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September 23, 2023

County Council Approves De Havilland Project Despite Opposition

Plane Maker to Build Factory and Airfield in South-Central Alberta

Following a public hearing on the matter, the council of Wheatland County, a municipal district east of the city of Calgary in south-central Alberta, Canada, has passed second and third reading to make textual amendments to its West Highway 1 Area Structure Plan and Land Use Bylaw, thereby facilitating construction of a proposed De Havilland Field aircraft manufacturing facility.  following a public hearing during the regular Tuesday, August 15 council meeting. The De Havilland Field facility is to be the final assembly site for the storied plane-maker’s DHC-515 Firefighter aircraft, DHC-6 Twin Otter, and the Dash 8-400 aircraft models.

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Terrorist Actions Compel Israeli Officials Reroute Air Traffic

Repeated Attacks Degrade GPS Signal Integrity

Surrounded by hostile nations and socio-theological discord, Israel has been the target of near-perpetual attacks by elements both known and unknown since the diminutive Middle Eastern nation’s May 1948 inception. In the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, attacks by groups antithetical to Israeli convention and hostile to its government and people have targeted numerous facets of the country’s infrastructure, including assets essential to safe air-navigation.

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Skydio to Launch X10 Enterprise Drone Model

Matters of Ability, Questions of Trust

Skydio has debuted its latest Enterprise drone, the Skydio X10—a model embodying an eminently useful synthesis of cutting-edge data-capture cameras, autonomy, and versatile hardware conducive to applications within the defense, energy, public-safety, transportation, construction, and communication sectors. The X10’s arrival at market coincides with the Western word’s fundamental shift away from Chinese manufactured Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, colloquially, drone) platforms. 

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Airborne 09.15.23: Foundation Sale, Pilot Increase, Remote ID

Also: Alaska Super Cub Accident, B-21 Raider, HSVTOL Testing, 1B Gallons SAF

The Historic Flight Foundation’s collection of vintage aircraft is being sold off to pay a $20.1-million debt incurred by its founder, John Sessions. In 2022, a jury in Williston, North Dakota found Sessions and one of his companies, Eagle Crest Apartments, had fraudulently transferred funds to other businesses owned by Sessions, including the Historic Flight Foundation. The last 12-months have seen the FAA certify a total of 10,191 new Airline Transport Pilots (ATP). In August 2023 alone, upwards of 1,200 new ATPs were vetted and written gleaming new tickets—the largest

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.14.23: Van's Parts, MWLSA Expo, 10K Young Eagles

Also: Affordable Flying Expo, Aero-Pup Cowling, Young Eagles Air Academy, FAA Admin Nom

Oregon-based Van’s Aircraft is developing a web-portal by which customers in receipt of cracked aircraft parts may report such and arrange to take delivery of replacement components. Customers visiting the portal will be presented lists of the heretofore problematic laser-cut parts from which they may specify the replacements they require. The ANN crew had an immensely successful trip to Mt., Vernon Illinois for the very busy 15th Annual MidWest LSA Expo. Not the biggest show in the world, there was still LOTS of flying, an overtly friendly atmosp

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Airborne 09.15.23: Foundation Sale, Pilot Increase, Remote ID

Also: Alaska Super Cub Accident, B-21 Raider, HSVTOL Testing, 1B Gallons SAF

The Historic Flight Foundation’s collection of vintage aircraft is being sold off to pay a $20.1-million debt incurred by its founder, John Sessions. In 2022, a jury in Williston, North Dakota found Sessions and one of his companies, Eagle Crest Apartments, had fraudulently transferred funds to other businesses owned by Sessions, including the Historic Flight Foundation. The last 12-months have seen the FAA certify a total of 10,191 new Airline Transport Pilots (ATP). In August 2023 alone, upwards of 1,200 new ATPs were vetted and written gleaming new tickets—the largest

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Airborne 09.13.23: MWLSA Expo Was GREAT, Astro Record, Wheel$ Up

Also: Avionics Theft, CIAM Legends Award, Wright Trophy For Crippen, PHI buys Airbus Helis

The ANN crew had an immensely successful trip to Mt. Vernon Illinois for the very busy 15th Annual MidWest LSA Expo. Not the biggest show in the world, there was still LOTS of flying, an overtly friendly atmosphere and a volunteer staff that could NOT be beat. Close to 40 vendors filled the easily accessed airport ramp, and nearly 200 demo flights were safely executed. Overall traffic was estimated to be up some 20% over previous such events. On 11 September, Frank Rubio, who’s currently serving out a year-long mission aboard the International Space Stat

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Assembly of Lilium Jet Fuselages Underway

Seven Shells for Seven Test Aircraft

Lilium GmbH, the German aerospace concern, has commenced assembling fuselages for its Lilium Jet—an eVTOL personal air vehicle the company asserts remains on track for a late-2024 maiden flight. Fuselage assembly instantiates a tangible manifestation of Lilium’s ability to see its planned eVTOL proceed from conceptualization to actualization. The fuselage currently under construction is the first of seven such structures salient to the near-term assemblies of seven flight-test and certification iterations of the Lilium Jet.

