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September 24, 2022

SpaceX Sees 100 Mbps During In-Air Speed Test

Starlink’s First Airline Customer Offers Complimentary Internet Connection

As the in-flight connectivity race continues onward, Starlink-equipped bizjet operator JSX publicized their recent speed test results achieved during a routine cruise. JSX (formerly JetSuiteX) was the first operator to sign a deal with the satellite-based internet provider earlier this year, standing apart from a crowd of ground-based networks aiming for the business aviation market. So far, the airline has been happy with the service, which they offer as a free perk for passengers as they look to build market share throughout their western stomping grounds.

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Errant Cessna 172 Sought Front Row Seat To U.N.

Cessna 172 Busts TFR For Front Row Seat At 77th UN General Assembly

Earlier this week, a Cessna 172 sought front-row seating the recent United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that was occurring in New York City. This UNGA meeting marked the first time in three years that leaders from around the world gathered in-person for the 77th session. Some speeches were re-scheduled for a later time as many world leaders were paying their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom. 

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Boeing Pays $200M Fine For 737 Max Debacle

Boeing Moves Past “Go”: SEC Collects $200m

The Boeing Company has agreed to pay $200 million (USD) to quell the United States’ Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) allegations that the Boeing Company willfully neglected to fully disclose safety issues plaguing its 737 Max jet fleet, and which ultimately claimed the lives of 346 persons in two separate crashes; Lion Air Flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

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Air Force Pilots Remain Grounded

Biden’s “Pandemic Over” Declaration Notwithstanding

Before a national television audience, Joe Biden openly declared “The pandemic is over." Biden's assertion weighs now on an ongoing class-action lawsuit that seeks to grant relief to over ten-thousand unvaccinated active-duty, reserve, and National Guard Air Force and Space Force members who submitted religious exemptions to the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate and were either summarily denied or await decisions still.

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Florida’s “Flying Classroom” Goes To Virginia

Florida’s “Flying Classroom” Goes To Virginia For The Day 

Experience Aviation, based in Miami, Florida at the Opa-Locka Executive Airport (KOPF) will be conducting a STEM-filled day of hands-on activities at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (KPHF) in Virginia on 29 September 2022 from 10am to 4pm. Experience Aviation seeks to inspire and amaze kids through innovative STEM learning opportunities revolving around aviation called the “Flying Classroom”

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Pilatus Expands Service In Eastern USA

Pilatus Aircraft Expands East Side Maintenance & Support

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd, a Swiss manufacturer of the popular PC- line of aircraft such as the PC-6, -12 and -24 has announced its takeover of Skytech Inc, a U.S.-based independent authorized sales and service center for Pilatus aircraft since 1993. The financial aspects of the deal has not been publicized, but Skytech Inc, in business since 1976, has operated its sales, maintenance, and repair facilities in Baltimore Maryland and Rock Hill in South Carolina for most of its existence, and both companies have worked together over the years. Read More


EAA Inducts Budd Davisson into Homebuilders Hall of Fame

Homebuilt Aircraft Writer, Builder, and Teacher Sees Efforts Recognized by Industry

Davisson earned his way into the ranks of the EAAs greatest builders with a lifetime of work on homebuilt aircraft, aerobatic flight, and aviation safety. His years of scholarship within the industry will be acknowledged on November 10th alongside 4 more individuals to take their place on the rolls. Davisson began his aeronautical career with a degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Oklahoma in 1965, using the Thorp T-18 as a class subject in structural analysis. His work paid off when John Thorp recommended him for a job in California, where he soon experienced the homebuilt industry at the hands of the first T-18 to fly.

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Ohio’s Wright State to Offer Pilot Training as Electives

Partners with Local Flight School to Provide Turnkey PPL, CPL, Instrument Training

Wright State University and First Flight Aviation will be teaming up to offer flight training near the birthplace of aviation itself in Huffman Prairie, Ohio. The trustees of Wright State University have passed a resolution approving the provision of pilot training classes in the course catalog, allowing enrolled students to take them as electives. That method allows a more free approach to pilot licensure, allowing students to pick whatever major they please while working towards their certificates. Such a system stands apart from the norm in some schools, where flight school courses are gatekept for those within the appropriately aviation-themed majors.

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Boeing to Collaborate on Augmented Reality Dogfighter Training

Upcoming F-15EX May Come Preloaded with Flight Simulator, Video Games (Not Really, But Kind Of)

Boeing has announced its collaboration with AR/VR specialist Red 6 to provide future aircraft with an integrated version of the firm’s augmented reality tech for advanced flight training and fighter simulation. The addition of augmented reality to the flight training process is a first for the industry, and Boeing feels confident it is a perfect way forward to ensure “leading edge aerial dogfighting technology” and training for advanced tactical aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: Zenith Builder Intro Program--Rudder Building Workshop Inspires

Zenith Offers Workshop For Beginners At Sebring Sport Expo…

The concept of building your own airplane can be daunting for a lot of people. Most wouldn't consider building their own car, much less an airplane. In an effort to demystify the process, Zenith Aircraft held a four-day workshop at the Sebring Sport Aircraft Expo in January to introduce beginners to the process of building their own airplanes.

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.15.22: Elektra Trainer, PAL Airlines, Whirly-Girls

Also: Atlas Air and Wings Over the Rockies, WestJet Pilots, Remote Pilot Test Prep, Unruly Passenger

Elektra Solar GmbH has won the prestigious eTrophy at the Eletcrifly-In competition in Bern, Switzerland. Elektra’s brand new two-seater UL Elektra Trainer aircraft beat out concepts from rival manufacturers Pipistrel and X-eye. The eTrophy is awarded to the electric aircraft that travels the longest, un-recharged distance to the competition. Elektra’s test pilot, engineer, and sales manager Uwe Nortmann departed the Baden-Württemberg airfield, a grass airstrip in the southern German town of Pfullendorf, on 10 September and proceed

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA32

Pilot Reported A Rough Running Engine, Followed By A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On September 14, 2022, about 2300 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300, N2104J, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Afton, Virginia. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the airport manager at Blue Ridge Airport (MTV), Martinsburg, Virginia, the pilot diverted to MTV uneventfully on September 10, 2022, due to weather. He purchased 72 gallons of fuel and return to Pennsylvania on a commercial flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.24.22)

Aero Linx: Army Aircrews Remembered Dedicated to the soldiers and families of the United States Army's Aviation Branch who have paid the ultimate price for freedom and liberties enjoyed today by all Americans. The list only those individuals who have lost their lives while operating or performing duties as crewmembers aboard Army Aviation aircraft and their passengers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.24.22): Localizer Type Directional Aid (LDA)

Localizer Type Directional Aid (LDA) A localizer with an angular offset that exceeds 3 of the runway alignment, used for nonprecision instrument approaches with utility and accuracy comparable to a localizer, but which are not part of a complete ILS.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.24.22)

“I think this new partnership will be a huge value to students and the region. First Flight Aviation offers a professional pilot training program and provides students with a comprehensive educational experience. Ratings we offer include private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument, multi-engine and certified flight instructor.” Source: First Flight president Glenn Crawford, commenting on how Wright State University and First Flight Aviation will be teaming up to offer flight training near the birthplace of aviation itself in Huffman Prairie, Ohio. 

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