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September 08, 2022

CTA and ÉNA partner with CAE to Electrify Piper’s Archer

The Quebec-Vero Beach Connection

The Centre Technologique en Aérospatiale (CTA) and the École Nationale d'Aérotechnique (ÉNA) of Cégep Édouard-Montpetit are making ready to convert a Piper Archer to electric power. The project is headed up by CAE in partnership with Piper Aircraft. The endeavor sets out to bring an electric version of Piper’s robust and popular PA-28-180 to the new aircraft market, and develop an FAA-Transport Canada approved, conversion kit for extant Piper Archers.

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Lightspeed’s Delta Zulu Headset Impresses

Saving Hearing: Saving Lives

Lightspeed’s Delta Zulu ANR headset affords aviators degrees of personalization, data availability and analysis, and in-flight safety hitherto unseen in an aviation headset. Owing to its combination of cutting-edge features, the model stands to forever alter pilots’ perceptions of the headset’s role in day to day aircraft operations.

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.01.22: Young Eagles 30th, Mesa Bucks, Piedmont Offer

Also: CAE & Qantas, Pararescue Training Week, USAF Flight Test Museum, ALPA Pilots Picket

Celebrating the Young Eagles Program’s 30th anniversary, the EAA has loaded the year with fun activities. Following the launch of the program at this year’s AirVenture 2022, the organization kicked off its “Young Eagles 30 Flight for 30 Years”, which will award a commemorative Young Eagles anniversary themed polo shirt to all aviators who fly 30 program participants from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022. The EAA will track the flights through their recordkeeping and contact those pilots who reach their milestones to claim their prize. Me

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Aussie 787s Stranded

Jetstar Leaves 787 Dreamliners Grounded As Supply Chain Falters

Australian carrier Jetstar grounded several of its Boeing 787s after a handful of technical issues, from regular operational woes like bird strike damage, lighting strike, and FOD related issues left the aircraft awaiting replacement parts from the USA. The issue was admitted by Jetstar chief pilot Jeremy Schmidt in a statement explaining the issue. 

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Lockheed and Pentagon Allege F-35 Sustainment Costs Dropping

No Actual Dollar-Figures Provided

Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon have announced they’re succeeding in driving down the F-35’s sustainment costs. Neither Lockheed nor the U.S. military's F-35 Joint Program Office disclosed actual dollar-amounts, but they did assure American taxpayers that the average, annual, per-aircraft cost of operating the U.S. Air Force’s, Navy’s, and Marine Corps’ F-35s fell between 2020 and 2021.

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ERAU Students Use Drones To Map Ancient Cities

Drone Usage Expands To Archeology As Students Map Ancient Cities

Two professors and 14 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) students, graduates, and undergraduates of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program took a service-learning trip with drone in tow, to New Mexico and Arizona this summer, to work with archeologists in mapping ancient cities! Their mission was to collect virtual data on a variety of locations using thermal infrared, LiDAR, multispectral and visible light systems of their drones.  They also were eligible to earn up to nine credit hours for the project, working as part of a Study America Program through Embry-Riddle’s Office of Global Engagement.

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FAA Issues STC for Falcon 900B Avionics Retrofit

Bonjour, Universal Avionics InSight Flight Deck

For purpose of keeping its robust tri-jet in step with technology’s relentlessly up-tempo march, Dassault has worked with the FAA to develop a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) authorizing Falcon 900B aircraft to be retrofitted with Universal Avionics’ InSight Flight Deck. In addition to adding significantly to the Falcon 900B’s mission capabilities, the InSight STC—by replacing five weighty cathode-ray tubes and three symbol-generators with comparatively dainty Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD)—increases aircraft payload by over two-hundred-pounds.

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Report: Pre-Owned Helicopter Supplies and Sales Down in 2022

Aero Asset Report Connotes Economic Hardship

Aero Asset—a Toronto-based helicopter trading firm and publisher of market reports pertaining to pre-owned, twin and single-engine helicopters—has released its 2022 Half-Year Heli Market Trends report. Regrettably, the news—in keeping with the grim, axiomatic truths of global economic crisis and worsening Western recession—is worrying.

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Klyde Morris (09.05.22)

Klyde Should Know Better Than To Deal With The 'Public'


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Classic Aero-TV: Bright-Shiny-Airworthy!--Steve Cole's Hummel UltraCruiser

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Some Of the Prettiest Sights Of Oshkosh Were Also Very Affordable

At EAA AirVenture 2015, there are lots of airplanes to look at, but this one is a real eye catcher. It’s a small single-place airplane, it qualifies as an ultralight, and is so shiny you need dark glasses just to look at it in the sunlight. ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had a sit-down and chat with, Steve Cole, who is the builder and owner of this Hummel UltraCruiser which took the Grand Champion Ultralight trophy this year at Oshkosh. It’s a plans-built airplane that Cole completed with unbelievable attention to detail. The all-aluminum ai

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NTSB Prelim: Aviat Aircraft Inc A-1A

Witness Stated That He Then Heard The Airplane Takeoff, Which Was Followed Shortly After By A Sound Similar To A "Door Slamming Shut"

On August 15, 2022, about 0630 mountain daylight time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc., A-1A, N26HV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Yellow Pine, Idaho. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness camping at the Johnson Creek Airport (3U2), Yellow Pine reported that, the morning of the accident flight, he observed the accident airplane taxiing to runway 35.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.08.22)

Aero Linx: European Helicopter Association (EHA) EHA’s goal is to be the single voice of the European rotorcraft industry by all its stakeholders, including manufacturers; operators; suppliers; regulatory entities (EASA, ICAO and European Commission); financial institutions; customers and society. EHA influences safety standards and growth of the European rotorcraft industry by creating new opportunities for its members.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.08.22): Flight Level

Flight Level A level of constant atmospheric pressure related to a reference datum of 29.92 inches of mercury. Each is stated in three digits that represent hundreds of feet. For example, flight level (FL) 250 represents a barometric altimeter indication of 25,000 feet; FL 255, an indication of 25,500 feet.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.08.22)

"Unfortunately, our Boeing 787 fleet has been impacted by a number of issues, including a lightning strike, a bird strike, damage from an item on the runway and delays sourcing a specific spare part for one of our aircraft due to global supply chain challenges. The part has to be road freighted across the US..." Source:  Jetstar chief pilot Jeremy Schmidt, explaining why the airline grounded several of its Boeing 787s after a handful of technical issues, from regular operational woes like bird strike damage, lighting strike, and FOD related issues left the aircraft awaiting replacement parts from the USA.

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