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March 05, 2023

Women in Aviation International Sees Surging Attendance at WAI2023

Enthusiasm for WAI Programs, Scholarships Continues to Grow

Women in Aviation International held one of its biggest and most successful annual gatherings during the 34th Annual Women in Aviation International Conference in Long Beach, California. The occasion allowed the WAI to congregate, network, and hand out 120 scholarship awards between female peers within the aviation and aerospace industry.

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Airborne-SE 02.23.23: Sun n Fun Update With Gene Conrad

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Reports On Several New improvements at the SnF Campus

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we prepare for the 49th rendition of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, SnF BOss, Gene Conrad has kept the Lakeland staff busy with all manner of new updates and improvements.  Starting with some of the most requested items on the ‘to-do’ list, it's obvious that Conrad and staff have used this prep year to their best potential as they recraft the Expo for this year and even get a headstart on what will be their 50th Anniversary event in 2024. But first; let’s look at ticketing and a few ways to save a f

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Oregon International Airshow Announces Growler Demo Team to Roster

EA-18Gs Join F-35, A-10 Demonstration Teams at Charity Airshow

The Hillsboro Airport will soon host the US Navy's EA-18G Growler Demo Team for the Oregon International Airshow, running from May 19-21. The lineup has spent some time in flux in recent months, as everyone works out a schedule for performers across the country. But the Hillsboro roster has been growing at a healthy pace, starting off their initial announcements with the A-10 Thunderbolt II team.

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Rare WWII Target Drone to be Displayed

Idaho’s Spirit of Flight Museum Acquires Culver PQ-14

Nampa, Idaho’s Spirit of Flight Foundation museum announced that a rare WWII era Culver target drone has been donated to the museum’s collection. Spirit of Flight Foundation president Gordon Page stated: “We have had a Culver PQ-14 Target Drone on our wishlist for years, but there aren’t many left of the over three-thousand built.”

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Congressional Report Cites F-35 Failures

Lightning II Reliably Unreliable

The United States Air Force (USAF), in 2021, conducted the TacAir study, an investigative enterprise that examined the tactical requirements of U.S. combat aircraft in future conflicts. The study’s results compelled Air Force chief of staff General Charles Q. Brown to concede the F-35 program had failed to achieve its goals. General Brown further set forth that little reason existed to believe the F-35 platform would ever deliver on its designer’s promises. Comes now 2023, and the F-35 variant operated by the U.S. Air Force is flying less frequently than the service’s F-15E Strike Eagles—which were developed during the Reagan administration of the 1980s.

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Clay Lacy Aerospace Scholarships Top $500,000

FBO Titan Walks the Walk 

Clay Lacy has anted-up a tremendously generous $500,000 in scholarship funding, thereby making manifest both its largess and dedication to the upcoming generation of aerospace professionals. All told, the 55-year-old FBO concern—in addition to $225,000 in scholarships the company has granted since 2015—has pledged $281,000 to students through new scholarships.

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Colorado Pushes to Make Lasing Aircraft a Class 6 Felony

Lawmaker Says Anemic Response to Laser Hooligans Result of No State-Level Law

The Colorado Pilot Association has called for stringent punishments for those lasing aircraft in flight, after a stark increase in reports through 2022. In 2021, there were 260 incidents reported to the state, in 2022 that number climbed to more than 300. Pilots in the area said they've had enough, with 400 aviation-related businesses joining with the Association to demand harsher punishments for those caught targeting aircraft with high-powered lasers.

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Coast Guard Abandons Search for Mystery Aerial Object

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

On 02 March 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) made public details pertaining to its efforts to recover the remnants of a mystery aerial object downed over Lake Huron by a USAF F-16 on 12 February. In a statement, the service reported that it had deployed vessels ranging from heavy ice-breakers to airplanes, the crews of which spent nearly sixty-hours looking for the object—albeit unsuccessfully.

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USAF’s Task Force 99 Conducts First Operation

Sleepers in the Middle East

U.S. Air Forces Central (AFCENT)—the air component of United States Central Command—reported in February 2023 that the service's Task Force 99 had concluded its first operational experiment, a successful test using small drones for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) purposes.

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Classic Aero-TV: Citation Service Ctr–Maintaining Performance for Cessna Jets

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Cessna’s Kelly Reich Introduces the Citation Parts Distribution Service

Every year, Cessna invests crucial time and assets to provide their customers with the utmost service. In order to provide this service to Citation owners and operators, Cessna created a worldwide network of nine Cessna-owned Citation Service Centers and 24 Authorized Citation Service Centers. At each center, expert Citation technicians can provide specialized services including on-ground support and phase inspections, avionic and airframe modifications, damage repair, engine overhauls, hot section inspections, interior refurbishment, and exterior painting.

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NTSB Prelim: Willman Loren Loren's AirCam

(Witness) Saw The Airplane’s Wing Tilt To The Right Then The Airplane Nose-Dived Straight Down

On February 19, 2023, about 1335 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur built amphibious Lockwood Aircraft corporation AirCam, N420PF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Grass Valley, California. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91 personal flight. A witness reported the pilot took him on a 25-minute flight and showed him areas of interest near the Nevada County Airport (GOO). The pilot then returned to the airport, dropped off his passenger and picked up the second passenger.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.05.23)


WORLD WAR 1 AEROPLANES was founded by Leo Opdycke in 1961 and incorporated as a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in 1979. In 2016 a decision was made by the Board of Trustees to dissolve the organization, and transfer the assets to the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum to allow back issues, documents and other related items to remain available to the public.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.05.23): North Atlantic High Level Airspace (NAT HLA)

North Atlantic High Level Airspace (NAT HLA)

That volume of airspace (as defined in ICAO Document 7030) between FL 285 and FL 420 within the Oceanic Control Areas of Bodo Oceanic, Gander Oceanic, New York Oceanic East, Reykjavik, Santa Maria, and Shanwick, excluding the Shannon and Brest Ocean Transition Areas. ICAO Doc 007 North Atlantic Operations and Airspace Manual provides detailed information on related aircraft and operational requirements.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.05.23)

"It's a testament to the training of pilots these days and the technology we have there hasn't been a catastrophic incident but everybody knows it's only a matter of time if this goes unchecked before something really catastrophic happens with a potentially massive loss of life..."  Source: Kelly Sloan with the Colorado Aviation Business Association, opining as the Colorado Pilot Association has called for stringent punishments for those lasing aircraft in flight, after a stark increase in reports through 2022.

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