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March 01, 2023

Airborne 03.01.23: B-29 Doc Returns!, SAFE Sounds Alarm, PC-12 Breakup

Airborne 03.01.23: B-29 Doc Returns!, SAFE Sounds Alarm, PC-12 Breakup


Also: 787 Dreamliner Pause, Modern Aviation Acquires Three, Minot AFB Shakeup, eAircraft Market Report

Boeing Pauses 787 Dreamliner Deliveries

Again …

On 23 February 2023 commercial aircraft titan Boeing temporarily halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner jets after notifying the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it is conducting "additional analysis on a fuselage component.” Boeing hasn’t delivered a 787 since 26 January and shan’t be permitted to resume deliveries of the wide-body jet until it can demonstrate to the FAA’s satisfaction that what the company referred to as “an analysis error by our supplier” has been resolved.

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2023 EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Stop Dates Announced

Built Ford Tough

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), in 2023, will continue its annual tradition of touring a vintage Ford Tri-Motor aircraft across the United States for purpose of providing contemporary Americans glimpses of the bawdy, jazzy, roaring ‘20s. As part of an agreement with Port Clinton, Ohio’s Liberty Aviation Museum, the EAA will operate the museum’s 1928 Ford Tri-Motor 5-AT-B on a national tour with stops currently scheduled in nine U.S. states.

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B-29 Doc to Launch 2023 Tour Season in March

Historic Treasure Returns to American Skies

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will open the 2023 season with two stops in Arkansas. The 10-day tour will land in Fayetteville, AR and Texarkana, AR beginning March 16 through March 26. Both stops on the tour will include B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and cockpit tours of B-29 Doc, one of only two B-29 Superfortresses still airworthy and flying today.

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Aero-TV: Dynamic Aviation’s Past and Future

From DC3s to 737s and Back

Bridgewater, Virginia’s Dynamic Aviation is a provider of modified aircraft which the company leases and operates worldwide in service of niche markets the likes of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR); Airborne Data Acquisition (ADA); aerial application of fertilizers and pesticides; and aerial photography. Dynamic Aviation’s 150-aircraft fleet comprises 124 Beechcraft King Airs, 15 De Havilland Dash-8s, four Boeing 737s, and a complement of ten vintage aircraft including Miss Virginia, a pristine DC-3 which formerly served as the United States’ first Air Force One.

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Cirrus Chief Engineer Killed in SR22 Accident

Accident NOT Attributed to Continental Engine AD

On Friday 24 February 2023, approximately four-minutes after departing Duluth International Airport (DLH), a six-year-old Cirrus SR22 GTS G6 (N929DR) went down into the frozen St. Louis River near Bong Bridge. The aircraft broke through the ice and partially submerged. The airplane’s pilot and sole occupant, Dave Rathbun (52), lost his life.

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Tenth PC-24 Delivered to Jetfly Aviation

LUX-Based Charter Outfit Lauds Swiss Light Jet

Jetfly Aviation, a Luxembourg Airport (LUX)-based charter concern and purveyor of aircraft management, maintenance, and fractional ownership services, has taken delivery of its tenth Pilatus PC-24 light business jet. Subject aircraft is finished in an eye-catching design conceived of by Philippe Starck, a French industrial architect and designer known for his wide range of creative undertakings.

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Airborne-NextGen 02.21.23: Blade Air/BETA In NYC, Pico-Balloonacy, Virgin Orbit

Also: MissionGO, NY Power Authority BVLOS, Second Soyuz Leak, Perseverance Rover

New York’s Blade Air Mobility and BETA Technologies conducted a recent successful test-flight of BETA’s ALIA-250 EVA (Electric Vertical Aircraft) at the Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York. The flight marked the first test of a piloted EVA in the greater New York City area and instantiated an initial success of the two companies’ plan to bring safe, quiet, and sustainable air-transportation to commuter and commercial customers. A group of aerial hobbyists in northern Illinois is contending that an unidentified flying object shot out of U.S

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Vertical Flight Society Hydrogen Symposium Announced

North America’s only In-Person H2 Conference

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of vertical flight, is making ready to hold its Second-Annual H2-Aero Symposium. The event, which will span 28-30 March 2023 and be held in Long Beach, California, will include the SAE International airport fueling standards meeting, which will be open to all conference attendees.

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Pentagon Memo Forbids Displays of Large U.S. Flags

Broadening the Divide

In a move certain to deepen the ideological schism by which 21st Century Americans are divided, the Pentagon has ordered U.S. service-members to stop displaying large U.S. flags at major events.

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Airborne-NextGen 02.21.23: Blade Air/BETA In NYC, Pico-Balloonacy, Virgin Orbit

Also: MissionGO, NY Power Authority BVLOS, Second Soyuz Leak, Perseverance Rover

New York’s Blade Air Mobility and BETA Technologies conducted a recent successful test-flight of BETA’s ALIA-250 EVA (Electric Vertical Aircraft) at the Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, New York. The flight marked the first test of a piloted EVA in the greater New York City area and instantiated an initial success of the two companies’ plan to bring safe, quiet, and sustainable air-transportation to commuter and commercial customers. A group of aerial hobbyists in northern Illinois is contending that an unidentified flying object shot out of U.S

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NTSB Final Report: Cessna 177B

Pilot Told A Responding Law Enforcement Officer That He “Lost It On The Takeoff”

Analysis: Witnesses who saw the accident airplane depart stated that it entered a 90° bank after becoming airborne. The airplane’s left wing struck the ground and the airplane cartwheeled and was consumed by a postimpact fire.The pilot told a responding law enforcement officer that he “lost it on the takeoff,” but later could not recall the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.01.23)

Aero Linx: Naval Air Systems Command

NAVAIR delivers naval aviation excellence through the development, acquisition and sustainment of capabilities our Sailors and Marines need to defend our nation today and into the future. We Make an Impact!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.01.23): Mach Technique [ICAO]

Mach Technique [ICAO]

Describes a control technique used by air traffic control whereby turbojet aircraft operating successively along suitable routes are cleared to maintain appropriate MACH numbers for a relevant portion of the en route phase of flight. The principle objective is to achieve improved utilization of the airspace and to ensure that separation between successive aircraft does not decrease below the established minima.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.01.23)

“We’re excited to kickoff Doc’s seventh tour season in March in two cities that are known for their outstanding warbird hospitality. The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour is committed to honoring the men and women who served our nation during World War II and giving people an up-close and personal experience with a B-29 Superfortress. Our mission is to ensure B-29 Doc and other warbirds keep history alive for generations to come.” Source: Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director, discussing the first big tour for 'Doc' for 2023.  

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