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February 11, 2024

B-29 Doc Stays BUSY! Joins Sound of Speed St. Joseph Air Show

The Tour Stop Will Include B-29 Doc Flight Experience Rides

B-29 Doc is set to join a pretty impressive list of aviation performers at the 2024 Sound of Speed Air Show in St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 14-15. The tour stop will include B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and cockpit tours of Doc, which is one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita during World War II. “Adding B-29 Doc to our 2024 air show lineup brings a unique opportunity for air show attendees to see one of only two B-29s still flying today,” said Sound of Speed Air Show Chairman Julius Rice.

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Axiom 3 Mission To ISS Concludes Safely

The Ax-3 Mission Launched At 4:49 P.M. Jan. 18 On A Falcon 9 Rocket

The third private astronaut mission to the International Space Station successfully completed its journey as part of NASA efforts to create commercial opportunities in space. Axiom Mission 3 (Ax-3) and its four crew members safely returned to Earth Friday, splashing down off the coast of Daytona, Florida. Axiom Space astronauts, Michael López-Alegría, Walter Villadei, Marcus Wandt, and Alper Gezeravci returned to Earth aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at 8:30 a.m. EST, completing their nearly 22-day mission that included 18 days aboard the space station. Teams aboard SpaceX recovery vessels retrieved the spacecraft and astronauts. 

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Oshkosh 2024 Promotes 'Illuminating' 500-Drone Night Airshow Performance

Starlight Aerial Productions On Tap To Produce Feature For July 24 And 27 Night Airshows

Oshkosh will literally glow in the dark this year... The growing aerial art form of lighted drones is coming to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2024, as Starlight Aerial Productions brings its spectacular displays to night air shows on July 24 and 27. The 71st edition of EAA’s fly-in convention is coming to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh on July 22-28. Up to 500 state-of-the-art drones will take to the sky for the performances during AirVenture’s popular night air shows, offering dazzling light displays and captivating illustrations in front of the audiences.

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Taylor Swift Sells Off One Jet

Famous Celebrity Moving Up to a 10X, or Hunkering Down From Stalkers?

Internationally famed pop star Taylor Swift was noted to be selling off her Dassault Falcon 900LX to the tune of $40 million, igniting speculation that the singer is turning to private charters in a bid to beef up her privacy. She has not weighed in to correct the matter, leading to plenty of conjecture. Her public profile has grown beyond her pop-country bonafides in the wake of a running relationship with a Super Bowl-bound NFL player Travis Kelce has put Swift on the radar of many, particularly the hall monitors of carbon emissions.

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US Army Guillotines Scout Helo Program

Ukraine War Shows Little Room for Delicate Manned Aircraft in Close-Range ISR Roles

The US Army has announced the elimination of Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft, putting to rest a light scout helicopter that was hoped to replace Bell's OH-58 Kiowa. The OH-6 has officially outlasted just about every one of its challengers, despite decades of prospective replacement from 'big Army'. The Kiowa entered service as a light, agile, single-engine helo in Army service, a sibling to the Bell JetRanger 206A. Successive enhancements to the type kept the Kiowa in service through most of GWOT, only being retired from service entirely after years of mothballing and selective retirement for older, more tired airframes.

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Warrant Officers Back in Fashion

Old-School Solution to New-School Problems

The US Air Force is mulling over a return to the Warrant Officer program, which would provide a niche technician class that slots in between the enlisted and officer ranks. The planning order describing a return of the Warrant Officer role included it among "new ways to develop and retain a "highly capable, technologically capable corps of air-minded warfighters". The document stems from the Air University, and was released as unclassified in the last week of January. It began making the rounds when those with the sense to understand the culture shift began passing it around. Currently, everything is theoretical, and far from set into motion. Aviators will not be drawn from the Warrant Officer cadre,

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De Havilland Canada Purchases Field Aviation

Second Acquisition Made By De Havilland Canada In The Past Several Months

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited has purchased the assets and ongoing business of Field Aviation Company Inc's Calgary, Alberta based aircraft parts manufacturing operations, continuing to grow their Western Canadian manufacturing footprint. This is the second acquisition made by De Havilland Canada in the past several months, having recently acquired Mid-Canada Mod Centre and Avionics Design Services Inc. in Ontario in late 2023. These acquisitions will reportedly allow De Havilland Canada to grow our manufacturing, engineering and avionics design capacity to meet growing global customer demand.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 02.02.24: 2 More DeltaHawks!, ArkanSTOL Delay, Van's

Also: Dynon Van's Support, More Rotor X Details, ForeFlight Voyager App, 'Jetson Bill'

