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May 26, 2024

Getting Fancy... The F-16 Viper Demonstration Team Takes On A Cool Personna

USAF Releases Stunning 50th Anniversary Paint Scheme

The USAF F-16 Viper Demonstration Team unveiled a 50th anniversary paint scheme honoring the original aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., this month. The red, white and blue paint scheme was the original livery worn by the YF-16 prototype first flown in 1974. The team worked alongside the 412th Test Wing to complete the paint scheme in less than 8 weeks, a task that would usually take approximately three months.

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A4A Launches 'Staff the Towers' Campaign to Increase ATC Staffing

Last Fiscal Year, The FAA Netted Just Six Certified Controllers

Airlines for America (A4A) has launched a new campaign urging DOT and FAA to take swift action to address the nation’s urgent and dire ATC shortage... and not a moment too soon. A4A’s “Staff the Towers” campaign will be a multifaceted campaign to urge the DOT and FAA to fix the ongoing air traffic control staffing crisis the country faces. Information on this campaign will be disseminated through a new website, blog posts, newsletters, social media and other channels.

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Tennessee National Guard Rescues Hiker in Smoky Mountains

Entire Operation, From 1st First Notification To Patient Handoff, Took About Two Hours

A UH-60 Black Hawk medical flight crew from the Tennessee National Guard rescued a severely injured hiker in a remote part of Great Smoky Mountains National Park May 20. Shortly before 7 p.m., the Tennessee National Guard and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were notified that a hiker needed immediate medical assistance. The hiker was located more than 5,000 feet above sea level at Icewater Spring.

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IFALPA Counsels Caution on Singapore Airlines Flight 321 Reports

IFALPA Has Stressed The Need To Avoid Speculation As To What Happened With SQ-321

OK... no arguments with this concept... The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) is closely monitoring the developments related to the tragic incident involving Singapore Airlines Flight SQ-321, which was operating from London Heathrow to Singapore. They have expressed their deepest condolences to the loved ones of the passenger whose life was lost and added that their thoughts were also with the friends and families of the passengers and crew members that were onboard the Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

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VA Aviation College Scholarship Award Winners Announced

The Plentl, Lillard, And Scott Aviation Scholarships Are Awarded Annually To High School Seniors

The next generation of aviation professionals will soon be heading off to college – and the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and the Virginia Airport Operators Council (VAOC) are helping some of them get there. This week, three high school seniors were awarded scholarships based on their accomplishments, backgrounds and, most importantly, their aviation ambitions.

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PHI To Add The AW189 To Its Roster

PHI Opens Up The Checkbook For 12 AW189s

Leonardo and PHI have reached an agreement for 12 AW189 Helicopters starting in 2025. These are composed of firm orders as well as purchase options and include an extensive support partnership featuring a service center agreement, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) agreement, and training solutions for the AW139 and AW189 models. “Today marks another significant milestone in our longstanding partnership with Leonardo,” said Scott McCarty, CEO of PHI Group.

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So... They Were Serious -- Uncle Sam Fines Airline For Tarmac Torture

DOT Fines Volaris $300,000 

DOT has fined Volaris Airlines $300,000 for violating federal statutes and the Department’s rule prohibiting tarmac delays of four hours or more on international flights without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane. The airline was also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. “If an airline passenger is stranded on the tarmac for hours on end, they have the right to disembark from the plane—and we’re making sure airlines give passengers that opportunity,” said DOT. “This enforcement action reflects our ongoing commitment to protecting consumers and holding airlines accountable.”

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Airborne 05.17.24: Hummingbird 'Best', Cavorite Flies, Starliner Update

Also: New Shepard Targets May 19th, Gulfstream G700, Citation Ascend, FAA Reauth

Hummingbird's 300L helicopter was awarded "Best Helicopter" at the recent Sun 'n Fun fly-in, garnering some serious bragging rights for the design. Vertical Aviation took a brief moment to make a little victory lap for their Hummingbird 300L, noting its popularity around the show. Their display aircraft was completed by Frank McMullan and Vic Syracuse, who did a great job with a multi-layer black, red, and gold striped livery. It's a nice showing for a fresh addition to the world of kit helicopters. Hybrid eVTOL manufacturer, or better said, developer, showed off its

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Klyde Morris (05.24.24)

Klyde Sounds Like He's Defining An 'Influencer'


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Classic Aero-TV: Best Kept Heli-Secret??? - Cicaré at Heli-Expo 2017

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Cicaré Helicopter Displays SVH-4 Single-Seat Training Device At HAI…

Cicaré Helicopters displayed the SVH4 single-seat simulator training device at HAI 2017 in Dallas this year. Mike Creed, CEO, DEA General Aviation (USA/China) for Cicaré Helicopters, told Aero-News CEO and editor in chief Jim Campbell that the SVH-4 can be used by student pilots for up to 10 hours credit towards their FAA Private Pilot certificate. Creed said that the ground-based SVH-4 can revolutionize helicopter training, and DEA

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NTSB Prelim: Titan T51

Shortly After Takeoff, The Airplane’s Honda J35A6 Engine Lost Power And The Pilot Performed A Forced Landing

On May 12, 2024, about 1837 eastern daylight time, a Titan T-51 airplane, N260Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Novi, Michigan. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. According to preliminary information, the pilot departed from the Canton-Plymouth-Mettetal Airport (1D2), Plymouth, Michigan, on a local flight. Shortly after takeoff, the airplane’s Honda J35A6 engine lost power and the pilot performed a forced landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.26.24)

Aero Linx: National Aeronca Association We are dedicated to supporting the design and preserving the history of Aeronca aircraft. Founded by Jim Thompson and fostered by his leadership for nearly thirty years, we are now led by a Board of Directors. We meet in convention every two years at Hook Field (MWO) in Middletown, Ohio, the site of the Aeronca Corporation, where all of our post war planes were produced.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.26.24): Parallel ILS Approaches

Parallel ILS Approaches Approaches to parallel runways by IFR aircraft which, when established inbound toward the airport on the adjacent final approach courses, are radar-separated by at least 2 miles. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.24)

“The importance of this YF-16 paint scheme is celebrating 50 years of the F-16 Viper. Everyone at Edwards has a big sense of pride for not only supporting the Viper Demo Team but also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the F-16 which began right here at Edwards in 1974.” Source: Tony Accurso, 416th Flight Test Squadron logistics manager, Air Force veteran, and director for the Edwards AFB F-16 50th Anniversary event.

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