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December 21, 2023

Airborne 12.21.23: Flying Legends, New CAP Planes, Blue Origin's Back

 Also: Maeve Aerospace, Air Inuit Pilots File Notice, QantasLink A220, Robinson AD

 
 
One of the greatest airshow events in the UK has been cancelled for 2024 and question marks litter the landscape thereafter. A letter addressed to friends, partners, and colleagues on the Flying Legends website stated that, “It is with much regret that we confirm our decision to cancel the upcoming Flying Legends Air Show 2024. This decision has not been made lightly and an in-depth assessment of our options for the year ahead.” Christmas came early for the fine folks at CAP... and we're a little jealous. Seven new aircraft will join a whopping fleet of 540 Cessnas owned and operated by CAP — the world’s largest Cessna piston air

CubCrafters Scores Its 1000th Delivery

A New Certified CC19-215 XCub Went To A Cool New Home In Montana

Yeah.... it's one heck of a milestone. CubCrafters made company history this week by delivering its 1000th new aircraft to Tim Sheehy, CEO of Bridger Aerospace, in Bozeman, Montana. The milestone aircraft, a CubCrafters CC19-215 XCub, was delivered in Bridger Aerospace firefighting livery, the paint scheme itself a tribute to the company’s fleet of Canadair CL-415 “Super Scooper” water-bomber aircraft -- where the bird is going to be in GOOD company. Mr. Sheehy comments that, “Bridger Aerospace and CubCrafters have a relationship going back to 2016 when we worked together on a project for the US Military. We frequently base near their factory in Yaki

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Virgin Galactic Sets 1st 2024 Flight

Four Private Astronauts From Three Different Countries Will Journey To 'Space'

Virgin Galactic has announced that the ‘Galactic 06’ flight window will open January 26, 2024. This will be the Company’s 11th spaceflight to date and will follow a year of human 'spaceflight' achievements that included six suborbital 'spaceflights' in six months (E-I-C Note: We denote the word 'spaceflights' in quotes due to the fact that these flights do not exceed the altitude established as the Karman line which has been heretofore been used, and defined by the FAI, to mark the boundary of space). Four private astronauts from three different countries will journey to 'space' on Virgin Galactic’s sixth commercial spaceflight. &n

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EAA's AeroEducate Hits 40,000 Users

Aeronautical Student Education Gains Momentum Around the World

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s AeroEducate program has passed the 40,000 registered user mark, an increase of more than 3,000 since the same time last year. The online portal "engages youth, parents and teachers in the world of flight", offering educators and parents a suite of aeronautical teaching adjuncts to bring the real world into the classroom. The user base contains more than 35,000 current student users, ranging from 5 to 18 years of age. The AeroEducate database sports more than 31,000 different activities, spanning 5 discrete career areas. Some are individual do-it-yourself projects, others classroom activities, but all share the same theme: Bringing avia

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Airborne 12.13.23: Lk Elmo Airport Attacked, USAF $$$, Counterfeit Parts

Also: Kodiak ISR Aircraft, Air Methods Restructures, Airshow London, USCG Recovers Jayhawk

The 2022 runway extension and expansion project at Lake Elmo Airport has rankled a few neighbors, with nearly 4,300 noise complaints issued from 16 locations near the airport. Unfortunately, the local news has reported the story with much fanfare for the nearly 4300 complaints BUT without mentioning that it comes from a handful of NIMBY airport haters spouting highly suspect claims. The Air Force is looking to entice its aviators into eschewing the civilian life for a few more years with new FY2024 incentives that will provide an extra $15,000 t

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Lufthansa Group to Buy up to 100 737 MAX Jets

Lufthansa's First Boeing Single-Aisle Order in Nearly 30 Years

There's some good news at Boeing despite Airbus having recently announced a number of big sales... Boeing and the Lufthansa Group have announced a 737 MAX order for up to 100 jets that will see Europe's largest airline group restore the Boeing 737 family into its fleet. The commitment includes a firm order for 40 737-8 airplanes with 60 options. "It is a good strategic decision for the Lufthansa Group to order Boeing 737 aircraft again for the first time since 1995," said Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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Airborne-NextGen 12.12.23: Uncrewed Caravan!, Lilium, Rotor R550X

Also: OSIRIS-REx Update, Block 5 MQ-9A, Eve Air Mobility-Flynas, Axial Flux Motor

Reliable Robotics completed a test flight using an uncrewed Cessna 208B Caravan, operated entirely by a pilot on the ground 50 miles away. The company wants to corner the market on remotely piloted aircraft before the rest of the industry sees their worth. If successful, the firm believes its tech will further democratize the already legendary Cessna Caravan, serving as an "essential role connecting communities and businesses across the United States and around the globe." Lilium's recent selection of a cooling system shows just how slim performance margins c

