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June 30, 2023

Airborne 06.30.23: P-40 Fatality, T-7 Joins USAF, iFly EFB Updates

 lso: EAA/Boeing/Oshkosh, SAT Ramp Accident, MyGoFlight Acquires Flight Flix, EAA v FAA NPRMs

 
 
The pilot of a Curtiss Wright P-40E WWII-Era fighter aircraft who lost his life in a 27 June 2023 accident at Hamilton, Montana’s Ravalli County Airport (HRF) has been identified as Paul Ehlen, founder and owner of Bloomington, Minnesota’s Precision Lens—a manufacturer of therapeutic, surgical, and pharmacological products germane to the field of ophthalmological medicine. On 28 June 2023, a U.S. Air Force pilot departed Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facilities at the controls of a T-7A Red Hawk, thereby occasioning the commencement of USAF flight-testing of the service’s new, supersonic, advanced jet trainer. The

Pilot Killed in Montana P-40 Accident Identified

Makings of a Strange Epitaph

The pilot of a Curtiss Wright P-40E WWII-Era fighter aircraft who lost his life in a 27 June 2023 accident at Hamilton, Montana’s Ravalli County Airport (HRF) has been identified as Paul Ehlen, founder and owner of Bloomington, Minnesota’s Precision Lens—a manufacturer of therapeutic, surgical, and pharmacological products germane to the field of ophthalmological medicine.

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FAA Safety Chief Addresses Key Issues

Deviation from the Washington Norm?

FAA Acting Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety David Boulter heads up a veritable brigade of over 7,500 aerospace and administrative professionals tasked with setting, overseeing, and enforcing aviation industry safety standards. During a recent interview officiated by the NBAA, Boulter set forth his position vis-à-vis a number of challenges with which the FAA and the aviation industry are currently and contemporaneously faced.

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Kitfox Upgrades Back-Country Landing-Gear

Acme Aerofab Black Ops Gear and Suspension Impress

As part of its continuous improvement of the long-running, eminently proven Kitfox aircraft family, Kitfox Aircraft LLC and Acme Aerofab have partnered for purpose of offering the backcountry sector a superior landing-gear and suspension system—soon to be available across nearly the entire Kitfox lineup.

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Airborne 06.30.23: P-40 Fatality, T-7 Joins USAF, iFly EFB Updates

Also: EAA/Boeing/Oshkosh, SAT Ramp Accident, MyGoFlight Acquires Flight Flix, EAA v FAA NPRMs

The pilot of a Curtiss Wright P-40E WWII-Era fighter aircraft who lost his life in a 27 June 2023 accident at Hamilton, Montana’s Ravalli County Airport (HRF) has been identified as Paul Ehlen, founder and owner of Bloomington, Minnesota’s Precision Lens—a manufacturer of therapeutic, surgical, and pharmacological products germane to the field of ophthalmological medicine. On 28 June 2023, a U.S. Air Force pilot departed Boeing’s St. Louis, Missouri facilities at the controls of a T-7A Red Hawk, thereby occasioning the commencement of USAF fli

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American Airlines Passenger Enjoys Flight of a Lifetime

Turn of a Friendly Cumbrance

By dint of a once-in-a-lifetime confluence of broken machinery and weird luck, American Airlines passenger Phil Stringer unwittingly parlayed a nearly day-long aircraft maintenance delay at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) into a private A321 flight to North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

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EAA Museum Welcomes Two New Exhibits

Memories of Yesterday; Visions of Tomorrow

The EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh will presently see the opening of two new exhibits dedicated respectively to the draftsmen and women by whom some of the Second World War’s most iconic aircraft were designed, and the career of Mr. Michael Winston Melvill—record-breaking pilot and the world’s first commercial astronaut.

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Airborne-Flight Training 06.22.23: USAF Bonuses, CFI Refresher, Duckworth Argues

Also: Diamond’s DART-750, FlightSimExpo, NATO Pilots, CAE RW Contract

Military aviators eyeing separation got another data point to consider before filing their paperwork - a $50,000 bonus aimed at keeping the USAF's investments in the service. The bonuses come under the Legacy Aviation Bonus Program, which builds off the previous bonus with a bump from its previous monetary cap of $35,000 per year up to $50,000 per year. Sporty’s has updated its online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) for 2023, adding a bevy of new topics for up-to-date focus areas and a sleeker, higher quality user interface than previous packages. "As always," said Spo

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Aura Aero Partners with Airbus for Electric Trainer

Airbus Europe to Aim for Sustainable Integral E

Airbus Flight Academy Europe signed a memorandum of understanding with Aura Aero for the development of a new, training-focused version of the INTEGRAL E. Under the agreement, the Airbus training subsidiary will "collaborate on the initial development of INTEGRAL E, a fully-electric, two-seater trainer aircraft, ideally suited for initial stages of pilot training". The technology is a hot commodity in the minds of flight schools around the world, just on the cusp of real-world feasibility but still out of reach without production aircraft.

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NBAA Supports FAA’s Revised Stance on Aeromedical Issues

A Kinder, Gentler, Machine-Gun Hand

Among its numerous initiatives to better lives, careers, and wellbeing of professional pilots, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has prevailed upon the FAA to ensure aviators faced with medical and mental health issues are able to continue flying—provided doing so remains safe to all concerned parties.

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China Airlines 787 Fleet to be Powered by GEnx-1B Engines

Proven Powerplant Furthers Carrier’s Fleet Modernization

Taiwan-based China Airlines, the state-owned flag-carrier of the Republic of China (Taiwan, to the sensibilities of China’s communist government), will power its as-of-yet undelivered Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet with the 1B variant of General Electric Aviation’s GEnx (General Electric next-generation) engine.

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ALTO Offers Hawker 800/800XP Cabin Control Upgrades

The Sweet Sound of Progress

ALTO Aviation, an aerospace concern specializing in premium cabin sound and cabin-management systems for business aircraft, has announced its 2023 Mid-Year Cabin Management Upgrade Solutions designed specifically for Hawker 800 and 800XP aircraft.

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Airline Association Takes Issue with Slot Regulations

IATA Says "Fragmentation of Slot Regulation Risks Disruption"

The International Air Transportation Association has called for the "the global alignment of airport slot regulations to safeguard...allocation under the Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG)." The gritty details of airline operations aren't often the subject of such intense scrutiny, but recent developments have begun to imperil the status quo enjoyed under the WASG.

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EAA Cites and Responds to Recent FAA NPRMs

Of Webs Tangled and Untangled

The EAA has respectively cited and commented on FAA NPRMs pertaining to Public Aircraft Logging of Flight Time, Training in Certain Aircraft Holding Special Airworthiness Certificates, and Flight Instructor Privileges.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.30.23)

“We are excited to offer the Acme Black Ops shocks as standard for the Kitfox STi. The more positive feel and ride height coupled with the safety and testing required for the STC makes a shock that is an excellent fit for the backcountry and the Kitfox Aircraft models.” Source: Kitfox CEO John McBean, discussing the latest upgrade to the Kitfox line... 

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