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January 30, 2023

Textron Reports Fourth Quarter 2022 Earnings

Finishing Strong—for the Most Part

On 25 January 2023, Textron Inc.—the Providence, Rhode Island-based American conglomerate and parent company of Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Lycoming Engines, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat snowmobiles, and Textron Systems—reported its fourth quarter 2022 earnings. The report cited increased company income from continuing operations of $1.07 per-share—compared to 2021’s fourth quarter adjusted income from continuing operations of $0.93 or $0.94 per-share. Textron’s full-year 2022 income from continuing operations was $4.01 per share—up from $3.30 in 2021.

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Electric CH750 Takes Flight Under NUNCATS Development

Affordable Backcountry Courier Aims for Pole Position as Affordable Charity Aircraft

NUNCATS has seen the first flight of its Zenith CH750-based Electric Sky Jeep at the UK's Old Buckenham airport. The project aims to create an affordable, sustainable, electric courier aircraft to provide health service to remote communities all around the world. NUNCATS (No Unnecessary Novelty Community Air Transport Services) hopes to provide a stable, reliable form of backcountry transport for doctors, teachers and medical supplies with their affordable combination of a tried and true Chris Heintz Design and electric powertrain.

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First Class of United GA Pilots Graduates from Arizona Facility

Fresh CFI in Hand, Inaugural Class of Aviate Pilots Heads to Instruct

United announced the graduation of its first group of zero-to-hero ab initio pilots from their United Aviate Academy. The class is the first to come from the Goodyear, Arizona location after United took over the luxurious training accommodations that served as Lufthansa's old stomping grounds, including their bespoke, private use ILS in the south practice area. The graduating class of 51 students will be the first bolus towards what United hopes will be an eventual - but optimistic - total of 5,000 by decade's end.

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Britten-Norman Obtains Type Certification for Tiny Twin Turboprop

High-Wing, Fixed Gear Islander on the Way to American Buyers

An exciting contender to the twin-engine turboprop commuter segment has just been typer certificated, with the British Britten-Norman Islander on its way to the states. The BN2T-4S Islander sports a pair of Rolls Royce model 250 engines on each of its high wings and storky fixed gear. The Islander has been approved by the UK's CAA and EASA, with progression on its type certificates in Canada and India. The new markets will greatly expand the reach of the BN2T-4S as a strong contender in the rough and tumble twin-engine turboprop market.

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Illinois Ultralight Symposium Set for Feb 25

Free Safety, Operations Education Event for Light Sport Aviators Enters 42nd Year

The Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council is holding the 2023 Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium this February, bringing together a variety of industry bodies and businesses to enhance safety and skill for pilots of all stripes. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, the Federal Aviation Administration and their local Springfield FSDO.

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Electra Aero Selected for AFWERX Funding

Injection of Capital Aids Prototyping Efforts for Eventual 9-Pax USAF Variant

Electra.aero, Incorporated has been selected by the U.S. Air Force AFWERX innovation arm for a Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) award to foster the company's work on sustainable STOL aircraft. The deal secures up to $85 million between private investments, government funding, and matching Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) money to be used on Electra's development of a full-scale pre-production prototype electric short takeoff and landing aircraft.

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1st Block 70 F16 Takes Off From Greenville

New Manufacturing Facility Completes First Bahraini Viper

The first new production Block 70 F-16 took flight from Lockheed Martin's Greenville, South Carolina facility. The flight  marks the first completed F-16 made at the facility after moving production to Greenville from the older Fort Worth, Texas location. The test aircraft is the latest and greatest of the venerable old Falcon and the first of 16 jets bound for Bahrain. Demand for the F-16 may have surprised Lockheed after the move to Greenville, as global instability heats up the search for affordable, single-engine fighters around the world.

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NTSB Prelim: Embraer Executive Aircraft Inc EMB-505

(Airplane) Appeared To “Pull Up Steep,” Roll To The Left, And The Left Wing Impacted The Ground

On January 2, 2023, about 1135 mountain standard time, an Embraer EMB-505, N555NR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Provo Municipal Airport, Provo, Utah. The pilot sustained fatal injuries, two passengers sustained serious injuries, and one passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness who was removing snow from the ramp area reported that the accident airplane was hangared near his location, and that the airplane remained hangared until 1055.

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Classic Aero-TV: Jabiru's New J170-D - An Upgraded and Fine-tuned LSA

From 2016 (YouTube Version): The Airplane From Down Under Is A Proven Trainer…

Jabiru was one of the early light sport aircraft (LSA) brought into the U.S.A. when the sport pilot rules were initiated in 2004. They have long been popular for pilot training in Australia, and while at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, found out more about a new model of Jabiru trainer that has been recently introduced to the U.S. Tom met up with Pete Krotje, who is the president of Jabiru North America which is located in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Krotje says the new Jabiru model is referred to as the J170-D and is a high

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Airborne-Flight Training 01.19.23: CFI Hall of Fame, Delta Pilots, Airport Chart

Also: AAL Cockpit Protocols, Simaero, Immersive Radio Training, Sun 'n Fun 2023 Stringer Opportunity

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) announced that nominations for 2023 Flight Instructor Hall of Fame inductees are open and will be accepted until 01 April 2023. Appropriate Flight Instructor Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who’ve made significant contributions to aviation education and flight instruction while distinguishing themselves and the profession of flight instructing. Pilots union negotiators at Delta Air Lines have finalized the language of a tentative labor agreement by which pilots in the employ of the Atlan

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.23): Option Approach

Option Approach An approach requested and conducted by a pilot which will result in either a touch-and-go, missed approach, low approach, stop-and-go, or full stop landing. Pilots should advise ATC if they decide to remain on the runway, of any delay in their stop and go, delay clearing the runway, or are unable to comply with the instruction(s).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.23)

Aero Linx: Ercoupe Owners Club We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally  followed. The members of the Ercoupe Owners Club provide each other mutual support as we keep these classic aircraft in the air. Along the way, we've found that Coupe people are a little bit special, themselves. Please browse our site and enjoy.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.30.23)

"I'm so proud of this first class of graduates – they've taken an important first step in their career and they reflect our commitment to hiring people who exceed the highest professional and safety standards. I look forward to eventually welcoming them to our United team and I can't wait to see them flying our new United Next planes in the years to come." Source: United CEO Scott Kirby, commenting as the airline announced the graduation of its first group of zero-to-hero ab initio pilots from their United Aviate Academy.

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