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December 04, 2021

Blue Angel Makes Emergency Landing in Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin Sees Regional Airport Closure After Hydraulic Issue Forces Return

One of the United States Navy Blue Angels touched down at Dane County Regional Airport earlier this week when the pilot reported hydraulic issues with the aircraft, resulting in the temporary closure of two runways. The aircraft landed uneventfully and was quickly tugged off the active runway 36. The story made the rounds, as any aerial demonstration team rumor does, with some exaggeration, possibly due to a layman's interpretation of "emergency" in an aviation context. Few details have come to light regarding the exact details of the hydraulic problem, likely pointing to a relative non-issue. The Blue Angels completed the transition from the Legacy F/A-

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Helijet Inks Deal With Blade for Booking Services

Companies Eye Expansion Beyond British Columbia After Shared Infrastructure Deal

Helijet International, the largest helicopter-based airline in Canada, has made an agreement with Blade Urban Air Mobility, for the sale of exclusive booking rights along Helijet's scheduled service routes, which will continue to be operated by Helijet. The sale is part of a new partnership geared towards expanding routes and preparing the way for sustainable electric VTOL aircraft into the British Columbia Market. For customers, the integration with Blade will be seamless, only noted by new additional booking features as part of the online process.

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U.S. Senator Inhofe Secures $1M in OK Aviation Grants

Oklahoma to See Sustainable Pilot, Maintenance Technician Development Programs for Youth

Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma has been awarded 2 grants to establish an aviation workforce in the state, issued under Section 625 of the FAA Reauthorization act of 2018. The Senator worked with the Trump administration to establish the programs, geared towards the development of aircraft pilots and aviation maintenance technical workers. The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission and Oklahoma State University obtained nearly $1 million combined in funding from the programs. The Commission received a $491,000 grant for the specific development of pilots via statewide implementation of training for teachers, as well as the "You Can Fly" Pilot and

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Classic Aero-TV: Don’t Be Fuelish – Premier’s Cessna/Piper Centurion Upgrades

From 2015: Jet A Powered Skyhawks and Pipers Offer Significant Fuel Savings

While at Sun ‘n Fun 2014, ANN visited with Art Spengler, the Vice President of Operations for Premier Aircraft Sales. In this interview we find out that what’s old can also be new. The Cessna 172 is one of the most popular airplanes in general aviation. However if you want to buy a new one, the price can be a factor that scares you away. Premier aircraft sales has found a way to take older model Cessna 172’s and not only bring them up to date but, in some aspects, make them better than a factory new version of the airplane. They do that by performing a co

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King Schools Finds New Talent

Brian Hough Joins Outfit as Vice President of Sales and Business Development

King Schools, the most famous name in flight training, has added a new face to their crew with the recent addition of Brian Hough, a globetrotting fixture of pilot training. He will assume the position of Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at the company,  coming into the role with an emphasis on developing King School's offerings to colleges, universities, and flight schools. It's a role for which he's been preparing all his life, from a quick glance at his resumé. 

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AeroVironment Awarded $4M Foreign Mil Contract

Puma and Wasp All Environment UAVs Purchased for FMS Program

AeroVironment's unmanned aerial vehicles have gained another customer through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, selling their Puma 3 All Environment (AE) and Wasp AE ISR systems to an undisclosed ally. The company received a $4.1 million firm-fixed-price contract with the Department of Defense FMS office that included their Puma 3 and Wasp with spares packages, training, and support with delivery anticipated by Fall 2022. The most up-to-date Puma 3 AE is a battery-powered, hand-launchable, man-portable drone weighing 15 pounds. In standard trim, it can operate for up to 2.5 hours up to 12.4 miles away. 

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MT-Propeller Obtains PA-60 STC

German-Made 4-Blade Composite Prop for the Piper Aerostar

MT Propeller Entwicklung GmbH has received FAA STC approval for the 4-blade composite scimitar propeller when installed on the Aerostar PA-60 series of aircraft powered by Lycoming IO-540. Their MT-Propeller composite blades are said to reduce noise both inside and outside the aircraft, have no life limitation, and are repairable should they incur FOD damage during the course of flight. Increasingly becoming a popular factory selection throughout Europe for their smoother, trouble-free running, the German product has the honor of having 0 active ADs on any product.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28R-200

About 500 Ft Above The Ground, The Engine Power “Rolled Back”

On November 19, 2021, at 1204 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28R-200, N2305T, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport (GFL), Glens Falls, New York. The pilot was not injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, the preflight inspection, engine start, engine run-up and takeoff were normal. After liftoff, the pilot retracted the landing gear, and during the initial climb, about 500 ft above the ground, the engine power “rolled back” but the propeller continued to windmill.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.04.21)

Aero Linx: The Southern Museum Of Flight The Southern Museum Of Flight is one of the largest aviation museums in the Southeast, is dedicated to presenting civilian, military, and experimental aircraft and memorabilia from the earliest history of powered flight. The 75,000 square foot facility houses over 100 aircraft, as well as engines, models, artifacts, photographs, and paintings. In addition, the Southern Museum of Flight is home to the Alabama Aviation Hall of Fame with over 70 biographical plaques presenting Alabama aviation history through collective biography.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.04.21): Runway Condition Reading

Runway Condition Reading Numerical decelerometer readings relayed by air traffic controllers at USAF and certain civil bases for use by the pilot in determining runway braking action. These readings are routinely relayed only to USAF and Air National Guard Aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.04.21)

"Oklahoma would not be able to thrive without aviation maintenance technical workers. It is essential that we find ways to improve their career opportunities and ensure they have the proper training to keep up with the ever-changing aviation industry. I am proud to have seen this funding through to the finish line and I know Oklahoma State University will put it to good use, educating the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals.” Source: Aviation Ally and US Senator Jim Inhofe, commenting on having been awarded 2 grants to establish an aviation workforce in the state, issued under Section 625 of the FAA Reauthorization act of 2018. The Senator worked with the Trump administration to establish the programs, geared toward

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