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January 26, 2023

NTSB Further Impugns Ethiopian 737 MAX Accident Final Report

And Another Thing …

On 27 December 2022, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) took the unusual step of publishing comments it had previously provided to the Ethiopian Aircraft Investigation Bureau (EAIB) regarding the latter agency’s final report on the 10 March 2019 loss of a Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft operating as Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302. The NTSB set forth that the EAIB had “failed to include the NTSB’s comments in its final report on its investigation.” On 24 January 2023, the NTSB released additional comments pertaining to the Ethiopian Aircraft Investigation Bureau’s final report on the loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302.

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Aerox Introduces Boomula O2 Delivery System

Simple, Smart, and Potentially Life-Saving

In keeping with its It’s Toxic to Fly Hypoxic ethos, Aerox has brought to market a unique headset accessory to which it has ascribed the memorable appellation Boomula, a portmanteau that concisely describes the product’s structure and purpose—a headset-mounted boom terminating in an oxygen cannula.

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Gogo 5G Chip Passes Critical Review

Nationwide 5G System on Track for Q4 2023 Launch

Confirmation that Samsung’s 5G chips have passed a critical design review and are now in fabrication with deliveries expected to commence midyear have compelled Gogo CEO Mike Syverson to express confidence that his company's nationwide (U.S.) 5G network will lauch commercially in 2023's fourth quarter.

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Airborne-NextGen 01.18.23: Walmart Drones, uAvionix Long-Range, Stolen Sats

Also: StratoLaunch Carries On, 5G AD, Helios Anti-Icing, Vertical Flight Society

Walmart has expanded its burgeoning drone delivery program, capping off 2022 with the last of its ambitious expansion plans. Heading into 2023, the company operates 36 drone delivery hubs across 7 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. North Dakota's UAS Networking facility, Vantis, will soon be the home of uAvionix BVLOS operations thanks to initial FAA approval. The state's interesting UAV test range appears to be shaping up as intended - part sandbox, part testing ground - as more uncrewed aerial vehicle manufacturers hea

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Aero-TV: Hartzell Aviation Thriving in Turboprop Market

The Resurgent Propeller

Founded in 1917 by Robert N. Hartzell as the Hartzell Walnut Propeller Company, the conglomerate known today as Hartzell Aviation comprises Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Aerospace Welding, and Hartzell Engine Tech. By dint of innovation, investment in cutting-edge technologies, and partnerships with forward-thinking air-framers and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) start-ups, the conglomerate’s flagship division, Hartzell Propeller, has rebounded from the hardships and uncertainty of the late Twentieth-Century and, in 2021, delivered some 3,500 propellers—amounting to roughly 15,000 blades—to aircraft O

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NASA-DARPA to Develop Nuclear Thermal Spacecraft Engine

To Mars via the Atom

NASA and the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced on Tuesday, 24 January 2023 a collaboration to demonstrate a Nuclear Thermal Rocket (NTR) engine in space. Such engines, fully developed and thoroughly vetted, might one day power NASA manned missions to Mars.

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American Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket

Ready for Action

American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), will hold another round of picketing events at eleven major airports across the United States. The picketing underscore the critical phase into which American flight attendants’ contract negotiations are entering and speaks to the readiness of subject flight attendants to act decisively should the airline’s management fail to offer them an equitable labor agreement.   

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Klyde Morris (01.23.23)

Klyde's Envy Is Shared By Many...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Slowing Business Aircraft Market Begets Opportunism

Way of the Shark

Notwithstanding fourth-quarter 2022 reports of robust transaction numbers and rising prices, the demand for new and used business aircraft looks to be flattening in 2023. Analysts ascribe the slowdown to economic pressures, primary among which are worsening global recession, soaring interest rates, and the widespread eradication of discretionary income resultant of record-high inflation.

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Airborne-NextGen 01.18.23: Walmart Drones, uAvionix Long-Range, Stolen Sats

Also: StratoLaunch Carries On, 5G AD, Helios Anti-Icing, Vertical Flight Society

Walmart has expanded its burgeoning drone delivery program, capping off 2022 with the last of its ambitious expansion plans. Heading into 2023, the company operates 36 drone delivery hubs across 7 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. North Dakota's UAS Networking facility, Vantis, will soon be the home of uAvionix BVLOS operations thanks to initial FAA approval. The state's interesting UAV test range appears to be shaping up as intended - part sandbox, part testing ground - as more uncrewed aerial vehicle manufacturers hea

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Hidden Level Continues Work with FAA

Drone Strike Mitigation Tech Sees Continued Evaluation Under Safety Program

Hidden Level Incorporated has continued its work with the FAA and Saab, researching safety tech to mitigate UAV collisions near airports. The FAA's Airport Unmanned Aircraft Systems Detection and Mitigation Research Program has been evaluating Hidden Level's Airspace Monitoring Service (AMS) for evaluation since last year. The FAA has been gauged as a standalone solution as well as a complementary technology to Saab's SAFE Airport Event Management system.

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NTSB Prelim: Extra EA300

An Examination Of The Airplane And Its Engine Revealed No Preimpact Mechanical Anomalies

On November 25, 2022, about 1615 central standard time, an Extra EA 300/LC airplane, N361LX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wonder Lake, Illinois. The pilot was fatally injured. The aerobatic airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data, at 1558, the airplane departed runway 27 at Galt Field Airport (10C), Wonder Lake, Illinois, and entered a climbing right turn toward north and 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.26.23)

Aero Linx: The Brodhead Pietenpol Association The Brodhead Pietenpol Association is a newly reorganized (in 2017) non-profit educational corporation that grew and developed from an earlier type club for owners, pilots, builders, and aficionados of the Pietenpol Aircamper and Sky Scout. The original BPA was started in 1975 (then called the National Pietenpol Association) as a social and builder support group. It has evolved over the years and now, after four decades, has blossomed into a newly re-organized Pietenpol-focused educational organization with part of its mission now including among other activities, promoting aviation safety related to antique amateur-built aircraft, disseminating safe amat

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.26.23): Lost Communications

Lost Communications Loss of the ability to communicate by radio. Aircraft are sometimes referred to as NORDO (No Radio). Standard pilot procedures are specified in 14 CFR Part 91. Radar controllers issue procedures for pilots to follow in the event of lost communications during a radar approach when weather reports indicate that an aircraft will likely encounter IFR weather conditions during the approach.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.26.23)

“The global demand for general aviation aircraft is huge. Especially the Brazilian and South American market in general has seen a strong growth and we believe that now is the right time to look for opportunities to expand production and sales in this region. The state-of-the-art luxury twin DA62 with outstanding economics and space is a great fit for the South American market. Since [sic] many years Aeromot is a trusted partner of us [sic] as an authorized dealer in Brazil, having contributed to aircraft sales, technical, and maintenance support for operations in the country. We are convinced that they are the right partner for establishing a DA62 assembly facility in Brazil and will meet our highest standards.” Source: From D

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