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November 20, 2022

Over-Reaction? FAA Mandates Medical Requirements for Commercial Balloon Pilots

Previously, Commercial Balloon Pilots Were Exempt From The Medical Requirement

After negative media attention following a somewhat unique 2016 commercial balloon ride accident, the FAA has adopted a final rule requiring commercial hot-air balloon pilots to hold medical certificates when flying paying passengers. The rule mandates a second-class medical certificate, the same standard required for other commercial pilots.

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JetBlue Pilots Call for Contract Tout Suite

The Erosion of Temperance

JetBlue Airways pilots and representatives of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) met with JetBlue management this week in hopes of negotiating a short-term contract extension comprising economic improvements consistent with long-standing pilot demands. Union representatives have prevailed upon JetBlue management to recognize the immense contributions JetBlue pilots made to the airline’s success during the unprecedentedly turbulent COVID epoch and its chaotic aftermath.

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Air Cargo To Double? Boeing Says So

Forecasts Suggest Air Cargo Traffic to Increase Twofold Over Next 20 Years

Boeing, no stranger to the air cargo game, is forecasting strong demand for air cargo services through 2041, with traffic doubling and the world’s freighter fleet expanding by more than 60%. Boeing has released details from its 2022 World Air Cargo Forecast (WACF), a biennial detailed analysis of evolving industry dynamics.

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Pioneering Human Organ Transport Via UAS

The Speed of Life

A group of three organ procurement organizations—San Antonio’s Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), Houston’s LifeGift, and Oklahoma City’s LifeShare—have teamed with the Matador Unmanned Aerial System Consortium to test the viability of transporting human organs and blood between Lubbock, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio via unmanned aerial system (UAS).

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Silk Way West Orders GE9X, GE90 Engines to Power Cargo Fleet

Fans of Progress and Profit

In April 2021, Silk Way West signed a strategic fleet expansion agreement with Boeing for five state-of-the-art 777 Freighters. In March 2022, the carrier acquired two additional Boeing 747-400F freighters. Finally, on 10 November 2022, the carrier finalized an order for two Boeing 777-8 Freighters with options for another two airplanes. Flush with capable, modern aircraft, Silk Way West subsequently announced an order for a combined total of 16 GE9X and GE90 engines to power its fleet of 777 aircraft. The order comprises five GE9X and 11 GE90 engines.

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Klyde Morris (11.18.22)

Klyde Could NOT Be Happier To Return To The Moon

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 11.11.22: An-225 Rebuild, Autonomous Black Hawk!, Spitfire!

Also: Joby eVTOL, Artemis I Delayed Again, Federal Air Marshals, Emirates Cargo Expansion

The immense An-225 could actually be more salvageable than originally imagined, according to Ukrainian state-owned Antonov. While the majority of the airframe was ruined in the battles and resulting fires at Hostomel Airport, construction on a replacement has begun and more than 30% of the original’s parts could be salvaged for reuse. Sikorsky and DARPA have secured the attention and interest of the U.S. Army by successfully demonstrating means by which a Black Hawk helicopter can safely and reliably perform rescue operations and internal and external cargo

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ispace Announces Mission 1 Launch Date

Of Landings and Landers

ispace inc. has announced the imminent launch of its Mission 1 (M1) lunar lander—part of the HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program. The mission will depart Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on or about 28 November 2022. M1 is a technology demonstration by which ispace seeks to validate its lander’s design, as well as the company’s business model—which consists primarily of providing reliable lunar transportation and data services.

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Classic Aero-TV: Ralph Maloof Revs Up - Innovations For Homebuilt A/C Engines

From 2016 (YouTube Version): A VW Bug Engine Conversion Has Matured Into an Engine for the Airplane Homebuilder…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, visited with the folks at RevMaster and talked with Ralph Maloof, who is an aeronautical engineer and inventor. The first thing we find out in this interview is that the RevMaster engine is based on the Volkswagen Bug engine, but it is not simply a Volkswagen engine with slight modifications to make it fit in an airplane. Maloof says it has been modified to the point that it is really designed for aircraft use, not for automobile use. Maloof goes on to describe

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32-260

Pilot Was Talking To An FSS Specialist... When The Conversation Abruptly Stopped

On October 16, 2022, about 1427 Alaska standard time (AST), a Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six airplane, N3432W was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident about 5 miles South of Cordova, Alaska. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

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AD: Piaggio Aviation S.p.A.

AD 2022-22-07 Requires Repetitively Inspecting The Fuselage Skin Panels...

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piaggio Aviation S.p.A. (type certificate previously held by Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A.) (Piaggio) Model P-180 airplanes. This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI identifies the unsafe condition as corrosion in the bottom fuselage area of the cabin compartment due to inner and outer sides of fuselage skin panels of certain airplanes treated with the less effective primer...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.22)

Aero Linx: Christian Pilots Association, (CPA) Established in 1972, Christian Pilots Association, (CPA),  is a mobilizing service agency dedicated to assisting God's people in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 28:19-20 by providing emergency air logistics, survival services, and supplies for people in need.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.22): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.20.22)

"While the air cargo market is returning to a more normal pace after historic demand in the last two years, structural factors including express network growth, evolving supply chain strategies and new cargo-market entrants are driving sustained freighter demand. In the global transportation network, air freighters will continue to be a critical enabler to move high-value goods, in increased volume across expanding markets.” Source: Darren Hulst, Boeing vice president of Commercial Marketing, explaining the forecast for strong demand for air cargo services through 2041, with traffic doubling and the world’s freighter fleet expanding by more than 60%.

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