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January 27, 2023

NASA Observes Day of Remembrance

In Memoriam

On Thursday, 26 January 2023, NASA observed a day of remembrance, honoring those who lost their lives in pursuit of humankind’s exploration of space’s eternal vastness. In addition to the brave souls lost in the Columbia disaster, the agency seeks to honor astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee, the crew of Apollo I, who perished in a launch-pad fire during a 27 January 1967 training exercise, and the seven spacefarers who perished in 1986’s Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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House Passes NOTAM Improvement Act

Anatomy of a Bipartisan Knee-Jerk

On Wednesday, 25 January 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a rare bipartisan bill addressing the shortcomings of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NOTAM system and recommending improvements to such. Dubbed the NOTAM Improvement Act, the legislation espouses the creation of a task force charged with devising and presenting means by which to boost the NOTAM system’s security, stability, and robustness.

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Airborne-Flight Training 01.19.23: CFI Hall of Fame, Delta Pilots, Airport Chart

Also: AAL Cockpit Protocols, Simaero, Immersive Radio Training, Sun 'n Fun 2023 Stringer Opportunity

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced that nominations for 2023 Flight Instructor Hall of Fame inductees are open and will be accepted until 01 April 2023. Appropriate Flight Instructor Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who’ve made significant contributions to aviation education and flight instruction while distinguishing themselves and the profession of flight instructing. Pilots union negotiators at Delta Air Lines have finalized the language of a tentative labor agreement by which pilots in the employ of the Atlan

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Diamond-Aeromot Partnership to Assemble DA62s in Brazil

Chinese-Owned, Austria-Based, Brazil-Built, Universal Appeal

Diamond Aircraft—the Austria-based, Chinese-owned maker of general aviation aircraft with manufacturing facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and London, Ontario, Canada—announced on 25 January 2023 that it had signed an agreement by which Aeromot, the company’s Brazil-based sales partner, will assemble DA62 aircraft in Porto Alegre, Brazil under license from Diamond Aircraft Canada. Per the licensing agreement, Diamond Aircraft Canada will provide the DA62 kits and ongoing support.

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Aero-TV: SkyTrax Aero Gearboxes Offer Performance and Reliability

Propeller Gearing Solutions for Home Aircraft Builders

Buckeye, Arizona’s SkyTrax specializes in gearbox solutions for light aircraft engines. The company’s bolt-on adaptors reduce crankshaft RPMs to rotational rates appropriate to aircraft propellers. SkyTrax’s early efforts concentrated on Rotax’s C-gearbox, but were refocused on Yamaha snowmobile engines when Rotax discontinued the C-gearbox and halted production of two-stroke engines. The excellent power-to-weight ratios of snowmobile engines render such powerplants particularly conducive to light-sport and STOL aircraft.

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Universal Hydrogen to Test H2 Powered Dash 8-300

Complexities of the Simplest Element

An industry team headed-up by Universal Hydrogen—the California energy concern about the commendable endeavor of making hydrogen-powered commercial flight a near-term reality—is preparing to test a revolutionary aircraft powerplant in the wide-open skies above Eastern Washington State’s Grant County International Airport (MWH).

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AirVenture Performer Lineup Looking Great for Oshkosh

Warbirds, Aerobatics, and Racers to Put on 9 Air Shows Throughout the Week

This year's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 keeps getting better, as evidenced by their expansive air show lineup. Throughout the week, performers will give attendees a series of afternoon and night shows, bringing everything from classic standbys and aerobatic champions to classic warbirds and modern fighters. In all, that makes for 9 air shows spread throughout 7 days - respectable bang for the buck. AirVenture will be held from July 24-30 at Wittman Regional Airport.

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France Contracts for A320neo, Dassault 10X Maritime Patrol Evals

As Wait for Joint German/French Replacement Aircraft Grows, France Decides to 'Go it Alone'

It's looking possible that France will go solo on the development of its own maritime patrol aircraft, possibly tapping German interests to complete a domestic European alternative to American ISR and ASW aircraft. While many countries have been comfortable with procuring aircraft like the Boeing P-8A Poseidon, the French, in their usual fashion, will likely procure their fleet from Airbus or Dassault. The Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) announced the award of contracts to Airbus Defence & Space and Dassault Aviation for the potential replacement for its current maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) fleet.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150H

No Witnesses Observed The Accident

On January 11, 2023, about 1924 central standard time, a Cessna 150H, N22859, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Farington Field Airport (K01), Auburn, Nebraska. The flight instructor and student pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.27.23)

Aero Linx: The International Ryan Club The International Ryan Club is a community dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of pre-WWII Ryan aircraft. Help us keep the Ryan flyin! Members enjoy access to a network of Ryan enthusiasts, technical resources, vintage publications and the ability to post questions, events, news, photos, and classified ads to community forums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.27.23): Mach Technique [ICAO]

Mach Technique [ICAO] Describes a control technique used by air traffic control whereby turbojet aircraft operating successively along suitable routes are cleared to maintain appropriate MACH numbers for a relevant portion of the en route phase of flight. The principle objective is to achieve improved utilization of the airspace and to ensure that separation between successive aircraft does not decrease below the established minima.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.27.23)

“Following the FAA meltdown earlier this month, it is clearer than ever that improvements must be made to our aviation safety systems.” Source: From a statement by Representative Mark DeSaulnier (Democrat-California), who co-led the NOTAM Improvement Act with Representative Pete Stauber (Republican-Minnesota), despite the fact that similar efforts have been conducted to no avail in previous years.

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