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October 04, 2023

Airborne 10.04.23: Nine-O-Nine B-17, HALO Record, Bumblebee 2.0 UAS

 Also: GPS Spoofing, Universal Hydrogen Flight Test, Boeing Pays $8.1M, CG Rescue

On 02 October 2019, seven people perished when a World War II-era Boeing B17 Flying Fortress dubbed Nine-O-Nine went down minutes after departing Windsor Locks, Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport (BDL). At the time of the accident, the aircraft—then participating in the Wings of Freedom Tour—was carrying ten passengers. A settlement has been reached between the downed B-17’s operator, a number of the accident’s six survivors, and families of the deceased—so stated attorneys representing eight of the ten passengers either killed or injured in the mishap. The Alpha 5 Project has successfully set a new world-reco

Boeing to Pay $8.1-Million to Settle False Claims Allegations

Plane-Maker Admits No Liability

Aerospace titan Boeing has agreed to pay $8.1-million to settle federal allegations setting forth the company submitted false claims and made false statements pertaining to the construction of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft the Arlington, Virginia-based company builds for the U.S. Navy.

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Multiple Aircraft Forced Off-Course Over Middle East

FAA Issues NOTAM Warning of GPS Singal Spoofing

Since 15 September 2023, deceptive GPS signals fraudulently transmitted from the ground have coerced upwards of twenty commercial or business aircraft overlying Iran to deviate from their planned routes. The counterfeit signals, which overrode those transmitted legitimately from GPS satellites, impeded the progress of numerous Boeing 737, 747, and 777 airliners.

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Van’s Issues New Communique Pertaining to Laser-Cut Parts

Company Responsibly Addresses Flawed Components

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, has published new and updated documents for customers in possession of aircraft kits comprising laser-cut parts. The described customers, on Tuesday, 03 October 2023, were to have received an email containing a link to a newly-established web portal via which they may select requested replacement parts. Van’s has also made available to its customers a series of online documents including a new engineering assessment report the company encourages its customers to read in full.

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Transport Canada Grants Skyservice Business Aviation 5G STC

Agency Approves Gogo 5G on Bombardier Challenger 300 Series

Skyservice Business Aviation, in partnership with Gogo Business Aviation has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) approval from Transport Canada for Gogo’s 5G system aboard Bombardier Challenger 300 series aircraft. The comprehensive Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) STC is available to Challenger 300 operators opting to retrofit their aircraft with Gogo’s AVANCE L5 and the full Gogo 5G provisional kit. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) STC approval of the Gogo 5G kit is expected presently.

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Airborne-NextGen 09.26.23: Mars Altitude Record, Lilium Jet, Skydio X10

Also: Boeing & Red 6, Rain Raises $$$, GA-ASI Honors, CBP Teal-2 Buy

NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, while executing a 16 September 2023 sortie, broke its own Martian altitude record, ascending 66-feet above Mars’s surface. This was the 59th flight, and the craft is well into its 31st month on the Red Planet. Lilium GmbH has commenced assembling fuselages for its Lilium Jet—an eVTOL personal air vehicle the company asserts remains on track for a late-2024 maiden flight. Fuselage assembly instantiates a tangible manifestation of Lilium’s ability to see its planned eVTOL proceed from conceptualization to actualization. Sky

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Airbus Unveils H145-Based Tech Demonstrator

New PioneerLab Helicopter Debuts in Germany

Availing itself of the plentiful attendees and enthusiasm on hand at the German National Aviation Conference, Airbus Helicopters unveiled the PioneerLab, a new twin-engine technology demonstrator based on the consortium’s popular H145 helicopter. The contraption complements Airbus' range of FlightLabs, and is intended to vet technologies germane to the reduction of helicopter-engine emissions, the betterment of autonomy, and the integration of bio-based construction materials.

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NBAA Welcomes Stopgap Federal Funding Legislation

Securing the Money Pipeline

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) welcomed congressional passage of legislation to temporarily fund all U.S. federal agencies and extend authorization for Federal Aviation Administration operations. The legislation funds the federal government for 47-days, through 17 November 2023, and provides a three-month extension, through 31 December, on the multi-year FAA reauthorization bill passed by Congress in 2018.

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EAA Chapter 579 Reaches Young Eagles Milestone

Aurora, Illinois Chapter Flies 20,000 Young Eagles

For the last three-decades, Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 579 has been among the most active in the Association’s Young Eagles program. On 23 September 2023, the Aurora, Illinois-based Chapter surpassed twenty-THOUSAND Young Eagles flown, thereby becoming, ostensibly, the first EAA chapter to reach the mark.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus SR20

Student Pilot’s Flight Instructor Estimated That The Student Pilot Had Accrued Between 65 And 70 Hours Total Flight Experience

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) stated that the student pilot was communicative over the airport’s common traff

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Classic Aero-TV: Wipaire At NBAA17 - More Than Just Floats

From 2017 YouTube Version): Caravan Floats Updated With Oil Bath Wheels For Reduced Maintenance…

Wipaire Floats was founded in the 1960s, and over the years has come to offer a line of products for everything from small recreational airplanes to large commercial aircraft, including firefighting airplanes. At NBAA-BACE is Las Vegas last month, Clint Clouarte, VP of Marking and Sales for Wipaire, said one of the most recent developments is the introduction of oil bath wheels on new production Wipline 8750 amphibious floats for Cessna Caravans, eliminating the need for repeated greasing. The design allows the main gear wheel bearings to be con

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.04.23)

Aero Linx: British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA) BALPA is the union and professional association for pilots in the uk. Our members work together to protect the piloting profession and strive to ensure flight safety remains an industry wide priority. Our community is made up of members, elected pilot representatives and pilot volunteers, managed by a pilot executive, and supported by expert staff members and professional specialists.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.04.23): Radar Contact Lost

Radar Contact Lost Used by ATC to inform a pilot that the surveillance data used to determine the aircraft's position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and radar service is no longer being provided. The loss may be attributed to several factors including the aircraft merging with weather or ground clutter, the aircraft operating below radar line of sight coverage, the aircraft entering an area of poor radar return, failure of the aircraft's equipment, or failure of the surveillance equipment. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.04.23)

“I want to thank the hundreds of volunteers who, over the past thirty-years, helped EAA Chapter 579 reach our historic milestone of twenty-thousand Young Eagles flown. A big thanks to the 41 chapter volunteers here today, along with our friends at REVV Aviation, the staff in the Aurora tower, and our guests from EAA HQ who helped share the magic of flight with 152 very happy Young Eagles and their families.” Source: Chapter 579 president, Mikek Baer, after having been presented a plaque and banner commemorating the achievement of flying 20,000 Young Eagles.

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