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September 14, 2023

Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.14.23: Van's Parts, MWLSA Expo Report, 10K Young Eagles

 Also: Affordable Flying Expo, Aero-Pup Cowling, Young Eagles Air Academy, FAA Admin Nom

 
 
Oregon-based Van’s Aircraft is developing a web-portal by which customers in receipt of cracked aircraft parts may report such and arrange to take delivery of replacement components. Customers visiting the portal will be presented lists of the heretofore problematic laser-cut parts from which they may specify the replacements they require. The ANN crew had an immensely successful trip to Mt., Vernon Illinois for the very busy 15th Annual MidWest LSA Expo. Not the biggest show in the world, there was still LOTS of flying, an overtly friendly atmosphere and a volunteer staff that could NOT be beat. Close to 40 vendors filled the easily accesse

Pyka Completes Flight Tests Using Produce Spraying UAV

Dole Fruits and Veggies Serve as Test Targets for Crop Dusting Drones

Pyka and Dole plc - the Dole of produce fame - have completed the 1st trial phase using Pyka's Pelican Spray, a fixed-wing, twin-prop UAV. The testing began in late 2022 at Dole Fresh Fruit's operation in Honduras. Pyka's Pelican was test flown and gauged for spray efficacy testing at Dole's Isletas Farm. The combination worked well so far, with Dole saying "Pyka's autonomous electric aircraft performed with excellence, demonstrating ease of operation and effective crop protection."

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Husband of Alaska Congresswoman Killed in Super Cub Accident

Eugene Peltola Jr. Lost After Flying Hunter to Remote Locale

Eugene Peltola Jr. (57), former holder of senior positions with the U.S. federal government and husband of U.S. Congresswoman Mary Peltola (Democrat, Alaska), lost his life when the Super Cub he was piloting went down in a remote mountainous region of northwestern Alaska on 12 September 2023.

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Unfortunate Events... Historic Flight Foundation Aircraft to be Sold Off

The Perils of Speculative Investment

In 2022, a jury in Williston, North Dakota determined Historic Flight Foundation founder John Sessions and one of his companies, Eagle Crest Apartments, had fraudulently transferred funds to other businesses owned by Sessions, including the aforementioned Historic Flight Foundation. Eagle Crest had previously defaulted on a construction loan held by Kansas City-based UMB Bank, which was awarded the aforementioned $20.1-million in March 2022. Sessions appealed the verdict to the North Dakota Supreme Court—albeit unsuccessfully. A receiver hired by UMB Bank was subsequently authorized by a King County, Washington judge to take over Sessions’s companies, as named in the lawsuit, and commence selli

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FAA Extends Remote ID Enforcement Date by Six Months

Portraits of Overreach and Futility

In keeping with the expectations of myriad aviation industry stakeholders, the FAA announced on 13 September 2023 that it would extend the Remote ID enforcement date by six-months. Ergo, owners and operators of Radio Controlled (RC) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—known colloquially as drones—now have until 16 March 2024 to either retrofit extant UAS with aftermarket Remote ID broadcast modules, or purchase new standard Remote ID-equipped drones.

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RAF Invests in BAE Systems Helmet Mounted Display

System to Complement U.K. Typhoon Fleet

The U.K. Ministry of Defense (MOD) has awarded BAE Systems a contract to develop its Striker II Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighter aircraft.

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Gogo AVANCE L5 with 5G Provisions Available for Falcon Jets

STC’s Under Development for Popular Dassault Biz Jet Models

Gogo Business Aviation, the American provider of in-flight broadband Internet and connectivity solutions for business aircraft, announced on 12 September 2023 that the company’s AVANCE L5 system with full Gogo 5G provisioning has been made available to Dassault Falcon Jet Service Center customers for installation on popular models of the French marque’s Falcon family of business jets.

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Airobotics Nabs Airworthiness Certification for Drone-in-a-Box System

Airobotics Optimus-1EX UAS Granted Type Cert for Emergency, Survey

Airobotics was proud to have what it calls the "first airworthiness certification for a drone-in-a-box" system, or more specifically, a DiB system used for "emergency response and data capturing applications". The niche mission reflects a pretty hearty market for UAS developers, with a variety of first responder agencies, law enforcement groups, and emergency response bodies ready to adopt affordable uncrewed aircraft. Even better for them, the drone-in-a-box concept doubles down on autonomy, allowing the placement of a fully autonomous, low-maintenance system that can be called into action at any time.

