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November 21, 2022

Sporty's Unveils PJ2+ Radio

Handheld Comm Solution Now Provides On-Body Headphone Jacks, 6-Watt Transmission

Sporty's unveiled the newest rendition of their handheld radio systems with their PJ2+, improving upon the portable backup with more usability than ever before. The new model features 6 watts of peak transmission power, with a brighter, high-contrast screen, flexible power options, USB-C support, and an easy touch key interface. Perhaps the best aspect of the PJ2+ lay in its connections - support for 2-plug "GA headset" (PJ) jacks and 3.5mm headphones.

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ALPA, Again, Refutes Pilot Shortage

'Latest FAA Pilot Production Data Confirms Supply Continues to Outpace Demand'

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has released new data from the FAA that reportedly demonstrates that the United States is producing a record number of certificated airline pilots this year, with more pilots in the market today than there are jobs available. According to the FAA, 9,397 new commercial airline pilot certificates have been issued in the last 12 months, exceeding airline analyst forecasts and airline pilot demand.

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LATAM A320neo Collides With Fire Truck On Takeoff

Two Firefighters Killed, No Passenger Fatalities

A questionable set of circumstances, occurred Friday as a LATAM A320neo, the first major airframe loss of the type, collided with a fire truck that pulled out on to a runway in Lima, Peru, as the airliner was engaged in taking off. The LATAM Perú Flight 2213 was on a scheduled flight from Lima to Juliaca. The Airbus A320neo was taking off from Jorge Chávez International Airport when it collided with a fire truck that approached and encroached on the runway with sirens running, killing two firefighters and injuring a third.

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Aero-TV: Meggitt Introduces iPRESS Wireless Tire Pressure Gauge

SICs Rejoice

The miseries inherent performing preflight inspections of transport category aircraft are myriad and well-known to both high-time, high-seniority PICs and low-time, low-seniority SICs—particularly the latter. The indignities of fingers burned testing ice-protection systems, heads clunked inspecting avionics bays and hell-holes, and trousers split duck-walking beneath wings to check tire-pressures have broken the spirits of innumerable airmen—as has the shame of greeting and briefing supercilious passengers whilst adorned in torn epaulets and oil stains.

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Airbus A330 Completes Sustainable Fuel Flight

Royal Air Force, Airbus Continue Testing with Militarized Voyager Using Pure SAF

The Royal Air Force and Airbus completed the world’s first 100% Sustainable Aviation Fueled flight by an active service military aircraft. The flight saw a military variant of the Airbus A330, the RAF Voyager, take off above RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England, running both engines on a fuel derived from waste oils and sustainable feedstocks. The flight was also the first100% SAF flight of any aircraft type carried out in UK airspace.

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Cornwall Obtains Spaceport License from CAA

UK Obtains Satellite Launch Capability Using Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl

Space Cornwall has officially obtained the United Kingdom's first ever spaceport license issued by state regulators. The development was originally selected as one of 8 potential UK sites to build a burgeoning domestic space industry, allowing a plethora of jobs and tech to remain in the British satellite industry. The region of Cornwall is currently home to more than 55 space-related companies, soon to complete its offering with a satellite launch from the local airport.

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NTSB Prelim: Bell 407

Front Seat Passenger Saw The Pilot Slump Over And Was Not Responsive

On October 26, 2022, about 1710 central daylight time, a Bell 407 helicopter, N34BM, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in the Gulf of Mexico, about 25 miles south of Morgan City, Louisiana. The pilot sustained fatal injuries, and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 air taxi flight.

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AD: Bell Textron Canada Limited

AD 2022-22-08 Requires A Repetitive Inspection For Delamination...

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Textron Canada Limited (type certificate previously held by Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited) Model 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 helicopters with a certain part-numbered main rotor (M/R) blade installed under Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) SR02684LA. This AD was prompted by delamination of M/R blades. This AD requires a repetitive inspection for delamination, and depending on the results, removing the M/R blade from service and reporting certain information. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective December 23, 2022.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.22)

Aero Linx: The Swift Museum Foundation The Swift Museum Foundation is a 501(3)c non-profit, member supported organization. Membership details are available by contacting the Museum Headquarters. Membership benefits include sharing over 60 years experience in the care and maintenance of the Swift by thousands of owner members. The Swift Museum Foundation was started by Charlie Nelson, our President, over 40 years ago with an ad in Trade-A-Plane to Swift owners inquiring about any interest in forming a type club.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.21.22): Local Airport Advisory (LAA)

Local Airport Advisory (LAA) A service available only in Alaska and provided by facilities that are located on the landing airport, have a discrete ground-to-air communication frequency or the tower frequency when the tower is closed, automated weather reporting with voice broadcasting, and a continuous ASOS/AWOS data display, other continuous direct reading instruments, or manual observations available to the specialist.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.21.22)

"The flight crew of LATAM 2213 were also placed under arrest and held in custody in Lima up until (Saturday) night. The Federation considers this situation unacceptable. Holding individuals in custody who are already under intense psychological pressure due to an accident is extremely detrimental to flight safety and can only hinder the investigation. Further, it shows a complete disregard for the Positive Safety Culture principles laid out by Annexes 13 (Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation) and 19 (Safety Management) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation..."

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