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July 01, 2023

AEA Announces 2023-24 Scholarship Winners

Investing in Aviation’s Future

The Aircraft Electronics Association's (AEA) Educational Foundation has announced the names of the individuals awarded scholarships for the 2023-24 academic year. The AEA Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships to students pursuing careers in avionics or aircraft maintenance, as well as students from AEA member companies.

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Boeing’s T-7 Makes First Official USAF Flight

Marks The Onset Of The T-7’S Engineering And Manufacturing Development Phase

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 event, announced by Boeing, marks the onset of the T-7’s engineering and manufacturing development phase. The tandem-seat jet was taken aloft for 63-minutes by Major Bryce Turner of the USAF’s 416th Test Squadron and Boeing T-7 chief test pilot Steve Schmidt. The pair verified the aircraft’s rudimentary flight characteristics, which Major Turner characterized favorably, setting forth in a post-flight statement th

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MyGoFlight Acquires Flight Flix, LLC

Investing in Broadened Perspectives

MyGoFlight, the maker of cockpit-mounts, cases, flight-bags, and accessories for aviators, announced on 28 June 2023 that it had acquired Minnesota-based, Flight Flix, LLC, a provider of external (aircraft) camera mounting solutions for aviation enthusiasts. The acquisition will broaden MyGoFlight’s product offerings and provide its customers means by which to supplement their enjoyment of flying.

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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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DoT Publishes Report on ATC Staffing Woes

Post-Pandemic Levels of Traffic Aren't Seeing Pre-Pandemic Staffing

A disconcerting report from the Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General reviewed a few ongoing problems in the ATC network, pointing to staffing challenges and an uncertain training pipeline as chief concerns. The FAA made "limited efforts to ensure adequate controller staffing at critical air traffic control facilities," began the findings brief.

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BT Group uAvionix Partnership Broadens U.K BVLOS

London Calling

BT Group, the British multinational telecommunications holding company headquartered in London, England, and Skylift, a provider of turnkey Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), successfully conducted demonstration flights utilizing uAvionix’s SkyLine cloud-based command and control (C2) system communicating over C-Band and LTE.

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ATR Says Things Are Looking Up in Asia, Regional Market

Promising Trends, Upward Market Trajectory for Self-Styled “Number one Regional Aircraft Manufacturer”

ATR chief exec Nathalie Tarnaud Laude said the brand left the Paris Air Show with 22aircraft ordered (24, should options be exercised in the future). All in all, ATR once again saw considerable popularity for its 72-600, the brand’s high-wing, twin turboprop. A few sales were publicized, with 6 72-600s on the way to Mandarin Airlines, 2 to Berjaya Air, and 3 to Azul.

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Lockheed Shows off Prepar3D Ver. 6

Flight Simulation for Training, Familiarization, Professional Use Slated for July Release

Lockheed Martin unveiled its next iteration of Prepar3D, the brand's professional-grade flight simulation software. The improved program "allows users to create training scenarios across aviation, maritime and ground domains. It has been used for a wide range of learning scenarios including vehicle procedures training, cockpit familiarization, flight planning, air traffic controller training and emergency response preparation in the commercial, academic, professional and military instruction environments."

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Klyde Morris (06.27.23)

Klyde Should Know Better Than To Take On ANYTHING He Finds On The Internet

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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ZeroAvia - MHIRJ Ponder Hydrogen-Electric RJ

Joint Study Suggest Feasibility  

ZeroAvia, the British/American hydrogen-electric aircraft developer, announced on 19 June 2023 that it has identified clear applications for hydrogen-electric, zero-emission propulsion for regional jet aircraft. A technical study conducted in cooperation with MHIRJ—a joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Bombardier’s CRJ program—determined Bombardier’s CRJ-700 is an excellent candidate for retrofit with ZeroAvia’s ZA 2000RJ powertrain.

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Classic Aero-TV: Dynon’s ‘Hands-On’ Approach – Innovative Touch Screen Avionics

From 2015 (YouTube Version): A 'Touching' Demonstration About the State of Innovation in Today's Sport Avionics

Dynon avionics has championed the production of avionics equipment for experimental and light sport aircraft. Some of the innovations in their products have started in the experimental world and moved into type certificated aircraft. ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talks with Robert Hamilton, the president of Dynon Avionics to get an update regarding their product line. Hamilton starts off by talking about their “touch” line of products that moved the touchscreen, popular in other non-aviation consumer items, into the cockpit.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on June 2023 Zenith 601XL Accident

Pilot Killed in Albertville, Alabama Mishap

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a 03 June 2023 accident in which an experimental, amateur-built Zenith 601XL was substantially damaged and its Commercial-rated pilot fatally injured in the vicinity of Albertville, Alabama. The airplane was operated as a Part 91 personal flight.

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FAA Green-Lights Joby Flight Testing Campaign

A New Chapter in the Book of Joby

Joby Aviation, the Toyota-backed designer and builder of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that it has received FAA approval to commence flight-testing of its eVTOL air-taxi. The Santa Cruz, California-based company set forth the FAA had granted a Special Airworthiness Certificate by which Joby is authorized to undertake a flight-testing campaign—sans passengers—of its first production prototype.

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Bell H-1 Fleet Surpasses 500,000 Flight Hours

AH-1Z and UH-1Y Helicopters Prove Robust & Reliable

Textron Aviation confirmed that the U.S. Marine Corps’s extant H-1 fleets of AH-1Z Viper combat helicopters and UH-1Y Venom utility helicopters have cumulatively surpassed 500,000-flight hours. The milestone achievement represents the combined total flight times of nearly four-hundred AH-1Z and UH-1Y helicopters built by Textron subsidiary Bell and operated by the U.S. Marine Corps and the militaries of numerous NATO nations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.01.23)

“We are proud that the first 500,000 flight hours of the UH-1Y and AH-1Z included constant deployments to austere deserts, numerous types of naval vessels, and frigid cold environments in support of U.S. and allied service members on the ground and at sea. With the Viper and Venom sharing 85-percent commonality of parts, a major advantage of this program is that a single readiness improvement or capability upgrade can often support both aircraft.”   Source: From a statement by Bell H-1 program manager manger Nate Green.

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