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March 28, 2024

Airborne Affordable Flyers 03.28.24: E-Hawk Trainer, Bearhawk Changeover, Scalewings SW-51

 Also: MASSIVE Innovation Preview, 2024 AMA National Fun-Fly, Hartzell Acquires WhirlWind, Drone Safety Day

CKD Aero has partnered up with Kite Magnetics to create the Dakota e-Hawk, the “world’s most cost-effective two-seat electric aircraft”. The e-Hawk is intended to be the first in a lineup of kit aircraft using Kite’s KM-60 electric engine and running gear. The KM-60 is much like an old-school piston engine, offering air-cooled, direct drive propulsion with 60 kW (about 80 horsepower). Mark your calendars for April 9th at 1030ET... and log on to to see this year’s MASSIVE LIVE SUN n FUN Innovation Preview... which the SnF folks promise to be bigger, better and badder than ever b

FAA Preps for Drone Safety Day on April 27th

Yearly Event Builds Momentum in Nascent UAV Industry

The FAA is accepting registrations from event operators to be part of its Annual Drone Safety Day, inviting stakeholders to bring more awareness to safe and proper UAV operation in the US. The event even offers a free (well, taxpayer-funded, so essentially free) 2024 Drone Safety Day Playbook, with pre-made flier designs to kickstart any advertising. This year, the DSD is taking a broad scope approach to safety, given its relative youth in the annual events stack - instead of honing on any one particular safety aspect or issue, the FAA will "highlight the societal, economic, and safety benefits of safe drone operations" as a whole.

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Fired In-House Pilots at Boeing Win Labor Case

Jobs Returned, Positions Offered Again, Back Pay and Benefits Given

Boeing took another black eye after losing a case for retaliating against a group of 7 pilots working directly for the company. In the case, pilots represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, alleed that they were fired as punishment for engaging in union actions. The case resulted in all 7 pilots being re-offered their old jobs, in addition to being paid lost wages and benefits. Their jobs were similarly restored to being a part of the Boeing Company, since they had been outsourced to non-union contractors after Boeing gave the bunch the axe.

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SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview to Open SnF 2024

Aero-News Network To Showcase The Latest Developments In Technology, Design, And Innovation In The Aviation World

The 50th Annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is set to kick off with the 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview, presented by the Aero-News Network, on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 10:30 AM EDT by accessing the URL, The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is one of the largest and most successful aviation events in the world, and the Innovation Preview is the perfect place to focus on the future of news coverage in the aviation industry. The event aims to showcase the latest developments in t

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Boeing Execs Out in Major Executive Shakeup

Top Execs Out Amid Quality Control And  Safety Crisis

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun will step down from his position at the end of the year, according to a statement released by the company. Calhoun was hired four years ago to address critical problems at Boeing, but the manufacturer is still mired in a crisis over the quality of its planes. The decision to step down comes after a Jan. 5 midair blowout and sweeping production problems that have angered airlines and regulators.

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GA Awards Names 2024 Winners

Recipients to Be Recognized at AirVenture 2024

For more than half a century the FAA and the General Aviation Awards program have recognized professionals for their contributions to the world of aviation safety, instruction, and maintenance. This year, the CFI of the year is Adam Magee of Swisher, Iowa, an instructor that has overseen the training of thousands of candidates on their way to the Lighter-Than-Air certification. Magee administers an eye-popping 10.5% of all LTA-Balloon practical exams as a Designated Pilot Examiner. He's taught more than 200 CFIs in his own aerial niche, too, further bolstering the numbers of balloon trainers around the country.

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Avelo Airlines Announces Lakeland Route

Sun 'n Fun Home Sees Grown-Up Airline Service

Avelo Airlines will be opening a route between Lakeland International Airport (LAL) and Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN). With the new route, Avelo has become the first, and now only airline to serve the airport in more than 10 years. Lakeland offers a few travel benefits that make it a well-placed, central Florida hub. The nearby I-4 corridor and Americana vibe combine to make it a "refreshingly small, easy, and fast alternative to the much larger and busier airports in the region." The route will be run twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays, using Avelo's new Boeing 737s. Introductory rates will see tickets between New Haven and Lakeland start at $72.

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Klyde Morris (03.23.24)

Klyde Notes The 'Ups' and 'Downs' Of The Rocket Biz...


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F-35 Engine Upgrade, Redesign Gets Funded

Just in Time for Block 4, the Finicky F135 Gets Some Much Needed Polishing

Pratt & Whitney has gotten full funding in the new fiscal year 2024 Defense Appropriations bill for an F135 Engine Core Upgrade, a program that will "modernize the F-35's propulsion system to increase durability and fully-enable Block 4 capabilities and beyond starting in 2029." The funding sets aside almost $500 million just for the F135's ECU, allowing Pratt & Whitney to really go to town on the system. The final result will be something that can fit in the A, B, and C model of F-35s, be retrofittable to older Blocks of aircraft, and universally available to all in the program.

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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 tr

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NTSB Prelim: Enstrom Helicopter Corp 280C

Lost Engine Power And Settled With The Right Skid On The Platform And The Helicopter Rolled To The Left Resulting In The Rotor Blades Contacting The Ground

On March 16, 2024, about 1645 central daylight time, an Enstrom 280C Helicopter, N280WR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Port Lavaca, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he was repositioning the helicopter from his front yard to a moveable landing platform.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.28.24)

Aero Linx: Civil Aviation Medical Association (CAMA) AMA is an organization dedicated to preserving safety through innovative programs, education, and training. Although education is the central mission of the organization, CAMA has been a leader in tackling legislative issues that affect aviation safety. Using a deep network of relationships on Capitol Hill and within federal agencies, the Civil Aviation Medical Association has been the voice of aviation safety for more than 50 years.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.28.24): Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) GNSS refers collectively to the worldwide positioning, navigation, and timing determination capability available from one or more satellite constellations. A GNSS constellation may be augmented by ground stations and/or geostationary satellites to improve integrity and position accuracy. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.28.24)

“The ruling is a resounding win for our union-represented pilots... Boeing systematically dismantled the pilot training safety system that had served the company and its customers well for decades. They stripped the safety system for parts, pocketed the savings, then contracted out the remaining pieces to pretend that no substantive changes had occurred.” Source: Ray Goforth, the executive director of SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, which represented the Boeing instructor pilots before their work was outsourced to third-party contractors. The union pursued the federal complaint on their behalf.

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