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September 27, 2023

Airborne 09.27.23: Airshow Threat, Ingenuity Record, Space Junk NPRM

Also: EarthX Batteries, Air India Official Suspended, Increase ATC Hiring Legislation, JetBlue Aircraft Lased
 
 
Congress may not approve a Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) spending bill prior to the Sunday, 01 October deadline. The International Council of Air-Shows (ICAS) has issued an advisory setting forth the imminent closing of the egregiously-abused federal cash-pipeline will likely impact U.S. air-shows slated to take place in October and November 2023. NASA's Ingenuity helicopter, while executing a 16 September 2023 sortie, broke its own Martian altitude record, ascending 66-feet above Mars’s surface. This was the 59th flight, and the craft is well into its 31st month on the Red Planet. A representative of NASA’s Jet Propulsio

Trucker Ticketed for Destroying Helicopter

Of Bent Iron and Bitter Irony

The driver of a semi-truck hauling a reportedly-new $30-million Sikorsky S-92 helicopter failed to adequately contemplate his load’s vertical dimension relative the height of an Interstate 12 overpass in the vicinity of Denham Springs, Louisiana.

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Canadian Test Pilot School Fields 5th Gen. Surrogate Training Aircraft

Lethality at a Fraction of 5th Gen. Operational Costs

The high operating costs of 5th generation fighter aircraft have many current and prospective operators seeking means by which to mitigate the number of training hours logged aboard subject assets and transfer learning events to so-called surrogate training aircraft with dramatically-lower operating cost but comparable performance envelopes and avionics systems. In 2020, cognizant of the challenges inherent the training of future generations of test pilots, the International Test Pilots School (ITPS) undertook development of a 5th Generation Surrogate Training Aircraft (5STA).

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Air Wisconsin Pilots Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Three-Year Deal Includes Pay Raises and Quality of Life Improvements

After more than a year of negotiations, the leadership of Air Wisconsin’s pilot cadre, as represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), has reached a tentative agreement (TA) with the airline’s management vis-à-vis a collective-bargaining agreement. Upon reviewing subject TA, the Air Wisconsin ALPA Master Executive Council (MEC) approved such, and decreed unanimously that the agreement ought be put before the entirety of Air Wisconsin’s pilots for a full ratification vote.

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Airborne 09.18.23: Reno MidAir, 1 Frecce Tricolori Down, B-25/B-29 Event

Also: SUN ‘n FUN 2024 Tickets, McFarlane FAA-PMA, Soyuz MS-24 Docks, Gulfstream Completes Appleton

Two pilots are confirmed dead after the completion of a T-6 Gold Race as they returned to the field and collided in the process. Pilots at the site have furnished multiple reports that both aircraft collided while heading for final... with one aircraft getting its tail severed and impacting shortly thereafter, with the other continuing a short distance before going down. Reno officials ID’ed Nick Macy and Chris Rushing, as the pilots lost. Tragedy has hit again... with the Italian Frecce Tricolori Flight Demonstration Team at the center of it all. Du

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Airborne-NextGen 09.19.23: Remote ID Extension, AG UAV, HSVTOL Testing

Also: Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena, B-21 Raider, Airobotics, CIAM Legends Award

In keeping with the expectations of myriad aviation industry stakeholders, the FAA announced on 13 September 2023 that it would extend the Remote ID enforcement date by six-months. Ergo, owners and operators of Radio Controlled (RC) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—known colloquially as drones—now have until 16 March 2024 to either retrofit extant UAS with aftermarket Remote ID broadcast modules, or purchase new standard Remote ID-equipped drones. Pyka and Dole plc - the Dole of produce fame - have completed the 1st trial phase using Pyka's Pelican

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Boeing & Red 6 Complete First Augmented Reality Test Flight

System to Augment Pilot Training in Boeing’s T-7A Red Hawk

Boeing and Red 6, a veteran-founded business developing Augmented-Reality (AR) technology, have successfully integrated and flown an augmented reality system in a TA-4J tactical aircraft. The achievement heralds the system’s integration and testing in Boeing’s T-7 advanced trainer. In September 2022, Boeing and Red 6 announced their intention to integrate the latter concern’s Advanced Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) and Augmented Reality Command and Analytic Data Environment into fighter aircraft.

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Two JetBlue Aircraft Lased in Vicinity of BOS

The Actions of Imbeciles

Two JetBlue aircraft were struck by lasers in the vicinity of Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS) on Thursday, 21 September—so stated the FAA. The flight-crews of JetBlue flights 494 and 972 reported being targeted by an unknown party wielding a green laser early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported.

