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July 18, 2023

Aviation Unions Oppose Raising Pilot Retirement Age

Compelling Argument Presented in Letter to Congress

A number of like-minded aviation unions have sent a letter to leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives. The letter supports a proposed amendment to the pending FAA Reauthorization Bill. Subject amendment seeks to maintain 65-years as the compulsory retirement age for Part 121 pilots.

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Airborne-NextGen 07.18.23: Stratospheric PHASA-35, UAS4STEM, EAS at Oshkosh!

 Also: General Atomics 8M Hours, Nova-C Lunar Lander, Mayman Aerospace Speeder, Virgin Galactic

 
 
Engineers have completed a successful stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS). Dubbed PHASA-35, the UAS soared, over a 24-hour period, to an altitude of more than 66,000-feet MSL before landing safely. EAA AirVenture 2023 will see the return of the UAS4STEM competition for high school students. Organized by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the event features groups of students, ranging in age from 11-years to high school seniors, who build Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—which is to say, drones—and pit such against those of rival teams in a variety of com

UAL and Pilots Reach Agreement in Principle

The Fruits of Persistence

After more than four-years of negotiations, United Airlines pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) reached an Agreement In Principle (AIP) with United’s management. The agreement occasions a milestone for United pilots and includes substantial increases in monetary compensation, as well as hard-won improvements to aviators’ quality of life.

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PHASA-35 Completes First Stratospheric Flight

BAE Systems' Pseudo Satellite Soars Over New Mexico

Engineers have completed a successful stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS). Dubbed PHASA-35, the UAS soared, over a 24-hour period, to an altitude of more than 66,000-feet MSL before landing safely. The flight-testing campaign was undertaken in New Mexico, and allowed engineers to assess the experimental solar-electric drone’s performance within the outer-reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere.

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Disney Heiress Arrested

Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It’s to the Clink We Go

Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney Corporation co-founder Roy Disney, niece of entertainment industry legend Walt Disney, and heiress to the as-of-late-significantly-diminished Disney fortune, was arrested after she and sounder of climate activists blocked access to East Hampton, New York’s Town of East Hampton Airport (JPX)—a facility favored by well-heeled travelers making for East and West Egg-esque destinations on Long Island’s East End.

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Hartzell Propeller Readies for an Ambitious AirVenture Showing

Always and Everywhere

Hartzell Propeller—the American manufacturer of composite and aluminum aircraft propellers, propeller spinners, governors, and ice-protection systems—is planning to put forth an ambitious and extensive showing at EAA’s AirVenture 2023. The storied, Piqua, Ohio-based aviation marque intends to grace Oshkosh with a lavish array of airplanes, propellers, airshow pilots, special deals for backcountry flyers, pilot proficiency sessions, and even Warbird tram tours.

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Airborne 07.10.23: New EXTRA 330SX!, DayJet Comeback?, Wheels Up $$$

Also: CAF 2024 Hall of Fame, Nuclear Fusion Rocket, A-10 Units Being Replaced, Tecnam Foiled Again

Walter Extra has announced the addition of the 330SX to their lineup. The new bird is a single-seat, steel-fuselage, carbon-fiber wing/empennage evolution of EXTRA’s perennially popular, eminently proven, eight-time-world-championship-winning 330SC. Nancy Iacobucci, co-founder DayJet, the defunct, Boca Raton, Florida-based provider of on-demand jet travel, has an eye toward creating a new air-charter sector she describes as per-seat-on-demand. The means by which Iacobucci seeks to actualize her latest vision is AtlantisRoad Corporation, a start-up formed i

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Airborne 07.10.23: New EXTRA 330SX!, DayJet Comeback?, Wheels Up $$$

Also: CAF 2024 Hall of Fame, Nuclear Fusion Rocket, A-10 Units Being Replaced, Tecnam Foiled Again

