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October 22, 2023

Aircraft Upset Prevention Initiative Undertaken

APS Partners with Leading Aviation Safety Auditors

2023’S NBAA-BACE event saw Aviation Performance Solutions (APS), a Mesa, Arizona-based provider of aviation safety training, announce its collaboration with leading aviation safety auditors, Wyvern LTD, Safety Operating Systems (SOS), Aviation Safety Compliance (ASC), and Aviation Safety Solutions (AvSafety). The five concerns jointly champion Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) programs, the principal and most effective means by which to train pilots to recognize and effectively contend with Loss of Control In-flight (LOC-I)—broadly considered the contemporary aviation industry’s primary fatal threat. The newly-announced collaboration underscores a common aspiration to

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Universal Avionics Extends Connected FMS Offering

UA-APG Partnership Adds Performance Package

Universal Avionics (UA), by dint of a newly-announced partnership with Aircraft Performance Group (APG), has introduced Performance Package capabilities for FlightPartner Connected Avionics. The new package fully-integrates with the Connected FMS’s extant workflows and relies on APG’s performance for take-off and engine-out calculations, obstacle analysis, landing factors, and more. APG’s engine allows for accurate weight-and-balance calculations—by which aircraft fuel-consumption may be reduced, aircraft ground-handling enhanced, and the overall efficiency of flight operations improved.

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Avcenter Pocatello Unveils New Hangar Facility

Gem State FBO Adds Jewel of a Hangar

Founded in 1979 and headquartered on Idaho’s Pocatello Regional Airport (PIH),  Avcenter is a full-service FBO with foci in air charters, flight instruction, aircraft maintenance and rental, and fuel sales. In October 2023, Avcenter completed a new state-of-the-art, thirty-thousand-square-foot, heated hangar facility. Sufficiently capacious to accommodate aircraft as large as Gulfstream’s G700 and Bombardier’s Global 7500, the new hangar offers prospective occupants short- and long-term lease options.

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CarlisleIT Debuts Innovative Avionics Coaxial Cables

The Able in Cable

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT) a division of Carlisle Companies, has debuted its ECS Lightning series avionics coax, which adds two new 50 Ω coaxial cables to its existing trusted lineup of ECS avionics cables. CarlisleIT has innovated its avionics coax solutions to provide maximum performance in an extremely low weight cable. The two cables have silver-coated copper-clad aluminum conductors and helical aluminum shields to decrease the weight of the coax and minimize attenuation. The Lightning series cables bring your signals through loud and clear without adding unwanted pounds.

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AEA Names Kevin Bruce Director of Engineering & Certification

Mr. Bruce “Honored to Take on this Expanded Role …”

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) has named Kevin Bruce its director of engineering and certification. Mr. Bruce formally assumed the responsibilities of the newly-established position on 16 October 2023. Formerly, Mr. Bruce served as the Association’s Canadian region regulatory consultant (since 2013) and as Diamond Aircraft’s director of airworthiness and quality (since 2006). A one-time regional manager for Aircraft Certification at Transport Canada, Mr. Bruce brings extensive regulatory knowledge and engineering experience to his new AEA role. In light of the ongoing development and accelerated introduction of technologically-advanced aircraft and the r

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Honeywell to Develop Ground-Control Station for Supernal

Hyundai AAM Subsidiary Readies for Flight-Testing

Honeywell Aerospace, the ubiquitous North Carolina-headquartered maker of aero-engines, avionics, and bleeding-edge aeronautical technologies, has collaborated with Hyundai Motor Group subsidiary Supernal for purpose of developing a ground-control station supportive of pilotless Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations. A U.S.-based maker of eVTOL aircraft, Supernal, as stated in the company’s literature, intends to ply Hyundai’s automotive manufacturing heritage and know-how to the development and production of Advanced Air Mobility vehicles.

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SmartSky Achieves Key Milestones

Patented and Optimized Synthesis of 5G and LTE Technologies

SmartSky, the innovative Air-To-Ground (ATG) inflight connectivity provider, has reported several key commercial milestones since announcing nationwide coverage at NBAA 2022. The compnay's next-generation network of 319 towers provides dense, overlapping coverage nationwide and extending more than 150-miles offshore. The network is delivering the continuous connection necessary to utilize high-bandwidth applications in the cloud, video calls, live-streaming news and entertainment, and even online gaming.

