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April 16, 2023

Subcontractor Issue Likely to Hamper 737 MAX Deliveries

For Want of Forward Momentum

Commercial aviation and aerospace titan Boeing announced that production and deliveries of its 737 MAX will be reduced in the near-term due to issues with parts supplied by longtime subcontractor Spirit AeroSystems. The news belies an 06 April announcement in which the plane-maker made public its plans to up 737 MAX production from 31 to 38 specimens monthly.

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Unleaded Fuel Comes to Oxnard

With Competition in the Unleaded Avgas Scene, Will STC Pricing Come into Play?

The FAA’s EAGLE initiative has seen another buyer in South California’s Golden West Jet Center, who will begin offering unleaded avgas in the form of Swift’s UL94. The Oxnard Airport FBO received its first tanker of UL94 gas in March, providing locals a way to avoid the use of leaded fuel in their piston-engined aircraft. The Swift product stands apart from some competing lead-free avfuel options by offering a more consistent buy-in for the STC, standing at $100 right now. The other big name on the leadless avgas block, GAMI’s G100UL, charges on a sliding scale for its STC, instead basing its pricing on engine size and output.

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Raisbeck Offering 5-Blade CF Prop STC for King Air 300-360

Carbon Fiber Hartzell Prop is Quieter, Faster, and Lighter than OEM

Raisbeck Engineering has received an STC for the installation of a 5-blade Hartzell turbofan prop on heavyweight King Air 300, 350, and 360 series aircraft. The installation will provide King Air operators with enhanced aircraft performance, particularly in the landing and takeoff phases of flight. Reduced noise levels in the terminal environment, increased cruise speed, and improved stoppage also round out a bevy of promised enhancements.

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George Charles Allen Named Royal Aeronautical Society Fellow

In His Majesty’s CFI Service

The Royal Aeronautical Society, a London, UK-based institution dedicated to advancing the aviation, aerospace, and space sectors, announced on 05 April 2023 that Mr. George Charles Allen has been elected to the station of Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS). Fellow is the highest grade attainable within the society and is awarded solely to individuals who’ve made outstanding contributions, attained positions of high responsibility, and demonstrated consistently high qualities of work and character in the profession of aeronautics.

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Klyde Morris (04.14.23)

Klyde Could See This Coming A Mile Away...


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Airborne 04.07.23: Mk-II Aurora Spaceplane, UK Museum Threatened, Collier Trophy

Also: Brew Crew Blunder, Seaplane Pilots Association, United Aviate Academy, Tamarack Winglet Separation

Dawn Aerospace has successfully completed the first series of rocket-powered test-flights of its Mk-II Aurora spaceplane. The flight-test campaign was carried out at New Zealand’s Glentanner Aerodrome on 29, 30, and 31 March. The accomplishment occasions an important milestone in the Aurora platform’s development and advances the company’s stated mission of “revolutionizing space access.” The U.K.’s Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre’s (CAHC) plans to relocate its collection of aviation artifacts to a new site have

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Classic Aero-TV: It's A Bird, It's A Plane -- It's Jetman!

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Don't Miss This AMAZING Interview With The Jet-Powered Yves Rossy

Despite a few issues to be worked out for the future, the first public airshows featuring Jetman Yves Rossy set imaginations soaring. You could see it in faces all over Wittman Field as folks craned their heads skyward to catch a glimpse of the man who made himself a missile. Rossy prepared for months... undertaking a number of unique tasks to get his skills where he wanted them... though one of t

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Sequans Offers Air-to-Ground Comms Module for Public Services

With Testing Completed in Australia, New Tech Now Available to Manufacturers

A trio of companies unveiled a new Air-to-Ground broadband comms system for public safety agencies, aiming to provide essential services in any emergency. The system was brought to bear by SKYFive AG, FLightcell International, and Sequans Communications S.A. under the "A2G' umbrella. A2G modules will be provided in-flight communications with a small, lightweight footprint for any aircraft.

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Pan Am Academy Acquires 737 MAX-8 Sim

Boeing Offerings Provide Current-Gen Training for Carrier-Bound Pilots

Pan Am Flight Academy just obtained a new Level D B737 MAX-8 simulator to enhance its commercial pilot training offerings. The MAX-8 allows the school to provide up-to-date training with a "state-of-the-art simulator", and should be ready for student use by July. Like many of the simulators in Pan Am's collection, the Level D MAX-8 is equipped with all the needful to provide consistent, realistic, true-to-life pilot training for the same aircraft rolling off the Boeing assembly line.

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NTSB Prelim: Rockwell International S-2R

Operator Reported That The Pilot Had Been Flying For About 8 Hours When The Accident Occurred

On March 7, 2023, about 1611 Pacific standard time, a Rockwell International S-2R, N8424V, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Willows, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. According to the operator, the pilot was scheduled to spray fungicide over several almond orchards.

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Vee Neal Aviation Proposes Growth

New LBE Hangars and Flight School Planned

Based at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport (LBE) in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Vee Neal Aviation offers aircraft maintenance, management, charter, brokerage, and fixed-base operator (FBO) services. The company has been in business for more than fifty-years. On 11 April 2023, Vee Neal Aviation announced plans to grow its LBE commercial aviation operations by constructing new aircraft hangars and a flight school.  

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Incidents of Airline Passenger Misconduct Continue

Diminished Frequency, Worsening Unruliness

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Thursday, 13 April 2023 that it has referred 17 additional unruly passenger cases to the FBI for criminal prosecution review, thereby bringing the total number of such cases since 2021 to a worrying total of 250.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.23)

Aero Linx: The South Carolina Aviation Association

The South Carolina Aviation Association is the only state-affiliated group for aviation professionals and enthusiasts. SCAA actively promotes aviation growth through airport development and safety to meet the air transportation and economic development needs of South Carolina.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.23): Friction Measurement

Friction Measurement

A measurement of the friction characteristics of the runway pavement surface using continuous self-watering friction measurement equipment in accordance with the specifications, procedures, and schedules contained in AC 150/5320-12, Measurement, Construction, and Maintenance of Skid Resistant Airport Pavement Surfaces.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.16.23)

“It took several months to work through the logistics on how we were going to store the fuel. In the end, Avfuel was able to send us a second fuel truck and we received the UL94 by a truck-to-truck transfer. Oxnard Airport Ops was on site to ensure a smooth process.”

Source: Priscilla Howden, General Manager of Golden West Jet Center, commenting on the news that Oxnard Airport FBO received its first tanker of UL94 gas in March, providing locals a way to

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