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February 17, 2023

Amerijet Opens Pathway Program with Embry-Riddle

Cadet Pipeline Offers Another Route to the Right Seat for ERAU Students

Amerijet International Airlines is the newest carrier to be added to the roster of Pilot Pathway Programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The school is the first university to sign such an agreement with Amerijet. Like similar programs from other carriers, Amerijet will "recruit and provide mentoring and coaching to sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the Aeronautical Science degree program", with preferential treatment in training and hiring once graduates complete 3 semesters as full-time CFI's at the school.

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John Kerry Family Gulfstream Sold

… Amidst Accusations of Climate Hypocrisy

Forbes family member and inaugural United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Forbes Kerry is once again facing criticism for his family’s surreptitious sale of a Gulfstream GIV-SP in the wake of allegations of hypocrisy. Formerly owned and operated by Flying Squirrel LLC, a charter firm belonging to the Forbes/Kerry family, the GIV-SP, registration N57HJ, has quietly passed into the possession of AV Aviation LLC, a small concern based on Connecticut’s Waterbury-Oxford Airport (OXC).

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A Needless Tragedy: City Council Approves Plan to Close SMO

1923-1928, Beloved Mother of Noise Abatement Protocols

The Santa Monica City Council has resolved to close SMO by 2028. Santa Monica Mayor Gleam Davis set forth in a press release: “This is the beginning of a community process to reimagine the Airport site, which accounts for an unprecedented 4.3-percent of the city’s land. We know this is an asset Santa Monicans care about and we want to work together to set goals and priorities to meet diverse community needs for the next several generations.”

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.09.23: SWA Hiring, L3Harris-ANA, Sheltair-Avfuel

Also: VT Soaring Opportunity, AERO Oklahoma, RAF F-35s v Women, Drone Insurance

In a move certain to elicit ire from pilot unions and the traveling public, Southwest Airlines is reducing the flight experience requirements prospective new-hire pilots must meet in order to be eligible for employment with the airline. Formerly, Southwest required pilot applicants to have logged at least one-thousand-hours at the controls of turbine-powered aircraft. However, Southwest’s company website will now state the carrier “prefers” its pilot applicants to have five-hundred-hours of turbine time—fully half the previous requirement. L3Harris T

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Oklahoma's Enid Woodring Regional Sees $10 Million in Renovations

4 Major Projects in the Pipeline to Augment Civil, Vance AFB Functionality

An Oklahoma airport will see a bevy of improvements to benefit both civilian and military aviators, with $10 million in construction coming to the Enid Woodring Regional Airport. Enid, and the nearby Vance Air Force Base will benefit from the renovation of the weathered crosswind runway. Airport Director Keston Cook outlined the changes: "That will be taking our asphalt crosswind runway ... currently 13-31, and tearing it fully out and replacing it with concrete," Cook said. "It will still be 3,150 feet; it will be slightly narrowed from 108 feet to 75 feet."

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Fixes Reportedly Devised for F-35 Engine Woes

Undelivered Lightning IIs Relegated to Storage

The U.S. military, Lockheed-Martin, and Pratt & Whitney have reportedly identified a potential solution to the engine troubles by which deliveries of the costly and controversial Joint Strike Fighter have been halted for nearly two months.

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AeroBrigham Expands LUD Operation

New Hangar and Paint Facilities Boosts Reputable MRO’s Capabilities

Responding to a marked increase in demand for its services, North Texas-based fixed and rotary-wing maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider AeroBrigham announced on 13 February 2023 that it will expand its Lone Star State presence by adding new hangar facilities at the Decatur Municipal Airport (LUD). The new facility will support helicopters exclusively, while the company’s extant facility will be dedicated to fixed wing MRO, support, and completions.

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Klyde Morris (02.13.23)

Klyde Notes Yet Another Bit Of Balloonacy


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Joby Aviation Says Means of Compliance Accepted

With another Phase Checked Off, eVTOL Manufacturer Moves Towards Certification

Joby Aviation has finished the 2nd of 5 outlined stages in its greater certification plans. The progression inches their upcoming aircraft closer than ever to achieving commercial passenger use, but there's still a way to go. The firm hopes to reach the market by 2025 - if all goes well. “Certification is an integral part of everything that an aerospace company does and with the achievement of this critical milestone, we’re now able to confidently focus our efforts on closing the remaining certification plans and completing the testing required to certify our aircraft.”

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Labor Strike to Disrupt German Airport Operations

Munich Airport to Temporarily Suspend Commercial Flights

Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (German: “United Services Trade Union,” stylized ver.di) is a Berlin-based German trade union. Claiming a membership of 1.9-million workers, Verdi is Germany’s second-largest trade union after IG Metall. In February 2023, ver.di announced its members would undertake nationwide (German) strike actions in connection with ongoing public-sector collective wage negotiations. The strike stands to dramatically impact operations at Munich’s Franz Josef Strauß International Airport (MUC).

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Classic Aero-TV: It's ALL About Attitude -- Lee Lauderback Explains 'UAT'

From 2012 (YouTube Version): Aggressive New Unusual Attitude Training Program Targets Commercial Pilots

First Webcast 11.29.12: It's not easy flying in the NAS... and its only gotten more complicated over the years -- especially if you are a busy commercial pilot. But Lee Lauderback's Stallion 51 operation believes that they can ease the life of today's commercial pilots... and keep them from harm when one of the most disabling emergency scena

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney Aircraft Corp. M20

While In Flight, The Engine Had A Low Manifold Pressure Reading And Then The Engine Sustained A Total Loss Of Power

On February 12, 2023, about 0958 central standard time, a Mooney Aircraft Corporation M20K Encore airplane, N304MA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Lakeway, Texas. The pilot sustained no injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he had recently purchased the airplane and he was relocating the airplane to his home base at the Outlaw Field Airport (CKV), Clarksville, Tennessee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.17.23)

Aero Linx: The Historic Aircraft Association (HAA) The Historic Aircraft Association (HAA) was founded in 1979 with the aim of furthering the safe flying of historic aircraft in the UK and, later on, supporting the restoration and preservation of these aircraft. The Association, which currently has over 200 active pilot and engineer members, has made a major contribution to General Aviation, ensuring that British flying heritage is kept alive by promoting the safe flying of valuable, historic and heritage aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.17.23): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline. The lights are focused toward the arrival end of the runway at the “line up and wait” point, and they extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft. Illuminated red lights indicate to an aircraft in position for takeoff or rolling that it is unsafe to takeoff because the runway is occupied or about to be occupied by an aircraft or vehicle.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.17.23)

"The problem with folks like John Kerry and the climate hypocrites who run the green movement is that they want to use the coercive power of government. They want to use the power of government to deny the rest of us the ability to use those fossil fuels that they take for granted." Source: Daniel Turner, executive director of the climate non-profit Power the Future, in remarks made about John Kerry's use of business jets while condemning their use for all others.

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