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October 19, 2023

Airborne 10.19.23: JetWave X SATCOM, Air-Show Pilot Hutchins, Foreflight

 Also: USCG Rescue, National Aviation Hall of Fame, EZ-UP Inspection Covers, CAE Master Technician

 

 

Honeywell has unveiled its JetWave X architecture, a next-generation high-speed in-flight connectivity solution optimized for the business aviation industry. JetWave X will provide customers with unprecedented coverage and data speeds by leveraging Viasat’s Ka-band network, including its ViaSat-3 satellites and the Global Xpress (GX) satellites from its recently acquired Inmarsat business. Charles Hutchins, the former team lead for Tora Tora Tora, passed away in his Texas home on the morning of 17 October 2023. He was 86-years-old. For the final two years of his life, Mr. Hutchins fought bravely against dementia’s unremitting advance.

USCG Crew Evacuates Stricken Mariner from Fishing Vessel

Victim Transported to Scripps La Jolla

On the afternoon of Thursday, 12 October 2023, Coast Guard Sector San Diego personnel respond to a medical emergency aboard a charter fishing vessel christened Legend, then approximately 48-nautical-miles off the Pacific Coast of Southern California’s Point Loma. At approximately 13:00 PDT, Coast Guard Sector San Diego watchstanders received a distress call from a Legend crew-member reporting a 79-year-old male passenger had lost consciousness and fallen. The victim’s symptoms were consistent with a cardiac event.

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Defendant Sentenced for Lying to FAA

Requiem for a Fib

Noah Felice, age 71, was sentenced to one month behind bars for lying to the Federal Aviation Administration. Felice was previously convicted at the conclusion of a December 2022 jury trial during which evidence was presented implying he, in September 2017, had submitted an application for an airman medical certificate to the FAA. Felice falsely stated on subject document that he’d neither a history of criminal convictions nor was receiving medical disability benefits.

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Honeywell Releases 32nd Annual Global Business Aviation Outlook

Augury in the Information Age

Honeywell's 32nd annual Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasts up to 8,500 new business jet deliveries worth $278-billion from 2024 to 2033, in line with the same ten-year forecast a year ago. This year, surveyed business aviation operators reported higher five-year new jet purchase plans, which is up two percentage points from a year ago. However, fleet expansion rates nearly tripled in 2023's survey compared to the decade average preceding 2020. The intentions gathered from respondents are consistent with what the OEMs reported to investors in Q2 — an increase in delivery pace during the first half of 2023, which further aligns with the industry's efforts to scale up production in response to record-high b

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Marshall University Flight Program Thriving

New Hangar, Helicopter, and Training Airplanes Imminent

The board of directors of Marshall University’s Bill Noe Flight School has approved the construction of a new hangar at the Charleston, West Virginia institution. In addition to the hangar, the school will take possession of a new training helicopter, to be delivered in 2024. Students and staff are eager to lay eyes and hands on the new machine.

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USMC Red Devils Squadron Arrives in Japan

Six Month Unit Deployment Underway

In late-September 2023, the first contingent of legacy fighter aircraft operated by the United States Marine Corps’ famed Red Devils Fighter Attack Squadron 232 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni—a USMC installation located in the Nishiki river delta southeast of the city of Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. The F/A-18C and F/A-18D Hornets, all sporting Raytheon’s APG-79(V)4 advanced combat radar system, will be operated from MCAS Iwakuni as part of a six-month unit deployment.

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AOG Technic-CFM Court Battle Rages On

Part Supplier Trafficked Extensively in Counterfeit Aircraft Parts

United and Southwest Airlines were compelled to corrective action after confirming a number of engine parts supplied to the two air-carriers by U.K. vendor AOG Technics were, in fact, counterfeit. AOG Technics is suspected of selling dubious engine parts to aircraft service centers and Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facilities around the world. The company is presently under the scrutiny of international investigators about the business of determining the source or sources of thousands of aero-engine components sold with forged paperwork. CFM International—the Cincinnati, Ohio-based producer of aircraft turbine engines and joint-venture of GE Aerospace and Safran Air

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Mid-America Aerotech and Moog Complete IP Transaction

Borg Warner Industrial Product (BWIP) Changes Hands

Mid-America Aerotech, a North Dakota-based provider of aircraft repair and maintenance services, has acquired Borg Warner Intellectual Property (BIP) from Moog Inc., the East Aurora, New York-based designer and manufacturer of electric, electro-hydraulic, and hydraulic motion, controls and systems for applications in the aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical sectors. In addition to occasioning the expansion of Mid-America Aerotech’s portfolio of products and services, the acquisition—as well as the partnership with Moog implicit therein—positions Mid-America Aerotech among the world’s leading suppliers of aerospace hydraulic and pneuma

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Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power Support NBAA-BACE 23

