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October 11, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 10.11.23: Guimbal, TN Flt Training, Ascension Academy

 Also: John & Martha King, USAF Instructor/Rescuer, STEM Educator Award, AAMS 

 
 
September 2023 saw flight-instructors and aircraft owners from across the U.S. travel to Oregon for purpose of participating in Hélicoptères Guimbal Factory Instructor Training. The event was jointly hosted by Guimbal and Precision Support Services, LLC. Tennessee Flight Training has purchased the flight training division of Azure Flight Support, which includes Shelbyville Flight Academy and training locations in Crossville and Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to broadening the scope of Tennessee Flight Training’s academic offerings, the acquisition facilitates long-term strategic partnership for Fixed Base Operations and maint

Embraer to Debut Phenom 100EX at NBAA-BACE 2023

All-New Light-Jet Set to Impress

Embraer S.A., the multinational aerospace manufacturer of commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft founded in 1969 and headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, has unveiled the Phenom 100EX, the latest evolution of company’s capable and popular Phenom 100 series of entry-level business jets. Those desirous of catching the earliest possible glimpse of Embraer’s all-new Phenom 100EX are encouraged to make tracks for Las Vegas, where the model will debut at 2023’s NBAA-BACE, which spans 17 through 19 October.

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Pilatus Significantly Improves Its PC-24 Light Business Jet

Higher Payload, Improved Interior, Predictive Maintenance

Pilatus has upped the full-fuel and maximum payloads of its proven and popular PC-24 light business jet by an impressive six-hundred-pounds (272-kilograms). The increase facilitates a two-hundred-nautical-mile increase to the aircraft’s six-passenger range. Beginning with new aircraft delivered in 2024, the full-fuel, single-pilot payload of Pilatus’s PC-24 will be raised to 1,315-pounds (596-kilograms). The aircraft’s maximum payload capacity will be increased to a class-leading 3,100-pounds (1,406-kilograms).

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John & Martha King to Appear at NBAA Coffee Social

Aviation Icons to Sign New Book

Aviation icons, entrepreneurs, and acclaimed educators John and Martha King will sign personalized copies of their new book, Sky Kings: Flying Adventures With John & Martha, as featured guests at 2023’s NBAA Coffee Social in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Kings will be on hand at Booth No. N1834 at 14:00 PDT. Complimentary copies of the book will be available to the first three-hundred attendees at the Coffee Social.

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Airborne 10.02.23: RotorX In Trouble, AOPA's McSpadden Goes West, UAL Hiring

Also: Daher Owner Convention, SAF Prices Likely to Remain High, NTSB Hiring, OR CAP Aid

A couple of years ago, new ownership bought the Rotorway helicopter kit operation and rebranded it as Rotor X. Over the course of many months, we received numerous complaints about Rotor X, with reports of dozens of customers who claim to have bought helicopter kits or sub kits not gotten what they paid for. Some have paid in full, with amounts exceeding well in excess of $100,000, and received little or nothing (so far) in return. AOPA has issued a statement that notes, "We are deeply saddened to report that Richard McSpadden, AOPA Senior Vice Presiden

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Airborne-Flight Training 10.03.23: LODA NPRM, UAL Contract, USAF Pilots

Also: AOPA VP McSpadden In C177 Crash, Young Eagles Milestone, Air Wisconsin Pilots, ATC Hiring

EAA and Warbirds of America have filed joint comments germane to an NPRM codifying new rules for flight-training in experimental, limited, and primary-category aircraft. The FAA contends the NPRM is intended to re-establish the status-quo prior to a June 2021 court ruling that up-ended longstanding policy pertaining to flight-training in the aforementioned aircraft. The ruling gave rise to a regulatory environment in which owners of experimental aircraft were required to secure Letters Of Deviation Authority (LODAs) to train in their own aircraft. The United Airlin

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VoltAero Aligns with European “Power Up” Initiative

The Rise of Regional AAM In the E.U.

