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August 21, 2023

Airborne 08.21.23: Gryder Loses Suit, AEA Report, NTSB V YouTube Fraud

 Also: Russia Pushes ADIZ, Volga-Dnepr v Canada, Julie Clark Award, Piper Sales

 
 
A Texas court has ruled that online allegations made by controversial YouTuber Dan Gryder against Texas pilot and airport-owner Charles Cook were false and defamatory. District Court Judge John Chupp of Texas’s Tarrant County ordered Gryder to pay Cook a total of $1,081,667 plus interest. Dan Gryder is the proprietor of Probable Cause, a YouTube channel dedicated to the analysis of aviation incidents and accidents. Detractors of his channel contend Gryder’s analyses are hasty, often presumptuous, and vituperative in degrees ranging from tacit to overt. AEA has released its second-quarter 2023 Avionics Market Report. In the first six months of t

Boeing Prepares to Transform MD-90 Into X-66A

Dawn of the Transonic Truss-Braced Wing

Boeing is making ready to modify an MD-90 narrow-body airliner—transforming the machine radically for purpose of testing the company’s Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) architecture under the auspices of NASA's Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project. Upon completion of an extensive series of structural modifications, the MD-90 will emerge as the X-66A.

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San Remo Registered Global Express Seized in Zambia

Passengers Jailed; Zambian Government Impugned

On the afternoon of Sunday, 13 August 2023, a Bombardier Global Express, San Remo registration T7-WW, departed Cairo, Egypt, crossed the African interior, and landed at Zambia’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the Zambian capital city of Lusaka. On Tuesday, 15 August, Egyptian news-outlets broke reports setting forth Zambian authorities had seized the aircraft, aboard which they allegedly discovered approximately $5.7-million (USD), 602 “suspected” gold bars massing some 127-kilograms (280-pounds), five firearms described as “pistols,” and 126-rounds of ammunition.

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Israeli Strike Forces Russian Drone Technicians to Shelter in Iranian Hotel

Strange Bedfellows

A group of Russians visiting Iran for purpose of gleaning instruction pertaining to drone manufacturing was compelled to shelter in a hotel during an Israeli strike on a munitions factory in the east-central Iranian city of Isfahan. The Russian assemblage’s visit to Isfahan evinces Moscow’s ambition to establish a drone-production facility in Russia with the help of on-again-off-again Russian ally, Iran. Specifically, Moscow aspires to facilitate Russian domestic production of a variant of Iran’s Shahed-136 drone—known colloquially as the Geran-2.

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Belgium Proposes Taxation of Aviation Fuel-Airline Tickets

The Road to Nowhere

Seeking, ostensibly, to address environmental impact, Belgian authorities are making ready to propose a European aviation tax on fuel and airline tickets. According E.U. news-outlets, the move, put forward during a meeting of the European Union’s Parliament, aims for what its authors call “fair pricing of air travel’s ecological effects.” A similar proposal was formerly introduced by the Netherlands. The Belgian initiative is set to be discussed during an upcoming meeting of the E.U.’s Council of Environment Ministers.

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Sporty’s Offers Folding Knee Desk

Sorry Center-Sticks, This One’s for the Yokes

Sportys has shown off tis new aviator workstation in the form of a lap-bound ‘organizer’ offering a stiff metallic 9”x8” surface. The “Metal Bi-Fold Lap Desk” allows pilots and pax to put that open thigh space to use with a folding, knee-mounted workplace for charts, notes, and devices. The lap desk features a clamp on the right side for keeping maps and papers in position during the flight, with the powder-coated steel board allowing the use of placement magnets anywhere else.

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Danish and Dutch F-16s Bound for Ukraine

Washington Approval Risks Escalation

The U.S., on Friday, 18 August 2023, approved requests set forth by Denmark and the Netherlands to export American-made F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. The decision speaks at once to significant advancements in both Kyiv’s military capabilities and the Western World’s progress in the direction of a third world war.

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Classic Aero-TV: Bird's Eye View - A Model Aviation FPV Primer

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Pretty Darned Close To Being RIGHT There... FPV Offers Exciting Possibilities

While at eFest 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, took the time to talk with Jack Marck, the foam category marketing manager for Horizon Hobby. When we use the word “foam,” we’re talking about extremely light-weight RC model airplanes that are constructed out of various types of plastic foams. The subject of this discussion was all about FPV. “First Person View,” is referred to in the modeling world as FPV. In this type of RC model flying the pilot controls the plane by actually viewing the fli

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NTSB Prelim: Boeing 767-322

The Airplane Appeared To Bounce, And (the FO) Reacted By Pulling Aft On The Control Yoke

On July 29, 2023, about 1034 central daylight time (CDT), United Airlines flight 702, a Boeing 767-322(ER), N641UA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident while landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), Houston, Texas. The 202 passengers and crew onboard were uninjured. The flight was operating as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 121 scheduled domestic passenger flight from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey, to IAH. The flight crew reported that the first officer (FO) was the pilot flying and the captain was the pilot monitoring. The departure from EWR and the cruise segment of the flight we

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.21.23)

Aero Linx: N3N Owners and Restorers Association Welcome to the website of the N3N Owners and Restorers Association. Our association is dedicated to the preservation of the Navy N3N aircraft. The N3N holds a special place in aviation history. The aircraft was both designed and built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, located on the grounds of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. It is believed to be the only primary training aircraft ever produced as a convertible (land and sea) design. It holds the distinction of being the last biplane in US Military service – in operation at the Naval Academy (Annapolis) until 1959.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.21.23): Discrete Code

Discrete Code As used in the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), any one of the 4096 selectable Mode 3/A aircraft transponder codes except those ending in zero zero; e.g., discrete codes: 0010, 1201, 2317, 7777; nondiscrete codes: 0100, 1200, 7700. Nondiscrete codes are normally reserved for radar facilities that are not equipped with discrete decoding capability and for other purposes such as emergencies (7700), VFR aircraft (1200), etc.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.21.23)

"And again, we emphasize that this event is to be set in one of the most professional environments in the sport aviation community. The event will offer extensive indoor exhibit space, fast and easy access to flying areas and activities, and expert forums and guidance for the sport aviation community--provided by experts and associates that contribute to the SportPlane Resource Guide. "

Source: From a recent update about our plans to partner with some exceedingly qualified people and organizations to revitalize the winter sport aviation fly-in network with an offering on the SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo campus.

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