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September 17, 2023

New Wheels Up CEO Named

Delta Air Lines Intensifies Efforts to Revive Beleaguered Carrier

Delta Air Lines board member George Mattson has been named CEO of New York City-based on-demand aircraft services provider Wheels Up. Mr. Mattson’s appointment follows the ascension of Delta CFO Dan Janki’s to the station of chairman of Wheels Up’s board.

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EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship Program Thriving

Certificated Awardees Surpass 400

The EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship program continues to facilitate the actualization of young peoples’ dreams of flight. To date, four-hundred recipients of subject scholarship have completed flight-training. The program is funded by the Ray Foundation, managed by the EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Scholarships are awarded to young people aspiring to earn Private Pilot Certification.

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Galactic 04 Mission Marks Virgin Galactic’s 5th Spaceflight in 5 Months

Flight Window Opens 05 October 2023

Virgin Galactic, the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, announced on 14 September that the flight window for Galactic-04—the company’s fifth spaceflight in five-months and ninth to date—will open on 05 October 2023. Virgin Galactic asserts its unbroken string of successful spaceflights evinces the company’s ability to deliver safe, repeatable space-travel and a transformative customer experience.

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Sporty’s Awards Pilot Training+ Scholarship

Tennessee Private Pilot Awarded $2,500

Matt Everett, the grandson of a U.S. Air Force veteran, grew up surrounded by the sights, sounds, science, sport, and romance of aviation. His appreciation for aeronautical endeavor was fostered during childhood visits to airports with his grandmother and watching aircraft arrive and depart Runway 23 at Knoxville, Tennessee’s McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). Now an adult, a marketing professional, and a certificated Private Pilot, Mr. Everett has earned the distinction of being the latest recipient of Sporty’s $2,500 Pilot Training+ Scholarship.

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NASA Names Director of UAP Research

Take Me to Your Leader—Mark McInerney

In response to a recommendation set forth by an independent study team, NASA has committed to assuming a more formal posture vis-à-vis humankind’s understanding of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP)—known formerly and less equivocally as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). For purpose imbuing the undertaking with a caricature of legitimacy, the agency has appointed Mark McInerney to the lofty office of Director of UAP Research.

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Gulfstream Completes Appleton, Wisconsin Facility Expansion

Initiative Creates Over 200 New Regional Jobs

Savannah, Georgia-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp—the wholly-owned General Dynamics subsidiary and maker of iconic business aircraft the likes of the G400, and G550 as well as the clean-sheet G700 and G800 models—has officially opened its new world-class paint hangar in Appleton, Wisconsin, home to a Gulfstream Service Center and a large-cabin completions facility. The new paint hangar is a single facet of a comprehensive, multiyear expansion undertaken in 2021 for purpose of affording Gulfstream customers opportunity to experience the entirety of the complex but rewarding aircraft completions process in Appleton.

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Klyde Morris (09.15.23)

We Heard The Same Thing, Klyde


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Classic Aero-TV: Avionics Cooling Fans -- Sandia's Temperature Control Solutions

From 2011 (YouTube Version): How Cool Is YOUR Cockpit???

Aviation publications LOVE to write about all the new wiz-bangs that are seen front and center is today's cockpits... the latest generation of cockpit displays are about a slick as things get these and look sexy as hell. BUT... what about the BEHIND the scenes... those components that allow all those super-cool new technologies to remain... well, super cool? So... we spent some time with some of the coolest people we know, the folks of Sandia Aerospace, to get the skinny on avionics cooling fans and why such inexpensive devices might be some of the best bargains in all of aviation.

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Airborne 09.08.23: MW LSA Expo, R66 Upgrade, ClearVision EFVS

Also: Whitaker Nominated 4 FAA Admin, EASA VTOL Regs, GE90 Issues, PAL-V 'Flying Car'

ANN is having a BLAST at the MidWest LSA Expo in Mt. Vernon, IL. While low ceilings around the airport hampered or delayed a few folks from getting to the field, most of them had made it by the end of the day -- paving the way for the good weather currently forecast for Friday and Saturday. The Expo has a good showing of the regulars, as well as some new designs, with several actual ultralights and gyroplanes joining the mix. A new tail layout for the R66 Turbine will provide "enhanced roll stability during high-speed flight." Robinson Helicopter Company says that the new co

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NTSB Prelim: Piper J5A

The Mechanic Said That The Pilot Told Him That He Had A “Weather Window”

On August 19, 2023, about 1254 central daylight time, a Piper J5A, N35417, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Iola, Wisconsin. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot flew the airplane to Central County Airport, Iola (68C), Wisconsin, from Escanaba, Michigan, so that the annual inspection of the airplane could be performed at 68C by a mechanic. The mechanic stated that before the accident, the pilot had driven twice and flown once to 68C.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.23)

Aero Linx: The Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia  The Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia is widely recognised as Australia's premier organisation promoting the preservation, restoration and flying of old aeroplanes. “Old Aeroplanes” includes Antique, Classic and Contemporary aeroplanes, both Civil and Military from the 1920s through to the 1960s. The AAAA was formed in 1974 by a group of owners and enthusiasts to fill a need for an association to represent the interests of owners of old aeroplanes at a time where aircraft were being exported or forced out of the air by heavy Government charges and regulation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.23): Mach Technique [ICAO]

Mach Technique Describes a control technique used by air traffic control whereby turbojet aircraft operating successively along suitable routes are cleared to maintain appropriate MACH numbers for a relevant portion of the en route phase of flight. The principle objective is to achieve improved utilization of the airspace and to ensure that separation between successive aircraft does not decrease below the established minima.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.17.23)

“Many aspiring pilots fall short of their goal due to the cost of flight-training, so EAA working with the Ray Foundation helps relieve some of the financial pressure and make the goal of becoming a pilot even more accessible for future generations. The high completion rate of our scholars demonstrates how this program has a direct impact on growing the aviation community.” Source: EAA vice-president of communities and member programming Rick Larsen commenting on how the EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship program continues to facilitate the actualization of young peoples’ dreams of flight. To date, four-hundred recipients of subject scholarship have completed flight-training.

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