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December 27, 2022

Gripen E Begins Service with Brazilian Air Force

Acquisition Program Bears Fruit for Swedish/Brazilian Endeavor

The Gripen E has entered service with the Brazilian Air Force, ringing in its time with a ceremony at the Anápolis Air Base. The F-39 Gripen, as designated in Brazil, will be flown by the First Air Defense Group. To kick off its time as the Brazilian fighter of choice, a pair of Gripens made a presentation flight under the command of pilots Lieutenant Colonel Gustavo Pascotto, the Group commander, and Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Lincoln Santos Fórneas. As a part of the acquisition deal with SAAB, the Brazilian pilots carried out their training with Gripen E in Sweden.

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International Council of Air Shows Sees Return to Normalcy

Year's End Rundown Shows Better Outlook for 2023

Last week's 2022 ICAS Convention American showed clear skies ahead for the airshow community in 2023 and beyond. A total of 1,377 delegates gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, including 683 event organizers working on 164 different air shows, principally in the United States and Canada.

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ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Christmas Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the worldwide holiday of Christmas this weekend, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on December 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers.

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Canadian Court Fines Drone Pilot $10,000

The Weight of the Maple Leaf

Rajwinder Singh has until 08 June 2023 to pay a ten-thousand-dollar fine levied against him for operating a drone during September 2022’s Chetamon wildfire—a blaze touched-off by lightning in the mountains of Alberta, Canada’s Jasper National Park. The fine is the largest ever issued for illegal drone operation on Canadian parkland.

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Advanced Aircraft Company Nabs NASA Tilt Wing Contract

New UAV Hoped to Advance the State of Tilting Wing Designs

Advanced Aircraft Company has been selected to develop a tilt-wing prototype UAV for NASA. The "aero-activated", uncrewed aircraft will make considerable use of 3D printed materials and lightweight alloys throughout the development process, from rapid iteration all the way to small scale production. The company promises that the aircraft will offer a simpler, more robust tilt-wing configuration than existing manned aircraft, thanks to the lack of any necessary passenger equipment or space. 

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King Airs Get Standard Air Conditioning

Electric AC Powered by GPU, Engine Power

Textron Aviation has announced that the formerly optional electrically driven air conditioning system will soon be a standard feature on all new production Beechcraft King Air 360s. The system provides cool air throughout the cabin, even during the taxi phase, providing greatly enhanced passenger and crew comfort in hotter locales. Deliveries with the new air conditioning system should begin in the coming months.

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Muskegon, Michigan to See Air Show Once Again

Wings Over Muskegon Nabs A-10 Demo Team for July Show

Wings Over Muskegon, has announced its lineup for next July's air show at Michigan's Muskegon County Airport. The headlining act will be the U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II Demonstration Team, with a supporting act provided by the Hooligans Flight Team. The new air show announced their slate of performers for next July, which marks a return of sorts for aerial entertainment in the Muskegon region.

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Avionics Services International Modernizes GA Cockpits

Of Debonair Beech 35-C33s and Piping-Hot Pipers

On 22 December 2022, San Antonio-based Avionics Services International (ASI) announced the completion of instrument panel upgrades on a Beech Debonair and a Piper Malibu Meridian. The updated panels are intended to better optimize subject aircrafts’ capabilities, reduce pilot workload, and minimize maintenance costs.

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Classic Aero-TV: Flying A Piece Of History -- Jerry 'Jive' Kerby at Oshkosh 2010

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Air Force Vet Lends Expertise To Team MS760 Program -- When He's Not Herding An F-4 Through The Skies!

As previously noted, the skies of Oshkosh 2010 were the host to one of the early performances of a unique two-ship formation aerobatic jet team... better known as Team MS760. One of the pilots in that two-ship formation came to the mighty environs of Wittman Field and wore a lot of hats... the most powerful of which involved his demonstrations of one of the most infamous of all the hard-core fighters... the mighty F-4 Phantom.

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General Atomics Tests NATO-Spec Sensor Pod

Airworthy, Durable Attachment Provides Interoperable Carrying Option for Sovereign ISR Suites

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has flown the latest spec of their NATO Pod, evaluating the package at the Yuma proving grounds Arizona. The NATO Pod is a joint project between General Atomics and manufactured by Sener Aeroespacial in Spain. Development was driven by General Atomics in the hopes that the pod would open up new markets for their MQ-9 series, giving international customers a flexible, scalable, certifiable enclosure with the structural features to host wide-ranging mission systems.

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A Huge Loss... Mourning N458BJ

In Memoriam …

Twenty-five-nautical-miles northwest of Tucson, in the arid desolation of the vast and vicious Sonoran Desert, a stately 747-8—gleaming white after the fashion of the world’s most improbable iceberg—waits with the eternal patience peculiar to abandoned machines for eternity to make its passage ...

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Stillwater High School Establishes Pipeline for Aviation Courses

Freshmen to Seniors to Gain Access to CTE Courses Focused on Aviation

A high school in Stillwater, Oklahoma has embarked on a program to offer aviation themed courses for postsecondary credit. The system will allow students to obtain credits for aviation courses approved under the CORE curriculum, counting for their computer technology graduation requirements while building a base for future aeronautical studies. In all, high schoolers will be able to take 4 years of aviation classes, later specializing in crewed and uncrewed systems in their last 2 years of training.

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Leonardo to Upgrade Canadian CH-149 Helicopters

Preening the Cormorant

Leonardo, the once-American now Italian defense contractor, was awarded a $737-million ($1-billion CAN) contract to perform mid-life upgrades on 13 AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant Search And Rescue (SAR) helicopters in service with Canada’s Department of National Defense. The deal will also see three further aircraft added to the department’s fleet.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech A36

Airplane Passed The Final Approach Fix At 550 Ft, Which Was 750 Ft Below The Minimum Descent Altitude

On October 5, 2022, about 1356 eastern daylight time, a Beech A36, N902AT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Arundel, Maine. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. According to a family member and officer of the pilot’s construction company, the pilot and passenger were returning from a business trip to Presque Isle, Maine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.27.22)

Aero Linx:  United Flying Octogenarians (UFO) Over 1,800 pilots now count themselves as members of one of the world's most distinguished pilot organizations, the United Flying Octogenarians (UFO). Each of its members has held an airman’s flight certificate in a fixed or rotary wing, sport, balloon, or glider aircraft and exercised the privilege of pilot in command after reaching the age of eighty (80).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.27.22): Outer Fix

Outer Fix An adapted fix along the converted route of flight, prior to the meter fix, for which crossing times are calculated and displayed in the metering position list.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.27.22)

“Convention attendance was up more than 16% as compared to 2021. And they were an enthusiastic crowd, eager to do business and prepare for the 2023 air show season.” Source: ICAS President John Cudahy, discussing the recently concluded 2022 ICAS Convention in Las Vegas....

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