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February 13, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 02.13.24: Global Hydrogen Flt, AMA v FAA, Bell HSVTOL

 Also: Dubai Air Taxi, Archer Readies 3, Axiom 3 Mission, Scout Helo Kaput

 
 
Swiss Explorer Bertrand Piccard, the first man to fly nonstop around the world using both a balloon and a solar-powered aircraft, is calling his next journey: hydrogen-powered circumnavigation in 2028. Piccard will be working with Climate Impulse, a brand that will support him in his mission to make an around-the-world flight that generates zero harmful emissions. The 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.

NetJets Strikes Deal with NJASAP

Cantankerous Relationship Finds Agreement in Principle

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots and NetJets corporate reached an Agreement in Principle, which should set the table for a return to normality at the operator. The Agreement in Principle is being reviewed by the Negotiating Committee before their trip back to Columbus, Ohio. They plan to continue the process of transitioning the Agreement into a Tentative Agreement.

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Bertrand Piccard Announces 1st Hydrogen-Powered 'Round-the-World Flight

Climate Impulse to Develop, Construct Attempt Aircraft

Swiss Explorer Bertrand Piccard, the first man to fly nonstop around the world using both a balloon and a solar-powered aircraft, is calling his next journey: hydrogen-powered circumnavigation in 2028. Piccard will be working with Climate Impulse, a brand that will support him in his mission to make an around-the-world flight that generates zero harmful emissions. Details on the specifics of its propulsion system are somewhat scant so far, but there's still a few years of prep time to undergo as the group works towards completing its own in-house aircraft.

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Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals Takes Aim at 'Unfounded Claims'

Industry Bodies Roused to Action After Unnamed Controversy

The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals published an open leader to the industry, flanked by more than half a dozen special-interest associations in their fight against racism in the industry. The letter was cosigned by the ALPA, the Latino Pilots Association, the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees, the National Gay Pilots Association, Professional Asian Pilots Association, the Sisters of the Skies, United States Army Black Aviation Association, Inc., and Women in Aviation International. 

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Building Up... Enstrom Opens New Repair Station

Repair Station To Operate Within Enstrom’s Menominee, MI Factory

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation is celebrating the opening of its brand-new, FAA-approved repair station, number EHCR228E. The state-of-the-art repair station operates within Enstrom’s Menominee, MI factory. It will provide helicopter maintenance, damage repairs, upgrades, and component overhauls, all at the hands of Enstrom’s premier repair experts. “This is a significant upgrade to what customers might have experienced before,” said Doug Smith, Enstrom Vice President of Product Support. “We’ve completely refurbished the facility with new equipment, new tooling, new storage, and countless other quality-of-life improvements. It was a

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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 pro

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NBAA Backing 'Call to Action' on Mental Health Issues in Aviation

House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee Leaders Recently Sent A Bipartisan Letter To The FAA

NBAA has welcomed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s call for “decisive” federal action to remove barriers that discourage pilots from reporting and seeking care for mental health issues. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders recently sent a bipartisan letter to the FAA from more than 40 members of Congress encouraging the agency to update its mental health protocols to ensure pilots get mental health care in a timely manner.

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Bristow Ireland Gains Irish Operating Certificate

"Next Generation of Coast Guard SAR Services" On Their Way

Bristow's Irish subsidiary has received its Air Operator Certificate from the Irish Aviation Authority, paving the way for the "next generation of Coast Guard search and rescue aviation services in Ireland." It makes for nearly a dozen such certificates in the Bristow family, not too shabby for a rotary-wing operator. "Gaining an AOC is a fundamental requirement to provide search and rescue in Ireland," said Neil Ebberson, Bristow Director Government Services. "It was awarded after the successful completion of a lengthy application and assessment process run by the IAA and ensures the highest standards of professionalism and safety are met in the country."

