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March 24, 2023

Airborne 03.24.23: Reno Roars!, Santa Monica Plea, SnF Morning Brief

 Also: ABQ Balloon Relief, Sikorsky Layoffs, Flair Jets Seized, Circling Approaches

 
 
“While we had anticipated the final National Championship Air Races in Reno would be one of our best, we never imagined it would be so popular that the demand would overload our servers within a half-hour of tickets going on sale..." The Santa Monica Airport Association published a survey in the printed and digital iterations of the Santa Monica Mirror, the city’s weekly, community newspaper. Subject survey posed two simple questions: Should Santa Monica close the Airport? If you think the airport should close, what should the site be converted to? In addition to Tuesday, March 28th’s Sun ‘n Fun Innovation Preview which wil

Sikorsky Starts Layoffs

Amid Contract Dispute Over Next-Gen Helo, Manufacturer Tightens the Belt

Sikorsky has begun layoffs of non-union employees at its New Haven, Connecticut facility after apparently losing out on a major government contract to rival Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter. The Future Long Range Assault Aircraft Program is currently on track to develop the Bell V-280 Valor, a tiltrotor aircraft chosen over Sikorsky's more traditional pusher prop/ dual rotor equipped Defiant X helicopter.

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Small Explosive-Containing Device Missing from USMC Helicopter

Component Lost Near Okinawa

The United States Marine Corps is investigating the disappearance of an explosives-containing component used to power various aircraft ejection and safety systems. A 23 March 2023 post-flight inspection of an AH-1Z Viper helicopter operated by the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) determined subject component had gone missing in the vicinity of Okinawa, Japan—so reported the Marine Corps Times.

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Airborne 03.17.23: SU-27 Hits MQ-9, Golden Knight Loss, Sikorsky Hybrid eVTOL

Also: Int'l Skydiving Museum, Axiom Space, WWII Airman Identified, NAFI Has Plans For Sun 'N Fun

US officials have released video that shows a Russian Su-27 fighter jet colliding with the aft-mounted pusher-propeller of a US MQ-9 Reaper UAV. The newly declassified video, which U.S. European Command released early Thursday, 16 March 2023, depicts—albeit less than transparently—the critical moments leading up to and immediately following the 14 March midair collision that allegedly resulted in the downing of the $20-million USAF drone. Aero-News Network is saddened to report that Sergeant First-Class Michael “Ty” Kettenhofen lost hi

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 03.09.23: EAA Webinars, Merlin Update, 160HP eMotor

Also: SnF Innovation Preview Is ON!, SnF NOTAM, DarkAero Prototype, MSFS Reno Race

Lovers of Low and Slow were captivated by the EAA’s Virtual Ultralight Days, which returned in 2023 with 15 webinars over three-days in late February. The presentations highlighted the joys of ultralight flight to the more than five-thousand enthusiasts who availed themselves of live webinars featuring a variety of ultralight topics, including how to get started in the endeavor of ultralight flying, maintenance tips, and airport operations. Aeromarine LSA has an update on the Merlin Lite. Earlier this year the company claimed handy performance of the Merlin as equipp

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Jets Seized from Canadian Airline

Aircraft Leasing Business Goes Mercenary

The repossession of Part 121 airliners for failure to make timely lease payments is rare in the Western World, particularly in North America. However, a recent incident involving Canadian ultra low-cost carrier (ULCC) Flair Airlines may well occasion the emergence of a new, worryingly draconian business model among aircraft lessors.

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Airborne-SE 03.16.23: Sun n Fun Update With Gene Conrad, Part Deux!

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Reports On EVEN MORE Cool Things Coming To SnF23!

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we continue to prepare for the 49th rendition of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, now some ten days or so away, SnF BOss, Gene Conrad has kept the Lakeland staff busy with all manner of new updates and improvements. In this chat, we start with the good stuff! It's airshow time and there are few better reason o go to Sun 'n Fun than to watch the airshows that they present in many forms. The daytime shows, with the US Navy Blue Angels heading up the roster is a big draw,,, but so are many other performers that fly both NIGHT and

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Klyde Morris (03.20.23)

Klyde's On the Lookout For The Next RedBull Stunter...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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VFS 2023 Individual Award Recipients Announced

