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April 11, 2024

Airborne 04.11.24: SnF24!, King's 50th, Top Rudder, Aileronics

 Also: Flight Club, Jet Shades, MyGoFlight’s FlightFlix Acquisition

 
 
FIFTY YEARS! What a milestone for the aviation world’s master aero-education duo! John, Martha, along with their CEO Barry Knutilla have come to Sun ‘n Fuin to celebrate a half-century of keeping us educated while also casting eyes upon the future. Ya want to land and take off REALLY short? Ya want to keep it simple? Ya want it to cost less than your house? Bryce Angell’s newly created Top Rudder aircraft has some affordable, highly capable STOL-ready aero-toys for you! The ultimate cockpit visual aid? Aileronics has introduced the Sentinel, a portable sensor that can be mounted in any cockpit and assist with the chores of seeing and avoiding h

Carbon Cub UL Eyed for Production in 2025

Rotax 916iS On the Way for 2025 Manufacture, Test Rides Available

CubCrafters' latest and greatest in the Carbon Cub UL lineup made a splash last year with a turbocharged 916 iS engine, but it's not quite into production just yet - CubCrafters says they want to gauge demand for the little fire breather first. Officially, the Carbon Cub UL and Rotax 916 iS now in its 'market survey development phase', meaning it's just about to head into the oven, but the recipe isn't inked just yet. CubCrafters VP Brad Damm wants to see everyone chip in with their two cents to see how they feel about the prospective aircraft. So far, everything that's been shown off paints a very attractive portrait of a lightweight, capable, eager little bird, boasting an em

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CAF Capital Wing Announces 2024 Tour Schedule

CAF Capital Wing 2024 Tour Schedule

The Capital Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has unveiled its 2024 Tour Schedule, featuring a series of airshows and Warbird Showcase events. With most appearances scheduled for weekends, the majority of events offer free parking and admission. Enthusiasts have the opportunity to experience rides in various warbirds, with prices ranging from $125 to $1,750. Among the highlights is a Stinson OY-1, a veteran of the Battle of Saipan, which will be available for rides alongside other iconic aircraft such as the Fairchild UC-61 Forwarder and Boeing PT-17 Stearman.

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Flying Dreams: Unveiling the Pioneers of Early Aviation

A Colorful Journey Through Early Aviation History

For centuries, humans have been fascinated by the idea of flight, dreaming of soaring above the clouds like the birds. But it took a special kind of person, a dreamer with a dash of inventor, to turn those dreams into reality. Imagine a time when the skies were untouched, when the idea of flying was just a fantasy. This was the world before the pioneers of aviation took their first leap into the unknown. These early dreamers were the ones who laid the groundwork for the modern aviation we know today. They were the ones who dared to dream, to experiment, and to fail, only to try again.

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The Aerospace Center for Excellence to Hold Fundraiser

'The Bash' Funds STEM Education for Future Aviators

The Aerospace Center for Excellence (ACE) is organizing a fundraising event called 'The Bash' on April 11, 2024, running from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Florida Air Museum. The event aims to support the ACE’s STEM education programs, including several scholarships for students pursuing aerospace and aviation careers. The event will feature a cocktail reception, delectable cuisine, silent auction, live auction, and a fund-a-need auction. The Aerospace Center for Excellence is a non-profit organization that provides educational support to the aerospace industry, including pilot, maintenance technician, and college scholarships.

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Empowering Educators: The Teachers' Pre-Flight Experience at SUN 'n FUN

Reaching the Kids Through Their Educators Shows that Aviation is for Everyone

In the heart of Lakeland, Florida, the SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo dazzles aviation enthusiasts with its airshows and exhibits and plays a pivotal role in educational outreach through its Teachers' Pre-Flight Experience. This unique initiative, nestled within the expo's broad spectrum of activities, is designed to empower educators with the knowledge and enthusiasm to inspire the next generation of aviators and aerospace professionals. The Teachers' Pre-Flight Experience offers an unparalleled opportunity for teachers to immerse themselves in the world of aviation through a specialized program. Participants embark on an educational journey, beginning with a flight-line tou

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Hermeus Unveils Its First Hypersonic Flight Vehicle

Atlanta-Based Startup Shows Off First Hypersonic Airplane

Hermeus, an Atlanta-based startup, has unveiled its first flight vehicle, marking a significant step towards developing hypersonic aircraft capable of flying at least Mach 5, or 3,836 miles per hour. Unlike traditional hypersonic aircraft that require rocket engines and a larger aircraft for launching, Hermeus is developing two hypersonic aircraft with jet engines that can take off and land from runways. One of these aircraft, Darkhorse, is an uncrewed, reusable drone for the military, while the other, Halcyon, is a commercial passenger plane designed to significantly reduce flight times, potentially cutting the standard 7-hour flight between New York and London down to just 90 minutes

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Illinois Aviation Academy to Host Tuskegee NEXT's Summer Program

IAA to Host Tuskegee NEXT Summer Program

Tuskegee NEXT, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underrepresented youth, is proud to announce its transformative, **no cost** for training and supplies, Summer Aviation Program, to be hosted at Illinois Aviation Academy in summer, 2024.Geared towards individuals between the ages of 18 and 20, this initiative aims to instill a passion for aviation while imparting essential education, life skills training, and the potential for future promising career opportunities. Tuskegee NEXT is committed to breaking barriers and ensuring that financial constraints never hinder aspiring aviators from reaching their dreams.

