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August 07, 2022

Possible Boeing Strike Averted

A Rising Tide Lifts All Airframes

In a decisive refutation of the gambler’s fallacy, Boeing avoided a crippling work stoppage at its St. Louis defense manufacturing hub when nearly 2,500 machinists who’d previously voted to strike accepted a last-minute contract offer from the airframer. Boeing made its offer during a marathon, overnight bargaining session on 30 July, averting a strike set for two days later. Rank-and-file workers had rejected the company’s initial offer at the urging of union leadership.

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Bell Announces 400th 505 Delivery

With Bells On …

Bell’s 505 is the clean-sheet progeny of the company’s storied 206 JetRanger helicopter. Unveiled at 2013’s Paris Airshow, the metal-composite, five-place, multi-mission 505 has proved a robustly capable, eminently adaptable machine, and a worthy successor to Bell’s 206. Bell’s announcement of the recent 400th delivery of the 505 evinces the aircraft’s popularity, and underscores the likelihood of the model remaining a staple among helicopter operators for years to come. The milestone 400th 505 was delivered to Mr. Al Barratt, Grenade energy-drink co-founder and owner of Cotswold Aviation, a U.K.-based air-charter concern. Joined by Bell mana

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Samaritan Aviation To Bring Third Seaplane to Papua New Guinea

Nonprofit Saves Lives One Flight At A Time

By: Maria Morrison Samaritan Aviation, a Christian nonprofit, is going above and beyond the call for service. Mark Palm traveled to Papua New Guinea in 1994 and saw people dying while trying to reach a hospital. In this rural area, it took days to reach the nearest medical facility. After noticing all the rivers and lakes in the area, and came up with an idea. 

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Bell Places 407GXi to Volusia, Florida Sheriff’s Dept

Improved Hot/High Performance Results in 5th 407 for the Air One Fleet

Bell Textron continued its run of LE and government contracts with the sale of 2 Bell 407GXi helicopters to Volusia County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, bringing their total to 5 of the type among its multimission special ops fleet. The Sheriff’s Aviation Unit, as so many do once they attain a critical fleet mass, have imbued their unit with the moniker “Air One”, operating out of DeLand Municipal Airport in Orlando, Florida. Their mission sees constant duty, 24/7/365 as they stay ready to support the agency’s mission throughout the Volusia area.

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New WWII Movie Features Seven Warbirds Recreating Dogfights

Director Details Filming With Historic Aircraft

By Maria Morrison With modern computer capabilities, a director could shoot an entire World War II action film without a single aircraft needing to take flight. That’s not what Michael Chait wanted to do, and that’s not what he did. Instead, his new film Wolf Hound features seven warbirds, bringing audiences equal parts drama and history. The movie features an alternate line of history in which a Nazi Luftwaffe squad captures and flies allied aircraft.

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Virgin Galactic Posts Second Quarter Financials

Profit, Loss, and the Delta Between

Virgin Galactic, the spaceflight subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson’s British Virgin Group, has announced its 2022 second quarter financial results—and the news is mixed. Considered from perspectives other than those of Branson’s accountants, Virgin Galactic hasn’t had an altogether terrible 2022. 

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Classic Aero-TV At DSAS21: Magni M-24 Orion Visits DeLand

A Proprietary, High-Inertia Rotor That Maintains An Impressive Amount Of Energy

Mark Sprigg of Magni USA brought their M-24 Orion to the  Deland Sport Aviation Showcase, a fully enclosed, side by side gyro. The Italian made aircraft is powered by a 115hp turbocharged Rotax 914, cruising up to 105 mph on its 21 gallon fuel tank. The Orion represents an unusual offering in the gyro world, being closer in design to traditional aircraft with its two-abreast seating and dual controls. Instructors and new owners find it the perfect classroom for learning the gyro ropes and honing vital senses unique to the type.

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AD: Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc., Lycoming Engines

AD 2022-16-03 Requires The Replacement Of Affected Magneto Or Inspection Of Affected Magneto

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. GTSIO-520, IO-346, IO-470, IO-520, IO-550, LTSIO-520, O-470, TSIO-520, and TSIOL-550 series model reciprocating engines, Lycoming Engines AEIO-320, AEIO360, AEIO-540, AIO-320, AIO-360, GO-480, GSO-480, HIO-360, HIO-540, IGO-480, IGO-540, IGSO-480, IGSO-540, IO-320, IO-360, IO-540, LIO-360, LTIO-540, O-235, O-320, O-360, O-540, TIGO-541, TIO-360, TIO-540, TIO-541, TVO-435, VO-435, and VO-540 series model reciprocating engines, and Textron Lycoming/Subsidiary of Textron, Inc. IO-720 series model reciprocating engines.

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NTSB Prelim: Van's Aircraft RV-10

Traveling About 90 Kts And Was About 1,800 Ft (MSL) When The Loss Of Engine Power Occurred

On July 22, 2022, about 1647 central daylight time, a Van’s Aircraft RV-10 airplane, N4400K, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The pilot and two passengers sustained no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from the Dodge County Airport (UNU), Juneau, Wisconsin, the engine sustained a total loss of power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.07.22)

Aero Linx: Chicago Executive Pilots Association The Palwaukee Airport Pilots Association (PAPA) was formed in 1987 as a forum for the users of PWK. To acknowledge the airport’s new name, we became Chicago Executive Pilots Association. Our mission was and continues to be to promote the safety of operations and continued development of Chicago Executive Airport (formerly known as Palwaukee) in a fraternal environment with the pilots, users, and the community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.07.22): International Airport (ICAO)

International Airport (ICAO) Any airport designated by the Contracting State in whose territory it is situated as an airport of entry and departure for international air traffic, where the formalities incident to customs, immigration, public health, animal and plant quarantine and similar procedures are carried out.

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