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June 22, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 06.22.23: USAF Bonuses, CFI Refresher, Duckworth Argues

 Also: Diamond’s DART-750, FlightSimExpo, NATO Pilots, CAE RW Contract 

 
 
Military aviators eyeing separation got another data point to consider before filing their paperwork - a $50,000 bonus aimed at keeping the USAF's investments in the service. The bonuses come under the Legacy Aviation Bonus Program, which builds off the previous bonus with a bump from its previous monetary cap of $35,000 per year up to $50,000 per year. Sporty’s has updated its online Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) for 2023, adding a bevy of new topics for up-to-date focus areas and a sleeker, higher quality user interface than previous packages. "As always," said Sporty's, "the FIRC is "completely free for all activ

Cicaré Helicopter Models to Appear in Popular Flight-Sim Software

Microsoft and X-Plane Facsimiles Planned

Cicaré USA—the U.S. subsidiary of the Argentine helicopter manufacturer founded by Augusto Cicaré—has entered into cooperative agreements to develop 3D models and facsimile flight controls specific to the company’s Cicaré-8 and SVH-4  helicopters. Subject agreements have been struck with Fast Cow Productions and Pro Flight Trainer LLC for purpose of seeing the aforementioned Cicaré helicopter models represented in the Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024 and X-Plane flight simulation platforms.

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Air India Orders 290+ Jets, But Boeing Global Services May Be The Real Winner

Boeing's Biggest South Asian Order Includes 190 Narrowbodies, 30 Widebodies with Options

Air India continued its growth with a pretty hefty order for up to 290 new aircraft from Boeing, with a hearty mix of almost every passenger aircraft in the catalog. The deal was finalized at the recent Paris Air Show, with both companies holding a signing ceremony to show off their agreement. In all, the order includes 190 737 MAXs, 20 787 Dreamliners, and 10 777X jets - with options for 50 more 737s and another 20 787s.

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Aero-TV: uAvionix Technologies Connect Present and Future

Blazing Trails Through the Regulatory Jungle

The dawning age of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is a metaphorical wilderness contemporaneously abundant in reward and risk. The business of moving through any wilderness, metaphorical or actual, is a complex and delicate one, requiring temperance, circumspection, and courage in equal measure. Of the technological trail-blazers arrayed upon Advanced Air Mobility’s vanguard, few are as consistently forward-thinking and successful as uAvionix, the Montana-based aerospace technology concern founded in 2015 for purpose of advancing the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National

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Heli-Eastern to Purchase Lilium Jets

Lilium to Facilitate eVTOL Services in China

Lilium, the Munich-based, German aerospace concern announced that it had entered into an agreement with Heli-Eastern (formally, Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Co., Ltd), a major low-altitude general-aviation carrier and helicopter service provider operating in China’s Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay region.

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EAA Reminds Warbird Owners to Dot their I’s before AirVenture

Pre-Registration Stressed for Parking, Air Show Participation

The EAA has reminded would-be attendees of AirVenture 2023 to double check their paperwork before the fly-out now that the show is more or less a month away. In order to bring a warbird to Oshkosh for the big shindig, pilots must have a current EAA Warbirds of America membership, valid through at least 07/31/2023. There’s still time to sight up, should it be needed.

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Upgrade Announced for Honeywell 131-9B APUs

Love for the Little Engines that Can

Honeywell Aerospace, the storied North Carolina-headquartered aero-engine and avionics marque, unveiled a new High-Efficiency Mode (HEM) upgrade for its 131-9B Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for Boeing 737 aircraft. The high efficiency connoted by the APU upgrade’s appellation derives in part of an innovative and efficient software-controlled diffuser that autonomously regulates airflow to the APU compressor section. The HEM upgrade is expected to provide fuel savings, increased efficiency, and diminished APU CO2 emissions on the order of one-to-two-percent.

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Airborne 06.14.23: NEW MS FlightSim!, AN-124 Seized, Aerobatics Day!

