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March 30, 2023

Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 3: LightSpeed!, Super Petrel XP, BIG Piper Buy

 Also: Air-Britain, FAA Lifetime Achievement, NASA Update, BizAv Boom... NOT?

It’s not enough to build great headsets anymore... now they have to start doing tricks... and the Lightspeed Delta Zulu is leading the pack. We've Had one here at ANN for a few weeks and while we could go on about how well it works as a stand-alone headset, it's the CO Monitoring capability and the apps that go with it that get so much attention and should... Like Lightspeed, Super Petrel USA had some great news to impart at the Sun ‘n Fun Innovation Preview. The new XP variant was conceived to accommodate Rotax’s 915is aircraft engine... Piper Aircraft has signed a purchase agreement for a large fleet of new Piper aircraft. The long-term a

Aerox to Acquire 02 Corporation

Oxygen Lineup of Nebulizers, Masks, Switches, and Valves to Join Aerox Brand

Aerox made the most of their time at the Sun n' Fun Innovation Preview to announce their intent to acquire the Therapeutic and Supplemental Aviation Oxygen product lines of O2 Corporation. The companies signed a letter of intent to complete the acquisition in May of 2023, building up the Aerox lineup of aviation oxygen equipment with the lineup of O2 Corporation's nebulizer and mask kits, in addition to their oxygen switches, valves, and aircraft accessories. Eventually, the companies will undergo a joint rebranding to reflect their resulting identity.

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Retrofits for Legacy Kodiaks Just Keep on Comin’

Kodiak 100s See New Flight Deck Upgrade Option

Daher's series of announcements at Sun 'n Fun 2023 have continued, with even more attention paid to previous iterations of the Kodiak 100. Early on, the company announced a 5-bladed, quieter propeller retrofit for Series 1, 2, and 3 of the Kodiak 100. That attention to working birds already in service continued with the addition of a modernized flight deck upgrade, replacing the now aging (time goes fast, doesn't it?) G1000 glass panel avionics with the modern G1000 NXi.

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Blue Line Aviation Places Major Piper Aircraft Order

NC Flight School to Acquire up to 115 Archers and Seminoles

Piper Aircraft, the storied American aircraft manufacturer, proudly announced that Blue Line Aviation, the popular, Smithfield, North Carolina-based flight school, has signed a purchase agreement for a large fleet of new Piper aircraft. The long-term agreement includes full replacement of the school’s extant single-and multi-engine fleets with Piper’s reliable, robust, and eminently proven Archer TX single-engine and Seminole twin-engine aircraft. The order comprises an initial firm commitment for 55 aircraft with options for an additional sixty planes. Deliveries of Blue Line’s new aircraft are slated to begin in the second half of 2023.

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Air-Britain Publishes Updated General Aviation Handbook

Full-Color, Printed Book Catches up on 20 Years of Aviation

Air-Britain's General Aviation Handbook is back and better than ever, taking the tried-and-true recipe used by previous iterations and updating it for the modern market. The Handbook is meant to be a "quick reference to private aircraft built from 1945", including nearly all post-2000 fixed wing aircraft of every category within its pages. The softback book is 256 A4-sized, color pages, with more than 560 photographs to reference each and every aircraft.

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Airbus Chinese Assembly Line Delivers First A321neo

Narrow-Body Middle Kingdom

Airbus has delivered the first A321neo aircraft assembled at its Final Assembly Line Asia (FAL Tianjin) to Chinese air-carrier Juneyao Air. During its delivery flight, the 207-seat narrow-body airliner’s two 30,000-lbf, Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Geared Turbofan (GTF) engine were powered by a ten-percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel blend.

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NASA’s Human Spaceflight Boss to Retire

Astronaut Ken Bowersox to Henceforth Oversee Division

NASA Associate Administrator of Space Operations Mission Directorate Kathy Lueders announced on Monday, 27 March 2023, that she will retire from the agency at the end of April. Lueders’ current deputy, NASA astronaut Ken Bowersox, will assume the station of Head of Space Operations effective Monday, 01 May.

