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July 21, 2023

Airborne 07.21.23: SureFly STC, Next FAA Admin?, Cessna Pistons

 Also: Aviation World Record, Enstrom@OSH23, New C-172 Engine Baffles, Oshkosh Press Conferences

 
 
SureFly Partners is about to announce that the FAA has approved use of the company’s  electronic-ignition solution on select four and six-cylinder Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. The STC approval authorizes installation of two SureFly Ignition Modules (“SIMs”) per-engine on a broad cross-section of aircraft piston engines. On the cusp of Oshkosh 2023, the FAA is still saddled with temporary leadership... and not all that expert, aviation-wise, to boot -- but then again, we’ve been there before. The Biden White House is making ready to name Mike Whitaker—a former FAA Deputy Administrator (2013-2

Priority Bushliner 1850 Positions Going Fast

Bushliner President Urges Haste

Bushliner Aircraft is a Washington State-based backcountry aircraft concern renowned for its wizardry with Cessna’s 180 and 185 airframes.Formerly known as the Cyclone 180, Bushliner’s 1850 is a highly-versatile and capable aircraft designed to excel in challenging operating conditions. Bushliner president Kyle G. Fosso has disseminated a letter setting forth priority pre-order positions for the company's 1850 model are going fast.

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Dan Moore to Attempt 'Kinda-Cool' Aviation World Record

Landings at the Most Airports in 24 Hours

In 2019, Dan Moore broke a Guinness World Record for landing at the Most Airports in 24 Hours at 92 airports. This year, Dan is attempting to land in 25-30 states in 24 hours, which is triple the current record of nine! And he will also be making this attempt as a SOLO pilot which will make it more difficult to top!

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Textron Invigorates Legacy Cessna Light Piston Aircraft

Textron,Textiles, and the Road Forward

Textron Inc., the Providence, Rhode Island-based conglomerate and parent company of Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Lycoming Engines, and Pipistrel, will presently supplement its Cessna 172 Skyhawk, 182 Skylane, 172TD Turbo Skyhawk, and 207TD Turbo Stationair HD aircraft models with a range of new, high-tech standard features and stylish interior design options—including modern and comfortable seating, updated instrument panels, and new exterior liveries.

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Biden May Nominate Obama-Era Official to Head FAA

Mike Whitaker to be Vetted by Senate—Possibly

The Biden White House is making ready to name Mike Whitaker—a former FAA Deputy Administrator (2013-2016) under Obama-era FAA boss Michael Huerta—its new nominee for the long-vacant, permanent FAA Administrator job.

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Hartzell Propeller Opens Online Flight Gear Store

Special EAA 2023 T-Shirts Announced

Hartzell Propeller has launched a new Hartzell Flight Gear Merch Store with a wide selection of Hartzell-branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, vests, polos, and hats. The new online store is the only place to purchase official Hartzell Propeller apparel and accessories.

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Rocket Lab Launches Satellites for Multiple Customers

Baby Come Back Mission Successful

Rocket Lab successfully launched seven satellites for NASA, Space Flight Laboratory, and Spire Global from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand. The Baby Come Back mission was Rocket Lab’s seventh launch for the year and the Company’s 39th Electron launch overall. In addition to delivering a flawless primary mission of deploying customer satellites to orbit, Rocket Lab completed a successful ocean splashdown and recovery of Electron’s first stage as part of the Company’s program to make Electron the world’s first reusable small rocket.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 07.13.23: NEW SportAv Expo, Scalebirds, Sonex Setback

Also: Kitfox Upgrades, Helicycle Update, Alto NG, SportPlane Resource Guide Update

There are strong indications that a new sport aviation event, still wavering between either a November or January timeframe (until they finish with industry surveys) will be announced during Oshkosh’s opening day... and one stunning detail bodes REALLY well for its potential for success. The event is being organized to be conducted at none other than Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL... While there are a number of SportPlane companies replicating quite a few historic military aircraft, only one is bringing the P-36 back to American skies. Scalebirds notes t

