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March 29, 2023

Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 2: Flying the DA50RG!, Boomula Update, SnFIP Rocked!

 Also: Kolb Aircraft, Cuban Hang Glider, Kodiak 100 Prop Upgrade, truSky ADS-B Spoofing Detection

Just prior to the festivities at SnF23 got a start, we had the chance to do a quick test jaunt in Diamond’s long-awaited DA50RG. The conditions were not great... a direct crosswind, lots of nearby scud hiding arriving SnF traffic and limited time in which to enjoy the flight... but, the DA50 delivers an exceptional stable platform with solid handling qualities that befits a serious traveling machine. One of the Innovation Preview presentations that seemed to get a lot of attention was the expanded look at Aerox’s Boomula... In keeping with its It’s Toxic to Fly Hypoxic ethos, Aerox has brought to market a unique headset

Bose Announces Next Generation of Aviation Headsets

New A30 Builds on Decades of Success with Lighter, Comfier, Quieter Headset

An all-new update to the long-lived A20 Bose surprised crowds at the Sun 'n Fun Aeronautical Expo, bringing new life to the Bose lineup with the all-new A30. After 13 years on the market, the A20 could have been long in the tooth, but a well-thought-out, comfortable design and competent noise cancellation mitigated the chances of such a stigma. Bose admits that improving on the successful recipe wasn't easy.

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Cuban Migrants Fly Motorized Hang Glider to U.S.

The Border Crisis Continues

On Saturday, 25 March 2023, Two Cuban migrants utilized a motorized hang glider to make the ninety-some-mile crossing from the communist-controlled island to Key West, Florida. The Sunshine State’s Monroe County Sheriff's Office said the duo landed safely at Key West International Airport at approximately 10:30 EDT and were turned immediately over to the U.S. Border Patrol. Monroe County spans the southwestern tip of the Florida peninsula and encompasses the islands of Key largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key, and Key West.

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Did You Miss It? 2023 SnF Innovation Preview Was Amazing!

25 Solid Indications That Aviation Is Alive And Well!

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.

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iFly GPS Rebranded - now iFly EFB

Cost-Competitive EFB App Adds Weight & Balance, Handy Features for General Aviation

Adventure Pilot's iFly GPS has become iFly EFB, an all-in one flight prep app for pilots of any category. iFly EFB can be used for both VFR and IFR flight with a yearly subscription, providing all the weather, charting, navigational, and terrain information expected of a flight bag, with additional support for instrument approaches, procedures, filing flight plans, and more with an additional fee. The app is available for Android, iOS, and Windows platforms, tapping into a wider spectrum of tablets & phones than competing electronic flight bags. The revamped iFLY app now provides support for aircraft weight and balance, allowing quick, on-the-fly calculatio

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Piper Announces New M600/SLS Technologies

Safety and Connectivity at Aviation’s Forefront

Piper Aircraft—the storied, Vero-Beach, Florida-based plane-maker—has long occupied the general aviation industry’s vanguard vis-à-vis the enhancement of its aircraft designs with cutting-edge technologies. Piper’s forward-looking ethos has seen the company be the first to certify Garmin’s GNS 430 GPS/NAV/COM system and, more recently, Collier award-winning Autoland technology. Piper Aircraft remains committed to maintaining its position of technological leadership by provisioning the entirety of its fleet with innovative, safety-enhancing technologies. Ergo, Piper is pleased to announce that later this spring, its G3000-equipped M600/SLS aircraft will be av

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SUN ‘n FUN 2023 Introduces 'The Island'

At the Center of It All …

A new leader has brought a number of forward-thinking changes to Lakeland, Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo—one of North America’s best-loved aerospace events and the Sunshine State’s largest annual convention. Among SUN 'n FUN 2023's new features is an area called The Island, sponsored by the Islands of the Bahamas ...

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Daher-Hartzell Propeller Develop New Prop Option for Kodiak 100

Five-Blade Composite Prop Replaces Standard Aluminum Model

Under a recently approved STC, Hartzell Propeller’s five-blade composite propeller for Daher’s Kodiak 100 aircraft will be available as both a factory option and for retrofit under Hartzell’s Top Prop program. Subject propeller can replace the four-blade aluminum Hartzell prop currently offered as standard equipment on Kodiak 100s.

