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January 20, 2024

Airworthiness Directive Published for 737-9

Unsafe Condition Must Be Corrected Before MAX 9s Take Flight

The FAA has clarified its interim Airworthiness Directive in the case of the Boeing 737 MAX 9, mandating that all affected aircraft must be inspected and corrected "using a method approved by the manager". The AD builds on the agency's previous work, saying "The FAA issued Emergency AD 2024–02–51, dated January 6, 2024 (Emergency AD 2024–02–51), to address an unsafe condition on certain The Boeing Company Model 737–9 airplanes. The FAA sent the emergency AD to all known U.S. owners and operators of these airplanes. Emergency AD 2024–02–51 prohibits further flight until the airplane is inspected and all applicable corrective actions have been

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Boeing Sees Akasa Air Double-Down

New 737-10s and 737-8-200s on the Way to Fledgling Indian Operator

Boeing signed an order from Akasa Air to provide them with additional 737-10 airplanes and additional 737-8-200 jets. “We are excited to announce this historic order for 150 new Boeing airplanes, increasing our total orders from Boeing to 226 jets. In addition to supporting our rapid domestic expansion, the efficiency and economics of these new airplanes position Akasa to launch international routes in the coming months,” said Vinay Dube, Akasa Air founder and CEO.

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Blackhawk Aerospace Installs 1st Autothrottle, Autoland in King Air 200

Updated Avionics Yield Safer, More Convenient Aircraft

Blackhawk Aerospace Technologies has finished installation of the first Autothrottle & Autoland-equipped G1000 NXi in a King Air 200. The new avionics add a hefty dose of additional safety to the turboprop twin, particularly nice for those who privately operate theirs without a second-in-command. For a well-heeled family hauler, automated landing capability could mean life or death for all aboard should the pilot become incapacitated - exactly why the G1000 NXi suite has found so much traction in the single-engine turboprop market already.

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Northrop Grumman Tests Sentinel ICBM Motor

Next-Gen Minuteman III Replacement Can’t Come Fast Enough

Northrop Grumman Corporation has capped a live, static-fire test of their next-gen Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile, at the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex. The test leaves the Sentinel a long way from genuine production-readiness, however. The test was conducted in a vacuum chamber simulating the real-world environmental conditions experienced during high-altitude and space flight. The next step will put the Sentinel to the test with its 1st and 2nd stages.

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Atlantic, Archer Aviation to Kickstart Electric Aviation in Florida

Charging Facilities On the Way to Atlantic Locations Across the Country

While Joby has embarked on building its first electric charging infrastructure on the other side of the country, Archer Aviation has begun laying groundwork for locations throughout Los Angeles, New York City, Northern California, and South Florida. The brand announced a deal with Atlantic Aviation that will see them "electrify several of Atlantic Aviation’s existing aviation assets to support future electric aircraft operations, including Archer’s Midnight air taxi, at Atlantic Aviation locations across four key launch markets". The plan will leverage both parties' existing relationships with BETA Technologies, granting them their interoperable rapid-recharge

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Anti-Aero Politics: CO Airport Manager Investigated for 'Belittling' Locals

Paul Anslow Abruptly Bails on Management Job, Followed by Advisory Members in Protest

A Colorado bureaucrat overseeing the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport left his job right before "controversial" transcripts were released featuring his assessment of local "nut jobs", and the airport is in a tizzy. Paul Anslow is under fire by locals for referring to noise complainants and local airport busybodies as "nut jobs", while "belittling their concerns about airport noise" - that's now local NPR affiliate KUNC sees it. The news affiliate obtained the transcript of a "private conversation given to KUNC News as part of a public records request". Anslow left his job abruptly, according to the official narrative, but locals in the area believe it's b

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Surf Air Mobility Adds Another African Operator to Team

Kenya's Largest Caravan Operator Joins the Electric Aircraft Game

Surf Air Mobility just keeps adding on to its friends abroad, offering an electric, battery powered modification to the Cessna 208 Caravan. Its most recent business partner is Kenya's 'largest Caravan operator', Z.Boskovic Air Charters. The operator boasts a baker's dozen of Cessna Caravans, with another pair on the way by year's end. The partnership will see Surf Air Mobility convert the aircraft into their own proprietary electrified powertrain tech.

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Classic Aero-TV: Profiles in Aviation – Ed McKeown’s Rearwin Cloudster

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Ed McKeown Introduces His Award-Winning Rearwin Restoration

Inspired by the world’s newfound aviation intrigue, Raymond Andrew Rearwin, along with his sons Royce and Ken, started Rearwin Airplanes in 1928. Bursting into the industry scene during the “Golden Age of Aviation,” the company designed and built more than 400 aircraft before closing in 1946. Among the instrument trainers and gliders, Rearwin Airplanes debuted the Rearwin Cloudster in 1939; featuring strut-braced high-wings, the aircraft included an enclosed cabin and fixed, tailskid undercarriage.  Though the Cloudster’s commercial success was poor,

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NTSB Preliminary Report Published on Aircraft Handover Gone Wrong

Post-Inspection Cessna 421 Ends Delivery Flight in Corn Field

The NTSB has published a preliminary report about an unfortunate flight involving a post-sale flight of a Cessna 421C, describing a failing right engine and a gear-up landing in a cornfield near McGregor, Texas. "On December 8, 2023, about 1232 central standard time, a Cessna 421C airplane, N146TJ, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near McGregor, Texas...The airplane had just undergone an inspection, and the new owners were taking possession of the airplane. The pilot reviewed the logbooks and conducted a pre-flight inspection, and then filed an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan to 5C1..."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.24)

Aero Linx: Taylorcraft Foundation, Inc. The Taylorcraft Foundation is exclusively organized for charitable, educational & scientific activities and will preserve the history and technical information of the Taylorcraft airplanes. This Foundation is a chartered State of Ohio Corporation and has been granted IRS 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax exempt, organization. The Taylorcraft Foundation maintains archives, provides information and research assistance when possible to aircraft owners, and works to preserve Taylorcraft history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.24): NonDirectional Beacon

NonDirectional Beacon An L/MF or UHF radio beacon transmitting nondirectional signals whereby the pilot of an aircraft equipped with direction-finding equipment can determine his/her bearing to or from the radio beacon and “home” on or track to or from the station. When the radio beacon is installed in conjunction with the Instrument Landing System marker, it is normally called a Compass Locator.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.20.24)

“We are excited to announce this historic order for 150 new Boeing airplanes, increasing our total orders from Boeing to 226 jets. In addition to supporting our rapid domestic expansion, the efficiency and economics of these new airplanes position Akasa to launch international routes in the coming months. The lower carbon emissions of the 737 MAX family allow us to remain focused on sustainable operations, while also providing our environmentally conscious passengers with a more comfortable way to fly. Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we strive for more opportunities to reduce our impact to the environment.”   Source: In a rare bit of recent good news for Boeing, Vinay Dube, Akasa Air founder and CEO

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