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September 29, 2023

Airborne 09.29.23: Night VFR Gyro, Truck v Sikorsky, Mini 4 Pro

 Also: Frank Rubio Returns to Earth, Niger v France, Akasa Air Sues Pilots, ALPA Praise

 
 
The UK’s CAA has approved a modification protocol by which Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be granted approval for night flight operations. The modification—designated AAN 29276 Addendum 2—comprises the introduction of a dedicated avionics suite, appropriately-adapted instrument panels, and new internal and external lights. So retrofitted, Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be operated, by qualified pilots, under Night VFR conditions. The driver of a semi-truck hauling a reportedly-new $30-million Sikorsky S-92 helicopter failed to adequately contemplate his load’s vertical dimension relative the height of an Intersta

Diamond DA42-VI Makes First SAF-Powered Flight

Diamond Aircraft and Austro Engine Anticipate Increasing Availability of ASTM D7566 SAF

A Diamond DA42-VI training aircraft powered by Austro Engine AE300 powerplants burning Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) executed a number of circuits around Germany’s Bremen Airport (BRE). The flight—a joint-undertaking of Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH, Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, Austro Engine GmbH, World Fuel Services Europe Ltd., and Bremen Airport—occasioned the first flight-operation of a DA-42-VI powered solely by SAF.

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U.K. CAA Certifies M24C Gyroplane Night VFR Retrofit

Utility of Magni Gyro Gyroplane Model Broadened

The United Kingdom’s  Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved a modification protocol by which Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be granted approval for night flight operations. The modification—designated AAN 29276 Addendum 2—comprises the introduction of a dedicated avionics suite, appropriately-adapted instrument panels, and new internal and external lights. So retrofitted, Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be operated, by qualified pilots, under Night VFR conditions.

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NTSB Undertakes Record Hiring

Upping the Rank and File

For purpose of contemporaneously keeping pace with emerging technologies and reducing the duration of investigations, the National Transportation Safety Board dramatically increased hiring in 2023. By the end of the prevailing fiscal year, NTSB personnel will number 433—a significant increase from the agency’s August 2019’s roster of 397 employees.

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.21.23: PSA $$$, Sporty's Award, Pilot #s

Also: EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship, WOW STEM Conference, Remote ID, Avionics Theft 

PSA Airlines has kicked up a little extra cash in the hopes of bringing fresh blood to the flight deck. The best deal is a sign-on bonus of $100,000 for direct entry captains, with $75,000 for "experienced pilots. That's available through the end of the year, with captain pay starting at $150/hr and $93/hr for FOs. Captain pay can be seen at 750 hours of part 121 time, too. Matt Everett, the grandson of a U.S. Air Force veteran, grew up surrounded by the sights, sounds, science, sport, and romance of aviation. Now an adult, a marketing professional, an

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Volatus-Ace VTOL Joint-Venture Announced

Companies to Develop Oceana Vertiport Network

Volatus Infrastructure & Energy Solutions (VI&E Solutions), a firm specializing in the development of infrastructure germane to vehicle-agnostic electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aviation, has entered into a joint-venture with Australian-based eVTOL concern Ace VTOL. The newly-announced undertaking speaks to the two companies’ shared aspirations to establish an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) infrastructure network in the Oceania region, develop a wheelchair-accessible solar-powered lift, and integrate Ace’s open-sourced Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based, Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) architecture for purpose of ensuring safety of flight.

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DeKalb County Airport (GWB) to Open Improved Runway

29 September Ribbon-Cutting Scheduled

DeKalb County, Indiana Airport (GWB) Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Sweet Aviation will celebrate the reopening of the airport’s runway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled to get underway at 11:00 CDT on Friday, 29 September 2023. Subject runway was closed in July 2023 for purpose of undergoing an extension and upgrade. The newly-improved runway measures 7,105-feet—2,105 feet longer than its previous incarnation. The extra length will allow the airport to accommodate the vast majority of general aviation aircraft—from the most gossamer Light-Sport machines to lightly-loaded Gulfstream, Global Express, and Falcon jets.

