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March 13, 2024

Airborne 03.13.24: We Fly Deltahawk!, Kite Magnetics eTrainer, Pulsejet!

 Also: FAA's New Budget, EUTELSAT Via BelugaST, SnF Warbirds, 2025 World Games Drone Race

 
 
ANN had an exceptional opportunity this week, with a chance to get a little operational experience flying an aircraft equipped with the Deltahawk DHK180 aviation diesel engine. The flight down from Racine, WI, the day before, covered a total of 818 NM, at an average 148 Kts True Airspeed and a total fuel burn of 45 gallons of Jet A -- nonstop. CKD Aero has partnered up with Kite Magnetics to create the Dakota e-Hawk, the “world’s most cost-effective two-seat electric aircraft”. The e-Hawk is intended to be the first in a lineup of kit aircraft using Kite’s KM-60 electric engine and running gear. The KM-60 is much like an o

ANN Flies The Deltahawk Diesel

Recent Trip Covered A Total Of 818 Nm, At An Average 148 Kts True Airspeed And A Total Fuel Burn Of 45 Gallons Of Jet A

ANN had an exceptional opportunity this week, with a chance to get a little operational experience flying an aircraft equipped with the Deltahawk DHK180 aviation diesel engine. The experience was fascinating... and keep in mind that the aircraft we flew was an experimental test vehicle with a prototype engine in an airplane that was normally equipped with 30 more horsepower than what was listed for the DHK180 -- and we didn't seem to be missing it much. So... solid data is yet to come... and will have to wait until the engine matures to a production version... which shouldn't be long now.

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NATA Chapped at Biden Tax Proposals

5x Increase in Jet Fuel Tax Pops Eyeballs at NATA

The NATA (National Air Transportation Association) is unhappy with some of the general aviation tax provisions published in the White House's FY2025 Budget -- as they should be. The group put out a statement regarding President Biden's budget plans, pointing out the beneficial effects of general aviation on the economic landscape. The most distressing aspect of the change would be an increase to the jet fuel tax, which would add up to a 500% increase over a 5-year ramp-up span. Looking back, NATA even checked on a similar change in the past, when a tax shift removed billions of dollars from the Airport and Airways Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund. Even one small change ultimately carved aw

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United to Pause Hiring, Too

Boeing's Failed Delivery Schedule Continues to Impact Wider Industry

United Airlines will similarly pause pilot hiring like its Boeing-family companion Southwest, citing the continued delivery delays from the manufacturer. United won't be expanding its fleet as planned, leaving it with a large, swollen pilot base following its hiring bonanza in 2021 and beyond. Now that the industry has filled up a lot of seats, carriers feel they have enough personnel to weather through the rest of the year, even accounting for attrition. United Airlines' VP of flight operations Mar Champion said that new hire classes would be paused in May and June, possibly to resume sometime in July.

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Barnstorming: The Aviation World--A Demonstration of Well-Organized Chaos Theory

A Plan, Of Sorts, Has Been Brewing For Quite A While... And I Think It May Be Time To Act

By ANN/CEO Jim Campbell... With Inspiration From The Thousands Of Amazing Aviators Who Have Shaped My Life What an intriguing, if conflicting, few weeks... I came home, several weeks ago, from a Veteran Cemetery after a dear friend lost his wife of nearly 60 years... so we endured the sadness while in a beautiful location dedicated to the memory of those whose hopes and dreams once served our nation so well... and as such, it was hard not to be pretty introspective on the quiet ride home. I spent most of it telling my dear wife Masako, of countless, now departed friends, with whom I shared so much and still, to th

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NASA/SpaceX Crew 7 Return To Earth After 199 Days

Crew-7 Mission Lifted Off At 0327, 07.26.23, On A Falcon 9

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 completed the agency’s seventh commercial crew rotation mission to the International Space Station on Tuesday after splashing down safely in a Dragon spacecraft off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. The international crew of four spent 199 days in orbit. NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, returned to Earth splashing down at 5:47 a.m. EDT. Teams aboard SpaceX recovery vessels retrieved the spacecraft and its crew. After returning to shore, the crew will fly to NASA’s Johnson Space Cen

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Another Aircraft Parts Bust Leads To Guilty Plea

Two Florida Residents Plead Guilty to Conspiring to Sell and Export Aircraft Parts with Counterfeit Airworthiness Approval Tags

The US Atty tells ANN that on March 6, Daniel Navarro, 50, of Miami Lakes, Florida, the former Vice President of, Sofly Aviation Services (Sofly), an aviation parts distribution company, and Jorge Guerrero, 71, of Hialeah, Florida, a Procurement & Asset Management Specialist for Sofly, both pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. “The prosecutors in our office, alongside our Department of Defense and Department of Transportation partners, are committed to protecting foreign and domestic airlines from people peddling aircraft parts that they falsely and dangerously claim to be ai