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Airborne 12.13.23: Lk Elmo Airport Attacked, USAF $$$, Counterfeit Parts

Also: Kodiak ISR Aircraft, Air Methods Restructures, Airshow London, USCG Recovers Jayhawk

The 2022 runway extension and expansion project at Lake Elmo Airport has rankled a few neighbors, with nearly 4,300 noise complaints issued from 16 locations near the airport. Unfortunately, the local news has reported the story with much fanfare for the nearly 4300 complaints BUT without mentioning that it comes from a handful of NIMBY airport haters spouting highly suspect claims. The Air Force is looking to entice its aviators into eschewing the civilian life for a few more years with new FY2024 incentives that will provide an extra $1

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Airborne-NextGen 12.12.23: Uncrewed Caravan!, Lilium, Rotor R550X

Also: OSIRIS-REx Update, Block 5 MQ-9A, Eve Air Mobility-Flynas, Axial Flux Motor

Reliable Robotics completed a test flight using an uncrewed Cessna 208B Caravan, operated entirely by a pilot on the ground 50 miles away. The company wants to corner the market on remotely piloted aircraft before the rest of the industry sees their worth. If successful, the firm believes its tech will further democratize the already legendary Cessna Caravan, serving as an "essential role connecting communities and businesses across the United States and around the globe." Lilium's recent selection of a cooling system shows just how slim performance margins c

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Airbus Sells 16 C295s to Spanish MOD

ASW, Naval Combat Aircraft Procured to Replace P-3 Poseidon

The Spanish Ministry of Defence has placed an order for 16 C295 aircraft, with a split between Maritime Patrol and Maritime Surveillance Aircraft. The contract includes a suite of training systems and an initial bolus of logistics support, providing the Spaniards with a 'starter kit' of everything needed to keep their new aircraft operational. The training pack will include a Full Flight Simulator and Mission System Simulator, allowing them to provide cost-effective, efficient training to current and future C295 pilots.

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TrustFlight's Centrik Chosen By Turkish AirMed Operator

Software Solution Selected for Service, Safety, & Streamlining

Redstar Aviation has opted for TrustFlight's Centrik software suite for their safety and compliance needs, streamlining their operational management. Redstar Aviation, a company that bills itself as "Turkey’s leading Air Ambulance operator" chose Centrik to be the backbone of its safety and quality management system for real-time operational management of its Challenger 605, Learjet 45 XR, and Leonardo AW139 fleet.

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Classic Klyde Morris: 12.18.23

A Classic Klyde From October 2015...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Classic Aero-TV: Versatile AND Practical - The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Quality LSA For Well Under $100k…

Aeroprakt unveiled its new LSA at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase in November. Dennis Long, U.S. Importer and Distributer for Aeroprakt U.S.A., told ANN’s Tom Patton that the design has been around for nearly two decades. “What makes them special is their handling, anywhere between 100 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour,” Long said. “It’s just spectacular the way they handle thermals, and bumps and crosswinds.” Long said the airplane has a base price of about $79,000, but with popular options, most of them are selling

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NTSB Final Report: Stearman E75

Partial Loss Of Engine Power Due To The Fatigue Failure Of An Engine Cylinder...

Analysis: The airplane departed and was in a continuous climb at 70 mph, at 2,500 rpm. The pilot observed a cylinder depart the engine and experienced a partial loss of engine power. A video of the event recorded the sound of the engine becoming quieter and the tachometer showed a continuous 1,000 rpm reading following the separation. The video captured the airplane maneuvering over open fields suitable for a forced landing as it descended back towards the departure airstrip. The recording ended before the airplane was destroyed by contact with trees and terrain 500 feet prior to the landing strip.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.23)

Aero Linx: International Federation Of Airworthiness IFA uniquely combines together all those with responsibility for policies, principles and practices concerned with the continuing airworthiness of civil transport aircraft throughout the world. IFA’s mission is to contribute to the debate and formation of policies, which affect the Airworthiness of civil aircraft worldwide, and to influence Regulators, Airlines, Maintenance Organisations and Governments to constantly improve aviation safety. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.23): Glideslope Intercept Altitude

Glideslope Intercept Altitude The published minimum altitude to intercept the glideslope in the intermediate segment of an instrument approach. Government charts use the lightning bolt symbol to identify this intercept point. This intersection is called the Precise Final Approach fix (PFAF). ATC directs a higher altitude, the resultant intercept becomes the PFAF. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.21.23)

“Our inaugural year of commercial service demonstrated our spaceflight system’s ability to regularly deliver a safe and unparalleled customer experience for our astronauts and established new turn time records for reuseable human spaceflight systems. We’re excited to begin 2024 by bringing four new Virgin Galactic astronauts to space with our ‘Galactic 06’ mission.” 

Source: Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, discussing the upcoming first flight of Virgin Galactic in 2024. Read More




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