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March 14, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 03.14.23: PAL-V To The Rescue?, SkyGuardian UAS, Midnight Readies

 Also: AeroVironment's JUMP 20, Top Aces Buys into EpiSci, Augmented Reality TF-50, All-Electric eDA40

 
 
A UK-based medevac company has announced a partnership with PAL-V for the use of their Liberty flying car. The Liberty combines aspects of an aircraft with the terrestrial mobility of a traditional automobile, providing the best of both capabilities with access to speedy, ubiquitous road infrastructure. The PAL-V will see use as a fast response vehicle, with paramedics and doctors able to arrive on scene faster and more efficiently to begin treatment sooner than any other method. General Atomics snagged a new contract with the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) for 3 of their MQ-9B SkyGuardians. AFSOC now becomes the f

Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Falsifying B35 Maintenance Records

Faces 5-Years in Federal Prison and $250,000 Fine

Ronald P. Franklin, 52, of Pearland, Texas has pleaded guilty to insinuating false statements into the maintenance log of an aircraft that subsequently suffered an in-flight power-loss and subsequent accident. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that on or about 09 October 2020, after fraudulently representing himself as an Inspection Authorization (IA) holder, Franklin falsely claimed to have performed an annual inspection on the accident aircraft yet declared subject airplane airworthy.

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New Warbird Association Formed

Comes Now the Association of Professional Warbird Operators

The Association of Professional Warbird Operators (APWO) is a cooperative established to facilitate the development and sharing of best practices in Warbird operations—to include pilot and maintenance training, standardization, and safety protocols. The association is building a consolidated community, the collective resources of which shall be plied to increasing the knowledge, competency, and proficiency of Warbird operators, thereby occasioning the reduction of risk and the enhancement of survivability and sustainability of Warbird aircrews and aircraft.

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NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 Returns Safely to Earth

Thank You, Mr. Musk

On Saturday, 11 March 2023, a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule appositely dubbed Endeavour splashed down off Florida’s Gulf Coast, thereby delivering NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Nicole Mann, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata safely home to Earth. In addition to bringing NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to a successful conclusion, the flight further demonstrated the viability of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon platform.

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Biden to Leave Air Force One Livery Virtually Unchanged

Of Course, He Did...

On Friday, 10 March 2023, the U.S. Air Force set forth that Joe Biden had selected the livery for the long-delayed, grotesquely over-budget, Boeing-made VC-25B (read heavily-modified B-747 Air Force One aircraft). Excepting a slightly deeper shade of light-blue, the aircraft’s outer appearance will differ only slightly from that of its predecessors.

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PHI MRO Services Chosen as Integrator for Avidyne Helix

Integrated Flight Deck Available for Retrofit, Support at PHI MRO Sites

PHI MRO Services of Lafayette, Louisiana has become the system integrator for Avidyne's Helix Integrated Flight Deck, and will soon offer retrofits and support for Helix at their global MRO sites. The Helix suite will first be certified in the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter, though all involved expect no shortage of models to join the lineup in the future.

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Cadorath Joins Airbus Helicopters Repair Network

Winnipeg Facility to Provide D-Level Part Repairs

Cadorath—a family-owned and operated aerospace concern specializing in the manufacture and repair of machined components for OEMs in the agricultural, aviation, and industrial sectors—announced that it has entered into Airbus Helicopters’ approved repair center network and will perform, henceforth, D-Level single part repairs in support of Airbus Helicopters dynamic component repair.

