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December 22, 2022

FedEx Pilots Still Without Contract

Relax, it’s FedEx …

FedEx pilots represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) excoriated the company’s management for failing to deliver a new, comprehensive labor contract to its aircrew members. Notwithstanding federal mediation, negotiations between FedEx pilots and management have dragged fruitlessly on since May 2021.

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Crippled B-2 Bomber Remains on Whiteman AFB Runway

Of Low Spirits and Sticking to One’s Position

The United States Air Force has confirmed that recovery operations remain underway for the B-2A Spirit bomber that made an emergency landing at Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force Base on 10 December 2022. The incident—the second of its type the last 15-months—has forced closure of Whiteman’s only runway and impugned the wisdom of basing the entirety of America’s B-2 fleet and the two bomber wings by which it’s operated at an installation with only one runway.

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Maxwell AFB Prepares for New Airframe

908th Airlift Wing to Train USAF Students on New MH-139As 

Montgomery Alabama's Maxwell AFB has been chosen as the home of the first MH-139A Grey Wolf training unit. The new helo was unveiled in 2020 as the upcoming replacement for the long-lived - but long in the tooth - UH-1N Huey. In 2020 Air Force assigned the unit as a training flight which would pull double duty in providing security and support for the series of intercontinental ballistic missile fields spanning Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska. The unit's MH-139 mission replaces the Reserve’s 908th Airlift Wing and its C-130Hs. 

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Belgium to Hike Tax On Brussels-Bound Aircraft

Brussels Airport Expected to Levy Tax for Noise, Destination, and Pollution

Aircraft operating out of Belgium's Brussels Airport will see increased costs in the near future, according to reports. The upcoming taxes will be levied upon all kinds of trigger conditions, from noise levels in the airport environment, emissions, and destinations. Until now, small aircraft and bizjets have been exempted from the taxes, but that honeymoon may soon be over.

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Joby Completes System Reviews

While Still a Ways from Production, Joby Keeps Advancing

Joby Aviation announced the successful completion of the 2nd of 4 system reviews required under the type certification process, marking the halfway point of a multi-day audit by FAA personnel. The review serves to validate the overall architecture of the aircraft and ensure that Joby's development process is on the right track, one that's being given particular attention given the complex and fairly novel propulsion systems. The reviews take place alongside the ongoing Means of Compliance reviews, as well as other certification documentation and planning that cover all the nitty gritty aspects of the Joby aircraft and its myriad subsystems.

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Klyde Morris (12.19.22)

Klyde Is 'Shocked' By The Ugliness We See In The Commercial Airline Biz


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Airborne 12.14.22: Electric Air Race, Last Pilatus PC-6, $pirit Pilot$

Also: Superior Cylinder Bulletin, Disney G1 Exhibit, Buttigieg Criticized, B-2 Bomber Emergency

The upcoming Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race will continue the legacy of the longstanding Pulitzer air races first held in the 1920s, and is open to "piloted aerodynes of all types using zero-emission electric propulsion (e.g., fixed wing aeroplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotor eVTOL Advanced Air Mobility [AAM] vehicles)". Given the current state of electric aircraft, the race will be held as a 4-day, VFR, day-only event, consisting of 1,000 nm of cross country flight. Pilatus has officially delivered the very last Porter PC-6, the firm's long-lived turbopro

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ASA Aeronautical Chart User's Guide 15th Edition Announced

The Tie that Binds

On 20 December 2022, ASA announced the release of the fifteenth edition of its Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide, a tome essential to those seeking to fathom the eldritch symbology of FAA sectional, terminal area, flyway planning, helicopter route, enroute low-and high-altitude, and oceanic route charts, as well as standard terminal arrival routes, standard instrument departures, and instrument approach procedures. The publication includes chart legends, airspace classification tables, and is illustrated throughout with full-color graphics.

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ORC Takes Delivery of ATR 42-600

Deal Includes OEM Global Maintenance Agreement

On 16 December 2022, Oriental Air Bridge, better known as ORC, took delivery of its first ATR 42-600 covered by an ATR Global Maintenance Agreement contract (GMA). The high-wing, twin turboprop airliner was delivered in Toulouse—where ATR is headquartered—and bears the new ORC livery. The airline plans to start operating the 48-seat machine along its Nagasaki Fukuoka route in July 2023. By dint of its GMA contract, ORC avails itself of ATR’s OEM expertise, thereby reducing maintenance costs and boosting dispatch reliability.

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Classic Aero-TV: NASA's Prandtl-D Project - Preliminary Research to Lower Drag

From 2016 (YouTube Version): CAUTION -- Everything You Thought You Knew About Aerodynamics Is About To Be Tested...

When ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, attended the AMA Expo 2016, he probably never expected to get a lesson on advanced aerodynamics at a show that featured recreational radio controlled airplanes. However, he learned some amazing things about new aerodynamic research and is sharing it with you in this video.

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Embraer Macon Facility Signs Heavy Maintenance Service Contracts

Envoy Air Inc. and JSX to Benefit

Embraer, the Brazilian multinational manufacturer of commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft, has announced that Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services (EAMS) in Macon, Georgia, has signed two heavy-maintenance services agreements worth $72-million. Subject contracts, which will provide airframe maintenance and repair services, have been signed with Envoy Air Inc.—a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group and operator of over 160 aircraft along 800 daily flights to over 160 destinations throughout North America and the Caribbean—and JSX—an independent U.S. air-carrier and self-described “

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Daher Delivers First Swiss TBM 960

Newest TBM Variant Finds Home with 930 Pilot

Daher today announced the first Swiss delivery of its newest aircraft, a "top-of-the-line", fully outfitted TBM 960. The recipient was Swiss pilot Paolo Buzzi, an experienced pilot with plenty of time in his older TBM 930. The delivery brings the number of Daher TBMs in Switzerland to a dozen - sure, not too many for a whole country, but Daher notes that it's doing all right in a land with less than 9 million inhabitants. The TBM was dealt through SwissFly Aero, a Zurich-based Daher dealer.

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20J

She Asked If The Sun Was In The Flying Pilot’S Eyes, And He Said “Yes”

On December 2, 2022, about 1504 eastern standard time, a Mooney M20J, N3515H, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at Falmouth Airpark (5B6), Falmouth, Massachusetts. The private pilot was fatally injured, and commercial pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a friend of the (private) pilot, he said earlier that day, he and 3 other aircraft (including the accident airplane), flew from 5B6 to Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport (BAF), Westfield/Springfield, Massachusetts, for lunch.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.22)

Aero Linx: de Havilland Moth Club of North America Welcome to the de Havilland Moth Club of North America, catering for all de Havilland aircraft types. Members receive regular e-mailed newsletters and access to the Members’ Area of the Club’s website. You do not have to own or fly a de Havilland aircraft to join the Club – enthusiasm is all that it required!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.22): Movement Area

Movement Area The runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport/heliport which are utilized for taxiing/hover taxiing, air taxiing,  takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas. At those airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from ATC.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.22.22)

"The U.S. is a major market for Canadian travellers and we are looking forward to expanding our international network. Jetlines is ready to start flying to the Melbourne/Orlando International airport in Florida and to the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, with both inaugural flights scheduled for January 19, 2023.” Source: Eddy Doyle, CEO of Canada Jetlines, explaining their entering the US market.

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