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November 30, 2022

Envoy Offers $100K in Pilot's Pockets Before Training

As Pilot Retention Gains Importance, Low-Time Pilots Have a Chance to Make Some Hay

Envoy is sweetening the deal for new hire pilots, offering up to $100,000 of bonus money for those with the kind of logbook the airline is looking for. For those pilots who receive a conditional job offer until December 31, 2022, the full amount of the bonuses (less taxes, of course) will be paid out on the day prior to the pilot's reporting to training. The catch? Pilots will have to have a good deal of Part 121 flight time under their belt.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 11.22.22: Archer Midnight, UAV Organ Transport, Eco Caravan

Also: ‘Airborne-NextGen’ Coming Soon, XQ-58 Autonomous Aircraft, ispace Mission 1, Cornwall Spaceport

Archer Aviation has unveiled its production aircraft, Midnight, a pilot-plus-four-passenger eVTOL aircraft during its Open House event in Palo Alto, CA. Midnight is the evolution of Archer’s demonstrator eVTOL aircraft, Maker, which has validated its twelve-tilt-six configuration and key enabling technologies. A group of three organ procurement organizations—San Antonio’s Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA), Houston’s LifeGift, and Oklahoma City’s LifeShare—have teamed with the Matador Unmanned Aerial System Con

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Aero-TV: Stratos 716X Jet Defies Convention

Oregon Company Seeks to Redefine Jet Set

Developed by an engineering team comprising veterans of aircraft design and certification programs at Bombardier, Cessna, Icon, Piper, SyberJet, Epic, Glasair, Kestrel, and Lancair, Redmond, Oregon-based Stratos Aircraft’s 716X affords owners/pilots the satisfaction of building a high-performance experimental jet that—though ineligible for certification as a normal category airplane—meets the requirements of FAR Part 23.2005 Level 2 [2 to 6 occupants], high-speed airplanes [VMO >250 KCAS or MMO >0.6 Mach].

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Dassault to Display Falcon 8X at MEBAA 2022

Gulf Region Expected to Continue its Love Affair With French BizJets

Dassault will be showing off its Falcon 8X at this year's Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show and exhibition. The long-range trijet has continued to prove popular in the Gulf region, given its long range and additional redundancy. Large cabin Falcons like the Falcon 8X make up a third of the 75 Dassault aircraft operating in the area, allowing owners to split the difference between a long-legged aircraft and a short field performer.

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Australian TV Star Faces Charges Related to Helicopter Accident

Suspect’s Costar Killed in February 2022 Mishap

Matt Wright, star of the Australian reality television series Outback Wrangler, is facing charges of perverting the course of justice, destruction of evidence, fabricating evidence, interfering with witnesses, and unlawful entry in connection with a 28 February 2022 helicopter accident that claimed the life of his series co-star, Chris “Willow” Wilson. Wright denies any wrongdoing and states he will mount a vigorous defense against the charges. 

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Rolls Royce Static Fires Hydrogen Aircraft Engine

Much Ado About H2

Rolls-Royce, the British aerospace and defense company and world’s second-largest maker of aircraft engines (after General Electric), has partnered with easyJet, the British low-cost airline group, to convert and run a modern, gas-turbine aircraft engine on hydrogen—and in so doing set a milestone in aerospace propulsion. The ground static-fire test of a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A engine was conducted at England’s Royal Air Force Boscombe Down military air base.

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Snoopy Hitches a Ride on Artemis Test Flight

NASA Sports a Low-Tech Solution to a High-Tech Problem with Plush Zero-G Indicator

Photography from a recent Artemis I test flight showed a familiar sight for attentive space enthusiasts, with a small stuffed Snoopy along for the ride. Fans of the NASA space program are familiar with the little dog, Snoopy, an invention of Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schult. The character has been a sort of semi-official mascot for NASA, a running reference to the heyday of space travel.

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European Space Program Selects First Disabled Astronaut Recruit

New Crop of Would-Be Astronauts Builds on Agency's Next-Gen Accommodation Goals

John McFall made history this year as the first physically disabled astronaut, brought on as one of the European Space Agency's new crop of recruits. McFall joins 16 new faces from across the EU, picked from about 22,500 applicants as the ESA ran its first open casting call in more than a decade. The 41-year-old said he hopes that his selection will help to inspire others to try for their dreams, too. His position as an amputee will be part of an effort to gauge the feasibility of disability in space travel, allowing the ESA to build experience in spaceborne accommodations for people outside the able-bodied norm that astronauts have long been required to fit.

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Court Dismisses 737 MAX Lawsuit Against Boeing & Southwest Airlines

Federal Appeals Court Ruling Bolsters 737 MAX Recovery

A federal appeals court has rejected a class-action lawsuit accusing Boeing and Southwest Airlines of suppressing knowledge of the 737 MAX’s design flaws, thereby placing the flying public in harm’s way. Originally filed in 2019 subsequent the grounding of the 737 Max fleet amongst allegations that Boeing had long been aware of defects with the aircraft’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software—the lawsuit alleged that Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, Boeing’s largest 737 Max customer, was likewise aware of the MCAS’s shortcomings and opted to conceal subject knowledge from the public.

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NTSB Prelim: Eclipse Aerospace Inc EA500

When The Pilot Applied Brake Pressure The Airplane Did Not Appear To Significantly Decelerate

On November 3, 2022, about 1915 mountain standard time, an Eclipse Aerospace EA500, N150NE, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Mesa, Arizona. The pilot and co-pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 post-maintence positioning flight. Both pilots reported that after an uneventful flight, they began configuring the airplane for the landing approach into the 5,100 ft-long 22L runway at Falcon Field Airport (KFFZ).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.30.22)

Aero Linx: The International Ryan Club The International Ryan Club is a community dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of pre-WWII Ryan aircraft. Help us keep the Ryan flyin! Members enjoy access to a network of Ryan enthusiasts, technical resources, vintage publications and the ability to post questions, events, news, photos, and classified ads to community forums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.22): Intermediate Landing

Intermediate Landing On the rare occasion that this option is requested, it should be approved. The departure center, however, must advise the ATCSCC so that the appropriate delay is carried over and assigned at the intermediate airport. An intermediate landing airport within the arrival center will not be accepted without coordination with and the approval of the ATCSCC.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.30.22)

“In sum, plaintiffs have not plausibly alleged any concrete injury. They concededly have suffered no physical harm. They have offered no plausible theory of economic harm.”

Source: The statement of an Appeals Court in a class-action lawsuit accusing Boeing and Southwest Airlines of suppressing knowledge of the 737 MAX’s design flaws, thereby placing the flying public in harm’s way.

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