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October 28, 2023

Major Announcement from Van’s Aircraft Admits To Serious Issues

Company to Reorganize Under Mounting Challenges

Van’s Aircraft, the famed light-sport aircraft marque and maker of the perennially popular RV6/6A, RV7/7A, and numerous additional kit aircraft models, is facing serious cash-flow issues resultant of a confluence of unfavorable events and circumstances. To better serve its customers, the company will suspend operations for a period of approximately two-weeks.  

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B-21 Raider Taxi Testing Underway

The Long Road to First Flight

Northrop-Grumman and the United States Air Force have commenced taxi testing of the B-21 Raider—the United States’ newest and most technologically-advanced, combat-capable stealth-bomber. In addition to conceding the bomber “is conducting ground taxi activities,” a USAF spokesperson set forth: “Rigorous testing is a critical step in the B-21 flight test program. Extensive testing evaluates systems, components, and functionalities. This testing allows us to mitigate risks, optimize design, and enhance operational effectiveness.” The most recent photos of the first B-21 depict the aircraft outside its hangar at Northrop Grumman’s facility at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif

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ATI Pilots To Call for Strike Authorization Vote

Turn of a Critical Card

Air Transport International (ATI) pilots, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced on 27 October 2023 that they will hold a strike authorization vote on Monday, 30 October. For nearly three-and-a-half-years, pilots in the service of Wilmington, Ohio-based Air Transport International (ATI) have been mired in unproductive negotiations with the air-carrier’s management. The authorizing of a strike is the first in a long and complex succession of prerequisites that must be met prior to ATI pilots walking off the job. By making such an authorization in the weeks prior to the onset of the frantic and profitable winter holiday shopping/delivery season, ATI pilots and ALPA jointly exert

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United Airlines Launches Calibrate Technician Pathway Program

Direct Path to Maintenance Careers with UAL

United Airlines, the Chicago-based U.S. legacy air-carrier, has launched the Calibrate Technician Pathway Program, an initiative by which the airline sets out to provide U.S. Army reservists and students enrolled in a number of prominent aviation maintenance schools direct pathways to lucrative careers as UAL aircraft technicians.

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SpaceX Aspires to Unprecedented 2024 Launch Cadence

Musk and Company Eye One Launch Every 2.5 Days

SpaceX, the orbital and deep-space conveyance and exploration concern founded by billionaire boffin and loveable odd-ball Elon Musk, intends to undertake 144 space-launches in 2024—a number at once dizzying and unprecedented in the annals of human extraterrestrial exploit. While 2023 has already seen SpaceX surpass all previous private space-launch records, the company aims to end the year-of-the-water-rabbit with one-hundred such operations in the proverbial books. By way of comparison, SpaceX, in 2021, launched a total of 31 space missions. The following year—by dint, primarily, of the company’s Starlink initiative, SpaceX’s activity nearly doubled to 61 launches.

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Securities Lawsuit Against Archer Dismissed

Plaintiff Voluntarily Forgoes Litigation

The plaintiff in Cenderelli v. Archer Aviation, Inc., the federal securities lawsuit filed against the latter named party, has chosen to voluntarily dismiss the case. Formally requested on 21 September 223, the dismissal came shortly after Archer’s 13 October 2023 filing of a motion to dismiss the case. Archer’s chief legal officer Andy Missan stated: “We are very pleased that the plaintiff has decided to dismiss the case. Archer continues to remain focused on delivering on its mission and creating value for shareholders.”

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NATA Repudiates Media Mischaracterization of Part 135

Castagna Edifies Dallas Morning News

In a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News regarding an article titled Experts Eye Charter Jet Operators — American, Southwest Raise Alarm Over Less Regulated Service Model, National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president and CEO Curt Castagna set forth ...

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Classic Aero-TV: Camp AMA - Where Tomorrow’s Aviators Get Started

From 2019 (YouTube Version): A Week-Long Program Open To Young People Ages 13-19

The Academy of Model Aeronautics offers a lot of programs designed to foster interest in model aviation. One of those is Camp AMA, a week-long summer camp program at the organization's headquarters in Muncie, IN. According to the AMA website, the cost of the camp includes instruction time, meals, lodging, and nighttime activities. Campers will get the chance to work personally with some of the best RC pilots in the world, including Nick Maxwell, Andrew Jesky, AC Glenn, and RJ Gritter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.28.23)

Aero Linx: Latin American Civil Aviation Commission (LACAC) The Latin American Civil Aviation Commission, LACAC, is an international organization with a consultative character, and its conclusions, recommendations and resolutions will be subject to the approval of each one of the member States. The primary objective of the Commission is to provide the civil aviation authorities of the member States an appropriate framework within which to discuss and plan all the required measures for cooperation and coordination of all their civil aviation activities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.28.23): Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN)

Tactical Air Navigation (TACAN) An ultra-high frequency electronic rho-theta air navigation aid which provides suitably equipped aircraft a continuous indication of bearing and distance to the TACAN station.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.28.23)

“The B-21 uses agile software development, advanced manufacturing techniques, and digital engineering tools to help mitigate production risk” and “enable modern sustainment practices.”   Source: From a Northrop Grumman statement describing aspects of the B-21 Raider program.

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