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June 29, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 06.29.23: Pilot Retention, Aura Aero, Av-Talent Forecast

 Also: Amerijet Pilots Ratify, Skill Development, Hartzell Engine Tech, NASA AirVenture 2023

Morningstar Air Express operates primarily as a subcontractor for FedEx. In addition to a contract, all-cargo FedEx service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia, Morningstar offers ad hoc all-cargo charter services. Notwithstanding its long-standing, stable, and profitable arrangement with FedEx, the post-COVID era has seen Morningstar struggle to retain pilot talent. Airbus Flight Academy Europe signed a memorandum of understanding with Aura Aero for the development of a new, training-focused version of the INTEGRAL E. Under the agreement, the Airbus training subsidiary will "collaborate on the initial development of

United CEO Impugns FAA

“It’s Been Building Up for a Long Time”

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby impugned the Federal Aviation Agency's decision to cancel thousands of flights over the 24-25 June weekend on account of less-than-perfect weather. The cancellations and delays affected more than 150,000 United Airlines customers—so states the Chicago-based air-carrier.

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FAA Issues G-1 Certification for Lilium Jet

Defining the Lilium Jet’s Path Forward

Lilium, the Munich-based, German aerospace concern, announced it has received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration G-1 Certification Basis requisite type-certificate validation of its Lilium Jet. The FAA’s issuance of G-1 certification vis-à-vis Lilium’s eVTOL comes some three-years after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)—Lilium’s primary airworthiness authority—issued analogous provisions.

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Hartzell Engine Tech to Host AirVenture Educational Forums

A Trio of Dives to the Depths of PFM

EAA AirVenture 2023 will see Hartzell Engine Tech—formerly Hartzell Engine Technologies—present a number of educational forums for pilots and aircraft owners and maintainers at Booths 257 and 258.

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FAA Temporarily Pauses D.C. Metroplex Flights

Radio Dereliction Enraging

The Federal Aviation Administration set forth in a Twitter thread that the malfunction and subsequent repair of a radar system at the Potomac Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility had compelled the agency to ground flights across the airports of the Washington D.C. Metroplex for roughly one hour on Sunday, 25 June 2023.

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Senate Bill Seeks to End Buttigieg’s Personal Use of FAA Jets

For Pete’s Sake …

On 26 June, a bill aiming to put an end to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s personal use of U.S. taxpayer funded government aircraft was put before the U.S. Senate. If passed, the legislation—introduced by Senator Eric Schmitt (Republican, Missouri)—would prohibit Buttigieg and his DOT contemporaries from making personal use of government aircraft excepting in times of emergency or instances in which the cost of private travel is projected to be five-percent less than a commercial flight to the same destination.

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Airborne 06.21.23: Gone West-Jim Tweto, BF-109 4 Sale, FAA Reauthorization Woes

Also: Sporty’s Revamps CFI Course, Oshkosh Anniversaries, Enstrom 2 Oshkosh, Indigo Busy BIG

Alaska State Troopers reported that noted bush pilot, television personality, aviation executive, and long-time Alaska resident Jim Tweto (68) lost his life in an as-of-yet poorly understood aircraft accident in the vicinity of Shaktoolik, Alaska. One of the earliest intact BF-109s is up for grabs from Platinum fighter sales. The 1938 Messerschmitt BF-109E-1 started its career with the Condor Legion in Spain, flying with their Air Force through 1950. It was discharged from official SAF service then, flying as a trainer through 1958. The aircraft made its way int

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Classic Aero-TV: NASA's Prandtl-D -- Preliminary Research Design to Lower Drag

From 2016 (YouTube Version): CAUTION -- Everything You Thought You Knew About Aerodynamics Is About To Be Tested...

When ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, attended the AMA Expo 2016, he probably never expected to get a lesson on advanced aerodynamics at a show that featured recreational radio controlled airplanes. However, he learned some amazing things about new aerodynamic research and is sharing it with you in this video.

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Death of SAT Ramp Worker Ruled a Suicide

The Tragic End of a Difficult Life

The Friday, 23 June death of a ramp-worker at Texas’s San Antonio International Airport (SAT) has been ruled a suicide. The decedent, David Renner, 27, was said by his family to have lived a challenging life.

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EAA and Boeing Extend AirVenture Collaboration Agreement

In Service of the Greater Good

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has announced the extension of its Platinum-Level sponsorship with U.S. aerospace titan Boeing. The EAA’s AirVenture relationship with Boeing—by which the whole of the general aviation sector benefits—dates back to 1989 and has kept Boeing’s AirVenture presence among the largest on AirVenture’s Oshkosh, Wisconsin grounds.

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NTSB Releases Final Report on March 2023 Midair Collision

A Bump in the Day VFR

The NTSB has released its final report on a 17 March 2023 accident in which a 1950-vintage Ryan Navion A, registration N610, and a 1987 Yakovlev YAK-52, registration N2504U, collided while taking part in a formation flight in the vicinity of Mesa, Arizona. The incident saw both aircraft substantially damaged and one of the Navion’s two occupants seriously injured.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.23)

Aero Linx: Aeroclub Volovelistico del Mugello

In compliance with the statutory purposes, the Aeroclub Volovelistico del Mugello A.S.D. organizes promotional flights by glider to anyone who requests it in order to spread the culture of flight and the passion for air sports. Flights take place all year round, weather permitting, of course. Anyone can fly; It is sufficient to respect the minimum age from 12 years old. There are no other requirements.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.23): Cleared For The Option

Cleared For The Option

ATC authorization for an aircraft to make a touch-and-go, low approach, missed approach, stop and go, or full stop landing at the discretion of the pilot. It is normally used in training so that an instructor can evaluate a student’s performance under changing situations. Pilots should advise ATC if they decide to remain on the runway, of any delay in their stop and go, delay clearing the runway, or are unable to comply with the instruction(s).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.29.23)

"Secretary Buttigieg seems averse to traveling on the very commercial airlines that his department oversees. It’s far past time that Secretary Buttigieg travel commercially instead of wasting taxpayer dollars on private jet flights.” Source: Senator Schmitt, speaking up about a a bill aiming to put an end to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s personal use of U.S. taxpayer funded government aircraft was put before the U.S. Senate.  

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