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October 18, 2023

Airborne 10.18.23: 100th King Air 360, BizAv Outlook, 500th TBM 900 Series

 Also: RA-4500 MKII Radar Altimeter, ALPA Wants Whitaker, USMC Red Devils, Mid-America Aerotech-Moog

Textron Aviation has delivered the one-hundredth Beechcraft King Air 360 twin-turboprop to longtime Textron Aviation customer Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC). The delivery evinces the hegemony with which the King Air name has been synonymous since the 1960s. Over the 59-years since the King Air family’s 1964 introduction, nearly 7,800 specimens of the twin-turboprop have been produced. Honeywell's 32nd annual Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasts up to 8,500 new business jet deliveries worth $278-billion from 2024 to 2033, in line with the same ten-year forecast a year ago. This year, surveyed business aviation

flyVbird Signs LOI for 25 Eviation 'Alice' Electric Aircraft

Nascent German Carrier Betting Big

Founded in 2015 by Omer Bar-Yohay, Omri Regev, and Aviv Tzidon, Washington State-based Eviation is an aerospace technology concern about the business of developing an all-electric, nine-passenger, regional aircraft to which the company has ascribed the whimsical sobriquet Alice. In October 2023 Eviation announced flyVbird, an emerging, on-demand, German regional airline, had signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 25 Alice aircraft, with options for a further 25. flyVbird, which has yet to secure an Air Carrier Certificate of its own, intends to service rural areas via smaller, more accessible airports.

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Textron Aviation Delivers 100th King Air 360

It’s Good to be King …

Textron Aviation, the Wichita, Kansas-based parent company of Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Lycoming Engines, and Pipistrel, has delivered the one-hundredth Beechcraft King Air 360 twin-turboprop to longtime Textron Aviation customer Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC). The delivery evinces the hegemony with which the King Air name has been synonymous since the 1960s.

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Gogo 5G Selected by Canada’s Largest Fractional Operator

AirSprint Becomes Gogo’s First Canadian 5G Customer

AirSprint Private Aviation, a leading Canadian fractional operator, will begin upgrading its Cessna Citation CJ3+ and Embraer aircraft to Gogo 5G—thereby earning the Calgary, Alberta-based concern the distinction of being Gogo’s first Canadian fleet customer.

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ALPA Calls for Michael Whitaker to be Named FAA Administrator

Union Prevails Upon U.S. Senate on Eve of Key Vote

Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) president Captain Jason Ambrosi issued a statement in advance of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s Wednesday, 18 October 2023 vote vis-à-vis the elevation of Michael Whitaker to the station of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator. If approved Michael Whitaker will succeed Stephen Dickson, the FAA’s last permanent administrator, who stepped down in March 2022; and interim administrators Billy Nolen and Polly Trottenberg, who sustained the agency—more or less—over a 17-month absence of long-term leadership.

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Airborne 10.10.23: Lancair Sold, Israel Aviation, Masters of the Air

Also: Joby eVTOL, Hélicoptères Guimbal, Space Debris Fine, Seaglider Operations

JetEXE Aviation has acquired storied kit-aircraft concern Lancair—henceforth Lancair Aerospace. Lancair, since its 1981 founding, created a global community of Lancair aircraft owners that comprises thousands of members who’ve logged, in the aggregate, hundreds-of-thousands of flight-hours in 14 Lancair models and variants thereof. The Israeli declaration of war against the Islamic terrorist group Hamas has precipitated worsening violence, abductions, and intensifying land- and air-strikes in Gaza and the West Bank. Notwithstandin

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ForeFlight Announces New Capabilities at NBAA-BACE

Boeing Subsidiary Debuts Oceanic Plotting & Fleet Tracking

ForeFlight, a Boeing company, has announced two upcoming products at the 2023 NBAA Business Aviation Exhibition & Convention: Oceanic Plotting and Fleet Tracking. ForeFlight representatives will be providing product demonstrations of both new capabilities during the show at booth C9017. Customers who are interested can register to receive additional information and trials once the products become available.

