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March 28, 2023

Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 1: Carbon Cub UL, Rotax 916!, Junkers A50 Jr

 Also: Quality Aircraft Accessories, UAE Training Program, No New FAA Admin... Yet, Lockheed Vega

CubCrafters announced the latest addition to the Carbon Cub UL lineup with a lightweight, turbocharged Rotax-powered Cub geared for sales outside its home American market. The new Carbon Cub UL replaces the model's usual engine, the Titan CC340, with a Rotax 916 iS. The smaller, lighter engine provides a few benefits: The 160-hp Rotax enables the Cub to 2 adults with a full fuel load and a 'reasonable' amount of baggage at a 1,320 lb max takeoff weight. There is a new Rotax in town and a number of sport aircraft manufacturers are salivating at the prospect... and certified aircraft builders are getting kinda interested as well. The 916iS,

CubCrafters Announces Rotax-Powered Carbon Cub UL

New Combination Aimed at International Sales

CubCrafters announced the latest addition to the Carbon Cub UL lineup with a lightweight, turbocharged Rotax-powered Cub geared for sales outside its home American market. The new Carbon Cub UL replaces the model's usual engine, the Titan CC340, with a Rotax 916 iS. The smaller, lighter engine provides a few benefits: The 160-hp Rotax enables the Cub to 2 adults with a full fuel load and a 'reasonable' amount of baggage at a 1,320 lb (600 kg) max takeoff weight. An additional boon for those abroad is the 916's ability to run on both aviation and automobile fuels- very helpful in countries without ubiquitous 100LL distribution.

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Former FAA Boss Michael Huerta Appointed to Joby Board

Stacking the Deck

Joby Aviation, the California-based, Toyota-backed designer and builder of Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles, announced that former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta had been appointed to the company’s board of directors.

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Buzz Aldrin Never Alleged Moon Landings Were Faked

Apocryphal Viral Video Promulgates Falsehoods

Dim-witted members of the online community have taken to promulgating a video disingenuously cobbled together from three discrete interviews with Buzz Aldrin as an admission by the storied NASA astronaut and moonwalker that the Apollo 11 mission was faked.

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ALPA, IFALPA, and ECA Oppose Part 121 Single Pilot Operations

Safety vs Profit

On 27 March 2023, leaders of the world’s largest pilot unions and organizations announced a global coalition to prevent airlines and aircraft manufacturers from pushing ahead with short-sighted and specious plans to amend extant Federal Aviation regulation and aircraft type certification protocols to allow single pilot Part 121 aircraft operations. Pilot representatives from the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) vowed to take collective action to protect the flying public and counter the aggressive corporate-led lobbying campaign targeting regulators around the world, including the Internati

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Phil Washington Will NOT Head FAA

Reason Prevails—For Now

Phil Washington, Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration, has withdrawn from consideration for the position.

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MASSIVE/INNOVATIVE News Program Set To Lead SUN 'n FUN 2023

2023 SnF Innovation Preview May Turn Out To Be 2023's BIG News Event

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is proud to present, as the lead-in to the aviation year via its partnership with the Aero-News Network, the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The aviation world is driven by new developments in technology, design, and innovation... And focusing the entire Aero-Verse at the beginning of the year on all that is cool, interesting, innovative, important, and pivotal is the ultimate aim of the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The SUN ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, as the aviation world's leadoff event and a history of many decades of service to the aviation industry, is the perfect place to make a stand on focusing the future of news

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Airborne 03.20.23: SW-51 Returns, UAV Anti-Ice, FAA Safety Summit

Also: FAA Admin Nom Contested, Beechcraft Guide, Russia Honors Dumb SU-27 Pilots, USAF Budget

After an enthusiastic reception at Oshkosh, ScaleWings's SW-51 Mustang returns to Sun ´N Fun 2023.The machine is a seventy-percent replica of the North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft of the Second World War. The SW-51 was first flown in October 2014 and is supplied as both a kit for amateur construction and a complete, factory-built, ready-to-fly-aircraft. CAV Ice Protection Limited is patenting an anti-icing solution for sUAS. CAV notes that the new system has the potential to revolutionize the manner in which commercial drones are utilized in cold cli

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Lufthansa Offers Flight Academy Students “Take-off-Promise”

Train Today, Fly and Pay Tomorrow

Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH—the wholly-owned, Munich-based flight-training subsidiary of Lufthansa Group and operator of the European Flight Academy flight school (EFA)—announced on 23 March 2023 that it now offers a special value proposition appositely dubbed Take-off-Promise. By virtue of the program, student pilots enrolled at EFA will receive flight-crew contract offers from a Lufthansa Group airline within 24-months of completing their ground and flight training.

