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January 07, 2024

Midwest Eclipse Fly-In At Mount Vernon Outland Announced

Upcoming Solar Eclipse to Provide Rare Vistas Next April

Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, KMVN in Mt Vernon, Illinois, will be the home of the Midwest MVN Eclipse Homecoming, a free airshow at the LSA Expo Fave. The town sits smack dab in the middle of the total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8, 2024, when the moon blots out the sun for a brief 4-minute window. Mt Vernon locals invited “all Midwest LSA Expo attendees, Airventure Cup, Air Race Classic racers, KR, Ercoupe, Fly-Baby Builders & Flyers, Bonnie Aviator Club members, CAA members” and locals to attend.

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National Aeronautic Association Announces New Directors

NAA Heading Into 2024 With Fresh Faces from Blue Chips and Innovators

The National Aeronautic Association announced the election of a half dozen new members to its Board of Directors, bringing fresh blood from longtime titans of aerospace and hungry new startups alike. The new members include Darby Becker, of General Electric; Lauren Haertlein, of eVTOL manufacturer Joby Aviation; and Joan Higginbotham, of Ad Astra, LLC. (Ad Astra, in her case, is the Rocket Company, and not one of many similarly-named enterprises among the constellation of bay-area startups). Next, Billy Nolen, of eVTOL operation Archer Aviation; James Viola, of industry body Helicopter Association International; and Claudia Zapata-Cardone, of US carrier United Airlines roun

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Whirly Girls Announces 2024 Scholarships

'Record Breaking' Year On Hand for Women in Rotary Flight

Whirly-Girls International, a non-profit dedicated to advancing women's roles in the helicopter aviation industry, named recipients of its 2024 scholarship programs. The lucky winners will be awarded at the February 25th HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, where each will be given a moment of appreciation at the Whirly-Girls Annual Reception.

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SpaceX Completes Parachute Acquisition

Pioneer Aerospace Nestles into the Musk Family

Pioneer Aerospace has been officially acquired by SpaceX after its parent company's bankruptcy earlier this year. The change brings the former contractor into the SpaceX family, adding even more in-house know-how on a difficult and demanding area of spaceflight. Pioneer Aerospace has been the cheapest buy for their new owners so far, a scant 2.2 million dollars. That was a steal of sorts, thanks to the Chapter 11 filing from Pioneer's parent company Aviation Safety Resources.

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1st A350 Hull Loss Proves Costly for Insurers

2024 Not Starting Off on a Good Foot for the Bean Counters

JAL is in a tough spot after losing their Airbus A350 in the recent incident at Tokyo Haneda, with a $100 million price tag to clean up the mess. The carrier’s shiny new Airbus A350 was a total loss, though the wings don’t look all that worse for wear. Luckily for the airline, the aircraft will be covered under their all-cause insurance policy, all 15 billion yen worth. Those in the know believe that American insurer AIG is the lead on a $130 million policy. The coverage breaks down to a hull value of $117 million, and a $13 million total loss-only coverage.

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Caribbean Plane Crash Claims American Family

Actor Christian Oliver And Children Announced by Local Authorities

The Royal St Vincent and Grenadines Police Force identified the victims of a recent plane crash in Bequia, naming a local pilot Robert Sachs, Christian Klepser, and his 2 daughters. The group were killed when their Bellanca Viking went straight into the sea one mile West of Petit Nevis, just after takeoff from the JF Mitchell Airport in Paget Farm, Bequia on their way to St Lucia.

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Electronic Compass Calibration Suite Comes to EDMO

Simpler, Easier Compass Work Promised by Capital Avionics CA-420

EDMO has become a distributor of Capital Avionics' CA-420 Digital Sight Compass System, a "state-of-the-art portable magnetic heading standard" for testing and calibration.The CA-420 Compass Sensor system, and its accompanying accessories, allows operators to calibrate aircraft compasses without using old-fashioned equipment like painted compass roses or conventional sighting. The CA-420A Sensor is a highly sensitive instrument able to measure the direction of the Earth's magnetic field in 3 axes in addition to pitch and roll attitudes. Its included rechargeable battery powers an on-board sighting laser, and wi-fi wireless antenna to connect remotely to the included Samsung tablet.

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Airborne 12.29.23: Shoreham Pilot, Curious Icon TC, Ice v Remos

Also: Butterfly Prototype, New Airbus Toulouse Facility, New Haven Airport, Red Hawk Testing

The aviator whose airshow accident led to 11 deaths at a 2015 air show, has applied to the UK Civil Aviation Authority in the hopes of getting his license reinstated. The incident left a bad taste in many a British mouth, when Andrew Hill's Hawker Hunter jet crashed into a nearby highway during a failed loop maneuver. British media made quite a sensation of their over-hyped, breathless, coverage. Overpriced, offering meager performance, and burdened with a history of disappointment, have made it hard for those who inherited the Icon program to

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Classic Aero-TV: Czech Manufacturer Banks on Accelerated STOL

From 2022 (YouTube Version): Zlin’s Noble Savage Norden

SportairUSA, the Arkansas-based FAA certified Repair Station and aircraft and components distributor, has announced that the American version of Zlin’s new Savage Norden STOL aircraft has received FAA certification in the category of Special Light Sport Aircraft. Formerly and perhaps more widely known as Moravan Otrokovice— Zlin is a Czech aircraft manufacturer of light agricultural, aerobatic, and backcountry airplanes. The company’s Savage Norden is a largely clean-sheet, high-wing, STOL, aluminum monoplane designed for backcountry use. The machine&rsq

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172G

Flight Instructor Advised The Pilot Not To Return To 7S5 Because Of The Low Visibility 

On December 16, 2023, about 1654 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 172G airplane, N3992L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Independence, Oregon. The pilot and the two pilot-rated-passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the owner of the airplane, he allowed the pilot to use the airplane to gain his private pilot’s certificate and to continue using the airplane to gain his instrument rating and commercial certificate. According to the pilot’s flight instructor, the pilot explained to him that he and a pilot-ratedp

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.07.24)

Aero Linx: Society of Experimental Test Pilots To broaden professional relationships through the sharing of ideas and experiences which promote and enhance safety, communication and education. To prevent accidents and loss of life by improving safety, design and flight test of aerospace vehicles and their related systems. To provide a forum to disseminate information to those in the aerospace industry for the benefit of all aviation users.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.07.24): High Speed Taxiway

High Speed Taxiway A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up to 60 knots), from the runway center to a point on the center of a taxiway. Also referred to as long radius exit or turn-off taxiway. The high-speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.07.24)

“Our current Board of Directors comprises a dedicated team of industry leaders, and the new members bring visionary leadership and guidance to our organization. With a breadth of aerospace expertise and relationships from throughout the industry, the new directors will further guide our role in the future of aviation.” Source: Amy Spowart, President and CEO of the NAA, commenting on the election of a half dozen new members to its Board of Directors, bringing fresh blood from longtime titans of aerospace and hungry new startups alike.

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