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July 14, 2023

Classic Aero-TV: Power On Time -- Mid-Continent’s MD93 Digital Clock/USB Charger

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Simple Solutions Allow For More Efficient and Versatile Cockpits

While at the AEA Southern Regional Convention 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, went in search to find a solution for a key aviation concern. That concern is: where can you plug in a USB charger in your aircraft? It seems in this modern day of aviation that finding a place to keep your PED charged is almost as important as flying the aircraft. Jim’s quest brought him to Tim Fidler, the Mid-Continent Instruments Eastern Regional sales representative.

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Airborne 07.14.23: OSH Debuts--Mayman Speeder, Hummingbird, Cloud Seeders

 Also: Flightcell – v2track, flyExclusive-SmartSky, ALTO Aviation, Honda Aircraft Builds

Mayman Aerospace is the designer and manufacturer of a so-called Air Utility Vehicle (AUV) dubbed Speeder. Parties bound for EAA’s AirVenture 2023 are invited to view the machine for yourselves and learn more about Speeder by visiting Mayman Aerospace at AFWERX Booth 324. Vertical Aviation Technologies—makers of the four-place Hummingbird helicopter kit—cordially invite AirVenture attendees, one and all, to drop by next week and inspect a customer’s Hummingbird 300L. The  beautiful Hummingbird 300L was built by Mr. Vic Syracuse of Locust Grove, Georgia’s Base Leg Aviation. Textron has been awarded a contrac

Honda Aircraft To Build New NC Plant

Jets and Jobs in the Tarheel State

Honda Aircraft Company, the North Carolina-based aerospace subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and maker of the popular HA-420 HondaJet and HondaJet Elite II, has announced plans to build a new Greensboro plant, thereby bringing 280 new jobs to its home city over the next five-years. The project is funded, in part, by a $3.43-million job development investment grant pledged by the Tarheel State’s government.

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Saudi Cloud Seeding Program to Receive 5 King Airs

Textron’s Perennial Rainmaker

Textron has been awarded a contract by Fargo, North Dakota-based AvMet International LLC for the delivery of one Beechcraft King Air 360CHW (cargo door, heavy weight) and four Beechcraft King Air 260 twin-engine turboprop aircraft. The five King Airs will support a cloud-seeding program currently being undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Meteorology.

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Passenger Tantrum Over Meal Choice Forces Deviation of UAL Flight

Noclasse Oblige

A United Airlines flight bound from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) was diverted to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (ORD) after an as-of-yet unnamed, reportedly intoxicated, business-class passenger behaved poorly upon learning his first meal choice was not available.

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Flightcell – v2track Agreement Announced

New Zealand Tracking & Communication Concerns to Partner

Flightcell announced v2track—a New Zealand-based company providing services by which clients may track and communicate with aircraft, land vehicles, and marine vessels—will henceforth serve as a new and approved airtime and tracking provider for Flightcell DZMx—an all-in-one cellular and satellite voice, data, and tracking system by dint of which operators of aircraft/land vehicle/marine vessels may choose their own tracking and airtime providers.

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ASA Debuts 4th Edition of “Introduction to the National Airspace System”

eBook Now Available

Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. (ASA) announced that the fourth edition of its popular Introduction to the National Airspace System is available for purchase. Pedantically compiled from multiple regulatory and supplemental source materials and concisely edited into a cohesive, all-in-one account of a complex, critically-important topic, ASA’s Introduction to the National Airspace System is the definitive reference for individuals seeking correlative understanding of the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS).

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GAMA Welcomes Five New Members

Company Well Kept

GAMA has welcomed Aviation Partners, Inc.; Enstrom Helicopter Corporation; HCL America Inc.; and SmartSky Networks into its fold as Members, and Siemens Smart Infrastructure as an Associate Member Electric Propulsion & Innovation Committee (EPIC).

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FAA Certifies McCauley C780 Propeller for King Air B300

Fit For a King

McCauley Propeller Systems announced its C780 propeller had been fully-certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. Subject model is a four-swept-blade, 105-inch-diameter, aluminum propeller for Textron Aviation’s Beechcraft King Air B300 aircraft series.

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Klyde Morris (07.10.23)

We Think Klyde Is Over-Estimating The 'Thrill Factor'


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Airborne-Flight Training 07.06.23: ALPA Pushes Back, Regional Outlook, Akasa $

Also: U.K. Initiative, FAA Seeking AirVenture-Bound Pilots, AEA 2023-24 Scholarships, Non-Towered Airport A/C

ALPA has been sounding off over current legislative issues... ALPA president Captain Jason Ambrosi set forth in a 29 June statement: “...we cannot lose sight of the fact that Congress is poised to pass legislation that contains multiple anti-safety provisions that would introduce even more risk into the U.S. aviation system. Recent flight delays and cancellations are a reminder that the industry is still recovering from the pandemic, and we must remain vigilant in maintaining safety. What might you be flying as you enter the job market? A fresh

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NTSB Prelim: Boeing 737-9

During Taxi-In, They Observed A No. 1 Engine Fire Warning Indication

On June 28, 2023, about 1019 eastern daylight time (EDT), a Boeing 737 MAX-9, N37516, operated as United Airlines Flight 2376, experienced a No. 1 (left) engine fire during taxi-in after landing at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), Newark, New Jersey.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.14.23)

Aero Linx: International Auster Club

Welcome to The International Auster Club. The oldest specific aircraft type club in the United Kingdom and possibly in the world. There are currently 344 active members in our club, sharing their knowledge and experience. You do not need to be an owner or pilot to join us. We welcome any enthusiast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.14.23): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline. The lights are focused toward the arrival end of the runway at the “line up and wait” point, and they extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft. Illuminated red lights indicate to an aircraft in position for takeoff or rolling that it is unsafe to takeoff because the runway is occupied or about to be occupied by an aircraft or vehicle. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.14.23)

“We’re honored AvMet has chosen a fleet of Beechcraft King Air aircraft to support the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s National Center for Meteorology cloud seeding program. The King Air continues to be selected for a wide range of special mission roles around the world due to the aircraft’s capabilities and reliability.” Source: Textron Aviation vice-president of special mission sales Bob Gibbs, discussing the sale of several KA airframes for the purpose of cloud-seeding...  

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