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May 14, 2023

Southwest Airlines Pilots Vote to Authorize Strike

Unhappy with Contract Negotiations, 99% of SWA Aviators Approve Strike

Southwest Airlines pilots voted "overwhelmingly" in favor of authorizing a strike, with 98% of the base turning out to cast their ballot behind the issue. Only 1% voted against the strike, which shows where the pilots' heads are at this point in the negotiation process. The authorization won't, like so many exciting-sounding votes, result in an actual walk out, but may help to push the company in one direction or another as Southwest pilots hunt for better contract terms.

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Three Presumed Dead in U.S. Navy Training Accident

USCG Suspends Search for Downed Learjet

The three-man crew of a U.S. Navy-contracted Learjet was lost on Wednesday, 10 May 2023 when their aircraft went down near San Clemente Island—a U.S. Navy-owned landmass off San Diego’s Pacific shore. The lost aircraft was one of two Phoenix Air-owned-and-operated Learjets taking part in a U.S. Navy training exercise.

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Warbirds in Review Returns to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Echoes of America’s Wars

The upcoming 70th edition of EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh will see the return of Warbirds in Review—an unparalleled aviation event that brings together historic airplanes, the pilots by which they were flown, and the individuals by whose stewardship and devotion they remain extant and predominantly airworthy. Encompassing some eighty-years of military aviation history, the attraction speaks compellingly to the machines, men, and women by which these United States have been protected and preserved for more than a century. 

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Lee Enterprises Consulting Joins Forever Flight Alliance

The FAA Brain Trust Paradox

On 10 May 2023, Lee Enterprises Consulting announced it has joined the Forever Flight Alliance (FFA), a joint undertaking of the Lindbergh and XPRIZE foundations which seeks to “accelerate pathways to net-zero-carbon aviation. Presently, LEC will work with the FFA’s Brain Trust of aviation and environmental authorities for purpose of identifying key barriers to the production, scaling, and use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF).

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Airborne 05.05.23: Perlan Project II, Whitaker For FAA Admin?, U-2s Retiring?

Also: New COPA Boss, FAA Sued Over SpaceX Starship, ZeroAvia, 2nd Axiom Mission Delayed

Airbus’s Perlan Mission II sets out to make important discoveries germane to high-altitude flight, atmospheric phenomena, and alleged climate change. The historic endeavor instantiates the culmination of decades of research conducted by a tireless international team of aviators and scientists who’ve selflessly volunteered their time and expertise for the nonprofit Perlan Project. The Biden administration is eyeing Mike Whitaker, a former Obama-era Federal Aviation Administration official, to supersede Phil Washington as its nominee for the FAA Administrator pos

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NBAA Throws Weight Behind HR 1818

Addresses Ways & Means Committee With Support for Flight Training Education

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) joined in with a chorus of aviation stakeholders to urge the US House of Reps Committee on Ways & Means to "act swiftly in support of legislation to assist students pursuing aviation careers." The target of their attention is H.R.1818, the "Aviation Workforce Development Act", a bill that would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow 529 college savings plans to be used for education-related expenses at FAA-certified facilities that provide aviation students with training for private and commercial ratings as well as AMTs.

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Klyde Morris (05.08.23)

Klyde Opines That Billy Nolen Can't Get Out Fast Enough...


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USHST Webinar to Address Bird-Strikes

Nevermore …

For the purpose of addressing the exigency of bird-strikes and promulgating means by which to lessen the incidence thereof, the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) will host a webinar on 07 June. Free to all inclined to better protect themselves and their passengers from unwanted, high-speed meetings with inattentive or suicidal ornithoids, the webinar will begin at 13:00 EDT.

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Signature Aviation Opens Revamped Facility in Anchorage

Refurbished Location Aimed at Transpacific Bizjet Operations

Signature Aviation has announced the grand opening of its newly renovated facility at Ted Stevens Anchorage  International Airport, now sporting an expansive ramp and passenger terminal for trans-pacific flights. The location now sports 13,900 square feet of terminal space, with more than 90,000 square feet of ramp to allow plenty of space for those passing through. Signature is planning ahead, with features aimed at supporting long-distance operations going forward. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Fast, Small, & Exciting - An Introduction To FPV Racing

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Drone Racing A Hit At Sebring

The Sebring Sport Aviation Expo has "Sport" prominently featured in its name, and one of the fastest-growing segments of sports, and sport aviation, is drone racing. So it would seem to make sense that steps from the Sebring Speedway, drone racing was taking place at the January air show. Brian Morris of Team Multistar told ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell that there were about 110 of the fastest drone pilots competing at the show for a total prize purse of $20,000, with $10,000 going to the ove

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NTSB Prelim: Jr Ace Jr Ace

One Witness Observed The Airplane Dive Into The Quarry On Its Final Pass And Collide With A Vertical Rock Wall

On April 13, 2023, about 1330 central daylight time, a Junior Ace experimental airplane, N5545, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The flight originated from the owner/pilot’s private airstrip in Ash Flat, Arkansas. The airstrip was about 16 miles from the accident location.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.14.23)

Aero Linx: The Army Aviation Medicine Association 

The Army Aviation Medicine Association is the subset of members of the SoUSAFS that are also members of the Aerospace Medical association (ASMA) and is a constituent organization of ASMA with separate Bylaws and governance IAW with the constitution and Bylaws of the Aerospace MEdical Association

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.14.23): Night

Night [ICAO]

The hours between the end of evening civil twilight and the beginning of morning civil twilight or such other period between sunset and sunrise as may be specified by the appropriate authority.  Note: Civil twilight ends in the evening when the center of the sun's disk is 6 degrees below the horizon and begins in the morning when the center of the sun's disk is 6 degrees below the horizon.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.14.23)

“Suspending search efforts is one of the hardest decisions to be made, but after aggressively searching the area around San Clemente Island for more than 24-hours using land, air, and surface assets with negative results, the decision was made to suspend the active search until further information or developments occur. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing passengers.”

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Captain Jim Spitler -- from a statement made as the USCG was forced to call off a search tha

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