DeltaHawk Engines is pumping things up... and has added two new higher horsepower engine models to its family of jet-fueled piston engines. Both of the new engines are based upon the architecture of the company's DHK180, which was FAA Certified in April 2023 and is now being readied for production ahead of anticipated deliveries later this year. The ArkanSTOL organizers tell ANN that the “Ozark Backwoods Challenge” grew from an idea around a campfire to a one-of-a-kind aviation event that has wildly exceeded our expectations. The executive te

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 02.02.24: 2 More DeltaHawks!, ArkanSTOL Delay, Van's

Also: Dynon Van's Support, More Rotor X Details, ForeFlight Voyager App, 'Jetson Bill'

DeltaHawk Engines is pumping things up... and has added two new higher horsepower engine models to its family of jet-fueled piston engines. Both of the new engines are based upon the architecture of the company's DHK180, which was FAA Certified in April 2023 and is now being readied for production ahead of anticipated deliveries later this year. The ArkanSTOL organizers tell ANN that the “Ozark Backwoods Challenge” grew from an idea around a campfire to a one-of-a-kind aviation event that has wildly exceeded our expectations. The executive te

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GAMA Notes Senate Committee Advancing FAA Reauthorization

"We Are Particularly Pleased To See That The Bill Includes Provisions To Improve The FAA’s Rulemaking Process..."

Late last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization bill (S. 1939). General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) President and CEO, Pete Bunce, released the following statement regarding the committee’s passage of the bill:  “It is encouraging to see the Senate take this critical step towards passing a long-term FAA Reauthorization bill. Congress must ensure that the FAA and Administrator Whitaker have the tools needed to support operational and programmatic direction that can facilitate the aviation sector’s

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.01.24: AMT Programs, Helo 101 Book, AL Av College

Also: Coulson Aviation ATO, Western Nevada College, Cabri G2 Emergency AD, NetJets Skirmishing

Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, Massachusetts is joining the number of schools expanding their operations to address the shortage of qualified aeronautical personnel. The school is a 4-year tech high school serving the local communities of Andover, Lawrence, and Methuen, and they're moving into a new hangar at the Lawrence Municipal Airport to provide instruction regarding aircraft maintenance. Kenny Keller, a 23-year rotary wing instruction veteran, has published his own take on teaching students to meet and exceed PPL standards in helicopter operatio

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NTSB Prelim: Ostroth Thane L Cozy MK IV

The Airplane Appeared To Increase In Speed, While It Was “Dipping And Turning.”

On January 14, 2024, about 1905 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Cozy MK IV, N656TE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Half Moon Bay, California. The pilot and 2 passengers were fatally injured, and 1 passenger is missing and presumed to be fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Multiple witnesses in the area reported hearing the airplane flying near their location. One witness reported that while dining outside, north of the Half Moon Bay Airport (HAF), they heard the airplane, and saw it shortly after.

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Klyde Morris (02.09.24)

Klyde Bemoans The Never-Ending Search For Amelia...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Classic Aero-TV: SAFE's Doug Stewart -- Leading the Flight Training Reformation

From 2011 (YouTube Version): Looking At Rebuilding The Art and Craft Of Flight Instruction

One of the few bright lights of 2009-2010 was the rise of SAFE... an uncommon new aviation association that seems to be on the road to DOING THINGS rather than just bragging about how good they are. Born of the political strife that resulted during the NAFI/EAA melt-down, we have come to find that th leading personalities in SAFE are some of the most dedicated flye

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.11.24)

Aero Linx: Chicago Executive Pilots Association The Palwaukee Airport Pilots Association (PAPA) was formed in 1987 as a forum for the users of PWK. To acknowledge the airport’s new name, we became Chicago Executive Pilots Association. Our mission was and continues to be to promote the safety of operations and continued development of Chicago Executive Airport (formerly known as Palwaukee) in a fraternal environment with the pilots, users, and the community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.11.24): Circle-To-Land Maneuver

Circle-To-Land Maneuver A maneuver initiated by the pilot to align the aircraft with a runway for landing when a straight-in landing from an instrument approach is not possible or is not desirable. At tower controlled airports, this maneuver is made only after ATC authorization has been obtained and the pilot has established required visual reference to the airport.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.11.24)

"Field's Calgary operations will be integrated into our own manufacturing operations and will play a vital role in our desire to improve our in-house supply chain and ensure our customers have the parts they need, when they need them."

Source: Brian Chafe, CEO, De Havilland Canada, explaining the rationale behind the company's second acquisition in the last few months. Field Aviation Company Inc's Calgary, Alberta based aircraft parts manufacturing operations currently manufactures parts for De Havilland Canada

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