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March 03, 2024

CBP Renews Expedited Hiring Authority To Hire 200 Air Interdiction Pilots

Air Interdiction Agent Position Is Open To Pilots With A Minimum Of 1,500 Flight Hours (Though, 500 Hours Can Be Waived)

CBP has reported that their Direct-Hire Authority to hire 200 air interdiction agents has been extended through Jan. 30, 2026. “Air interdiction agents conduct airborne surveillance to detect and deter the movements of illegal narcotics and the trafficking of human beings across our borders,” said Executive Assistant Commissioner for Air and Marine Operations Jonathan P. Miller. “Our agents work in collaboration with our partners at CBP and dozens of international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to safeguard our homeland, support search and rescue activities, and conduct security missio

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Registration Still Open for Air Race Classic

Route Announced, Running from Carbondale, Illinois to Loveland Colorado on 11-State Trip

Women from across the country and around the world will take off on June 18th from the Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale, Illinois as they strike out on a 2,628-statute mile competition across 11 states. They'll pull into the station a few days later, on Friday, June 21st when they show up at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland, Colorado. It will make the 47th year the Air Race Classic has been open since getting its start as the Powder Puff Derby or Women's Air Derby in 1929.

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IAC Welcomes New Executive Director, Tim Dahnke

Tim Has Also Served In Various Roles With EAA As A Volunteer At AirVenture

Following the resignation of Stephen Kurtzahn, IAC Executive Director up through the end of January, Oshkosh native, Tim Dahnke, will be joining the IAC team on Monday, March 4 as the new IAC Executive Director. He will have responsibility over all IAC operations, including managing events such as the IAC presence at AirVenture and the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. In the role, he will interact with the IAC Board of Directors and building support for the IAC membership and IAC chapters while continuing to grow the relationship between IAC and EAA.

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B-29 Doc Adds Tampa Bay Airfest And Sarasota To Its March Schedule

One Of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress Aircraft Built By The Boeing Company In Wichita

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will land in Sarasota and Tampa Bay, FL, in  March. B-29 Doc will be a participant in the 2024 Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base, March 29 and 30, and will host ride flight opportunities in Sarasota prior to the air show. B-29 Doc is one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita during World War II and one of only two B-29 bombers still airworthy and flying today. “The connection between MacDill Air Force Base and the B-29 Superfortress dates back to post-World War II when MacDill served as a B-29 training base for the U.S. Strategic Air Command,” said Lt. Col. Joh

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Boeing Admits To 'Discussions' with Spirit AeroSystems

'We Believe That The Reintegration Of Boeing And Spirit Aerosystems' Manufacturing Operations Would Further Strengthen Aviation Safety...'

While the rumor mill was winding up over the possibility of Boeing acquiring its embattled partner, Spirit AeroSystems, the airliner builder actually did something uncharacteristic and spoke up... a little... about what might or might not be going on. So... Boeing issued a statement...  "We have been working closely with Spirit AeroSystems and its leadership to strengthen the quality of the commercial airplanes that we build together. We confirm that our collaboration has resulted in preliminary discussions about making Spirit AeroSystems a part of Boeing again...'

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Digging Into The War Chest... WestJet Encore Pilots Receive $1 Million Grant

Aero-Politics Continues To Have Its Challenges... 

Following a vote by ALPA's Executive Board, the WestJet Encore pilot group received a $1 million grant from ALPA’s “war chest,” known as the Major Contingency Fund (MCF). This funding will reportedly go a long way in supporting the WestJet Encore pilots in their self-help efforts, which could begin as early as April 17, 2024, should conciliation fail to result in a ratified agreement between the pilots and WestJet Encore management.

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Just Chillin' -- USAF T-7 Red Hawk Endures Extreme Temps During Climate Tests

The T-7A Will Eventually Replace The T-38C Talon

A T-7A Red Hawk, the Air Force’s newest trainer aircraft, has completed a month-long trial of extreme weather inside the McKinley Climatic Laboratory, Feb. 23. The Boeing test aircraft endured real temperatures ranging from 110 degrees to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit as well as heavy humidity conditions. All of those scenarios created within the lab’s 55,000 square foot test chamber. Once the lab technicians created the extreme environments, Boeing and Air Force aircrew performed system operations and engine runs to evaluate the aircraft’s reactions in those scenarios.

