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December 07, 2022

Airborne 12.07.22: Delta Contract?, V-280 WINS, Tamarack on A320?

Also: Hartzell's Voyager, Tu-95 Bombers Bombed, Possible FAA Admin Under Cloud, Swiss Air-Rescue
 
A Delta Pilot contract draft has begun floating about, with details pointing the way on an eventual vote. While the contract seems to be a slightly better offer than others in recent months, mounting economic pressure may tarnish the silvery luster of a cumulative 31% pay bump over the next 4 years. Bell Textron has been selected for the Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. The deal will see the company build on their prior work from the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program, using the matured tiltrotor design as a base for what might eventually replace the Black Hawk helicopter in service. Tamarack Aerospace is

B-21 Rollout Provides Few Insights into Bomber’s Capabilities

Spectacle Sans Substance

On 02 December 2022, the United States Air Force rolled out its new, long-range, intercontinental, stealth, strategic bomber during a nighttime ceremony contrived to obfuscate details of the aircraft’s design and capabilities. The event, which coincided serendipitously with a new report on Chinese military capabilities, provided a dramatic backdrop against which senior Pentagon officials proclaimed the new bomber—Northrop Grumman’s B-21—the cornerstone of American deterrence capability for decades to come.

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Florida Man to be Jailed for Falsifying FAA Documents

Once, Twice, Three-Times a Dullard

After pleading guilty to making false statements to the Federal Aviation Administration, Cole Allan Peacock, 30, of Islamorada, Florida, has been found guilty by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and subsequently sentenced to 37-months of incarceration plus three-years of supervised release.

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Bell V-280 Selected for Long-Range Assault Aircraft Development Program

UH-60 Replacement to Build on V-280 Valor Program

Bell Textron has been selected for the Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. The deal will see the company build on their prior work from the Joint Multi-Role Technology Demonstrator (JMR TD) program, using the matured tiltrotor design as a base for what might eventually replace the Black Hawk helicopter in service.

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Biden’s Pick for FAA Head Facing Allegations of Corruption

The Dispensability of Qualifications

The U.S. Senate has no plans to consider Phil Washington, Joe Biden's nominee to head the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), until next year—so says Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell (Democrat, Washington State). In addition to a dearth of aviation experience, Washington is mired in allegations of corruption.

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Airborne 11.30.22: Envoy Offers $100K, ICAS Aids CAF, Powerline Mooney

Also: First Disabled ESA Astronaut, Extremists Disrupt Berlin, 737 Drag Reduction Kits, Chinese Drones in DC

Envoy is sweetening the deal for new hire pilots, offering up to $100,000 of bonus money for those with the kind of logbook the airline is looking for. For those pilots who receive a conditional job offer until December 31, 2022, the full amount of the bonuses (less taxes, of course) will be paid out on the day prior to the pilot's reporting to training. The catch? Pilots will have to have a good deal of Part 121 flight time under their belt. The recent tragedy that occurred at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow is receiving the generous attention an

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Aero-TV: Czech Manufacturer Banks on Accelerated STOL

Zlin’s Noble Savage Norden

SportairUSA, the Arkansas-based FAA certified Repair Station and aircraft and components distributor, has announced that the American version of Zlin’s new Savage Norden STOL aircraft has received FAA certification in the category of Special Light Sport Aircraft. Formerly and perhaps more widely known as Moravan Otrokovice— Zlin is a Czech aircraft manufacturer of light agricultural, aerobatic, and backcountry airplanes. The company’s Savage Norden is a largely clean-sheet, high-wing, STOL, aluminum monoplane designed for backcountry use.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 11.29.22: Powered-Lift Regs, Mars Ingenuity, AMA 1st CBO

Also: Snoopy Hitches a Ride, H3 Dynamics, Drone Pilot Textbook, ‘Airborne-NextGen!'

The FAA has published a draft regarding an update to Air Carrier definitions that would add all powered-lift to existing definitions. The draft says that the rule is an "important step in the FAA's integration of new entrant aircraft in the National Airspace System”, paving the way for the expected wave of eVTOL aircraft on the way. Compared to some of the other flights this past year, Flight 34 might not stand out. Even shorter than Ingenuity’s first flight, Tuesday’s successful 18-second flight simply popped up to a little over 16 feet, hovered

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Airborne-UnCrewed 11.29.22: Powered-Lift Regs, Mars Ingenuity, AMA 1st CBO

Also: Snoopy Hitches a Ride, H3 Dynamics, Drone Pilot Textbook, ‘Airborne-NextGen!'

