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October 07, 2023

Hartzell Readies for Comprehensive NBAA-BACE Showing

Companies Keeping Good Company

Hartzell Propeller—the storied, Piqua, Ohio-based manufacturer of composite and aluminum aircraft propellers, propeller spinners, governors, and ice-protection systems—will grace the upcoming 2023 National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) with its latest carbon-fiber propeller systems.

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FCC Issues History’s First Space Debris Fine

Dish Network to Pay $150,000

In September 2023, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration proposed a new set of regulations by which to mitigate the occurrence and proliferation of so-called space-junk left in the wakes of commercial space-launches undertaken by private concerns. Comes now October 2023, and another U.S. governmental agency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has levied the first-ever fine for space debris. The $150,000 penalty was assessed against satellite television provider Dish Network—reportedly over a failed deorbit.

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Airborne 09.29.23: Night VFR Gyro, Truck v Sikorsky, Mini 4 Pro

Also: Frank Rubio Returns to Earth, Niger v France, Akasa Air Sues Pilots, ALPA Praise

The UK’s CAA has approved a modification protocol by which Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be granted approval for night flight operations. The modification—designated AAN 29276 Addendum 2—comprises the introduction of a dedicated avionics suite, appropriately-adapted instrument panels, and new internal and external lights. So retrofitted, Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be operated, by qualified pilots, under Night VFR conditions. The driver of a semi-truck hauling a reportedly-new $30-million Sikorsky S-92 helicopter failed

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Airborne 09.29.23: Night VFR Gyro, Truck v Sikorsky, Mini 4 Pro

Also: Frank Rubio Returns to Earth, Niger v France, Akasa Air Sues Pilots, ALPA Praise

The UK’s CAA has approved a modification protocol by which Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be granted approval for night flight operations. The modification—designated AAN 29276 Addendum 2—comprises the introduction of a dedicated avionics suite, appropriately-adapted instrument panels, and new internal and external lights. So retrofitted, Magni Gyro’s M24C autogyro may be operated, by qualified pilots, under Night VFR conditions. The driver of a semi-truck hauling a reportedly-new $30-million Sikorsky S-92 helicopter failed

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United Airlines Orders 110 New Aircraft

United Next Program Promises Better Service and Economics

In furtherance of the United Next fleet renewal and standardization initiative, Chicago-based United Airlines has placed orders for an additional 110 aircraft, deliveries of which are to commence in 2028. The legacy air-carrier converted previous options and purchase rights into firm orders for fifty Boeing 787-9s, deliveries of which will span the three-year period between 2028 and 2031. The company secured, also, new options for up to fifty additional Boeing 787s—options the airline will reportedly exercise before 2030.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.28.23: Zenith Gathering, NAA Record, Airport Ban

Also: NINTH Generation Helicycle, Van’s Web Portal, EAA AeroEducate, EarthX Batteries

Zenith Aircraft thanked a throng of Zenith owners, pilots, and enthusiasts who participated in the 32nd annual Zenith Aircraft Homecoming. The 15-16 September 2023 grass-roots event was held in and around the company’s Mexico, Missouri factory, and comprised an array of leisure and educational activities that included hands-on workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and even a barbecue banquet. Aero-News Network congratulates Sonex builder Lou Toth, who set a National Aeronautics Association (NAA) speed over a recognized course record in Dream

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Cessna to Showcase Ascend Mock-Up at NBAA-BACE 2023

New Midsize Business Jet to Enter Service in 2025

Textron Aviation’s Cessna Citation Ascend mock-up will make its North American show debut at the upcoming National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE). 2023’s iteration of the annual event will span 17-19 October and be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unveiled in May 2023, the Citation Ascend will bring a wholly redesigned cockpit, improved performance, and a more luxurious cabin to the midsize business jet market.

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Nominations Open for 2024 Trailblazing STEM Educator Award

Winners to be Honored in Washington D.C.

The Challenger Center and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) are accepting nominations for 2024’s Trailblazing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Educator Award—an honor bestowed upon K-12 teachers recognized to have given their utmost to inspire future generations of explorers and innovators. Nominations may be submitted to aiaa.org/TrailblazingSTEMEducatorAward  through December 15, 2023.

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Klyde Morris (09.29.23)

Klyde's Just Amazed At The Foolishness Of It All...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AAMS Announces 2023 Community Award Finalists

Honoring Critical Care Transport Professionals

Established in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is a Washington D.C.-based non-profit international trade association engaged in representing and advocating on behalf of the critical care transport industry. By means of a variety of annual awards, AAMS recognizes excellence and leadership in emergency medical transport. The Association is pleased to announce the following finalists from among whom the winners of 2023’s awards will be selected and subsequently honored during the 23-25 October Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Columbus, Ohio.

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NTSB Final Report: Piper PA-22-160

Shortly After Takeoff, The Engine Lost Power And The Propellor Began To Windmill

Analysis: Shortly after takeoff, the engine lost power and the propellor began to windmill. The flight instructor conducted emergency procedures but was unable to regain engine power. The flight instructor determined that they did not have sufficient altitude to make it back to the airport and he selected a road on which to make a forced landing. To avoid a car, the pilot turned slightly towards the edge of the road and was pulled into a snow berm, where the aircraft came to a full stop. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Avionics 4 Innovators--Avilution’s Avionics Solution for Samson

From 2019 (YouTube Version): A New Type Of Aircraft Needed A New Type Of Panel

When you design a new type of aircraft, for instance one that is intended to be driven on a road as well as flown like an airplane, you need a new type of panel that will work in both configurations. For the Samson Sky Switchblade roadable aircraft, the company turned to Avilution to design just such a panel. Sam Bousfield, CEO of Samson Sky and designer of the Switchblade, told Aero-News at AirVenture 2019 "we're doing a flying sports car, so, it has a dual use ground and air." Samson turned to Avilution to develop just such a panel which utilizes an ultra-wi

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.07.23)

Foundation Benefits: Howard Newsletter Delivered Quarterly, Delivered electronically and via postal service. Your source for the latest in Howard news, operational, and maintenance tips. Authored and delivered quarterly. Instant Access to Howard Aircraft Drawings and Reference Material: Over 4,000 engineering drawings for the DGA series of aircraft. Over 50 technical reports used during certification. Numerous operation and maintenance manuals -- All in high resolution and available instantly. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.07.23): Vertical Takeoff And Landing Aircraft (VTOL)

Vertical Takeoff And Landing Aircraft (VTOL)

Aircraft capable of vertical climbs and/or descents and of using very short runways or small areas for takeoff and landings. These aircraft include, but are not limited to, helicopters. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.07.23)

“We designed the Ascend to take the best from our legendary 560XL series—the most successful family of business jets—and set a new standard in terms of comfort and performance. For the first time in North America, customers can see for themselves how the Ascend can transform their business or travel experiences and give them versatility and flexibility to accomplish any mission, now and in the future.” Source: From comments made by Lannie O’Bannion, Textron Aviation senior vice-president of global sales and flight operations, in advance of their attendance at NBAA 2023.  

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