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February 16, 2024

Airborne 02.16.24: SnF Constellation!, Drone Soccer, VTOL Challenge

 Also: Mandatory CVR Upgrades?, Joby Air Taxi, Hartzell in India, Tuskegee NEXT Summer Program

 
 
A rare appearance by the Lockheed VC-121A “MacArthur Bataan” is scheduled for this year's Sun 'n Fun 2024, granting attendees a chance to see one of the last 2 survivors of the type. MacArthur Bataan, manufactured in 1948, cuts a familiar cold war figure as a classic rendition of a 4-engined prop airliner. The quintessentially post-war design language has yet to be seen again, with a distinctive tri-tail design, sloping roofline, rounded wing, and 4 monstrous radial engines. The Academy of Model Aeronautics reiterated a partnership it's held iwth the US Drone Soccer program, drawing additional attention to the group's STEM-focuse

Aerobility Returns with Armchair Airshow

Blackbushe Air Day Performances Available Worldwide

British disability support org Aerobility announced another iteration of "Aerobility Live", a livestreamed version of its performance from Blackbushe Airport. The livestreaming aspect is a new addition to their yearly tradition, a twist that came courtesy of COVID-era lockdowns that is now here to stay. This year will see the return of a live audience, adding some helpful sense of background energy and vitality to the performance. Aerobility Live will take place simultaneously alongside Blackbushe Air Day, with the crew sporting a site to display the streaming show around the world.

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AMA Embarks on Drone Soccer Tourney

Academy of Model Aeronautics Publicizes US Drone Soccer Partnership

The Academy of Model Aeronautics reiterated a partnership it's held iwth the US Drone Soccer program, drawing additional attention to the group's STEM-focused educational opportunities. The AMA boosted a statement from USDS announcing preparations for the first District Championships next month, marking off a big milestone in the fledgling activity organization. Americans already have something to be proud of, as the winners of the recent FAI F9A Drone Soccer Open International World Cup Qualifier hailed from Long Beach, California's Sato Academy. The US National Team took 1st and 2nd place.

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FAA Publishes SNF 2024 Procedures

Procedures, Restrictions and More Give SUN 'N FUN Attendees Plenty of Homework

The FAA has published the notice and preflight info for this year's Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, getting aviators ready for a jaunt down to Lakeland, Florida. The notice establishes arrival and departure procedures from April 8th to the 14th, with more than a few changes to normal traffic patterns in effect. To ensure clear and concise comms with ATC, the FAA says, pilots should carry a copy of the notice aboard their aircraft at all times. Daily airshows will preclude arrival traffic until ~45 minutes after they finish, and the airport is fully closed after the night airshow. Flagmen and radio frequencies are quite likely to make an appearance once again.

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Illinois Aviation Academy to Host Tuskegee NEXT's Summer Program

Summer Camp Comes to Spartans Home

Tuskegee NEXT, a 501c3 non-profit, has found a host for its Summer Aviation Program at the Illinois Aviation Academy. The opportunity is aimed at individuals from underprivileged backgrounds from 18 to 20, offering them a free training program to break into the aviation world. The no-cost program has seen the majority of its prior cadets move on to complete a solo flight, with almost just as many obtaining their PPL.

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NASA Announces UltraViolet EXplorer Mission

New Imagery Explorer to Look at the Galaxy in UV

A new NASA mission to examine the breadth of spaceborne ultraviolet light will take the form of a Medium-Class Explorer and space telescope under the UltraViolet EXplorer or UVEX program. The endeavor is targeted to launch in 2030 as the next astrophysics-focused mission from the agency. The finished UVEX is expected to pivot quickly between sudden sources of ultraviolet light in the universe, capturing the explosions that follow bursts of gravitational waves that follow the merging of neutron stars.

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FAA Issues ERAU Researcher Grant for Improving Pilot Assessment

Next-Gen Grading Tools Will Look to Assess More Ineffable Aspects of Pilotage

An FAA grant to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University staff is expected to help "develop more effective training programs that integrate pilots’ technical skills, such as operating aircraft controls, and non-technical skills, like decision-making and CRM." The work will be spearheaded by Barbara Holder, a Presidential Fellow at the school. She sat to speak about the million-dollar grant with ERAU marketing staff, describing her team's 3-year study in both purpose and outlook.