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AB Jets Acquires Three Bombardier Challenger 3500 Aircraft

Memphis Part 135 Operator Enters Super Mid-Size Market

AB Jets has acquired three Bombardier Challenger 3500 aircraft, with a contractual option to order a fourth such machine by the end of 2023. AB Jets founder and co-owner Andrew Bettis set forth: “This fleet expansion represents a milestone in AB Jets’ history. We’re pleased to meet our clients’ demands with a new category of aircraft in the Challenger 3500. These super mid-size jets will bring an extended range and comfort to our fleet, increasing our ability to service our clientele.”

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DART Aerospace - United Rotorcraft Partnership Announced

Companies to Collaborate on Super Puma Firefighting System

In humankind’s relentless battle against wildfires, time is a fleeting and precious commodity. Cognizant of such, DART Aerospace has entered into a partnership with United Rotorcraft by which the two concerns will develop an advanced aerial fire-fighting system optimized for Airbus’s Super Puma family of helicopters. The new aerial firefighting system comprises a fixed, external, 1,056-gallon, belly-mounted water tank, and appropriate cockpit controls. United Rotorcraft will also develop multi-mission equipment packages to extend the year-round value of the helicopter platform for operator-specific requirements. Key project objectives include FAA, EASA, and Transport Canada Sup

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 10.13.23: Lancair Sold, Scissortail G750, Colt 100

Also: Home-Built Accidents Declining, Scalebirds Update, EAA Youth Programs, Glider Disconnect

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. Scissortail Aerosports showed off their GoGetAir G750 last month at the Mt. Version Sport Aviation Expo, in Illinois. You simply don't see that many taper-winged aircraft these days, much less one that push

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Classic Aero-TV: US Airways Jeff Skiles-Making History and Looking To The Future

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Skiles Reflects On His Ring-Side Seat To An Historic Event

Jeff Skiles, First Officer of US Airways Flight 1549, "The Miracle on the Hudson," was the guest speaker for the AEA Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 9th, during the Aircraft Electronics Association's 53rd annual International Convention & Trade Show, from April 7-10, in Orlando, FL -- he was also our guest for an intriguing interview shortly before that speech. 

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus SR20

“RWY 24 Was Particularly ‘Dark’ Off The Takeoff End Due To Vegetation/Trees Below Resulting In Very Little Ground References At Night – Instrument Monitoring Was Essential On Climb Out.”

On September 2, 2023, at 2218 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR20, N420PB, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Toms River, New Jersey. The student pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 solo instructional flight. According to the student pilot’s flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was for the pilot to perform solo takeoffs and landings at night. In written statements, other pilots operating at and around Ocean County Airport (MJX) s

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Classic Aero-TV: A Sea Of Yellow -- 75 Years of Piper Cubs

From 2012 (YouTube Version): America's Iconic GA Airplane Celebrates Its Heritage

Whether you fly ultralight, LSA, certified airplane, military jets, or wide-bodied airliners, there is one aircraft type that practically personifies aviation. That airplane is the Piper J-3 Cub. The 75-year-old design is perhaps the most recognizable, and most copied, airplane that has ever graced the skies. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the airplane, more than 125 Cubs have landed on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport for AirVenture, 2012. And 75 of those airplanes flew in in a "mass arrival" early in the week, filling the south

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.23)

Aero Linx: Parachute Industry Association PIA’s mission is to advance and support the growth, development, training and safety of parachuting activities and engage and serve participants in the parachuting industry. As evidenced by what we have accomplished over the last four decades, the Parachute Industry Association is committed to advancing the growth, development, training and safety of parachuting. At the foundation of our industry is a close-knit community of civilian and military skydivers worldwide … which is why at PIA we have always done this important work in tandem with – rather than on behalf

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.22.23): Movement Area

Movement Area The runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport/heliport which are utilized for taxiing/hover taxiing, air taxiing, takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas. At those airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from ATC. 

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