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December 10, 2022

DJI Introduces Sub-250-Gram Mini 3 Drone

Small is the New Big

On 09 December 2022, DJI introduced its Mini 3, a compact, ultra-lightweight camera drone which—at a mass of less than 249-grams—is exempt from UAV regulations in many parts of the world.

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Revised 2023 NDAA Reflects Growing Chinese and Russian Threats

What $858-Billion Buys

Following the Biden administration’s addition of $45-billion to initial defense budget requests, lawmakers have made public a compromised version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)—a convoluted feat of legislative and fiscal legerdemain slated to cost U.S. taxpayers a dizzying $858-billion. The NDAA’s language connotes the Pentagon’s ambitions to develop and field next-generation aircraft and high-tech battlefield technologies for purpose of countering increasingly relevant Chinese and Russian threats.

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Airborne 12.02.22: Bad CVR Precedent, Triple7 Honors Vets, Jet It v HondaJet

Also: 500th Licensed Space Launch, NetJets Adds Global 8000, Hartzell Prop Discounts, R-R Hydrogen Engine

On 25 November 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada fatuously allowed the release of the AC624 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) transcripts for use in a class action proceeding—thereby sharply, and dangerously contradicting ICAO annex 13, which states plainly and persuasively that the sole objective of an accident investigation is, “the prevention of accidents and incidents without apportioning blame or liability.” A team of veterans are aiming for a world-record to support Gold Star families - skydiving all 7 continents in the span of a

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Airborne 12.02.22: Bad CVR Precedent, Triple7 Honors Vets, Jet It v HondaJet

Also: 500th Licensed Space Launch, NetJets Adds Global 8000, Hartzell Prop Discounts, R-R Hydrogen Engine

On 25 November 2022, the Supreme Court of Canada fatuously allowed the release of the AC624 Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) transcripts for use in a class action proceeding—thereby sharply, and dangerously contradicting ICAO annex 13, which states plainly and persuasively that the sole objective of an accident investigation is, “the prevention of accidents and incidents without apportioning blame or liability.” A team of veterans are aiming for a world-record to support Gold Star families - skydiving all 7 continents in the span of a

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U.K., Italy, & Japan to Co-Develop Sixth-Generation Fighter

Of Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Security

The United Kingdom, Japan, and Italy have entered into a partnership by which the three countries seek to develop, build, flight-test, and ultimately deploy a sixth-generation jet fighter. The initiative—which has been ascribed the prosaic, perhaps overly-broad moniker Global Combat Air Program (GCAP)—proposes to field an aircraft sporting advanced sensors, cutting-edge weapons, and innovative data systems by 2035.

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Regional Airline Association Looks Back on 2022

76% of Regional Airports Lost Service Amid Worsening Pilot Shortage

The RAA has published its yearly report, providing stakeholders a comprehensive image of the regional airline market, and worrying things to come. A number of difficulties have beset the industry, from a long-awaited pilot shortage to a roiling inflation problem, all hitting a resurgent aviation industry gaining its footing after an extended pandemic response.

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Mars Helicopter Continues Record Setting

Long After its Planned Retirement, Ingenuity Keeps Raising Eyebrows

Ingenuity, the small, flyweight helicopter operating on the barren Martian surface, bested its previous records with a 60.82-second flight this month. Until now, the 'little helo that could' managed to reach a peak altitude of 39 feet, with most of its vertical jaunts lofting it around 33 feet AGL. On its recent adventure for flight number 35, the 4-pound, 19-inch-tall machine managed to gain 46 feet of altitude, landing 49 feet away from its takeoff point. For flight 36, it managed to outdo its previous duration record with a 60.82-second repositioning flight.

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Classic Aero-TV: That's NOT All Brother - CAF Updates From AirVenture 2016

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The CAF Salutes Women Air Force Service Pilots in a New Commemorative Program…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, came across a story that needs to be told and that’s what this video does. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is well known for preserving the history of military aviation and, in particular, military aviation as it applies to the fighting forces of the United States. The CAF has been heavily involved in spreading the word of the importance and significance of a group of fighter pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

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GAMA Welcomes New Members

Five for the Show

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)—the industry trade association representing general aviation aircraft manufacturers—announced on 08 December 2022 that its membership roster would thenceforth be graced by the additions of MD Helicopters as an association Member; Archer, Overair and Volocopter as Associate Members, and Odys Aviation as an Associate Member EPIC (Electric Propulsion & Innovation Committee).

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter R44

The Helicopter Entered A Rapid Descent And Impacted A Grassy Area

On November 22, 2022, at 1157 eastern standard time, a Robinson Helicopter R44, N7094J, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at Charlotte, North Carolina. The commercial pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight. The purpose of the flight was to provide training for the staff meteorologist over a simulated news scene.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.22)

Aero Linx: Short Wing Piper Club Short Wing Piper Club members share a common dedication to the enjoyment, flying, preservation, restoration and maintenance of five of Piper?s finest aircraft – the Piper Vagabond, Clipper, Pacer, Tri-Pacer and Colt. SWPC Members enjoy the use of a free lending library offering technical information, books, videos, an extensive collection of tools, plus the ability to take advantage of discounted parts and even free product drawings for such items as LED Landing and Taxi lights, Vortex Generator kits, and aircraft batteries, to name but a few. Our members participate in online forums dedicated to sharing social, technical, safety, and general aviation

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.22): Nonprecision Approach Procedure

Nonprecision Approach Procedure A standard instrument approach procedure in which no electronic glideslope is provided; e.g., VOR, TACAN, NDB, LOC, ASR, LDA, or SDF approaches.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.10.22)

"People from all walks of life are forced to drive hours to a city with air service because there are too few pilots to take them by air. Talented, aspiring pilots, without $200,000 to finance flight training, cannot enter the career because student loans are not geared to provide equitable access to aviation careers." Source: Faye Malarkey Black, CEO of the RAA, making comments about RAA's yearly report, providing stakeholders a comprehensive image of the regional airline market, and worrying things to come. 

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