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April 21, 2022

Bombardier Announces Slate of Corporate Changes

HQ Relocated to Wichita, Defense Arm Launched, USAF Orders Revealed

Bombardier had a busy month, publicizing a number of corporate changes, orders, and happenings as they readjust to a changing jet market. The company has renamed its Specialized Aircraft division into Bombardier Defense, reflecting its expansion and addressing a key growth area for their portfolio of mission-focused aircraft. The arm has confirmed that it received a firm order for additional modified Global 6000 aircraft from the USAF in support of its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node program.

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Airline Cuts Continue as Pilot Shortage Simmers

Sun Country Airlines Announces Suspension of Service to Honolulu, Fairbanks

Customers with flights to Hawaii and Alaska found themselves refunded this week after the carrier elected to suspend service amid crew shortages. Their apology only extended as far as the refund itself, not providing any additional reimbursement to extras like prepaid rentals, hotel accommodations, or tickets purchased through other carriers and affiliates. Customers received a message detailing the outage and noting a hoped return to service on the line for 2023. 

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VoloCity Test Flight Footage Made Public

Volocopter's Full-Size Prototype Successfully Takes to the Skies in Initial Testing

Volocopter proudly unveiled footage of their first completed VoloCity aircraft taking flight, posting it online to hearten investors and eVTOL fans abroad. The demonstrator provides solid proof of concept for the underlying layout and design of the aircraft, marking the first time a fully dressed and outfitted VoloCity has completed a test flight. It took to the skies for a brief time over an airfield north of Paris, France, to the applause of excited employees happy to see their hard work come to fruition. Volocopter described the flight as the culmination of 11 years of effort, a major step in their goal to have their electric VTOL aircraft ready for commerc

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True Blue Power Announces Additional STCs for Backup Battery

Li-Ion Unit Available to Replace Older NiCAD Honeywell Units in Business Jets

True Blue Power has proclaimed users of older Honeywell Grimes emergency battery systems freed from the nickel-cadmium ecosystem with the release of their new TS60 lithium-ion Emergency Battery Power Supply. The TS60 is approved for more than 13 business jet models, including names like the Boeing 737-200, Hawker 750 through 1000, and the Bombardier Challenger 600 series. True Blue Power advertises it as a direct replacement for the older, aged battery tech used in the original Honeywell Grimes parts, boasting fully modern cell chemistry, vastly increased performance, and significantly reduced maintenance.

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Airborne 04.13.22: Savage Norden STOL, GAMI Unleaded Avgas, Flexjet Hires!

Also: First Permanent Vertiport, Pilatus Liked 2021, FAA Cert Boss, Piper SnF Seminole Sale

SportairUSA has reported that the American version of the Savage Norden by Zlin Aviation has received an FAA certificate of airworthiness in the category of Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA). SportairUSA is the distributor and service center for Savage and other sport aircraft in the USA. “The Norden is a high performing, aluminum-wing airplane with electrically controlled leading-edge slats, designed and thoroughly tested for short-field and off-runway performance,” SportairUSA said. GAMI is immensely close to full, fleet-wide certification f

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Klyde Morris (04.18.22)

Klyde... Realism Can Be Taken Too Far

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Gulfstream Delivers First Texan G600

Interior Outfitting Begins At Freshly Completed Facility

The first production G600 jet completed at their Dallas, Texas facility has been delivered, showing a quick response to the continuing boom in bizjet demand. The new location was expanded in June of last year to provide additional capacity for specialized interior outfitting in the company's new production jets. Customers shopping the G600 have a plethora of options, being able to configure a floor plan with separate rooms, living areas, crew quarters, passenger seating, and galleys to suit their particular mission. The Dallas location was designed in tandem with the company's customer service expansion at nearby Fort Worth Alliance airport, set to open later this year. <

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Duncan Aviation Promotes New Airframe Manager

Battle Creek Facility Sees new Management to Oversee Projects

Duncan has announced the installation of longtime employee Shawn Andrews as the new Airframe Manager for their Battle Creek, Michigan location. Andrews has been a part of the operation since 1995, being hired by Kal-Aero right before its sale to Duncan. His previous work at Yokota AFB had given him a base of expertise on the Hawker 800, working as a contract maintenance tech and onboard flight mechanic for the FAA and DoD.

