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March 13, 2022

ALPA Urges Delta to Address Scheduling Issues

Airline's Resurgent Passenger Loads Often Force Pilots Into Exhausting Lines, Says Council Chairman

Delta Pilots have picketed the airline's largest hub in Atlanta, Georgia in protest of company scheduling practices that employees say force them to overextend themselves to maintain the company. Current scheduling, they say, makes the pilots "fly long days or work additional days to keep the airline running," and fear that the imminent spring break and summer travel seasons will only exacerbate the problem and further reduce employee quality of life. 

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Voters Turn Out Against Spaceport Camden

Referendum Results Demand Cancellation of Port Expansion, County Appeals to Courts to Continue Development

Camden Spaceport's fate is once again on the rocks, after a referendum "overwhelmingly" rejected the planned development earlier this week. The referendum posed a question to voters: "Shall the resolutions of the Board Commissioners of Camden County, Georgia authorize the Option Contract with Union Carbide Corporation and Camden County’s right and option to purchase the property described therein be repealed."

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AeroGuard Introduces Shortened Commercial Course

New Syllabus Cuts CPL Down to 165 Hours, with 25% Fewer Flight Hours and 35% Less Ground Time 

AeroGuard Flight Training Center has received FAA approval for its new Reduced Hours Commercial Pilot Course, cutting the cost and time required to complete a commercial pilot rating. The changes result in a more affordable course that comes in at 165 total hours, cutting overall program time by 35%. Flight hours are reduced by  25%, which AeroGuard says provides "significant time and cost savings compared with other courses or other top flight schools." 

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Houston Police Secure 5-Year Maintenance Deal

MD Helicopters to Maintain, Support Drive Trains for Department's MD500E Fleet

MD Helicopters has signed a 5-year maintenance agreement with Houston Police Department, ensuring consistent performance for their 8 MD 500Es. The deal will pay particular attention to drive train components in the police fleet, keeping them aloft with minimal fuss for department management. The Houston Police Air Support Unit provides a variety of traditional law enforcement services to local and federal agencies that includes some rare maritime functions given the geography under their jurisdiction.

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Australian Operator Selects Bell 407GXi

Tourism, Charter, Utility Outfit Nautilus Expands Bell Fleet with 5 Additional Helicopters

Nautilus Aviation has placed an order for 5 407GXi helicopters from Bell, bolstering their fleet used in the North Queensland and Great Barrier Reef region. Bell’s 407GXi is an IFR-ready, 6+1 helicopter that has proven popular with parapublic operators and agencies around the world, to the point that the type has logged more than 6 million hours of flight time across the global fleet.

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Daher Appoints Denmark Service Provider

First TBM Sold in Country Brings About First In-Network Maintainer

Daher has appointed its first Scandinavian service center after the first TBM 940 was delivered to Denmark. The new owner of the aircraft will be able to avail themselves of the services of Uni-Fly A/S, found in the Hans Christian Andersen Airport near the city of Odense. The company is an EASA Part 145 maintenance organization that has been in operation since 1970. The bulk of their work lies in nearby helicopter flight services, supporting nearby geological and scientific expeditions in Denmark and Greenland.

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Klyde Morris (03.11.22)

Klyde Sees 'Fuelishness' All Around...


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Classic Aero-TV: Nextant Aerospace - Recrafting Some of BizAv’s Favorites

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Making Older Aircraft New Again…

Founded in 2007, Cleveland, Ohio based Nextant Aerospace is recognized as the first company in the world to introduce aircraft remanufacturing to the business jet market. The company started with the Nextant 400XTi, a completely-rebuilt Beechjet 400A/XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines and the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite up front. The new aircraft also has major aerodynamic enhancements and an improved engine mounting configuration with redesigned nacelles and pylons. The 400XTi is delivered with a two-year full-aircraft warranty and afte

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Central Colorado UAS to Receive USI Assistance, Sponsorship

Unmanned Safety Institute to Sponsor High School Educational Programs

The Central Colorado UAS group, or CCUAS has expanded its reach across the state, drawing the attention of large drone industry stakeholders like the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI). From its humble beginnings as a small drone enthusiast club in Buena Vista, Colorado, the CCUAS has added the institute as a major sponsor of the local group. The change will allow the org to fund additional drone-education programs in the Buena Vista and Salida high schools, as well as host its annual conference. The CCUAS also made a name for itself in the creation of the country's first sanctioned drone-flying park.

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Airborne 03.04.22: Gyroplane Gathering, Inhofe Retiring, Daher Exceeds

Also: New FAA Boss?, F-35 Recovery, Charter Provider Buys 20 PC-12s, 2M MQ-9 Flight Hours

The Bensen Days Event is on for 2022, with a few days of all things gyroplanes. Each year, the Bensen Days team puts together a weekend of rotorcraft education, safety, and fun to promote the use and enjoyment of gyroplanes throughout the aviation industry. Named for the creator of the original Gyrocopter, Igor Bensen, the event aims to "once and for all eliminate the phrase 'Gyroplanes...the best kept secret in aviation!" While gyros are the primary focus of the weekend, other rotorcraft are welcome, thanks to the considerable degree of overlap between the two bo

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-32-260

ATC Attempted To Contact The Pilot And Subsequently Issued A Low Altitude Alert

On February 22, 2022, about 2241 eastern standard time, a Piper PA32 airplane, N3952W, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Fostoria, Ohio. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The flight was conducted as an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from Effingham County Memorial Airport (1H2), Effingham, Illinois, to Findlay Airport (FDY), Findlay, Ohio. The filed IFR flight plan stipulated a cruise altitude of 9,000 ft mean sea level (MSL), an estimated time enroute of 1 hour and 28 minutes, and 4 hours of fuel on board.

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AD: Viking Air Limited

AD 2022-05-11 Requires A Bolt Hole Eddy Current Inspection Of The Lug Plate Holes

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Viking Air Limited (type certificate previously held by Bombardier Inc.) Model DHC-3 airplanes with a certain wing strut assembly installed. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI identifies the unsafe condition as fatigue damage of the wing struts. This AD requires a bolt hole eddy current inspection of the lug plate holes, a visual and fluorescent dye penetrant inspection of the lug fittings, and a visual and eddy current surface scan inspect

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.22)

Aero Linx: International Air Transport Association From 57 founding members in 1945, IATA now represents some 290 airlines in 120 countries. Carrying 83% of the world’s air traffic, IATA members include the world’s leading passenger and cargo airlines. IATA membership is open to airlines operating scheduled and non-scheduled air services that maintain an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.22): Photo Reconnaissance

Photo Reconnaissance Military activity that requires locating individual photo targets and navigating to the targets at a preplanned angle and altitude. The activity normally requires a lateral route width of 16 NM and altitude range of 1,500 feet to 10,000 feet AGL.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.13.22)

"Shall the resolutions of the Board Commissioners of Camden County, Georgia authorize the Option Contract with Union Carbide Corporation and Camden County’s right and option to purchase the property described therein be repealed." Source: From the wording of a referendum "overwhelmingly" rejecting the planned development of a spaceport in Camden Co, GA, earlier this week, by its citizens/NIMBYs.

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