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January 31, 2023

First New Enstrom Helicopter Flies

Menominee Phenomenon

In May 2022 Surack Enterprises purchased storied helicopter marque Enstrom with the near-term aim of restarting parts production, and the longer-term objectives of resuming helicopter production and improving and updating the Enstrom fleet. Comes now January 2023, and Surack is actualizing its ambitions.

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Georgia's Douglas Airport Reports Avionics Theft

Suspect Makes Off with Valuable Electronics in Quiet Nighttime Grab

Every apron-parker's worst fear has come true for those operating out of the Douglas Municipal Gene Chambers Airport after an unidentified suspect pilfered "thousands of dollars' worth" of electronics. The anemic security offered by many vintage general aviation aircraft, and the costly state of replacement avionics is a stressful combination, one thankfully rare at most airports.

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Skydiving Museum Seeks Assistants to Dig Through Archives

'Operation Packrat' Offers Chance to Crack Open Historic Crates With Your Own Two Hands

The Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame is seeking assistance with its 2nd Operation Packrat, running from April 4—7, 2023 at Sun Path Products, in Raeford, North Carolina. The Museum’s Curations Committee is looking for help in identifying, tagging, and storing hundreds of units of assorted parachute equipment, documents, film media and instruments that have been acquired over the last 4 decades of operation.

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Airborne 01.23.23: CAF P-47N Rebuild, Ultralight Webinar, NOTAM Fiasco

Also: SWA Strike Vote, Biz A/C Sales, Vertical Sells 25, Sun 'n Fun 2023 Stringers

The Commemorative Air Force successfully fundraised for the restoration of their Republic P47 Thunderbolt, bringing in $38,552 - 193% of their $20,000 goal. The money will go to purchase a new engine mount, as well as a new set of brakes for the aircraft. Now that the P47 has been out of production for more than half a century, suitable replacement parts are few and far between. The EAA's Virtual Ultralight Day webinars return this year, running from February 21 to 23. The online seminars will allow experts from the ultralight community to share some of their bountiful e

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Airbus Helicopter Arm Sees Return to 2019 Flight Levels

As Industry Recovers, Helicopters See Boost in Demand, Use

Airbus Helicopters capped off 2022 with 374 gross orders, and a net of 362. The firm says it highlights the ongoing market recovery with an "impressive" 216 light, single engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52% share of the civil and parapublic market. Airbus customers are back in the skies, too, with the brand's worldwide helicopter fleet logging hours on par with 2019 usage.

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Reed Smith Weighs in on EASA Drone, VTOL Regs

Shifting Regulatory Landscape Expected as Industry Digests Rapid Advancement

Just before the end of 2022, the EASA published its rulemaking plans for Uncrewed Aircraft Systems and vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) use. Worldwide legal operation Reed Smith has published a brief on the subject, pointing out some classifications and changes.  

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NBAA Scholarships Awarded

Schedulers & Dispatchers Disburse $27,500 in Funding at SDC2023

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced the award of $27,500 in scholarship funds for continuing aviation education. The scholarships are offered in tandem with the NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee, who recognized the awardees at this year's  NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. The 2023 conference ran from January 24 to 26 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Classic Aero-TV: Flying The Legends - Propel's Great Flying Star Wars Drones

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Fun and Fantasy through Drone Technology…

Drones come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re finding out that their design purpose is almost limitless. In this video we find a series of small drones that are based on the Star Wars movie series. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with Jack Bishop, who is the Head Development Pilot for Propel RC. While these drones are obviously aimed at the market of fun and fantasy, the technology involved in their design and controllability is stunning. 

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NASA Speaks on SAF Developments

Sustainable Fuel Production Insufficient to Meet Government Goals by 2030

The NASA administrator has affirmed the Biden admin's support for sustainable aviation fuel, announcing a partnership with Boeing to create a single-aisle, SAF-powered aircraft. The Biden office has set a goal for the US to produce enough SAF to meet 100% of domestic jetA demand by 2050, when emissions from the industry are projected to make up a sizable proportion of the country's carbon emissions after decades of decarbonization in other sectors.

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NTSB Prelim: Eclipse Aerospace Inc EA500

When The Pilot Applied Brake Pressure The Airplane Did Not Appear To Significantly Decelerate And Started To Drift To The Left

On November 3, 2022, about 1915 mountain standard time, an Eclipse Aerospace EA500, N150NE, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Mesa, Arizona. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 post-maintence positioning flight. Both pilots reported that after an uneventful flight, they began configuring the airplane for the landing approach into the 5,100 ft-long 22L runway at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.23)

Aero Linx: The Stearman Restorers Association The Stearman Restorers Association is an independent “Not for Profit” 501C-3 Corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and safe flying of Stearman Aircraft through the education of both members and the public. We are passionate about all models of Stearman biplanes. Originally founded in 1966, the SRA has almost 1500 members in 25 countries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.23): Precipitation Radar Weather Descriptions

Precipitation Radar Weather Descriptions Existing radar systems cannot detect turbulence. However, there is a direct correlation between the degree of turbulence and other weather features associated with thunderstorms and the weather radar precipitation intensity. Controllers will issue (where capable) precipitation intensity as observed by radar when using weather and radar processor (WARP) or NAS ground-based digital radars with weather capabilities. When precipitation intensity information is not available, the intensity will be described as UNKNOWN. When intensity levels can be determined, they shall be described as: LIGHT (< 26 dBZ) MODERATE (26 t

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.31.23)

“This was a critical milestone in our plan to not just bring back Enstrom, but to start to reinvent ourselves and the way we operate. It took all functions to focus on the objective. New supplier relationships, new machinists and fabricators and luckily many from prior years, better print definitions, a high standard of workmanship, and everyone onsite helping each other cross-functionally to bring us back online.” Source: Enstrom Chief Operating Officer Adam Richardson, celebrating the first flight of a new Enstrom since the company was brought back to life last year.  

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