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June 07, 2023

Airborne 06.07.23: Stunning P-47D Reborn, Jet It Relief, APA v ALPA

 Also: iPad Mini Kneeboard, B-29 Doc Tour, AT-6D to WASP Museum, Bushliner Powerplants

 
 
The Dakota Territory Air Museum’s Republic P-47D Thunderbolt—following a painstaking eight-year restoration—took flight for the first time in 79-years. Resurrected to its wartime glory by a dedicated team at AirCorps Aviation, the iconic World War II fighter took to the skies, showcasing the passion, commitment, sharp minds, skilled hands, and intrepid souls of those who took part in the machine’s restoration. Honda Aircraft has compiled a support team tasked with assisting fractional owners of HondaJets previously managed by Jet It, the North Carolina-based charter and fractional ownership concern that, on 26 May 2023, set f

Historic P-47D Razorback Takes Flight

A Star of the Pacific Theater is Reborn

On 15 May 2023, the Dakota Territory Air Museum’s Republic P-47D Thunderbolt—following a painstaking eight-year restoration—took flight for the first time in 79-years. Resurrected to its wartime glory by a dedicated team at Bemidji, Minnesota’s AirCorps Aviation, the iconic World War II fighter took to the Gopher State’s skies, showcasing the passion, commitment, sharp minds, skilled hands, and intrepid souls of those who took part in the machine’s restoration.

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Allied Pilots Association Board Rejects ALPA Merger

The Road Less Traveled

The Allied Pilots Association (APA), the labor union by which American Airlines pilots are represented, has rejected a merger with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), which represents more than 74,000 pilots at forty U.S. and Canadian airlines. The APA’s decision was predicated primarily upon a consensus that merging with ALPA would provide insufficient benefit vis-à-vis the liabilities inherent forfeiture of the collective, independent voice of APA’s membership.

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Airborne 05.30.23: Virgin Galactic, Skycourier PAX, GAMA 1Q Impresses

Also: AT2 Aerospace, Austro Hydrogen/Diesel Engine, BBJ Sales, ARTEX ELT 4000M

Virgin Galactic has successfully completed its Unity 25 space mission, thinking this makes them ready for commercial service after just a few handfuls of flights. Mission specialists Jamila Gilbert, Christopher Huie, and Luke Mays ventured spaceward for purpose of conducting final end-to-end assessments of Virgin Galactic’s Unity spacecraft and overall spaceflight experience. The first delivery of Cessna's passenger-layout SkyCourier was tendered to Western Aircraft, Inc last week, kicking off the industry's next favorite twin-turboprop, light commuter twin - or so Textron ho

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Airborne 05.30.23: Virgin Galactic, Skycourier PAX, GAMA 1Q Impresses

Also: AT2 Aerospace, Austro Hydrogen/Diesel Engine, BBJ Sales, ARTEX ELT 4000M

Virgin Galactic has successfully completed its Unity 25 space mission, thinking this makes them ready for commercial service after just a few handfuls of flights. Mission specialists Jamila Gilbert, Christopher Huie, and Luke Mays ventured spaceward for purpose of conducting final end-to-end assessments of Virgin Galactic’s Unity spacecraft and overall spaceflight experience. The first delivery of Cessna's passenger-layout SkyCourier was tendered to Western Aircraft, Inc last week, kicking off the industry's next favorite twin-turboprop, light commuter twin - or so Textron ho

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Honda Offers Assistance to Jet It HondaJet Owners

Respite from the Storm

Honda Aircraft Company has compiled a support team tasked with assisting fractional owners of HondaJets previously managed by Jet It, the North Carolina-based charter and fractional ownership concern that, on 26 May 2023, set forth its intention to shutter the entirety of its flight operations. The assistance proffered by Honda will be provided free of charge and help former Jet It owners negotiate what the Japanese-owned, U.S.-based plane-maker called “seamless transitions to alternative aircraft management options.” Honda’s assistance initiative will also provide pilot services by which the unceremoniously displaced Jet It HondaJet owners may move their aircraft to Honda’s Greensbo

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Aero-TV: Lightspeed Aviation’s Delta Zulu Headset

Advent of the Age of Safety Wearables

The paramountcy of a pilot’s headset to the safety and enjoyment of flight cannot be overstated. It is the helm of his panoply, the instrument of his radiotelephony, and—thanks to the good people at Lightspeed—the ever-vigilant guardian by which his life is defended from demon carbon-monoxide. Since the introduction of its first product in 1996, Oswego, Oregon-based Lightspeed Aviation has evolved into one of the headset market’s premier innovators. In 2022, the company launched what it calls Safety Wearables—a forward-thinking amalgam comprising Lightspeed’s award-winnin

