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February 04, 2022

Airborne 02.04.22: China 747 V Baggage, Fusion 212, Able Flight!

Also: Pilot Cautions Over Ukraine, National Aviation Academy, Super Bowl v Drones, Ethiopian MAX
A China Airlines 747-400F made a show out of its taxiing this past week, as the Flight CI5240 appeared to cut a corner a little too wide, passing its left wing over and through a number of waiting baggage carts. The plane's engine number 1 sucked in a cart, and the left side of the aircraft was damaged. Engines 1 and 2, the gear door, and the engine cowling all came out the other side of the turn worse for wear. The Chicago O'Hare had received more than 3 inches of snow on the night of the incident, with some portions of Illinois seeing more than 10 inches total. The Aviator Family has announced their move to the DeLand, Florida landscape, bringing with them

Able Flight Announces Scholarship Class of 2022

Purdue University will see the members of Able Flight's class of 2022 

Able Flight, a 501c3 organization devoted to expanding flight experience and aviation career training to people with disabilities, has announced its 2022 batch of scholarship recipients. This year's group includes 2 veterans, a first for the program. All 6 recipients use wheelchairs due to accident, illness, or combat injury. Before they report for the flight portion of their training, they will attend online ground school, made available by Sporty's Pilot Shop, as well as live remote instruction from Purdue. Once complete with their ground school, they'll head to Purdue University in late May ahead of 7 weeks of flight training for their check rides in July.

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ALPA Head Says 5G Restrictions Chaotic for Pilots

Union Chief Says Constant Last-Minute, NOTAM-based 5G Restrictions are "No Way to Run a Railroad"

The head of the Airline Pilots Association, Joe DePete, testified before the Aviation Subcommittee of the US House to reiterate the effects of 5G services - and their hodgepodge responses - on the airline industry. In his address to lawmakers, he described the FCC's response as a "stove-piped approach", referring to the smattering of temporary fixes aimed at buying time for a coherent, long-term solution. Under the banner of his organization, DePete issued a series of recommendations aimed at resolving similar issues going forward, such as increasing the FAA's efforts to stay up-to-date with changes in the national frequency spectrum and requirin

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WWII Fighter Rides Up For Raffle

Museum Holding Sweepstakes for Ride in Tandem Mustang, Warhawk, Spitfire

The American Heritage Museum has opened a fundraiser sweepstakes, with multiple vintage, classic warbird flights on tap for the selected winners. Dual-control variants of the Warhawk, the Mustang, and Supermarine Spitfire let anyone enjoy their time at the controls, each a treasured heirloom representing the greatest generation. The top winner of the Ultimate WWII Fighter Experience Sweepstakes will head to London, England  to go through abbreviated training at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar right outside the city. Even the scenic airfield made its bones as a WWII base, being a staging location for RAF pilots during the Battle of Britain and the Blitz in the summer

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FAA Issues Warning On Expense Sharing for Pilots

Continuing Crackdown on Illegal Operations Puts Flight Sharing, Time Sharing, Leasing in Sights

In a follow on to a May 2020 informational pilot letter, amid a continuing operation to address unlawful and illegal air charter operations, the FAA has published its infographic for use at airports throughout the airport system. The FAA reminds those who could be at risk of incorrectly applying expense sharing that guidance is available in Advisory Circular 61-142. The vintage bugbear of "holding out" has been brought back to life, newly invigorated by the societal shifts of ubiquitous smartphones.

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Klyde Morris (01.31.22)

Klyde Attempts To Bring Up A Little History...


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FAA Reminds Drone Pilots of Game Day Ban

FAA Reminds Operators that Super Bowl LVI is a "No Drone Zone"

As this year's big game approaches, the FAA has issued a series of warnings and advisories for prospective onlookers hoping to angle a view of their own, whether they're flying manned aircraft near the stadium or operating a UAV from afar. The SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California is a No Drone Zone for Super Bowl LVI, with drone operations prohibited in a 30-nautical-mile radius of the stadium up to 18,000 feet. The widespread Temporary Flight Restriction for all aircraft goes into effect the afternoon of February 13, and is expected to last until at least 20:30 with possible extensions for game duration. Drones received their own ban for one nautical mile and up to 3,000 feet in

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Jaunt Adds Another Member to eVTOL Alliance

Airport Management Specialist Avport Added to Access Skyways Agreement 

Jaunt Air Mobility has announced the addition of Airport management and operations company Avport to their joint eVTOL project, the Access Skyways Alliance. The Skyways program is intended to assist potential aircraft customers with all the necessary infrastructure needed for eVTOL operations, from vertiport construction and supply and demand modeling. The addition of a new, relatively unheard of aircraft type can be a daunting challenge for airports, especially given the expected use case of frequent ride shares and passenger demand far above previous helicopter traffic. With the Alliance, Jaunt hopes to have a framework to streamline the multifaceted project of int

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Classic Aero-TV: The CubCrafter Attitude–Finding Solutions While Others Find...

From 2014: CubCrafters Is Growing... And In A 'Down' Industry -- Find Out How

While at EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN’s Michael Maya Charles stopped to talk with John Whitish, the Marketing Manager for CubCrafters. Charles started off with the comment that the CubCrafters product line seems to be expanding in a period of time that other facets of general aviation have been in the decline. Whitish replied that CubCrafters was in the right place at the right time in 2008 when they brought out their Carbon Cub. He said it proved to be the right product for the recreational market and they have continued to grow since that time. He pointed out that while i

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20C

The Airplane Impacted Open Desert Terrain About 56 Miles Northwest Of The Marana Regional Airport

On December 31, 2021, about 1330 mountain standard time, a Mooney M20C, N6796N, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Marana, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Family of the pilot reported that he had departed Marana Regional Airport (AVQ), Marana, Arizona, on December 31, 2021, with an intended destination of French Valley Airport (F70), Murrieta/Temecula, California. Flight Service was notified by concerned family that the pilot had not arrived at the French Valley Airport and was 5 hours overdue.

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AD: Airbus SAS Airplanes

AD 2022-01-08 Prompted By Reports Of Incorrect Installation Of The Fire Shut-Off Valves (FSOV) Actuator

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A300 series airplanes; Airbus SAS Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series airplanes); and Airbus SAS Model A310 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect installation of the fire shut-off valves (FSOV) actuator, which was found to rotate around its pivot axis. This AD requires a one-time detailed inspection of the FSOV actuator for rotation around its pivot axis, and replacement if necessary, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Age

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.04.22)

Aero Linx: Independent Pilots Association Welcome to the Independent Pilots Association. The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 3150 professional pilots who fly in service of United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, home of UPS Worldport, the largest fully automated package handling system in the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.04.22): Approach Light System (ALS)

Approach Light System (ALS) An airport lighting facility which provides visual guidance to landing aircraft by radiating light beams in a directional pattern by which the pilot aligns the aircraft with the extended centerline of the runway on his/her final approach for landing. Condenser-Discharge Sequential Flashing Lights/Sequenced Flashing Lights may be installed in conjunction with the ALS at some airports.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.04.22)

"Unauthorized 135 operations continue to be a problem nationwide, putting the flying public in danger, diluting safety in the national airspace system, and undercutting the business of legitimate operators... (two main pillars of misunderstanding remain) "the misuse and/or misunderstanding of expense sharing between pilots and passengers, and the apparent lack of understanding of pilot privileges and limitations versus operating rules." Source: In a follow on to a May 2020 informational pilot letter, amid a continuing operation to address unlawful and illegal air charter operations, the FAA has published an infographic for use at airports throughout the airport system.

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