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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

CBP Renews Expedited Hiring Authority To Hire 200 Air Interdiction Pilots

Air Interdiction Agent Position Is Open To Pilots With A Minimum Of 1,500 Flight Hours (Though, 500 Hours Can Be Waived)

CBP has reported that their Direct-Hire Authority to hire 200 air interdiction agents has been extended through Jan. 30, 2026. “Air interdiction agents conduct airborne surveillance to detect and deter the movements of illegal narcotics and the trafficking of human beings across our borders,” said Executive Assistant Commissioner for Air and Marine Operations Jonathan P. Miller. “Our agents work in collaboration with our partners at CBP and dozens of international, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to safeguard our homeland, support search and rescue activities, and conduct security missions for events designated as National Special Security Events, such as the recent Super Bowl.”

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Registration Still Open for Air Race Classic

Route Announced, Running from Carbondale, Illinois to Loveland Colorado on 11-State Trip

Women from across the country and around the world will take off on June 18th from the Southern Illinois Airport in Carbondale, Illinois as they strike out on a 2,628-statute mile competition across 11 states. They'll pull into the station a few days later, on Friday, June 21st when they show up at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Loveland, Colorado. It will make the 47th year the Air Race Classic has been open since getting its start as the Powder Puff Derby or Women's Air Derby in 1929.

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Digging Into The War Chest... WestJet Encore Pilots Receive $1 Million Grant

Aero-Politics Continues To Have Its Challenges... 

Following a vote by ALPA's Executive Board, the WestJet Encore pilot group received a $1 million grant from ALPA’s “war chest,” known as the Major Contingency Fund (MCF). This funding will reportedly go a long way in supporting the WestJet Encore pilots in their self-help efforts, which could begin as early as April 17, 2024, should conciliation fail to result in a ratified agreement between the pilots and WestJet Encore management.

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Airborne 03.01.24: Burt Rutan Returns!, Reno Replacements, RIP Ingenuity

Also: Odysseus Lander Lying Prone, HAL Rebrands, Enstrom Adds AC, Hartzell Bumps Up Warranty

The (truly) legendary Burt Rutan will return to Oshkosh in 2024 with appearances and forums coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his VariEze canard aircraft design. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 is July 22-28 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Rutan, an EAA Lifetime member for more than 50 years, made his first big splash at Oshkosh in 1972 with the VariViggen, which brought canard design to the homebuilt community. The Reno Air Racing Association folks have disclosed the top three locations in the running to become the future home of the National Championship Air Races (NCAR). The three finalist cities are Casper, Wyo., Pueblo, Colo. and Roswell, N.M. Ingenuity, the Mars Helicopter, flew its last earlier this year, terminating a flight with an uncommanded and premature landing with telemetry cutting off soon after. It was unknown exactly what ha

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Airborne-Flight Training 02.29.24: ABS Training, SWA-Flyhouse, UTI-Miramar

Also: GAMA 3.6% Rise, Daher Internships, JetBlue Pilots, Set Jet Kaput

The American Bonanza Society has announced it will wind back on in-person educational events, ending its direct participation in real-life flight training. The group said that it decided to pivot away from flight training after a year of member study, looking directly at what educational resources saw the most demand in the group. As it happens, flight training wasn't nearly as popular as internet-based offerings. FlyHouse has partnered with the Southwest Airlines Destination 225° Pilot Pathways Program. Destination 225° is a springboard at Southwest for those seeking an aviation career. Budding pilots who aspire to fly in the right seat at Southwest Airlines must complete required coursework, flight training, and all regulatory requirements to apply for their commercial pilot's licenses. Universal Technical Institute has received FAA approval for its Airframe and Powerp

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 02.27.24: Drone Arrest, Wisk-TX Air Taxi, New Glenn

Also: 800 Drones 4 Ukraine, Scheibel Wins, More Balloonacy, Collier Trophy Nom's

An enterprising Pennsylvania man has been making a living by offering his drone services to local deer hunters, tracking down the game they hit in an effort to make good on their kills (and eliminate undue suffering to some animals)  - a job the state arrested him for. Wisk Aero has entered into a partnership with the City of Sugar Land, Texas, to bring their electric, 12-engine VTOL aircraft to taxi service in the area. Wisk has been hard at work pursuing regulatory approval for their 4-seat, 6th generation air taxi, looking forward to starting Part 135 passenger operations within a handful of years. Blue Origin's New Glenn vehicle was successfully rolled out and upended for the first time, this week, on the pad at Launch Complex 36 (LC-36). The upending is one in a series of major manufacturing and integrated test milestones in preparation for New Glenn&r

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Airborne 02.28.24: Switchblade Update, Spy Balloon, Avidyne Goes R/W

Also: Genesys AP on E-480B, Seaplane Mishap, B-29 Doc Resked, Mississippi ANG AH-64 Down

The team behind the Switchblade 'flying car' has updated their fanbase on the aircraft's current state, describing their recent issues, challenges, and desires for the program. The most recent news pertains primarily to polishing certain aspects of the design, less than a year after they first completed a successful test flight. Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) is demanding answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray on the agency’s knowledge of, and analysis performed on, the Chinese spy balloon that traveled more than 4,000 miles across the United States just over a year ago. Issa’s letter was sent as a response to the Biden Administration’s refusal to disclose any findings from the Bureau’s examination of the balloon after it was shot down by the Air Force. Avidyne is starting HAI with the news that their partner, U.K.-based Horizon De

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Teaming Up... Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Embry-Riddle Look To AAM

Partnership Is Conducting A Systematic Evaluation Of The Impact of AAM Vehicles

Researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University tell us that they are conducting a systematic evaluation of the impact of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles, such as air taxis and autonomous air delivery aircraft, on airport operations at Orlando International Airport. The project, which uses advanced simulation modeling, is a collaboration between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA), which operates and manages Orlando International Airport; Embry-Riddle’s College of Aviation; and the university’s Center for Aerospace Resilient Systems (CARS). The study will consider how to increase safety and air traffic flow efficiency with the integration of AAM aircraft into existing airport operations.

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Airborne 02.26.24: Onerous Piper AD, AEA LIVE Coverage, Belgian F-16 Demos

Also: More Balloonacy, Collier Trophy Nom's, Daher Internships, New Glenn Debut

Over-reach, maybe? EAA and the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) have both filed comments opposing a sweeping airworthiness directive (AD) proposed by the FAA affecting almost every high-wing vintage Piper aircraft. The AD would require rudders built of 1025 carbon steel to be replaced with new rudders made from 4130N low-alloy steel. It’s THAT time of year... and we’re just weeks away from ANN’s annual LIVE webcast of the uber-exciting Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show... where ALL the real cool things in the avionics world are seen for the first time... and again, we’re doing this live. Starting at 0830 Central Time, on Monday, March 19th, ANN will start programming LIVE from Dallas, TX, and will offer FIRST looks at upwards of 30 or so companies participating in the ever-exciting ‘New Product Introduction&rs

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Sun, Mar 03, 2024

Klyde Morris (03.01.24)

Klyde Notes That Once Again, Reality Has No Place in Flight Simulation

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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