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Kansas State Teens Summer Camp Opens Registration

Grades 9-12 Offered 4-Day Student Pilot Experience, Flights, Training

Those teens looking to jump-start their aviation careers have another summertime option to begin filling out their logbooks at the Kansas State summer flight program. The Fly K-State Academy is a 4-day aviation course that takes young students through the first steps of flight training, netting 3 hours of dual time throughout the week. Students will begin with all the hits and classics of student pilot training, moving from pre-flight inspection, take off & landing, and traffic pattern basics in their first block of instruction before taking to the air and trying out their skills in actual flight conditions.

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Classic Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows – Ross Granley, Sharing the Legacy

From 2009 (YouTube Version): Son Ross Granley Describes Passion for Sharing Aviation with the World

Ross Granley grew up on the air show circuit; his father, Bud Granley, flew for 47 years as an aerobatic pilot before starting his own company, “Granley Family Airshows.” Be it helping his father navigate to events, or watching his father perform, Ross’s enthusiasm for aviation began at an early age.  Eventually, his passion led him to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, following in his father’s footsteps. Captain Ross Granley’s first taste of performance came while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force’

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Airborne 04.05.22: SnF Digital Daily -- TBM 960!, Piper, Thunderbirds!

Also: SnF Gets All Setup, Lites Starts His Farewell Tour, Morning Brief!

You have NO idea what it takes to get ready for something as important and immense as an event like the SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo... the ANN crew took a look at what it takes to prepare the field for Aviation’s ‘Spring Break’. It’s been a long, eventful run... but John ‘Lites’ Leenhouts is approaching his last day as the man in charge of one of aviation’s pivotal events... Join us as Lites conducts his last Morning Briefing at the start of the Expo. When Daher decides to upgrade... they UPGRADE. The TBM 960 is here and we’re dying to ge

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Airborne 04.07.22: SnF Digital Daily -- Elevate, Titan Mustangs, GAMI!

Also: ElectroAir Gets Certified, Avidyne Keeps Innovating, Micro-Aerodynamics Takes Control

Elevate is the SnF gang’s Aerospace and Logistics incubator... an intriguing and laudable effort to get aviation business off the ground... the new center was just dedicated this week at SnF22. The all-metal Titan T-51 replica Mustang series continues to grow its flock and has partnered up with another Mustang replica entity from Europe... Mustang world domination, anyone? GAMI’s George Braly wants to know why the GA world keeps talking about future GA fuel substitutes when he already has one... and it’s certified. ElectroAir has certified thei

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Airborne 04.08.22: SnF Digital Daily -- SW-51 Mustang, SeaMax, Thunderbird Honor

Also: Rain Rain Go Away, Soap Girl, King Schools Scholarship

It isn’t a Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo without Mother Nature butting in with a few bucket loads of rain here and there, and yesterday’s contributions did not disappoint. How long can you tread water??? We have not one, but TWO amazing P-51 Mustang replicas to consider now... and the European SW-51 differs in that it's a beautiful all-composite rendition that zooms around on a Rotax 915iS. King Schools has had a wonderful scholarship program running now, in various iterations for over a decade and the most recent winner is a broadcast helicopter pilot and instructor who has dem

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Airborne 04.06.22: SnF Digital Daily -- Flight Design F2, Aeroshell, ASR Pioneer

Also: Aerox Takes A Breath, SNF 22 Overview Montage

The road to certification is a ponderous one... Not to be taken lightly... and only by those with the resources to finish the job... The Flight Design F2 is well on its way through that process... and we can’t wait to see certified F2. Aeroshell’s Aerobatic Team flies the brutish, historically significant T-6 Texan... a lovely full-throated aerobatic machine that when flown in tight formation can’t help but thrill one and all. Aerox is on a mission... to take the mystery and fear out of using inflight oxygen... the right equipment and the proper amount of oxy-education can help you g

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Airborne 04.07.22: SnF Digital Daily -- Elevate, Titan Mustangs, GAMI!

