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September 15, 2023

Airborne 09.15.23: Foundation Sale, Pilot Increase, Remote ID

 Also: Alaska Super Cub Accident, B-21 Raider, HSVTOL Testing, 1B Gallons SAF

 
 
The Historic Flight Foundation’s collection of vintage aircraft is being sold off to pay a $20.1-million debt incurred by its founder, John Sessions. In 2022, a jury in Williston, North Dakota found Sessions and one of his companies, Eagle Crest Apartments, had fraudulently transferred funds to other businesses owned by Sessions, including the Historic Flight Foundation. The last 12-months have seen the FAA certify a total of 10,191 new Airline Transport Pilots (ATP). In August 2023 alone, upwards of 1,200 new ATPs were vetted and written gleaming new tickets—the largest monthly number in history. In keeping with the expectations of myriad aviati

Historic Flight Foundation Aircraft to be Sold Off

The Perils of Speculative Investment

The Historic Flight Foundation’s collection of vintage aircraft is being sold off to pay a $20.1-million debt incurred by its founder, John Sessions. In 2022, a jury in Williston, North Dakota found Sessions and one of his companies, Eagle Crest Apartments, had fraudulently transferred funds to other businesses owned by Sessions, including the Historic Flight Foundation. Sessions appealed the verdict to the North Dakota Supreme Court—albeit unsuccessfully.

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B-21 Raider Testing Proceeding Apace

Ground Engine Runs Underway at Palmdale

Personnel tasked with officiating the ground- and flight-testing campaigns salient to the DOD’s acceptance of the United States Air Force’s newest and most technologically-advanced, combat-capable stealth-bomber—Northrop-Grumman’s B-21 raider—have commenced engine runs at Northrop-Grumman’s Palmdale, California facility. So states the USAF. Engine testing is an essential milestone in the maturation of any aircraft platform—military or civilian—and heralds the imminent entry into service of the world’s first sixth-generation tactical aircraft.

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NASA Commissions Report on Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena

Agency to Appoint Director of UAP Research

In response to a recommendation set forth by an independent study team, NASA has committed to assuming a more formal posture vis-à-vis humankind’s understanding of Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP)—known formerly and less equivocally as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). For purpose imbuing the undertaking with a caricature of legitimacy, the agency has appointed a director of UAP research.

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Royal Flying Doctor Service Selects FlightAware

Iconic Aussie Medical Service Betters Asset Tracking

The Queensland Section of Australia’s iconic Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS)—a non-profit aero-medical outfit providing emergency and primary healthcare services to persons and communities within Australia’s vast and remote interior—has selected FlightAware, a division of Collins Aerospace and provider of real-time and historical aircraft tracking and data services, to meet the organization’s complex and operationally-demanding flight-tracking requirements.

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Enstrom Helicopter Corporation to Join Oconto Elks Fly-In

Brand Awareness Amongst Elks in the Badger State

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation will celebrate Oconto, Wisconsin’s high-flying heritage at the Oconto County Elks Fly-In on Saturday, 16 September at the J. Douglas Bake Municipal Airport (OCQ). Enstrom vice-president of sales and marketing Dennis Martin will fly into Oconto in on of his company’s eminently popular and 480B helicopters. The machine will join nearly three-dozen additional aircraft and upwards of two-hundred classic automobiles. Flyovers will take place throughout the event.

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Development of GCAP 6th Gen Stealth Fighter Continues

Joint Anglo-Japanese-Italian Effort to Field Aircraft by 2035

Defense industry leaders hailing from the U.K., Japan, and Italy have entered into a trilateral collaboration agreement for purpose of delivering the concept phase requirements of a next-generation combat aircraft under the auspices of the Global Combat Air Program (GCAP)—a multinational initiative to develop a sixth-generation stealth fighter by 2035.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.07.23: AEA v MOSAIC, Rotax Fly-In, DarkAero 1

Also: MidWest LSA Expo!, Hawk Gyro Reborn..., EAA Pancake Brkfst, Sun ‘n Fun 2024 Tickets

Notwithstanding the buzz MOSAIC has occasioned amongst pilots and aeronautical stakeholders, AEA notes that little mention has been made of the FAA’s intentions—under MOSAIC—to amend nine discrete regulations. Moreover, the docket includes 17 supporting documents (including two draft ACs), 129 footnotes, 26 Federal Register cites, and seven policy documents equating to well over 1000 pages of information. A Rotax-branded shindig at the Weiße Möwe Wels airfield saw a strong  turnout of almost 300 guests from acro

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Classic Aero-TV: True Blue Power - A Natural Evolution for Lithium-Ion

From 2017 (YouTube Version): As Battery Technology Becomes More Sophisticated, True Blue Power Is At the Tip of the Spear…

It seems like we’ve heard a lot of negativity about lithium-ion batteries as it relates to exploding telephones and other electrical appliances being carried onboard an airplane. However, when the technology is applied correctly, True Blue Power has demonstrated that it can be a primary battery power source for an aircraft that has numerous advantages. Business is growing for True Blue Power, and while at the Business

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.07.23: AEA v MOSAIC, Rotax Fly-In, DarkAero 1

Also: MidWest LSA Expo!, Hawk Gyro Reborn..., EAA Pancake Brkfst, Sun ‘n Fun 2024 Tickets

Notwithstanding the buzz MOSAIC has occasioned amongst pilots and aeronautical stakeholders, AEA notes that little mention has been made of the FAA’s intentions—under MOSAIC—to amend nine discrete regulations. Moreover, the docket includes 17 supporting documents (including two draft ACs), 129 footnotes, 26 Federal Register cites, and seven policy documents equating to well over 1000 pages of information. A Rotax-branded shindig at the Weiße Möwe Wels airfield saw a strong  turnout of almost 300 guests from acro

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NTSB Prelim: Grumman Acft Eng Corschweizer G-164A

Airplane Was Topped Off With Fuel And 1,700 Lbs. Of An Insecticide The Night Prior To Accident

On August 06, 2023, about 0927 Pacific daylight time, a Grumman G164A, N5450, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Davis, California. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. According to the operator, the airplane was topped off with fuel and 1,700 lbs. of an insecticide the night prior to accident. The morning of the accident, the pilot departed from Medlock Field Airport, Woodland, and conducted an aerial application of insecticide on a nearby field before he returned. The hopper was refilled with another 1,700 lbs. of

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.15.23)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire welcomes everyone with an interest in learning more about New Hampshire's exciting aviation history. The Aviation Museum is New Hampshire's only working museum devoted to aviation history in the Granite State.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.15.23): Blast Pad

Blast Pad

A surface adjacent to the ends of a runway provided to reduce the erosive effect of jet blast and propeller wash. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.15.23)

“Using unclassified data was essential for our team’s fact-finding, open-communication collaboration, and for upholding scientific rigor to produce this report for NASA. The team wrote the report in conjunction with NASA’s pillars of transparency, openness, and scientific integrity to help the agency shed light on the nature of future UAP incidents. We found that NASA can help the whole-of-government UAP effort through systematic data calibration, multiple measurements, and ensuring thorough sensor metadata to create a data set that is both reliable and extensive for future UAP study.”   Source: David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation and chair of the UAP independent study team, explaini

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