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May 22, 2022

Latest GAMA Aircraft Sales Report Published

Overall Value Of The Aircraft Shipments Was Slightly Lower For 1Q/22

GAMA has published the First Quarter 2022 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report. The aircraft manufacturing industry’s results for the first three months of 2022, when compared to the same period in 2021, point to increasing aircraft unit deliveries across each aircraft segment while the overall value of the aircraft shipments was slightly lower. “It is reassuring to see aircraft deliveries continue to show strong progress as we emerge from impacts of the pandemic,” said GAMA President & CEO, Pete Bunce.

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FAI Notes Earhart Anniversary

It's Been Ninety Years Since Amelia Earhart Became The First Woman To Fly Across The Atlantic Ocean

On this day in 1932, pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart touched down in Londonderry, Northern Ireland after a 15-hour transatlantic flight that started in Newfoundland, off the coast of Canada. Completing this formidable journey made her the first woman ever to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean. Amelia Earhart was 34 years old when she took off in her single engine Lockheed Vega plane from Harbour Grace in Newfoundland on 20 May 1932. Her aim was to fly to Paris, France to emulate the first ever transatlantic flight made by Charles Lindbergh five years earlier.

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Airborne 05.13.22: FAA v Red Bull!, Spontaneous Pilot, eVTOL Certification

Also: Honor Flight 250,000th, USMC Aviation Plan, United's Green Fuel, Oshkosh 2022!

That incredibly foolish Red Bull Skydive-and-switch-planes-in-midair stunt that went so bad last month has  resulted in both pilot/skydivers losing their certificates. Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington received nationwide attention for the poorly planned and executed stunt. The result is this... both of them have to surrender their tickets immediately and Aikins is facing an additional financial penalty in the form of a nearly $5000 fine. An individual with allegedly no prior flying experience had a chance to live many a pilot’s dream/nightmare, by landing a s

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Hartzell Engine Seminars Set For AirVenture 2022

Hartzell’s Announces Forum Schedule For AirVenture 2022

With EAA AirVenture 2022 about two months away, if you haven’t already made travel plans, consider this a reminder. Further delay may mean you get to enjoy the festivities from your comfy air-conditioned abode. Some things in life are free, and one of those are the numerous ‘Forums’ where owners and enthusiasts can engage in learning about all manner of things from A through to Z, sometime even getting their hands dirty! Hartzell Engine Technologies (HET) announced that they will be hosting three such 60-minute sessions “to provide aircraft owners, operators, and A&P mechanics with valuable information to help them saf

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Boeing’s Starliner Docks to Station for Cargo and Test Ops

Starliner Is Scheduled To Depart The Space Station Wednesday, May 25

Despite a litany of problems and failures, Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 8:28 p.m. EDT. Starliner launched on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on a flight test to the International Space Station at 6:54 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Starliner is scheduled to depart the space station Wednesday, May 25, when it will undock and return to Earth, with a desert landing in the western U.S.

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Pincher Creek Airport Development On Pause

Pincher Creek Airport Committee Needs More Time To Deliberate On Development

Pincher Creek Airport (CZPC) in Canada, a public use airport located a tad over 70 nm north of the Glacier Park International Airport (KGPI) in Montana, USA, has been operational since March 2005, and has a 6,600ft hard surface runway at an elevation of just over 3,900ft. Presently, the airport is not staffed and does not provide much in the form of services, though self-service 100LL/JetA fuel is available. For the past year, the municipal district of Pincher Creek, municipality of Crowsnest Cross, and the city of Pincher Creek have engaged in discussions on developing the airport, to promote additional business which may help gen

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Celebrate the Young Eagles 30th Anniversary at Oshkosh

30 Young Eagles Will Take Flight In A Variety Of Airplanes, Helicopters, And Powered Parachutes

The EAA Young Eagles's folks remind us that 2022 marks 30 years since the Young Eagles program was launched at EAA Oshkosh 1992. EAA will be kicking off the Young Eagles 30th anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022, which will include a number of special AirVenture activities, including a day dedicated to the program. Thursday, July 28, will be Young Eagles Day at AirVenture Oshkosh. You won’t want to miss what they have in store!  

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Amazon Drones: A Crashing Good Deal?

Amazon Allegedly Waves Drone Crash Investigators Aside

Amazon had received Part 135 Air Carrier Certification in August 2020. In Jun 2021, an Amazon ‘Prime Air’ drone crashed in eastern Oregon, sparking 25+ acre fire. Another test flight weeks later resulted in a crash when the drone’s motors failed in flight, causing it to hurtle 150+ feet to the ground. The MK27 drones they seem to favor weighs almost 90lbs, and have the potential to cause significant injury or possibly death to the unwitting. Over the course of four months, they were crashing a drone a month, at one point cleaning up the site before the “investigator” arrived, and in another instance, allegedly stated to inv

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Klyde Morris (05.20.22)

Klyde Finds That Launch Enthusiasm Is Conditional


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Classic Aero-TV: WomenVenture 2019 - The Only Regret You'll Have is Not Trying

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Celebrating Women In Aviation At AirVenture 2019

WomenVenture is the largest gathering of passionate female aviators and aviation enthusiasts, held each year during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh since 2008. 2019 marked the 12th year for the celebration. Activities included a networking social, annual group photo with more than 1,000 women on Boeing Plaza, and a ‘Power Lunch’ with keynote speaker U.S. Air Force Col. Kim “Killer Chick” Campbell. Since 2008, EAA WomenVenture has offered the opportunity to bring together female aviators from throughout the flying community. The activities are designed

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Aviation Education To Take Off This Summer with ACE Academies

Lessons Include Flight Planning, Aviation History And The Physics Of Flight

Aviation Career Education (ACE) Academy Schools are launching again this summer. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cosponsors these unique summer education opportunities with the Organization of Black Aviation Professionals (OBAP) and many local, statewide and regional groups. Elementary, middle and high school students can engage in a wide range of aviation career exploration and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) experiences.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 414

He Pulled Back On The Flight Controls With One Hand, However, The Flight Controls Did Not Move

On May 2, 2022, about 1550 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 414 airplane, N46TA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Joseph A. Hardy Connellsville Airport (VVS), Connellsville, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The flight was operated as a post-maintenance functional check flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.The pilot, who was also a mechanic, reported that prior to flight he had uninstalled and reinstalled the S-TEC autopilot mode control unit in the cockpit due to a discrepancy reported on a previous flight. He the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.22.22)

Aero Linx: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)   From March 3, 1915 until October 1, 1958, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) provided advice and carried out much of the cutting-edge research in aeronautics in the United States. Modeled on the British Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the advisory committee was created by President Woodrow Wilson in an effort to organize American aeronautical research and raise it to the level of European aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.22.22): IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

IFR Military Training Routes (IR)   Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training in both IFR and VFR weather conditions below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.22.22)

“It is especially encouraging to see piston airplane deliveries continue their positive trajectory and exceed last year’s numbers as well as the first quarter numbers of 2020 and 2019. This report shows increasing light airplane deliveries from a number of companies that have leveraged the new CS/Part 23 airworthiness standards for both new aircraft models and upgrades. The upward trajectory in light airplane segment is attributable to the regulatory reforms undertaken by several regulatory bodies that enable new technology and new aircraft and entrants. We are optimistic that further implementation of these standards across global regulators will continue to advance safety while bringing new and exciting aircraft to the GA market.”  

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