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November 03, 2023

Airborne 11.03.23: F1 Airport Fee$$$, ASR-Pioneer Chap 11, Pathfinder 1 Airship

 Also: Protective Boot for uAvionix, Wisconsin CAP Cadets, 5G Guidance, Aero-TV: 'Mr. Regulation'

 
 
The Arizona Pilots Association set forth in a communique that the entirety of Las Vegas, Nevada’s general aviation airports—Harry Reid International (LAS), Henderson Executive (HSH), and North Las Vegas (VGT)—will require all general aviation aircraft arriving during the time period spanning 14 through 20 November 2023 to secure reservations/prior permission and pay a $3,000 arrival fee. Pioneer Aerospace Corporation, d.b.a. ASR-Pioneer, has declared chapter 11 bankruptcy and is seeking to sell the company under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. The parachute manufacturer is a collection of companies, including Pioeer

Pioneer Aerospace, dba ASR-Pioneer, Enters Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Parachute Company Was Formerly Known as Aviation Safety Resources

Pioneer Aerospace Corporation, d.b.a. ASR-Pioneer, has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is seeking to sell the company under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. The parachute manufacturer is a collection of companies, including Pioneer and Strong Parachutes, taken under the wing by former parent Aviation Safety Resources, when it was run by former Boss, Larry Williams... who was booted from the company last year and reportedly suing them for damages. 

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CAP Sets Flight-Time Record in Fiscal 2023

USAF Auxiliary Tops 100,000 Hours Aloft

The Civil Air Patrol set a new record for cadet orientation flight hours in fiscal 2023, with CAP pilots totaling 14,451-hours aloft with their young passengers—an increase of 19.5-percent over the 12,096-hour figure set in fiscal 2022. The previous high for orientation flight hours, set in fiscal 2018, was 14,101.  The record total helped CAP break the one-hundred-thousand-hour flight mark for the first time since 2017. Pilots logged 101,446 flying hours for all missions in fiscal 2023, up seven-percent over the previous year's total of 95,242.

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Airborne 10.25.23: Whitaker To Lead FAA, 117NM eVTOL Flt, Student Attacks Planes

Also: uAvionix Acquires Iris, Air Methods BK, Aviation War Insurers, World Drone Racing Champ's

The U.S. The Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Mike Whitaker to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration... Occurring after more than 550 days without a permanent leader at the FAA. Now... he gets to oversee a national Airspace System that comprises the world’s most complex aviation system while overseeing more than 45,000 flights a day and almost 3 million airline passengers. And... hopefully, the Private pilot will do this without ignoring Sport and General Aviation. An eVTOL aircraft developed by BETA

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Aero-TV: The Life Aquilae

An Eagle by Any Other Name

Originally developed as the Yuma by Alisport, an Italian aircraft manufacturer based in the Northern Italian city of Cremella, the Aquilae (ACK-will-lay) is a kit-built, STOL-capable, Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) distributed in the U.S. by Kent, Illinois-based North American Eagle. Aquilae is the Latin term for Eagle. As implied by its eligibility for certification as an LSA, the Aquilae’s maximum gross weight is 1,320-pounds. The aircraft is powered by a one-hundred-horsepower normally-aspirated, carbureted, four-cylinder, four-stroke, liquid-and-air-cooled, Rotax 912 ULS engine.

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AE Industrial Partners Takes Controlling Interest in Yingling Aviation

Florida Investment Firm Buys Into Successful Wichita MRO

AE Industrial Partners, LP (AEI), a U.S.-based private equity firm specializing in aerospace, defense & government services, space, power & utility services, and specialty industrial markets, has acquired a majority interest in Yingling Aviation, a provider of Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Fixed-Base Operator (FBO) services to customers in the U.S. business aviation and government sectors. Yingling Aviation chairman and CEO Lynn Nichols and President Andrew Nichols will remain attached to the company. The transaction’s terms were not disclosed.

