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May 02, 2022

Airborne 04.25.22: DC Evac Blame Game, CubCrafters Raffle, Diamondo Journey

Also: Bacardi Sues American Airlines, Starlink Selected, Sporty's Scholarships, SkyCourier Full-Flight Sim

While a number of knee-jerk politicians are pointing fingers, the US Army Recruiting Command has issued a statement regarding its role in the April 20 false alarm that led to the evacuation of the Capitol. The demonstration and airshow team was doing a regular performance for the Washington Nationals’ Military Appreciation Night crowd when the U.S. Capitol Police initiated procedures to evacuate Congressional buildings, mistakenly identifying the team's aircraft as a threat. CubCrafters will support the upcoming Alaska Airmen’s As

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Solar Technology For Small Airports

Solar Technology Coming To A Small Airport Near You

As you've taken to the skies on a recent mission, you have likely flown over landmarks or visual waypoints published on your sectional chart and encountered some that were not. In many instances windmill farms are published, solar farms not so much, but when they're out there, you can't miss them as they seem to consume a good bit of real estate. Up close, you'll find that they're typically cobalt-hued glass substrates of specific geometry with little flexibility and target thick.

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Sonaca 200 NG Revealed at Aero Friedrichsafen

Belgian Manufacturer Expands International Dealer Network, Service Capability, Lineup

Sonaca too has taken advantage of Aero Friedrichshafen 2022, announcing the addition of 2 more trim levels of the marque's 200 Trainer aircraft. The first, the Sonaca 200 NG, takes the regular 2-seater trainer (and leisure, too, as they are careful to remind us) and equips it for VFR night flight. Taking the traditional 6 pack of instruments from the day aircraft, with electronic engine monitoring and a radio stack. Sonaca describes the layout as "classic", adding that the more standard T-shaped instrument layout is a demand of many flight schools.

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Pivot Airlines Crew May be Held for Up to 1 Year for Reporting Contraband Aboard

In Dominican Custody, Pilots, Flight Attendants Kept on the Move with Security Detail

The Airline Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has emphatically announced its concern over a pair of missing members who have been held in custody since a brouhaha involving contraband smuggled aboard their aircraft. The story is an unusual one, in which Pivot Airlines personnel, 2 flight attendants, 2 pilots, and a mechanic have been held in the country with no option to leave. The story began when the crew discovered 200 kilos of suspected contraband inside the plane, and reported it to both the Dominican government and the RCMP on April 5.

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Sporty's Updates Sport Pilot Course

Improved, Expanded, and Modernized Ground School Revised for 2022

Sporty's continues to go through and revise their online courses, this time allowing future LSA pilots to learn the ropes and save money on ground time for their Sport Pilot License. Like the other courses in recent months, Sporty's has updated things with new video, handy tools, and a support for a wider roster of platforms. The time is right, with a number of new additions and prospective sportplane owners hooked by the new generation of affordable, modern aircraft coming out every month.

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Klyde Morris (04.29.22)

Klyde Gets To The TRUE Problem With The Recent Red Bull Stunt/Cash/Foulup


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Elixir Exhibited New Turbo Model at Friedrichshafen

French Sportplane Builder Expanding Fabrication Facilities, Improving Products

Relatively hot on the heels of its 2019 exhibition at Aero Friedrichshafen, Elixir Aircraft announced a few updates at this year's show, ranging from coveted CS-23 certification, to a new trim level boasting a Rotax 915iS Turbo. Elixir Aircraft showed off their spiffy new CS-23 approval at the show, which has spurred them on to greatly expand their manufacturing capability with such a large, wide ranging market at stake. The French manufacturer holds more than 40 backorders for aircraft, and anticipates a specially redeveloped factory floor to build on the assembly line currently operating.

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Percepto Opening Florida Location

Automated Drone Inspection Company Strengthens Ties After Power & Light Deal

Not long after the announcement of its service agreement with Florida Power & Light, Percepto has announced it will open a new facility in Riviera Beach, Florida. The new office will employ around 100 new personnel in technical, high-wage jobs at the 11,000 square-foot building. Percepto will invest several million dollars in the location, providing a more local resource for its newest client, aiding Florida Power & Light (FPL) with their remote monitoring network. 

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Van Nuys Sees Success with Local Aviation Career Day

16 Years on, Local Employment Drive Acquaints 20,000+ Students with the Variety of Aviation Careers

Van Nuys, California held the 16th annual career day at the local airport, bringing out (nearly) hundreds of students to see the breadth of aviation careers available right in their own backyard. The Sky’s the Limit: Aviation Career Day was presented in conjunction with the Van Nuys Airport (VNY). This annual event, somewhat unfortunately, was held online for the 2nd time in a row. The online forum did allow a higher attendance rate than years past, bringing out almost 200 E-attendees. 

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Gary Ward Receives Showmanship Award

Airshow Career Honored by a Grateful Industry

Gary Ward has won the prestigious airshow honor of being the 2022 recipient of the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship. Ward's career has brought him into the aerobatics and airshow fold, getting his start in the USAF as a jet engine mechanic before moving onwards and upwards into Aerospace engineering. After a brief stint at Cessna as a design engineer on the first generation Citation, he moved home to Lincolton, Georgia to work in the family lumber business where he spent the rest of his working career.

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JMB Aircraft's VL3 Gets Data Service from AVIATIZE

JMB Aircraft’s Connect(ed) App Extends Serviceability With AVIATIZE Suite 

JMB Aircraft, in partnering with AVIATIZE, aims to do for its VL3 series of aircraft what the flight data service companies have been doing for the big birds (the commercial airlines), by providing pertinent systems information to the pilot/operator on things such as fuel quantity, oil consumption, tire pressure, cabin temperature, location, and more. 

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AUVSI Announces XCellence Winners

Industry Trade Show Recognizes Greatness in Uncrewed Systems

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) recognized the winners of the 5th annual XCELLENCE Awards at their expo, AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022. The winners are said to represent those "companies, organizations, and individuals that achieved significant accomplishments in operations, technology and innovation across the uncrewed systems community." The fast-moving nature of the industry has seen progress gallop along, matched by outside interest and funding as drones move from niche hobby or enterprise to vital corporate standby. 

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Classic Aero-TV: Realflight Drone Sim - UAV/Drone Training Without Risk

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Learn To Fly Your New Drone Without Breaking Anything...

Okay, you’ve got your eye on a really nice multirotor drone that can perform numerous functions that meet your needs, but you’re concerned about spending a fair amount of money and then taking a chance that it will get damaged when you’re learning to fly it. ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna P210N

Controller Requested That They Sidestep To The Parallel Runway For Landing

On March 8, 2022, at 1417 mountain standard time, a Cessna P210N airplane, N210GE, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Englewood, Colorado. The pilot and flight instructor both sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that the flight was cleared for an instrument approach as they neared the intended destination airport. The initial portion of the approach was uneventful. After contacting the control tower, the controller requested that they sidestep to the parallel runway for landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.02.22)

Aero Linx: Colorado Pilots Association Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization with over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flight safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.02.22): 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 (05.02.22)

“Our members followed the rules and did everything by the book, and yet this still happened, which is gravely concerning. The continued threats and prosecution of the Pivot Airlines crew raises serious concerns for all Canadian travelers and employees traveling to and working in the Dominican Republic.”  Source: The Airline Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), president Wesley Lesosky, expressing concern over a pair of missing members who have been held in custody since a brouhaha involving contraband smuggled aboard their aircraft.  

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