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

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power NBAA-BACE 2023 Booth #C11417

True Blue Power Lithium Battery Upgrade for ALL Pilatus PC-12 Models True Blue Power Lithium-ion Aircraft Batteries will be on display in the True Blue Power and Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics booth, #C11417, throughout NBAA- BACE, October 17 – 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. True Blue Power’s Gen5 TB40 (40 amp-hour) Lithium-ion Battery is FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approved for installation on all models of the

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Honeywell Expands Navigation Database Service

FMS Guided Visual Procedures Offered as Stand-Alone Option

Honeywell Aerospace, the storied North Carolina-headquartered maker of aero-engines, avionics, and bleeding-edge aeronautical technologies, is expanding its premium Navigation database subscription service to offer Flight Management System Guided Visual procedures as a stand-alone option. FMS Guided Visual procedures were initially offered only as part of the broader Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required (RNP-AR) Navigation database subscription.

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Business Aviation Finance Market to Grow

So Says Airbus …

According to a new study commissioned by Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ), eight out of ten (82-percent) U.S.-based business aviation financiers and private jet brokers expect access to business aviation financing to increase over the next three-years, with 17-percent expecting it to stay the same and only one-percent predicting a decline.

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PWK Airport Announces Sky Harbour Hangar Campus Development

Proposed Campus to Headquarter Business Aircraft Operators

Chicago Executive Airport (PWK) and Sky Harbour Group have entered into an agreement by which the two entities will work together to develop a Sky Harbour Home Base campus at PWK, the Chicagoland area’s  leading General Aviation airport. The Sky Harbour campus, to be developed on approximately 25 acres, is expected to create or sustain hundreds of local jobs and generate approximately $550-million in economic benefits. The campus will offer “the best home base in business aviation” to house approximately twenty of the Chicago area’s top corporate and privately-owned business jets in private hangars, with line-services dedicated exclusively to based tenants, off

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-18-135

During A Banner Tow Operation, The Pilot Seat Broke, And He Slid Aft About A Foot

On September 3, 2023, about 1420 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-18-135, N7199K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Compton, California. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 banner tow flight. The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff, during a banner tow operation, the pilot seat broke, and he slid aft about a foot. The airplane  pitched up in a nose high attitude, causing him to further slide aft. Unable to push the flight control stick forward, he let go of the flight controls and used the crossbeam to pull himself forward.

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Classic Aero-TV: The PB4Y-2 Privateer - A Priceless Aero-Treasure

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Oshkosh Reveals Many Treasures... Including Old Warbirds Full Of History

While at EAA AirVenture 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, ventured out to visit the warbirds and was attracted to a large four engine aircraft that is a variation of the World War II Consolidated B-24. It turns out to be the world’s only flyable PB4Y-2, Privateer, which is a U.S. Navy version of the B-24. To get the full scoop about the airplane, Tom talked with Boyd Gallaher, who is the pilot of the aircraft. Gallaher first became acquainted with this airplane in the late 1970s when it was being operated as a fire suppression aircraft. He descr

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.18.23)

Aero Linx: International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Co-located at the ICAO headquarters in Montreal, Canada, IBAC provides expert advocacy and intelligence on behalf of the global business aviation community participating in various ICAO bodies whose work affects business aviation.  Where business aviation association members work effectively in national and regional capitals, IBAC advocates at the global level – at ICAO – on behalf of the worldwide business aviation community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.18.23): Handoff

Handoff An action taken to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft from one controller to another if the aircraft will enter the receiving controller's airspace and radio communications with the aircraft will be transferred.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.18.23)

“The FAA deserves stable, long-term leadership to guide the safety and technological improvements that our system needs, and we urge the Senate to confirm Michael Whitaker as the next FAA Administrator.” Source: From a statement by Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) president Captain Jason Ambrosi, in advance of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s vote vis-à-vis the elevation of Michael Whitaker to the station of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator.

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