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April 05, 2023

Airborne 04.05.23: Artemis II, Ohio's Airplane, MX Aircraft

 lso: Wheels Up Reverse Stock Split, King Schools Giveaway, Piper Ambassadors, Regent Ground-Effect Seaplane

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) made public the names of the four astronauts selected to serve as the Artemis II mission’s primary crew. Over the approximate ten-day duration of the Artemis II mission, the company of three NASA and one CSA spacefarers will travel to and orbit the moon before returning to Earth. The Ohio State Senate approved Senate Bill 42 which establishes the 1905 Wright Flyer III as Ohio’s official state airplane and honors the Wright brothers’ world-changing achievement. First flown on 23 June 1905 near Dayton, the storied—and by modern standards, highly unconventional&mdash

Brew Crew Blunder Wastes USAF Effort

The Flyover that Wasn’t

The fans were met, the venue set, o’er head the B-1 peeled—yet not one eye its splendor spied—as the ballpark’s roof was sealed ...

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 3: LightSpeed!, Super Petrel XP, BIG Piper Buy

Also: Air-Britain, FAA Lifetime Achievement, NASA Update, BizAv Boom... NOT?

It’s not enough to build great headsets anymore... now they have to start doing tricks... and the Lightspeed Delta Zulu is leading the pack. We've Had one here at ANN for a few weeks and while we could go on about how well it works as a stand-alone headset, it's the CO Monitoring capability and the apps that go with it that get so much attention and should... Like Lightspeed, Super Petrel USA had some great news to impart at the Sun ‘n Fun Innovation Preview. The new XP variant was conceived to accommodate Rotax’s 915is aircraft engine... Piper Aircraft has signed a

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New King Schools Programs Benefit CFIs

The Wisdom of Kings

Flight instructors strive in perpetuity to keep tabs on their students’ progress while perpetuating their own CFI careers. To those ends, King School has announced the introduction of two new initiatives: the Flight Instructor Program, designed to allow instructors to track their students’ progress through King Schools courses; and Your First Flying Lesson, a recruitment inducement of sorts by which CFIs can foster the enthusiasm of individuals with nascent interests in learning to fly.

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Virgin Orbit To Shut Down

What Goes Up …

In a regrettable instance vividly illustrative of the fierce competitiveness within the nascent commercial space-launch sector, Sir Richard Branson’s cash-strapped Virgin Orbit announced it will shut down operations and lay-off 675 of its 775 employees after failing to secure what a company representative called “meaningful funding.” Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart made the fateful announcement on Thursday, 30 March 2023 during an all-hands company meeting.

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Seaplane Pilots Association Revamps Website

Comprehensive Upgrades to Alaska Coverage

The Winter Haven, Florida-based SPA is about the complex and consuming business of revamping its website to provide users the most accurate and current information pertaining to the nigh-incomprehensible entirety of the Last Frontier’s lakes, cabins, and amenities. Upon completion of the upgrade, the SPA’s website will chronicle the names and locations of every navigable body of fresh and saltwater in Alaska, as well as the facilities located upon the waters and shores thereof.

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Albuquerque Balloons Obtain Letter of Agreement for GPS-Free Operation

FAA Agrees to Terms to Monitor & Evaluate Balloon Ops in Class C 

The FAA will ultimately not require GPS equipment for balloons operating at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Balloon Fiesta, putting to rest an issue that's been on the table for months. The agreement reached between local balloon operators and the FAA has resulted in a letter of agreement to operate in Class C airspace, even when not equipped with GPS transponder tech. The demand has been a tough sell for local operators, who often balked at the big-ticket purchase of retrofitting each aircraft. 

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Sun 'n Fun's Hands-On Workshops Had it All

For Those Debating a Build of Their Own, there's Nothing Better than Free Lessons!

Every year, Sun 'n Fun is home to some of the most cost-effective, convenient ways to develop aircraft building skills: Free hands-on workshops that cover all the bases needed to begin taking to the skies. A quick stroll through workshop lane shows all the different specialties on offer: Classes include fabric covering, engine building, MIG/TIG welding, rib stitching, cable swaging, composites, riveting, and sheet metal working.

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Washington State Legislature Considers SAF Bills

A Tale of Two States

Two bills currently before the Washington State Legislature, if adopted, stand to make the Evergreen State among the most competitive places in the world to produce and utilize SAF. Senate Bill 5447 seeks to establish a combination of tax incentives and clean-fuel standards for SAF production. Additionally, House Bill 1216 seeks to facilitate the siting of SAF or other clean energy facilities in regions around the state.

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NBAA AAM Roundtable Hits 2nd Anniversary

Group Focuses on FAA Reauthorization Bill for Industry Goals

The NBAA's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Roundtable turned 2 years old last month, marking off its second anniversary among a fast-growing market. The group says its AAM Roundtable provides "a forum for high-level policy planning with sector leaders to chart a course for the integration of AAM technologies into the nation’s airspace and infrastructure".

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HK Express Sees Delivery of 1st A321neo

All-Airbus Fleet Begins Transition to Next-Gen Neo

A member of the Cathay Pacific Group, HK Express, has kickstarted its A321neo fleet with its first of 16 aircraft. The purple and white livery of HK Express are a common sight throughout the region, as the operator takes their fleet of Airbus aircraft throughout the Pacific. Currently, they maintain 27 A320 series aircraft in all, with an even spread between A320neos, A321ceos, and A320ceo.

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Classic Aero-TV: Pure Aerial Precision - The Snowbirds at AirVenture 2016

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The Canadian Forces Snowbirds Can Best Be Described As ‘Elegant’…

EAA AirVenture 2016 was a great show and, in no small part, it was because of the participation of the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron from Canada - better known as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. Their appearance at AirVenture was a special treat, and that’s what this video is all about. There’s something about their performances that seems to stand out as being more than a presentation of military prowess; it also seems to be a demonstration of elegance. 

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United Aviate Academy Opts for DA42-VI as Multiengine Trainer

Airline-Operated Training Academy Finally Settles on Twin

United's in-house training initiative to foster the next generation of airline pilots from 'zero to hero' has been without a dedicated twin-engine trainer since opening last year. Since their start, United had been operating 25 SR-series TRAC20 aircraft from Cirrus as they worked their first classes of students from no-time through their CFI and commercial ratings. Now, however, it seems the school is looking to expand once again.

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NTSB Releases Final Report on November 2022 Midair Collision

Two Piper J3C-65s Tangle over Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its final report on a 03 November midair collision between two Piper J3C-65 airplanes conducting flight operations at Weslaco, Texas’s Mid Valley Airport (TXW).

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E.U. CO2 Policy Ruinous to European Aviation Sector

The Pitfalls of Utopian Idiocies

The E.U.’s Fit for 55 legislation sets an initial goal of reducing European CO2 emissions by 55-percent in 2030—compared to 1990 levels. The initiative comprises bloc-level obligations to scale-up the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) by all flights departing European airports. European airlines fear the imminent loss of revenues, passengers, or both to rival air-carriers based outside the E.U., the whole of which are legally entitled to ignore the Fit for 55 legislation, which is broadly disparaged as a preliminary step toward the E.U. central government’s long-term goal of European carbon neutrality by 2050.  

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