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January 17, 2023

Airborne 01.17.23: Forgotten Fighter, EAA's 70th!, 3000th Caravan

Also: Immersive Radio Training, Helios Anti-Icing, Hydroplane, 5G AD
 
Congressman Darrell Issa released a statement regarding the upcoming upgrade to the Navy Cross for Navy Captain E. Royce William, California. Williams will be recognized for his 7-on-1 battle in 1952, when he flew his F9F-5 Panther alone against a group of Soviet MiG-15s. After years without recognition, William's previously received Silver Star will be upgraded to the Navy Cross. Williams came away the victor, shooting down 4 before excaping with a 37-mm hole in his fuselage. EAA is going all out for its 70th anniversary this year, marking the group's inception on January 26, 2023. This year's annual AirVenture Fly-In will be bigger than ever to celebrate the 1953 founding of the org b

Tragic... At Least Sixty-Eight Lives Lost in Nepalese ATR-72 Accident

A Surplus of Aftermath, a Dearth of Answers

Sixty-eight lives have been confirmed lost after an ATR-72-500 operated by Kathmandu-based Yeti Airlines went down in a gorge while attempting to land at a newly-opened airport in the resort town of Pokhara, Nepal. The instance occasions the Central Asian country’s deadliest aircraft accident in three decades. The accident’s cause is unknown and remains under investigation.

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Narrow Escape--JFK Runway Incursion Draws Comparisons to 1977 Tenerife Disaster

Uncomfortably Close

At approximately 20:45 EST on the evening of 13 January 2023, a Boeing 777-200 operating as American Airlines flight 106 from New York (JFK) to London Heathrow (LHR) came perilously close to colliding with a Boeing 737-900 operating as Delta Air Lines flight 1943 from New York (JFK) to Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) in the Dominican Republic. The American Airlines aircraft appears to have attempted to depart from a runway other than that which it was assigned by Air Traffic Control (ATC). Specifically, American 106 was directed to depart JFK’s Runway 4L, but held short of Runway 31L, inadvertently crossing in front of Delta 1943.

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Let's Make A Deal: Russia Amenable to Trading Stolen Satellites for Soyuz Parts

Necessity, the Mother of Humility

Roscosmos, the Russian state-owned space corporation and overseer of all Russian Federation space flights, cosmonautics programs, and aerospace research, has indicated it may be willing to return 36 communication satellites Moscow pilfered from OneWeb, the London-based satellite communication company. In exchange for its munificence, Roscosmos seeks to take possession of Soyuz rocket parts currently being held in French Guiana.

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Airbus Finishes 2022 with 8% Increase in Delivered Aircraft

Manufacturer Ends Year on the Upswing, Despite Challenges

Airbus capped off 2022 with a rousing increase in aircraft delivered over 2021, with 661 deliveries to make an 8% bump overall. The manufacturer delivered aircraft to 84 customers and took 1,078 gross new orders, bringing its end-of-year backlog to 7,239 aircraft in all. Once again the A320 brought in the lion's share of the hunt, accounting for 516 deliveries over 483 in 2021. The next most popular, the A350, accounted for 60 aircraft delivered in 2022, up by 5 from 2021.

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Airborne 01.09.23: P-51 v Piper, Artemis Inspection, Lead-Free Avgas

Also: Dramatic Helo Rescue, Hot Spots Standardized, NASA's 747SP, Blackhawk Aerospace Acquired

Ask any taildragger pilot about the issues inherent in taxiing the average conventional geared airplane around a busy ramp... like the Pitts Special, Cessna 195, Russian SU26/29/31 Sukhoi series... or... the P-51 Mustang. So... as the year was coming to a close, two aircraft met in the worst possible way... the oft-warned nose to tail collision. A North American P-51D Mustang, N3333E, nicknamed 'Glamorous Glenn III', ran into the aft section of a Piper PA-46-600TP M600, N282TX, during taxi at Houston Executive Airport, Texas. Inside the Multi-Payload Processi

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uAvionix to Undertake Long-Range UAS Flights at Vantis Location

North Dakota Test Range Sees 1st BVLOS Approval

North Dakota's UAS Networking facility, Vantis, will soon be the home of uAvionix BVLOS operations thanks to initial FAA approval. The state's interesting UAV test range appears to be shaping up as intended - part sandbox, part testing ground - as more uncrewed aerial vehicle manufacturers head north to develop their systems in the Vantis network. In petitioning the FAA for approval for beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations, uAvionix reportedly "demonstrated...adequate risk mitigations to satisfy required safety standards for the specified operation within the national airspace system."

