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July 10, 2023

EXTRA Aircraft Introduces New 330SX Model

Inheriting Greatness

On 10 July 2023, Walter Extra announced his company’s lineup of industry-leading aerobatic machines is to be supplemented by the imminent addition of the 330-SX—a single-seat, steel-fuselage, carbon-fiber wing/empennage evolution of EXTRA’s perennially popular, eminently proven, eight-time-world-championship-winning 330-SC.

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CAF Names 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

Three for the Show

Comprising some 13,000 members across more than seventy units, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), formerly the Confederate Air Force, is a Dallas, Texas-based non-profit dedicated to the preservation and display of historical aircraft. The organization operates the world’s largest fleet of airworthy warbirds. In late-June 2023, the Commemorative Air Force made public the names of its 2024 CAF Hall of Fame inductees.

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West Star Aviation Breaks Ground on ALN Expansion

Rollin’ On the River

West Star Aviation has broken ground on a major expansion of its Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility on East Alton, Illinois’s St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN). Dubbed Hangar 67, subject expansion will add 75,700-square-feet of space to West Star’s ALN operation, boosting the facility’s total size to just over half-a-million square feet of hangar, back shop, and space for aircraft modifications and painting.

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Airborne 07.10.23: New EXTRA 330SX!, DayJet Comeback?, Wheels Up $$$

 Also: CAF 2024 Hall of Fame, Nuclear Fusion Rocket, A-10 Units Being Replaced, Tecnam Foiled Again

Walter Extra has announced addition of the 330SX to their lineup. The new bird is a single-seat, steel-fuselage, carbon-fiber wing/empennage evolution of EXTRA’s perennially popular, eminently proven, eight-time-world-championship-winning 330SC. Nancy Iacobucci, co-founder DayJet, the defunct, Boca Raton, Florida-based provider of on-demand jet travel, has an eye toward creating a new air-charter sector she describes as per-seat-on-demand. The means by which Iacobucci seeks to actualize her latest vision is AtlantisRoad Corporation, a start-up formed in 2017. In May 2023, following the impromptu abdication of company founder and C

Oshkosh Rumors: New Sport Aviation Fly-In TBA

Will Stability Finally Come To Winter Sport Aviation Fly-ins?

With the demise of the once well-regarded fly-ins at Sebring and DeLand, many sport aviation fans and companies have abhorred the vacuum that has been created in their absence. While Sun ‘n Fun and Oshkosh provide a lot of opportunities to see the best and brightest from among the sport aviation industry’s finest offerings, those immense shows provide less of an opportunity for close inspection, demo flights, and special attention for that unique and valuable segment of the aviation world. The winter fly-ins, Sebring in January, and DeLand in November provided some excellent venues for sport aviation to shine... but the lack of location support, management issues,

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Bomb Threat Passenger Thought Cartel Would Kill Him

Alaska Airlines Flight 334 Diverted to GEG

Alaska Airlines Flight 334—a 737 MAX-9, registration N948AK—bound from Atlanta’s Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport (ATL) to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) diverted to Washington State’s Spokane International Airport (GEG) after an as-of-yet unnamed passenger seated in the 737’s first-class section made a direct threat against the aircraft and its occupants.

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Boeing to Increase Sourcing of Aircraft Components from India

Bridging East and West

Boeing, the Arlington, Virginia (nee Chicago, nee Seattle) aerospace giant is making ready to increase its sourcing of aircraft components from India. The move leverages the south-Asian nation’s booming economy and skilled workforce to the benefit of the plane-maker’s production schedules and bottom-line.

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Classic Aero-TV: Sportys Academy 2019--Creating A Proper Flight Training Culture

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Sporty’s Is More Than Just a Pilot Shop

Sporty's is well known for their line of products for pilots, having been a part of the aviation landscape for decades. But less-well known is the company's in-airplane flight training, according to Sporty's Academy president and COO Eric Radtke, who spoke recently with Aero-News Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell. Sporty's says that the Academy is committed to its students success, and is proud of a success rate more than double the national average.

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NTSB Prelim: Berkut 540

The Pilot Reported This Was The First Flight Of The Experimental Airplane

On July 1, 2023, about 0853 central daylight time, a Berkut 540 airplane, N567JS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 test flight. The pilot reported this was the first flight of the experimental airplane. After takeoff, the pilot proceeded east of the airport and was cleared to 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl). However, upon reaching 3,400 ft msl, the airplane entered a gradual descent, and the pilot subsequently realized that the engine had lost partial power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.10.23)

Aero Linx: Beechcraft Heritage Museum The Museum began as the Staggerwing Museum Foundation, incorporated in October 1973 under the auspices of the Staggerwing Club. In April 2007, the Museum was renamed Beechcraft Heritage Museum to reflect our commitment to promoting aviation education and preserving the heritage of all Beechcraft models from 1932 through the present.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.10.23): Model Aircraft

Model Aircraft An unmanned aircraft that is: (1) capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere; (2) flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft; and (3) flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.09.23): Compulsory Reporting Points

Compulsory Reporting Points Reporting points which must be reported to ATC. They are designated on aeronautical charts by solid triangles or filed in a flight plan as fixes selected to define direct routes. These points are geographical locations which are defined by navigation aids/fixes. Pilots should discontinue position reporting over compulsory reporting points when informed by ATC that their aircraft is in “radar contact.”

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.10.23)

"The recent rapid growth in the MRO industry has accelerated the need to add additional space to our facilities, allowing us to better serve our valued customers in a timely manner.” Source: West Star ALN general manager Brian Bauwens chatting about West Star Aviation having broken ground on a major expansion of its Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility on East Alton, Illinois’s St. Louis Regional Airport (ALN).

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