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May 29, 2023

NASA Solicits Lunar Terrain Vehicle for Artemis Missions

They’re at the Post

NASA is soliciting proposals for a next-generation LTV (Lunar Terrain Vehicle) by which the agency’s astronauts will be better able to explore the lunar south pole during near-future Artemis missions. By dint of a new generation of LTVs, Artemis astronauts will ostensibly explore and sample tracts of the lunar surface vastly beyond the pale of even the most able-bodied moonwalkers.

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Textron Celebrates One-Hundredth Citation Longitude

Flagship Citation Model’s Popularity Endures

Textron Inc., the Providence, Rhode Island-based conglomerate and parent company of Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Lycoming Engines, and Pipistrel, announced on 23 May 2023 that the one-hundredth production specimen of Cessna’s flagship Citation Longitude business jet had been completed and rolled out of the company’s Wichita, Kansas assembly plant.

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CAF Lady Liberty Squadron Hangar Mural Dazzles

The Superlative Side of OK

The aircraft hangar of the Commemorative Air Force’s Lady Liberty Squadron is currently being graced with a dazzling mural depicting America’s rich military aviation history. The work of art spans the doors of the classic, radius-roofed hangar on Oklahoma’s Enid Woodring Regional Airport (WDG)—draping the prosaic structure in the lavish raiments of pride and purpose.

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Second Florida PA-25-235 Banner Plane Accident Reported

Two Pawnees Lost in Eight Days

On Thursday, 25 May 2023, a second banner-towing Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee owned and operated by Aerial Banners went down in Broward County shortly after departing Pembroke Pines’ North Perry Airport (HWO). Responding HWO airport security and Pembroke Pines Fire & Rescue personnel rendered assistance to the pilot, who suffered significant injuries and was transported to the aforementioned Memorial Regional Hospital. Aerial Banners owner Bob Benyo stated: "Thoughts and prayers for the pilot, he’s in the hospital, he’s expected to make a full recovery, so he’s in our prayers.”

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Austro Engine Expands Hydrogen/Diesel Engine Program

Bosch, Vienna UT Included in Partners on Omnivorous, Sustainable Mill

Diamond's favorite supplier, Austro Engine, has embarked on a program with the Vienna University of Technology and Bosch General Aviation Technology for the creation of a "bivalent hydrogen engine". Diamond's sister company hopes to complete the research project by the end of 2024. The engine concept will hopefully be able to run on both kerosene/diesel fuels like a traditional Austro engine, while also being able to run on pure hydrogen. The problem is simpler in theory than in practice, of course, with Austro describing their basic idea as an engine with direct H2 injection and combustion via ignition jet instead of spark plugs.

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Duncan Aviation Revamps Citation 750

Used Jet Converted Into Affordable Alternative to Modern Aircraft

Duncan Aviation took a moment to show off their work in revamping an aged Citation 750, showing off an attractive, modern cabin that can run with nearly any modern OEM interior. The aircraft was redone by a combined, multi-department effort of Duncan Aviation specialists, bringing together each team to provide a like-new jet that's one-of-a-kind. The end result is tailored to customer preference, with every decision derived exactly from their needs and wants.

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Duncan Aviation Announces Scholarship Recipients

Karen K. Duncan Scholarship Recipients See up to $5,000 for College

Duncan Aviation published the profiles of the students chosen for its scholarship program, providing local students with assistance in meeting their tuition needs. The Karen K. Duncan Scholarship provides assistance for students attending a 2 or 4-year college or technical school, with the most recent disbursement providing for their upcoming Fall semester. Students supplied essays, academic achievements, leadership examples, and career goals for consideration, with a company committee reviewing them for selection.

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Boeing Business Jets Sees Raft of Activity

New Deals Inked for BBJ 737 MAX, 787 Dreamliner, and 777X

Boeing's smaller-scale, private jet operation has seen more sales activity than usual, announcing 4 orders for some of its most high-end aircraft. The 4 unnamed (of course) customers ordered outside the more affordable end of the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) catalog, where most tend to stay. Only 2 opted for their own private 737 MAX, while the others went for the much larger, more capable 787-8 and 777X. While Boeing's offerings are far and away bigger and longer-legged than the vast majority of competing top-of-the-line bizjets, a private 777 is still something to behold. 

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Classic Aero-TV: The Mosquito Helicopter - Not Much Bigger Than Some R/C Models!

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Proof That Good Things Do Come in Small Packages...

When the Academy of model Aeronautics held its AMA Expo 2016, one would assume that the Expo dealt only with model aircraft. But when ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, took a look at what was there, he also found an aircraft that expanded model technology to carry a person aloft. In this video Jim talks with, Joseph Aletky, who is an Unmanned Systems Instructor for Rotor F/X. The aircraft they’re talking about is a single place, very light-weight, personal manned helicopter, and it’s called the ‘Mosquito.’

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NTSB Prelim: Aeronca 7DC-CONV

The Pilot Leveled The Airplane, “…Applied Power And There Was No Thrust”

On May 5, 2023, about 0745 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 7DC-CONV, N3058E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot was interviewed by an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector and provided a written statement. The pilot described a “normal” preflight inspection, engine start, run-up, taxi, departure, and climb to about 2,000 ft mean sea level, where he established a heading toward his planned destinati

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.23)

Aero Linx: Florida Antique Biplane Association (FABA)

"Biplanes.....outrageous fun since 1903."  That quote really defines what the Florida Antique Biplane Association (FABA) is all about.  Our members are dedicated to preserving pre-1950 Biplanes, while aviating around the gorgeous state of Florida to fly-ins hosted by fellow members. Our FABA Fly-in season starts in October and concludes before the   Florida thunderstorm season kicks in.  Each month, through May, one of our members hosts a fly-in at often unique destination airports, many times a private grass strips perfect for our vintage craft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.23): Security Notice (SECNOT)

Security Notice (SECNOT)

A SECNOT is a request originated by the Air Traffic Security Coordinator (ATSC) for an extensive communications search for aircraft involved, or suspected of being involved, in a security violation, or are considered a security risk. A SECNOT will include the aircraft identification, search area, and expiration time. The search area, as defined by the ATSC, could be a single airport, multiple airports, a radius of an airport or fix, or a route of flight. Once the expiration time has been reached, the SECNOT is considered to be canceled.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.29.23)

“We want to leverage industry’s knowledge and innovation, combined with NASA’s history of successfully operating rovers, to make the best possible surface rover for our astronaut crews and scientific researchers.” Source: Lara Kearney, manager of NASA’s Extravehicular Activity and Human Surface Mobility program at the agency’s Johnson Space Center, explaining some of the rationale behind NASA's soliciting proposals for a next-generation LTV (Lunar Terrain Vehicle) by which the agency’s astronauts will be better able to explore the lunar south pole during near-future Artemis missions.

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