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July 20, 2023

FAA Releases Preliminary MOSAIC NPRM

Major Certification Initiative Imminent

The FAA has officially released a pre-publication version of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) pertaining to the long-awaited MOSAIC aircraft certification scheme. MOSAIC—an acronym denoting Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates—proposes to “enable enhancements in safety and performance and increase privileges under a number of sport-pilot and light-sport aircraft rules.” Ostensible enhancements under the inchoate rule include: increasing suitability for flight training, limited aerial work, and personal travel. The proposed rule seeks to expand the number and types of aircraft sport pilots may operate.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 07.20.23: MOSAIC!!!, TX Stallion, Dynon D30

Also: Cicaré 8, Bushliner 1850, Hummingbird Heli, OSHKOSH Pressers

Long, long overdue, the FAA is about to publish the NPRM outlining what they envision for MOSAIC. MOSAIC—an acronym denoting Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates—proposes to “enable enhancements in safety and performance and increase privileges under a number of sport-pilot and light-sport aircraft rules.” Ostensible enhancements under the rule include: increasing suitability for flight training, limited aerial work, and personal travel. Hoping to take advantage of the tenets of what may come about due to MOSAIC, Texas Aircraft Manufacturing has partnered with its sister company, Brazil’s Industria Paulista de Aeronaves (INPAER), to introduce the four-place St

Dynon Debuts D30 Electronic Flight Display

STC’d Unit Complements SkyView HDX Installations

Dynon has added the D30 Touchscreen Electronic Flight Display to its Dynon Certified product line. The D30 is designed to serve as a backup set of flight instruments in STC’d SkyView HDX systems, which may now be installed into over six-hundred type-certificated aircraft models.

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Daher Delivers First Kodiak-100 with Hartzell 5-Blade Composite Propeller

Well and Truly Air-Screwed

Daher, the French industrial conglomerate and parent company of general aviation aircraft marques TBM, Kodiak, and SOCATA, has delivered a unique Kodiak-100 to the North Carolina Forest Service’s Aviation Division (NCFSAD). By taking delivery of the high-wing, single-turboprop-engine utility airplane, the NCFSAD earned the distinction of being the world’s first operator of a Kodiak-100 equipped with Hartzell's composite five-blade propeller.

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Climate Protestors Glue Themselves to Runways

Operations at DUS and HAM Disrupted

Environmental zealots purportedly aligned with an extremist group known as The Last Generation precipitated turmoil at two German airports by gluing themselves to the runways of such for purpose of protesting pollution. A self-described "national student-led organization focused on raising awareness for climate change and environmental injustice,” The Last Generation operates primarily in and recruits the majority of its members from Germany and Italy.

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Airborne 07.12.23: Rotor n Ribs, No OSH Sonex HighWing, BE-4 Blows Up

Also: Airbus Toulouse, USCG Oil Rig Rescue, Glacier Park Int'l Airport, OSHKOSH 2023!!!

Held annually for the last seven-years at Indiana’s Goshen Municipal Airport (GSH), Rotors ‘n Ribs is an eponymously-accurate event comprising an aggregation of helicopters, helicopter pilots, first-rate barbecue ribs, and a slew of family-friendly, rotary-wing-themed attractions. Interest in Sonex’s new Highwing aircraft remains similarly keen among those by whom the machine is being developed and those intent upon purchasing such. Sympathetic to the disappointment apt to be occasioned by the news, Sonex conceded by way of a 09 July statement that a prot

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Textron to Debut Beechcraft Denali at AirVenture 2023

King Air ÷ 2

Textron Inc., the Providence, Rhode Island-based conglomerate and parent company of Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Bell Helicopter, Lycoming Engines, and Pipistrel, will debut its clean-sheet Beechcraft Denali single-turboprop-engine business aircraft at the upcoming EAA AirVenture fly-in and air-show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Former CAP Commander Disparages White Male Pilots

Racism’s New Face

Former Civil Air Patrol (CAP) commander Colonel Mark “Woot” Wooten has made public his opinion that CAP officials ought eschew hiring white, male pilots possessed of expertise and experience and, instead, embrace "diversity and being inclusive.”

