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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

ScaleBirds Updates Followers on P-36 Development

LiteFighter Coming Along Nicely on Road to Market

ScaleBirds updated a watchful warbird fanbase on the current progress in bringing the LiteFighter to market, along with plans for the summer airshow season. The LiteFighter P-36A Hawk is coming along quite nicely, with the first sets of tails, rudders, horizontal stabilizers, and elevators being built for early beta builders. ScaleBirds isn't totally done with the whole kit and kaboodle just yet, but they're sending out the elements they have squared away so builders can hit the ground running on their own builds.

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

Cessna Citation Ascend Catches Eyes in Banner Test Flight

Unpainted Prototype Takes to the Sky for a Sunny VFR Ride

The second Cessna Citation Ascend, P1, first took off as a flight test article late last year, and has now become the first conforming production aircraft. Its first true-to-life flight test putting it through its paces and rounding all the bases took place this month, with company test pilots Michael Bradfield and Maurice Girard at the helm. The flight took an hour and 24 minutes, achieving a max altitude of 13,500 feet and a max speed of 308 knots. Once in service, it won't be too common for a Citation Ascend to hang out so low, but it's a suitable demonstration of a good old VFR demo flight, in any case. 

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

US Parachute Association Moving Forward on NextGen Parachute Seals

Plastic, Mylar, and Paper Soon to be the Order of the Day in Rigging

The parachutists are getting rid of their old-school lead slugs while rigging up their chutes, now that the Parachute Industry Association has given some alternatives. In February, the Association published Technical Bulletin TB-266, stating that they see "no impediment to immediate implementation of the use of the alternative means of sealing auxiliary or emergency parachutes explored by the Rigging Committee.” In Technical Bulletin TB-266, the PIA said that lead, plastic, and paper seals are good to go provided they're equipped with the same 4.75-pound cotton break thread specified in most manufacturer instructions. The tying knot can be hidden and sealed inside using any of the methods, which should easily meet requirements in 14 CFR 65.133, since "After packing a parachute [the rigger] shall seal the pack with his seal in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendation for that type of parachute."

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

Airborne 06.17.24: Icon Sale?, Risen TransAtlantic Crossing, ISS Scare

Also: AirVenture Schedule, Aero-Playground, LA ANG F15 Milestone, Eve Air Mobility

Court documents have identified ‘SG Investment America’ as the successful bidder in the convoluted bankruptcy process that should see them as Icon Aircraft’s new owner. It was not a big draw--especially after a rumored 450 possible bidders turned them down... 'SG Investment America' is not as American as titled but pretty much owned by Chinese corporate interests... making Icon the latest of several American aviation concerns that have had their ownership and Intellectual property taken over by companies based in China... An amazing flight has just been completed with a unique and highly refined sport aircraft with what appears to have an extremely high degree of efficiency. Risen’s Andreas Venturini and Alberto Porto committed themselves to an extraordinary personal and aerodynamic test with the announcement of their “Challenge Flight”

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

Airborne-Flight Training 06.13.24: Abandoned Students, Nolinor C172, Simming

Also: USN Jet Returns, MD530F Special Missions, PAL Aerospace, FedEx Picket

Students of Atlantis Aviation Flight school are apparently either out the total sum of their prepaid flight training, or waiting on probate to get on with their careers, after the owners of the school died in an aircraft accident last March. Several students caught the attention of local news, sharing their plight with reporters in the hopes of continuing on with their training. Atlantis Aviation is, or was, a flight school offering students the usual zero-to-hero flight training experience in addition to the standard Part 61 experience. Nolinor Aviation has acquired a second Cessna 172 for its Become a Pilot program. This Cessna 172 (C-172), rich in history and carefully restored, will be made available to Nolinor Aviation employees, offering an exceptional pilot training opportunity. The Flight Simulation Association completed a survey of pilots and air traffic con

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

American Airlines Flight Attendants Announce 30-City Picket

Flight Attendants Getting in on the Fun of Negotiations, Too

After a couple years of headlining victories in the world of pilots, the flight attendants are ramping up to get a cut of the action, too. American Airlines Flight Attendants celebrated the "Worldwide Flight Attendant Day of Action" with a picket of 30 cities around their network. The group takes major issue with the fact that "executives reward themselves with hefty bonuses and pay raises while Flight Attendants are left without an agreement that appropriately recognizes their contributions." They're not kidding, either, saying that "American Airlines Flight Attendants are closer to a strike than they have been in 30+ years", which isn't good news to execs looking at a warm summer travel season.

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

Klyde Morris (06.17.24)

Klyde... Florida Is Ready To Welcome SpaceX With Open Arms -- Right?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

Airborne 06.14.24: Air Race Classic, Bong's P-38, Powered Lift Regs

Also: SU-57 Destroyed?, Starship FL Mtgs, Hartzell Propeller Core Program, ForeFlight 16.5 

The Air Race Classic will launch from Southern Illinois Airport (KMDH) in Carbondale/Murphysboro on Tuesday July 18 and terminate 2,610 statute miles later on Saturday July 21 at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL) in Loveland, Colorado. The annual competition of planning, strategy, skill, and teamwork goes back 95 years to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby. The effort to recover the remains of Richard Bong's old P-38 Lightning have already fostered some changes between Pacific Wrecks, the team searching for it, and its resting place of Papua New Guinea. Bong earned himself the Medal of Honor while flying 'Marge', his P-38, but the aircraft was lost when it was loaned out to another pilot in his unit, never to be seen again. The FAA is looking for public commentary on a draft Advisory Circular regarding the type, production, and airworth

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

2024 SUN N FUN Innovation Preview Segments Published

Massive Aviation News Event Started 2024 Off With a Plethora of Exciting Info

Last year, we introduced the SnF Innovation Preview in which 25 companies introduced over 30 new planes, products, engines, accessories, and more… in other words… a LOT of news. Rotax previewed the powerful 916iS, CubCrafters showcased the Carbon Cub UL, Bose introduced the A30, Aerox revealed the Boomula… and so much more. This year, we went beyond that... way beyond all that, with a larger selection of news announcements that covered ALL aspects of sport, general and commercial aviation... all at the start of the 50th Annual SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo... the undisputed start to the aviation year. This year was also a major news-breaker... especially with the announcement that the DeltaHawk Diesel engine folks were working with Piper Aircraft on an STC for the PA44 Seminole. It also hosted the first forma

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Tue, Jun 18, 2024

Charles Huang Foundation Supports Aviation Scholarship Program

Philanthropy Looks to Foster Next Generation

The Charles Huang Foundation has opened up its first batch of aid under the Towards Aviation Scholarship program, supporting the training of future aviation workers and AMTs. Under the program, 4 initial students have been selected to receive the Huang Foundation's support. For its inaugural class of recipients, the Foundation chose one Paralegal major, one Accounting/Business major, and two aviation maintenance majors. Towards Aviation Scholarships will support students in their efforts while learning at Victor Valley College.

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