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Airborne 10.25.23: Whitaker To Lead FAA, 117NM eVTOL Flt, Student Attacks Planes

Also: uAvionix Acquires Iris, Air Methods BK, Aviation War Insurers, World Drone Racing Champ's

The U.S. The Senate has voted unanimously to confirm Mike Whitaker to serve as the next Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration... Occurring after more than 550 days without a permanent leader at the FAA. Now... he gets to oversee a national Airspace System that comprises the world’s most complex aviation system while overseeing more than 45,000 flights a day and almost 3 million airline passengers. And... hopefully, the Private pilot will do this without ignoring Sport and General Aviation. An eVTOL aircraft developed by BETA

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Brian Foley Associates Brokers Baldwin Sale to Portside

Safety & Compliance Concern Changes Hands

Portside, a leading innovator in technology and software solutions for business and government aviation, acquired Baldwin Safety & Compliance. This strategic move was aimed at augmenting Portside’s comprehensive suite of tools and technology that empower nearly one-thousand aviation organizations in more than thirty countries.

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Sporty’s Partners with LIFT Academy

LIFT Students to be Provided Sporty’s Training Materials

Sporty’s has partnered with LIFT Academy to provide the former’s award-winning, online training courses to students engaged in flight training at the latter. The collaboration grants LIFT Academy’s students access to a range of valuable learning resources, including Sporty’s Learn To Fly Course, Instrument Rating Course, Commercial Pilot Course, and Garmin G1000 Checkout Course. Proven and popular, Sporty’s learning tools have been utilized by generations of aviators. Each course includes hours of 4k video comprising flight deck perspectives and sophisticated 3D animations. 

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Polish Military Takes Delivery of AW149 Helicopters

Whispers of Trouble to Come

The land forces of the Eastern European nation of Poland have taken delivery of two Leonardo AW149 helicopters. The medium multi-role machines were handed over during a 30 October 2023 ceremony at the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The deliveries derive of a July 2022 contract that included logistics, training, and simulator packages. The logistics package includes stocks of spare and consumable parts and ground-handling equipment. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training for AW149 pilots and technical personnel, and the delivery of a set of advanced simulators and associated training equipment.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech A36

Airplane Landed On Runway 17 And Was Rolling Out When The Right Wing Struck The Grounds  Worker, Resulting In Fatal Injuries

On September 29, 2023, about 1415 central daylight time, a Beech A36 airplane, N9379Q, was involved in an accident while landing at the Broken Bow Airport (90F), near Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The pilot was not injured. An airport grounds worker was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to initial reports, a grounds worker was mowing the grass along the west side of the runway 17 at 90F and was travelling toward the south. The airplane landed on runway 17 and was rolling out when the right wing struck the grounds worker, resulting in fat

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Alpha Unmanned Systems Granted CAE Certificate

Spanish UAS Concern’s A900 Platform Granted Official Nod

The A900 system from Alpha Unmanned Systems(AUS), acquired by the Dirección General de Armamento y Material (DGAM) for the Matacán Schools Group (GRUEMA), has successfully completed the process of obtaining its Certificate of Airworthiness for Experimentation (CAE). Subject certificate has been issued by the Deputy Directorate General of Inspection, Regulation, and Defense Industrial Strategy (INREID) and authorizes the Alpha Unmanned Systems’ A900 to be operated as an aircraft within the fleet of aircraft belonging to Spain’s Armed Forces.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.03.23)

Aero Linx: Ercoupe Owners Club We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally  followed. The members of the Ercoupe Owners Club provide each other mutual support as we keep these classic aircraft in the air. Along the way, we've found that Coupe people are a little bit special, themselves. Please browse our site and enjoy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.03.23): Light Gun

Light Gun A handheld directional light signaling device which emits a brilliant narrow beam of white, green, or red light as selected by the tower controller. The color and type of light transmitted can be used to approve or disapprove anticipated pilot actions where radio communication is not available. The light gun is used for controlling traffic operating in the vicinity of the airport and on the airport movement area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.03.23)

“Our company has filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. We are pursuing a sale of the company under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. This was a difficult choice to make but we are hopeful to come out better on the other side.” Source: From a statement sent to ANN by a Pioneer Aerospace/ASR-Pioneer spokesperson about the company's bankruptcy filing. The same person attempted to coerce ANN into not reporting the story. 

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