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February 23, 2023

Bell 505 Makes Historic Test-Flight

First Flight of Single-Engine Helicopter on 100% SAF

Bell Textron Inc.—the Fort Worth-based, rotorcraft manufacturing subsidiary of American industrial conglomerate Textron Inc—announced on 21 February 2023 that a Bell 505 helicopter had completed a test-flight fueled solely by one-hundred-percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

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NASA Provides Crew-6 Mission Update

Endeavor to Return to Space

NASA, during a 21 February 2023 media teleconference, provided an update to its upcoming SpaceX Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Subject mission is slated to lift-off from the famed Launch Complex 39A at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday, 27 February 2023 at 01:45 EST.

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GAMA 2022 Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report Released

Slow and Steady Rate of Climb

On 22 February 2023, during the association’s annual State of the Industry Press Conference, GAMA released its 2022 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report—a well-crafted lens through which the wellbeing of the general and business aviation sectors may be perspicaciously assessed. Overall—in comparison to 2021—increases in shipments were noted across the entirety of aircraft segments. Cumulatively, 2022 preliminary deliveries were valued at $26.9-billion, a year-to-year increase of six-percent.

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United Facilitates Family Togetherness

Airline Eases Securing Adjacent Seating for Families

United Airlines, purveyors of friendly skies, announced on 20 February 2023 that it had improved its family seating policy, thereby rendering it “easier than ever” for children under the age of 12-years to sit beside a family-member or an accompanying adult free of charge. The policy pertains to United customers flying at most, but not all ticket-classes.

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Biology and Robotics Occupy ISS Crew

At Station-Keeping

Last week, astronauts and engineers aboard the International Space Station (ISS) undertook a series of advanced microgravity experiments by which the whole of humankind may one day benefit.  

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NATA Applauds Safety Management System Addition

Final Rule Draft Published, Affecting Certificated Airports and Hubs with 100,000+ Annual Operations or International Travel

The National Air Transportation Association commented on the release of a final rule draft regarding Safety Management Systems (SMS), approving of the rule as it stands. The draft will be added to 14 CFR Part 139, and require that "certain airport certificate holders develop, implement, maintain, and adhere to an airport safety management system."

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Red Cat Holdings CEO to Get Involved In Russo-Ukrainian Conflict

Provoking the Dogs of War

Red Cat Holdings—the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based purveyor of robotic hardware and software germane to the global drone industry—announced on 21 February 2023 that it will send a delegation headed-up by company CEO Jeff Thompson to palaver with representatives of selected NATO countries currently considering furnishing Ukrainian forces with military drones.

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Nicrocraft Offering PMA Approved Seminole Exhaust Risers

Trainer Twin Obtains Another Replacement Part Option

Nicrocraft announced the receipt of FAA-PMA certification for its Piper PA-44 Seminole exhaust risers. The Seminole's seminal position as the go-to multi-engine trainer has lent many of the type to a hard life under many a hamfisted student pilot. With age, corrosion, and wear, the old birds can stand to use some TLC from time to time, which Nicrocraft is always pleased to provide.

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Classic Aero-TV: Anousheh Ansari -- The Woman Behind The Prize

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Imagine... Be The Change... Inspire

One of the more unusual phone calls I have ever received occurred a few years ago... from Anousheh Ansari... long distance. About as long-distance as it gets, these days, as Anousheh was calling from the International Space Station where she was plainly having the time of her life. You see, on September 18, 2006, the truly amazing Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. Anousheh earned a place in history as the fo

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 425

Pilot Observed The Airplane Turn Left And Reported That The Right Brake Was Inoperative

On February 6, 2023, about 1545 central standard time, a Cessna 425, N425Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS), Bismarck, North Dakota. The pilot was not injured and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.The pilot reported an uneventful flight and landing at BIS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.23)

Aero Linx: Air Marshal Association   Our predecessor association, FAMSNJ, was formed in 2009. We merged with another group of unrepresented TSA employees to be the OLE component of a TSA-wide professional organization. It became apparent that FAMs stood alone, both in the severity of discipline and the lack of avenues of redress. In March of 2013, the FAMs split away and formed the AMA under the guidance of the Communication Workers of America/AFL-CIO. It became quickly apparent that a traditional union was not a good fit for federal agents, so in 2015 we ended our affiliation with the CWA and formed the Air Marshal Associat

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.23): Under The Hood

Under The Hood   Indicates that the pilot is using a hood to restrict visibility outside the cockpit while simulating instrument flight. An appropriately rated pilot is required in the other control seat while this operation is being conducted. (Refer to 14 CFR Part 91.)

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.23.23)

“SAF is one of the key pillars in our strategy to decarbonize the helicopter industry. Our engines are certified to operate on up to fifty-percent SAF and our objective is to certify in the coming years the use of one-hundred-percent SAF, which can potentially result in carbon lifecycle emissions reductions by up to eighty-percent.” Source: Safran Helicopter Engines executive vice-president Valentin Safir discussing how a Bell 505 helicopter had completed a test-flight fueled solely by one-hundred-percent Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

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