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November 18, 2023

Coulson Fire Nabs Contract with Chile

3-Year Deal Stations C-130H and Citation 550 for Forest Fires

Coulson Aviation will be putting a unit of its C-130H Hercules Large AirTankers on station with local partner BRYSA to fulfill a 3-year contract with the Chilean National Forest Corporation. “We are honored to continue supporting Chile with our aircraft,” said Britton Coulson, President of Coulson Aviation. “We have been successfully fighting fires in Chile for the past three years with our Boeing CH-47D’s and Lockheed C-130H’s with great success. This new contract solidifies Coulson’s presence with the largest airtanker in the country. It also recognizes the value our C-130 and Citation 550 working together to provide an efficient and productive aeri

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DeltaHawk Unveils Hydrogen Engine Program

2-Stroke Engine Tech May Prove Decisive Edge Against Legacy ICE Engine Designs

DeltaHawk Engines has completed the simulation analysis of a new hydrogen-powered variant of its proven engine family. The testing evidently proved promising enough to move forward into real-world prototyping, using the brand's "highly adaptable engine architecture" with a range of up-and-coming hydrogen fuels. DeltaHawk sees their current design as an excellent host for next-gen sustainable power, offering "reduced development costs and time to market, as well as higher durability and cost effectiveness due to its more mature technology."

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Airborne 11.10.23: 1st Flts: B-21 Raider and Samson Sky, Virgin Galactic Layoffs

Also: PSA Offering 250K Bonuses, Frank Borman Goes West, 4K Days on Mars, Blimp Hgr Fire, Ornge PC-12s

Introduced to the public in late 2022, the next-generation B-21 Raider flying-wing bomber has flown. The B-21, of which 100 are expected to be produced, is eventually destined to replace both the B-2 Spirit and the B-1 Lancer. The B-21's much anticipated first flight started with a departure from Northrop's development center at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. Samson Sky followed up on its recent testing with its longest voyage to date, sending their Switchblade prototype up for more than 6 full minutes aloft. The development is great n

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Hawaii Sees New Jet Center at Onizuka Kona

Big Island Jet Center Sports 9 Acres of Space to Refuel Anything Under the Sun

The Hawaiian Islands have a new option for travel in the form of the Big Island Jet Center at Kailua-Kona’s Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (PHKO). The new location will be open to guests apart from December 14, though a "soft opening" in the week of December 7th will help staff shake things down before things kick up in earnest. The 7,500-sq ft FBO sports all the expected amenities of a modern 'jet center', with a characteristically Hawaiian addition in the form of a gorgeous patio complex to sit and watch the traffic go by.

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1st DA50 RG in Middle East Finds New Home

Customer Interest Showing the 300-Hp Retractable Some of the Best Diamond’s Ever Made

The attractive, sleek, and technical DA50RG has been tendered to a longtime Diamond customer in the Middle East, making him the first in the region to fly the latest and greatest from the brand. The owner, Aviation Home Qatar, has worked their way up through the catalog, enjoying nearly everything on offer from the Austrians. The sober design philosophy and well-sorted pilot accouterments have always proved popular with clientele, capped off by futuristic looks and solid performance.

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Airborne 11.10.23: 1st Flts: B-21 Raider and Samson Sky, Virgin Galactic Layoffs

Also: PSA Offering 250K Bonuses, Frank Borman Goes West, 4K Days on Mars, Blimp Hgr Fire, Ornge PC-12s

Introduced to the public in late 2022, the next-generation B-21 Raider flying-wing bomber has flown. The B-21, of which 100 are expected to be produced, is eventually destined to replace both the B-2 Spirit and the B-1 Lancer. The B-21's much anticipated first flight started with a departure from Northrop's development center at Plant 42 in Palmdale, California. Samson Sky followed up on its recent testing with its longest voyage to date, sending their Switchblade prototype up for more than 6 full minutes aloft. The development is great n

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Volocopter Nails 1st eVTOL Air Taxi Flight in NYC

Showcase Adds to Sustainable Brand's Bonafides

Volocopter completed its first flight test out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in New York City using a crewed Volocopter 2X. The test took place at a showcase of sustainable travel tech hosted by the Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, along with the city's Economic Development Corporation. The Volocopter 2X got to be a star of the event, having conducted actual flights in some of the busiest, most populated cities on Earth.