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Orlan-30 UAV Shown Off at World Defense Show 2024

Russian Drone Presents Latest and Greatest of Oriental UAV Design

The World Defense Show in Saudi Arabia made the first to break cover on the Rosoboronexport Orlan-30 UAS, a kit that provides multiple drones and their accompanying control and logistics systems. The Orlan-30 suite includes 4 containers, housing a pair of uncrewed aircraft, a launching device, and a ground remote control station. The whole thing includes all the necessary spares, accessories, and pieces needed to support operations, save for any boutique sensor systems desired by the end user.

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.08.24: Pilot Shortage?, VR Sim, U/L Instructors

Also: Retirement Age?, Jazz Aviation, Merger Woes, ITPS Selection

ALPA is touting updated data from the FAA showing the agency issued 11,225 airline pilot certificates (ATP-MELs) during the 2023 calendar year, exceeding analyst forecasts and airline demand for new aviators. This is the second year in a row that pilot production numbers are breaking records. In addition to the impressive pilot production numbers, the number of certified flight instructors totaled 93,567, a nearly 20 percent increase over 2019. Loft Dynamics (formerly VRM Switzerland) has opened its first Virtual Reality Flight Simulation Hub at its North American headquarters, loca

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.08.24: Pilot Shortage?, VR Sim, U/L Instructors

Also: Retirement Age?, Jazz Aviation, Merger Woes, ITPS Selection

ALPA is touting updated data from the FAA showing the agency issued 11,225 airline pilot certificates (ATP-MELs) during the 2023 calendar year, exceeding analyst forecasts and airline demand for new aviators. This is the second year in a row that pilot production numbers are breaking records. In addition to the impressive pilot production numbers, the number of certified flight instructors totaled 93,567, a nearly 20 percent increase over 2019. Loft Dynamics (formerly VRM Switzerland) has opened its first Virtual Reality Flight Simulation Hub at its North American headquarters, located at

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Classic Aero-TV: The New Murphy Radical - Updating A Classic SportPlane Program

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Updating A Classic SportPlane Program…

Murphy Aircraft introduced a new airplane at Sun 'n Fun in April; The Murphy Radical. Tyler Penner, General Manager & Sales for Murphy Aircraft Manufacturing, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the Murphy Radical is a Super STOL aircraft, and it is "an absolute rocket, it just wants to fly." The Murphy Radical has an 1,100 pound empty weight, and a wingspan of 36 feet. It is powered by a Titan IOX-370 engine developing 209 horsepower. Penner said that with a

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NTSB Prelim: Lockwood Air Cam

(Aircraft) Impacted A 197 Ft Meteorological Evaluation Tower (MET)

On January 29, 2024, at 1441 central standard time, a Lockwood Air Cam, N315GW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ranchitos Las Lomas, Texas. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to family members, the pilot often conducted flights above the family ranch in his helicopter before he finished building the Air Cam in September 2023. Since September, the pilot flew the airplane 93.7 hours with many of the flights conducted around the family ranch.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.24)

Aero Linx: International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) International Association of Missionary Aviation (IAMA) is comprised of individuals, schools, and ministry organizations. We seek to encourage a spirit of collaboration and cooperation between organizations as they serve Christ around the world. Take a moment to visit our pages to learn more about us and about how you can be a part of our organization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.24): Offshore/Control Airspace Area

Offshore/Control Airspace Area That portion of airspace between the U.S. 12 NM limit and the oceanic CTA/FIR boundary within which air traffic control is exercised. These areas are established to provide air traffic control services. Offshore/Control Airspace Areas may be classified as either Class A airspace or Class E airspace.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.16.24)

“Aerobility Live was initially born out of the necessity of public events being banned as a result of the pandemic. In the years following, we have been able to build on our original idea, and in 2024 we are so excited to have a live audience as well as one online... Whether you are an aviation enthusiast or not there will be something for everyone. By watching the show at home or in person, you will be supporting the important work that we do all year round.” Source: CEO Mike Miller-Smith, of British disability support org Aerobility, explaining the rationale behind a new effort as it announced another iteration of "Aerobility Live", a livestreamed version of its performance from Blackbushe Airport. 

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