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April 12, 2023

Airborne 04.12.23: Cornwall Update, VARMA Initiative, Florida v UAVs

 Also: Nolen's Future, Swift Fuels Extension, FAA Tests & PHAK, Spirit of Flight Museum

This breaks our hearts... The U.K.’s Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) has been confronted with the very outcome it has battled mightily to circumvent. The Cornwall Council—the governing body of England’s Cornwall County and steward of the Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) upon which the CAHC’s museum has operated since 2015—has set forth that subject museum must vacate its current premises immediately. The FAA has unveiled a new program for the use of off-the-shelf parts in type-certificated aircraft. The approval is the first granted under the new Vintage Aircraft Replacement and Modification Article (VARMA)

New Florida Law Curtails Use of Chinese-Made Drones

The Pursuit of Privacy

A bill perspicaciously drafted by Florida lawmakers in 2020 and passed in 2021 went into effect on Monday, 10 April 2023. Subject law bans Sunshine State government agencies from utilizing drones made by a “foreign country of concern,” which is to tacitly state China and strongly imply DJI—a company accused of collaborating with the  Chinese Communist Party and added, in December 2021, to a U.S. Treasury Department blacklist. The Chinese communist party is a direct and major investor in DJI and maintains considerable control over the company’s operations.

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Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre Facing Dissolution

The Gathering Gloom

The U.K.’s Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) has been confronted with the very outcome it has battled mightily to circumvent. The Cornwall Council—the governing body of England’s Cornwall County and steward of the Cornwall Airport Newquay (NQY) upon which the CAHC’s museum has operated since 2015—has set forth that the subject museum must vacate its current premises immediately, notwithstanding the stone-cold fact that the institution’s new site will not be ready for 12 to 18 months.

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Sikorsky Protest of Bell’s U.S. Army Contract Denied

Bell to Receive $7-Billion FLRAA Award

Sikorsky’s protest of the awarding of the U.S. Army’s Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) contract to rival Bell Helicopters has been denied by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The dispute’s resolution affords Bell opportunity to get the program—worth a potential $7-billion—underway.

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Changes to Airman Knowledge Tests & PHAK Announced

Test Changes Effective 24 April 2023

In a recent Community Advisory, the FAA’s Airman Testing division disclosed it has been working in cooperation with its testing vendor, PSI Services, to scientifically assess existing FAA Airman Knowledge Tests. Assessments of the Private Pilot Airplane and Commercial Pilot Airplane Knowledge Tests have been completed; the results of subject assessments are scheduled to be implemented on 24 April 2023.

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Swift Fuels Extends $100 Forever Avgas STC

Fee Covers all Future AVGAS Certification, Documents & Placards

Swift Fuels, LLC is an Indiana-based producer of unleaded aviation gasoline for piston-powered (propeller) aircraft. The company is the only fuel concern that has, to date, developed, produced, and sold a qualified unleaded AVGAS product across the entirety of the United States. By dint of its efforts and the quality of its product, Swift Fuels has built a dedicated and ever-expanding customer base. Benefits of running Swift’s premium grade unleaded AVGAS in piston-engined aircraft include increases in oil change intervals of up to one-hundred-hours, elimination of lead-fouled spark-plugs, zero toxic lead exhaust, and diminished engine wear.

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General Atomics Flies MQ-20 UAS via LEO SATCOM Datalink

Alphabet Soup for the Warrior’s Soul

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has recently conducted live, tactical, air combat maneuvers utilizing Artificial Intelligence (AI) pilots to control a company-owned MQ-20 Avenger Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). Collaborative maneuvers between human and AI pilots were conducted using General Atomics’s Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) Collaborative Combat Aircraft (CCA) ecosystem over a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communication (SATCOM) provider’s Internet Protocol (IP)-based Mission Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) datalink.

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Lisa Atherton Named Bell Helicopter President & CEO

Bell Rings In New Boss

On 11 April 2023, Textron Inc.—the Rhode Island-based parent company of Beechcraft, Cessna, Hawker (formerly), Bell Helicopter, Pipistrel, Lycoming Engines, Arctic Cat Snowmobiles, Jacobsen, Kautex, E-Z-GO, and Textron Systems—announced that Lisa Atherton has been named president and CEO of the company’s Bell subsidiary, effective 28 April 2023.

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Classic Aero-TV: That's NOT All Brother - CAF Updates From AirVenture 2016

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The CAF Salutes Women Air Force Service Pilots in a New Commemorative Program…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, came across a story that needs to be told and that’s what this video does. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is well known for preserving the history of military aviation and, in particular, military aviation as it applies to the fighting forces of the United States. The CAF has been heavily involved in spreading the word of the importance and sig

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NTSB Issues Final Report on October 2020 Rans S-7 Accident

Persistence of the Stall

On 06 October 2020, at approximately 15:83 PDT, a Rans S-7, registration N55893, stalled shortly after departing a three-thousand-foot grass runway near Spirit Lake, Idaho—a resort town approximately 27-nautical-miles northeast of Spokane, Washington’s Spokane International Airport (GEG). The accident claimed the life of the airplane’s 52-year-old Commercial pilot; injured the aircraft’s 57-year-old Airline Transport Pilot rated passenger; and substantially damaged the 2008-vintage Rans S-7.

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Airborne-NextGen 04.04.23: 40-Seat Hybrid eVTOL, HALO Space, Virgin Orbit DOA?

Also: Inflatable Space Habitat, E.U. SAF, VFS 2023 Group Award, E.U. CO2 Policy

LYTE Aviation showed off a pair of brand new, sustainable aircraft in the 40-seater SkyBus and cargo-hauling SkyTruck. The hybrid, electric VTOL aircraft sport a 4.5 tonne payload, 1,000-km range, and 300 km/hr top speed with largely conventional technology. HALO Space has announced the next step in its journey towards edge-of-space commercial tourism. Following a successful December 2022 test-flight of the company’s helium-balloon ascent platform from Indian soil, HALO Space is making ready for a second test-flight, which will ascend spaceward from southern Spain later

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.23)

Aero Linx: The International Cessna 170 Association (TIC170A)

The International Cessna 170 Association (TIC170A) was formed in 1969. We have more than 1034 members that own a total of 821 Cessna 170s. “Preserving and promoting a truly classic aircraft” takes time, talent, and resources. It took foresight to form the association back in 1969 to share information about flying and maintaining the Cessna 170. Many hours have been spent by members gathering data and sharing information by way of publications, at conventions, during fly-ins, and on the internet forums. The International Cessna 170 Association is a nonprofit 501(c) 7 membership organ

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.23): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline. The lights are focused toward the arrival end of the runway at the “line up and wait” point, and they extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft. Illuminated red lights indicate to an aircraft in position for takeoff or rolling that it is unsafe to takeoff because the runway is occupied or about to be occupied by an aircraft or vehicle.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.12.23)

“We found a new site after they turned down all of our previous proposals without even discussing them, we raised £1-million, we received the unequivocal support of every major education body in the County, we offered the once in a lifetime chance for Cornwall to have a unique, all-year, state-of-the-art aerospace attraction and education hub. All they had to do was let us stay where we are for another 8 to 12 months. But no, they won’t even let us relocate in realistic fashion, they would rather see this one-of-a-kind, award-winning business disappear. It’s utterly disgraceful.” Source: CAHC Museum foun

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