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April 17, 2023

Airborne 04.17.23: Young Eagles day, China v Pooh, CAF Rescue Ops

 Also: Bombardier Surviving, FAA Protecting Whistleblowers?, DFC Awarded, NBAA V SMS

The 30th annual International Young Eagles Day will be held on 10 June 2023. The yearly event is undertaken to encourage EAA members to participate in the Young Eagles program. In 2023, the EAA is stepping up its support of EAA International Young Eagles Day by hosting a webinar for Young Eagles volunteers. Taiwan’s military news agency released photos of a young Taiwanese pilot conducting a pre-flight inspection of his aircraft. The left shoulder of the aviator’s flight-suit is clearly visible and emblazoned with an embroidered patch depicting a Formosan black bear delivering a savage right-uppercut to the jaw of a startled and anguished-looking Winnie the Pooh. On 29 March,

First Orbital Flight of SpaceX’s Starship Imminent

History’s Largest, Most Powerful Spacecraft MAY Launch 17 April

The Federal Aviation Administration, on Friday, 14 April 2023, granted SpaceX final regulatory approval to carry out the first orbital flight test of the company’s Starship super-heavy-lift launch vehicle. The inaugural space-flight will see the Starship SN24 prototype blasted spaceward atop SpaceX’s Super Heavy Booster-7 on Monday, 17 April 2023 at 07:00 CDT. The mission will launch from SpaceX’s Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas.

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China Condemns Winnie the Pooh Patch

Oh, Bother …

In April 2023, Taiwan’s military news agency released photos of a Taiwanese military training exercise. Among the photos was a depiction of a young Taiwanese pilot conducting a pre-flight inspection of his aircraft. The left shoulder of the aviator’s flight-suit is clearly visible and emblazoned with an embroidered patch to which Beijing has taken particular and pointed umbrage. 

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USAF Probes English Language Training of Foreign Pilots

Communication Breakdown

On 19 February 2021 a Japanese Air Force pilot and his American instructor perished when the T-38C Falcon in which the pair were conducting a cross-country training flight crashed during a VFR approach to Alabama’s Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM). Comes now 2023, and U.S. military aviation officials are evaluating the effectiveness and possible culpability of a U.S.-run program by which foreign aviators are taught, ostensibly, to speak, read, and communicate in the English language.

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Airline Complaints Compel FAA to Delay Space Launches

What Can’t Be Solved, Cancel—the Government Way

The Federal Aviation Administration stated on Thursday, 13 April 2023 that it is inclined to intermittently delay space-launches for purpose of minimizing disruption to commercial air-travel and promoting what the agency tediously referred to as “equitable” access to airspace in the vicinity of launch sites.

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Forefront Aerospace Acquires Pt 145 Repair Station Airflight

“Broader Range of Capabilities and Services” on the Way, Says Forefront Partner

Forefront Aerospace Services has formally announced the acquisition of Airflight Aerospace, an EASA/FAA Part 145 Repair Station focused on electromechanical aircraft parts. The station has long served the usual gamut of commercial, civil, business, and military components from its South Florida location. Forefront Aero, also a Florida operation, provides “comprehensive capital investment solutions” to enable companies to “unlock their potential and reach their maximum profitability.” Translated into aviator, it can be assumed that the extra infusion of capital will allow Airflight to continue operations and expand into further r

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Classic Aero-TV: EAA AT NBAA 2013-Jack Pelton on Flight Training, LSAs, & BizAv

From 2013 (YouTube Version): ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell Interviews EAA’s Jack Pelton

At the 2013 NBAA convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell interviews EAA’s Jack Pelton. As usual, Jim knows the right questions to ask. Jim starts his questioning by asking Jack why EAA is at the NBAA convention. Pelton’s response is that EAA is not a business aircraft organization; it’s for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and that’s part of NBAA.

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Retired T-38 on Civilian Aircraft Market

As Much Fun as $800,000 Will Buy

On 14 April 2023, Thornton Aviation announced the availability, for sale, of a T-38A. The company’s website sets forth the "basic 'core' package" of the jet is available for sale, and can be refurbished with customizations to suit the buyer. The aircraft is the first to be "offered as a project" by Thornton Aviation for civilian use.    

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NTSB Prelim: Beech 58P

Witness Then Looked Up At The Airplane And Saw It In A Left Bank

On March 17, 2023, about 1136 central daylight time, a Beech Baron 58P, N2061K, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Lubbock, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane arrived at Lubbock Executive Airpark, Lubbock, Texas, where several passengers from the airplane were dropped off. About 1130, the airplane engines started, and about 1135, the airplane began its takeoff on runway 35.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.23)

Aero Linx: Flying Physicians Association

FPA is the world's premier organization of physician-pilots. We participate in a wide variety of educational, charitable and recreational activities involving medicine and aviation. If you are a practicing or retired physician (MD or DO) or a medical student who is also a pilot, you should give serious consideration to joining the Flying Physicians Association as an Active member. Non-pilot physicians with an interest in aviation are also welcome as Associate Members. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.17.23): Flight Level

Flight Level

A level of constant atmospheric pressure related to a reference datum of 29.92 inches of mercury. Each is stated in three digits that represent hundreds of feet. For example, flight level (FL) 250 represents a barometric altimeter indication of 25,000 feet; FL 255, an indication of 25,500 feet.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.17.23)

"Success maybe, excitement guaranteed!" Source: Never at a loss for words, that is SpaceX's Elon Musk discussing the potential for success as the company prepares for the first major test of its Starship launch system.  

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