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April 08, 2023

South African Pilot Finds Cobra in Cockpit

Of Barons and Cobras

A pilot in South Africa made a hasty emergency landing after discovering a highly venomous cobra stowed away beneath his seat ...

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Gulfstream Announces SAV MRO Expansion

Bigger, Better, Faster, More

On 06 April 2023, Gulfstream Aerospace, the Savannah, Georgia-based manufacturer of iconic business aircraft and wholly-owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced the continued expansion of its Gulfstream Customer Support Savannah-based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) footprint at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV). The facility’s latest expansion will create 250 new jobs and add significantly to Gulfstream’s pair of extant Savannah-based service centers—the most recent of which opened in 2019.

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Analysts Urge Merger of GE and Honeywell Aerospace Divisions

Up On the Downside

GE Vernova, General Electric’s portfolio of energy businesses, is slated to spin-off from its parent company in early 2024, thereby leaving GE Aerospace trading solely as a major manufacturer of aircraft engines. Repercussions of the GE shakeup are being felt on Wall Street, where some aerospace analysts are picking up coverage of the stock while others, such as J.P. Morgan’s Stephen Tusa, are dropping coverage of General Electric altogether.

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Pan Am Flight Academy Opens Crew-Focused Training Course

Airline-Bound Airmen Invited for CRM-Focused Multi Crew Cooperation Program

Pan Am Flight Academy has introduced a new program into their offerings, the Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) course. The program is aimed towards international customers, complying with the requirements of South American and European regulations. Graduating pilots will be proficient in Crew Resource Management to a greater degree than single-pilot focused programs in the Pan Am portfolio, in addition focus on IFR flight common to carrier operations.

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Conspirators Inflate Boeing 767-300F Price by $49-Million

Attempt to Defraud Tanzanian Government Fails

Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has called for the resignations of the individuals involved in the fraudulent and malfeasant $49-million inflation of the price of Air Tanzania’s first Boeing 767-300F.

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Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance Founded

Follow the Leader

In a move that underscores the 21st Century compulsion to credulity, major companies—to include Bank of America, Boom Supersonic, Boston Consulting Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Meta (Facebook), and clean energy non-profit Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)—have unified under the auspices of the Sustainable Aviation Buyers Alliance (SABA) to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) certificates at scale. The confederacy’s departure from the convention of business entities independently purchasing SAF certificates reinforces the perception, if not the reality, that demand for Sustainable Aviation Fuels is on the rise.

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MTU to Relocate from DFW to AFW

New Facility Allows Comprehensive Engine Testing

On 06 April 2023, MTU Maintenance Dallas Inc. announced it will presently relocate from its current DFW-adjacent location in Grapevine, Texas to a vastly-larger 430,000-square-foot building on Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport (AFW). In addition to serving as MTU’s main North American hub for aircraft engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations, the new facility will enable the German concern to comprehensively test its aero engines on U.S. soil.

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Klyde Morris (04.03.23)

Klyde Casts A Shadow On Sunny Florida... For Shame!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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StandardAero Brisbane Facility Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Saving Engines and Lives Across Australia

March 2023 marks the tenth anniversary of StandardAero’s Brisbane, Australia engine Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility. Opened in March 2013, the Brisbane location is a Pratt & Whitney-authorized PT6A Designated Overhaul Facility (DOF) that maintains distribution rights on certain P&W engine models. The 22,000-square-foot facility also provides field service support for a number of additional P&W engines, including the JT15D, PT6T, PW100, and PW300.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32-300

(Witness) Saw Fire “Come From The Plane” Before He Heard It “Shift” In The Trees And Then Fall To The Street

On October 18, 2022, at 0741 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300, N902AT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Brentwood, Tennessee. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the operator of a maintenance facility at the pilot’s home airport, the purpose of the flight was to deliver the airplane to Fayetteville Municipal Airport (KYFM), Fayetteville, Tennessee, for an avionics repair. Preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane de

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.08.23)

Aero Linx: The Stearman Restorers Association

Welcome to the Stearman Restorers Association. The Stearman Restorers Association is an independent “Not for Profit” 501C-3 Corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and safe flying of Stearman Aircraft through the education of both members and the public. We are passionate about all models of Stearman biplanes. The SRA has over 1500 members in 25 countries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.08.23): Back-Taxi

Back-Taxi

A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway opposite to the traffic flow. The aircraft may be instructed to back-taxi to the beginning of the runway or at some point before reaching the runway end for the purpose of departure or to exit the runway. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.08.23)

“I kept looking down to see where it was. It was happy under the seat, I don’t have a big fear of snakes but I normally don’t go near them.”

Source: Rudolf Erasmus, who was transporting four passengers aboard a Beechcraft Baron-58 on Monday, 03 April 2023, reported feeling “something cold” slide across his lower back as the aircraft proceeded along its flight-plan route after departing the town of Worcester in South Africa’s Western Cape. Perplexed, Mr. Erasmus glanced down to see the head of a Cape Cobra “receding back under the seat.”

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