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November 29, 2022

Two Rescued from Mooney Trapped in Maryland Powerlines

Incident Under Investigation

Two people were rescued in the wee hours of Monday, 28 November 2022 from a Mooney M20J trapped in live powerlines near Gaithersburg, Maryland. In addition to serious but non-life-threatening injuries, the individuals—identified by Maryland State Police as pilot Patrick Merkle, 65, of Washington, D.C., and passenger Janet Williams, 66, of Marrero, Louisiana—suffered hypothermia during the six-hours they remained trapped in the badly damaged aircraft following its impact with a powerline tower in the vicinity of Montgomery County Airpark (GAI).

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Aero-TV: Gogo 5G Network Nears Deployment

The Turn of a Friendly Chip

Gogo 5G is about the ambitious business of building the world’s first 5G network exclusively for business aviation. The company’s AVANCE L5 5G architecture promises to afford air-travelers greater connectivity and data transfer rate across more devices than extant systems. Specifically, Gogo 5G is expected to deliver an average of approximately 25-megabytes-per-second (Mbps), with peak-speeds in the 75-80 Mbps range. To address the increasing demand for data-heavy interactive services the likes of video conferencing, the network has been designed to deliver high throughput with low latency.

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Climate Extremists Disrupt Berlin (BER) Flight Operations

Of Lashes Spared and Children Spoiled

On Thursday, 24 November 2022, members of The Last Generation, a student-led group of environmental extremists, breached the perimeter of Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport (BER) for purpose of gluing themselves to the airport’s tarmac in protest of both greenhouse gas emissions attributable to commercial aviation and the German government’s alleged inaction on climate change. The incursions forced the suspension of flight operations for nearly two-hours.

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Canadian Twin Otter Crash Report Released

Another Incident, Another Lesson in Checklist Adherence

Canada's Transportation Safety Board has published a safety investigation report regarding a 2021 incident involving an Air Tindi Twin Otter that went down due to fuel starvation. The de Havilland DHC-6-300, C-GNPS, left Yellowknife Airport in the Northwest Territories on a VFR flight to Fort Simpson Airport. The flight carried 2 pilots and 3 passengers. The flight proceeded as normal until crews noticed an insufficient fuel state to complete the planned flight.

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Airborne 11.21.22: Balloon Medical Regs, Area 51 Website Raid, A/C Registration

Also: Dutch Court Rules On Malaysia Downing, Air Cargo To Double?, Airbus A330 SAF, Alto's 100th

After negative media attention following a somewhat unique 2016 commercial balloon ride accident, the FAA has adopted a final rule requiring commercial hot-air balloon pilots to hold medical certificates when flying paying passengers. The rule mandates a second-class medical certificate, the same standard required for other commercial pilots. Agents of the Air Force and FBI raided two homes owned by Joerg Arnu, the proprietor and webmaster of Dreamland Resort, a website that focuses on Area 51. Arnu reported that his homes in Las Vegas and Rachel, Nevada had

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Delta to Obtain 737 Drag Reduction Kits from Aero Design

Airline to Procure up to 211 Kits for 737NG Fleet

Aero Design Labs and Delta Air Lines have signed a memorandum of understanding for a joint effort to certify the Boeing 737-800 and 737-900 aircraft as installed with ADRS drag reduction kits. The drag reduction kits certification program on the 737-800 is anticipated to commence in Q1, 2023, followed by the 737-900 in the second half of 2023.

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Northrop Grumman Selected to Aid UH-60 Flight Deck Modernization

DoD Program Will Provide UH-60V Cockpit Redesign for Helicopters Throughout Armed Services

Northrop Grumman has been tapped to provide its engineering services for a Department of Defense program to modernize the UH-60V. The 5-year program falls under the Information Analysis Center’s (DoD IAC)'s multiple-award contract vehicle, where Grumman will assist with the KBR-led effort to refine the helicopter's flight deck to provide decades of useful service life.

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EAA's Flight at the Museum Set for March 11

Event Offers Drinks, Music, and Food Under the Wings of Classic Aircraft

Next year's "Flight at the Museum" has been scheduled for March 11th, offering supporters a reception, multi-course dinner, and entertainment as they support EAA educational programs. The event, designed in the flavor of an upscale "food & drink experience", pairs TJ’s Highland Steakhouse of Oshkosh alongside a variety of beverages from Stone Arch Brewery of Appleton, Wisconsin. During the pre-dinner reception, premium beers from almost 2 dozen breweries will be available for sampling alongside a variety of hors d’oeuvres.

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New Racing-Inspired Quadcopter Scouts, Maps, and Kills

Elbit Takes Small Step Towards Totally Not-Terrifying UAV Hunter-Killer Swarms

Elbit Systems unveiled the Lanius, a small racing-derived quadcopter designed to locate, identify, and destroy dismounted personnel. The small, lightweight system builds on civilian racing drones as a base for a highly maneuverable, lightweight, and screaming fast little UAV. Of course, sane people everywhere are understandably leery of the idea of a fully autonomous drone floating around, looking to identify "hostile" personnel and engaging whatever it pleases, given the overall middling state of AI performance today.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna T210

He Attempted To Increase Engine Power, But The Engine Did Not Respond

On October 27, 2022, about 2007 central daylight time, a Cessna T210M, N36X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Worth Spinks Airport (FWS), Burleson, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part91 corporate flight. The pilot reported that the flight was initiated from the Columbus Airport, Columbus, Georgia (CSG), about 0350, with the fuel selector on the right fuel tank.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.29.22)

Aero Linx: African Airline Association Vision: A sustainable, interconnected and affordable Air Transport industry in Africa where African Airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development. Mission: To promote, serve African airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.29.22): Instrument Approach Procedure

Instrument Approach Procedure A series of predetermined maneuvers for the orderly transfer of an aircraft under instrument flight conditions from the beginning of the initial approach to a landing or to a point from which a landing may be made visually. It is prescribed and approved for a specific airport by competent authority.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.29.22)

"To promote a generational collective initiative to protect our earth (sic), and to build a more substantial future, through popularizing reaching out to policy makers, maintaining an open forum to discuss issues pertinent to marginalized communities, and by enforcing these ideals through motivating students to delegitimize the stereotype that they are too young to make a tangible change to our society." Source: The mission statement of The Last Generation, a student-led organization inclined to the tedious artifice of adorning terrorism in the raiments of activism -- the same idiots who brought air traffic to a halt by gluing themselves to an active runway at Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport.

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