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November 03, 2022

United Airlines Pilots Vote “Overwhelmingly” Against Tentative Agreement

94% of Voting Body Declines Agreement Written Earlier in Year, Hoping for Better Terms

United Airlines pilots saw record turnout in voting on the company’s tentative agreement, with 94% of the 9,980 pilots voting against the proposal. The agreement as written was developed last summer, evidently leaving much to be desired in such a quickly shifting economy. The ALPA described the offered deal as “short of the industry-leading contract United pilots have earned and deserve after leading the airline through the pandemic and back to profitability.” 

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American Airlines Cadet Academy Announces Spartan College Partnership

Program will Expand AA Cadet Academy Membership to Spartan Students in "Aviation Flight" Major

American Airlines and the Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology have entered into a partnership to include their students in the airline's cadet program. Spartan, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is the American Airlines Cadet Academy’s first collegiate partner, allowing membership for students working towards their Associate of Applied Science degree - provided they major in "Aviation Flight".

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Airborne 10.26.22: Cirrus SF50 Fatal, NTSB Opines on DHC-3 Crash, Delta Settles

Also: T-45 Safety Pause, NASA Orders More Orions, AIRO-Current Aviation, Boeing-Airbus Compete 4 Saudi $$

Cirrus Aircraft has seen yet another SF50 Vision jet suffer a runway accident in which the vehicle encountered a failed takeoff at the Colombia, Santa Marta Airport. The SF50 Vision Jet had four persons aboard... all of whom reported some degree of injury but a minor child was reportedly struck by the jet, and killed, as it attempted to depart Runway 01. National Transportation Safety Board investigators identified a possible safety issue with a flight control of the De Havilland Canada DHC-3 that crashed into Mutiny Bay, Washington on Sept. 4, 202

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Airborne-Flight Training 10.27.22: GV Training, AIRO-Current, Praetor 500-600

Also: “Pilots in Command”, JetBlue Pilots, Recreational Drone Flying, Delta Settles Suit

The FAA has released the first aircraft standardized training curricula for use in training GV pilots in the employ of Part 135 operators. Part 135 pertains to companies that operate as non-scheduled—which is to say, charter—air carriers. Part 135 regulations establish protocols for numerous safety and operational criteria, including: aircraft maintenance, pilot licensing, crew duty and flight-time limitations, and minimum insurance coverage. Current Aviation of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Training Division of AIRO Group of Albuquerque

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Airborne-Flight Training 10.27.22: GV Training, AIRO-Current, Praetor 500-600

Also: “Pilots in Command”, JetBlue Pilots, Recreational Drone Flying, Delta Settles Suit

The FAA has released the first aircraft standardized training curricula for use in training GV pilots in the employ of Part 135 operators. Part 135 pertains to companies that operate as non-scheduled—which is to say, charter—air carriers. Part 135 regulations establish protocols for numerous safety and operational criteria, including: aircraft maintenance, pilot licensing, crew duty and flight-time limitations, and minimum insurance coverage. Current Aviation of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Training Division of AIRO Group of Albuquerque

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Mississippi State University Flight Lab Welcomes Formidable UAS

Birds of the Magnolia State

In November 2022, it was announced that Mississippi State Univerity's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory had acquired a newly-designed, remotely-piloted UAS called Teros. The vehicle—manufactured by Navmar Applied Sciences Corp., and deriving of Sonex Aerospace’s manned Xenos-B Motorglider—is expected to be the first UAS of its kind to receive FAA type-certification.

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Dissident Organization Alleges Iran has Provided Russia Thousands of Drones

Sorcerers of Death’s Construction

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), a Franco/Albanian-based Iranian political organization devoted to the overthrow of Iran’s militantly theocratic, fundamentalist Muslim government, has made public a dossier in which it accuses the Iranian regime of furnishing Moscow with more than 3,500 drones to be deployed in support of Russian forces operating throughout Ukraine. The NCRI’s allegations, if true, speak to a dramatic increase in the Iranian regime's support of Russian belligerence.

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Royal Jordanian Air Force Buys 10 Bell 505s

SOFEX Appearance a Success for Textron Brand

Bell Textron has sold 10 of its Bell 505 helicopters to the RJAF at the The Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) in Aqaba, Jordan. The contract will include delivery of the aircraft alongside a "comprehensive computer-based flight training package" and flight training device for basic and advanced rotorcraft training. This year, the 13th annual SOFEX proved to be a profitable trip for the company.

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Klyde Morris (10.31.22)

Klyde Can't Figure Out Politics Any More Than We Can...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Passenger Rights to Privacy in the Information Age

Extermination of the Shutterbug?

As 2022 lumbers winter-ward and airlines brace for the busy holiday travel season, a number of popular, globetrotting bloggers have reported being unlawfully detained by aircraft cabin-crews, and made to disclose the contents of their digital devices—particularly photos taken while aboard the aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Rotax 915iS - Rotax's New 'Big Bad' Engine

From 2017 (YouTube Version): EASA Certification Process Nearly Complete…

The Rotax 915 iS engine has been in the pipeline for some time, but now the engine is nearly ready to get flying. Marc Becker, Aircraft Business Manager for Rotax, told ANN editor Tom Patton at AirVenture that the company is nearly finished with the EASA certification process, but there is still some testing to be done. According to the company website, the Rotax 915 iS offers more power, the best power-to-weight ratio in its class, full take-off power up to at least 15,000 feet and a service ceiling of 23,000 feet.

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Sweet Aviation Becomes FBO for DeKalb County Airport

Indiana Airport Gains Base Operator with Diamonds for Rent

November 1st marked the start of a new FBO taking over DeKalb County Airport of Indiana, starting out their tenure as the service provider locals in the area. All the hits, all the FBO classics will be there, with the usual services available in addition to flight training and rental in their fleet of Diamond DA20 and DA40 aircraft. Sweet Aviation will also provide charter services, aircraft maintenance, and detailing services at the airport, too.

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NTSB Prelim: Cornford Craig H Mustang II

Airplane’s Radar Track Ended In The Vicinity Of Lyons Peak About 1238

On October 4, 2022, about 1238 Pacific daylight time, a Cornford Mustang II airplane, N887QR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jamul, California. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to air traffic control information, the pilot departed Gillespie Field Airport (SEE), El Cajon, California, about 1225.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.03.22)

Aero Linx: Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquisition, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist the National Soaring Museum in the preservation of soaring history and the promotion of vintage sailplane activity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.03.22): Light Gun

Light Gun A handheld directional light signaling device which emits a brilliant narrow beam of white, green, or red light as selected by the tower controller. The color and type of light transmitted can be used to approve or disapprove anticipated pilot actions where radio communication is not available. The light gun is used for controlling traffic operating in the vicinity of the airport and on the airport movement area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.03.22)

“By the Company’s own admission, this agreement missed the mark. That’s why both parties agreed to reengage at the bargaining table for a new, improved agreement. It is vital United management recognizes that an industry-leading contract is required to hire, train, and retain the best pilots in the world for the United Next growth plan to succeed.” Source: United Master Executive Council chair Capt. Mike Hamilton, in remarks made as United Airlines pilots saw record turnout in voting on the company’s tentative agreement, with 94% of the 9,980 pilots voting against the proposal.

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