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November 24, 2022

Helicopter Crews Uninjured in San Diego Mid-Air Collision

Seahawk and Blackhawk Land Safely

Two helicopters—a U.S. Navy MH-60R Seahawk and a privately owned UH-60A Firehawk used by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to fight fires—suffered a mid-air collision over Brown Field (SDM) in San Diego's Otay Mesa neighborhood. The incident occurred Tuesday, 22 November 2022 at approximately 17:50 PST. Both aircraft and the entirety of their combined five crew-members—by dint of a baffling surfeit of good fortune—landed safely.

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FAA Proposes Rules to Advance eVTOL Air-Taxi Operations

Up, Up, and a Way

Notwithstanding widespread belief that type certification of commercial electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicles remains years off, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has proposed a series of new rules by which the agency proposes to hasten the actualization of commercial electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) air-taxi operations.

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North Carolina News Helicopter Accident Claims Two Lives

WBTV Personnel Mourn Meteorologist and Pilot

Two people lost their lives when a news helicopter operated by WBTV—a North Carolina CBS affiliate television station—went down approximately six-nautical-miles southwest of Charlotte near the intersection of Interstate 77 and Nations Ford Road. Local police report no street-vehicles were involved in the accident. The downed aircraft, a 1999 Robinson R44 (N7094J) known colloquially as Sky3, was owned by Metro Networks Communications Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.

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USAF KC-46 Sets Endurance Record

New Hampshire to New Hampshire by way of Guam

In November 2022, a KC-46 Pegasus crew flew a 36-hour non-stop mission spanning more than 13,903-nautical-miles. The aircraft departed Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire and traveled west over the continental United States, then on to Hawaii and Guam before reversing course and retracing its path to New Hampshire. The flight stands as the longest Air Mobility Command (AMC) mission to date.

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Klyde Morris (11.21.22)

Klyde's Got A Weird Take On Dealing With The Holiday...


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Avfuel Expands Sustainable Fuel in Colorado

Atlantic Aviation Set for Distribution at KASE, KMTJ, KHDN, and KRIL

Avfuel and Atlantic Aviation have built on their existing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) agreement to provide inventory at a handful of Colorado facilities. The duo has been stocking Neste's MY SAF fuel product at Atlantic’s Aspen facility (KASE) since the spring of 2021, and the recent addition will expand that supply to Atlantic’s Montrose (KMTJ), Hayden/Steamboat (KHDN) and Aspen/Rifle (KRIL) FBOs. Neste - not to be confused with the cookie manufacturer Nestlé - says its MY SAF boasts one of the highest average blend ratios available in business aviation, about 30:70 SAF to petroleum jet fuel.

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Classic Aero-TV: FACTS Saves Lives - Aircare International’s Emergency Training

From 2020 (YouTube Version): Aircare International Has Been Elevating In-Flight Safety For More Than 40 Years

For over 40 years, Aircare FACTS Training has been providing human factor-based emergency procedures training for pilots, flight engineers, flight attendants, other cabin crew and executive frequent flyers. Aircare FACTS Training offers a variety of research-based programs, specifically designed to meet the needs of business aviation and public/military aircraft, especially those looking to meet the cabin safety requirements outlined in FAR Part 135.331.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 152

Unable To Reach The Nearest Airport, A Field Was Selected For A Forced Landing

On November 13, 2022, about 0950 central standard time, a Cessna 152 airplane, N222UM, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Manchester, Michigan. The flight instructor and student pilot were uninjured. The flight was being operated as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The flight instructor stated that while in cruise flight with the engine rpm about 2,400 he “felt the power drop.” He then noticed the rpm decrease to about 1,300.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.22): IFR Takeoff Minimums And Departure Procedures

IFR Takeoff Minimums And Departure Procedures   Procedures Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, prescribes standard takeoff rules for certain civil users. At some airports, obstructions or other factors require the establishment of nonstandard takeoff minimums, departure procedures, or both to assist pilots in avoiding obstacles during climb to the minimum en route altitude. Those airports are listed in FAA/DOD Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) Charts under a section entitled “IFR Takeoff Minimums and Departure Procedures.” The FAA/DOD IAP chart legend illustrates the symbol used to alert the pilot to nonstandard takeoff minimums and departure procedures. Whe

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.22)

Aero Linx: The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation   The LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation was established to provide financial support and encouragement to young people, with an interest in aviation, to pursue professional flight instruction leading to certification as a private pilot. On September 11, 2001, LeRoy was flying with Captain Jason Dahl on United Flight 93. Based on information from several sources, LeRoy and Jason were the first to fight against the terrorist threat to the airplane. LeRoy has received many awards and citations posthumously, for his actions on Flight 93: the Congress Of Racial Equality – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Co

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.24.22)

"Tonight, an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter attached to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 made an emergency landing at Brown Field in San Diego after experiencing a collision with a helicopter assigned to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection during a flight for a night training event. Both aircraft landed safely and there were no injuries to personnel. The incident is under investigation.”   Source: Ensign Bryan Blair, spokesman for Commander, Naval Air Forces, summarizing the amazing mid-air between two two helicopters that resulted in NO injuries.

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