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April 06, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 04.06.23: ForeFlight Buys CloudAhoy, King's CFI Program, MTSU DA40s

 lso: Piper Ambassadors, CAE In Vegas, Pan Am Flight Academy, Russian U in China

ForeFlight has acquired CloudAhoy, a provider of post-flight debriefing, analytics, and flight operations quality assurance (FOQA) software products at once germane to flight training, business aviation, general aviation, and military aviation operations. ForeFlight’s brass asserts the deal strengthens the company’s data analytics tools and services—the lot of which provide a seamless digital ecosystem across all phases of flight. King Schools’ new Flight Instructor Program is designed to allow instructors to track their students’ progress through King Schools courses. The program provides flight instructors with a dashboard

2022 Collier Trophy Recipients Named

James Webb Telescope Team Honored

On 05 April 2023, the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced with eagerness and earnest admiration that the 2022 Robert J. Collier Award shall be presented to the James Webb Space Telescope Team.

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ForeFlight Acquires CloudAhoy

EFB and Debriefing Software Providers Unite

Boeing subsidiary ForeFlight, the Houston-based producer of market-leading Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) products, announced on 05 April 2023 that it had acquired CloudAhoy, a provider of post-flight debriefing, analytics, and flight operations quality assurance (FOQA) software products at once germane to flight training, business aviation, general aviation, and military aviation operations.

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Middle Tennessee State University Adds to their collection of Diamonds

An Octuplet of DA40s Bolsters MTSU Flight Department's Single Engine Numbers

Middle Tennesee State University has acquired 8 more Diamond DA40 aircraft, growing the foundation of their department by adding even more of their mainstay aircraft. The DA40 has stalwartly served as the backbone of the MTSU flight department since 2003, serving as a capable, tractable mentor to generations of aviators as they work their way up the ranks. The school opted for the modern incarnation of their older DA40, the XLT, keeping with tradition using a Lycoming IO360.

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Sparrow Executive Jets to Combat Human Trafficking

Charter Outfit Partners with DHS/DOT Blue Lightning Initiative

On Monday, 03 April 2023, New Jersey-based Sparrow Executive Jets announced with pride that it has earned the distinction of being the first air charter brokerage to partner with the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI)—a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) which seeks to end human trafficking.

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NATO Adds 10 More to 7-Strong A330 MRTT Fleet

Multinational MRTT Fleet Increases Flight Hours, Airframes for NATO Mission

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency doubled down on its Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), increasing the Multinational MRTT Fleet (MMF) to 10 aircraft. The news comes hot on the heels of a boost to the unit's operational availability, with a committment to provide another 1,100 flight hours per year. The MMF fleet provides a range of logistical support throughout the EU, with strategic transport, air-to-air refueling, and medevac capabilities to Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Norway. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Timely and Uncompromising – The Abingdon Company Watches

From 2015 (YouTube Version): A Watch Company Dedicated To The 'Women In Aviation' Community

Somehow ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, doesn’t strike you as a “high fashion” kind of guy, but he stepped forward at Sun ‘n Fun 2015 to check the fashion news at the Abingdon Watch Company display. He met up with Abingdon Watch Company Crew Member and Chief, Abingdon Welch. Welch showed Jim their newest women’s aviation watch, named Katherine. It’s available in 8 different colors and features unique aviation-related functions that have not been seen before in any watch designed for aviation use.&nb

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Fulcrum BioEnergy Claims SAF Breakthrough

The Heady Promise of Municipal Waste

Clean-energy producer Fulcrum BioEnergy alleges it has made a breakthrough vis-à-vis the development of a so-called sustainable solution to the aviation industry’s jet-fuel needs in the dawning age of mandated decarbonization. The Pleasanton, California-based energy concern asserts it is—by dint of a first-of-its-kind, commercial-scale facility—producing low-carbon crude oil from which it will presently begin refining a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).  

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Sierra Space Tests Inflatable Space Habitat

This is Ourselves … Under Pressure

On 23 March 2023, Sierra Space announced development of its softgoods inflatable technology LIFE habitat (Large Integrated Flexible Environment) continues apace. The LIFE habitat—a three-story commercial habitation, science, and bio-pharma platform designed to allow humans to live and work comfortably in low-Earth orbit and beyond—passed an evolutionary milestone that affirms Sierra Space’s position as the undisputed leader in inflatable space habitats and the world’s sole designer and producer of human-rated space structures.

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IATA Focus Africa Initiative Announced

Investing in a Continent’s Future

African air-carriers suffered cumulative losses of $3.5-billion over the time-period spanning 2020 through 2022. The International Air Transport Association estimates subject air-carriers’ 2023 losses will approach $213-million. Ergo, IATA is launching Focus Africa, an initiative that sets out to increase the aviation industry’s contributions to Africa’s economic and social development by improving connectivity, safety, and reliability for passengers and shippers alike. The venture seeks to align private and public stakeholders for purpose of delivering measurable progress in six areas ...  

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NTSB Prelim: Aero Commander 100-180

As The Main Landing Gear Contacted The Runway Again, The Pilot And The Passenger Heard An Unusual Loud Noise

On March 18, 2023, about 1035 central daylight time, an Aero Commander 100-180, N4064X was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Gordonville, Texas. The pilot was not injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot and passenger reported that they were part of a group of 6 airplanes that had departed Wichita Falls, Texas, destined for Gordonville, Texas. According to the pilot, he was landing to the east with a quartering tailwind and was the last one in the group to land.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.06.23)

Aero Linx: The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)

The Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) was created in 1988 at the initiative of 100 colleges and universities with aviation programs who recognized the need to establish standards and submit themselves to the review of their peers and the industry.  Its purpose is to serve as the official accrediting body for all collegiate aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.23): Pilot's Discretion

Pilot's Discretion

When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.06.23)

“We are excited to become part of ForeFlight and Boeing, and for the opportunity to have a growing impact on aviation safety. We have known the ForeFlight team for many years and share a passion for aviation and the customer.”

Source: CloudAhoy CEO Chuck Shavit, commenting on Boeing subsidiary ForeFlight's acquis

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