads Between

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee canceled a planned vote pertaining to Phil Washington, Joe Biden’s controversial nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Senate Commerce Committee chair Maria Cantwell (Democrat, Washington State) set forth that she was delaying the vote "pending information that members have been seeking." Cantwell did not specify a future date on which the nomination’s consideration might continue.

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Hartzell Has a Busy Week in Store at SNF 2023

Welding Courses, Exhibitions, and Demonstrations Galore at Lakeland

Hartzell will be out in force at this week's Sun n' Fun, with each arm of the company making an appearance to strut their stuff with engine tech, aerospace welding, and propellers. A number of air show performers will make a splash with the brand's Propeller equipment, too, with Michael Goulian in his Extra 330SC, Greg Koontz' Decathlon, Team Redline's RV-8, Bill Stein's Edge 540, Kevin Coleman's Extra 300SHP, and Jim Pietz' F33C Bonanza all sporting Hartzell kit throughout their appearances.

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Classic Aero-TV: It's A Bird, It's A Plane -- It's Jetman!

From 2013 (YouTube Version): Don't Miss This AMAZING Interview With The Jet-Powered Yves Rossy

Despite a few issues to be worked out for the future, the first public airshows featuring Jetman Yves Rossy set imaginations soaring. You could see it in faces all over Wittman Field as folks craned their heads skyward to catch a glimpse of the man who made himself a missile. Rossy prepared for months... undertaking a number of unique tasks to get his skills where he wanted them... though one

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Wingcopter Embarks on Hydrogen Powered Partnership

Faster Turnaround, Longer Legs on the Table with ZAL Partnership

Wingcopter has embarked on a partnership with the Hamburg-based ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research GmbH to provide hydrogen power to their electric UAVs. The German manufacturers currently plan to include a hydrogen-based propulsion system to the Wingcopter 198, allowing the aircraft to extend its range and refueling capacity while remaining fully emission-free. The addition of hydrogen propulsion should, if successful, provide the same performance of the current Wingcopter with greater ease in deployment and turnaround between delivery missions.

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United Airlines and Archer to Found Chicago UAM Network

Midnight in the Windy City

On 23 March 2023, Archer Aviation Inc., the California-based designer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and United Airlines (UAL) announced their joint plan to launch Chicago’s first air taxi route between O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Vertiport Chicago—a facility in the Illinois Medical District near Chicago’s famed Loop.

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Parker Hosts Webinar for Engine Mounts, Shimmy Damper Usage

Engineered Materials Group Offers Presentation on Engine Mounting, Installation, Maintenance

Parker Lord is providing a webinar covering some of their general aviation systems, in everything from design and installation to maintenance and ownership. The presentation will be headed by Emily Mogel, Mechanical Engineering specialist at Parker Lord. Given its branded nature, the webinar will carry a decided focus on the utility of company equipment in a few key areas, like the technical design of engine mounts for GA use, their installation & upkeep, and the firm's "unique fluid-free shimmy dampers."

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NTSB Final Report: Cessna 501

Airplane Entered A High Acceleration, Unusual Attitude, Descending Left Turn From Which The Pilot Was Not Able To Recover

Analysis: The instrument-rated pilot of the business jet airplane, pilot-rated passenger, and five passengers departed on a cross-country flight and entered the clouds while performing a climbing right turn. The airplane then began to descend, and air traffic control (ATC) asked the pilot to confirm altitude and heading. The pilot did not respond. After a second query from ATC, the pilot acknowledged the instructions. The airplane entered a climbing right turn followed by a left turn. After ATC made several attempts to contact the pilot, the airplane entered a rapid descending left turn and impacted a sh

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.23)

Aero Linx: LightHawk

We know that aviation can greatly enhance conservation work, often in ways that are not immediately obvious. We also know that aviation resources are often too costly for conservation efforts, even if their value and contribution is understood. LightHawk conservation staff seek out projects and partners where we know we can make a significant contribution. We then serve as consultants, co-designing flight campaigns to achieve relevant and important conservation outcomes, educational objectives and outreach strategies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.23): Standard T

Standard T

An RNAV approach whose design allows direct flight to any one of three initial approach fixes (IAF) and eliminates the need for procedure turns. The standard design is to align the procedure on the extended centerline with the missed approach point (MAP) at the runway threshold, the final approach fix (FAF), and the initial approach/intermediate fix (IAF/IF). The other two IAFs will be established perpendicular to the IF.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.25.23)

"While Mr. Washington honorably served our nation in the Army, he did not serve in an aviation unit. He is not a pilot, has zero aviation safety experience, and is entirely unqualified to lead the federal agency responsible for keeping the flying public safe." Source: Attributed to a number of DC lawmakers who are opposed to the nomination of Phil Washington to fill the post of FAA Administrator.  

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