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power NBAA-BACE 2023 Booth #C11417

The 3-Pack is Back! Trusted, 2-inch Standbys Go Digital Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics 2-inch Digital Instrument Package will be on display in the Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power booth, #C11417, throughout NBAA-BACE, October 17 – 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has introduced an all-digital version of the company’s popular 2-inch standby package. The new, digital standby family features the

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Baldwin Safety & Compliance Introduces Mapping Feature

Geo-Positioning Capability Benefits SMS Initiatives

In October 2023, Baldwin Safety & Compliance introduced an innovative geo-positioning feature to the company’s safety reporting system. The integrated mapping system permits users to pinpoint the exact locations of safety-related events and incorporate data collected from a wide range of sources including operator-specific safety reports, Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) reports, Aviation Safety Information Analysis & Sharing (ASIAS) reports, and Flight Operations Quality Assurance (FOQA) reports.

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Airborne 10.10.23: Lancair Sold, Israel Aviation, Masters of the Air

Also: Joby eVTOL, Hélicoptères Guimbal, Space Debris Fine, Seaglider Operations

JetEXE Aviation has acquired storied kit-aircraft concern Lancair—henceforth Lancair Aerospace. Lancair, since its 1981 founding, created a global community of Lancair aircraft owners that comprises thousands of members who’ve logged, in the aggregate, hundreds-of-thousands of flight-hours in 14 Lancair models and variants thereof. The Israeli declaration of war against the Islamic terrorist group Hamas has precipitated worsening violence, abductions, and intensifying land- and air-strikes in Gaza and the West Bank. Notwith

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Airborne-Flight Training 10.11.23: Guimbal, TN Flt Training, Ascension Academy

Also: John & Martha King, USAF Instructor/Rescuer, STEM Educator Award, AAMS

September 2023 saw flight-instructors and aircraft owners from across the U.S. travel to Oregon for purpose of participating in Hélicoptères Guimbal Factory Instructor Training. The event was jointly hosted by Guimbal and Precision Support Services, LLC. Tennessee Flight Training has purchased the flight training division of Azure Flight Support, which includes Shelbyville Flight Academy and training locations in Crossville and Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to broadening the scope of Tennessee Flight Training’s academic offerings, the a

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Airborne-Flight Training 10.11.23: Guimbal, TN Flt Training, Ascension Academy

Also: John & Martha King, USAF Instructor/Rescuer, STEM Educator Award, AAMS

September 2023 saw flight-instructors and aircraft owners from across the U.S. travel to Oregon for purpose of participating in Hélicoptères Guimbal Factory Instructor Training. The event was jointly hosted by Guimbal and Precision Support Services, LLC. Tennessee Flight Training has purchased the flight training division of Azure Flight Support, which includes Shelbyville Flight Academy and training locations in Crossville and Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to broadening the scope of Tennessee Flight Training’s academic offerings, the a

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Classic Aero-TV: Virtual Reality Painting--PPG Leverages Technology for Training

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Learning To Paint Without Getting Any On Your Hands

PPG's Aerospace Coatings Academy is a tool designed to teach everything one needs to know about all our aerospace coatings technologies. It combines both classroom and hands-on training. In the class, PPG’s newest coatings technologies and product features are highlighted. In the spray booth, hands on allows you to learn proper preparation and practice the best application techniques. But paint can be expensive, so PPG is now employing a virtual reality painting simulator to help teach technicians to paint in much the same way that a simulator can help

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NTSB Prelim: Brown Benjamin C Challenger II

While Still In The Climb, Just West Of The Airport, The Engine Gradually Lost Total Power

On September 1, 2023, at 0910 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Challenger II, N2480Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Moultonborough, New Hampshire. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the pilot, during takeoff and initial climb, the engine was producing full power without anomalies. Then, while still in the climb, just west of the airport, the engine gradually lost total power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.19.23)

Aero Linx: The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Founded in 1955 as an intergovernmental organisation, the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) seeks to harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States and, at the same time, promote understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other parts of the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.19.23): High Speed Taxiway

High Speed Taxiway A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up to 60 knots), from the runway center to a point on the center of a taxiway. Also referred to as long radius exit or turn-off taxiway. The high speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.19.23)

"Our industry is on the upswing. Operators are showing confidence with plans to expand their fleets at a faster rate than any time in the previous decade. Notably, we are excited by the recent announcements from fractional operators indicating their intent to acquire several hundred new jets, including midsize and super-midsize jets powered by Honeywell HTF engines. There's also a positive shift toward sustainability, as operators are keen to reduce carbon emissions. Additionally, new users in business aviation have increased demand by 500 aircraft and 6% more flights over the next 10 years. This, along with expected double-digit increases in turbofan deliveries in 2023 and 2024, shows our industry's commitment to meeting growing demand." Source:

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