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Electra Founder John Langford Elected AIAA Honorary Fellow

Distinction First Bestowed On Orville Wright In 1933

Electra.aero has disclosed that the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), has honored Electra’s founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), John S. Langford, by electing him as an Honorary Fellow – the AIAA’s highest distinction. This recognition acknowledges Langford’s exceptional contributions spanning the creation of three aerospace companies. The award cites “For the creation of three pioneering and successful aerospace companies and leadership in robotic aircraft, sustainable aviation, STEM education, and national R&D policy.”

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Airborne 02.05.24: SkyView HDX For B58, U/L Petition, 250th HondaJet

Also: Midwest Aviation Expo, CMoH Recipient Larry Taylor, ‘No Drone Zone’, CAF Hall of Fame

Dynon's SkyView HDX is now available for Beechcraft Baron 58 and 58As, offering a cost-effective upgrade and 3-axis autopilot system. The system is capable of flying instrument approaches when combined with a compatible IFR nav device, which altogether packs quite a bit of capability into a flight deck. When added to an existing SkyView HDX, the 3-axis autopilot lists at $11,192 for the hardware, modules, servo harnesses, and brackets. Another aviation-oriented Change.org petition has surfaced... at least until it offends someone and the Change.Org fol

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Airborne 02.05.24: SkyView HDX For B58, U/L Petition, 250th HondaJet

Also: Midwest Aviation Expo, CMoH Recipient Larry Taylor, ‘No Drone Zone’, CAF Hall of Fame

Dynon's SkyView HDX is now available for Beechcraft Baron 58 and 58As, offering a cost-effective upgrade and 3-axis autopilot system. The system is capable of flying instrument approaches when combined with a compatible IFR nav device, which altogether packs quite a bit of capability into a flight deck. When added to an existing SkyView HDX, the 3-axis autopilot lists at $11,192 for the hardware, modules, servo harnesses, and brackets. Another aviation-oriented Change.org petition has surfaced... at least until it offends someone and the Change.

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Classic Aero-TV: Czech Sport Aircraft - 'Americanizing' A Prominent LSA

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Company Now Marketing Under Its Own Brand…

The Czech Sport Aircraft Company has had a presence in the U.S. market for some time, most notably, perhaps, as it's brief association with Piper, when it was marketed as the Piper Sport LSA. That partnership didn't work out as either company had expected, but the company is back with the Cruiser Aircraft, which it now plans to market in the U.S. under its own brand. At the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo in January, Czech Sport Aircraft CEO Martin Jurik told ANN news editor Tom Patton that when he was hired to operate the company in 2013, he wanted to have U.S. marketing a

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

During The Departure Climb, The Pilot Transmitted That He Lost The Engine

On January 21, 2024, at 1320 central standard time, a Cirrus SR22, N255JP, was involved in an accident near Little Rock, Arkansas. The airplane was destroyed. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. A witness stated that after the airplane was started, the wheel chock was removed, and within two minutes at the most, the airplane was taxied for departure. The flight departed runway 4L and during the departure climb, the pilot transmitted that he lost the engine. The airplane entered a bank, descended, and impacted the ground near the airport fire station.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.13.24)

Aero Linx: Flying Dentists Association Earn your dental continuing education credits while doing what you love – flying! The Flying Dentists Association combines the love of travel, the opportunity for quality family time, and the chance to connect with colleagues throughout the year. Every year the Flying Dentists Association plans several exciting trips including a winter ski trip, a trip to a Caribbean island, a fishing excursion, and mission trips to countries in need of dental care. You can enjoy tax-deductible family vacations while developing new friendships with others who share your love of dentistry and flying!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.13.24): Expedite

Expedite Used by ATC when prompt compliance is required to avoid the development of an imminent situation. Expedite climb/descent normally indicates to a pilot that the approximate best rate of climb/descent should be used without requiring an exceptional change in aircraft handling characteristics.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.13.24)

“Efficient solutions will unite people, from citizens and environmental activists to political and business leaders, shifting the narrative from sacrifice and fear to enthusiasm and hope." Source: Bertrand Piccard, describing the rationale for a forthcoming, planned trip around the world, powered by Hydrogen.

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