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January 09, 2022

Bell 429 Passes 1/2 Million Flight Hours

Twin-Engine Helicopter Proving Itself In Global Use

Bell's 429 has passed another milestone with a cumulative 500,000 global fleet hours, a landmark for the multipurpose helicopter. More than 400 have been delivered to customers all over the world, serving as corporate ferry, air ambulance, survey, and utility aircraft. The lightweight and wide undertail clamshell doors made it a favorite for those operators needing cavernous interior space with an affordable, reliable propulsion system. The 429 has become a valuable workhorse for a number of prestigious rescue and law enforcement agencies, flying anywhere from the metropolitan New York landscape to the Swiss Alps.

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Planes of Fame Museum Rescued

Fire Halted Before Destroying Vintage Aircraft

The California location of the Planes of Fame Air Museum was narrowly rescued on January 5, when the combined efforts of local Chino Valley Fire District firefighters and an effective sprinkler system extinguished a fire within a nearby hangar at Chino Airport. The blaze was stopped before any direct damage could be done, said Museum Director Jerry Wilkins. The fire was reported around 5:30 in the evening, a fire taking place adjacent to 2 of the museum's parked aircraft. Wilkins said some contents of the hangar were burned, but a full assessment remains to be completed to discover the extent of the damage.

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CEO of MagniX Steps Down

After 4 Years With The Electric Aircraft Developer, Roei Ganzarski Moves On

Roei Ganzarski posted a notice to his Linkedin account that after 4 years with the electric aircraft company he would be ending his tenure. MagniX saw a number of milestones under his tutelage that he named in his farewell address, along with a brief recollection of his most memorable occasions. "I am so proud of what we were able to achieve during the last four years at magniX including, to name a few:" he began. He recalls "the world's first all-electric commercially-focused flights" with the company's electrically-propelled Cessna eCaravan and its later flight tests that saw the tester reach 8,000 feet. That aircraft made magniX the "first and still only propulsion

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Wings Over Whiteman 2022 Airshow Canceled

509th Bomb Wing Says Attention Better Placed on its Bomb-Slinging Readiness Duties

Whiteman Air Force Base canceled their Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show which was expected to be scheduled for June 2022. Air Force brass said the decision was made to allow their personnel to focus on their mission priorities. Putting on an airshow is an unnecessary distraction from their duties, said a statement from the 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office. "For now, Whiteman Air Force Base will focus our resources on executing nuclear operations and global strike…anytime, anywhere," said the wing at a time of tensions across the globe. The Whiteman show was a fan favorite for locals looking forward to seeing the 509th's B-2 Spirits in action.<

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Homestead Air Base Sees Friction With Wildlife Activists

Worries Arise Over Possible High-Intensity Cargo Ops

An airport slated to begin accepting General Aviation service is again the subject of debate in a continuation of the usual state of affairs for the region. Homestead Air Reserve Base has always been beset by local activists owing to its location between two national parks among the Florida wetlands. The airport stands near FedEx and Amazon businesses, increasing the value of adding to its utility. In years past, the Air Force had examined the viability of expansions into a commercial or public airport, ultimately blocked because of the territorial expansions needed to enter service. The nearby Miami Executive Airport lies 17 miles away, and the location of Homestead has long been eyed as a reli

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Klyde Morris (01.07.22)

Klyde Starts To Get The Point Of Virtual Reality


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Bell-Boeing Wins Osprey Maintenance Contract

$1.64 Billion Slated for Maintenance, Parts, Logistics, Repairs For V-22 Fleet

A joint venture between Bell Helicopter and Boeing has secured a contract for parts and components for the V-22 Osprey fleet. The Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support granted the job valued at $1.64 billion. The contract will support the V-22 in all its different guises in all arms, serving the Marine Corps, Navy, and Air force. The contract in its current form should be completed by December 2026. Bell-Boeing will provide for the repair, replacement, required availability, configuration management, and inventory management to support all 228 of the Ospreys in inventory across all its variants including the MV-22B, CMV-22, and CV-22.

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Classic Aero-TV: Aerovate Innovates – A Passive Variable Pitch Prop

From 2015: Aerovate's Kondor Shows Off A Unique Prop Technology

While at the 2014 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell came across something called a “passive variable pitch propeller.” Andrew Kondor, the president of Aerovate, Inc. accepted the task of explaining to Jim what it’s all about. He said it’s a propeller that changes pitch without the use of electronics or hydraulics. You’ll have to watch the video to get the full story, but Kondor explained it senses the load on the engine to make the adjustments in the propeller. The entire adjust

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Asian Business Aviation Expo Canceled

Simmering 'Omicron' Outbreak in China Means Lockdowns and Stringent Entry Restrictions Will Bar Many From Entry 

The website for ABACE 2022 was updated to notify prospective attendees of its third cancellation, formerly planned to take place from April 12-14, 2022. The NBAA and Shanghai Airport Authority may well have decided that the conditions leading up to the expo are not likely to remain stable amid COVID concerns throughout Asia. China’s border remains largely impassable to the average non-emergency tourist, requiring particular visas or citizenship to enter the country for the foreseeable future.  While the rationale given points attendee health, it's most likely that ABACE would be a ghost town if held under current gu

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NTSB Prelim: Piper Aircraft PA 28-140

National Weather Service Had Also Issued An AIRMET For Instrument Flight Rules Conditions

On December 8, 2021, about 1957 central standard time, a Piper PA 28-140 airplane, N3865K, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Houston, Texas. The student pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. There were no witnesses to the accident. Radar indicated the airplane departed the West Houston Airport (IWS) about 1955 and proceeded generally south-southwest. About 1.5 miles later the track showed a slight descending left turn and the groundspeed of the airplane increased.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.09.22)

Aero Linx: The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the U. S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex. UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems and has made remarkable contributions at the local, state, national, and global levels.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.09.22): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.09.22)

"This decision was not made lightly, as we know many of our service members, their families and our surrounding communities look forward to such an exciting event. We plan to devote the next few years to creating the best possible airshow experience for all participants and visitors in 2024.” Source: Colonel Daniel Diehl, 509th Bomb Wing commander, as Whiteman Air Force Base canceled their Wings Over Whiteman Air and Space Show which was expected to be scheduled for June 2022. Air Force brass said the decision was made to allow their personnel to focus on their mission priorities.

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