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August 10, 2022

Airborne 08.10.22: TL 3000 Sirius, Boeing PTO Forecast, SAF Controversies

 Also: Flight Design Update, F/A-18E/F SLM, Flight Delays Worsen, SWA Attdt Hurt by Hard Ldg

 
In all the hub-bub of readying for Oshkosh, we missed the chance to publish our first impressions of a recent flight test series using the TL Sport Aircraft TL 3000 Sirius,... A slick high-wing tractor tri-gear produced by a Czech company, TL Ultralight. Using a variety of 912 and 914 series engines for power (with the 915 not far away), the 112-136 mph Sirius was a machine that, for some reason, we had overlooked to this point... to our regret now that ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, has flown the bird -- and liked it-- a lot. Boeing has made public the results of its much-anticipated Pilot and Technician Outlook (PTO)—a work that peers twenty-years int

A Flight With The Phillips 66 Aerostars

Loop, Roll, And Look Out For Your Buddy -- A Glimpse Into Formation Aerobatics

By Maria Morrison While various performers zoomed across the skies at AirVenture, the Phillips 66 Aerostars aerobatic team was taking an array of folks--including Miss United States and yours truly--around in circles both horizontal and vertical. I was in the #2 airplane with Paul “Rocket” Hornick, in formation off the wing of Gerry “Fossil” Molidor. Together, we flew for about 20 minutes as the pilots and aircraft showed off impressive formation aerobatics.

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Airtime Aviation Named Flight Design American Distributor

German Designed, Czech Built, Oklahoma Sold

Flight Design General Aviation GmbH, the German developer of popular Light Sport Aircraft such as the Super, F2, and F2e (electric), has announced the signing of a contract designating Airtime Aviation of Tulsa, Oklahoma a new North American distributor of Flight Design aircraft. The deal positions Airtime—a major seller of Light Sport aircraft in the United States and, by extension, the world—to capitalize on the growing popularity of Flight Design products. In all, the German airframer has in excess of 45 new aircraft orders on its books, and expects deliveries to commence at the rate of three-per-month by the fourth quarter of 2022.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 5 Redux: EAA Education Ctr, Archon!!!, RANS Update

07.29.22: Tempest Aero, I Hart Flying, B-25 Restoration, Vintage A/C Montage, Pelton Int'vw #5

The EAA Education Center is a massive undertaking designed to help new and experienced pilots build their skill sets... and it's set in the shadow of the EAA Museum, itself. Tempest Aero is doing its best to keep up with the insane demand of a number of products in their extensive product line... especially oil filters, at the moment. Everyone has high hopes for the future of aviation at a time when it's hard to see better prospects... I HART FLYING is one group that’s taking an active role in helping aviation grow. RANS Aircraft has new management and Randy S

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 4 Redux: Meet The Boss!, D-Day Squadron, King Schools

07.28.22: Virtual Fly, D-Day Squadron, Jack Pelton Int'vw, Part 4

The name “King Schools’ is at the top of the list for nearly every student pilot looking for guidance on the recreational or vocational paths... King’s Barry Knutilla provides an update on what we can expect next. The National Association of Flight Instructors is proposing to hold a major meeting of flight instructors in 2023 and broadening their reach after selecting new leadership last year. Virtual Fly shows off a number of next generation flight sims for both recreational and professional student training programs... including a number of type specific platfo

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Southwest Flight Attendant Injured By Hard Landing

Vertebral Fracture Attributed to Firm Landing

A Southwest Airlines flight attendant reportedly suffered a compression fracture to one of her thoracic vertebra during a hard landing at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) categorized the landing as firm, and asserts the other 141 individuals aboard the 18-year-old 737-700 went uninjured.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 2 Redux: RV-15!!!, Aspen Update, Able Flight Enables

07.26.22: Sun ‘n Fun 2023 Update, Hartzell Companies Rebrand, Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Pelton Interview, Part 2

One of the biggest attractions at Oshkosh 2022 is the very first appearance the high-winged RV-15... and since it showed up, flyers have been flocking to see it for themselves. Aspen Avionics joined ANN for a quick report on how their Airo Group adoption is proceeding as well as some cool new offerings for the Aspen avionics line. Able Flight is doing extraordinary work in bringing new aviators into our fold... no matter their impediment... and we couldn’t be more pleased to see them do so. Sun ‘n Fun 2023 is going to be

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 1 Redux: Tom Poberezny Goes West, CubCrafters, Kodiak 900

