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June 18, 2023

FAA Stonewalls Buttigieg's Private Jet Records

Watchdog Group Sues

The government watchdog group Americans for Public Trust (APT) has filed a federal lawsuit against the FAA over the agency’s repeated failures to provide records pertaining to Secretary of Tansportation Pete Buttigieg's alleged improper and excessive utilization of FAA-managed business jets.

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17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium to Highlight AAM Progress

Ushering In the AAM Era

Upwards of forty of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers and technology experts are slated to speak at the 17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS). The event will be held, online and in person, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 22-23 July—the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2023. The world’s longest-running electric aviation technology symposium, EAS is organized by industry and government stakeholders for purpose of broadening public awareness of events transpiring with the emergent AAM sector.

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International Aerobatics Day Rolls In

Inside, Outside, Upside-Down

In continuation of two-past years of the successful event, International Aerobatics Day will be held on Saturday, 24 June 2023. Aerobatic fans are advised to mark their calendars and reserve the day for a worldwide celebration of all things aerobatic. The occasion’s founding body—the International Aerobatics Club (IAC)—asks all aerobatic enthusiasts to make plans to share their passion for the sport of aerobatics regardless of where on the planet they call home.

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FlightSimExpo Lands in Houston 23-25 June

Hobby Time

Upwards of two-thousand attendees are expected to participate in FlightSimExpo, a dedicated flight simulation event organized by the Flight Simulation Association, a community-driven organization of developers, simmers, and real-world pilots about the noble business of improving in-home flight simulation and broadening access thereto. FlightSimExpo 2023 will be held across two locations near Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) from Friday, 23 through Sunday, 25 June 2023.

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Airborne 06.09.23: Citation Eco-Vandalized, CubCrafters ELAS, Next FAA Boss

Also: 17th Annual VFS Electric Aircraft Symposium, New C-152 Engine Baffle System, NBAA Webinar

On 06 June 2023, protesters ostensibly connected to Last Generation—a group of climate-change activists indigenous, primarily, to Germany and Italy — egregiously vandalized a Cessna 525 CitationJet 1+ parked on Germany’s Sylt Airport (GWT). The aircraft is reportedly owned by a German real estate entrepreneur. CubCrafters is testing an intriguing new concept, called Electric Lift Augmenting Slats [ELAS], conceived to dramatically increase wing lift. Recognizing the potentially broad application for this new ELAS technology, NASA awarded CubCrafter

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Toronto Buttonville Municipal Airport to Close

YKZ – RIP - SMH

On 31 May 2023, the operators of Toronto’s Buttonville Municipal Airport (YKZ) announced the facility will permanently close to flight operations on 30 November 2023. Located at the junction of Highways 404, 407, and 7 in the city of Markham, Ontario, the Buttonville Airport has been operated as a private aerodrome since it was founded in 1953 by flight-instructor, stunt pilot, and FBO owner Fred Gilles. Presently, the Buttonville Airport supports commercial, General Aviation (GA) and Business Aviation (BA) activities.

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Midair Collision Victim’s Family Files Lawsuit

Litigating Inattention  

The family of a CFI who lost his life in a 2022 mid-air collision over the North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) is suing the pilot ostensibly responsible for the accident. Speaking on behalf of the decedent's survivors, plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel Rose—who characterized the case as “straightforward”—likened the accident to a motor-vehicle rear-end collision.

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General Atomics Flight Tests New Heavy-Fuel Engine

Powerplant to Motivate U.S. Army Gray Eagle ER UAS

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced on 15 June 2023 that the company had conducted the first flight of its new two-hundred-horsepower heavy-fuel engine on a Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) at its El Mirage, Arizona flight-test facility.

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Airborne 06.09.23: Citation Eco-Vandalized, CubCrafters ELAS, Next FAA Boss

Also: 17th Annual VFS Electric Aircraft Symposium, New C-152 Engine Baffle System, NBAA Webinar

On 06 June 2023, protesters ostensibly connected to Last Generation—a group of climate-change activists indigenous, primarily, to Germany and Italy — egregiously vandalized a Cessna 525 CitationJet 1+ parked on Germany’s Sylt Airport (GWT). The aircraft is reportedly owned by a German real estate entrepreneur. CubCrafters is testing an intriguing new concept, called Electric Lift Augmenting Slats [ELAS], conceived to dramatically increase wing lift. Recognizing the potentially broad application for this new ELAS technology, NASA awarded CubCrafter

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NBAA Weighs In on FAA Reauthorization Bill

The Noisy Business of Conflating Action and Progress

On 15 June 2023, the NBAA commended Congressional leaders for what the Association called their timely action vis-à-vis legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through September 2028. NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen stated: “We are encouraged to see Chairman Sam Graves (Republican, Missouri) and Ranking Member Rick Larsen (Democrat, Washington State) act swiftly on this important bipartisan legislation ...

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Classic Aero-TV: St. Augustine Airshow - Honoring Our Military Through Flight

From 2011 (YouTube Version): Air Show Action Like This Never Gets Old...

This is a perfect “timeout” video. It’s 3 ½ minutes of nonstop in-flight action. You’ll see every type of acrobatic airplane from jet teams, to biplanes, to a Citabria Decathlon doing things that just don’t look right, to wing walkers, and even a fire-breathing dragon. It’s the very best of the 2011 St. Augustine airshow. The outstanding videography skips the talking and goes straight to the action. Watch it the first time for the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.18.23)

Aero Linx: International Skydiving Hall of Fame

Created in 2010, the International Skydiving Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those who, through leadership, innovation and/or accomplishments have defined, promoted, inspired and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained levels such that they have made it possible for generations of skydivers to enjoy the sport.  Whether you have made thousands of jumps or one jump you should plan to attend a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. They are held annually over a festive weekend of skydiving and other activities at a dropzone venue.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.18.23): Loran

Loran

An electronic navigational system by which hyperbolic lines of position are determined by measuring the difference in the time of reception of synchronized pulse signals from two fixed transmitters. Loran A operates in the 1750-1950 kHz frequency band. Loran C and D operate in the 100-110 kHz frequency band. In 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard terminated all U.S. LORAN-C transmissions.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.18.23)

“The show is open to anyone, not just pilots. That said, those thinking of flying recreationally or professionally will have plenty to gain by better leveraging technology like this throughout their flight training.” Source: FlightSimExpo 2023 Event organizer Evan Reiter, himself an airline pilot eminently familiar with simulator training, discussing the upwards of two-thousand attendees that are expected to participate in FlightSimExpo, a dedicated flight simulation event organized by the Flight Simulation Association.  

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