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February 12, 2024

Airborne 02.12.24: Red Arrows, Taylor Swift Sells BizJet, Aerobility Sims

 Also: JPL Layoffs, 500-Drone Night Airshow, FAA Reauth, Axiom 3

 
 
The Royal Air Force Red Arrows has announced tour stops in Canada for the 2024 air show season. Helping to celebrate the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100th Anniversary this year, the team has included four North American tour stops that begin in late August and conclude in September. Internationally famed pop star Taylor Swift was noted to be selling off her Dassault Falcon 900LX, igniting speculation that the singer may also be turning to private charters in a bid to beef up her privacy. She has not weighed in to correct the matter, leading to plenty of conjecture. Her public profile has grown beyond her pop-country bonafides in the wake of a running relationship wi

NTSB Surmises Mooney Pilot Died After Landing

March 2022 Taxiing Crash Ruled Result of Spontaneous Heart Attack

The National Transportation Safety Board published a final report regarding an accident that occurred in March of 2022 involving a Mooney M20E. The narrative describes an unfortunate-in-some-ways but less-so in others instance where a pilot managed to bring his aircraft in for a successful landing, only to finally give up the ghost when safely on the ground. "After a local flight, the airplane landed, and a witness saw the airplane taxi over a grass- covered area and then onto the ramp at a higher-than-normal speed. The airplane struck a parked airplane, and the left wing became wedged underneath the empennage of the parked airplane." Responders found the pilot shortl

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UK's Popham Airfield Asks For Help

The US Is Not Alone In Having To Fight Anti-Airport Lunacy

Aviators all over the country have had to contend with efforts to shut down airports for all manner of short-sighted, ignorant, myopic reasons, but it seems that our friends across the pond are not exactly immune to having to deal with such dastardly anti-aviation actions, as well. This time the victim is the UK's Popham Airfield. The British Microlight Aircraft Association has reported that the Basingstoke and Deane Council have proposed adding Popham Airfield to their Local Plan - and turning it into a 3,500-home 'Garden Village.' And yes, that's as bad as it sounds. 

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Bell Demonstrates High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) Technology

High-Speed Sled Runs Taking Place At Holloman Air Force Base

Bell showcases High-Speed Vertical Takeoff and Landing (HSVTOL) technology capabilities upon completion of testing efforts at Holloman Air Force Base. The team has utilized the Holloman High-Speed Test Track to demonstrate the folding rotor, integrated propulsion, and flight control technologies at representative flight speeds. “The successful sled test completion is a culmination of Bell’s HSVTOL research and unprecedented technology development,” said Jason Hurst, Executive Vice President, Engineering.

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Coast Guard-Navy Helicopter Squadron Execute Critical Medical Evacuation

Following A Recommendation From The Duty Flight Surgeon For A Medical Evacuation, HSC-25 Mobilized To Assist

In a display of what was described as, "exceptional interagency cooperation," a commercial mariner in urgent need of medical care was safely evacuated to Guam on Feb. 9, 2024, thanks to the efforts of the US Coast Guard and the US Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25). "This successful medical evacuation underscores the strong partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, HSC-25, and Guam Fire Rescue. Our commitment to the safety of mariners in distress is unwavering, and today's mission exemplifies that dedication," said Cmdr. Greg Sickels, deputy commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam (CGFMSG), highli

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Airborne 02.12.24: Red Arrows, Taylor Swift Sells BizJet, Aerobility Sims

Also: JPL Layoffs, 500-Drone Night Airshow, FAA Reauth, Axiom 3

The Royal Air Force Red Arrows has announced tour stops in Canada for the 2024 air show season. Helping to celebrate the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 100th Anniversary this year, the team has included four North American tour stops that begin in late August and conclude in September. Internationally famed pop star Taylor Swift was noted to be selling off her Dassault Falcon 900LX, igniting speculation that the singer may also be turning to private charters in a bid to beef up her privacy. She has not weighed in to correct the matter, leading to plenty of conjecture. Her public profile ha