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International Tactical Training Centre Trains Ukrainian AF Instructors

A Formal Request For Training Has Been Submitted To The Canadian Government 

The International Tactical Training Centre tells ANN that it is currently training two Ukrainian Air Force Instructors on a Fighter Lead-in Programme. The training commenced in October 2023 and is the result of an extended collaboration with the Ivan Kozhedub National Air Force University (KNAFU). ITTC agreed on a dedicated syllabus for each of three classes of cadets at the university who are awaiting the opportunity to complete the training to NATO Phase IV standard on ITTC’s L-39 jets, the same platform they trained on in the Ukraine, but featuring an upgraded cockpit.

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Teaming Up... Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Embry-Riddle Look To AAM

Partnership Is Conducting A Systematic Evaluation Of The Impact of AAM Vehicles

Researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University tell us that they are conducting a systematic evaluation of the impact of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles, such as air taxis and autonomous air delivery aircraft, on airport operations at Orlando International Airport. The project, which uses advanced simulation modeling, is a collaboration between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), which operates and manages Orlando International Airport; Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation; and the university’s Center for Aerospace Resilient Systems (CARS). The study will consider how to increase safety and air traffic flow efficiency with the

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Klyde Morris (03.01.24)

Klyde Notes That Once Again, Reality Has No Place in Flight Simulation


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NTSB Final Report: Piper PA-34-200

Pilots Reported That They Realized They Had Forgotten To Extend The Landing Gear When They Heard The Airplane Contact The Runway

Analysis: On the downwind leg of the traffic pattern the pilot receiving instruction and the flight instructor were having a conversation about when to extend the landing gear, as the pilot receiving instruction was new to this airplane. During this discussion the pilots were contacted by air traffic control (ATC) and a conversation took place about a possible change of runway. After the exchange with ATC the pilots did not return to their conversation about when to extend the landing gear. After being cleared to land, the pilot receiving instruction performed a normal approach to landing. The pilot

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Classic Aero-TV: ANN Visits Wings Over The Rockies Exploration Of Flight

From 2012 (YouTube Version): Colorado Campus Offers a Variety Of Aerospace Entertainment And Education

Wings over the Rockies Exploration of Flight is the second location for the Wings Over The Rockies Museum. ANN spoke with Keith Palmer, the Director of Operations at WOTR Exploration of Flight to find out what this campus offers to the community. “The goal was to build something on the airfield, so that we could start teaching kids, our next generation, up close, personal, touching aircraft and seeing working aircraft. These are not museum pieces. Everything at the Exploration of Flight Campus is a working, functional

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.03.24)

Aero Linx: The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Dreams of flight have captured the imaginations of children and adults of centuries. The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum started as a shared enthusiasm for collecting vintage warbirds by Evergreen International Aviation founder Delford M. Smith and his son, Captain Michael King Smith. This is where our roots for fostering learning and preservation of aerospace history started. We strive to create an environment that protects these pillars of aviation history and sparks a passion for flight in learners of all ages.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.03.24): Night (ICAO)

Night (ICAO) The hours between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight or such other period between sunset and sunrise as may be specified by the appropriate authority. Note: Civil twilight ends in the evening when the center of the sun's disk is 6 degrees below the horizon and begins in the morning when the center of the sun's disk is 6 degrees below the horizon.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.03.24)

"We have been working closely with Spirit AeroSystems and its leadership to strengthen the quality of the commercial airplanes that we build together. We confirm that our collaboration has resulted in preliminary discussions about making Spirit AeroSystems a part of Boeing again..."  Source: Part of a Boeing statement admitting to interest and activity that could bring Spirit AeroSystems back into the Boeing fold.

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