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December 11, 2022

Honeywell Builds IMU #1,000,000

Boom in UAV Manufacture Propels Navigational Instrument to Large Scale Production

Honeywell has delivered serial number 1 million in its line of tactical-grade inertial measurement units (IMU). The unit left its manufacturing facility in Minneapolis earlier this week, marking off a milestone to one of the brand's more popular offerings in recent years.

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USAF Legend Colonel Joe Kittinger Passes at 94

The Man who Fell to Earth

On 16 August 1960, 32-year-old U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger—kitted out in a pressure-suit and a specially constructed and rigged parachute—boarded a gondola tethered to a helium balloon, ascended to 102,800-feet above the New Mexico desert—and jumped. On 09 December 2022, Colonel Joseph William Kittinger II passed away at the age of 94. Upon learning of the death of his countryman and constituent, Florida Senator Rick Scott solemnly asserted: “Our nation lost a legend and hero … We’re forever thankful for his service and contributions to our country.”      

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Joby Partners with Aviation High School for AMT Curriculum

EVTOL Manufacturer Looks Ahead, Supports Future Workforce 

Joby Aviation has begun working with Aviation High School in New York City to prepare the next generation of aircraft maintenance technicians and aerospace leaders for career opportunities created by the electric age of flight. The company has allowed 100 students to begin its Private Pilot Ground School course, teaching them the fundamentals of aviation.

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EAA to Hold 3rd Annual Homebuilding Week Webinars

Online Lectures Teach the Fundamentals from the Ground up in Building an Aircraft

The Experimental Aircraft Association is on track to continue its Homebuilders Week online lectures, starting in January 2023. This year's reception was so positive, the EAA decided to go for round three in 2023, leaning into the ease of access inherent to online learning. The new series will be released from January 23 to 27, coinciding with the Association's 70th anniversary. Since it's foundation in 1953, the EAA has continued to hone its support for grassroots viation for 7 decades straight, constantly improving its teaching materials and course offerings to bolster safety and homebuilt quality.

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Moody’s U.S. Airport and Ports 2023 Outlook Stable

… Ahead of Anticipated U.S. Recession

On 07 December 2022, Moody’s, the bond credit rating concern providing international financial research on bonds issued by commercial and government entities, posited that the 2023 outlook for subject facilities was stable—ahead of an anticipated U.S. recession. The report marks a change from 2022’s positive assessment, and reflects Moody’s expectations that a worsening macroeconomic environment and airline capacity constraints will negatively impact passenger traffic growth, and slowing global economic growth will reduce cargo demand, thereby weakening revenue for U.S. ports.

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Classic Aero-TV: Light, Adaptable, Innovative - Clarity Aloft Intro’s the Flex!

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Clarity Aloft Introduces The TSO Certified Flex Headset

The newest addition to the Clarity Aloft headset range is a big departure from previous designs and ushers in a new standard for in-ear headsets. Not only is it the lightest model yet from Clarity Aloft, it is also the most customizable. Pilots using the Flex can set the microphone boom on the right or left, adjust the boom length and headband circumference, and collapse it flat for storage. No other headset will disappear so completely onto your head or into your flight bag.

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Swiss Air-Rescue Service Orders 12 Airbus H145 Helicopters

What a Difference a Blade Makes

The Swiss Air-Rescue Service, Rega—a private, non-profit air-rescue service providing emergency medical and air-ambulance service in Switzerland and Liechtenstein—has ordered 12 additional five-bladed Airbus (formerly Eurocopter) light-utility, twin-engine H145 helicopters to be operated from its mountain bases in the Swiss Alps. The new machines will replace Rega’s current fleet of AgustaWestland AW109SP helicopters. The order follows a March 2022 initial contract for nine H145s. By 2026, Rega plans to operate an all-Airbus fleet comprising no fewer than 21 five-bladed H145s.

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Eve, Volatus Join Hands for Improved Traffic Management in Vertiports

Volatus Facilities to Integrate Eve Software Solutions

Eve Air Mobility signed a Letter of Intent with Volatus Infrastructure for the supply of vertiport automation systems. Eve brings their software to the table to improve the efficiency and capacity of Volatus' upcoming vertiports. Their systems will allow future ports to mitigate traffic build ups with advanced traffic management, helping to govern the comings and goings of multiple AAM aircraft to make the most of the limited vertiport landing space. 

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Airborne-Flight Training 12.01.22: ALPA v Pilot Shortage, Envoy $100K!, ERAU

Also: USAF FlightSim Outreach, Sam Graves, AMA Is Now CBO, Horizon Air Donates Q400

Despite airlines bragging about paying record bonuses for new pilots, ALPA has released 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. Supposedly... Envoy is sweetening the deal for new hire pilots, offering up to $100,000 of bonus money for those with the kind of logbook the airline is looking for. For those pilots who receive a conditional job offer until December 31, 2022, the full amount of the bonuses (les

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-30

Witness Stated, “It Flew Until Completely Inverted Upside Down, Then Plunged Out Of Sight, Under [The] Tree-Line”

On November 19, 2022, about 1110 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-30, N7295Y, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The commercial pilot and passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot and passenger departed St. Louis Downtown Airport (CPS), Cahokia, Illinois, about 0630, enroute to Smith Reynolds Airport (INT), Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.22)

Aero Linx: The 1-26 Association The 1-26 Association is formed for the purpose of stimulating interest in, and promoting the sport of soaring in the Schweizer 1-26 sailplane; to establish standards for competition in the 1-26; to establish categories for record flights made in the 1-26; to disseminate information relating to the 1-26 and flights made in the 1-26, and to give recognition to its membership for accomplishments related to soaring in the 1-26.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.22): Interrogator

Interrogator The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply. The replies received are mixed with the primary radar returns and displayed on the same plan position indicator (radar scope). Also, applied to the airborne element of the TACAN/DME system.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.11.22)

“We never doubted we would get released. It made us better Americans, to appreciate what we had. Being a POW was life-changing.” Source: Former P.O.W., world record holder, retired USAF pilot, and all-around good guy, Col. Joe Kittinger, in discussing his captivity by the North Vietnamese. Joe just passed away at the age of 94 after living a life we could only dream of... he was our frind and we admired him greatly... God bless this great American.

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