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February 08, 2023

FAASTeam Invites One and All to Celebrate Chuck Yeager's 100th Birthday

Centennial of a Giant

In remembrance of his many contributions to the broadening of mankind’s aerospace horizon, the FAA’s FAASTeam invites pilots, aircraft owners and operators, and all those moved by the profound and powerful enterprise of flight to celebrate General Yeager's one-hundredth birthday on 13 February 2023.

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EAA Responds to Proposed Leaded AVGAS Ban

Washington State Ban, Too Much, Too Fast

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has joined other general aviation associations in opposing a Washington-State House of Representatives bill that would ban the sale of leaded aviation gas in the Evergreen State. The bill—WA HB1554—would, as of 01 January 2024, begin a phased-in restriction on the “selling, distributing, or otherwise making available to consumers” leaded avgas in Washington State. Subject restrictions would initially be placed on those airports in the areas of greatest population with additional restrictions culminating in a complete ban for the entire state in 2030.

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Pentagon Discloses Details of Chinese Spy Balloon’s Destruction

“POP!” Goes the Weasel

The White House has released details pertaining to the shooting down of a Chinese spay balloon that was allowed to traverse the entirety of the Pacific Ocean, Aleutian Archipelago, and continental United States—including numerous sensitive military, civilian, and nuclear installations.

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Aero-TV: Spectrum Aeromed’s Infinity 5000X System Impresses

The Very Best at the Worst of Times

For more than thirty-years, Spectrum Aeromed has designed, prototyped, manufactured, and installed comprehensive Emergency Medical Service (EMS) interiors in both fixed and rotary-wing aircraft. The company’s Infinity 5000X medical station instantiates the state of art in onboard patient monitoring and care. Modular and customizable, the Infinity 5000X system comprises one common base which secures to extant aircraft seat-tracks or floor hardpoints via integral locking mechanisms.

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Airborne-NextGen 01.31.23: CA Drone Midair, Electra Aero, MightyFly

Also: Doroni 25 Unit Sale, Starlink At S Pole, Rocket Lab, Natilus Autonomous Cargo

The TSB of Canada has released its final report on their investigation of an August 2021 incident in which a police drone collided with a small, single-engine Cessna near the Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport. On 10 August 2021, while on final approach under day VFR conditions to YKZ’s Runway 15, a Cessna 172N—registration C-GKWL, collided with a DJI Matrice M210 RPA. The Cessna was crewed by a student pilot and a certified flight instructor. Electra.aero, Incorporated has been selected by the U.S. Air Force AFWERX innovation arm for a Strategic Funding

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Airborne-NextGen 01.31.23: CA Drone Midair, Electra Aero, MightyFly

Also: Doroni 25 Unit Sale, Starlink At S Pole, Rocket Lab, Natilus Autonomous Cargo

The TSB of Canada has released its final report on their investigation of an August 2021 incident in which a police drone collided with a small, single-engine Cessna near the Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport. On 10 August 2021, while on final approach under day VFR conditions to YKZ’s Runway 15, a Cessna 172N—registration C-GKWL, collided with a DJI Matrice M210 RPA. The Cessna was crewed by a student pilot and a certified flight instructor. Electra.aero, Incorporated has been selected by the U.S. Air Force AFWERX innovation arm for a Strategic Funding

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Fairchild RC-26B Donated to Hagerstown Aviation Museum

Lest They Vanish from This Earth

On 06 February 2023, the Hagerstown Aviation Museum proudly announced the donation of a 1993 Fairchild RC-26B “Condor” Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to its growing collection of Fairchild built aircraft. The donated machine—currently in Houston, Texas—is slated to arrive HGR on 15 February 2023 at 12:00 EST. The museum cordially invites the public to attend the event.

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Canada Enters Civilian Space Race with Launch Regulations

Spaceport Nova Scotia Signifies Intent to Compete in Satellite Delivon the World Stage

Canada will soon throw its hat into the space launch ring, making use of its expansive territory and technical capabilities to go toe-to-toe with rocket service providers in the US and Europe. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced that the federal government will begin developing the regulations, safety standards, and licensing conditions needed to begin authorizing Canadian satellite launches. If all goes well, the country could see its first commercial launches taking place in the next 3 years.

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UPS Commences MD-11 Phase-Out

Trijets to be Replaced by 767-300 Freighters

In 2023, UPS began the planned retirement of its aging MD-11 freighters. The passing of the venerable aircraft into the annals of aviation history marks the actualization, in part, of UPS’s ambition to renew its fleet with more modern, fuel-efficient aircraft and reduce overall costs as worldwide shipping volumes decline.

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Kamala Harris Criticized for 'Patronizing' Astronauts

Missing the Silence of Space

Tasked with awarding Congressional Space Medals of Honor to former NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken in recognition of the bravery the two men demonstrated during NASA’s May 2020 SpaceX Demonstration Mission-2 (Demo-2) to the International Space Station, Harris succeeded only in fomenting discord.  

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De Havilland to Convert Aero Transporte Dash 8's to F-LCDs

Large Cargo Door Mod Expands Capability for Twin Turboprop

A Peruvian Cargo Airline has become the first in the region to procure an improved De Havilland Dash 8 after signing a firm agreement for the conversion of a pair of aircraft. The conversion, offered by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, takes the base level Dash 8-400 and equips it as a freighter with a large cargo door - the Dash 8-400 F-LCD. Aero Transporte S.A. will put the aircraft to work from their home base in Peru, ferrying materials and equipment for the local mining clientele.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 414

Video Showed The Airplane’s Bank Angle Increase, The Nose Drop And The Airplane Enter A Near Vertical Left Spin

On January 18, 2023, at 1307 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 414 airplane, N4765G, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Modesto, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed runway 10L at Modesto City-County Airport-Harry Sham Field (MOD) at 1259. The pilot’s planned destination was Buchanan Field Airport (CCR), Concord, California. Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) flight data showed that the airplane climbed to 3,200 ft mean sea level (msl) as it made a right turn and departed t

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.08.23)

Aero Linx: Aviators Model Code of Conduct Welcome to the Aviators Model Code of Conduct. Developed by a team of aviation professionals and drawing upon decades of research and experience, the AMCC recommends operating practices to enhance the quality and safety of your flight operations. The AMCC applies to a range of operating environments, and pilot experience and certifications.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.08.23): VFR Terminal Area Charts

VFR Terminal Area Charts Depict Class B airspace which provides for the control or segregation of all the aircraft within Class B airspace. The chart depicts topographic information and aeronautical information which includes visual and radio aids to navigation, airports, controlled airspace, permanent SUA, obstructions, and related data.

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