The FAA has published a draft regarding an update to Air Carrier definitions that would add all powered-lift to existing definitions. The draft says that the rule is an "important step in the FAA's integration of new entrant aircraft in the National Airspace System”, paving the way for the expected wave of eVTOL aircraft on the way. Compared to some of the other flights this past year, Flight 34 might not stand out. Even shorter than Ingenuity’s first flight, Tuesday’s successful 18-second flight simply popped up to a little over 16 feet, hovered

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F-16 Pilot Incorrectly Intercepted Civilian Aircraft

USAF Report Ascribes March 2022 Accident to Pilot Error

A newly-released USAF Accident Investigation Board report faults an F-16 pilot and the flight-lead by whom he was accompanied for failing to follow Air Force rules and regulations during a training exercise. The two pilots' lapses in judgement and rash actions resulted in the loss of a $27-million fighter jet.

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University to Donate Vintage Aircraft Parts to Hooligans Flight Team

Ardent Proponents of Aged Components

Western Michigan University, the Kalamazoo public research university established in 1903 for the training of teachers, is scheduled to donate parts from two vintage aircraft to the Hooligans Flight Team, an American flight demonstration outfit founded in the late 1990s by pilots Russ McDonald and John Workman as a tribute to America’s veterans. The donated parts—formerly components of two T-34 Mentors used by the university for educational purposes—will return to the skies within the unmistakable, bright-yellow aluminum skins of the T-34s flown by the Hooligans in service of the team’s motto: “If it makes them smile, it’s worth

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Airborne 11.30.22: Envoy Offers $100K, ICAS Aids CAF, Powerline Mooney

Also: First Disabled ESA Astronaut, Extremists Disrupt Berlin, 737 Drag Reduction Kits, Chinese Drones in DC

Envoy is sweetening the deal for new hire pilots, offering up to $100,000 of bonus money for those with the kind of logbook the airline is looking for. For those pilots who receive a conditional job offer until December 31, 2022, the full amount of the bonuses (less taxes, of course) will be paid out on the day prior to the pilot's reporting to training. The catch? Pilots will have to have a good deal of Part 121 flight time under their belt. The recent tragedy that occurred at the Wings Over Dallas Airshow is receiving the generous attention an

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Hartzell's Voyager Prop STC'd for Cessna Skywagon

Popular Bushplane 3-Blade Now Available for Conti O-470 Equipped 180s

Hartzell has obtained an STC for their 3-blade Voyager propeller on Cessna Skywagons equipped with a Continental O-470. The Voyager prop offers improved take-off performance, climb rate, and cruise speeds over most original OEM props, while boasting a 2,400-hour, 6-year TBO. The popular prop has been approved for many of the more popular bush-worthy Cessna models, like the 180, 182, 185, and 206 when equipped with the Continental 520 or 550.

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20J

The Altimeter Was “Well Within The Test Allowable Error At All Ranges.”

On November 27, 2022, at 1729 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20J, N201RF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Gaithersburg, Maryland. The private pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed Montgomery County Airpark (GAI), Gaithersburg, Maryland, on the morning of the accident and flew to Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, New York. The accident occurred on the return flight to GAI while the airplane was operating

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.07.22)

Aero Linx: Florida Antique Biplane Association (FABA) "Biplanes.....outrageous fun since 1903."  That quote really defines what the Florida Antique Biplane Association (FABA) is all about.  Our members are dedicated to preserving pre-1950 Biplanes, while aviating around the gorgeous state of Florida to fly-ins hosted by fellow members. Our FABA Fly-in season starts in October and concludes before the Florida thunderstorm season kicks in.  Each month, through May, one of our members hosts a fly-in at often unique destination airports, many times a private grass strips perfect for our vintage craft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.07.22): Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)

Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Meteorological conditions expressed in terms of visibility, distance from cloud, and ceiling less than the minima specified for visual meteorological conditions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.07.22)

“For the past several years the Bell team demonstrated the exceptional operational capabilities, digital thread synergies, and platform affordability enhancements the V-280 provides. Bell stands ready with our world-class manufacturing facilities to apply our nearly seven decades of tiltrotor expertise to deliver a modern FLRAA fleet to the Army.” Source: Keith Flail, executive VP overseeing Advanced Vertical Lift Systems at Bell, in a statement made as they were selected for the Army’s Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) program. 

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