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March 06, 2023

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

 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, hydr

Lightweight, 160-hp Electric LSA Motor Unveiled

Australian Company Arrives to the Scene with Compact, Streamlined Engine Option for Electric Aircraft

Australian developer Kite Magnetics announced the completion of their 120-kilowatt electric propulsion unit (EPU), a small, self-contained alternative to traditional light sport engines. Their model sports a well-chosen power output, about 160 hp compared to current LSA fare. Unlike the average small engine, however, their system, the KM-120, tips the scales at a fraction of the mass of comparable engines. The KM-120's exact weight hasn't yet been confirmed, likely because development is still ongoing, but the size appears easily portable for a single man.

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Turbulence Claims Life of Challenger 300 Passenger

Aircraft Diverts to BDL

On Friday, 03 March 2023, a Bombardier Challenger 300 large-cabin business jet traveling from Keene, New Hampshire’s Dillant–Hopkins Airport (EEN) to Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) diverted enroute to Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) after an encounter with severe, possibly extreme turbulence claimed the life of one of the aircraft’s three passengers.

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Robinson Helicopter Company Celebrates 50 Years

From One Man’s Dream to Over 13,000 Helicopters

June 2023 marks fifty-years in business for storied American rotorcraft designer and manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Company. Founded by Frank Robinson on 20 June 1973, Robinson's goal was to design and manufacture simple, reliable helicopters, as efficiently as possible, without compromising quality. Robinson's half-century milestone occasions more than the passing of time, it is a compelling affirmation of the man’s and his company's success.

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Flight Deck Upgrade Integrates IS&S Panels and Helios FMS

Flight Deck Upgrade Integrates IS&S Panels and Helios FMS

Avidyne has announced a new Integrated Flight Deck for turbine helicopters, the Helix. The new system is a joint system that combine's IS&S’s 10.4-inch flat-panel displays with Avidyne’s Helios Flight Management Systems to deliver a single, easy package to operators looking to modernize legacy helicopters. The Helix upgrade provides all the usual fully modernized avionics capabilities, like large-format flat panel displays, 3D Synthetic Vision, electronic charts, ADS-B weather and traffic, and SBAS/LPV capability.

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DOT Publishes 2023 Sun ‘N Fun Pilot Guidance

Safety and Logistics Before Sun 'n Fun

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has published guidance germane to the upcoming annual Sun ‘N Fun fly-in and aerospace expo to be held 28 March through 02 April 2023 at Lakeland, Florida’s Lakeland Linder International Airport (LAL).

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First Designer Interior Equipped Bell 429 Delivered

New Zealand Operator Nabs Initial Units of Upscale, Soundproofed Helicopters

Bell Textron announced the delivery of the first Bell 429 helicopters containing the new Designer Series interior. The aircraft were tendered to Advanced Flight, a helicopter charter and management company in New Zealand. With the new additions, Advanced Flight will operate three VIP configured Bell 429s in its fleet.

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Airborne-SE 02.23.23: Sun n Fun Update With Gene Conrad

Also: Airborne-Special Editions Reports On Several New improvements at the SnF Campus

Welcome to this special edition of Airborne. As we prepare for the 49th rendition of the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, SnF BOss, Gene Conrad has kept the Lakeland staff busy with all manner of new updates and improvements.  Starting with some of the most requested items on the ‘to-do’ list, it's obvious that Conrad and staff have used this prep year to their best potential as they recraft the Expo for this year and even get a headstart on what will be their 50th Anniversary event in 2024. But first; let’s look at ticketing and a few ways to save a f

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Delta Pilots Approve New Contract

34% in Raises, QoL, Benefits, and Vacation Improvements Mark End to Contract Negotiations

The Delta Master Executive Council, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), has reported that 78% of Delta pilots voted in favor of the new comprehensive working agreement. The contract includes over $7 billion in cumulative increases over a 4-year span. 90% of the pilots also voted in favor of a Letter of Agreement that provides job protections for company pilots against international flying by Delta’s partners. Overall, 96% of eligible pilots participated in the voting process.