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Airborne 03.06.23: Ogden Airport Troubles, Dash-8 On Hydrogen, Robinson 50th

Also: NetJets Sees Bright Future, B-52 Engine Replacement, SSI Golden Isles FBO, 777 Fuel Tank AD

Ogden, Utah pilots got some bad news this week when the city issued a new round of offers to leasees amid a lawsuit between the Ogden Regional Airport Association. The offer letter essentially offers current tenants a chance to enter into a hangar lease with the city, only if they waive, settle, and release any claims they may have related to previous leases and renewals. On the morning of 02 March 2023, Universal Hydrogen flew its Lightning McClean, a De Havilland Dash 8-300 regional airliner under partial, hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion. The test aircraft lifted

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Modern Aviation Expands Denver Footprint

New FBO Amenities Greener, Bigger than Ever

Modern Aviation held a grand opening for its upgraded and expanded FBO campus at Centennial Airport in Denver, Colorado. The freshly upgraded and expanded project includes the addition of two heated 28 ft-door hangars, a Class A FBO terminal and an expanded ramp. The work is the end result of almost $23 million, providing 7,000 square feet of terminal space, with 52,000 sq ft of hangar space. The interior offices now sport an additional 4,000 sq ft of office space, and operators outside can enjoy 150,000 sq ft of ramp to park on.

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Airborne 03.06.23: Ogden Airport Troubles, Dash-8 On Hydrogen, Robinson 50th

Also: NetJets Sees Bright Future, B-52 Engine Replacement, SSI Golden Isles FBO, 777 Fuel Tank AD

Ogden, Utah pilots got some bad news this week when the city issued a new round of offers to leasees amid a lawsuit between the Ogden Regional Airport Association. The offer letter essentially offers current tenants a chance to enter into a hangar lease with the city, only if they waive, settle, and release any claims they may have related to previous leases and renewals. On the morning of 02 March 2023, Universal Hydrogen flew its Lightning McClean, a De Havilland Dash 8-300 regional airliner under partial, hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion. The test aircraft l

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Greater Bay Airlines Adds 15 737-9s to Fleet

Growing Hong Kong Carrier Doubles Down on Boeing

A Hong Kong based carrier has bolstered its fleet of Boeings with a stout order for 15 737-9 aircraft, with another agreement to purchase 5 787 Dreamliners. Greater Bay Airlines has been operating a fleet of 3 737-800s throughout its brief life so far, flying to Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, and Seoul. With expansion plans in the near future, the company expects to source additional 737-800s to slot in before the delivery of the newest batch of 737-9s.

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Classic Aero-TV: 'Drones Are Good For America' - DJI's Adam Lisberg On The FARs

From 2017 (YouTube Version): The Tremendous Commercial Potential for Drones…

The FAA is working hard to keep pace with the explosive developments in the drone industry when it comes to the regulatory environment. That is the assessment of Adam Lisberg, Head U.S. Spokesman for drone giant DJI. Lisberg spoke to Aero-News CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He said that the FAA has done an "amazing job" recognizing the potential of drones and the "obvious appeal" that it has, and is "push

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna P337H

Shortly After Takeoff, As He Retracted The Landing Gear, The Engines Lost Partial Power

On February 14, 2023, about 0838 Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time, a Cessna P337H, a twinengine, centerline thrust airplane, N5KR sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Kona, Hawaii. The pilot and passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 sightseeing flight. Just prior to departure, the pilot completed the preflight and engine run-up with no anomalies noted. The airplane subsequently departed Runway 35 at the Kona International Airport (KOA), Kona.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.23): Ground Controlled Approach

Ground Controlled Approach A radar approach system operated from the ground by air traffic control personnel transmitting instructions to the pilot by radio. The approach may be conducted with surveillance radar (ASR) only or with both surveillance and precision approach radar (PAR). Usage of the term “GCA” by pilots is discouraged except when referring to a GCA facility. Pilots should specifically request a “PAR” approach when a precision radar approach is desired or request an “ASR” or “surveillance” approach when a nonprecision radar approach is desired.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.14.23)

"The 737-9 will allow GBA to open up new routes from Hong Kong with unmatched economics. The new order will bring fantastic growth possibilities to GBA and enable us to strive for excellence in an innovative way for our valued customers." Source: Wong Cho Bau, chairman of GBA, following the announcment that the Hong Kong based carrier has bolstered its fleet of Boeings with a stout order for 15 737-9 aircraft, with another agreement to purchase 5 787 Dreamliners.  

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