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December 05, 2022

BASE Jumper Survives Harrowing Ordeal

The Vicissitudes of Fate

On 26 November 2022, a BASE jumper was injured when a gust of wind caught his parachute and forced him into the face of the aptly named Tombstone cliff near Moab, Utah. Representatives of Utah’s Grand County Search and Rescue reported that the jumper—despite dangling from his parachute lines for more than an hour as teams worked to effect his rescue—was alive when he was airlifted out of Kane Cree Canyon.

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Bombardier to Begin Modifying Global 6000 for German Military

Wichita Work Critical to Berlin’s Pegasus Air Defense Project

Bombardier Defense celebrated the arrival of a Global 6000 aircraft in Wichita, Kansas as part of the next phase of the company’s contract to support Lufthansa Technik’s participation in the German armed forces’ Hensoldt-led Pegasus program. Since the aircraft’s 2020 selection to the program, Bombardier has delivered three Global 6000 jets to Lufthansa Technik.

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Aero-TV: Mini-Mustang Elicits Unbridled Enthusiasm

ScaleWings SW51 Thrills Airshow Crowds

Headquartered on southern Germany’s Eggenfelden (EDME) Airport, ScaleWings has dazzled the light-sport-aircraft industry with its SW51 Mustang, a seventy-percent replica of the North American P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft of the Second World War. Produced at ScaleWings’ manufacturing facility in Krosno, Poland, the SW51 is supplied as a complete ready-to-fly-aircraft or as a kit for amateur construction. Advertised by ScaleWings as the world’s most accurate downsized P-51 Mustang replica, the SW51’s all-carbon airframe surfaces are adorned with over one-hundred-thousand textu

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Airborne 11.28.22: Cirrus Jet Chute Save, Powered-Lift Regs, Safer E-ABs?

Also: NTSB Targets Niche Commercial Ops, Ingenuity Flight 34, CG Jayhawk Save, ASA Releases AIRCLASSICS Push-to-Talk Switch

With increasing frequency, the record of the Cirrus Vision Jet becomes all the more questionable. Friday morning, a Cirrus Vision Jet, N15VJ, went down shortly after takeoff from the Indianapolis Regional Airport. The pilot’s course of action took place early in the flight and barely a mile off the end of Runway 25. Video of the late 2020 aircraft, under the canopy, showed up swiftly on social media, and in one there seems to be a smoky trail above/behind the aircraft that might point to powerplant issues. The FAA has publis

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Klyde Morris (12.02.22)

Klyde Gets Another Dream Crushed By The Man...


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Flight Data Systems Selects Sentry CVR

Canadian CVR Mandates Create Demand for Cockpit Voice Recorders

Flight Data Systems has announced the selection of the Canada West Avionics Sentry cockpit voice recorder to comply with 2023 Canadian CVR mandates. The Sentry CVR is a TSO-compliant piece with 2-hour, 4-track datalink message recording, rotor speed inputs, and a 10-minute independent power supply. The Sentry's small, compact footprint and low power consumption allows Canadian operators an all-in-one solution to meet Part 23, 25, or 27 Canadian STC.

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Air Corsica Receives First ATR-600

New ATR Model Boasts Improved Efficiency, Cabin Comforts, and More for Regional Operators

Regional aircraft manufacturer ATR, handed over the very first PW127XT-equipped ATR 72-600, delivering it to launch customer Air Corsica. Air Corsica has more to come following their order at last year's Dubai Airshow where they signed an order for 5 aircraft, building on their commuter turboprop fleet with some cutting-edge engine technology. The PW127XT offers all the same reliability of its predecessors, building on that foundation with a 20% reduction in maintenance costs.

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Volato Orders 25 HondaJet Elite IIs

Honda's Newest Offering Sees Mondo Order for Up and Coming Fractional Operator

Volato's growth has been continuous in the greater bizjet industry's increasing popularity, but their most recent order puts even their biggest purchase to shame with an order for 25 of Honda's latest and greatest. The purchase will take the Volato fleet up to 42 aircraft in total, more than doubling it from its current roster of 17.

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Air Marshal Organizations at Ideological Impasse

To Serve the Public Good?

Infighting between air marshal organizations underscores growing tensions among the agency's roughly three-thousand marshals over the Biden administration protractedly and repeatedly diverting them and other government personnel from the critical jobs for which they were trained, and in which their expertise truly lies.

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ASA Releases 4th Edition of Air Carrier Operations

Updated Information Covers Recent Changes in CFRs for Pilots, Dispatchers

ASA has published their 4th edition of Air Carrier Operations, updating the handbook for airline-bound students. The book helps acquaint would-be carrier employees on the many regulations required of those flying for both Part 121 and 135 operators, getting pilots used to the wide world of regulatory compliance. The book should prove useful to both students and professionals, helping them navigate the sometimes baffling scale of applicable rules and laws that govern their work.

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Croatia Airlines Adds A220 to Fleet

Order for 15 Jets Reinforces Ties with Airbus

Croatia Airlines, the country's flag carrier, has signed a deal for the purchase of 6 A220-300 aircraft. In addition to the purchase, the airline plans to lease 9 A220s, bringing the total to 15 bound for Croatia. The A220s will replace aging legacy aircraft throughout the company fleet, taking advantage of new-generation upgrades and cutting operational costs with increased efficiencies.  

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Skypersonic Tenders Rover to NASA

Simulated Martian Operation to Gauge Suitability for Long-Range Control 

Red Cat subsidiary Skypersonic has delivered its rover equipment for a simulated Mars expedition at the Johnson Space Center. The rover package includes the rover itself, the necessary support hardware, and a drone system that will allow the crew of NASA’s Simulated Mars Missions program to remotely explore Martianesque terrain on Earth. The 1,700 sq ft Mars habitat resides at the Center's range in Houston, Texas.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA28

The Flight Instructor Then Heard A Loud Noise Come From The Engine And The Engine Lost All Power

On November 21, 2022, at 1805 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N7261F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Manassas, Virginia. The the student pilot sustained minor injuries and the flight instructor was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the flight instructor, he was instructing the student pilot in maneuvers near the airport in a practice area before they flew back to the airport to practice some touch-and-go landings.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.05.22): Waypoint

Waypoint A predetermined geographical position used for route/instrument approach definition, progress reports, published VFR routes, visual reporting points or points for transitioning and/or circumnavigating controlled and/or special use airspace, that is defined relative to a VORTAC station or in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.05.22)

Aero Linx: The General Aviation Joint Safety Committee The General Aviation Joint Safety Committee (formerly the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee) was launched in 1997 as part of the industry-government Safer Skies Initiative to improve aviation safety. The GAJSC works to improve general aviation (GA) safety through data-driven risk reduction efforts focused on education, training, and enabling new equipment in GA aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.05.22)

“The start of the structural modification phase indeed marks a major milestone, as it is an important prerequisite for the work packages of our special mission aircraft experts in Hamburg. We thank Hensoldt and Bombardier for the good cooperation and progress and we are already looking forward to building on the high-quality work of the colleagues in Wichita in the upcoming systems integration phase.” Source: From a statement by Lufthansa Technik vice president of special aircraft services Michael von Puttkamer, as Bombardier Defense celebrated the arrival of a Global 6000 aircraft in Wichita, Kansas as part of the next phase of the company’s contract to support Lufthansa Technik’s participation in the German a

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