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May 29, 2024

Airborne-Flight Training 05.29.24: Coe College, NetJets Issues, Wayman Financing

 Also: VA Scholarships, Certification Standards, 'Staff the Towers', Women in Aviation Advisory

In partnership with Revv Aviation and the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), Coe College is opening a new flight school and aviation management program. Those interested in becoming a professional pilot can complete their certification while enrolled as students within Coe's new aviation management concentration. Just as they got themselves a new contract, things spiraled out of control as the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots claimed, "Managers use intimidation, aggressive interrogation tactics to silence the Union's voice." Scarcely a few weeks passed since the parties sat down at the bargaining table and inked a 5-year pil

Warbird Pilot Caps Off 500 Hours of B-29 PIC Time

'Doc' Has a Busy Season Ahead of Itself Heading Into Summer

The warbird community celebrated Mark Novak, Chief Pilot of their B-29 'Doc', and his accomplishment of racking up 500 hours in the vintage bomber. On top of that, Novak built up more than 300 hours of time flying the other B-29 'Fifi', making him the modern era's most experienced B-29 pilot. In celebrating the milestone, the details surrounding how one goes about becoming the world's foremost captain of a nearly extinct type certificate, unsurprisingly starts with 'who you know' like any cool piloting job.

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Lakeland Linder Approves Concessions at Airport

With Commercial Service on the Way, Aerospace Center for Excellence Sets Up Terminal Shop

The Airspace Center for Excellence has been given the blessing to begin operating Lakeland Linder International Airport's first concessions store, riding on the tail of new commercial service by Avelo Airlines. Evidently, there weren't too many bidders for the opportunity, with most in the area eschewing what they believed is a non-starter. The approving body came by way of Lakeland commissioners, who voted unanimously to approve the Center's lease agreement. Airport Director Kris Hallstrand admitted that despite their best efforts... nobody really wanted 'in', aside from ACE.

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Classic Aero-TV: The New Extra NG Aerobat--Walter Extra Raises The Aerobatic Bar

From 2019 (YouTube Version): The Extra NG Is 'A Whole New Dimension Of Aerobatic Aircraft

Extra Aircraft unveiled its next generation of aerobatic aircraft during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The company says the Extra NG is "a whole new dimension of aerobatic aircraft", featuring an all-carbon rigid base frame - a first in aerobatic aviation history. The airplane truly represents a "quantum leap forward" by offering its owner not just a stunningly beautiful silhouette, but also an ergonomically advanced cockpit. It is designed for maximum pi

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Midnight eVTOL Certification Criteria Finalized

One Step Closer, But Many More to Go...

Archer Aviation has finalized the criteria for final airworthiness certification of the Midnight aircraft, laying out the path to come as they look to dive into the eVTOL market. The Midnight eVTOL has been given an updated, final set of airworthiness criteria by the FAA, which is a "significant regulatory milestone" but still a ways off from being production-ready. Archer does proudly note that it's one of only "two companies in the world to achieve this certification progress with the FAA for an eVTOL aircraft," helping to cement their position at the head of the pack.

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Hangar Company Fires and Sues NATA CEO

Lawsuit Describes Nightmare of Intertwined Businesses

Long Beach Airport is home to some juicy gossip lately, after the Aeroplex and Aerolease Group fired their CEO and began a highly visible, contentious legal duel in the public eye. The outgoing CEO is a somewhat notable industry face in his own right, Curt Castagna, who led Aeroplex as CEO of its expansive hangar and office leasing operations. Castagna is involved in a good deal of industry advocacy, too, working with the local Long Beach Airport Association, Van Nuys Airport Association, and National Air Transportation Associations. Castagna wears many hats, being the president and CEO of NATA, and a co-chair in the EAGLE initiative. 

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Recent Falcon 9 Launch Breaks Delivery Records

Falcon 9 Reusability Emphasized with 21-Time Veteran

SpaceX has really been driving home the concept of reusability for its Falcon series of rockets, with its recent Starlink mission account for the 21st launch for that particular spacecraft. It's a testament to the level of engineering and dedication they had to bring to the table, not to mention the attractive cost savings that come with reusing expensive space assets. In the old days, rockets were one-time use, costlier than even expensive aircraft by an order of magnitude, and about as long-lived as a Dixie cup moldering on a dorm room shelf (about 3 to 6 months, depending on how frequent room inspections are.) That particular Falcon 9 was Booster 1062, which managed to deliver 23 more V2 mini

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EBAA's Passenger Name Record Case Bears Fruit

Polish Court Weighs in On Passenger Name Record Issue

The European Business Aviation Association has taken a victory lap regarding a successful legal victory in Poland, establishing a "historic precedent for the Passenger Name Record (PNR) issue in the country." It was the first 'PNR case' heard in Poland, setting a precedent to shape enforcement into the future. The case in question was brought by an air carrier in the business sector, fined by the Polish Border Guard for allegedly violating PNR law on the books. Poland's Supreme Administrative Court agreed with the plaintiffs, reversing the judgment of the lower court and annulled the decision imposing the fine, aligning its ruling with the provisions of the European Directive 2016/681 (PNR Dire

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NTSB Prelim: M-Squared Aircraft Inc Breese

Wreckage Was Located In A Compact Area, With The Empennage Of The Airplane Folded Forward On Top Of The Forward Section Of The Airplane

On May 17, 2024, about 1430 eastern daylight time, an M-Squared Aircraft Inc. Breese 2 airplane, N99VY, was involved in an accident near the Culpeper Regional Airport (CJR), Culpeper, Virginia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a test flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to a representative of Flying Club 1 Inc., which was the club that owned the accident airplane, the pilot planned to complete a local flight to practice air work and aerodynamic stalls.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.24)

Aero Linx: International Association of Professional Gyroplane Training (IAPGT) We are an Association of people who fly, build or regulate Gyroplanes, who have a dream of a single Gyroplane pilot licence accepted in every country around the world, and a community of Gyroplane Pilots who are free from accidents.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.24): NORDO (No Radio)

NORDO (No Radio) Aircraft that cannot or do not communicate by radio when radio communication is required are referred to as “NORDO.” 

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