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WACO Debuts Junkers A50 Redux

Classic Interwar Plane Turns Heads at Sun 'n Fun

The Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo has been home to a fine showing from WACO aircraft, not just bringing in their notable grub but a vintage inspired reimagining of the classic Junkers 'Junior". The WACO Junior A50 is a low-wing, corrugated aluminum taildragger with tandem seating and classic panache. The decidedly vintage and interwar-flavored A50 aims to strike a balance between the styling and cachet of an old, corrugated duralumin aircraft and the comfort, reliability, and safety of a modern light sport aircraft.

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uAvionix Introduces truSky ADS-B Spoofing Detection

New System Safeguards SkyLine UAS BVLOS Operations

On 28 March 2023, uAvionix, the Montana-based aviation technology concern founded in 2015 for purpose of advancing the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS), announced the imminent introduction of its truSky ADS-B “spoofing” detection for the company’s SkyLine Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) services. The aforementioned innovation bolsters pilot and air traffic controller confidence by scrutinizing a given aircraft’s ADS-B signal and validating it is indeed originating from subject aircraft and not being fraudulently broadcast as a means to fake or spoof the signal.

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eVTOL Tech to Bridge India’s Air Connectivity Gap

So States Indian Civil Aviation Secretary

On Monday, 27 March 2023, Indian Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal adddressed a two-day international conference organized by India’s apex industry chamber CII on advanced and short-haul air mobility, Bansal posited eVTOLs may help boost air connectivity in not only densely populated Indian metropolitan areas, but in smaller communities as well.

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United Aviate Academy Acquires Five DA-42VI Recip Twins

Aircraft to Support Academy’s Multi-Engine Curriculum

On Tuesday, 28 March 2023, Diamond Aircraft—the Austria-based, Chinese-owned maker of general aviation aircraft with manufacturing facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and London, Ontario, Canada—announced a new strategic partnership with United Airlines’ Aviate Academy. Per the partnership’s provisions, the Goodyear, Arizona-based flight academy will acquire five new jet-fuel-powered DA42-VI twin-engine-aircraft.

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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 co

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Slovakia Delivers Mig-29s to Ukraine

Hastening the Coming Storm

One week after Polish president Andrzej Duda announced Warsaw would provide Ukraine with approximately one-dozen Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets, Slovakian Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad announced his nation had handed over four of nine MiG-29s recently promised to Kyiv.

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Classic Aero-TV: Historically Unique -- Marlin Horst's Exquisite Fairchild 71

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Exotic Rebuild Reveals Aerial Work Of Art

During EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN's Michael Maya Charles took the time to get a history lesson about a great airplane from days gone by. By 1929 aviation was being recognized for its ability to transport people and cargo to areas that were extremely hard to get to. This led the Fairchild Company to come up with a single engine transport plane known as the Fairchild 71. ANN's roving reporter met up with Marlin Horst who was responsible for the restoration of one of these classic Fairchild's. In this video, Horst recounts the massive project of first locating an airplane as rare as this, and t

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Airborne-NextGen 03.21.23: SU-27 Pilots Incompetent?, LIFT in Japan, CAV Systems

Also: DJI Mini 2 SE, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inmarsat & Heron AirBridge, Sikorsky eVTOL

Senator Mark Kelly (Democrat, Arizona), a former U.S. Navy combat pilot and NASA astronaut, has openly opined that the 14 March 2023 incident in which a pair of Russian Su-27 Flanker jet fighters downed a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) over the Black Sea is ascribable to incompetence on the parts of the Russian pilots. 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

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.23)

Aero Linx: The Latin American Civil Aviation Commission

The Latin American Civil Aviation Commission, LACAC, is an international organization with a consultative character, and its conclusions, recommendations and resolutions will be subject to the approval of each one of the member States. The primary objective of the Commission is to provide the civil aviation authorities of the member States an appropriate framework within which to discuss and plan all the required measures for cooperation and coordination of all their civil aviation activities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.23): IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training in both IFR and VFR weather conditions below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.29.23)

“We are very pleased to have partnered with United Aviate as they continue to grow. Their mission to provide world-class flight training through equal opportunity initiatives will further incentivize a broader spectrum of student pilots and help meet the demand at the airline level. Diamond is proud to be part of United Aviate’s new endeavor as it trains the pilots of tomorrow with the safest, most sustainable twins on the market today.” Source: Diamond Aircraft Canada head of sales and marketing Trevor Mustard, in remarks made after United Aviate executed the purchase of new DA42-VIs.  

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