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Eurofighter Program to Secure 26,000 Spanish Jobs

Tranche Warfare

According to a recent study by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), the Eurofighter program—Europe’s largest defense program presided over primarily by the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, and Italy—will, through 2060, cumulatively secure 26,000 jobs in Spain. The PWC study examined the economic impacts of the Halcon and Quadriga contracts on España.

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Dynon Announces Airmate Partnership

Aviation Data Subscription Embeds Sectional Charts, Plates, and Database with SkyView Avionics

Airmate and Dynon are embarking on a partnership to enable US-based SkyView operators to use a complete set of aviation data, with a single tiered subscription that includes both VFR and IFR charts, approach plates, and updated databases. The Airmate database will update every 28 days to include the freshest collection of airfields, airspaces, radio beacons, waypoints, and obstacles for the contiguous US, Alaska, and Hawaii.

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Classic Aero-TV: Simplicity–Adventure A/C’s Electric Affordable Motorglider

From 2014 (YouTube Version): An Exercise In Elegant Simplicity... AND Affordable Fun!

Model airplanes and ultralights are close cousins, and you’ll see what we mean by that in this video. ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell took the opportunity to talk with Brian Carpenter while at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2014. Carpenter’s Rainbow Aviation Services specializes in sport pilot training but they got their start with ultralights. Carpenter is convi

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Hartzell Propeller Boosts Green Flight

Universal Hydrogen Chooses Hartzell Props for Test Aircraft

On the morning of 02 March 2023 Universal Hydrogen—the California energy concern about the commendable endeavor of making hydrogen-powered commercial flight a near-term reality—flew a De Havilland Dash 8-300 regional airliner under partial, hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion. The test aircraft—dubbed Lightning McClean—was kitted out with a custom-built Hartzell 91-inch-diameter, five-blade, swept airfoil, carbon-fiber propeller. Though smaller than the standard Dash 8 propeller, Hartzell’s unique screw—which comprised blades, hub, and retention components deriving of an existing 14 CFR Part 35 certified propeller—produced thrust enough to keep Lightnin

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Quality Aircraft Accessories Reopens

Expanded Fort Lauderdale MRO Serves Southern U.S. and South America

Quality Aircraft Accessories (QAA), the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based FAA Part 145 Class 1 and Class 2 Repair Station, announced on 27 March 2023 that it has reopened an expanded repair station in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The reopened facility focuses on Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) of General Aviation accessories, principally magnetos and exhaust systems. Located close to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the new and larger repair station is an extension of QAA’s principal operation and headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.23)

Aero Linx: The Taylorcraft Foundation The Taylorcraft Foundation is exclusively organized for charitable, educational & scientific activities and will preserve the history and technical information of the Taylorcraft airplanes. This Foundation is a chartered State of Ohio Corporation and has been granted IRS 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax exempt, organization. The Taylorcraft Foundation maintains archives, provides information and research assistance when possible to aircraft owners, and works to preserve Taylorcraft history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.23): Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS)

Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) A ground based GNSS station which provides local differential corrections, integrity parameters and approach data via VHF data broadcast to GNSS users to meet real-time performance requirements for CAT I precision approaches. The aircraft applies the broadcast data to improve the accuracy and integrity of its GNSS signals and computes the deviations to the selected approach.  A single ground station can serve multiple runway ends up to an approximate radius of 23 NM.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.28.23)

“We are so convinced of the good prospects that the pilot training at the European Flight Academy provides that we bring our Take-off-Promise to market. Not only does it provide our student pilots with fair and predictable prospects for an appealing job in the cockpit, but it simultaneously also provides investment security for the training costs. The impressive numbers of participants and the feedback we received at trade shows and our informational events show us that the job of a pilot has not lost any of its fascination and instead continues to be a dream career goal for many young people.” Source: A statement by Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH CEO Matthias Spohr, explaining how it can offer a special value propos

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