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Klyde Morris (09.11.23)

Klyde Is Amazed At The Games Politicians Want To Play These Days!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.06.23: Tradewind-Aviate, Ala$ka Pilots, Thrust Inst.

Also: Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Mechanic Test Guides, Ignite Flight Academy, E-Jet E2 Training Network

Tradewind Aviation has partnered with United Airlines’s Goodyear, Arizona-based Aviate Academy. As an Aviate-participating Part 135 operator, Tradewind will provide a pathway by which qualified candidates either already employed by or having accepted offers from Tradewind may apply to Aviate and, upon acceptance, receive conditional job offers as United Airlines First Officers. Unions capitalizing upon a global shortage of qualified pilots amidst a prevailing and unprecedented spike in demand for air-travel have secured contract

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.06.23: Tradewind-Aviate, Ala$ka Pilots, Thrust Inst.

Also: Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Mechanic Test Guides, Ignite Flight Academy, E-Jet E2 Training Network

Tradewind Aviation has partnered with United Airlines’s Goodyear, Arizona-based Aviate Academy. As an Aviate-participating Part 135 operator, Tradewind will provide a pathway by which qualified candidates either already employed by or having accepted offers from Tradewind may apply to Aviate and, upon acceptance, receive conditional job offers as United Airlines First Officers. Unions capitalizing upon a global shortage of qualified pilots amidst a prevailing and unprecedented spike in demand for air-travel have secured contract

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NTSB Final Report: Focke-Wulf FWP-149D

The Mechanic Told The Pilot Not To Fly The Airplane Until The Laboratory Results Were Returned

Analysis: The pilot was conducting a cross-country flight when the airplane had a total loss of engine power while it approached the intended destination airport. Based on witness accounts, the pilot was unable to glide the airplane to the intended destination airport and entered an inadvertent aerodynamic stall at a low altitude. One witness reported that the airplane’s wings rolled left-and-right 2 to 3 times before the airplane “stalled” with the left wing down. The airplane impacted the ground in a left-wing down roll attitude and was destroyed during a postimpact fire.

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Classic Aero-TV: THE Heavy-Lifting Helo - Kaman's K-Max at Heli-Expo 2017

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Kaman Revives The K-MAX Helicopter…

Kaman has revived the K-MAX helicopter, and delivered the first new production aircraft to a customer in April, 2017. Terry Fogarty, Director of Business Development for K-MAX Helicopter Programs at Kaman, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell at HAI in Dallas, TX earlier this year that when you think about a helicopter as a tool, he is continually surprised by the number of different missions suggested by customers for that tool. Such uses include humanitarian missions, powerline missions, and other things that were always on the periphery before, but

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.06.23: Tradewind-Aviate, Ala$ka Pilots, Thrust Inst.

Also: Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Mechanic Test Guides, Ignite Flight Academy, E-Jet E2 Training Network

Tradewind Aviation has partnered with United Airlines’s Goodyear, Arizona-based Aviate Academy. As an Aviate-participating Part 135 operator, Tradewind will provide a pathway by which qualified candidates either already employed by or having accepted offers from Tradewind may apply to Aviate and, upon acceptance, receive conditional job offers as United Airlines First Officers. Unions capitalizing upon a global shortage of qualified pilots amidst a prevailing and unprecedented spike in demand for air-travel have secured contract

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.14.23)

Aero Linx: Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) Formerly known as the Australian Ultralight Federation, Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) is the peak body in Australia responsible for administering ultralight, recreational and Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) operations. We train and certify pilots, flying instructors and maintainers (almost 10,000 members), register a fleet of over 3,200 aircraft, oversee the operations of 174 Flight Training Schools around the country and support almost 50 Aero Clubs. Our organisation is also responsible for the development and promotion of flying safety standards and for advocating on behalf of our 10,000 members. We are one of nine Recreational

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.14.23): Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) The operation of a UAS beyond the visual capability of the flight crew members (i.e., remote pilot in command [RPIC], the person manipulating the controls, and visual observer [VO]), if used to see the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, spectacles, and contact lenses. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.14.23)

“Drone pilots who are unable to comply with the broadcast requirement of the Remote ID Rule will now have until March 16, 2024, to equip their aircraft. After that date, operators could face fines and suspension or revocation of pilot certificates. In making this decision, the FAA recognizes the unanticipated issues that some operators are experiencing finding some remote identification broadcast modules. Source: From an FAA statement made as the Administration delayed the implementation of Remote ID for another 6 months. 

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