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April 03, 2023

Airborne 04.03.23: Air Race X, King Scholarship, Kodiak Upgrades

 Also: FAA Wants safety, MCI Aviation Director Retiring, FedEx Shrinks Schedule, DA42 to UAE Training Program

As the curtains close on Reno's final Air Race, another contender may have its eye on ascending tot its vacant throne - Air Race X, a conceptually similar, but new take on the sport. World Champion air racers Matt Hall and Yoshihide Muroya announced a presser revealing their plan to combine traditional air racing with digitized, augmented reality to create a world series of sorts. John King meant no offense when he said of Tracy Atobatele; “You are not normal!” In point of fact, Mr. King’s words were intended as high praise for the winner of the 2023 NAFI/King Schools scholarship. Valued at over $18,000, the

Tamarack Continues to Investigate CitationJet Winglet Incident

Aircraft Lands Safely at TPA

Tamarack Aerospace Group, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based engineering concern founded to advance aerospace technology and efficiency, announced on Friday, 31 March 2023 that a successful emergency landing conducted by a Cessna CitationJet equipped with the company’s proprietary SMARTWING technology remains under investigation.

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HALO Space to Conduct Second Test Flight

Near-Space Helium-Balloon to Launch from Spain

HALO Space, a global space tourism company developed via Arthur D. Little’s Breakthrough Incubator Program, 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 this year.

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill Recognizing Historic Aircraft

Wright Flyer III Named State Aircraft

On Wednesday, 29 March 2023, the Ohio State Senate approved Senate Bill 42, a measure supported by State Senators Steve Huffman (Republican-Tipp City) and Terry Johnson (Republican-McDermott) which contemporaneously establishes the 1905 Wright Flyer III as Ohio’s official state airplane and honors the Wright brothers’ world-changing achievement.

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Van's Rolls Out Illustrational RV-7

Every Panel, Part, and Piece Shown on Tonky Kirk's Detailed 777RV

Van's brought an eye-catcher to Sun 'n Fun this year, a fun look at all the parts that go into the exterior of the average Van's aircraft. Tony Kirk's work provides an easy, clear method to visualize all the work that goes into building an RV at home, with detailing on all the skins, panels, and buttons labeled according to their part name. Listening in on passing Sun 'n Fun attendees was interesting - some felt the relative simplicity was heartening, while others felt it a daunting task to assemble a plane all on their own.

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Adventist World Aviation: Wings 4 Humanity

Serving a Higher Power

Since its founding in 1995, Adventist World Aviation (AWA) has worked to bring help and hope to humanity. The non-profit humanitarian air association supports the ministry of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, delivering medical, physical, mental, and spiritual assistance to persons in isolated areas.

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CAE Las Vegas Training Center to Open 04 April

Training on the Western Front

On 31 March 2023, CAE issued media invitations to the 04 April official opening and inauguration of CAE Las Vegas, a new 50,000-square-foot training facility located in Nevada’s Clark County near Las Vegas’s Harry Reid International Airport. The facility, CAE’s first training center west of the U.S. Continental Divide, is capable of accommodating up to eight full-motion flight simulators, seven of which are currently in operation.

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Stratus Financial to Partner with L3Harris Flight Academy

Knowledge is Power; Power is Expensive

Founded in 2020 by a group of Certified Flight and Ground Instructors for purpose of developing lending plans conducive to flight training, Stratus Financial announced on 31 March 2023 that it had partnered with L3Harris Technologies, the American technology concern, defense contractor, and information technology services provider. By dint of the new alliance, Stratus sets out to provide equitable financial services and pilot-training-oriented lending products to clients of L3Harris’ Sanford, Florida Flight Academy—thereby helping academy enrollees achieve their dreams of becoming commercial pilots.

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Blackhawk Aero Conversions Hard at Work

Re-Engined Aircraft a Perennial Fav for Turboprop Operators

Blackhawk Aero came to Sun n’ Fun with some of their much-appreciated King Air 300 handiwork, a fully outfitted bird with all the aero parts, avionics, and winglets you can buy. The plane was a fitting backdrop for a quick chat to get the rundown on how things are going at Blackhawk Aero. 

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Weird and Wondrous Airport Passport Programs

Been There, Stamped That

Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) operates an Ambassador Passport Program, an initiative by which anyone, pilot and non-pilot alike, who visits the entirety of Virginia’s 65 public-use airports and attends requisite safety seminars and a fly-in becomes eligible to earn three levels of Virginia DOAV branded awards.

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Archer’s Midnight eVTOL Completes Wind Tunnel Tests

The Answer is Blowing in the Wind

On 28 March 2023, Archer Aviation, the California-based designer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that its eVTOL, dubbed Midnight, had recently completed a six-week series of tests in RUAG’s Large Subsonic Wind Tunnel in Emmen, Switzerland.  

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Classic Aero-TV: Cruisin The Superfortress - ANN Rides Along

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Sit Back, Relax, and Let’s Go Flying With “FIFI”…

Our ANN video crew took the opportunity at EAA AirVenture 2016 to capture a lot of video of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-29 named “FIFI”. Our montage of this airplane includes lots of scenes on the ground, in the air, and onboard the airplane. As you watch the scenes be sure to note such things as the amount of aileron control wheel motion necessary just to get this lumbering giant into a turn. You might also take a look at the flight engin

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Airborne 03.24.23: Reno Roars!, Santa Monica Plea, SnF Morning Brief

Also: ABQ Balloon Relief, Sikorsky Layoffs, Flair Jets Seized, Circling Approaches

“While we had anticipated the final National Championship Air Races in Reno would be one of our best, we never imagined it would be so popular that the demand would overload our servers within a half-hour of tickets going on sale..." The Santa Monica Airport Association published a survey in the printed and digital iterations of the Santa Monica Mirror, the city’s weekly, community newspaper. Subject survey posed two simple questions: Should Santa Monica close the Airport? If you think the airport should close, what should the site be converted to? In addition to Tu

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Regent Ground-Effect Seaplane Sees Burst of Investments

Multiple Investors Join the Family as Regent Charts the Way Forward

Regent's efforts to create a seaborne ground-effect aircraft have obtained the blessing of a handful of investors in recent weeks, with Yamato Holdings, Lockheed Martin Ventures, and Japan Airlines all joining the fold since January. The ultimate goal is to create a functional seaglider for cargo and passenger operations along extensive coastlines all over the world - many of which abut regions set for explosive economic growth.

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Airborne-SE 03.23.23: Sun n Fun Update With Gene Conrad, Part 3!

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Reports On Some Amazing Aspects Coming To SnF23!

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we continue to prepare for the 49th rendition of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, now less than a week away, SnF Boss, Gene Conrad has kept the Lakeland staff busy with all manner of new updates and improvements. In this chat, we continue with even more cool stuff... starting out with FIGHTERS! Gene starts out this chat with some cool news about their F-14 restorations and some even cooler news about the all the fighter action we can expect this year. There will be NO limit to the firepower at SnF23! He also provides some detail

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Klyde Morris (03.27.23)

Even Klyde Can't Make All This Stuff Up...


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