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March 21, 2024

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.24): Blocked

Blocked Phraseology used to indicate that a radio transmission has been distorted or interrupted due to multiple simultaneous radio transmissions.

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Sun 'n Fun is Expanding the Career Fair All Week

Extra Time Allotted for Job Searchers

The Career Fair will be held from April 9th to the 14th from 0900 to 1700 hrs every day. Things just keep getting bigger, too, with more exhibitors and booths than ever. Originally, the Fair only opened its doors for a single day of the show, eventually stretching on and up to become a constant presence after half a century of Sun 'n Fun.

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USCG Taps for Avionics Training

Operators Going Back to Master the Basics

Gary Reeves of has been making the rounds in Texas, setting up back to back training courses with the US Coast Guard and Houston Police Department. Reeves brought his compendium of advanced avionics know-how to the USCG first, helping them gain a deeper understanding of the capabilities and flows of their nifty new glass panels, before hopping on to a 3-day 'Mastery, Not Minimums' clinic with the PD. Reeves has been flying for 20 years in the fray of GA operations, with more than 8,500 hours of real IFR soup time in his book. As such, he's picked up all the ins and outs of the average GA instrument panel, whether that's a Garmin, Bendix King, Avidyne, or even Foreflight.

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True Blue Power Introduces Citation Emergency Battery

TS28 Replaces Emergency Lighting Batts on 6 Models of Cessna Aircraft

Cessna Citation owners of the 550,m 560, 650, 680/A, and 700 series aircraft have a new replacement option to swap out for the old, heavy emergency lighting battery. The new TS28 provides 28 volts of DC power for aircraft loads, allowing pilots to keep all the fixin's going in the event of a generator failure. The TS28 is a direct drop-in replacement for the original Radiant Battery Power Supply (CBS28-1), allowing the use of lighting and critical gear should the worst occur. Unusually, the TS28 sticks with Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) this time around, chosen for its "improved performance, battery life, and energy per cell compared to competing battery chemistries".

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PS Engineering Tries out Audio System on Falcon 2000

STC Allows for Streamlined, Feature-Rich Audio Setup

Trimec Aviation installed a PS Engineering PAC45A Digital Audio System alongside a Universal Avionics InSight flight deck on a Falcon 2000, paving the way for the system in similar aircraft. Trimec already received their STC (ST0472NY) for the install, where the InSight suite replaces the Collins Pro Line 4 systems that shipped with Falcon 2000 and 2000EXs. The PAC45A system was accompanied by a trio of CTL45J control heads and a HUB45AR digital audio processor, allowing a third crew station to act as an observer or check airman position. That's a nifty install, allowing that third seater to independently send and receive with their own comms line.

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SmartSky Announces Another Install Partner

ATG Internet Service Keeps Expanding Reach

Those looking to get some high-speed internet aboard their ritzy business aircraft should be happy to note even more installation throughput in the SmartSky family now that Haggan Aviation of Denver, Colorado has joined the distribution network. Haggan, a well known MRO in the area, is now an authorized sales and installation partner with a special eye for LearJet and Hawker aircraft. SmartSky has certifications for, and first-article installations in, such aircraft already. The Air-To-Ground connectivity system continues to find fans throughout the bizjet market, particularly given the low latency and high speeds desired by passengers accustomed to blazing fast, unlimited terrestrial internet.

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NASA Astronaut Sworn In As A USCG Reserve Commissioned Officer

Douglas Is The Third Active-Duty Coast Guard Member To Become A NASA Astronaut

Apparently adaptable to nearly any element, the Coast Guard now gets to claim an Astronaut as one of their own. The Coast Guard swore-in NASA Astronaut Andre Douglas as a commander in the Coast Guard Reserve during a commissioning ceremony in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary Kristie Canegallo participated in the ceremony, highlighting the important role Reserve members play in Coast Guard operations. “Commander Douglas, like the fewer than 400 Americans and two Coast Guardsmen before him, will soon join the exclusive group of pioneers and explorers to embark on the journey to space,” said Canegall

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Quito, Ecuador Schedules Runway Maintenance

Maintenance Planned Well in Advance for Equatorial Aerodrome

Ecuador's Mariscal Sucre Quito International Airport has announced a few chunks of downtime for runway maintenance, describing some taxiway work and mainline repairs that will put the airport out of commission for windows in May, June, July, and September. The maintenance work will cover more than 70,000 square meters of runway, helping to prevent emergency corrective work should existing wear and tear worsen in the future. 

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR20

The Pilot Under Instruction Was “Under The Hood” Conducting An Instrument Approach

On February 27, 2024, at 1622 eastern standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR20, N485DA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sanford, Florida. The pilot receiving instruction was seriously injured, and the flight instructor and a back seat observing  pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The flight departed Sanford International Airport (SFB), Sanford, Florida, at 1718 for an instrument training lesson. On the return flight to SFB, the pilot under instruction was “under the hood” conducting an instrument appro

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Classic Aero-TV: That's NOT All Brother - CAF Updates From AirVenture 2016

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The CAF Salutes Women Air Force Service Pilots in a New Commemorative Program…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, came across a story that needs to be told and that’s what this video does. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is well known for preserving the history of military aviation and, in particular, military aviation as it applies to the fighting forces of the United States. The CAF has been heavily involved in spreading the word of the importance and significance of a group of fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Now, the President

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.24)

Aero Linx: Soaring Society of America, Inc. The Soaring Society of America, Inc. was formed in 1932 to foster and promote all phases of soaring, both nationally and internationally. Since then, the SSA membership has grown to almost 10,000. It is run by a 17 member Board of Directors, 10 of which are elected by the general membership by region to serve a three-year term, and seven who are elected by the Board of Directors each year to serve one-year terms. The policies and programs implemented by the SSA are decided by the Board of Directors, in meetings held bi-annually in the Summer and Winter. All Board meetings are open to the general membership.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.21.24)

"I am honored to work alongside the U.S. Coast Guard and Houston PD in advancing aviation safety and proficiency.By harnessing the advanced level of understanding  and power of advanced avionics technology, we can empower pilots with the tools  they need to navigate complex missions with precision and confidence."  


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