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Republican Senator Attempts to Increase ATC Hiring

Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2023 Submitted

For purpose of requiring the FAA to dramatically step up its hiring of new air traffic controllers, Indiana senior Republican Senator Mike Braun has introduced the Bipartisan Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2023. If enacted, the bill submitted by the popular conservative senator on 21 September 2023 would require the FAA to undertake the maximum yearly hiring—some 1,800 applicants—at the FAA’s Oklahoma City Academy. Additionally, the bill’s text clarifies maximum hiring is subject to the availability of appropriations and does not authorize specific funding levels.

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General Atomics & Mitchell Institute Honor USAF Squadron

2nd Special Operations Named 2022 Squadron of the Year

The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) jointly presented 2022’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Squadron of the Year Award to the United States Air Force’s 2nd Special Operations Squadron (SOS) at a ceremony held at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference on 11 September 2023. The award is presented annually to the squadron determined to have distinguished itself via employment of RPA in meritorious service.

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Airborne-NextGen 09.19.23: Remote ID Exztension, AG UAV, HSVTOL Testing

Also: Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena, B-21 Raider, Airobotics, CIAM Legends Award

In keeping with the expectations of myriad aviation industry stakeholders, the FAA announced on 13 September 2023 that it would extend the Remote ID enforcement date by six-months. Ergo, owners and operators of Radio Controlled (RC) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—known colloquially as drones—now have until 16 March 2024 to either retrofit extant UAS with aftermarket Remote ID broadcast modules, or purchase new standard Remote ID-equipped drones. Pyka and Dole plc - the Dole of produce fame - have completed the 1st trial phase using Pyka's Pelican

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Airborne 09.18.23: Reno MidAir, 1 Frecce Tricolori Down, B-25/B-29 Event

Also: SUN ‘n FUN 2024 Tickets, McFarlane FAA-PMA, Soyuz MS-24 Docks, Gulfstream Completes Appleton

Two pilots are confirmed dead after the completion of a T-6 Gold Race as they returned to the field and collided in the process. Pilots at the site have furnished multiple reports that both aircraft collided while heading for final... with one aircraft getting its tail severed and impacting shortly thereafter, with the other continuing a short distance before going down. Reno officials ID’ed Nick Macy and Chris Rushing, as the pilots lost. Tragedy has hit again... with the Italian Frecce Tricolori Flight Demonstration Team at the center of it all. Du

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NTSB Final Report: Vans Aircraft Inc RV-12IS

Total Flight Experience Of 88 Hours; Of Which, 24 Hours Were As Pilot-In-Command And 0 Hours Were Instrument Experience

Analysis: The sport pilot did not obtain a weather briefing before departing on a day visual flight rules cross-country flight over open water to an island airport along with a friend, who was flying a second airplane. The pilot of the second airplane reported that he had to descend from 6,500 ft mean sea level (msl) to 1,500 ft msl to remain below a broken cloud layer, diverted, and encouraged the accident pilot via radio several times to do the same. However, the accident pilot stated that he was descending from 6,500 ft msl to 4,500 ft msl and continuing to the original planned destination. No further communic

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Classic Aero-TV: Push, Roll, Power-Patriots Upset Prevention & Recovery Training

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Patriots Jet Team Offers Upset Recovery Training In A Sabreliner

We've all practiced unusual attitudes during primary flight training, and then may have never strayed beyond straight-and-level. But it's very important to know what to do when you suddenly find yourself upside down in any airplane, let alone a business jet. To that end, the Patriots Jet Team is now offering Upset Recovery training using both a North American Sabreliner and an Aero L-39, both of which have been used as military trainers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.23)

Aero Linx: Christian Pilots Association of Alaska, Inc. Christian Pilots Association of Alaska, Inc. is composed of aircraft owners who are using their gift and skill as pilots and their own aircraft to share the Gospel message with those in "Bush Alaska" where over 100 villages have no pastor or Christian witness. Their mission is to provide transportation and other services to pastors of the outlying villages, visitation, and humanitarian aid when needed in order to fulfill the Great Commission.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.27.23): Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach

Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach An approach conducted while operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan which authorizes the pilot of an aircraft to proceed visually and clear of clouds to the airport via visual landmarks and other information depicted on a charted visual flight procedure. This approach must be authorized and under the control of the appropriate air traffic control facility. Weather minimums required are depicted on the chart.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.27.23)

“Air traffic controllers work around the clock to ensure that America’s aircraft are taking off and landing safely and on time. At a time when the air traffic controller workforce is below national standards, Congress needs to do its part to help alleviate employment shortages and make sure United States aviation operations are living up to America’s gold standard for air travel.”   Source: For purpose of requiring the FAA to dramatically step up its hiring of new air traffic controllers, Indiana senior Republican Senator Mike Braun has introduced the Bipartisan Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2023.

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