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December 24, 2022

USAF KC-135 Broadcasts Controversial Call-Sign

The Bathykolpian Paradox 

In an instance that speaks convincingly to the mutual exclusivity of political-correctness and lightheartedness, a U.S. Air Force KC-135 operating under the call-sign Inmate-72 was identified as Titties by the online flight tracking service FlightRadar24.

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EAA Airventure Tickets on Sale

Early Bird Discounts, Camping Passes, and Specials Available for Eagle-Eyed Attendees

Tickets are now on sale for the 70th year of EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest fly-in convention. Oshkosh, Wisconsin is the yearly home to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s gathering, allowing aviation fans a chance to see a plethora of aircraft live and in the metal at Wittman Regional Airport. Oshkosh is home to what's likely the biggest grouping of GA aircraft in the entire world, with more than half a million attendees and 10,000 individual aircraft making the  pilgrimage.

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Airborne 12.16.22: FAA Testing Questioned, Single Pilot OPs?, Last PC-6 Lost

Also: Boom Engine Partners, Airshow London, Flexjet 1st Class of A&Ps, Blue Origin Tries Again

PSI currently has a monopoly over Airman Knowledge written testing. Prior to PSI’s investiture, computerized FAA airman testing was the province of two companies, Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) and LaserGrade. Test fees were split—most often to the tune of 60% to 40% in CATS or LaserGrade’s favor. Given the sole source nod by the FAA, PSI offered contracts to flight schools and FBOs formerly partnered with CATS or LaserGrade. Regrettably, the FAA’s contract with PSI allowed the latter broad, unilateral powers—and th

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GAMA 2023 Executive Committee Leadership Announced

Heavy is the Head …

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)—the industry trade association representing general aviation aircraft manufacturers—announced the makeup of its Executive Committee leadership team for 2023. The Executive Committee comprises members of GAMA’s Board of Directors whose expertise and experience provide strategic leadership for the association and head-up its policy committees.

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Inaugural U.S. Electron Launch Rescheduled to 2023

Making Spacetime

Rocket Lab, the publicly traded American space-launch concern and maker of the highly-successful Electron Rocket, announced on 19 December 2022 that the launch window for its inaugural Electron mission from U.S. soil has been rescheduled to January 2023.

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NASA's InSight Retired

After 4 Years of Service, Seismic Lander Tunes Out for Good

NASA’s InSight has seen the end of its service after the lander remains unresponsive for 2 consecutive attempts. Insight controllers at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have slowly watched the lander's solar arrays gather layer after layer of thick martian dust, choking off InSight's power supply. They now suspect that its power banks are entirely depleted, with little recourse to recharge them.

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FADEC Alliance to Collaborate on CFM’s RISE Engine Concept

Expanding Aviation’s Fan-Base

On 14 December 2022, FADEC Alliance—a joint venture of GE, BAE Systems, and Safran Electronics & Defense (Safran)—announced it will design and develop the electronic control system architecture for the CFM’s RISE demonstrator engine program. Subject program seeks in part to achieve advancements in open-fan, hybrid-electric, and hydrogen propulsion technologies. 

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Ukranian Drone School Seeks Funding

Training Facility for UAV-Enhanced Infantry Operations Looks to Grow 

A Ukrainian NGO has educated more than 400 soldiers to operate UAVs throughout the last 9 months, and now they're on the lookout for additional funding this holiday season. Advanced Defence began UA Drone School to continue their goal of training Ukrainian troops on the use of drones in wartime. The group says they need $120,000 in donations to keep the school open.

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Classic Aero-TV: AirVenture 2016 Succeeds! – Jack Pelton Offers His Highlights

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Also, What’s Ahead For AirVenture 2017…

On the closing day of EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, caught up with EAA’s CEO, Jack Pelton, to hear some final thoughts about this year’s AirVenture. Pelton best described his feelings about the conclusion of AirVenture 2016 as, “sensory overload.” But, rather than this being a conversation dwelling on AirVenture 2016, both Jim and Pelton started talking about the future. In one breath they were discussing Piper Cubs, and in the next breath the conversation turned towards private space ventures.

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MAG Aero, Wheels Up Announce Partnership

Pilots for Both Companies Able to Swap Between Employers During Leave of Absence, Build Experience

Wheels Up Experience has embarked on a strategic partnership with MAG Aerospace offer improved career opportunities for pilots. Their new "Pathway Development Program" allows current and former MAG military pilots to transition to employees of Wheels Up after they move into civilian life. The program also allows something of the inverse, where former MAG pilots working for Wheels Up may take a leave of absence to tour with MAG once again.

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B-2 Spirit to see Indefinite Pause Under Safety Concerns

B-1 to Replace Aircraft in Rose Parade, Bowl Game Flybys

The B-2 Spirit fleet will undergo an operational stand-down for its entire fleet following an emergency landing earlier this month. The incident occurred after an in-flight malfunction, damaging the aircraft after it collapsed a gear and skidded off the runway. The incident wasn't too dissimilar from a previous gear collapse incident that happened in 2021, where worn hydraulic systems and gear springs failed upon landing. That plane's stiff $10 million repair cost was a hard pill to swallow, and may be tempting USAF brass to go easy on the B-2 fleet while the B-21 program comes to fruition.

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NTSB Prelim: Rotorsport UK LTD Cavalon

Gyroplane Completed One Full 360° Roll As It Descended And Impacted The Runway

On December 4, 2022, about 1135 eastern standard time, a Rotorsport UK LTD Cavalon, N401GR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Beverly Regional Airport (BVY) Beverly, Massachusetts. The sport pilot was fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The sport pilot, who was also the owner of the gyroplane, had acquired his sport certificate about 6 months prior to the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.22)

Aero Linx: The Sentimental Journey Fly-In The Sentimental Journey Fly-In is Located in Lock Haven, PA. (LHV ). Let's all turn out to celebrate and `` Kiss the ground the Piper J-3 was built on.'  We want to see a beautiful field of yellow, just like the Good Ole Days. Featured planes: PA-20, PA-22 & PA-22-108. As always...we welcome and judge all makes & models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.22): Negative Contact

Negative Contact Used by pilots to inform ATC that: Previously issued traffic is not in sight. It may be followed by the pilot’s request for the controller to provide assistance in avoiding the traffic. They were unable to contact ATC on a particular frequency.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.22)

“Next summer’s event is an opportunity to ‘Celebrate 70 Years of Dreamers and Doers’ for EAA and for AirVenture. There is no other event that showcases the breadth and depth of the aviation community as AirVenture, just as EAA brings together aviation enthusiasts regardless of their interest or background. Celebrating this milestone will be a major part of activities at Oshkosh in 2023.” Source: Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and chairman of the board, promoting the next rendition of the aviation world's answer to Woodstock...

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