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February 05, 2024

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 petition has surfaced... at least until it offends someone and the Change.Org folks take it down... this time, the petition addresses the serious deficit in our u

B-29 Doc Adds Great Bend Airport Airfest to 2024 Schedule

Doc Has Been Added As A Featured Performer At The 2024 Great Bend Airport Airfest, Sept. 20-22

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will land in Great Bend where Doc will be one of the featured performers at the 2024 Great Bend Airport Airfest, Sept. 20-22. The tour stop will include B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and cockpit tours of B-29 Doc, which is one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita during World War II. “The historic significance of B-29 Doc returning to Great Bend for our air show this year helps tell the story of the ‘Battle of Kansas’ – which was the project of building, modifying and delivering B-29s to the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II

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Cal Science Center Shuttle Display Now In Launch Position

Shuttle Endeavour Is Now Fully Stacked and Mated

The California Science Center has successfully completed what they call the only authentic space shuttle system display in launch configuration. Endeavour's installation in the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center, a major expansion of the California Science Center, is the grand finale of the unprecedented Go for Stack process. With Endeavour's detachment from the gigantic, 450-foot crane and metal sling just after midnight, this marks the official completion of the complex, six-month, multi-phase process. The 20-story space shuttle exhibit will be the star attraction of the future Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center.

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250th HondaJet Heads For the Skies

HondaJet Global Fleet Has Surpassed 210,000 Flight Hours

Honda Aircraft has delivered the 250th HondaJet since it began customer deliveries in late 2015. The 250th HondaJet recently rolled off the production line and completed the Standard Certificate of Airworthiness (SCoA), and Honda Aircraft Company associates celebrated the milestone with a special event at HondaJet HQ in Greensboro, North Carolina. The HondaJet earned its type certification from the FAA in 2015. To date, the aircraft holds 14 type certifications around the world. Since then, the bird has evolved from the original HondaJet (2015), to the HondaJet Elite (2018), the Elite S (2021), and the latest Elite II (2022). 

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Loft Dynamics Opens VR FlightSim Facility

Virtual Reality Flight Simulation Hub First in North America

Loft Dynamics (formerly VRM Switzerland) has opened its first Virtual Reality Flight Simulation Hub at its North American headquarters, located at the Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The hub features the company's Airbus H125 VR Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD). Loft Dynamics' full-motion FSTDs reportedly deliver high-fidelity, immersive pilot training at 'one-twentieth the cost and one-tenth the size' of legacy simulators. "We recognized a significant unmet demand to experience our technology in person in the U.S. Establishing a physical space became the obvious solution, making it more accessible to fly our sims, practice a range of maneuvers, and fully grasp th

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Levil Aviation Intro's 'Joy' Joystick Control System

Device 'Re-imagines' Wireless Autopilot Controls

Levil Aviation has introduced the Levil 'Joy.' They describe the Levil Joy as 'not just another standard joystick' -- but as a flight control system that puts autopilot authority at your fingertips using wireless communication capabilities with a fairly simple installation. The Levil Joy also features visual indications for heading, navigation, altitude, and autopilot OFF button. Additionally, it includes an integrated "Level" toggle that allows pilots to configure their aircraft for straight and level flight with the push of a button.

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The Search In ON! CAF Gulf Coast Wing Searches For An AC-47

None Of The CAF C-47s Are AC-47s And None Fly In The Configuration/Livery Of A Vietnam-Era Aircraft

The CAF Gulf Coast Wing has officially initiated a search for a new aircraft, marking a significant milestone in the organization's ongoing efforts to expand its fleet. Following extensive deliberations among Wing members and constructive discussions with CAF leadership, the decision has been made to direct their focus toward acquiring a Vietnam-era AC-47 gunship. In a recent announcement on the Gulf Coast Wing's Facebook page, the organization articulated its commitment to discovering, restoring, and operating an AC-47 gunship. The objective is to present the compelling narrative of 'Spooky' at airshows worldwide, resonating with aviation

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Classic Aero-TV: Glance EFIS 1 – A New SportAv Avionics Alternative

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Market Also Includes LSAs And Ultralights…

A new entry in the EFIS arena for the Light Sport, Experimental/Amateur Built and Ultralight segment of aviation is the Glance EFIS, which was on display at Sebring in January. Steve Cagle, Owner and Software Engineer for 2020 Avionics, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the unit brings navigation, AHRS, and a basic 4-cylinder engine monitor into the cockpits of non-certified aircraft. The system is expandable from the basic single-unit configuration to include multiple displays networked together so that pilots can increase the amount of information available to th

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 210D

Airplane Was At A Cruise Altitude Of 6,500 Ft Mean Sea Level When The Pilot Heard A “Loud Bang”

On January 21, 2024, about 1825 eastern standard time, a Cessna 210D, N3857Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in accident near Paris, Tennessee. The flight instructor and a private pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the private pilot, the flight instructor was acting as a safety pilot, while he flew to different airports to build additional flight time for his instrument rating. They departed McKellar-Sipes Reginal Airport (MKL), Jackson, Tennessee, about 1700 and flew to Kyle-Oakley Field Airport (CEY), Murray, Kentucky, for a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.05.24)

Aero Linx: Women in Corporate Aviation Few professions are more challenging, or more rewarding, than a career in aviation. It opens up opportunities for women to fly to new heights in an atmosphere that has become more diverse in business aviation over time. Women in Corporate Aviation exists to promote career opportunities for women, provide a networking hub and highlight role models and leaders in the profession. We celebrate our delightful differences, unique contributions and exceptional abilities as women in the careers we love.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.05.24): Mountain Wave

Mountain Wave Mountain waves occur when air is being blown over a mountain range or even the ridge of a sharp bluff area. As the air hits the upwind side of the range, it starts to climb, thus creating what is generally a smooth updraft which turns into a turbulent downdraft as the air passes the crest of the ridge. Mountain waves can cause significant fluctuations in airspeed and altitude with or without associated turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.05.24)

“While we will continue to promote the light aviation industry, our goal for Midwest Aviation Expo 2024 is an enhanced attendee experience, and we are beginning preparations now to make that happen. Come and be a part of us, let us welcome YOU!" Source: That's the word from the folks at the MidWest Aviation Expo... one of our favorite events... who is expanding the mission a bit. 

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