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February 18, 2023

Gulfstream Delivers 100th G600

Customer Demand for Storied Jet Remains Strong

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation—builder of eminently-covetable market-leading business aircraft—announced on 15 February 2023 that the one-hundredth specimen of its iconic Gulfstream G600 business jet had been delivered to a North American customer following the aircraft’s outfitting at the company’s Dallas, Texas completions center.

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EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship Mints 300th PPL

Program Open to All EAA Chapters

The EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship minted its 300th pilot this month, helping to inaugurate the newest class of aviators under the program. The scholarship is funded by the Ray Foundation and managed by the EAA, allowing them to disseminate the process of finding and selecting worthy candidates throughout chapters all over the country. Candidates receive up to $11,000 for their flight training expenses, coming from $1.8 million entrusted to the Foundation for 2023.

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Airborne 02.10.23: eRace Delayed, SkyCourier Gravel Kit, 737 Firefighter Down

Also: Charles McGee Award, Boeing Slashing Jobs, UPS MD-11 Phase-Out, Hartzell Propeller

The National Aeronautic Association announced that the Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race was to be postponed from May 2023 to an as-of-yet undetermined date later in the year. Introduced in 2021 at the 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium as a one-thousand nautical-mile cross-country air race for zero-emission electric propulsion aircraft of all types, the race is intended to revive the tradition of the Pulitzer air races first held by the NAA in the early 1920s. Textron Aviation is offering a gravel kit for its new Cessna SkyCourier twin turboprop. The kit afford

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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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FAA to Conduct Internal Safety Audit

Nolen to Address Congress

Citing a series of recent aviation safety incidents, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen has ordered a sweeping review of the agency he heads up ...

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Major Air Ambulance Fleet Adds 3 Bell 407GXi Helicopters

Bell Announces Global Medical Response Deal

On 06 February 2023, Bell Textron, the Fort Worth, Texas-based subsidiary of American industrial conglomerate Textron Inc. and manufacturer of military and civilian rotorcraft, announced the signing of a purchase agreement by which Global Medical Response (GMR) will acquire three additional Bell 407GXi aircraft. The three new helicopters will join the 220-ship, all-Bell helicopter fleet with which GMR conducts emergency medical operations throughout North America.

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Reliable Robotics Sees Feasibility Contract for USAF

Air Force Looks to Commercial Solutions for Uncrewed Cargo Use

Reliable Robotics announced its receipt of a large United States Air Force contract for the automation of large, multi-engine jets. The contract will not yet result in completed, flight-ready aircraft, but will pursue a feasibility assessment of full and limited aircraft automation features for cargo operations. The force believes that remotely piloted aircraft will enable a greatly increased mission tempo worldwide at a lower price point than traditional crewed aircraft.

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NAFI Seeks Abstracts for October Conference

CFI Summit to Focus on Professional Polish and Quality Flight Instruction

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) will convene its first flight instruction safety and business summit next October in Lakeland, Florida. The group will hold the summit at the SUN 'n FUN campus at the Lakeland Linder International Airport from October 24-26. The event is open to current and prospective Certified Flight Instructors, aviation leaders, industry advocates, government representatives, and the media at large.    

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Schiebel, Thales Awarded UK Peregrine Contract

Camcopter S-100 Selected for Royal Navy ISR UAV

Schiebel and Thales were granted the “Peregrine”Uncrewed Air Systems contract by the UK Ministry of Defence. The award will ensure delivery of the brand's joint Camcopter S-100 UAS, fitted with a naval surveillance sensor suite for duty on Royal Navy ships. The S-100 has been on a notable demo tour in recent years, rattling off one successful seaborne test after another as the firm looked to build brand awareness in the UAV scene - and it's starting to pay off.

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Classic Aero-TV: PBY Catalina-From Wartime to Double Sunrises to the Long Sunset

From 2022 (YouTube Version): Before They’re All Gone...

Humankind has been messing about in airplanes for almost 120-years. In that time, thousands of aircraft representing innumerable technologies, design philosophies, and aspirations both noble and contemptible have been built and flown. Airshows—the good ones—are lenses into aviation’s past. Events like AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun, and Frontiers in Flight afford modern audiences glimpses of aircraft that shaped the world in war, and brought it together in peac

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NTSB Prelim: Embraer S A ERJ 170-200 LR

You Will: NEVER Approach An Aircraft To Position Ground Equipment Next To An Aircraft Or Open Cargo Bin Doors Until The Engines Are Shut Down

On December 31, 2022, about 1539 eastern standard time (EST), an Embraer 170 airplane, N264NN, was involved in an accident while parked at the gate with one engine running at Montgomery Regional Airport (MGM), Montgomery, Alabama. The 63 passengers and crew onboard were uninjured. One ramp personnel was fatally injured. The flight was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 121as a regularly scheduled domestic passenger flight from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Texas to MGM.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.23)

Aero Linx: The Air Medical Memorial The Air Medical Memorial is the only national memorial recognizing all air medical losses and the only memorial dedicated to recognizing the sacrifice of more than 400 air medical crew members. Every year, hundreds of thousands of air medical missions are flown in the United States. These missions provide expedited life-saving care to sick or injured patients when seconds count and at a moments notice.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.18.23)

“We are experiencing the safest period in aviation history, but we cannot take this for granted. Recent events remind us that we must not become complacent.” Source: From a memo by FAA Boss Bill Nolen, a former American Airlines MD-80, 757, and 767 pilot.

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