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January 23, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 01.23.24: Electrifying FL, eVTOL Symposium, 1st ZEROe Fuel Cell

 Also: Surf Air Mobility, Joby Signs with Atlantic, HAMR Drone, Euro AAM Report

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 program for the Vertical Flight Society's Transformative Vertical Flight symposium has been published, giving structure to the 3-day program. The schedule will include 3 main events, including the 6th Decennial VFS Aeromechanics Specialists' Conference, the 11th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, and the Short Course on Electric VTOL Design. Airbus completed its first powered ground test using its prototype hy

Dynon and EAA Come to Homebuilders Week

Sport Aviation Experts Offer Know-How for Free, but Space is Limited

The Experimental Aviation Association is holding its online Homebuilders Week, with seminars and courses held online with select industry partners. This week, Dynon Avionics and Advanced Flight Systems will be holding two sessions of their own, giving registrants a chance to learn from the manufacturers themselves - all for free. It's a nice benefit to being a part of the EAA family, but anyone can register for the free seminars. Space is limited, however, and registration is required in order to virtually attend.

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NetJets Row Increases in Pitch with New Accusations

NJASAP Fires Back at Management Allegations of Wildcat Actions

NetJets management has issued a letter to the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots alleging that "the Union had condoned or encouraged pilots to engage in a work slowdown in an attempt to negatively impact the Fractional's operations." NJASAP fired back at the allegations over the weekend, asserting that they were not, as management says, "'spiking"'fatigue rates, increasing the frequency of documenting maintenance issues on aircraft and refusing to voluntarily extend their duty days.' They responded to the allegations with three overarching points.

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Montaer Expands Factory with 17,500 Square Feet

Expansion Presages Increased Production for Brazilian Facility

Montaer is doubling down on growth with 17,500 square feet of additional factory space, building on the momentum of their MC series of aircraft. The company will sport the new assembly and integration sections of the Montaer production line, allowing them to build to their target of 24 MC-01 aircraft in 2024. The expansion will hopefully empower them on their march through the USA, Asian, and European markets, additionally helped- along by the 4-seat MC-04. Their recent collaborations set them up nicely, with outside brands to help provide additional parts and equipment like DUC propellers, Rotax engines, and Warp Drive props.

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T-7A Red Hawk Parachute System For Ejection Seat Undergoing Testing

The Air Force Notes That 'Ejection Seats Are A Critical System For Fighter And Trainer Aircraft' (No Kidding...).  

USAF's Life Cycle Management Center’s Mobility and Training Aircraft Directorate reports that it has successfully tested the ACES 5 Escape System Drogue chute that will be installed on the T-7A Red Hawk trainer aircraft. “We’re testing a possible new use of the ejection seat drogue chute,” said Dr. Dan Mountjoy, T-7A Crew Systems Lead Engineer with the directorate’s T-7A Program Office.

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FAA Posts Super Bowl Cautions

It's THAT Time Of Year... Again

The FAA notes that GA pilots flying near Las Vegas from Feb. 7-12, 2024, 'must be aware' of TFRs, follow special air traffic procedures, and comply with additional operational requirements that will be in effect for Super

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Heartening BLS Job Numbers Show a Healthy Industry

31 Straight Months of Growth End November with 12.5% Growth Over Pre-Pandemic Levels

The US Bureau of Transportation updated data for 2023, showing that US Cargo and Passenger Airlines gained nearly 2,000 jobs in November 2023. Employment now remains 8.8% above pre-pandemic hiring levels from November 2019, with a total of 814,190 in the industry. That's up 0.2% since the preceding month, and 12.5% higher since the before-times.

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IADA Publishes 2023 Pre Owned Biz Plane Market Overview

Industry Continues to Normalize From Post-Pandemic Highs and Lows

The International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) published its 2023 report showing a fairly healthy preowned business aircraft market, but a modestly pessimistic member attitude. In the IADA member survey, they found that 75% of respondents expect that "Mid-Size and larger jet pricing will fall and that inventories will continue to rise over the next 6 months". The biggest pricing shifts are expected to occur "at the top of the market in the Large and Ultra-Long-Range Jet Category."

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Classic Aero-TV: The Workhorse Surefly-A Different Approach to Future Rotorcraft

From 2017 (YouTube Version): SureFly Hopes To Put A Manned Quadcopter In Your Driveway…

A prototype of the SureFly, a personal helicopter/VTOL aircraft, was on display in the Innovation Center at AirVenture Oshkosh in July. The aircraft is being designed by The Workhorse Group, a technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation sector. Alan Arkus, R&D Mechanical Engineer for Workhorse, developer of the SureFly aircraft, told Aero-News editor Tom Patton that the company wants to bring helicopter technology to a broader audience with an aircraft that is easier to fly than a traditional ro

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-18A 150

(Pilot) Performed A Forced Landing To A Flat Snow-Covered Field Short Of The Approach End Of Runway 30

On December 29, 2023, about 1200 central standard time, a Piper PA-18A 150, N2774P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Vermillion, South Dakota. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, the airplane was on final for runway 30 at the Harold Davidson Field Airport (VMR), when the engine lost power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.24)

Aero Linx: International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Associations (IFATSEA) unites the professional associations of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel (ATSEPs) from around the world. IFATSEA is the authoritative voice on the competence of air traffic safety electronics personnel. Using our strong global network, we actively contribute to the improvement of air traffic safety performance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.24): Very High Frequency (VHF)

Very High Frequency (VHF) The frequency band between 30 and 300 MHz. Portions of this band, 108 to 118 MHz, are used for certain NAVAIDs; 118 to 136 MHz are used for civil air/ground voice communications. Other frequencies in this band are used for purposes not related to air traffic control.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.24)

"The completion of our new hangar by the end of February and the factory annex by July represents a major leap in our production capabilities and our commitment to continue delivering quality light sport aircraft to our customers. Our partnerships and these new facilities are pivotal in our journey towards setting new standards in the aviation industry." Source: Part of a statement announcing a major commitment by Montaer Aircraft in which they will be expanding their US presence dramatically. 

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