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March 14, 2022

Vicious Cycle: Quebec Airfield to Close in Favor of Land Development

The Never-Ending Creep of Metropolitan Sprawl Claims Another Trophy in its Ceaseless Expansion

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association has disclosed that the Cedars airport of Montreal will be closed on May 22, 2022. Aircraft owners at the property had been aware of issues with the lease held by the airport and flight school operator, Laurentide Aviation, with its renewal this spring up in the air. Development of the airport land has always been an increasing temptation for the property owner, and with values in the area skyrocketing over the past 2 years, the owner feels it's time to shut things down.

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Alaska Airlines Launches Pilot Academy

Facing Shortage of Aviators, Airlines Get Inventive

Alaska Airlines and its regional partner, Horizon Air, have launched an effort to establish a flight school of their own in the Redmond, Oregon area: the Ascend Pilot Academy. The new program is launched with Hillsboro Aero Academy as an effort to guarantee a steady pipeline of incoming professional pilots as the looming shortage of ATP-qualified personnel approaches. The academy will register and train up to 250 students per year, with support for cadets ranging from low-interest financial aid, a $25,000 stipend to cover their commercial pilot license, mentorship, and the requisite conditional job offer at Horizon Air that promises a chance to fly with Alaska as their logbook is padded out.

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Becker Displays R44 Glass Panel Layout

BendixKing Touch Screen PFD Installation Available for Light Robinson Aircraft

The Robinson R44 helicopter has been featured at the Heli-Expo 2022 Helicopter Institute booth, sporting a newly released glass panel setup. The new flight deck is the group effort of BendixKing in Phoenix, Arizona, Becker Avionics in Miramar Florida, and AvPanels of Fort Worth, Texas. The result has a BendixKing AeroVue Touch front and center as the primary flight display, sporting 10.1" of high-resolution, configurable, multifunction screen area. The first batch of R44s with the layout will soon head to Embry Riddle's Prescott, Arizona campus for use as trainer aircraft. 

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EAA AeroEducate to Expand Reach With NEXTGEN

EAA, Dynamic Aviation Join Hands To Promote Youth Programs

AeroEducate, unveiled at AirVenture 2021, has found its footing after nearly a year in action, bringing the aerospace industry into the classroom to secure the next generation of aviators. Released and curated by the EAA, AeroEducate is designed to provide educators of children and teens, students 5 to 18 with the tools necessary to foment an interest in aviation. The program uses interactive, educational, and age-appropriate pathways into aerospace, available free and clear for use by teachers everywhere. Dynamic aviation's Nextgen Aviators program is a perfect foil to the program, allowing students to enroll in AeroEducate and receive badging credit for participation.

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JetBlue Accepting Gateways Applications

Airline Offers Training Pipeline for Pilots, Maintenance, Dispatch, and More in Effort to Boost Recruitment

JetBlue has announced the opening of the floodgates once again for its ab initio pilot training program. Their Gateway program holds 7 different, distinct pathways for pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians, opening the way to a fruitful career for "anyone with the talent and dream", according to the company. They take pride in their training program, calling the Gateway pipeline the "longest-running" offering of its kind.

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SRT Helicopters Nets Contract for Mystery Customer

Firm Will Flight Test and Evaluate Airbus 565 Anti-Submarine Naval Helicopter for Military Use

SRT Helicopters received a Test Pilot Services Contract for a mystery military customer in which the firm will fully flight test and evaluate the Multi Mission Airbus 565 Panther Anti-Submarine helicopter. The Panther is a relatively new addition to the Airbus military helicopter collection, geared towards navy and coast guard customers around the world as a single platform, do-all aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Patrouille De France--The Long-Awaited US Tour

From 2017 (YouTubeVersion): Team Trained All Winter To Adapt To U.S. Air Show Rules

The Patrouille de France performed in April at Sun 'n Fun, and then toured a large portion of the U.S. during the month of April. In an interview with ANN Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, Lead Solo Pilot Capt. Aubert said that the team trained all winter for the 2017 demonstration to match with U.S. regulations for military team performances at air shows. The logistics were challenging, but he said that at each location in the U.S., the team had support personnel waiting for them to help facilitate their performances.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 310

Last Data Point Showed The Airplane At 1,100 Ft MSL About 1,150 Ft From The Accident Site

On February 1, 2022, about 1006 eastern standard time, a Cessna 310R airplane, N622QT, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Danville, Virginia. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by Sol Aerial Surveys as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial surveying flight. The pilot had previously flown aerial surveying in the same make and model of the accident airplane. The accident flight was his first solo aerial surveying flight for the company following several observation flights with the company’s owner.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.22)

Aero Linx: The Airborne Public Safety Association - APSA The Airborne Public Safety Association - APSA - is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational, individual membership organization, founded in 1968 to support and encourage the use of aircraft in public safety. Over 3,000 members strong from the international to the local level. APSA provides networking systems, educational seminars and product expositions that members find invaluable.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.22): Pilot’s Discretion

Pilot’s Discretion When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.14.22)

"Eventually, we will become a land of shopping centers, residential subdivisions, commercial developments and high-rise apartment buildings."  Source: From an insiteful statement by the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, who disclosed that the Cedars airport of Montreal will be closed on May 22, 2022. Aircraft owners at the property had been aware of issues with the lease held by the airport and flight school operator, Laurentide Aviation, with its renewal this spring up in the air.

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