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AMA Pleased With FAA Reauthorization Act Containing Model A/C Provisions

AMA Government Affairs Team Confirmed That Their Amendment Was Included In The Bill’s Managers Package As previously noted by ANN Coverage, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed the bipartisan Senate FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023. The legislation includes several provisions to strengthen safety standards and oversight at the FAA and responds to safety concerns from recent aviation accidents and near-misses. The AMA Government Affairs team confirmed that AMA’s amendment was included in the bill’s Managers Package, which will ultimately become part of the final Senate bill. "AMA would like to thank Senator Todd Young of Indiana and Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska for sponsoring the amendmen

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Gulfstream G700 To Head For Singapore Airshow

G700 Will Displayed Alongside G600

Gulfstream is sending the G700 overseas to make its Singapore Airshow debut. The G700, joined by the G600, will be on display February 20-25 at Changi Exhibition Centre. “The long-range advantage of the Gulfstream G700 and G600 is incredibly important to customers in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Gulfstream. “We look forward to showcasing these record-setting aircraft at the Singapore Airshow so customers can experience firsthand their unmatched performance, innovative design and exceptional comfort.”

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Lufthansa Takes On Three DA42-VI's For Training Ops

First Three Of Seven DA42-VI Aircraft Ordered In December 2022

Lufthansa recently accepted three jet-fuel-powered DA42-VI multi-engine training aircraft at Diamond Aircraft’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. These are the first three of seven DA42-VI aircraft ordered in December 2022. “European Flight Academy trains its student pilots to the highest level, which includes a modern fleet of training aircraft at our flight school locations. With the new training aircraft, we are preparing future pilots for their cockpit careers in a resource-efficient, state-of-the-art and safe manner," says Raymund Obst, Head of Pilot Schools European Flight Academy.

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It's Prison Time For 2 More In Conspiracy To Steal A/C Secrets

Each Defendant Was Convicted In 2023 Jury Trials

Two California men have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a conspiracy to steal aircraft design and testing information in order to shorten the regulatory approval process for a competing company’s technology. Juan Martinez, 53, of Brea, California, was sentenced to 63 months in prison after being convicted in August 2023 in U.S. District Court in Savannah on one count of Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets, said Jill E. Steinberg, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, while Joseph Pascua, 61, of Escondido, California, was sentenced to 86 months in prison after being convicted in February 2023 for Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets.

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Classic Aero-TV: “Never Give Up“ - Advice From Two of FedEx's Female Captains

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Overcoming Obstacles To Achieve Their Dreams…

At EAA AirVenture 2015, FedEx arrived with one of their Airbus freight hauling aircraft and placed it on display for AirVenture attendees to explore. While having the airplane on display added to the AirVenture adventure, there is more to the story. The crew piloting airplane was all-female. In the video you’ll meet two determined women who found a w

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.12.24)

Aero Linx: International Business Aviation Council Ltd

IBAC promotes the growth of business aviation, benefiting all sectors of the industry and all regions of the world. As a non-profit, international trade association, IBAC proudly represents the interests of business aviation -- for the industry, by the industry -- through its official observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), worldwide advocacy, and globally recognized, voluntary safety standards programmes: the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), and the International Standard for Business Aviation Handlers (IS-BAH™). Founded in 1981, the IBAC organization is managed

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.12.24): Final Approach Point

Final Approach Point The point, applicable only to a nonprecision approach with no depicted FAF (such as an on airport VOR), where the aircraft is established inbound on the final approach course from the procedure turn and where the final approach descent may be commenced. The FAP serves as the FAF and identifies the beginning of the final approach segment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.12.24)

“The successful sled test completion is a culmination of Bell’s HSVTOL research and unprecedented technology development. The technology demonstration provides Bell with critical experience and knowledge that will inform our X-plane development for DARPA’s SPRINT program. It is a pivotal step in the creation next generation of high-speed vertical lift aircraft for future warfighters.” Source: Jason Hurst, Executive Vice President, Bell Engineering, discussing the high-speed Sled testing undertaken recently at Holloman AFB. 

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