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October 18, 2022

Airborne 10.18.22: Denali Delayed, HondaJet Elite II Intro, ECO-Caravan!

Also: Astronaut James McDivitt Goes West, APS Upset Training, EAA Opines, NASA’s X-59 Team
One of the most avidly awaited aircraft is the forthcoming Denali from Textron... readying to take on a market well-served and equally well dominated by the likes of Daher, Pilatus and Piper... But with a new generation of turbo-prop powerplant and plenty to do with other development programs, it appears that those waiting for the Denali might have to wait a bit longer... Honda Aircraft Company has taken the wraps off the "HondaJet Elite II" -- a newly upgraded aircraft. With an expanded range of 1,547 nm, the Elite II sports the addition of ground spoilers to complete the performance upgrades, optimizing takeoff and landing field performance... A u

Apollo Astronaut James McDivitt Goes West at Age 93

Commanded Gemini IV And Flew Around The Earth As The Commander Of Apollo 9

Former NASA astronaut James A. McDivitt, who commanded the Gemini IV mission and flew around the Earth as the commander of Apollo 9, died Oct. 13. McDivitt passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family and friends in Tucson, Arizona. He was 93 years old. McDivitt was born June 10, 1929, in Chicago. He graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, before going on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Michigan, graduating first in his class in 1959.

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It's ALIVE!!! The Gogo 5G Network is Nationwide

Construction of 150-Site Network Was Completed in Less Than A Year

Gogo Business Aviation has finished construction of its nationwide Gogo 5G network. “Our team was tenacious and overcame a host of issues including Covid-19, weather, the supply chain, and geopolitical concerns, to build a new network of 150 towers nationwide – and they did it in less than 12 months,” said Sergio Aguirre Pictured), Gogo’s president and chief operating officer. “It’s remarkable what our network deployment and field operations teams have accomplished.” The 5G network now covers the contiguous United States and will expand into Canada beginning in 2023. The full 5G coverage map is available on Gogo’s website.

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Exciting Pairing: Ampaire and Tamarack Team Up On ECO-Caravan

Announce MOU on Extensive Aerodynamic Upgrades

A unique teaming has brought Ampaire and Tamarack Aerospace Group together with an MOU to develop further aerodynamic upgrades for Ampaire’s family of hybrid electric aircraft. This includes exclusive access to Tamarack’s Performance SMARTWING winglets on all alternative energy variants of the 208 Caravan, Twin Otter, and King Air aircraft. Joint development work has already commenced, with analysis validating synergies between Tamarack’s Performance SMARTWING sustainability supporting load alleviation technology and Ampaire’s hybrid electric propulsion technology.

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Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power Provide NBAA Coverage

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power

NBAA-BACE 2022 Booth #2469

Why Buy True Blue Power® Lithium-ion Aircraft Batteries?

True Blue Power Lithium-ion Aircraft Batteries will be on display in the True Blue Power and Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics booth, #2469, throughout NBAA- BACE, October 18 – 20 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

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Honda Unveils HondaJet Elite II at NBAA-BACE

Plans To Introduce Autothrottle And Emergency Autoland By EOY 2023

Honda Aircraft Company has taken the wraps off the "HondaJet Elite II" -- a newly upgraded aircraft. With an expanded range of 1,547 nm, the Elite II sports the addition of ground spoilers to complete the performance upgrades, optimizing takeoff and landing field performance. "The HondaJet Elite II once again pushes the boundaries of its category on all fronts of performance, comfort, and style," said Hideto Yamasaki, President & CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "We are also excited to take our aircraft forward on the journey of automation by bringing new technologies to the market next year." Honda also plans to introduce Autothrottle and Emergency Autoland by the end of 2023.

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See and Be Seen... At The Smithsonian: Orbis Honored

Effort Becomes Part of Aviation History at National Air and Space Museum

On World Sight Day, eye care nonprofit Orbis International was included with displays from the second-generation Orbis Flying Eye Hospital DC-10 aircraft in a new permanent exhibition opening that opened Friday, October 14, 2022, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. An example of humanitarian flight that combines innovations in medicine and aviation, Orbis was featured in the new "Thomas W. Haas We All Fly" exhibition, which celebrates the breadth and depth of general aviation and its deep impact on society.  

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APS Upset Training CEO Named Chairman of NBAA Safety Committee

Oversees 'Strategic Guidance And Advice On Matters Relating To The Safe Operation Of Aircraft'

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) provider Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), Paul BJ Ransbury, was named Chairman of NBAA Safety Committee this week. The NBAA Safety Committee serves the membership with strategic guidance and advice on matters relating to the safe operation of aircraft. The committee provides insight to the membership and board of directors by periodically identifying significant industry risks and serves as a center of expertise on a wide range of relevant business aviation safety matters.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Red Tail Project--Carrying the Torch of the Tuskegee Airmen

From 2009 (YouTube Version): Educational Organization Aims to Inspire by Sharing Tuskegee Story

Founding leader Don Hinz summarized the Red Tail Project’s mission in simple, yet eloquent words:  “Inspire youth and tell the story of the Tuskegee Airmen all across America.”  Since its inception, the non-profit organization has dedicated itself to sharing the extraordinary legacy of the first African Americans to be trained as WWII military pilots; these brave s

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Textron Aviation Expands Parts Distribution Operations

The Company Expects The Project To Be Completed By The End Of 2023

Textron Aviation has made a significant move by adding 180,000 square feet of space to its parts distribution operations to better support customers who own and operate Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker products. Located at the company’s headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, the expansion supports parts availability for the thousands of aircraft operating about the world which were designed and manufactured by Textron Aviation.

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NTSB Prelim: Grumman American Avn. Corp. AA-5B

The Top Three Strands Of A Barbed Wire Fence, Located At The End Of The Runway, Were Fractured

On September 28, 2022, about 0900 mountain standard time, a Grumman American Aviation AA5B airplane, N74349, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Sahuarita, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot’s partner, he planned to fly from the Flying Diamond Airport (6AZ8), Sahuarita, Arizona, to Ryan Field Airport (RYN), Tucson, Arizona, to practice touch and go landings and then return to 6AZ8.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.18.22)

Aero Linx: Greater Miami Aviation Association   The mission of the Greater Miami Aviation Association is to support and increase the pool of qualified South Florida college graduates who are pursuing careers in the aerospace industry and to enhance the overall effectiveness of our members through knowledge, networking and cooperation. The GMAA represents the region’s aviation industry, providing a forum to increase public awareness and promote programs that leverage the positive impact aviation has on economic development in its local communities. We provide a forum for the sharing of opinions and concerns among industry leaders, business executives, government, civic leaders,

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.18.22): IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

IFR Military Training Routes (IR)   Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training in both IFR and VFR weather conditions below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.18.22)

“We take pride in supporting the thousands of aircraft manufactured by Textron Aviation. Customers expect us to have parts available to keep them flying and this expansion will allow us to more efficiently support our customers’ parts needs.”   Source: Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Global Parts and Distribution, commenting on the rationale behind Textron's efforts to expand by adding 180,000 square feet of space to its parts distribution operations to better support customers who own and operate Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker products.

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