Also: ElectroAir Gets Certified, Avidyne Keeps Innovating, Micro-Aerodynamics Takes Control

Elevate is the SnF gang’s Aerospace and Logistics incubator... an intriguing and laudable effort to get aviation business off the ground... the new center was just dedicated this week at SnF22. The all-metal Titan T-51 replica Mustang series continues to grow its flock and has partnered up with another Mustang replica entity from Europe... Mustang world domination, anyone? GAMI’s George Braly wants to know why the GA world keeps talking about future GA fuel substitutes when he already has one... and it’s certified. ElectroAir has certified their

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Airborne 04.08.22: SnF Digital Daily -- SW-51 Mustang, SeaMax, Thunderbird Honor

Also: Rain Rain Go Away, Soap Girl, King Schools Scholarship

It isn’t a Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo without Mother Nature butting in with a few bucket loads of rain here and there, and yesterday’s contributions did not disappoint. How long can you tread water??? We have not one, but TWO amazing P-51 Mustang replicas to consider now... and the European SW-51 differs in that it's a beautiful all-composite rendition that zooms around on a Rotax 915iS. King Schools has had a wonderful scholarship program running now, in various iterations for over a decade and the most recent winner is a broadcast helicopter pilot and instructor who has dem

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Airborne 04.05.22: SnF Digital Daily -- TBM 960!, Piper, Thunderbirds!

Also: SnF Gets All Setup, Lites Starts His Farewell Tour, Morning Brief!

You have NO idea what it takes to get ready for something as important and immense as an event like the SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo... the ANN crew took a look at what it takes to prepare the field for Aviation’s ‘Spring Break’. It’s been a long, eventful run... but John ‘Lites’ Leenhouts is approaching his last day as the man in charge of one of aviation’s pivotal events... Join us as Lites conducts his last Morning Briefing at the start of the Expo. When Daher decides to upgrade... they UPGRADE. The TBM 960 is here and we’re dy

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Airborne 04.06.22: SnF Digital Daily -- Flight Design F2, Aeroshell, ASR Pioneer

Also: Aerox Takes A Breath, SNF 22 Overview Montage

The road to certification is a ponderous one... Not to be taken lightly... and only by those with the resources to finish the job... The Flight Design F2 is well on its way through that process... and we can’t wait to see certified F2. Aeroshell’s Aerobatic Team flies the brutish, historically significant T-6 Texan... a lovely full-throated aerobatic machine that when flown in tight formation can’t help but thrill one and all. Aerox is on a mission... to take the mystery and fear out of using inflight oxygen... the right equipment and the proper amount of oxy-education can help you g

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28-235

...Exited The Left Side Of The Runway, Went Into A Ditch Where The Landing Gear Impacted A Sign

On April 3, 2022, about 1755 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235, N9119W sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Calhan, Colorado. The pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Video surveillance of the accident showed the airplane cross the runway threshold and it remained airborne until past the 1st taxiway and appeared to touchdown near the 2nd taxiway before it bounced.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.21.22)

Aero Linx: Mid-Atlantic Pilots Association

Formed in 1957, Mid-Atlantic Pilots Association is a non-profit flying organization dedicated to air safety, aviation education, and flying camaraderie. All levels of pilots, student pilots, and aviation enthusiasts are invited to join. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.21.22): Homing [ICAO]

Homing [ICAO]

The procedure of using the direction-finding equipment of one radio station with the emission of another radio station, where at least one of the stations is mobile, and whereby the mobile station proceeds continuously towards the other station.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.21.22)

“Wichita was the obvious choice as the home of Bombardier’s new U.S. Headquarters and Bombardier Defenser. “For more than 60 years, the established skills and expertise from the Air Capital of the World is second to none, and this latest confirmation from the United States Air Force is a testament to the confidence they have in our aircraft and importantly, in the strength of our people in Wichita.” Source: Éric Martel, President, and CEO, Bombardier, chronicling a busy month, publicizing a number of corporate changes, orders, and happenings as they readjust to a changing jet market. 

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