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September 13, 2023

Airborne 09.13.23: MWLSA Expo Was GREAT, Astro Record, Wheel$ Up

 Also: Avionics Theft, CIAM Legends Award, Wright Trophy For Crippen, PHI buys Airbus Helis

 
 
The ANN crew had an immensely successful trip to Mt., Vernon Illinois for the very busy 15th Annual MidWest LSA Expo. Not the biggest show in the world, there was still LOTS of flying, an overtly friendly atmosphere and a volunteer staff that could NOT be beat. Close to 40 vendors filled the easily accessed airport ramp, and nearly 200 demo flights were safely executed. Overall traffic was estimated to be up some 20% over previous such events. On 11 September, Frank Rubio, who’s currently serving out a year-long mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), earned the distinction of logging the longest single spaceflight by an Ame

FAA Report Confirms Record U.S. Pilot Production

Pilot Shortage Narrative Called Into Question

As special interests in Washington, Brussels, and Luxembourg persist in lamenting a global pilot shortage, the Federal Aviation Administration has released verifiable data clearly indicating the United States is producing record numbers of pilots. The last 12-months have seen the FAA certify a total of 10,191 new Airline Transport Pilots (ATP). In August 2023 alone, upwards of 1,200 new ATPs were vetted and written gleaming new tickets—the largest monthly number in history.

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PHI to Acquire 28 Additional Airbus Helicopters

New Deal Includes Twenty H175 and Eight H160 Models

Airbus Helicopters and Petroleum Helicopters International Group (PHI) have signed a framework agreement comprising commitments for twenty super-medium H175 helicopters and eight H160 (formerly X4) medium utility helicopters. The 28 state-of-the-art rotorcraft will better position PHI to respond to the expected near-term growth of the global energy market and the demand for offshore transportation inherent thereto.

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Robert Crippen to Receive 2023 Wright Trophy

Renowned Naval Aviator and NASA Astronaut Honored

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) will present 2023’s prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy to retired U.S. Navy Captain and NASA astronaut Robert “Crip” Crippen, who is to be recognized for his devotion to public service and dedication to both humankind’s future and the advancement of American aerospace as manifest in his lifetime achievements as an aviator, astronaut, and leader.

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Axiom 3 Crew-Members Approved

Cadence of Private Astronaut Missions to ISS Remains Steady

NASA and its international partners have approved the personnel by which Axiom Space’s third private astronaut mission—Axiom Space 3 (Ax-3)—to the International Space Station will be crewed. The mission, which will launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center no earlier than January 2024, will be commanded by Axiom Space chief astronaut and former NASA astronaut Micheal López-Alegría and flown by Italian Air Force Colonel and mission pilot Walter Villadei. The four-man crew will be rounded out by mission specialists Alper Gezeravci of Turkey and ESA (European Space Agency) project astronaut Marcus Wandt of Sweden.

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FAI Announces CIAM Legends Award for 3x Winners in Modeling

59 Winners to Be Announced Later This Year

The Fédération Aéronautique International has begun awarding a new medal to 3-time world championship winners in aero and spacemodeling - the CIAM Legends medal. The award goes to those individuals who have won the FAI World Championship at least 3 times, without a need for their victories to be consecutive wins. Groups are not eligible for the CIAM Legends Medal, and the wins can be drawn from any class in the ‘aeromodeling’ and ‘spacemodeling’ categories. Owing to its introduction this year, the FIA will be handing out the CIAM Legends medal to 59 winners, with the majority of them being drawn from American pilots.

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Airborne 09.05.23: F-15EX Completes Tests, MMOPA Rebrands, Rotax Fly-In

Also: Aerox Buys Fluid Power, Airlander Bucks, Gogo AVANCE Upgrades, Galactic 03 Mission

Boeing’s F-15EX Eagle II fighter has successfully launched a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground standoff munitions, thereby completing a key testing and evaluation phase. The data resultant of the testing will inform, in part, the DOD’s decision vis-à-vis full-rate production of Boeing’s extensively-modified, dramatically-improved iteration of McDonnell Douglas’s battlefield-proven fourth-generation fighter jet. At its 2023 annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Associat

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Salina, Kansas Airport Authority Names New Deputy Exec. Director

Native Son

Pieter Miller has been named the new deputy executive director of the Salina, Kansas Airport Authority. Mr. Miller will work under longtime executive director Tim Rogers. A certificated Private Pilot, Miller served 14-years as the manager of Hutchinson, Kansas’s Hutchinson Regional Airport (HUT). Miller is scheduled to commence executing the duties of his new position on 02 October 2023.

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Airborne 09.05.23: F-15EX Completes Tests, MMOPA Rebrands, Rotax Fly-In

Also: Aerox Buys Fluid Power, Airlander Bucks, Gogo AVANCE Upgrades, Galactic 03 Mission

Boeing’s F-15EX Eagle II fighter has successfully launched a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground standoff munitions, thereby completing a key testing and evaluation phase. The data resultant of the testing will inform, in part, the DOD’s decision vis-à-vis full-rate production of Boeing’s extensively-modified, dramatically-improved iteration of McDonnell Douglas’s battlefield-proven fourth-generation fighter jet. At its 2023 annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Associat

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Alaska Airlines Flight 1288 Incident

What’s Broken Leans Left

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a 20 August 2023 incident in which a Boeing 737-890, registration N516AS, then acting as Alaska Airlines Flight 1288 sustained serious damage when its left main landing-gear collapsed after an otherwise normal landing on Runway 20R at Santa Ana, California’s John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA). The 112 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft were evacuated to an SNA taxiway via mobile stairs. No injuries were reported. The incident-flight was operated under Part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations as a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to SNA.

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Classic Aero-TV: Team Aerostars - New Extras Upgrade Team's Performance

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Yak 52s Have Been Replaced With Extra Aerobatic Airplanes For 2019

The Phillips 66 Aerostars have been performing together, side by side at around 250 mph, for more than a decade, and the story of how the team came to be is like so many other such stories ... it happened almost by accident. Team member Paul "Rocket" Hornick told that story to Aero-News at AirVenture 2019. Essentially, Harvey "Boss" Meek was looking to buy an aerobatic airplane, and answered an ad for a Pitts for sale. But through a sequence of events that you'll have to watch the video to learn, he wound up forming the Aerostars with Dave "Cupid" Monroe flying Yak

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.23)

Aero Linx: Hatz Biplane Association   Welcome to the official webpage of the Hatz Biplane Association, dedicated to the education and enjoyment of building and flying the Hatz CB-1, Hatz Classic, Bantam, and Kelly-D biplanes. Happiness Is A Hatz. Here you will find HBA news, builder info, where to buy plans and information packs about the Hatz, Hatz Classic and the Kelly-D biplanes, a forum to trade messages with other builders, a bookstore, and so much more!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.23): Runway Heading

Runway Heading The magnetic direction that corresponds with the runway centerline extended, not the painted runway number. When cleared to “fly or maintain runway heading,” pilots are expected to fly or maintain the heading that corresponds with the extended centerline of the departure runway. Drift correction shall not be applied; e.g., Runway 4, actual magnetic heading of the runway centerline 044, fly 044.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.13.23)

“Bob Crippen embodies the criteria of this trophy, the most significant individual award in American aviation. His service and achievements will endure as long as aviation does. His devotion to service is unsurpassed. His selection honors the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy and all it stands for.” Source: NAA president and CEO Greg Principato, in remarks made as the National Aeronautic Association (NAA)  decided to present 2023’s prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy to retired U.S. Navy Captain Robert “Crip” Crippen.

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