07.25.22: Piper's eArcher, Titan/SW51, Stratos 716X, Pelton Int'vw Part 1

EAA Boss Jack Pelton started off the week at AirVenture with some sad news... the passing of former EAA President Tom Poberezny. Poberezny was first elected president of EAA in 1989. CubCrafters is looking to the future and has massive plans to expand their service to aviation by going public. The manufacturer of a whole new generation of Super Cub upgrades, CubCrafters has taken the STOL/Adventure market by storm. The Daher Kodiak 100 was a monster lifter... a rugged high winged beast... and now it's gotten bigger... and faster... and even cooler than before. Piper has entered i

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U.S. Navy Unmanned Helicopter Impresses

MQ-8C Fire Scout Demonstrates Expeditionary Capability

Northrop Grumman’s MQ-8C Fire Scout is an unmanned helicopter based on Bell’s 407—itself a derivative of the hugely successful 206L-4 LongRanger. The autonomous vehicle provides reconnaissance, situational awareness, aerial fire support, and precision targeting support for the ground, air, and sea forces of its primary user, the U.S. Navy. Recently, the MQ-8C supported an Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO) exercise off the California coast, during which the formidable UAV demonstrated its ability to transition from ship-to-shore in a maritime environment.

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Viking And The Redefinition Of The Piston Aircraft Engine

Engine Company Challenges Convention—And Seems To Be Winning

Viking—the Edgewater, Florida-based manufacturer of piston aircraft engines—has fashioned a seemingly humble business-model into a genuine, and genuinely American success story. Viking’s praxis is simple. The company buys new and gently-used, late-model Honda automotive engines, and converts them to aircraft powerplants. Conversion, however, is no simple feat. In point of fact, it’s a downright complex process comprising extensive modification of the engine’s cylinder heads, valve-train, cam chain, pistons, oil-system, crankshaft, exhaust manifold, and a great many other bits and bobs which, though critical, make for boring reading.  

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 5: EAA Education Ctr, Archon!!!, RANS Update

07.29.22: Tempest Aero, I Hart Flying, B-25 Restoration, Vintage A/C Montage, Pelton Int'vw #5

The EAA Education Center is a massive undertaking designed to help new and experienced pilots build their skill sets... and it's set in the shadow of the EAA Museum, itself. Tempest Aero is doing its best to keep up with the insane demand of a number of products in their extensive product line... especially oil filters, at the moment. Everyone has high hopes for the future of aviation at a time when it's hard to see better prospects... I HART FLYING is one group that’s taking an active role in helping aviation grow. RANS Aircraft has new management and Randy S

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Oshkosh 2022 Morning Brief-Day 3: RV-15, Epic Aircraft, Gogo 5G, and MORE!

07.27.22 Episode Powered by Gogo!!!

Join us for the Oshkosh 2022 Daily Morning Brief, live from Wittman Regional Airport! We'll have some current news, a little weather report, live interviews, a look ahead, and the day's events to come! The 2022 Oshkosh Morning Brief is powered by Gogo... who is building aviation’s most comprehensive 5G data system. Day THREE of our annual AirVenture journey starts with the RV-15!... It came, we saw it... it conquered the crowds. The airplane that so many came to Oshkosh to see, the High-wing RV-15 is here and we have some details to share with you all. Then, we get to talk with Epic Aircraft's Mi

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 4: Meet The Boss!, D-Day Squadron, King Schools

07.28.22: Virtual Fly, D-Day Squadron, Jack Pelton Int'vw, Part 4

The name “King Schools’ is at the top of the list for nearly every student pilot looking for guidance on the recreational or vocational paths... King’s Barry Knutilla provides an update on what we can expect next. The National Association of Flight Instructors is proposing to hold a major meeting of flight instructors in 2023 and broadening their reach after selecting new leadership last year. Virtual Fly shows off a number of next generation flight sims for both recreational and professional student training programs... including a number of type specific platforms. A

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F/A-18E/F Service Life Modification Program Underway

Long Live the Super Hornet!

The U.S. Navy has undertaken a Service Life Modification (SLM) program by which it seeks to extend the service life of its aging fleet of F/A-18E-F Super Hornets into the 2040s. Delays in the development and delivery of the F-35 Lightning II, and unplanned squadron transitions from the legacy Hornet to the F/A-18E-F have compelled the Navy to push its Super Hornets to the full extent of their six-thousand flight-hour design lifespans—about twenty-years in peacetime. Regrettably, the Super Hornet has never known peacetime, and the fleet—over 15-years of constant combat—has racked up flight hours more quickly than anticipated.

