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March 22, 2023

Airborne 03.22.23: SnF Innovation Preview!, CVR Upgrades, Propel Flt Academy

 Also: B-21 First Flight Delayed, EAA's 30th, Ducommun Acquiring BLR, Qantas Warning

 
 
The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is proud to present, as the lead-in to the aviation year via its partnership with the Aero-News Network, the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview scheduled for 1030 ET on DAY ONE. See it LIVE at www.airborne-live.net at 1030ET or come to SnF and see it for yourself in the Pavilion (ACE3 on the SnF Map), on the West side of the SDnF Headquarters building. Following recent incidents involving runway incursions and traffic conflicts between Part 121 aircraft, the FAA has resolved to increase the archival capability of Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) from the thirty minutes of magnetic-tape designs and two hours of so

Rocket Lab’s 'The Beat Goes On' Mission Readies Launch

Electron Rocket Continues to Impress

Rocket Lab, the publicly traded, American space-launch concern with a New Zealand subsidiary, announced on 17 March 2023 that it will launch a pair of satellites on a dedicated mission of its Electron rocket—a proper noun, not an allusion to the contraption’s workings—for BlackSky, the geospatial intelligence subsidiary of global launch services provider Spaceflight, Inc. The slated mission’s launch window opens 22 March at approximately 16:30 EDT.

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Study Identifies Higher Cancer Rates in Military Flight Personnel

Cancers Disproportionately Prevalent Among Air and Ground Crews

A study undertaken by the Pentagon has identified worryingly high rates of cancer among U.S. military pilots and aviation support personnel—such as aircraft maintainers, fuelers, and those responsible for launch and retrieval operations aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The data—long-sought by retired military aviators who’ve persistently raised alarms vis-à-vis the disproportionately high incidence of cancer among themselves and their air and ground crew comrades—contradicts former Pentagon assertions that personnel engaged in military flight operations are at no greater cancer risk than the general U.S. population.

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Regarding the NTSB’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget...

The Cost of Doing Business

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the Biden administration’s proposed 2024 fiscal year budget included the agency’s requested $145-million allotment. The sought sum reflects an increase of $15.7-million over the NTSB’s fiscal 2023 budget. The additional monies will be plied to the agency’s investigative efforts and the acquisition of new technologies germane to the NTSB’s charter.

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Airborne 03.22.23: SnF Innovation Preview!, CVR Upgrades, Propel Flt Academy

Also: B-21 First Flight Delayed, EAA's 30th, Ducommun Acquiring BLR, Qantas Warning

The SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is proud to present, as the lead-in to the aviation year via its partnership with the Aero-News Network, the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview scheduled for 1030 ET on DAY ONE. See it LIVE at www.airborne-live.net at 1030ET or come to SnF and see it for yourself in the Pavilion (ACE3 on the SnF Map), on the West side of the SnF Headquarters building. Following recent incidents involving runway incursions and traffic conflicts between Part 121 aircraft, t

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Pulaski, Kentucky Airshow Delayed to 2024

Airport Renovations Continue at Lake Cumberland Airport

The Lake Cumberland Air Show will have to wait 'til next year, say officials, thanks to renovations to the tarmac at their home base of Lake Cumberland Regional. As consolation, organizers promise that the show will be even bigger and better than 2022's, which brought out more than 8,000 attendees. The Cumberland Air Show is a young one, only getting off the ground in 2021. The show has aimed to revitalize interest in local aviation, and cement the airport in the local consciousness as a vital part of the community.

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Regional Airline Association Speaks at FAA Summit

RAA CEO Weighs in on Recent Issues with Stakeholders

The Regional Airline Association's Faye Malarkey Black joined the supporting chorus for "improved foundational training for pilots alongside redoubled professionalism in the industry," according to a recent presser. She threw the group's support behind the value of critical Safety Management Systems as the best way forward across the industry. The spate of near-collisions in recent months was posited to be a result of new blood entering the industry during the hubbub of 2020 and beyond, but Black said that pilots can't necessarily be judged by their logbook alone.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to be Acquired by L3Harris

Aerojet Rocketdyne Stockholders Overwhelmingly Approve Deal

At a special 16 March 2023 meeting, Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. announced that 99.7-percent of its stockholders had voted in favor of L3Harris Technologies’ proposed acquisition of the El Segundo, California-headquartered aerospace propulsion firm and its diversified holdings.

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Airbus Corporate Helicopters Updates Aston Martin Edition

New Livery Finds Quick Fans Among Clientele

One of the few remaining collaborations between an aircraft manufacturer and an upscale automobile marque recently saw a mild refresher in the Airbus ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, which began sporting some fresh styling after Heli-Expo 2023. The new options quickly proved popular with one customer, with Franklin Mountain Management immediately opting to upgrade its ACH130 into the upscale Aston Martin iteration.

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Leonardo Books Strong Heli-Expo 2023 Orders

Leo’s Strong Global Position Asserted

Heli-Expo 2023 saw nearly forty Leonardo helicopters comprising primarily  AW139s, AW169s, and AW109s and valuing approximately €470-million sold to numerous global operators. Subject helicopters, which are to be delivered between 2023 and 2026, will be plied to energy-support, Search And Rescue (SAR), Emergency Medical Services (EMS), public service duties, and VIP/corporate transport missions across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Fully Digital Aircraft Owners Insurance Service Launched

SkyWatch Offers Convenience and Comprehensive Coverage

SkyWatch, a licensed insurance broker in all fifty U.S. states and Canada with offices in Tel Aviv, Israel and Palo Alto, California, has announced the launch of its new, fully-digital aircraft owner's insurance platform. The game-changing offering enables owners of light aircraft to easily customize their insurance and obtain coverage in a matter of minutes—all with no need of a middleman. The new platform frees aircraft owners from the complicated, time-consuming processes of obtaining and maintaining insurance coverage and affords users a hassle-free, mobile, wholly-secure experience.

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Classic Aero-TV: A Sea Of Yellow -- 75 Years of Piper Cubs

From 2012 (YouTube Version): America's Iconic GA Airplane Celebrates Its Heritage

Whether you fly ultralight, LSA, certified airplane, military jets, or wide-bodied airliners, there is one aircraft type that practically personifies aviation. That airplane is the Piper J-3 Cub. The 75-year-old design is perhaps the most recognizable, and most copied, airplane that has ever graced the skies. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the airplane, more than 125 Cubs have landed on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport for AirVenture, 2012. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.23)

Aero Linx: Royal Aeronautical Society

As the only professional body dedicated to aerospace, aviation, and space communities, we exist to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. Established in 1866, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace, seeking to promote the highest professional standards and provide a central forum for sharing knowledge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.23): Movement Area

Movement Area

The runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport/heliport which are utilized for taxiing/hover taxiing, air taxiing, takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas. At those airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from ATC.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.22.23)

"We’re proud to continue playing a key role in building out BlackSky’s growing constellation. We’ve now delivered nine satellites to orbit for BlackSky since our first launch for them in 2019 and we’re grateful to have been entrusted with their mission once again. Counting down to another mission just six days after a successful launch from LC-2 in Virginia is no mean feat and testament to our team’s experience and dedication to delivering response launch.” Source: Rocket Lab founder and Chief Executive Peter Beck commenting on the upcoming launch of a pair of satellites on a dedicated mission of its Electron rocket for BlackSky, the geospatial intelligence subsidiary of global launch services p

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