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January 15, 2024

'Living Legends' Heavily Criticized For Pending Award to Prince Harry

Along With An Award For Jeff Bezos' Fiancee, LLOA's Credibility Seems To Be Declining

The Annual 'Living Legend of Aviation dinner takes place later this week and at least one recent announcement is causing quite a fuss... namely that of pronouncing former military helicopter pilot and once-upon-a-time royal heir, Price Harry, The Duke of Sussex, as an aviation 'legend.' This has not gone down well with a number of aviation luminaries in the UK, and elsewhere, and has been further complicated by a new award that is being given to Blue Origin/Amazon's Jeff Bezos' fiancee, a helicopter pilot and aviation business owner that most of us may never have heard much about if not for her relationship with the Amazon Founder and the world’s third

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D-Day Tour Plans Out Its Journey Through the Old World

11 Aircraft on the Way for Parachute Demos, Flyovers

Planning for the D-Day Squadron’s 2024 Legacy Tour continues, with an announcement that the Western Airlines DC-3 will be tagging along. The tour will see the Squadron make the trek across the Atlantic Ocean with 10 more veteran aircraft. The whole bunch will head over too commemorate both the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings and the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. With the addition of Tim Savage's Western Airlines bird, the total number of the D-Day Squadron grows to 11 in all.

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X-59 Quesst Unveiled for 1st Time

New Supersonic Prototype Aims to Soften the Blow When Going Beyond Mach 1

No more CGI for the next-gen x-plane from NASA and Lockheed Martin now that the duo has finally debuted the quiet supersonic aircraft live in the metal. The X-59 Quesst aircraft is a demonstrator to bear out the possibility of supersonic flight without the sonic booms. If successful, the concept will revolutionize public air travel with a whole new niche of high-flying, fast-moving, supersonic aircraft.

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MDM-1 Fox/Fox-P See AD from EASA

Aerobatic Gliders Behave Differently Than Manual Describes in Edges of Flight Envelope

The Zaklady Lotnicze Marganski & Mysowski MDM-1 Fox and MDM-1P Fox P sailplane has seen the issuance of an EASA Airworthiness Directive, warning that the "aerobatic glider" behaves differently in spins from how it presents in the approved Flight Manual. "Accidents of MDM-1 sailplanes have been reported, where the sailplanes crashed during aerobatic flights," reads the EASA rationale.

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DJI Issues Winter Flying Guidelines for Drones

Keep 'Em Warm, Keep 'Em Stable, Keep 'Em Charged

DJI Enterprise's winter flying guide aims to show fly-for-pay operators how to make the coldest months of the year just as profitable as the rest. Their commercial drone lineup is made up of hardier stock than the rest of their fun-oriented civilian gear, befitting its role as a livelihood-earning tool instead of a sunny day racer or fun whirligig trinket. All the usual tips for electronic devices apply to wintertime drone operations, like keeping the batteries as warm as possible, minimizing high-output power demands, and letting it idle for a while to bring its motors up to operating temperature.

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Lockheed Delivers First F-16V’s to Slovakia

New Fighters Will Replace Aged MiG-29s With NATO Spec Aircraft

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first pair of Slovakian F-16 Block 70 jets, making good on the first of 8 jets to be delivered through 2025. The newest, most future-proofed version of the F-16 Falcon offers Slovakia a quantitative leap in capability, bolstering the country's fleet of modern fighter and strike aircraft with an affordable little multitool of an aircraft. The aircraft will replace their aging MiG-29s, adding additional capability (and single-engine burn rates) while integrating into NATO infrastructure.

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NTSB Prelim: Viking Air Limited DHC-6-400

Crew Contacted ATC And Reported That They Were Having A Problem Transferring Fuel From The Ferry Tanks

On May 20, 2023, at about 1400 Pacific daylight time, a de Havilland DHC-6-400, N153QS, was substantially damaged when it impacted the Pacific Ocean near Half Moon Bay, California. The pilot and 1 passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 ferry flight. The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the accident site. The operator reported that the airplane had a ferry tank system installed and 540 gallons of fuel was added for the transpacific flight. The airplane’s amphibious floats were removed for the flight. The flight departed the Charles M Schulz-Sonoma County Airport (ST

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Classic Aero-TV: A Principled Advocate For GA - Senator James Inhofe (Part 2)

From 2018 (YouTube Version): The Impact Of UAVs On The National Airspace

In part two of our interview with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) at AirVenture this summer, Jim Campbell discusses the impact of UAVs on the national airspace. From the small hobby drone to the promise of home delivery by drone and autonomous air taxi and cargo transportation services, drones are poised to be a major factor in how the United States utilizes its airspace. Senator Inhofe says that the Commerce Committee, of which he is a member, is working on how to effectively integrate unmanned aircraft into the NAS. While they have not yet developed a firm plan, Inhofe says the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.15.24)

Aero Linx: International Bar Association Aviation Law Committee The Aviation Law Committee is concerned with several major areas of law. Aircraft transactions and financing are always a major interest. The Committee also follows developments of international law with respect to airlines in both economic and tort areas, and also focuses on competition issues related to aviation. The Committee provides an opportunity not only to contribute to the development of aviation law but also to make useful contacts with aviation attorneys from all over the world. This is particularly important in an international industry such as aviation, where attorneys are required to deal with aviation attorneys i

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.15.24): Terminal VFR Radar Service

Terminal VFR Radar Service

A national program instituted to extend the terminal radar services provided instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft to visual flight rules (VFR) aircraft. The program is divided into four types service referred to as basic radar service, terminal radar service area (TRSA) service, Class B service and Class C service. The type of service provided at a particular location is contained in the Chart Supplement U.S...

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.15.24)

"It has been asked by several people about the validity of the honor being bestowed on Prince Harry. Several have wondered if the award has been bought. This would bring up the concern regarding the Living Legends of Aviation truly being a non-profit organization with 503c status. Should this be investigated?"

Source: A primary comment from the organizer of the Change.Org petition asking the Living Legends of Aviation event to remove Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, from being awarded honors as a 'Living Legend' in the aviation community.

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