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Oshkosh 2022 Morning Brief-Day 5: Meet The Boss, MOSAIC Delay, Kings, D-Day Sq

07.29.22 Episode Powered by Gogo!!!

Join us for the Oshkosh 2022 Daily Morning Brief, live from Wittman Regional Airport! We'll have some current news, a little weather report, live interviews, a look ahead, and the day's events to come! The 2022 Oshkosh Morning Brief is powered by Gogo... who is building aviation’s most comprehensive 5G data system. Day FIVE of our annual AirVenture journey starts with the annual "Meet The Boss" experience in which a new Acting FAA Administrator answered questions... but doesn't say a lot ... except that MOSAIC won't happen until next year despite having been promised for this year.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 3: WomenVenture, TL Aircraft, Enstrom

07.27.22: HAI’s Jim Viola, AeroSys Speaks Up, Pedal Plane Parade, Pelton Int'vw-Pt 3

It’s time for WomenVenture 2022! While women make up a small percentage of the aviation population, EAA, WAI, the 99s, and others are looking to change all that for the better.  TL Aircraft is showing a widely varied line of sport aircraft, high-wing, low-wing, tandem, side-by-side, you name it... and there is even a small turboprop in the works! Enstrom Helicopter is back and with highly motivated new ownership. The venerable piston and turbine helicopter manufacturer is putting tough times behind them and looking forward to the future. ANN Rex A

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Oshkosh 2022 Morning Brief-Day 4: WomenVenture, Virtual-Fly, KidPlanes, & MORE!

07.28.22 Episode Powered by Gogo!!!

Join us for the Oshkosh 2022 Daily Morning Brief, live from Wittman Regional Airport! We'll have some current news, a little weather report, live interviews, a look ahead, and the day's events to come! The 2022 Oshkosh Morning Brief is powered by Gogo... who is building aviation’s most comprehensive 5G data system. Day FOUR of our annual AirVenture journey starts with WomenVenture... a time when aviation shows it welcomes all, despite a history to the contrary. This year, hundreds of aviation-minded women came together to celebrate their place in the next generation of aviation. We also chat with Virtual Fly&rs

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Classic Aero-TV: Hartzell’s Joe Brown -- A Passion For Proficiency

From 2014 (YouTube Version): One Of Aviation's Great Innovators Tackles The 'Proficiency Issue' Head-On

While at Redbird Migration 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell spent some time talking with Joe Brown, the president of the Hartzell Propeller Company. However, don't expect to hear much about the Hartzell line of propellers. In this video Jim talks to Brown about the issue of pilot proficiency, and this is something that Brown is anxious to talk about. Brown classified himself as an everyday pilot who has come to see the light of the importance of maintaining pilot proficiency at many levels.

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 2: RV-15!!!, Aspen Update, Able Flight Enables

07.26.22: Sun ‘n Fun 2023 Update, Hartzell Companies Rebrand, Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Pelton Interview, Part 2

One of the biggest attractions at Oshkosh 2022 is the very first appearance the high-winged RV-15... and since it showed up, flyers have been flocking to see it for themselves. Aspen Avionics joined ANN for a quick report on how their Airo Group adoption is proceeding as well as some cool new offerings for the Aspen avionics line. Able Flight is doing extraordinary work in bringing new aviators into our fold... no matter their impediment... and we couldn’t be more pleased to see them do so. Sun ‘n Fun 2023 is going to be

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 4: Meet The Boss!, D-Day Squadron, King Schools

07.28.22: Virtual Fly, D-Day Squadron, Jack Pelton Int'vw, Part 4

The name “King Schools’ is at the top of the list for nearly every student pilot looking for guidance on the recreational or vocational paths... King’s Barry Knutilla provides an update on what we can expect next. The National Association of Flight Instructors is proposing to hold a major meeting of flight instructors in 2023 and broadening their reach after selecting new leadership last year. Virtual Fly shows off a number of next generation flight sims for both recreational and professional student training programs... including a number of type specific platforms. A

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Oshkosh 2022 Morning Brief-Day 2: Tom Poberezny, Comp Air 6.2, Aspen, and MORE!

