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January 28, 2024

Emergency AD: Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 505 Helicopters

Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2024-02-55: Prompted By Reports Of Cracked Vertical Stabilizer Top End Cap Assemblies

Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2024-02-55 has been sent to owners and operators of Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 505 helicopters. This emergency AD was prompted by reports of cracked vertical stabilizer top end cap assemblies. Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Transport Canada Emergency AD CF-2024-03, dated January 25, 2024 (Transport Canada AD CF-2024-03), to correct an unsafe condition for Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 505 helicopters, serial numbers 65011 and subsequent. 

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Emergency AD: Hélicoptères Guimbal Model Cabri G2 Helicopters

AD 2024-01-52 Is Intended To Detect A Cracked Pilot Or Co-Pilot Cyclic Stick Base

The FAA has sent an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2024-01-52 is sent to owners and operators of Hélicoptères Guimbal Model Cabri G2 helicopters. The FAA is superseding AD 2023-24-51, Amendment 39-22627 (88 FR 86260, December 13, 2023) (AD 2023-24-51), which applied to Hélicoptères Guimbal Model Cabri G2 helicopters. AD 2023-24-51 was issued after the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, issued EASA Emergency AD 2023-0204-E, dated November 20, 2023 (EASA AD 2023-0204-E) and was prompted by reports of a crack in the pilot cyclic stick base.

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Coast Guard MH-65 Medevacs 1 From Oil Platform

Long-Distance Rescue Took Place 130 Miles Offshore Of Brownsville, Texas

The Coast Guard medevaced one ailing crewman from an oil platform approximately 130 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, last Wednesday. Coast Guard Eighth District command center watchstanders received a call at 4 p.m. from personnel aboard the Shell Perdido oil platform stating a 28-year-old crewman had suffered an allergic reaction. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched to assist.

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It's A First: Coulson Aviation Becomes Transport Canada ATO

Allows The Company To Train Students Toward Their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Structures (AME-S)

Coulson Aviation has received Transport Canada Approved Training Organization (ATO) approval, reportedly making it the first aviation company approved to provide training in aircraft structures and one of but 20 ATOs across all of Canada. Coulson’s ATO allows the company to train students toward their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer – Structures (AME-S) license at no cost to the student. Coulson hires team members who demonstrate a passion for the aviation industry and positive attitudes to join its workforce. Once students have demonstrated excellent potential in the industry, students are invited to join the ATO program. Ther

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General Atomics Completes GE-25M Test Flight

New Gray Eagle Sports 5x Processing, 80x the Memory of Prior UAV Models

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, has capped its 1st test flight of the upcoming Gray Eagle 25M (GE-25M) Unmanned Aircraft System, publicly acknowledging the event that took place back in December. The flight marks a milestone in the US Army's future Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)-capable GE-25M. The aircraft will one day serve in active duty and as a National Guard bird, funded by an undefinitized contract capped at $389 million. Once in service, General Atomics expects that it will soldier on well into the 2050's.

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Klyde Morris (01.26.24)

Honestly, Klyde... Can 'Boing/Boeing' Actually Bounce Back?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2023 Annual Report

Relatively Quiet Year as Agency Continues Building Foundation of Lunar, Mars Flights

NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel released its year in review, "examining the agency’s safety performance, accomplishments, and challenges over the past year." All in all, there wasn't a whole lot of real banner news in the report, as expected for an agency that is trying to ready itself for bigger and better programs in their early stages of preparation. The report does include some new advances made in "operations, decision-making, program and personnel management, and the tasks that remain." Even then, the news isn't large, notable headliner items like a completed EVA suit for Artemis, or a successful Starship test, but it does mention the estab

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Change of Command: Navy’s Strike Test Squadron VX-23

VX-23 Is A Component Of Naval Test Wing Atlantic

Changes are afoot as USMC Col. Jay M. Zarra took command of the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 “Salty Dogs” from Capt. Daniel E. Kitts during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River on January 25, 2024. Capt. Elizabeth Somerville, Commander, Naval Test Wing Atlantic, presided over the ceremony. “While we are investing in what Naval and Marine Corps aviation will need in the future we need to recognize what the fleet and the warfighter needs today,” said Somerville.

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Airborne 01.18.24: Daher Update, B-29/B-24 Tour, NetJets v Age 70

Also: Aeronca Nation, Fabric Covering, Oshkosh Performers, Airbus A350-1000s

Daher's sales and deliveries were pretty brisk through 2023, according to its most recent reports. The firm "sustained its delivery pace for the TBM and Kodiak aircraft families" with new bookings extending the backlog into 2025. The wave of interest in private, capable traveling aircraft continues unabated, with sales undoubtedly bolstered by the French company's unique high-low blend of products. "The Airpower History Tour is back!" said this year's B-29 tour announcement. 'Mark your calendar as the world-famous Superfortress "FiFi" is making the rounds once again. This year, Fifi

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Classic Aero-TV: Upgrading The Future - Profiling the Stratos 716X

From 2018 (YouTube version): Stratos Jets Will Initially Be Offered As A Kit

Stratos Aircraft presented an update on its VLJ program and introduced the Stratos 716 model at AirVenture this summer. The Stratos 716X is an evolution of the 714 Proof of Concept (PoC) aircraft. The all carbon fiber 716X features trailing link gear, is powered by a Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 and is configured with dual G3X screens, GTN 750 MFD, integrated Garmin Autopilot, dual standby attitude indicators, custom switch panels, fully automated pressurization system and air conditioning. The Stratos 716X kit will be comprehensive and include a builder’s assis

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NTSB Prelim: Kubicek BB85Z

The Sewn Rim Tape Material Near The Top Of The Envelope Was Frayed

On January 14, 2024, about 0747 mountain standard time, a Kubicek BB85Z balloon, N4961D, was involved in an accident near Eloy, Arizona. The pilot and 3 passengers were fatally injured, and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The balloon was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 sightseeing passenger and skydiving flight. The flight originated about 0630, just after sunrise. The departure area was about 18 miles west-northwest from the accident site. The flight was scheduled with 13 people onboard, including 8 skydivers that planned to jump from the balloon. Interviews with skydivers revealed that after about 35 minutes, the balloon had ascended to a

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.28.24)

Aero Linx: Space Frontier Foundation “The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to opening the Space Frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible. Our goals include protecting the Earth’s fragile biosphere and creating a freer and more prosperous life for each generation by using the unlimited energy and material resources of space. Our purpose is to unleash the power of free enterprise and lead a united humanity permanently into the Solar System.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.28.24): Flameout Pattern

Flameout Pattern An approach normally conducted by a single-engine military aircraft experiencing loss or anticipating loss of engine power or control. The standard overhead approach starts at a relatively high altitude over a runway (“high key”) followed by a continuous 180 degree turn to a high, wide position (“low key”) followed by a continuous 180 degree turn final. The standard straight-in pattern starts at a point that results in a straight-in approach with a high rate of descent to the runway. Flameout approaches terminate in the type approach requested by the pilot (normally fullstop).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.28.24)

“This report reflects the panel’s strong emphasis on strategic-level aspects of NASA leadership, risk management, and safety culture – a primary focus over the past two years – while also giving attention to the tactical level of technical execution. We believe that the principles and processes the agency employs to evaluate and make decisions, manage programs, and communicate to its workforce have a direct and consequential impact on safety and mission assurance. We also highlight some steps that the Congress can take to assist NASA in safely accomplishing its challenging mission.” Source: Dr. Patricia Sanders, ASAP chair, discussing NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel's year in review, "exa

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