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Airborne-NextGen 03.05.24: Skydio Defends, TRU VR Sim, AMA Authorized

Also: HAI Becomes VAI, Blimps Are Back, ERAU Partnership, General Atomics

Skydio announced that customers have begun receiving the first of its X10D, its flagship defense and government drone. The announcement follows the successful rollout of the older X2D, which has seen thousands of systems delivered across the USA and its allies around the world. Textron's Bell Flight Training Academy will be using a brand new type of Virtual Reality Flight Simulator at their flagship location, with a brand-new Veris VR Flight Simulator. The unit was recently shown off at the HAI Heli-Expo 2024, offering clients a clean-sheet design that combines a traditional

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Airborne 03.06.24: Piper M700 Cert!, Spitir/JetBlue NoGo, SWA Pauses Hires

Also: Airbus Helicopters at HAI, USPA Summit, TRU Simulation, Scalewings Debuts 2

Piper Aircraft’s new M700 Fury achieved type certification by the FAA on February 29, 2024. The swift bird has a maximum cruise speed of 301 knots and a maximum range of 1,424 nautical miles. It is equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PT6A-52 engine generating 700 shaft horsepower and the latest G3000 cockpit. The would-be merger between JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines is done for good, since the carriers fail to see a way where it could be completed within the shareholders' agreed-upon July 24th deadline. Despite their attempt to expediently handle the appea

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International Training Op... French AF Crew Trains At USCGAS Barbers Point

Seven-Member Team, Comprised Of Three Pilots And Four Crew Members, Flies A CN235 Casa Aircraft

A crew from the French Air Force arrived at Air Station Barbers Point on March 4, 2024, for a week-long subject matter exchange with U.S. Coast Guard aircrews. The seven-member team, comprised of three pilots and four crew members, is stationed in French Polynesia, Tahiti, and flies a CN235 Casa aircraft; during their visit, they participated in various activities designed to enhance their aviation proficiency and build professional relationships with their Coast Guard counterparts.

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Airborne-NextGen 03.05.24: Skydio Defends, TRU VR Sim, AMA Authorized

Also: HAI Becomes VAI, Blimps Are Back, ERAU Partnership, General Atomics

Skydio announced that customers have begun receiving the first of its X10D, its flagship defense and government drone. The announcement follows the successful rollout of the older X2D, which has seen thousands of systems delivered across the USA and its allies around the world. Textron's Bell Flight Training Academy will be using a brand new type of Virtual Reality Flight Simulator at their flagship location, with a brand-new Veris VR Flight Simulator. The unit was recently shown off at the HAI Heli-Expo 2024, offering clients a clean-sheet design that combines a traditional

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Classic Aero-TV: The Ever-Evolving AirCam - Raising the Bar Higher Than Ever

From 2019 (YouTube Version): New AirCam Option Allows For The Installation Of A Third Seat

The recently announced Aircam 'Gen-3' model airframe now has the option of incorporating a third seat located behind the second seat as well as a 220-pound gross weight increase from the current 1,680-pound max gross weight -- totaling up to 1,900 pounds. The new jump seat can be readily converted between cargo usage or the carrying of a third passenger. And yes; the full enclosure canopy can be added to the Gen-3 AirCam with the third seat -- which Lockwood not

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NTSB Final Report: Aviat Aircraft Inc A-1A

As The Airplane Reached Mid-Field, It Made A Climbing Right Turn Over The Trees And Disappeared From The Camera View

Analysis: A video of the accident flight showed the airplane departed runway 35 and became airborne within the first half of the runway. As the airplane reached mid-field, it made a climbing right turn over the trees and disappeared from the camera view. The airplane impacted terrain shortly thereafter. The sound of the engine running can be heard throughout the video. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of any preexisting mechanical malfunction that would have precluded normal operation. A review of weight and balance information showed that, at the time of departure, the airplane was

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.24)

Aero Linx: Lighthawk LightHawk conservation staff seek out projects and partners where we know we can make a significant contribution. We then serve as consultants, co-designing flight campaigns to achieve relevant and important conservation outcomes, educational objectives and outreach strategies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.24): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen's meteorological information (AIRMET/WA), graphical airmen's meteorological information (G-AIRMET) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms that are rapidly developing and increasing in intensity, or low ceilings and visibilities that are becoming widespread which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.13.24)

“During last week’s State of the Union address, President Biden spoke passionately about our country’s freedom, future possibilities, and job growth—all attributes fostered by our essential industry. Rather than singling out general aviation, the Administration’s first priority should be creating and preserving an environment in which aviation continues to facilitate business growth and contributes to the national economy. NATA opposes such an increase in fuel taxes for these private, noncommercial operators. In addition, we are concerned that the Biden Administration is failing to account for the billions of business aviation tax dollars that are diverted from the Airport and Airways Trust Fund (AATF) into the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). Such di

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