07.26.22 Episode Powered by Gogo!!!

Join us for the Oshkosh 2022 Daily Morning Brief, live from Wittman Regional Airport! We'll have some current news, a little weather report, live interviews, a look ahead and the days events to come! The 2022 Oshkosh Morning Brief is powered by Gogo... who is building aviation’s most comprehensive 5G data system. Day TWO of our annual AirVenture journey starts with the Oshkosh Morning Brief having to discuss some bad news... the loss of former EAA President Tom Poberezny on the opening day. Tom was initially elected president of EAA back in 1989, taking on additional duties as EAA’s Chairman of the Board in February 2009, then retired as chairman of EAA and EAA AirVenture in August 2011 and took on t

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 3: WomenVenture, TL Aircraft, Enstrom

07.27.22: HAI’s Jim Viola, AeroSys Speaks Up, Pedal Plane Parade, Pelton Int'vw-Pt 3

It’s time for WomenVenture 2022! While women make up a small percentage of the aviation population, EAA, WAI, the 99s, and others are looking to change all that for the better. TL Aircraft is showing a widely varied line of sport aircraft, high-wing, low-wing, tandem, side-by-side, you name it... and there is even a small turboprop in the works! Enstrom Helicopter is back and with highly motivated new ownership. The venerable piston and turbine helicopter manufacturer is putting tough times behind them and looking forward to the future. ANN Rex Alexand

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 1: Tom Poberezny Goes West, CubCrafters, Kodiak 900

07.25.22: Piper's eArcher, Titan/SW51, Stratos 716X, Pelton Int'vw Part 1

EAA Boss Jack Pelton started off the week at AirVenture with some sad news... the passing of former EAA President Tom Poberezny. Poberezny was first elected president of EAA in 1989. CubCrafters is looking to the future and has massive plans to expand their service to aviation by going public. The manufacturer of a whole new generation of Super Cub upgrades, CubCrafters has taken the STOL/Adventure market by storm. The Daher Kodiak 100 was a monster lifter... a rugged high winged beast... and now it's gotten bigger... and faster... and even cooler than before. Piper has entered into an

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Airborne Oshkosh Day 2: RV-15!!!, Aspen Update, Able Flight Enables

07.26.22: Sun ‘n Fun 2023 Update, Hartzell Companies Rebrand, Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, Pelton Interview, Part 2

One of the biggest attractions at Oshkosh 2022 is the very first appearance the high-winged RV-15... and since it showed up, flyers have been flocking to see it for themselves. Aspen Avionics joined ANN for a quick report on how their Airo Group adoption is proceeding as well as some cool new offerings for the Aspen avionics line. Able Flight is doing extraordinary work in bringing new aviators into our fold... no matter their impediment... and we couldn’t be more pleased to see them do so. Sun ‘n Fun 2023 is going to be a bar

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Oshkosh 2022 Morning Brief-Day 1: Storms, Scalebirds, Van’s 50th and MORE!

07.25.22 Episode Powered by Gogo!!!

Join us for the Oshkosh 2022 Daily Morning Brief, live from Wittman Regional Airport! We'll have some current news, a little weather report, live interviews, a look ahead and the days events to come! The 2022 Oshkosh Morning Brief is powered by Gogo... who is building aviation’s most comprehensive 5G data system. Starting off AirVenture 2022, the Oshkosh Morning Brief discusses the details of Saturday’s big storm and what damage took place. One EAA-owned aircraft was flipped onto its nose near the EAA museum despite being well-tied down. There was some damage to the main gate of the AirVenture grounds due to the wind. We also have a somewhat more positive look at the weather ahead.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2022-15-06 Prompted By High Electrical Resistance Within The Gust Suppression Sensor (GSS) Transorb Modules

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This AD was prompted by high electrical resistance within the gust suppression sensor (GSS) transorb modules due to corrosion on the transorb module threads. This AD requires disconnecting the connectors and capping and stowing the wires that had been attached to the affected transorb modules. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective August 18, 2022.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.10.22)

Aero Linx: The Army Aviation Medicine Association The Army Aviation Medicine Association is the subset of members of the SoUSAFS that are also members of the Aerospace Medical associatino (ASMA) and is a constituent organization of ASMA with separate Bylaws and governance IAW with the constitution and Bylaws of the Aerospace MEdical Association. The purposes of the Association are to represent the interests of the U.S. Army aviation medicine community within the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), and to provide a forum in which members of AsMA who are affiliated with Army aviation may gather at the annual AsMA meeting.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.10.22): Severe Icing

Severe Icing The rate of ice accumulation is such that ice protection systems fail to remove the accumulation of ice, or ice accumulates in locations not normally prone to icing, such as areas aft of protected surfaces and any other areas identified by the manufacturer. Immediate exit from the condition is necessary.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.10.22)

“We reported the matter to the NTSB in accordance with regulatory requirements and conducted an internal review of the event.” Source: From a somewhat lackluster by Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, after one of their cabin crew was reported to have broken their back during a hard landing. 

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