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December 29, 2022

War of Words... NTSB Contradicts Ethiopian Aviation Authority

Investigative Agencies Dispute March 2019 737 MAX-8 Accident

Upon its 27 December receipt of the Ethiopian Aircraft Investigation Bureau’s (EAIB) final report on the 10 March 2019 loss of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302—the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) took the unusual step of publishing comments it had previously provided to the EAIB regarding the infamous 737 MAX-8 accident. The board asserted the EAIB “failed to include the NTSB’s comments in its final report on its investigation.”

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FAA Updates Pilot Vaccine Usage

Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers May Receive Johnson & Johnson's Vaccine, With Appropriate Precautions

Following the Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that pilots and others who perform safety sensitive duties may receive the vaccine under the conditions of their FAA-issued airman medical certification.

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Boom Supersonic Selects Flight Safety as Training Partner

Full Flight Sims, Procedures, on the Way for Supersonic Airliner

Boom Supersonic has partnered with FlightSafety International as the exclusive training partner for their supersonic airliner. Flight Safety will develop a training program for Overture pilots, mechanics, and cabin crew. FSI is the premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators to the world’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturers and operators.

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Airborne 12.19.22: NY State v Helo's, Enstrom Certified, AF Hypersonic

Also: Marine Charged, United Aviate Taps APS, Ampaire Nets $150K, Embraer E195-E2/E190-E2

It didn't get much more ridiculous than this... The State of New York’s Senate Bill S7493A as put forth by the New York State Assembly and State Senate, and forwarded to the desk of Governor Kathy Hochul, would have heavily impacted helicopter operations in New York. The far-reaching and potentially catastrophic bill would have allowed anyone to sue a pilot, flight department, line service personnel, or company employee for alleged rotorcraft noise pollution by a flight operation in the state of New York. BUT... there’s some good news. Governor Hochul

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NTSB Releases Final Report on December 2020 PA-46 Accident

The Perils of Latency

On 03 March 2020 at approximately 16:34 EST, a Piper PA-46-310-P Malibu, registration N43368, was destroyed, and its three occupants killed in a weather-related accident near Bishop, Georgia—a hamlet some 48-nautical-miles northeast of Atlanta. The personal flight was conducted under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations and commanded by a 62-year-old, instrument rated private pilot with an estimated 1,178 total flight hours. On 20 December 2022, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its final report on the accident.

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Classic Aero-TV: Rod Machado At WAI 2011 -- Having Confidence and Tenacity

From 2011 (YouTube Version): More Wit, and Wisdom, And Then More Wit From Rod Machado

In the second of two pieces we've prepared from Rod Machado's marvelous speeches at 2011 Women in Aviation Conference, Rod talks about (in addition to many other things) two issues of uncommon value to those of us in aviation... Confidence and Tenacity. This year's Women In Aviation conference has always had much to recommend it... but one of the better ones that we know of... (dare we say it...) happens to be a GUY! Yeah... the WAI is definitely an equal opportunity event... especially when it comes to attracting talented folks from all over the aviation co

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Hermeus-Pratt & Whitney Partnership Announced

Something Old, Something

Founded in 2018 with a stated mission of “radically accelerating air travel,” Atlanta-based Hermeus is about the business of developing a trio of hypersonic aircraft. For all its implicit hyperbole, hypersonic is a valid aerospace term describing velocities greater than five-times the speed of sound—Mach 5.0. On 20 December 2022, Hermeus announced it had selected Pratt & Whitney’s F100 turbofan engine to serve as the turbine portion of its combined-cycle hypersonic engine—to which the company has ascribed the apposite moniker Chimera II.

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U.S. DOD Orders another 26 TH-73A “Thrasher” Helicopters

$110.5-Million Deal Brings Total TH-73A Acquisitions to 130

That the TH-73A has found enduring favor with Pentagon brass is evinced by a 24 December 2022 U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) announcement that AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation has been awarded yet another TH-73A procurement contract. The $110.5-million deal will see an additional 26 Thrashers produced and delivered by 2024. The TH-73 will replace the U.S. Navy’s TH-57 Sea Ranger fleet. Venerable but aging, the TH-57 derives of Bell’s highly-successful, patently ubiquitous, 206 Jet Ranger.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech F33A

Airplane Impacted The Ground Adjacent To The Runway And A Taxiway About 1,300 Ft South

On December 5, 2022, about 2116 central standard time, a Beech F33A, N9142Q, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident shortly after takeoff from the Clarence E Page Municipal Airport (RCE), Yukon, Oklahoma. The pilot and two passengers were  fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Braodcast (ADS-B) flight track data, the airplane had departed the Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO), Stillwater, Oklahoma, at 1848, and arrived at RCE at 1915.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.29.22)

Aero Linx: The South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) The South County Airport Pilots Association (SCAPA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation organized as a sub-chapter of the California Pilots Association (CalPilots). SCAPA’s mission is to: Preserve San Martin Airport Improve airport’s value to the community Participate in any planned airport growth Enhance flying safety Promote fellowship among pilots and aviation enthusiasts Encourage and assist people’s pursuit of aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.29.22): Multicom

Multicom A mobile service not open to public correspondence used to provide communications essential to conduct the activities being  performed by or directed from private aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.29.22)

“The EAIB provided the NTSB with its first draft of the report last year. The NTSB reviewed the report and provided comments on several aspects of the accident the NTSB believed were insufficiently addressed in the draft report. The comments primarily were focused on areas related to human factors... The NTSB also noted that the final report included significant changes from the last draft the EAIB provided the NTSB. As a result, the NTSB is in the process of carefully reviewing the EAIB final report to determine if there are any other comments that may be necessary.” Source: Upon its 27 December receipt of the Ethiopian Aircraft Investigation Bureau’s (EAIB) final report on the 10 March 2019 loss of Ethiopian Airlin

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