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SnF Aerospace Expo Will Showcase Victory’s Arsenal Theater

Allied Aircraft Make a Victory Lap Over Lakeland

The skies over Lakeland, Florida, will soon echo with the roar of historic military aircraft as the 50th SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, running from April 9-14, 2024, at Lakeland Linder International Airport, prepares to showcase the awe-inspiring Victory’s Arsenal Theatre. Victory’s Arsenal Theatre will highlight a curated selection of aircraft that have etched their names into military history. From the courageous exploits of the Doolittle Raiders during World War II to the pioneering spirit of the Tuskegee Airmen and beyond, each featured aircraft has a storied past, having played pivotal roles in conflicts such as WWII and the Korean War. The event kicks off on Wednesday, April 10t

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Airborne-NextGen 04.03.24: Collier Trophy, AI Wingman, Archer Battery

Also: uAvionix BVLOS Study, VFS Scholarships, Northrop Grumman, Reliable Robotics-AFWERX 

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy to a NASA program that saw a prop head to an asteroid and back on the OSIRIS-REX mission. The mission stands for "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx)". The Australian program to add Boeing's MQ-28 Ghost Bat drone has led to the creation of a nigh-100,000 square foot facility in Toowoomba, Queensland. The Aussies jumped at integrating the MQ-28 into their air force much more readily than Boeing's own homeland

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Airborne 04.02.24: G700 Certified, Collier Trophy, Wing-Walker Busted

Also: ALPA Says Plenty of Pilots, Bell 429 E-AD, Eutelsat OneWeb STC, Bell BasiX-Pro

Gulfstream has announced that the G700 has received FAA type certification. The milestone paves the way for customer deliveries. The FAA certification process also confirmed two new performance improvements for the G700, providing customers with increased flexibility and airport availability. The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy to a NASA program that saw a prop head to an asteroid and back on the OSIRIS-REX mission. The mission stands for "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (O

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Airborne-NextGen 04.03.24: Collier Trophy, AI Wingman, Archer Battery

Also: uAvionix BVLOS Study, VFS Scholarships, Northrop Grumman, Reliable Robotics-AFWERX 

The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the 2023 Robert J. Collier Trophy to a NASA program that saw a prop head to an asteroid and back on the OSIRIS-REX mission. The mission stands for "Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx)". The Australian program to add Boeing's MQ-28 Ghost Bat drone has led to the creation of a nigh-100,000 square foot facility in Toowoomba, Queensland. The Aussies jumped at integrating the MQ-28 into their air force much more readily than Boeing's own homeland did, e

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Classic Aero-TV: PBY Catalina-From Wartime to Double Sunrises to the Long Sunset

From 2022 (YouTube Version): Before They’re All Gone...

Humankind has been messing about in airplanes for almost 120-years. In that time, thousands of aircraft representing innumerable technologies, design philosophies, and aspirations both noble and contemptible have been built and flown. Airshows—the good ones—are lenses into aviation’s past. Events like AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun, and Frontiers in Flight afford modern audiences glimpses of aircraft that shaped the world in war, and brought it together

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NTSB Final Report: Cessna P210N

He Heard Another Pilot Report That He Was Landing At The Airport And Would Cut In Front Of Him

Analysis: The pilot reported that while on a straight in approach to land, he heard another pilot report that he was landing at the airport and would cut in front of him. The accident pilot discontinued the approach and performed a 360° turn. He then resumed the approach and continued to land but failed to extend the landing gear. The airplane sustained substantial damaged the left and right keel beams.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.24)

Aero Linx: Independent Pilots Association Welcome to the Independent Pilots Association. The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 3300 professional pilots who fly in service of United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, home of UPS Worldport, the largest fully automated package handling system in the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.24): Designated Common Traffic Advisory Frequency

Designated Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) Area In Alaska, in addition to being designated for the purpose of carrying out airport advisory practices while operating to or from an airport without an operating airport traffic control tower, a CTAF may also be designated for the purpose of carrying out advisory practices for operations in and through areas with a high volume of VFR traffic.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.11.24)

“Partnering with Red Bull, we were able to show what an extremely light and powerful version of the Carbon Cub could accomplish when the UL technology demonstrator aircraft landed on the Burj Al Arab hotel helipad in Dubai. A month later we announced a consumer version of the UL aircraft would be forthcoming, and now in 2024 we’re exactly on schedule to have demonstration aircraft available for the public to fly.”   Source: Brad Damm, CubCrafter company Vice President, revealing some interesting background details about how the Carbon Cub UL came into being...

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