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March 27, 2023

Airborne 03.27.23: Blue Origin, Comp Air 6.2, SnF Innovations!

 Also: Hartzell, Dynon and Airmate, Last Czech WWII RAF Pilot, Mig-29s For Ukraine

Blue Origin’s crew-rated suborbital launch vehicle dealt with a mission-ending anomaly during NS-23, an un-maned flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on the morning of 12 September 2022. No lives were lost in the incident, and both Blue Origin and New Shepard—within the context of spaceflight malfunctions—acquitted themselves honorably. Comp Air Aviation plans to display its Comp Air 6.2 at Booth MD 7-B of Lakeland, Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo 2023. A great deal of progress has been made on the Comp Air 6.2 since SUN ‘n FUN 2022, when the model was introduced as little more than a fuselage and some

Blue Origins Discloses NS-23 Findings

September 2022 Mishap Attributed to Failed Engine Nozzle

Comes now 24 March 2023, and Blue Origins has made public the findings of the NS-23 investigation. To wit: The direct cause of the NS-23 mishap was a thermo-structural failure of the engine nozzle. The resulting thrust misalignment properly triggered the Crew Capsule escape system, which functioned as designed throughout the flight.  The Crew Capsule and all payloads onboard landed safely and will be flown again.  All systems designed to protect public safety functioned as planned. There were no injuries. There was no damage to ground-based systems, and all debris was recovered in the designated hazard are

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STOL Season Kicks Off with Louisiana Swamp Competition

Competition Starts Cookin' for 2023

The National STOL's Swamp STOL competition results are in, letting loose the smack-talking as spring ignites some fighting spirit for the 2023 season. A field of high-wing bush planes descended on Jennings, Louisiana, for a wet, muddy time enjoying a few updates to the format to kick off the year. New branding, rules, and classes allow a greater variety of competitors to test their mettle against one another, from brand-new first-timers to highly customized pilots at the top of their game.

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SWA Flight Returns to LAS after PIC Incapacitated

Aircraft Lands Safely

On Wednesday, 22 March 2023, a credentialed, off-duty pilot traveling as a passenger aboard Southwest Airlines Flight 6013 from Las Vegas’s Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) to Columbus, Ohio’s John Glenn-Columbus International Airport (CMH) helped land the Southwest Boeing 737 after the aircraft’s Pilot In Command (PIC/captain) became incapacitated shortly after departure.

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Last Czech WWII RAF Pilot Passes On

General Emil Bocek Dies at 100

General Emil Bocek, the last living Czech pilot who fought Hitler’s Third Reich during the Second World War while serving with Britain's Royal Air Force has—after a long and distinguished life—gone to his eternal reward at age one-hundred.

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eSPRG Profile: Montaer’s MC01 LSA Aircraft Bridges Past and Future

The Montaer MC01: One of the 1000+ SportPlane Profiles Destined For The Next SportPlane Resource Guide

E-I-C Note: The eSPRG and ANN staff have been working furiously, behind the scenes on a new All-Digital, Next-Generation, SportPlane Resource Guide.In addition to nearly 100 'How-To' chapters, dozens of appendices, THOUSANDS of videos and images, and other fonts of SportPlane knowledge, we estimate that some 1000 or so SportPlanes and Sport Aircraft will eventually be profiled. Herewith; a sample profile of one of the many, many, MANY aircraft coming up for the next eSPRG... Striking and stylish, Montaer’s MC01 suggests a modern reimagining of Cessna’s famed 177 Cardinal. Notwithstan

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Success Compels Bombardier to Update Objectives

Winning the Long Game

Bombardier, based on strong business execution and fundamentals, announced it is updating its 2025 objectives. The company now aspires to see annual revenues of $9-billion by 2025, with an adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization (EBITDA) of more than $1.625-billion and a healthy adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 18-percent. Bombardier, in the coming years, also expects to generate significant free cash flow, to the tune of more than $900-million annually by 2025. By continuing to de-lever its business, the company now expects to reach a net leverage ratio in the range of 2.0x to 2.5x.

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Classic Aero-TV: Precision Flight With An Accent! - Patrouille De France at SNF

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Rare U.S. Appearance For The French Precision Demonstration Team

Sun 'n Fun 2017 attendees got a rare treat during the April 3 and 4 air shows ... a performance by the Patrouille de France, the French military precision demonstration team. The team toured North America as part of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into WWI. Maj. Christophe Dubois, Team Leader of Patrouille de France, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the team came to Sun 'n Fun to show the skills of the French Air Force as part of their partnership with aircraft manufacturer Daher.

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NASA Announces Public Tours of Glenn Research Facility

Tours Resume for First Time Since 2019

The Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio will once again provide in-person facility tours for 6 dates from April through November, granting visitors a behind-the-scenes look at NASA developmental facilities. Tours will be given of a different portion of the location for each tour date, starting with the first jaunt through the Glenn Center's Photovoltaic lab.

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NTSB Prelim: Enstrom F-28C

During Takeoff, About 30 Feet Above The Ground, The Engine Lost Partial Power

On March 5, 2023, about 1400 Alaska standard time, an Enstrom F-28C Helicopter, N5688R sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Anchorage, Alaska. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The helicopter was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.The pilot completed the preflight and engine run-up with no anomalies noted. The helicopter then departed from the Lake Hood Seaplane Base (LHD), Anchorage.

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Airborne-SE 03.16.23: Sun n Fun Update With Gene Conrad, Part Deux!

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Reports On EVEN MORE Cool Things Coming To SnF23!

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we continue to prepare for the 49th rendition of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, now some ten days or so away, SnF BOss, Gene Conrad has kept the Lakeland staff busy with all manner of new updates and improvements. In this chat, we start with the good stuff! It's airshow time and there are few better reason o go to Sun 'n Fun than to watch the airshows that they present in many forms. The daytime shows, with the US Navy Blue Angels heading up the roster is a big draw,,, but so are many other performers that fly both NIGHT and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.23)

Aero Linx: National Aeronca Association We are the NAA... Founded by Jim Thompson and fostered by his leadership for nearly thirty years, we are now led by a Board of Directors. We meet in convention every two years at Hook Field (MWO) in Middletown, Ohio, the site of the Aeronca Corporation, where all of our post war planes were produced. We are dedicated to supporting the design and preserving the history of Aeronca aircraft. 21st Nat'l Aeronca Convention to be held JUNE 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2023 at Hook Field (MWO) Middletown, Ohio.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.23): Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) A TFR is a regulatory action issued by the FAA via the U.S. NOTAM System, under the authority of United States Code, Title 49. TFRs are issued within the sovereign airspace of the United States and its territories to restrict certain aircraft from operating within a defined area on a temporary basis to protect persons or property in the air or on the ground. While not all inclusive, TFRs may be issued for disaster or hazard situations such as: toxic gas leaks or spills, fumes from flammable agents, aircraft accident/incident sites, aviation or ground resources engaged in wildfire suppression, or aircraft relief activities following a disaster. TFRs may also be issued

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.27.23)

“In 2021, we laid the foundation for a stronger, more resilient, and predictable Bombardier by 2025. Halfway down the road, we can say we are delivering on that promise. All of Bombardier’s strategic priorities are on track or ahead of plan. We are, therefore, proud to announce today that we are confidently raising the bar. The future is bright for Bombardier. While we are carefully monitoring the current market situation, we know that we have all the ingredients in place to remain a driving force in the industry. Our financial performance allows us to secure our vision for the future and enable our exceptional, dedicated, and passionate teams to lead the way towar

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