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Airborne-Flight Training 05.31.23: US Av Academy, CAE Austria, APA-AAL Agree

Also: Ukrainian F16 Training, ICARUS Device, NOTAM Legislation, B-2 Safety Pause Unpaused

US Aviation Academy has set forth that it has launched its second Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) training location at San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI)—a public-use airport in southeast-central Texas’s Caldwell County.CAE announced that it is expanding its global network of simulator training centers to Central Europe. The announcement, made at EBACE 2023, set forth that CAE will presently open a new business aviation training center in Vienna, Austria. Operations at the new facility are slated to get underway in the latter half of 2024. The Allied Pilots

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Airborne-Flight Training 05.31.23: US Av Academy, CAE Austria, APA-AAL Agree

Also: Ukrainian F16 Training, ICARUS Device, NOTAM Legislation, B-2 Safety Pause Unpaused

US Aviation Academy has set forth that it has launched its second Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) training location at San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI)—a public-use airport in southeast-central Texas’s Caldwell County. CAE announced that it is expanding its global network of simulator training centers to Central Europe. The announcement, made at EBACE 2023, set forth that CAE will presently open a new business aviation training center in Vienna, Austria. Operations at the new facility are slated to get underway in the latter half of 2024. The Allied Pilots

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Application Period for 2023 RAA Scholarships Closing Soon

09 June Deadline Nigh

On 06 June 2023, the RAA set forth the application period for its 2023 scholarship round will close on Friday, 09 June. Subject scholarships—in the amount of $4,000 per-recipient—may applied for by U.S. citizens or permanent residents meeting the following requirements ...

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Famed Glider Ornaments Crownair’s MYF Facility

Santa Clara Glider Installed in Crownair Lobby

A replica of American inventor, physicist, engineer, and aviation pioneer John Joseph Montgomery’s Santa Clara glider was recently installed in the 25-foot-high lobby of Crownair Aviation’s facility on San Diego’s Executive airport (MYF)—formerly known as Montgomery Field. The replica glider is on loan from the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

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Reno Air Racing Association Awards Flight Training Scholarships

In Praise of Persistence

On 05 June 2023, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA)—the fine folks whose efforts have brought 59-years of superb national championship air-racing to the Reno-Tahoe area—made public the names of the ten young people to be awarded the association’s 2023 Flight Training Scholarships (FTS). The announcement was made in advance of 2023’s Pylon Racing Seminar, the certification event for the final National Championship Air Races to be held at Nevada’s Reno Stead Airport (RTS).

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ASA Debuts iPad Mini Kneeboard

A Board That Doesn’t Bore

ASA has announced the debut of its new iPad mini Kneeboard. The contraption—after the time-honored fashion of ASA cockpit gadgets—provides pilots a means by which to archive, recall, and read-back flight-critical data the likes of ATIS information, IFR clearances. heading and altitude assignments, and holding instructions. Unlike the ASA kneeboards of decades past, the company's new offering safely houses Apple’s popular iPad mini, keeping the wee digital powerhouse safely secured and useable during flight.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech E-90

The Calculated Descent Rate Between The Final Two Data Points Was In Excess Of 15,000 Ft/Min

On May 17, 2023, about 1237 central daylight time, a Beech E-90 airplane, N522MJ, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Winslow, Arkansas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The pilot had contacted an avionics repair facility at Drake Field Airport, Fayetteville, Arkansas (FYV) to discuss autopilot issues he was having with the airplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.07.23)

Aero Linx: Ercoupe Owners Club We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally followed. The members of the Ercoupe Owners Club provide each other mutual support as we keep these classic aircraft in the air. Along the way, we've found that Coupe people are a little bit special, themselves. Please browse our site and enjoy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.07.23): Glideslope Intercept Altitude

Glideslope Intercept Altitude The published minimum altitude to intercept the glideslope in the intermediate segment of an instrument approach. Government charts use the lightning bolt symbol to identify this intercept point. This intersection is called the Precise Final Approach fix (PFAF). ATC directs a higher altitude, the resultant intercept becomes the PFAF.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.07.23)

“We understand the challenges faced by fractional owners who have been impacted by the suspension of their aircraft management after being released from contract by Jet It, and are now seeking alternative arrangements. Consistent with our dedication to customer satisfaction, we have developed and established this assistance plan for those HondaJet owners in need of additional support during this transition period.” Source: From a statement made by Honda Aircraft Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) and vice-president of customer service Amod Kelkar, dealing with some of the controversies initiated by the Jet It shutdown.  

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