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Airborne 01.09.23: P-51 v Piper, Artemis Inspection, Lead-Free Avgas

Also: Dramatic Helo Rescue, Hot Spots Standardized, NASA's 747SP, Blackhawk Aerospace Acquired

Ask any taildragger pilot about the issues inherent in taxiing the average conventional geared airplane around a busy ramp... like the Pitts Special, Cessna 195, Russian SU26/29/31 Sukhoi series... or... the P-51 Mustang. So... as the year was coming to a close, two aircraft met in the worst possible way... the oft-warned nose to tail collision. A North American P-51D Mustang, N3333E, nicknamed 'Glamorous Glenn III', ran into the aft section of a Piper PA-46-600TP M600, N282TX, during taxi at Houston Executive Airport, Texas. Inside the Multi-Payload Processi

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Simaero to Sell Open Training Slots on Air France FFS

Unused Simulator Time Near Charles De Gaulle Airport Brings 777, 787, A330, A350 to Airlines

Simaero and Air France have signed a long-term, exclusive partnership to provide the training firm's unused training slots on the open market. Under the deal, Simaero will sell open time on the 10 Air France simulators near Charles de Gaulle Airport to 3rd party clients. The sim slots will be sold for both dry leasing use or ATO training. Air France’s fleet of Full Flight Simulators covers a fairly wide variety of types for an air carrier: 4 Boeing 777 and a 787 FFS represent the American brand, while 2 Airbus A320 and A350 sims are joined by a single A330 sim to cover the European side.

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Honeywell's JetWave Approved for Use on Military WGS Network

Broadband Satcom Product Gains Another Network Option for Worldwide Connectivity

Honeywell has received certification to operate its JetWave MCX Ka-band Satcom terminal using the US military Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) network. The WGS certification means operators using the Honeywell JetWave MCX terminal have an additional network option for their terminal. The robust, reliable network will be available alongside Inmarsat’s commercial Global Xpress, as well as High-Capacity Cross Strap (HCX) military Ka beams for JetWave MCX users.

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Classic Aero-TV: Having It Your Way -- Ron Tarrson's Aspen-Equipped Navion

From 2010 (YouTube Version): A Classic Flying Machine Gets A Taste Of The Future

While companies like Avidyne and Garmin have introduced a new generation of GA aircraft owners to the glass panel revolution with every new airplane rebuilt these days (or so it seems), a quiet little company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has made that same revolution available to many thousands of other pilots and airplanes with one of the most divinely inspired glass panel upgrades seen so far.

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NTSB Prelim: Airbus A330-243

Cloud Shot Up Vertically (Like A Smoke Plume) In Front Of The Airplane In A Matter Of Seconds

On December 18, 2022, about 10:07am HST (20:07 UTC), Hawaiian Airlines flight 35, an Airbus A330-200, N393HA, experienced severe convectively induced turbulence at flight level (FL) 400, about 65 nm NNE of Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, about 40 minutes from landing at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Honolulu, Hawaii. Of the 291 passengers and crew, there were 25 injuries, of which 6 were serious.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.23)

Aero Linx: OX5 Aviation Pioneers Official Site of The Ox5 Aviation Pioneers Organization. The OX5 Aviation Pioneers is seeking aviation/history minded men and women to join them in keeping the OX5 engine and early USA aviation history alive.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.23): Oceanic Airspace

Oceanic Airspace Airspace over the oceans of the world, considered international airspace, where oceanic separation and procedures per the International Civil Aviation Organization are applied. Responsibility for the provisions of air traffic control service in this airspace is delegated to various countries, based generally upon geographic proximity and the availability of the required resources.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.17.23)

JFK ATC: "Sh#t! Delta 1943 cancel takeoff clearance! Delta 1943 cancel takeoff clearance!” Delta 1943: “Rejecting.” JFK ATC: “Alright, whew, Delta 1943. Delta 1943, are you able to taxi, or do you need a couple of minutes to run checks?” Delta 1943: “Yeah we can get off the runway Delta 1943.” Alertness on the controller’s part and the Delta air-crew’s excellent airmanship and solid training saw the 737 come to a controlled and linear stop within approximately three-hundred-meters of the American 777. Against a backdrop of glowing-hot brake pads, down-spooling turbofan engines, and thundering heart

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