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Embraer and Scoot Enter E190-E2 Fleet Pool Program Agreement

Singapore Air Subsidiary Readies for Growth

Embraer announced that it has signed a Pool Program services agreement with Singapore Airlines low-cost subsidiary Scoot to support the airline’s incoming fleet of nine E190-E2 narrow-body airliners. The Embraer-Scoot Pool Program provides access to component exchanges and repair services for more than three-hundred repairable parts to support Scoot’s Embraer aircraft. The program will allow the airline to minimize its upfront investment in high-value repairable inventories and resources, while taking advantage of Embraer’s technical expertise and extensive component repair service provider network. Currently, the described Pool Program supports more than sixty airlines worldwi

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AAR Releases Mid Skills Gap Report

Sheepskin-Deep

Chicago-based AAR Corporation, a provider of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, has released its 2023 mid skills gap report. The term mid skills denotes careers requiring industry certifications but not college degrees—e.g., pilots, flight attendants, and aviation mechanics. Recognizing the importance of gathering information on the state of mid skills talent development efforts and providing tangible recommendations for collaboration, AAR launched its first mid skills gap report in 2011. AAR has become a trusted source for this information and thought leadership on innovative solutions, launching subsequent editions of the report in 2018 and 2023.

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Klyde Morris (09.25.23)

Klyde's Just Not Getting With The Carbon-Credit Game

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.21.23: PSA $$$, Sporty's Award, Pilot #s

Also: EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship, WOW STEM Conference, Remote ID, Avionics Theft 

PSA Airlines has kicked up a little extra cash in the hopes of bringing fresh blood to the flight deck. The best deal is a sign-on bonus of $100,000 for direct entry captains, with $75,000 for "experienced pilots. That's available through the end of the year, with captain pay starting at $150/hr and $93/hr for FOs. Captain pay can be seen at 750 hours of part 121 time, too. Matt Everett, the grandson of a U.S. Air Force veteran, grew up surrounded by the sights, sounds, science, sport, and romance of aviation. Now an adult, a marketing professional, an

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NTSB Final Report: Alisport SRL Silent 2 Electro

'Felt As If The Empennage Was Rocking/Twisting From Side-To-Side'

On September 7, 2023, at 1625 central daylight time, a Alisport SRL Silent 2 Electro, N321AD, was involved in an accident near Giddings, Texas. The pilot was uninjured. The glider was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated that the glider was in normal straight-ahead cruise flight at approximately 81 kts and 4,800 ft when the cockpit began to shake violently and noisily side-to-side.

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Classic Aero-TV: Nextant Aerospace - Recrafting Some of BizAv’s Favorites

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Making Older Aircraft New Again…

Founded in 2007, Cleveland, Ohio based Nextant Aerospace is recognized as the first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The company started with the Nextant 400XTi, a completely-rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite up front. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.29.23)

Aero Linx: The International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) Scale aerobatics is aerobatic operation of a radio controlled scale model of full-sized aerobatic competition plane.   While other disciplines within the radio control community fly aerobatics, the requirement for scale aerobatic is that the model be replicas of types known to have competed in International Aerobatic Club (IAC) competition.   A wide choice of competitive planes are available to today’s model in both kit and ready-to-fly versions.  Some of the most popular competition planes such as the Extra 330 pictured here are available from numerous manufacturers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.29.23): Go Around

GO AROUND Instructions for a pilot to abandon his/her approach to landing. Additional instructions may follow. Unless otherwise advised by ATC, a VFR aircraft or an aircraft conducting visual approach should overfly the runway while climbing to traffic pattern altitude and enter the traffic pattern via the crosswind leg. A pilot on an IFR flight plan making an instrument approach should execute the published missed approach procedure or proceed as instructed by ATC; e.g., “Go around” (additional instructions if required).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.29.23)

"Despite the system-related advantage of a kerosene piston engine in terms of CO2 emissions, any further development towards overall CO2 reduction is of great importance to us. SAFs represent a welcome opportunity to immediately optimize existing fleets with respect to decarbonization. These fuels have by now been sufficiently tested for use in turbines and their increased use saves tons of CO2. Kerosene-fueled piston engines play only a minor role in aviation due to their low-volumes globally and their low-emissions in general. As a result, it was very difficult for us to procure these new fuels for analysis and testing, let alone to participate in their certification in order to address the specific requirements of a compression-ignition piston engine. However, by cooperating

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