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June 17, 2023

ALPA Commends FAA’s Secondary Barrier Final Rule

Nullus Introitus, Malefactor

ALPA has commended the Federal Aviation Administration’s issuance of a final rule pertaining to the implementation of secondary barriers. The term secondary barriers pertains to redundant means by which to block entrance to aircraft flight-decks, thereby diminishing the likelihood of unauthorized persons—primarily, hijackers—gaining access thereto.

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Home-Grown Iranian Variant of Antonov Takes Flight

New Model a Technically Rehash of Older An-140

An Iranian turboprop demonstrator made its first flight in the last week of May, taking to the skies around a year after being announced to the world. paving the way for the Simorgh program to march onwards to production. The closed-off Iranian aero industry is always an interesting study in slightly offbeat, character-filled designs, but this one is a pretty boring addition to the encyclopedia of aircraft - an also-ran cargo hauler. 

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EAA Chapter 534 Awards Ray Aviation Scholarship

Recipient Embarks Upon Pilot Career

Leesburg, Florida’s Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 announced on 11 June 2023 that it had awarded a Ray Aviation Scholarship to Luke Nunez of Clermont, Florida. The Scholarship is awarded to young people actively involved in EAA Chapter 534’s youth group, Squadron 534, who’ve displayed interest in earning Private Pilot Certification.

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Airbus, Daher to Unveil Electric TBM at Paris Air Show

Distributed Electric Power in Flight Tests Soon A joint Daher and Airbus project will get to strut its stuff at the upcoming Paris Air Show, updating onlookers as to the current state of the all-electric TBM-based aircraft. The EcoPulse demonstrator strays off the beaten path of its standard Jet-A drinking forebear with the addition of 6 electrically driven motors installed along the wings, trialing a distributed propulsion system to gauge overall energy efficiency.

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RAA Applauds Action on FAA Reauthorization Legislation

The Sound of Sycophancy

The Regional Airline Association (RAA)—a trade association representing 17 North American regional airlines and 280 associate, non-airline members—has applauded the U.S. House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s unanimous vote to advance 2023’s FAA reauthorization bill—known in Capitol Hill’s grandiloquent argot as The Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act. RAA president and CEO Faye Malarkey Black offered the following statement ...

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Bell Canada Sells 6 407GXi Helos to Argentina

New Aircraft will Bolster SAR Mission for Army, Air Force

Bell's Canadian sister inked a deal for half a dozen Bell 407GXi helicopters to the Argentine Ministry of Defense, done through a government-to-government contract. The Deal will equip the Argentinean Air Force and Army with the 407GXis for use as a modern, capable Search & Rescue aircraft. The 407s will be equipped with all the necessary kit needed to operate in the treacherous terrain of Argentina's mountainous regions.

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New State Capital Partners Announces New State Aviation Holdings

Blackhawk, AVEX, and Finnoff to Join Under One Corporate Roof

New State Capital Partners announced the creation of a general aviation platform to provide support for the Pilatus PC-12. The firm's recent merger with Finnoff Aviation Products led the way for a combined corporate body to merge their Pilatus offerings under a single roof. New State Aviation Holdings will combine New State Capital Partner's previous investments in Blackhawk Aerospace with the Finnoff catalog, offering a range of support beyond the PC-12 to a multitude of aircraft using the Pratt & Whitney PT6.

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Classic Aero-TV: Calidus Autogyro - An Exotic Rotorcraft Design

From 2012 (YouTube Version): An Autogyro Equipped For Long-Haul Flights...

James Shimer from Chesapeake Sport Pilot spends some time to show us the new Calidus Autogyro brought to us by Autogyro USA. Built in Germany, it’s constructed of composite and steel. It’s a sleek little autogyro that can cruise at about 90 knots on a Rotax 912 engine. It has a cruise range of about 400 nautical miles, so it’s a good cross-country machine, and it has very good short field takeoff and landing characteristics. The avionics are high tech and it even has an autopilot which is unusual for an autogyro.

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CAE Awarded USAF Rotary-Wing Training Contract

CAE-Bell Collaboration to Bolster Military Helicopter Operations

On 13 June 2023, CAE announced its CAE Defense & Security division has been awarded the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Rotary-Wing, Introductory Flight Training (IFT-R) contract to support the service’s Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The contract tasks CAE with providing flight training to USAF student pilots as part of the branch’s Helicopter Training Next program.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.17.23)

Aero Linx: FAI Skydiving Commission   The FAI Skydiving Commission (ISC) conducts FAI's parachuting and indoor skydiving activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.17.23): Landing Area

Landing Area

Any locality either on land, water, or structures, including airports/heliports and intermediate landing fields, which is used, or intended to be used, for the landing and takeoff of aircraft whether or not facilities are provided for the shelter, servicing, or for receiving or discharging passengers or cargo. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.17.23)

“With this action today addressing the installation of secondary barriers on newly manufactured aircraft, we must redouble our efforts to pass the Saracini Enhanced Aviation Safety Act (H.R. 911/S. 911) to address the retrofitting of existing airliners, and work to install primary barriers on cargo aircraft. Because ensuring that no terrorist—domestic or international—breaches another aircraft flight deck door again should be one of this nation’s highest security priorities.” Source: ALPA president Captain Jason Ambrosi, as ALPA commended the Federal Aviation Administration’s issuance of a final rule pertaining to the implementation of secondary barriers.

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