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December 08, 2022

Rumored Delta Pilot Contract Leaks

Catch-Up Payment Could Grant 22% of 2020-22 Pay, with 31% Pay Increase Through 2026

A supposed Delta Pilot contract draft has begun floating around the journo-sphere, with details pointing the way on an eventual vote. While the contract seems to be a slightly better offer than others in recent months, mounting economic pressure may tarnish the silvery luster of a cumulative 31% pay bump over the next 4 years.

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CubCrafters Awarded USDA Contract for Certified XCubs

Aircraft to Support Natural Resource Management

Cub Crafters, Inc. (often styled CubCrafters), the Washington State-based manufacturer of Light-Sport, Experimental, and Part 23 Certified backcountry aircraft patterned after Piper’s iconic PA-18 Super Cub, has announced that its certified CC19 XCub flagship has been selected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as part of a fleet modernization contract.

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Ohio Drone Pilot Faces Imprisonment

Trouble Over Buckeye Country

A Columbus, Ohio man is facing jail-time for operating a drone over Ohio Stadium in the hours preceding an Ohio State Buckeyes football game. If convicted, the suspect could be imprisoned for up to ninety-days.

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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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AEA Releases Third Quarter 2022 Avionics Market Report

The Beauty of a Brisk Rate of Climb

On 07 December, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) released its third-quarter 2022 Avionics Market Report—and the news was good. Third-quarter sales increased 4.6% from the second quarter of 2022, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of increasing sales. Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales in the first nine-months of 2022 amounted to $2,084,494,844.43. The figure represents an 18.3% increase in total sales compared to the first nine months of 2021.

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Aero-TV: Electric Power Systems; A Name to Remember

Powering Aviation’s Vanguard—from Utah

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in North Logan, Utah, Electric Power (EP) Systems has evolved into a top-tier provider of high-power, scalable powertrains certifiable for electrified aviation. The company’ energy-storage systems, DC fast-charging stations, and electric propulsion products currently power flight-demonstrator vehicles the likes of NASA’s X-57, Bell’s Nexus, Aurora Flight Science’s Pegasus, Embraer’s Ipanema, Ampaire’s Eco Caravan, and Boeing’s CAV—all of which maintain [to date] perfect in-field safety records.

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Polk County Sheriff's Auction Flir-Equipped MD 369E

Black and Gold, All-Weather Helicopter Up for Grabs for Interested Buyers

GovDeals, the liquidation outlet for Government equipment put out to pasture, has an interesting aircraft on offer - a 2014 McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter. The site has long been a home to those looking for off-the-wall, funky, utilitarian, and hard-wearing equipment, but the MD 369E here is in a fine fettle, sporting a stylish black and gold livery from its life in the Polk County Sheriff's department. The auction will run through December 12, with a starting bid of $1,000,000.

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Klyde Morris (12.05.22)

Klyde Speaks Great Truths About Our Lunar Program...


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Emirates, CAE Flight Training Marks 20 Years

Dubai Facility Gains Global 6500 FFS in Addition to 19-Strong Sim Portfolio

CAE's business aviation training facility will obtain a new Global 6500 full-flight simulator at the Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) center in Al Garhoud, Dubai. The new equipment is expected to be installed in May of 2023, building on 2 decades of partnership between the airline and the flight trainer. Growing from an initial A300-series sim in 1992, CAE soon established themselves as the place to train for the Middle Eastern market.

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Swiss Rescue Operator Doubles Down on Airbus H145s

Rega Purchases Second Batch of 12 Helicopters for Mountainous Search & Rescue

Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega liked their Airbus H145s so much they went back for more, with an order for a dozen more of the 5-bladed helicopter model. The new additions will replace the current fleet of AW109SP helicopters in Rega service, resulting in an eventual fleet of new-generation aircraft by 2026.

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Thrust Flight Ferries New Archers Home

Texan Flight School Grows Fleet by a Dozen Pipers in 2022, with More on the Way

Thrust Flight has received 5 brand new Piper Archer TXs, bringing their 2022 additions to a dozen aircraft in all. The school will continue their roll with 8 more Archers next year, allowing their Texan training facilities to entice prospective students with brand-new, low-wing aircraft and year-round flying weather (or, perhaps most important for summer lessons - the Archers boast air conditioning).

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NTSB Prelim: Antonov AN2

Pilot Noticed That The Airplane Was Producing More Smoke Than Was Normal

On November 14, 2022, about 1330 eastern standard time, an Antonov AN2 airplane, Cuban registration CU-A1885 was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Opa-Locka, Florida. The pilot, and copilot, were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 public use ferry flight. On October 21, 2022, about 0700 a pilot seeking asylum in the United States departed Sancti Spiritus Airport (MUSS), Sancti Spiritus, Cuba.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.08.22)

Aero Linx: The American Aviation Historical Society The American Aviation Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the rich heritage of American aviation. Our purpose is to collect and preserve a written and visual record of the planes, people, places and events involved in the development and expansion of American aviation. It achieves these educational goals, in part, through the quarterly publication the AAHS Journal, AAHS FlightLine newsletter and this website.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.08.22): Precision Approach Radar [ICAO]

Precision Approach Radar [ICAO] Primary radar equipment used to determine the position of an aircraft during final approach, in terms of lateral and vertical deviations relative to a nominal approach path, and in range relative to touchdown.

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