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March 23, 2024

Navy Places Another Super Hornet Order

Despite the Lightning's New Production Readiness, Navy Orders More Super Hornets

The United States Navy placed an order for $1.3 billion worth of F/A-18 Super Hornets in Block III configuration, with the deal including the Technical Data Package that will be "vital to the sustainment of the program". It's funny to see, since expectations in many branches are subverted time and time again - The Lightning, ostensibly good to go and ready for duty, keeps getting shown up by new orders for decades-old legacy aircraft. This new Navy order will see the delivery of 17 aircraft in Super Hornet spec, and reactions are similar to those seen by a recent Air Force order for 144 F-15EX Eagles.

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Frontier MEC Recognizes Attentive Preflight

FO Saves Baggage Handler While Making the Rounds

Pilot leadership in the Frontier Airlines family recognized one of their own who "likely saved the life of a ramp worker during an incident at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last October." The Frontier Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association, International presented its own  MEC Safety Award to First Officer Joel Byler, citing his quick thinking to assist the ramper, who was injured while working around his aircraft. The incident took place while Byler was  performing a walk-around inspection outside the Airbus aircraft sitting on the ramp in preparation for a flight to Atlanta, Georgia.

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GoDrone 2.0 Gets New Look

Altitude Angel Euro Drone App Gets Overhaul As Part of Version 2

Netherlands ANSP LVNL and Altitude Angel broke news of a revamped iteration of GoDrone's flight planning app. While Altitude Angel may be somewhat unknown stateside, it's a big enough deal abroad, where GoDrone managed to secure a strong foothold in the domestic Dutch market since its launch in the Spring of 2020. The company's Unified Traffic Management software has continued to build speed at a number of British airfields, too, helping controllers to wrangle flight activity with a streamlined, digital suite of tools.

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Ansett Aviation Names Scholarship Winners for 2024

Cool Training Program Equips Low-Time Pilots with Real-World Tools to Succeed

Ansett Aviation Training announced the winners of its 2024 pilot scholarship program, prepping local aviators for the industry to come. The winners of the 2024 round are Daniel Mitchell Waller and Damian Verbakel, two "outstanding individuals" that have "demonstrated exceptional dedication, skill, and passion in aviation." The scholarship provides each student with 'comprehensive training at Ansett Aviation's state-of-the-art facilities, gaining invaluable experience and knowledge from our team of seasoned aviation professionals.'

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Joby Aviation Bolsters USAF Relationship

2 More Aircraft Ordered for Delivery to SOCOM Base

Joby Aviation committed to delivering an additional 2 eVTOL aircraft to MacDill Air Force Base under the branch's continued testing of novel tech. The delivery is set to take place next year under the AFWERX Agility Prime contract. Joby originally delivered the first of its eVTOLs to Edwards AFB in 2023. There's one more on tap for delivery there. Under the original Agility Prime contract, Joby can provide up to 9 aircraft, leaving 5 slots for future expansion. Edwards has been home to Joby's greatest military attentions, working with the 412th Test Wing on "testing and experimentation". The newest order will see the next Joby eVTOLS delivered to MacDill AFB, home to US Special Operations Com

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Paragon Network ‘Elevates FBO Safety Expectations and Training in 2024’

E-Learning Makes Training Easier Than Ever

Paragon Aviation group has spent 2024 doubling down on 'Safety', one of 5 pillars of business the FBO purveyor centers its operations on. The other four pillars of Paragon are 'Quality', 'Reliability', 'Value', and 'Service', all part of the mandatory Paragon Aviation Group mission. This year, they're homing in on Safety in every way they can, starting off 2024 with new procedures and programs to make sure personnel are safer and more professional than ever.

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Altitude Angel Gains Another Customer in Leeds Bradford Airport

British Airfield Implements Traffic Management Software

Altitude Angel, a Unified Traffic Management suite, is set to deploy at the UK's Lee Bradford International Airport, allowing local controllers to oversee UAV and eVTOL ops as those traffic niches grow. The Altitude Angel Approval Services platform helps drone operators to streamline and plan out their flights with minimal fuss, simply plugging in their course and filing them before takeoff to give controllers a good idea of the traffic path to come.  Outgoing Aviation Minister Baroness Vere, said the suite, and those like it would be "a key step to the UK achieving its ambitious outcomes we are setting through the Future of Flight Industry Group." The easier it is for drone pilots

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NTSB Prelim: Bellanca 17-30A

During The Approach The Airplane Contacted Powerlines Before It Touched Down In The Grass Of A Divided Highway

On February 24, 2024, about 1000 eastern standard time, a Bellanca 17-30A, N282SV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Cape Coral, Florida. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, the airplane departed from Pine Shadows Airpark (94FL), Fort Meyers, Florida, and was airborne for approximately 5 minutes when it experienced a total loss of engine power at an altitude of 1,500 ft msl. The pilot attempted to change power settings and utilize the fuel boost pump but there was no change in the engine’s

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Classic Aero-TV: Active Winglets -- Tamarack Aerospace Partners with Cessna

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Innovative Aerodynamic Technologies Produce Game-Changing Results

At the NBAA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Tamarack Aerospace Group about their partnership with the Cessna to provide winglet modifications for certain Cessna jet models. Nick Guida, founder and president of Tamarack Aerospace Group explained to Jim the uniqueness of their product. Adding winglets to an airplane aerodynamically increases the aspect ratio of the wing creating less drag and more efficiency. However, they also create greater wing bending moments which leads to

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.24)

Aero Linx: The International Air Transport Association (IATA)

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 320 airlines or 83% of total air traffic. We support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.24): Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude

Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude (OROCA) A published altitude which provides terrain and obstruction clearance with a 1,000 foot buffer in non-mountainous areas and a 2,000 foot buffer in designated mountainous areas within the United States, and a 3,000 foot buffer outside the US ADIZ. These altitudes are not assessed for NAVAID signal coverage, air traffic control surveillance, or communications coverage, and are published for general situational awareness, flight planning, and in-flight contingency use.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.23.24)

“Joel’s quick response and decisive actions saved the life of a ramp agent, exemplifying the highest standards of safety and professionalism in the aviation industry. The pilot’s profession requires vigilance at all times while on duty, and at times requires the execution of actions for which the pilot has not been trained. It is with great pride that we present this Safety Award to Joel Byler for going above and beyond the call of duty to protect the life of a fellow team member." Source: First Officer Sheldon Devantier, Vice Chair of Frontier’s Local Council 169, lauding the efforts of a Frontier FO who spotted a ramp worker in trouble and rendered life-saving aid. 

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