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USAF to Buy E-7A EWACS Replacement

Boeing to Develop 2 New E-7 Variants for 26-Strong, $1.2B Order

The Air Force has signaled its intent to buy 26 Boeing E-7A Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft to replace its fleet of aging E-3s, with a total value of $1.2 billion up for grabs. The E-7A provides real time tracking for airborne targets with command and control capability for allied aircraft throughout the 'battlespace'. The E-7A uses the 737-700 as a base, allowing a generational increase in reliability and efficiency over the downright vintage Boeing 707 used by the E-3.

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AeroBrigham becomes AeroDisplay

Thermal Imaging, HUD Development Company Joins Hands with Brigham Family Operation

AeroBrigham has announced the acquisition of SKYDISPLAY from MYGOFLIGHT. The combined company will be known as AeroDisplay, and will focus on creating advanced heads-up display configurations for both airplanes and helicopters. Manufacturing as well as developmental efforts and support will remain in the Denver, Colorado area as they were under Skydisplay.

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Genesys Obtains Certification for Hindustan-228 Flight Deck Upgrade

Genesys Avionics Suite Provides Comprehensive Update to Cockpit Avionics

Genesys Aerosystems has completed certification of the Genesys Avionics Suite upgrade for the Hindustan-228. The 19-seat commuter plane is a high-wing, tricycle geared, multi use aircraft throughout the East, used as a utility, transport, taxi, cargo, and surveillance craft abroad. The addition of a Genesys flight deck upgrade provides next-gen synthetic vision, autopilot, and situational awareness with a comprehensive, modernizing upgrade.

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Classic Aero-TV: Light, Adaptable, Innovative - Clarity Aloft Intro’s the Flex!

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Clarity Aloft Introduces The TSO Certified Flex Headset

The newest addition to the Clarity Aloft headset range is a big departure from previous designs and ushers in a new standard for in-ear headsets. Not only is it the lightest model yet from Clarity Aloft, it is also the most customizable. Pilots using the Flex can set the microphone boom on the right or left, adjust the boom length and headband circumference, and collapse it flat for storage. No other headset will disappear so completely onto your head or into you

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Flexjet Deepens Relationship with Embry-Riddle

Expanded Career Center, Internship Opportunities Create Career Headway for ERAU Students

A joint move between Flexjet and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has established on-campus career support for would-be employees and students. The newly expanded Flexjet Innovation and Career Center lies within the University’s Research Park in Daytona Beach, Florida. The revised lineup of offerings at the facility will provide access to Flexjet-sponsored internships and related business aviation employment, with a bevy of free conference space for student meetings.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-16

Shortly After Takeoff, The Engine Lost Partial Power... Upon Landing, The Airplane Impacted A Snowbank

On February 8, 2023, about 1700 Alaska standard time, a Piper PA-16 airplane, N5987H sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Soldotna, Alaska. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed from Runway 07 at the Soldotna Airport (SXQ), Soldotna. Shortly after takeoff, the engine lost partial power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.06.23)

Aero Linx: OX5 Aviation Pioneers

A 501c3 Nonprofit, the OX5 Aviation Pioneers is seeking aviation/history minded men and women to join them in keeping the OX5 engine and early USA aviation history alive. Incorporated in 1955 as a Pa 501 (c)(3) Not for Profit Corporation, the OX5 Aviation Pioneers is dedicated to bringing before the public the accomplishments of early aviation pioneers and their connection to the Curtiss OX5 V8 Engine. We are chartered as a historical and educational organization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.06.23): Navaid Classes

Navaid Classes

VOR, VORTAC, and TACAN aids are classed according to their operational use. The three classes of NAVAIDs are: T- Terminal. L- Low altitude. H- High altitude. Note: The normal service range for T, L, and H class aids is found in the AIM. Certain operational requirements make it necessary to use some of these aids at greater service ranges than specified. Extended range is made possible through flight inspection determinations. Some aids also have lesser service range due to location, terrain, frequency protection, etc. Restrictions to service range are listed in Chart Supplement U.S.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.06.23)

“I can't remember the last fatality due to turbulence.” Source: Speaking to the subject of the 03 March Challenger 300 incident, former NTSB chair and executive director of Embry-Riddle’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Safety Robert Sumwalt noted the unique nature of this accident.  

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