Also: Oshkosh23 Theater Lineup, EU Wildfire Prep, Nolen Goes To Archer, NAA Update

2023’s Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase has wrapped. Among the bigger surprises sprung during 2023’s showcase was the news that Asobo Studio is hard at work on a wholly new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Predating Windows by three-years, Flight Simulator is Microsoft’s longest-running software product line and one of the longest-running PC video game series of all time. An announcement from Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly noted the seizure of an An-124 pursuant the nation’s Special Economic Measures Act. The Antonov&

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Airborne 06.14.23: NEW MS FlightSim!, AN-124 Seized, Aerobatics Day!

Also: Oshkosh23 Theater Lineup, EU Wildfire Prep, Nolen Goes To Archer, NAA Update

2023’s Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase has wrapped. Among the bigger surprises sprung during 2023’s showcase was the news that Asobo Studio is hard at work on a wholly new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Predating Windows by three-years, Flight Simulator is Microsoft’s longest-running software product line and one of the longest-running PC video game series of all time. An announcement from Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly noted the seizure of an An-124 pursuant the nation’s Special Economic Measures Act. The Antonov&

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Swedish National Police Provide Testimonials on Bell Aircraft

Paris Air Show Sees Manufacturers Angling for New Business

Bell was thanked for its help with the Swedish National Police (SNP) rescue mission after it completed more than 4,500 completed missions using the 429. The treacherous mountain scape of the Swedish homeland results in frequent search & rescue missions, with more than 500 missing person cases due to hiking incidents and avalanches.

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Duckworth Impugns Proposed Amendment to FAA Legislation

Turn of an Overplayed Card

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (Democrat, Illinois) somewhat hyperbolically warned lawmakers supportive of a proposal by Senators Kyrsten Sinema (Independent, Arizona) and John Thune (Republican, South Dakota) that they stood to have blood on their hands. Speaking out during a 15 June Senate floor speech, Duckworth impugned an amendment added to the iteration of an FAA reauthorization bill passed the day prior ...

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NTSB Final Report: Mark Coby Early Bird Jenny

Accident Flight Was His Third Flight In The Accident Airplane And That (Pilot) Had Recorded A Total Of 0.8 Hours Of Flight Experience

Analysis: The pilot, who was the co-owner/co-builder of the experimental amateur-built airplane, was departing on a local flight. The other co-owner/co-builder of the airplane witnessed the accident takeoff and stated that the airplane’s pitch attitude was “a little steep” and that the airplane looked slow as it approached 150 ft above ground level in the climb. Both the co-owner and another witness stated that the airplane’s wings were rocking before one wing dropped and the airplane entered a nose-down descent.

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De Havilland Moves Some Metal with Indian Operator

Flybig First Twin Otter Series 400 Operator in India

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited inked a deal for a pair of 'Twotters' with flybig, a small carrier in India. The Purchase Agreement to deliver 2 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, with an additional Letter of Interest to acquire 10 new DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G aircraft. The Purchase Agreement will see the delivery of 2 Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft, but an additional Letter of Interest could see flybig acquire 10 new DHC-6 Twin Otter Classic 300-G aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.22.23)

Aero Linx: USAF E-9A The E-9A is a twin turboprop used as a surveillance platform to ensure the Gulf of Mexico waters are clear of civilian boaters and aircraft during live missile launches and other hazardous military activities. The E-9A provides support for air-to-air weapons system evaluation, development and operational testing at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.23): Aeronautical Beacon

Aeronautical Beacon A visual NAVAID displaying flashes of white and/or colored light to indicate the location of an airport, a heliport, a landmark, a certain point of a Federal airway in mountainous terrain, or an obstruction.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06..23)

“Our relationship with Boeing includes both airplanes and services that will support our requirements for fleet expansion and continuous improvement in operational efficiency for decades to come. As we plan for transformative growth in the years ahead, the services provided by Boeing will be an essential part of our efforts to improve reliability, on-time performance and customer satisfaction.” Source: Campbell Wilson, CEO and MD, Air India... describing a massive Boeing deal that is more than just the nudreds of airplanes sold.  

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