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May 21, 2023

TOCSIN-4 CO Monitor Updated

The Air Up There

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a lethal, silent, and ever-present threat to general aviation pilots—a threat against which conventional household CO monitors are largely ineffective. The same cannot be said, however, of the TOCSIN-4 Cockpit Monitor—an advanced single gas detector specifically designed for aircraft cockpits.

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APA and American Airlines Management Reach Agreement in Principle

Hope in the 11th Hour

On 19 May, the APA announced its negotiating committee and American Airlines management had reached an agreement in principle (AIP) on a new collective bargaining agreement. In a statement to American Airlines pilots, the union set forth ...

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Historic Aircraft Preservation Society to Raffle Piper J-3 Cub

Win Lulu Belle, a 1942-Vintage Piper J-3/L-4B Cub

On 15 May 2023, the Historic Aircraft Preservation Society announced it is offering a classic Piper J-3/L-4B Cub as the grand prize of its summer 2023 fund-raising campaign. The aircraft, dubbed Lulu Belle, began life as an Army L-4B and was assigned to North Carolina’s Camp Butner, where she helped train artillery spotters in preparation for the Allied invasion of Europe. Lulu Belle is in current annual inspection and has logged 325 hours Since Major Overhaul (SMOH) on a 75-horsepower Continental engine. The aircraft is equipped with a Garmin GTR-200 Comm/Intercom and ready to fly home.

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Satcom Direct Obtains Dassault Falcon 7X STC

New Intelsat Connection Comes Hot on the Heels of Dassault 2000LX, 900EXy STCs

Satcom Direct has obtained an STC for its Ku-band tail-mounted antenna system on the Dassault Falcon 7X. The approval will allow US and European operators to avail themselves of the installation of the SD Plane Simple antenna variant throughout the Dassault factory MRO and Dassault Aircraft Services network. The change will help operators offer worldwide connectivity through the Intelsat FlexExec high throughput satellite network. While the landscape for in-flight internet connectivity has heated up as of late, longer-standing antenna networks remain the brand of choice for government operators.

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Klyde Morris (05.19.23)

Klyde Yearns For The Days When Tinfoil Was Enough...


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Altitude Angel Launches UK UAV App

“Drone Assist” Unifies Apps From Company Portfolio into Single Offering

Altitude anger has released a new version of the popular UK-region UAV flight planning tool Drone Assist, also announcing a number of additional integrations that will see it become a single-stop app for all its drone services. The new version of Drone Assist will provide integrated flight planning, advanced flight path drawing tools, and approval services for complex airspace. The option provides a simple, streamlined way to request access to operate in airspace such as an airport FRZ, or land with access restrictions.

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Advertisement – ASA Partnership Announced

A Study in Symbiosis has partnered with aviation training product supplier Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. (ASA) for purpose of affording job-seekers a comprehensive and expedient means by which to locate, review, and pursue opportunities within myriad aviation and aviation-related fields—directly on ASA’s website.

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Classic Aero-TV: 'Never Give Up' - Advice From Two of FedEx's Female Captains

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Overcoming Obstacles To Achieve Their Dreams…

At EAA AirVenture 2015, FedEx arrived with one of their Airbus freight hauling aircraft and placed it on display for AirVenture attendees to explore. While having the airplane on display added to the AirVenture adventure, there is more to the story. The crew piloting airplane was all-female. In the video you’ll meet two determined women who found a way to progress in aviation through fortitude and persistence. The interview starts in the left seat with Dolores Pavlectic, who is an A300/A310 Fleet Captain and, a Senior Manager of flight operations

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Apollo MedFlight Adopts ICARUS Device

High-Tech Training Aid Gaining Popularity

ICARUS Devices, a Wisconsin-based start-up founded by Nick Sinopoli in the wake of a friend’s aviation-related death, announced on 18 May 2023 that Amarillo, Texas-based air-ambulance operator Apollo MedFlight will presently integrate the Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System (ICARUS) smart View-Limiting Device (VLD) into its pilot training curriculum.  

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DJI Debuts Matrice 350 RTK Commercial Drone

Designed To Operate Nominally In The Harsh Flight Environments Characteristic Of Commercial And Rescue Operations

DJI announced the launch of its Matrice 350 RTK (M350 RTK), a drone model of which the company states: “Whether used as a business tool or to save lives, the M350 RTK is an upgraded flagship drone platform that is more adaptable, safer, and efficient for any aerial operation in public-safety, energy, mapping, infrastructure, or forestry, to name a few.”

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney Aircraft Corp. M20K

As The Airplane Entered The Climb, “Something Just Didn’t Feel Right”

On May 6, 2023, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20K airplane, N262MK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), Manville, New Jersey. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that earlier in the day he had departed for a visual flight rules cross-country flight after the airplane had a new propeller installed. The flight was uneventful, and he landed at 47N for fuel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.21.23)

Aero Linx: AC-130W Stinger II

The AC-130W Stinger II primary missions are close air support and air interdiction. Air interdiction missions are conducted against preplanned targets or targets of opportunity and include strike coordination and reconnaissance.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.21.23)

“Fellow pilots, thank you for your steadfast support throughout this lengthy process. As always, we will proceed with the best interests of the pilot group foremost in our minds.”

Source: From a statement by the Allied Pilots Association (APA) thanking American Airlines’ pilots for their solidarity and resolve in their recent labor issues.

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