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Top Ten CAF AirVenture 2023 Attractions

Wonders in the Past Perfect Tense

EAA’s annual AirVenture fly-in is the largest event of its kind in the world. The weeklong show/exhibition/hootenanny has been called aviation’s family reunion, and since its 1953 founding, has grown from 21 planes and 150 pilots and onlookers to upwards of ten-thousand aircraft and six-hundred-thousand annual attendees. The scale of EAA’s AirVenture is daunting. Aviation and aerospace attractions and demonstrations abound—each more fascinating and absorbing than the last. To ensure parties bound for Oshkosh don’t miss the myriad and memorable machines and presentations the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has up its proverbial sleeve, the storied Texas-based non-profit organiza

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Airborne 07.12.23: Rotor n Ribs, No OSH Sonex HighWing, BE-4 Blows Up

Also: Airbus Toulouse, USCG Oil Rig Rescue, Glacier Park Int'l Airport, OSHKOSH 2023!!!

Held annually for the last seven-years at Indiana’s Goshen Municipal Airport (GSH), Rotors ‘n Ribs is an eponymously-accurate event comprising an aggregation of helicopters, helicopter pilots, first-rate barbecue ribs, and a slew of family-friendly, rotary-wing-themed attractions. Interest in Sonex’s new Highwing aircraft remains similarly keen among those by whom the machine is being developed and those intent upon purchasing such. Sympathetic to the disappointment apt to be occasioned by the news, Sonex conceded by way of a 09 July statement that a prot

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Classic Aero-TV: Empowering Educators - Wings Over the Rockies' Teacher Outreach

From 2016 (YouTube Version): An Amazing Opportunity For Colorado’s STEM Educators…

In this video you’ll hear about a program that is designed to inspire teachers to inspire their students by sharing with them the excitement of flying in a 1942 Boeing PT-17 Stearman trainer plane. Hetty Carlson, of the Teacher Flight Program, explains how they use aviation as a tool to motivate and encourage students. Their Colorado-based operation has a goal of flying one teacher from every school along the Colorado Front Range. Counting up the school districts and the schools involved means that they are offering 1,600 teachers, through the year 202

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on July 2023 Cessna 182 Accident

Pilot Perishes in North-Idaho Mishap

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a 06 July 2023 accident in which a Cessna 182N, registration N703Z, was substantially damaged and its pilot (and sole occupant) was killed shortly after departing St. Maries, Idaho’s Jack A. Buell Airport (S72).

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McFarlane Introduces New C-172 Engine Baffle System

Cool Heads Prevail

McFarlane subsidiary Airforms has introduced a new series of FAA-PMA engine baffles for all Cessna-172 B and C OEM configurations. Designed as replacements for aging factory installations, Airforms’s new baffles have undergone individual PMA approval and may be purchased as standalone units or as complete sets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.20.23)

Aero Linx: Flying Wings of Louisiana

Rusty Lavergne is the founder of Flying Wings of Louisiana along with his wife and co-founder, Kelly Lavergne. Rusty is a former Army Blackhawk Helicopter Pilot (1994-2002) and has been fulfilling his passion for aviation by flying helicopters for the past 28 years. Rusty's love of aviation has led him to flying fixed-wing airplanes where he has acquired his CFI, CFII, and MEI. Having raised their 3 sons, Rusty and Kelly were ready for another chapter in life of giving back. Cancer has affected both of their families and they decided to focus their efforts by supporting those who are in any stage of cancer.  Flying Wings  serves cancer patients

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.20.23): En Route Automation System (EAS)

En Route Automation System (EAS)

The complex integrated environment consisting of situation display systems, surveillance systems and flight data processing, remote devices, decision support tools, and the related communications equipment that form the heart of the automated IFR air traffic control system. It interfaces with automated terminal systems and is used in the control of en route IFR aircraft.

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