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January 01, 2022

Van's Confirms That They Are Also Affected By Supply Chain Nightmares

Issues Customer Update On Kit Delivery Timelines

The folks at Van's Aircraft have confirmed that they are dealing with the affects of national and global chain issues. They noted that, "Recent manufacturing resource and supply chain constraints have resulted in delays to the production and delivery of many parts delivered in RV aircraft kits. These issues and constraints have hit each of our business partners as well as our company directly. As a result, our ability to deliver kits on originally planned schedules has been affected. Van’s is currently in the process of refactoring our plan/schedule for both internal and outsourced manufacturing..."

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Here We Go Again... Yuma Airshow 2022 Cancelled

Planning For Yuma Airshow 2023, Scheduled For 11 March 2023, Has Already Begun

The Marine Corps Air Station Yuma command has officially decided to cancel the Yuma Airshow 2022 in consideration of various constraints related to the global pandemic. The decision to cancel the Yuma Airshow 2022 came after great deliberation. New variants of COVID-19 are on the rise, and in addition to the uncertainty of what the public health situation could look like in March 2022, the current financial effects of the pandemic were also a contributing factor.

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SpaceX Starship Launch Now Slated for March

FAA Flooded With Public Comments Over Environmental Approval

SpaceX's ambitious Starship/Heavy Launch Vehicle has been pushed to mid-March, at the earliest, owing to a few issues that must be completed prior to live launch attempts. The FAA has stated it has yet to complete the necessary Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the project, the basis of long-term impact evaluation. The change in the agency timeline has come as little surprise after the November delay when the PEA was expected to be complete by December 31. "The new target date for issuing the Final PEA is February 28," reads an FAA tweet. 

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Ohio Woman Surprised By Drug-Mule UAV

Surprise Visitor Accidentally Delivers Drugs, Burner Phones to Wrong House

An Ohio woman heard the bump of an unusual bird recently, when she found a crashed drone with sundry drug trafficking accouterments including bagged marijuana, cell phones, and tobacco. What she initially thought was an animal colliding with a window turned out to be some illicit goodies intercepted en route. She contacted the Richland County Sheriff's department to see what to do, telling deputies that the package was attached to the drone with a cord, beeping loudly while sitting in the grass. It was lightly modified, only having some of its running lights covered up for enhanced stealth. The package it carried most likely demanded too much carrying capacity, leading

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Ratified! Kelowna Flightcraft Pilots Agree to 4-Year Gig

Pilots Ratify Tentative Agreement With 73% Majority

Kelowna Flightcraft (KFC) pilots recently announced they have ratified a tentative agreement with the Company on a four-year contract retroactive to April 2021. With nearly 92 percent of eligible pilots participating, 73 percent voted to ratify the agreement. The pilots will now move forward with contract enhancements on a number of key issues including increasing wages, improved scheduling rules, vacation bidding, and uniform allowances.

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Bell Delivers Huey II To Bosnia And Herzegovina

Aircraft Adds To Expanding Roster of International Operators

It's nice to close out the year with another win... Bell has delivered four Bell Huey II aircraft to the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AFBiH). The aircraft are part of an Foreign Military Sale signed in December 2019. The Huey II worldwide fleet of more than 300 aircraft have a combined 1.2 million flight hours. Prior to the delivery, members of the AFBiH Air Force and Air Defense Brigade completed adaptation training at the Bell Training Academy in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Classic Aero-TV: Minimax Aircraft Tugs - Getting Pushy With Robinson Helis

From 2016: The Compact Robby Mover…

While at Sun ‘n Fun 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, checked in with a company that was showing an electric tug for the Robinson helicopter. Tom met up with Greg McMichael, the chief design engineer for Minimax Aircraft Tugs to get the details. The first thing you’ll probably notice in this video is that the tug is very compact, and McMichael says that’s the way they intended it. He describes it as being easy to move around and that it can be easily connected to the Robinson helicopter by one person without the need to bend over. You’ll also find it interesting that the drive power fo

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna T210R

Witness Further Stated That The Airplane Was “Covered In Oil..."

On November 24, 2021, at 1746 eastern standard time, a Cessna T210R, N6209U, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Grove City, Pennsylvania. The private pilot and a pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight originated from the Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, New York and was en route to the Akron Fulton Airport (AKR), Akron, Ohio. About 2 hours into the flight, the pilot, who was also the owner of the airplane, diverted to the Clarion County Airport (AXQ), Clarion, Pennsylvania for a reported oil pressure issue.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-24-02 Prompted By Reports Indicating Incidents Of Wires Chafing

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports indicating incidents of wires chafing against the inboard upper corner of the observer station circuit breaker panel. This AD requires, depending on airplane configuration, doing a general visual inspection of the right observer station upper main circuit breaker panel and wiring for certain missing parts; doing an inspection of the right observer station upper main circuit breaker panel to determine if a certain bracket part number is installed; doing a general visual inspection of certain wire assemblies for any damage; modifying

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.01.22)

Aero Linx: Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand The Civil Aviation Authority is a Crown entity responsible to the Minister of Transport. Civil aviation in New Zealand operates within a system established and maintained by the Civil Aviation Act 1990. We're governed by the Authority – a five member board appointed by the minister to represent the public interest in civil aviation. The Authority appoints our chief executive, who’s also the Director of Civil Aviation. As well as the functions and powers delegated by the Authority, the Director has powers conferred by the Act, which are performed independently of both the Minister of Transport and the Authority.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.22): Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA)

Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA) The lowest MSL altitude at which an IFR aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller, except as otherwise authorized for radar approaches, departures, and missed approaches. The altitude meets IFR obstacle clearance criteria. It may be lower than the published MEA along an airway or J-route segment. It may be utilized for radar vectoring only upon the controller’s determination that an adequate radar return is being received from the aircraft being controlled. Charts depicting minimum vectoring altitudes are normally available only to the controllers and not to pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.01.22)

“We look forward to the air show every year as a way for us to give back to the members of the community and invite them to enjoy a display of our military proficiency. The MCAS Yuma staff worked tirelessly planning this year’s event, and was incredibly disappointed when we determined it is not possible to execute in 2022. The station relies on the support of the community in order to continue to generate combat power and support warfighting readiness, but we have to always be mindful of our financial situation and responsibilities. We also have to consider what’s best for the mission, and with large numbers of Marines arriving for training around March, we just can’t accept the risk.” Source: Col. Chuck Dudik

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