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Klyde Morris (07.17.23)

Everyone Has Their Role to Play, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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uAvionix pingStation In Use at U.K. Aerodrome

ADS-B Position Data System Approved by U.K. CAA

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has formally approved Manchester Barton Aerodrome’s (EGCB) ADS-B Flight Information Display (FID) utilizing the uAvionix pingStation to receive ADS-B position data from aircraft on the ground and flying in the vicinity of the airfield. The low-cost safety system provides real-time position data to air traffic staff operating in the tower and is the first ever FID approved for use in the UK under the CAA’s new FID regulations.

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McCauley Celebrates 85th Anniversary at EAA AirVenture

Reelin’ In the Years

McCauley Propeller Systems is celebrating its 85th anniversary at one of the industry’s biggest airshows, the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. McCauley will display the King Air 300 series propeller, Fixed Pitch and Constant Speed propellers and the Composite Denali propeller within the Textron Aviation booth during the show and celebrate the significant milestone with customers and employees throughout the week.

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Classic Aero-TV: The PB4Y-2 Privateer - A Priceless Aero-Treasure

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Oshkosh Reveals Many Treasures... Including Old Warbirds Full Of History

While at EAA AirVenture 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, ventured out to visit the warbirds and was attracted to a large four engine aircraft that is a variation of the World War II Consolidated B-24. It turns out to be the world’s only flyable PB4Y-2, Privateer, which is a U.S. Navy version of the B-24. To get the full scoop about the airplane, Tom talked with Boyd Gallaher, who is the pilot of the aircraft. Gallaher first became acquainted with this airplane in the late 1970s when it was being operated as a fire suppression aircraft.&n

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 07.13.23: NEW SportAv Expo, Scalebirds, Sonex Setback

Also: Kitfox Upgrades, Helicycle Update, Alto NG, SportPlane Resource Guide Update

There are strong indications that a new sport aviation event, still wavering between either a November or January timeframe (until they finish with industry surveys) will be announced during Oshkosh’s opening day... and one stunning detail bodes REALLY well for its potential for success. The event is being organized to be conducted at none other than Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL... While there are a number of SportPlane companies replicating quite a few historic military aircraft, only one is bringing the P-36 back to American skies. Scalebirds notes t

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NTSB Releases Final Report on August 2021 Aeronca 7AC Accident

Pilot and Son Perish in Avoidable Mishap

The NTSB has released its final report on a 21 August 2021 accident in which a 1946 Aeronca 7AC, registration N1472E, was substantially damaged and its two occupants—the aircraft’s pilot and his son—lost their lives. The accident aircraft was operated as a private flight under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.21.23)

Aero Linx: The People's Mosquito

Building the first De Havilland Mosquito in the UK in more than 70 years! The De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito enjoys legendary status. This exemplar of British aeronautical design genius is molded around its graceful lines, its unmatched performance and unrivaled versatility. Unquestionably, the De Havilland Mosquito’s story deserves to be told. Working with world-renowned aircraft restoration company Retrotec Ltd, we are writing the Mosquito’s next chapter. Thanks to worldwide public support, we are moving forward with the fuselage production of the iconic ‘Mossi

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.21.23): Conformance Region

Conformance Region

A volume, bounded laterally, vertically, and longitudinally, within which an aircraft must be at a given time in order to be in conformance with the Current Plan Trajectory for that aircraft. At a given time, the conformance region is determined by the simultaneous application of the lateral, vertical, and longitudinal conformance bounds for the aircraft at the position defined by time and aircraft’s trajectory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.21.23)

“...If you’re a pilot, odds are that you learned how to fly in a Skyhawk. This investment demonstrates Textron Aviation’s continued enthusiasm for our piston aircraft lineup, and we are thrilled to see these aircraft continue to support pilots worldwide in their training ambitions or mapping their next adventure.” Source: Textron Aviation president of piston sales Chris Crow discussing recent upgrades in the Cessna single-engine product line. 

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