VoltAero, the French designer and manufacturer of electric aircraft, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Power Up, an 18-member consortium founded for purpose of facilitating the debut of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Europe and accelerating the proliferation thereof. VoltAero, by dint of subject MoU, has committed to conducting test-flights, primarily in the Netherlands, by which the company will define operational procedures germane to its eVTOL platform, AAM infrastructure, and inter-regional air-transportation operated by electric aircraft.

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NATA Names 2022-2023 Industry Excellence Award Recipients

Excellence Recognized

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has announced the recipients of its 2022-2023 Industry Excellence Awards. Honorees will be recognized at 2023’s Aviation Business Conference, which will be held in Long Beach, California on 02 November.

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Airborne-Flight Training 10.03.23: LODA NPRM, UAL Contract, USAF Pilots

Also: AOPA VP McSpadden In C177 Crash, Young Eagles Milestone, Air Wisconsin Pilots, ATC Hiring

EAA and Warbirds of America have filed joint comments germane to an NPRM codifying new rules for flight-training in experimental, limited, and primary-category aircraft. The FAA contends the NPRM is intended to re-establish the status-quo prior to a June 2021 court ruling that up-ended longstanding policy pertaining to flight-training in the aforementioned aircraft. The ruling gave rise to a regulatory environment in which owners of experimental aircraft were required to secure Letters Of Deviation Authority (LODAs) to train in their own aircraft. The United Airlin

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Airborne 10.02.23: RotorX In Trouble, AOPA's McSpadden Goes West, UAL Hiring

Also: Daher Owner Convention, SAF Prices Likely to Remain High, NTSB Hiring, OR CAP Aid

A couple of years ago, new ownership bought the Rotorway helicopter kit operation and rebranded it as Rotor X. Over the course of many months, we received numerous complaints about Rotor X, with reports of dozens of customers who claim to have bought helicopter kits or sub kits not gotten what they paid for. Some have paid in full, with amounts exceeding well in excess of $100,000, and received little or nothing (so far) in return. AOPA has issued a statement that notes, "We are deeply saddened to report that Richard McSpadden, AOPA Senior Vice Presiden

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Classic Aero-TV: Kitfox On Steroids - 180 HP(!) for Your Kitfox STi

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Kitfox Innovates With Their STi Variation Of The Series 7 Super Sport Kit Airplane…

When visiting EAA AirVenture it can be fun to walk around to see what’s new; to look at what’s never been there before. However, sometimes what is new is when you find a well-established company that has weathered the aviation storm and is still innovating. An example of this is the Kitfox Aircraft Company. While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited with John McBean, the President and CEO of Kitfox Aircraft to talk about a new variation of the STOL-inspired kit airp

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NTSB Releases Final Report on April 2022 Glider Accident

Devil Complacency

The NTSB has released its final report on a 16 April 2022 accident in which a Schleicher ASW-19B glider was substantially damaged and its Private Pilot rated operator (and sole occupant) was fatally injured shortly after departing Jacksonville, Florida’s Herlong Recreational Airport (HEG). The accident-aircraft was operated as a personal flight under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Tennessee Flight Training Broadens Academic Operations

School Acquires Azure Flight Support Flight Training Division

Respected flight-training provider Tennessee Flight Training has purchased the flight training division of Azure Flight Support, which includes Shelbyville Flight Academy and training locations in Crossville and Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to broadening the scope of Tennessee Flight Training’s academic offerings, the acquisition facilitates long-term strategic partnership for Fixed Base Operations and maintenance services.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.11.23)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) 

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) was created in 1988 at the initiative of 100 colleges and universities with aviation programs who recognized the need to establish standards and submit themselves to the review of their peers and the industry.  Its purpose is to serve as the official accrediting body for all collegiate aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.11.23): 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 (10.11.23)

“Most of the people we’ve met have taken our courses, and we’ve had the privilege and honor of being an important part of their lives. That’s a wonderful experience as a human being—to help someone else achieve their dreams.” Source: Martha King, reflecting on the impact she and John have had on the aviation world. 

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