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Delta Union Plays Host to Labor Coalition

45,000 Nonunion Workers Represented at Unofficial Delta Summit

The Delta MEC played host to a meeting with fellow stakeholders, employees, and organizers to go over the state of the industry ahead of the 2023 holiday season. Delta pilots’ contract update last spring made it the envy of the industry for a brief time, and the Master Executive Council sought to carry that momentum into the rest of the company family in a recent meeting with heads of other employee groups. The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA-CWA), the International Association of Machinists Aerospace Workers (IAM) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters each had representatives on hand to speak with the coalition.

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Boeing Makes Sale for 90 Aircraft to SunExpress

Turkish Carrier Doubling its Collection of 737 MAXes

SunExpress, a combined business venture of Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, went on a shopping spree for some more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, signing a deal for up to 90 of the type at the recent Dubai Airshow. Turkey's "leading leisure carrier" will more than double its fleet into the next decade. The new sale agreement is firm on 28 737-8s and 17 737-10s. Options allow for up to 45 more 737 MAX family aircraft, should SunExpress choose to exercise them. That stands apart from their existing order for 42 aircraft, 9 of which joined the fleet already.

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Classic Aero-TV: Up Close And Personal - The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team at Oshkosh

From 2014 (YouTube Version): One Of The Airshow World's Pre-Eminent Formation Teams Chats About The State Of The Industry

At EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN News Editor Tom Patton gets the inside scoop about the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. Patton talked with AeroShell acrobatic pilot Steve Gustafson to find out how things were going at AirVenture this year and to get a little background information about the team. In this video you’ll see Gustafson address such issues as airshow safety and the general state of the airshow business. He acknowledg

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172

The Airplane Turned Through 540° And Reached 6,450 Ft Before It Entered A Right Turning Spiral Descent

On August 4, 2023, at 2117 Atlantic standard time, a Cessna 172M, N13384, was presumed destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands (USVI). The commercial pilot and private pilot-rated copilot have not been located. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector the purpose of the flight was for the private pilot to accumulate additional hours for an instrument rating.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.18.23)

Aero Linx: Utah Back Country Pilots Association Through the sharing experiences, the UBCP has built upon a foundation of safe operating practices in some of the most challenging aspects of back country aviation. Because of the great initiative exercised by the UBCP Board Members of the past, airstrips such as Mexican Mountain, once sought to be closed, are open to the public today. The UBCP and its members endorse and exercise responsible use practices such as "Pack it in / Pack it out" and "Tread Lightly" as well as some of our own in-house programs. From hosting regular meetings, to back country fly-ins, and our random meet-ups on Fremont Island, the UBCP aims to build a community of back country a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.18.23): En Route High Altitude Charts

En Route High Altitude Charts Provide aeronautical information for en route instrument navigation (IFR) in the high altitude stratum. Information includes the portrayal of jet routes, identification and frequencies of radio aids, selected airports, distances, time zones, special use airspace, and related information.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.18.23)

“Environmental responsibility is a foundational pillar of our company. In the general aviation industry, our family of engines are creating a highly reduced net carbon footprint coupled with airborne lead removal, thanks in large part to their fuel efficiency and capability to burn next generation sustainable aviation fuels (SAF). Now, with our planned ability to expand our engine family to include variants that will utilize hydrogen fuel in aviation, commercial and military applications, we’ve taken another major step toward environmental sustainability, climate neutrality and a zero emissions future.”   Source: From a statement by Christopher Ruud, Chief Executive Officer of DeltaHawk, discussing the

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