In Recognition of Excellence

The Vertical Flight Society announced the individual recipients of its prestigious 2023 awards. For nearly eighty-years, the VFS awards program has paid tribute to outstanding leaders within the vertical flight sector and served as a catalyst for engendering technological advances. The winners of 2023’s VFS individual awards will be recognized at the 79th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Thursday, 18 May 2023, during the Society’s annual forum and technology display in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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FAA Grants Cessna 208B Cargo Pod Alteration STC

Metal Innovations Inc. Mod Receives Federal Nod

Metal Innovations Inc. (MII)—an FAA Authorized Part 145 Repair Station (KW7R756N), FAA Parts Manufacturing Authorization (PMA) facility, Supplemental Type Certificate Holder (STC), Textron Cessna and Beechcraft Service Center, and Daher Service Center located on northwest-Oregon’s Aurora State Airport (UAO)—announced on 22 March 2023 that it had received FAA supplemental type certification (STC) SA02763SE approval of its Cessna 208B Caravan cargo pod alteration.

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Ducommun Inc. to Acquire BLR Aerospace

Deal to Close Q2 2023

Ducommun Incorporated has entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement to acquire Everett-Washington-headquartered BLR Aerospace, LLC, a producer of performance and safety-enhancing aerospace components.

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Ericsson, Saab and Purdue University Announce 5G Project

“Lab to Life” to Augment LAF Airport

Purdue University Airport (LAF), in collaboration with industry partners Ericsson and Saab, announced the creation of a unique 5G network that will serve as a “Lab to Life” providing a testing ground upon which academics, researchers, and business may develop replicable commercial solutions by which operations and security at airports of all sizes may be improved. 5G innovation promises to provide a new generation of capabilities for myriad enterprises. The joint Purdue, Ericsson, Saab project seeks to instantiate private 5G’s benefits to airports and vet new high-performance networks in real-life scenarios.

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Classic Aero-TV: Upgrading and Innovating – Developing The Rotax 912iS

From 2013 (YouTube Version): A Thoroughly Modern Engine For The Next Generation SportPlane

Aviation has been dealing with a number of problems over the last few decades... one of which is the utter lack of progress and innovation we've seen in way too many segments of the aviation business. SO... when a truly new and innovative powerplant hits the market, that's HUGE news... as is the process by which that engine got into the this new generation of sport aircraft. The Rotax 912 iS engine delivers 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable competitive engines in the light sport, ultra

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NTSB Prelim: Beech B200

Just As The Airplane Went Out Of Sight, The Camera Recorded A Rising Plume Of Smoke About 1-Mile South

On February 22, 2023, about 1156 central standard time (CST), a Beech 200 airplane, N55PC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near the Bill and Hillary Clinton International Airport (LIT), Little Rock, Arkansas. The commercial pilot and 4 passengers sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. The flight was intended to transport Consulting Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH) emergency workers from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Columbus, Ohio, in response to an alloy plant explosion in Bedford, Ohio.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 03.09.23: EAA Webinars, Merlin Update, 160HP eMotor

Also: SnF Innovation Preview Is ON!, SnF NOTAM, DarkAero Prototype, MSFS Reno Race

Lovers of Low and Slow were captivated by the EAA’s Virtual Ultralight Days, which returned in 2023 with 15 webinars over three-days in late February. The presentations highlighted the joys of ultralight flight to the more than five-thousand enthusiasts who availed themselves of live webinars featuring a variety of ultralight topics, including how to get started in the endeavor of ultralight flying, maintenance tips, and airport operations. Aeromarine LSA has an update on the Merlin Lite. Earlier this year the company claimed handy performance of the Merlin as equipp

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.23)

Aero Linx: CAIR Flight Inc.

CAIR Flight Inc. is a Tampa, FL, based 501c3 corporation that coordinates charitable airlift to those in need. Our goal is to help our neighbors reach essential medical resources or to reunite families in critical times. We hope no one will miss life-saving treatment because of time, distance or money. We have proudly flown missions for children, adults, wounded warriors and served as first responders during natural disasters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.23): En Route High Altitude Charts

En Route High Altitude Charts

Provide aeronautical information for en route instrument navigation (IFR) in the high-altitude stratum. Information includes the portrayal of jet routes, identification and frequencies of radio aids, selected airports, distances, time zones, special use airspace, and related information.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.24.23)

“We’re a startup airline going through one of the toughest times of the season. And so there were times that we were late. But we always cleared it up and we were always in communication.” Source: Flair Airlines CEO Stephen Jones, attempting to explain some of the details behind the repossession of several of their airliners.

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