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April 23, 2023

Parking Tab for An-124 Stranded at YYZ Tops $330,000

Schadenfreude Among the Maple Leaves

The Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is charging a stranded Antonov An-124 cargo aircraft an exorbitant parking fee of nearly one-penny-per-second. The 226-foot-long cargo plane has been stuck at YYZ since Canada closed its airspace to Russian-owned aircraft on 27 February 2022. Finding parking for the mammoth aircraft, one of only 26 left in the world, was a relatively simple matter. Liberating it from Canada has proved anything but.

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Airborne 04.14.23: DJI Inspire 3, Volcano Hazard, AEA New Products-LIVE!

Also: Sikorsky Protest Denial, Flexjet Scraps IPO, BOC Aviation Wins $406M, Flight School Support Contract

DJI has debuted its Inspire 3 model, a full-frame 8K cinema drone. The Inspire 3 features a sleek, integrated design, a 160° Field Of View (FOV) night-vision First Person View (FPV), and DJI’s O3 Pro transmission and control system—that supports a dual-control mode in which one operator can manage the drone’s camera exclusively while a second operator pilots the contraption via a front-facing FPV camera. The Eruption of Russia’s Mt. Shiveluch—one of the vast nation’s most active volcanoes—has prompted the Kam

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 04.13.23: Carbon Cub UL, NEW Rotax!, Junkers A50

Also: SnF Innovation Preview, Dynon Back To Normal?, CompAir 6.2 Makes Appearance, Full Stop Aviation

This year’s Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo was VERY good to sport aviation aficionados... Here are a few of the major announcements we covered for Aero-News, the Sun ‘ N Fun Digital Daily, the SportPlane Resource Guide and the Sun ‘ N Fun Innovation Preview... The new Carbon Cub UL replaces the model's usual engine, the Titan CC340, with a Rotax 916 iS. The 160-hp Rotax enables the Cub to lift 2 adults with a full fuel load and a 'reasonable' amount of baggage at a 1,320 lb max takeoff weight. BRP-Rotax brought the latest and greatest in sp

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Combat History of CAF Capital Wing Stinson Discovered

Phantom of the Ghost Squadron

On 17 April 2023, following six-months of painstaking research undertaken by one of the world’s preeminent military aviation historians, the Commemorative Air Force’s Capital Wing proudly announced a World War II combat warbird had been added to its fleet—more or less. The aircraft in question, a Stinson L-5 Sentinel dubbed Gayle Ann, has been a part of the CAF’s Ghost Squadron—the organization’s fleet of historic aircraft—for nearly thirty-years. Nobody, however, knew the little plane had seen combat.

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Delaware State University Expands Aviation Program

Helicopter and Rotorcraft Curriculum Added  

On Thursday, 20 April 2023, Delaware State university President Tony Allen and Deputy Commanding General Amanda Azubuike of the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command signed an agreement authorizing the service to pay U.S. Army ROTC Cadets’ flight lab fees incurred in the new helicopter training program.

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Klyde Morris (04.17.23)

Klyde Provides Some 'Seasonal' Perspective


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Motivational Speaker Makes the Rounds Through American Midwest

Jackie Ruiz Takes on Teddy Bear Delivery Challenge in Cross Country Flight

Naperville-based marketer, entrepreneur, author, pilot, and motivational speaker Jacqueline S. Ruiz has been making a tour throughout the American Midwest, handing out teddy bears along the way. Her goal will be to place 400 bears to 400 new homes and smiling children, stopping at schools, airports, and museums wherever her route takes her. The journey was conceived as a way to celebrate her upcoming 40th birthday, planning out a 1,100-nm trip from Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

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Million Air Dallas Adds Tesla Models to Courtesy Fleet

Electrifying Texas Oil Country

On 21 April 2023, Million Air Dallas announced with pride that it was the U.S.’s first FBO to offer customers and itinerant pilots a fleet of Tesla Model 3 FBO courtesy vehicles. The fleet of all-electric automobiles, provided in partnership with Hertz, is available to Million Air ADS customers for short-term vehicle needs while visiting the FBO.

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Continental Jet-A Piston Engines Claim Milestones

'Accumulated North of Ten-Million Flight Hours"

On 20 April 2023, Continental announced its Jet-A piston engine family had collectively accumulated north of ten-million flight hours. The engine-maker declared, also, that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had extended the Time Between Replacement (TBR) interval of its CD-170 engine from 1,200 to 1,800 hours.

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Natilus Kona Demonstrator Coming Along Nicely

Autonomous Cargo Plane Completes Scaled Flight Tests

Natilus (not Nautilus, as many mistake) has seen success with its blended-wing Kona aircraft design, paving the way to full-scale tests. The company completed a bevy of tests for its autonomous cargo plane, taking their design from the wind tunnel into the real world with a Southern California flight to 70 mph. The subscale prototype showed that the Natilus configuration can fly just fine without the aid of a "complex autopilot system".

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

Witness Reported That Nearly 6 Minutes After The Initial Impact, An Empty Parachute Could Be Seen Descending Through The Clouds

On April 2, 2023, at 0950 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corporation SR22, N424SW, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Oxbow, Oregon. The pilot and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.The accident airplane departed Caldwell Executive Airport (EUL), Caldwell, Idaho about 0930 under visual flight rules, with the intended destination of Lewiston Nez/Perce County Airport (LWS), Lewiston, Idaho.

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Classic Aero-TV: A 2011 LSA Q&A – What’s Missing From Today’s LSAs?

From 2011 (YouTube Version): The Third Question (of Five) Is Put Forth Among The Attendees of the 2011 US SAE

OK... three questions down, two to go... are you feeling better educated about LSAs yet? One of the most enjoyable interactions we at ANN and Aero-TV undertake at the dozens of events we attend is the chance to talk NOT with the newsmakers... but to those that the news we report on affects most... YOU. At the 2011 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, we spent extra time asking the attendees a series of five questions... both to gauge the kind of interest that LSA holds for the aviation community as well as the strength of that interest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.23)

Aero Linx: de Havilland Moth Club of North America Welcome to the de Havilland Moth Club of North America, catering for all de Havilland aircraft types. Members receive regular e-mailed newsletters and access to the Members’ Area of the Club’s website. You do not have to own or fly a de Havilland aircraft to join the Club – enthusiasm is all that it required!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.23): Back-Taxi

Back-Taxi A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway opposite to the traffic flow. The aircraft may be instructed to back-taxi to the beginning of the runway or at some point before reaching the runway end for the purpose of departure or to exit the runway.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.23.23)

“We are fully focused on completing the full-scale Kona prototype. Our Kona remotely piloted aircraft will be capable of carrying over 9,000 pounds of freight and will open new markets worldwide. The progress of Natilus developing autonomous cargo aircraft is a game-changer in the logistics industry, providing an efficient and cost-effective solution for shipping goods across oceans.” Source: Aleksey Matyushev, Natilus Co-Founder and CEO, commenting on the success Natilus has seen with its blended-wing Kona aircraft design, paving the way to full-scale tests.  

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