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Cessna 177 Cardinal Owners: Between A Rock And An FAA Place

AD Stems From A Centurion 210 Carry-Thru Spar Failure in Australia 

Cessna Cardinal owners have been expecting the other shoe to drop regarding their aged aircraft carry thru spars, and the FAA did not disappoint. In a move some owners consider an onerous and unnecessary action the FAA issued an Airworthiness directive March 20, 2023 requiring inspection and possible replacement of the main wing carry thru spar in all flavors of the oft-misunderstood, but cultishly beloved Cardinal.

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Dynon Announces Return to Normalcy

With Supply Chain in Order, Most Products Ready to Ship

Dynon was happy to announce that the warehouse is back to the usual swing of things, with most products in-stock and ready to ship after years of supply chain woes. Just like everyone else in the electronics manufacturing market, Dynon has faced a daunting combination of delays, supplier changes, and inconsistent delivery schedules as the global economy continued to suffer the aftereffects of 2020. For months now, Dynon has endured a constant backlog, despite efforts to increase manufacturing and output.

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FAA Lifetime Achievement Award to New York A&P/IA

Mr. Ed Libassi Honored for Distinguished Career

During a special 24 March 2023 ceremony, the FAA awarded its top maintenance honor, the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, to Long Island aircraft mechanic Ed Libassi, 70, of Shoreham, New York, for his more than fifty-years of service to the aviation community.

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Classic Aero-TV: No Small Achievement–AMA’s Extraordinary Model Aviation Museum

From 2015 (YouTube Version): A Truly Spectacular Sport Aviation Treasure -- For ALL Those Who Love Aviation

Join ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, as he relives his childhood start in aviation through model aircraft when he visits the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) headquarters and the AMA Museum located in Muncie, Indiana. In this video, Jim talks with Michael Smith, the Museum Director for the AMA. Even the most avid modeler will see things in this video of the Museum that they probably never knew existed. The museum’s displays includes replicas of m

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Airborne 03.22.23: SnF Innovation Preview!, CVR Upgrades, Propel Flt Academy

Also: B-21 First Flight Delayed, EAA's 30th, Ducommun Acquiring BLR, Qantas Warning

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 scheduled for 1030 ET on DAY ONE. See it LIVE at at 1030ET or come to SnF and see it for yourself in the Pavilion (ACE3 on the SnF Map), on the West side of the SnF Headquarters building. Following recent incidents involving runway incursions and traffic conflicts between Part 121 aircraft, t

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SmartSky and Davinci Jets Expand Partnership

New Capabilities Enhance Customer Experience

SmartSky Networks, the Charlotte, North Carolina-based developer of innovative air-to-ground broadband connectivity and communication systems for business and commercial aviation, named Davinci Jets, the full-service MRO with FAA part 145 Certification based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), its newest sales and installation partner.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.30.23)

Aero Linx: International Ryan Club The International Ryan Club is a community dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of pre-WWII Ryan aircraft. Help us keep the Ryan flyin! Members enjoy access to a network of Ryan enthusiasts, technical resources, vintage publications and the ability to post questions, events, news, photos, and classified ads to community forums. Join today!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.30.23): Middle Marker

Middle Marker A marker beacon that defines a point along the glideslope of an ILS normally located at or near the point of decision height (ILS Category I). It is keyed to transmit alternate dots and dashes, with the alternate dots and dashes keyed at the rate of 95 dot/dash combinations per minute on a 1300 Hz tone, which is received aurally and visually by compatible airborne equipment.  

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.30.23)

“Our acquisition of the O2 Corp. Therapeutic and Supplemental Aviation Oxygen product lines extends the Aerox aviation oxygen systems integration capabilities and will allow us to provide our OEM customers with more options for oxygen systems for their aircraft. Like Aerox, O2 Corp has a long legacy of serving the aviation industry. The O2 Corp product line will be fully integrated into the Aerox systems offerings and will also expand our customer base into business aviation.”   Source: Aerox president, Scott E. Ashton, describing his modus operandi for his latest acquisition.

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