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January 24, 2023

Southwest to Pay $45-Million in Pilot Bonuses after Operational Breakdown

Penance in Dollars

Dallas, Texas-based Southwest Airlines—the world’s largest low-cost air-carrier and one of the United States’ major airlines—continues to live down the consequences of operational shortfalls that egregiously and irreparably disrupted the holiday travel plans of thousands of its passengers. A Southwest Airlines spokesperson disclosed that pilots are among "several operational workgroups" offered bonus pay for their efforts during the "unprecedented disruptions over the holidays."

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Blades Aerobatic Team to Cease Operations

With Heavy Hearts …

On 23 January 2023, 2Excel Aviation announced with great solemnity that 2022 had been the final full season for the Blades Aerobatic Display Team. In a press release, 2Excel set forth that the decision had not been made lightly, and that the Blades had been an important and iconic aspect of the company’s business.

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Aero-TV: Elixir Aircraft Looks Forward to FAA Part 23 Certification

Vive la France!

Founded in 2015, LaRochelle France-based Elixir Aircraft has set itself the goal of designing and producing “safer, more economical, more environmentally-friendly, and more versatile aircraft.” Elixir’s management posits the high operating costs and ostensible technical and human liabilities of legacy general aviation aircraft are attributable primarily to complexity: complexity of design, complexity of manufacture, complexity of operation, and complexity of maintenance. Ergo, Elixir’s design and production ethe are predicated upon simplicity.

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American Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket

Ready for Action

American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), will hold another round of picketing events at eleven major airports across the United States. The picketing underscores the critical phase into which American flight attendants’ contract negotiations are entering and speaks to the readiness of subject flight attendants to act decisively should the airline’s management fail to offer them an equitable labor agreement.

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Navy Test Pilot School Receives Army Commander

Only Helicopter Test Pilot School Promotes Executive Officer to Oversee Flight Testing Education

The U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) changed command during a ceremony at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, installing U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Aaron Kia in place of U.S. Navy Commander Jeremy DeBons. The school trains pilots and engineers to develop, test, and safely evaluate aircraft. It's the only domestic source of rotary-wing test pilots, and serves as the Army's dedicated test pilot school. Kia became the 3rd Army officer to oversee the school in its history. 

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Time Running Out for Collier Nominations

NAA's Robert J. Collier Trophy Up for Grabs for Meritorious Nominees

Time's running out to nominate exceptional aviation achievers for the Robert J. Collier Trophy, with submissions due January 31st. The Collier Trophy is awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year." 

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CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Installs Engine on TBM Avenger

Well Hung

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Grand-Junction, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Wing announced on 23 January 2023 that volunteers had successfully mated a rare and precious, 1,900-horsepower Wright R-2600-20 14-cylinder, air-cooled, Twin Cyclone engine to the TBM-3 Avenger the Wing has been lovingly maintaining since 1985. Volunteers will next begin installing the engine’s intake, oil, and electrical systems, in preparation for extensive ground and vibration testing. Barring unforeseen complication, the Rocky Mountain Wing hopes to get the TBM functioning and airborne in time to participate in the 2023 airshow season.

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United Opens Expanded Inflight Training Center

$32M Expansion Adds Ditching Trainer for Water Landings, Amphitheater as Part of Growth Plan

United Airlines opened its expanded Inflight Training Center, a 56,000 square foot facility with a bevy of new classrooms, additional cabin and door trainers to bolster its output of qualified flight attendants. The 32 million-dollar Houston, Texas facility is now host to all the necessary class space for the company's expansion plans. If United's plans bear out, it will soon be used to train 4,000 new flight attendants among 15,000 new employees in general.

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NTSB Prelim: Hagerty Glasair Super IIS-TD

About 30 Ft Above Ground Level, He Felt The Onset Of An Aerodynamic Stall

On November 4, 2022, about 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Glasair Super IIS-TD airplane, N430JV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Pickens County Airport (JZP), Jasper, Georgia. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The pilot reported that the takeoff and climb from runway 16 at JZP was normal and he proceeded eastbound toward his destination.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.23)

Aero-Linx: Light Aircraft Association Welcome to the Light Aircraft Association, the heart of a community that lives and breathes recreational aviation in all its forms! With almost 70 years of history, no other UK association has the depth of knowledge and experience in looking after our sport. From lowly beginnings we have built an impressive association that today boast around 8,000 members and oversees the airworthiness of 2,600 aircraft, plus a further 1,500 aircraft build projects. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.23): Mountain Wave

Mountain Wave Mountain waves occur when air is being blown over a mountain range or even the ridge of a sharp bluff area. As the air hits the upwind side of the range, it starts to climb, thus creating what is generally a smooth updraft which turns into a turbulent downdraft as the air passes the crest of the ridge. Mountain waves can cause significant fluctuations in airspeed and altitude with or without associated turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.23)

“The Blades will live on in spirit—our legacy to the air show world—and in the collective memory of our highly valued sponsors, our supporters, and the legions of people who’ve both watched the team from the ground and those who have taken flight on our Unforgettable Experience days to enjoy close formation aerobatics or become part of the Blades Flight Club.” Source: Blades team founder and former RAF Red Arrows leader Andy Offer, via remarks made as it was announced that the Blades would be leaving the airshow business. 

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