Walter Extra has announced the addition of the 330SX to their lineup. The new bird is a single-seat, steel-fuselage, carbon-fiber wing/empennage evolution of EXTRA’s perennially popular, eminently proven, eight-time-world-championship-winning 330SC. Nancy Iacobucci, co-founder DayJet, the defunct, Boca Raton, Florida-based provider of on-demand jet travel, has an eye toward creating a new air-charter sector she describes as per-seat-on-demand. The means by which Iacobucci seeks to actualize her latest vision is AtlantisRoad Corporation, a start-up formed i

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Virgin Galactic Announces Galactic 02 Mission Passengers

In Space, Nobody Can Hear the Hype

Virgin Galactic, the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of archetypal billionaire-cool-guy Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, has made public the identities of the individuals to be borne aloft during the company’s second commercial spaceflight. The upcoming mission, dubbed Galactic 02, will fly a number of private passengers to the edge of space before returning them to New Mexico's Spaceport America facility.

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Klyde Morris (07.15.23)

Klyde... Don't Say Another Word... The FAA Reads This!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Classic Aero-TV: Goodyear's Wingfoot One - What it Takes to Tour in a Zeppelin

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Fly Along With Chief Pilot Hissem…

Goodyear’s Wingfoot One Zeppelin is not the blimp (Navy slang, “Poopy Bag”) that you have known from the past. It’s a modern lighter-than-air machine, and this video will provide a fascinating insight as to how it operates and what makes it work. Your guide in this captivating video is Spirit of Goodyear chief pilot, Gerald Hissem. The first part of the video discusses the operational requirements of the zeppelin, and you’ll probably hear things that you have never thought of before. Hissem formats his discussion by describing his trip fr

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Pilot Incapacitated; Passenger “Lands” Aircraft at MVY

Investigation Ongoing

The 79-year-old male pilot of a 2006 Piper Meridian (PA-46TP) suffered an in-flight medical emergency on Saturday, 15 July 2023. The situation compelled his 68-year-old, female, non-pilot passenger to take control of the aircraft, which she “crash-landed”—without benefit of extended landing gear—at Massachusetts’s Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY).

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on June 2023 V35A Accident

Pilot Survives with Minor Injuries

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a 01 June 2023 accident in which a Beech V35A Bonanza, registration N8074R, was substantially damaged and its pilot—the aircraft’s sole-occupant—received minor injuries while attempting to land at Georgia’s Statesboro County Airport (TBR).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.18.23)

Aero Linx: The EAA Warbirds of America

The EAA Warbirds of America, a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is a family of owners, pilots and enthusiasts of “warbirds,” or ex-military aircraft. Our purpose is: (a) To promote and encourage the preservation and operation of World War II and other such aircraft that are representative of military aviation operations, and (b) to educate its members and other interested persons in methods of safe operation and maintenance of World War II and other such aircraft that are representative of military aviation operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.17.23): Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron

A device normally located on uncontrolled airports and used as a landing direction indicator. The small end of a tetrahedron points in the direction of landing. At controlled airports, the tetrahedron, if installed, should be disregarded because tower instructions supersede the indicator. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.18.23): Final Approach Fix

Final Approach Fix

The fix from which the final approach (IFR) to an airport is executed and which identifies the beginning of the final approach segment. It is designated on Government charts by the Maltese Cross symbol for nonprecision approaches and the lightning bolt symbol, designating the PFAF, for precision approaches; or when ATC directs a lower-than-published glideslope/path or vertical path intercept altitude, it is the resultant actual point of the glideslope/path or vertical path intercept.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.18.23)

“Maintaining the highest pilot training and qualification standards has been critical to establishing the U.S. as the global leader in aviation safety. ALPA applauds the [Congressional] leadership and tireless advocacy of Senators Schumer, Cantwell and Duckworth in the fight to hold the line against those who would lower the bar on pilot training. Unfortunately, there are now those who seek to introduce new risks into the aviation system, upend airline flight operations and increase ticket costs, while undermining the rights of American workers and their collective bargaining agreements. Raising the retirement age is not only a solution in search of a problem, it is a proposal that has not been thought out, studied or vetted by aviation safety experts – those upon wh

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