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F-35 Delivery Dates Slip into 2024

Upgraded Lightnings Won’t Be In USAF Hands This Year After All

Lockheed Martin says that the expected, upgraded F-35 Lightning II’s slated for delivery this year will have to be delayed until 2024, pushing back the introduction of the Tech Refresh 3 (TR-3) package. The change cuts into the expected F-35 fleet quite a bit, with 97 TR-2 aircraft on tap for delivery this year, about 20 fewer than they had planned. Overall, the TR-3 software development process is, in typical F-35 fashion, delayed. Earlier admissions of prolonged development had already pushed 2023 deliveries from 147 to 153 aircraft down to 100 to 120. Lockheed has targeted a rate of about 156 annual deliveries as a goal, now promising that it will be achieved in 202

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Nel Stubbs to Receive NBAA’s 2023 Jack Doswell Award

Conklin & de Decker Vice-President Honored

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will award its John P. “Jack” Doswell Award to Nel Stubbs, vice-president of Chicago aviation consultancy Conklin & de Decker and a preeminent aviation authority by dint of whose guidance a multitude global companies and entrepreneurs have optimized their respective business aircraft operations. The association will present Ms. Stubbs the award during the NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada from 17 through 19 October 2023.

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Delta Finalizes Wheels Up Takeover

The Economics of Resurrection

Delta Air Lines has enacted a bold strategy by which the airline intends to make Wheels Up, the embattled New York City-based provider of on-demand aircraft services, an integral facet of its product offerings. Wheels Up CEO (née Delta board-member) George Mattson stated: “This investment represents both an important source of capital for Wheels Up to support our strategy for financial stability, future profitability, and long-term growth on behalf of our members and customers, as well a vote of confidence in our path forward from a group of investors with deep experience in the premium travel space.”

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Classic Aero-TV: Versatile AND Practical - The All-Seeing Aeroprakt A-22 LSA

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Quality LSA For Well Under $100k…

Aeroprakt unveiled its new LSA at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase in November. Dennis Long, U.S. Importer and Distributer for Aeroprakt U.S.A., told ANN’s Tom Patton that the design has been around for nearly two decades. “What makes them special is their handling, anywhere between 100 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour,” Long said. “It’s just spectacular the way they handle thermals, and bumps and crosswinds.” Long said the airplane has a base price of about $79,000, but with popular options, most of the are selling in the $83,000

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NTSB Final Report: Piper J3C Aircraft

Flight Instructor Stated That The Pilot Receiving Instruction Had Been “Making Really Steep Turns” 

Analysis: The pilot receiving instruction had not flown a float-equipped airplane in 3 years, so the flight instructor considered the training flights as review. The flight instructor stated that, during their 2-hour morning flight, the pilot receiving instruction sat in the front seat and that he tended to “fly too slow” and “turn sharply.” The instructor had to “push the nose down on several occasions.” After eating lunch and refueling the airplane, the afternoon flight began, with the pilot receiving instruction sitting in the rear seat. The flight instructor estimated that the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.23.23)

Aero Linx: Airports Council International Europe (ACI EUROPE) We represent over 500 airports in 55 countries. Our members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe. Air transport supports 13.5 million jobs, generating €886 billion in European economic activity (4.4% of GDP). In response to the Climate Emergency, in June 2019 our members committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050, without offsetting. Based in Brussels, we lead and serve the European airport industry and maintain strong links with other ACI regions throughout the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.23.23): Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) Charts

Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) Charts Portray the aeronautical data which is required to execute an instrument approach to an airport. These charts depict the procedures, including all related data, and the airport diagram. Each procedure is designated for use with a specific type of electronic navigation system including NDB, TACAN, VOR, ILS RNAV and GLS. These charts are identified by the type of navigational aid(s)/equipment required to provide final approach guidance.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.23.23)

“The developer, De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, is proposing to construct a new aircraft manufacturing facility which will consist of an aircraft assembly facility; a parts-manufacturing and distribution center; a maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility; a runway; and associated commercial and industrial uses.”

Source: From statements made by community and development services general manager Sherry Baers, durings hearings purposed towards  Read More




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