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July 26, 2023

Airborne 07.26.23: WomenVenture, JOBY Sim, Kitfox Gear

 Also: New Warbird Org, Gogo Update, Pedal Plane Parade, Pelton on Fuel

 
 
The term 'Esprit de Corps' is often associated with parts of aviation that tend to one gender... but NOT at Oshkosh... where the WAI and 99s communities (among others) have proven that women have more than the right stuff... they ARE the right stuff. How do you train the next generation of aviators to prepare for aircraft that are unlike anything they have flown before??? You simulate it... ANN’s Rex Alexander gives it a try. A Kitfox can go just about anywhere... and sometimes that means really rough turf... but a new offering makes it possible for the iconic Kitfox to go just about anywhere... Our good friend, John ‘Lites’ Leenhouts presented t

FedEx Pilots Reject Tentative Agreement

So Near, So Far Away

On 24 July 2023, FedEx pilots represented by ALPA rejected a tentative agreement with the company by a vote of 57-percent to 43-percent.

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Boeing Announces Scholarships for Pilot Training

Since 2019, Boeing Has Invested More Than $8.5 Million

Boeing is investing $950,000 in scholarships for pilot training to grow and diversify talent required to meet significant long-term demand for commercial airplane pilots.

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Honeywell Debuts KX 200 Nav-Com at OSH

New Unit Optimized for Next-Gen Cockpits

Honeywell Aerospace announced that it is launching a new KX 200 navigation and communications system designed to meet the needs of pilots operating next-generation cockpits. An easy-installation upgrade for Honeywell’s KX 155 and KX 165 systems, the KX 200 is compatible with 14-volt and 28-volt systems. Moreover, the new system offers 25khz or 8.33khz frequencies, thereby ensuring its usefulness to European pilots.

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Iridium Launches Certus Aviation Service

Revolutionizing Aircraft Connectivity

Iridium Communications  has announced the introduction of its Iridium Certus aviation commercial service, which provides a secure cockpit domain with reliable voice and data capabilities. The announcement heralds the certification of Iridium Connected aviation solutions for commercial, business aviation, and private airplanes, as well as helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The inchoate architectures allegedly offer superior coverage compared to competitors’ systems.

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EAA’s Ford Trimotor Returns to AirVenture 2023

Book a Ride to Aviation’s Storied Past

AirVenture 2023 will again see the EAA’s Ford Trimotor 4-AT-E on hand to provide once-in-a-lifetime tours and rides to event attendees. The thirty-minute flights comprise 15-minutes of flight-time during which passengers will experience the flying-machine in which their great, great (perhaps even greater) grandparents might have flown, and at which they surely marveled.

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Daher Innovation Shines at AirVenture 2023

The French Have a Word For It: Rejoue-le

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). Additionally, the company has delivered the 80th TBM 960 executive single-engine turboprop aircraft, thereby marking a milestone in the annals of the company’s top-of-the-line turboprop offering. To acknowledge the popularity of its Kodiak and TBM aircraft families, Daher will exhibit specimens thereof at booths 387-392 and 404 at EAA AirVenture 2023.

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Textron Donates Velis Electro to AirVenture Auction

Donation Will Support EAA's Aims of Adding New Aviators to the Pool A new Velis Electro has been donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association auction at 'The Gathering' during this month's EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The donation will support the full spectrum of EAA charitable programs, with a decided focus on its mission to bring young people into the world of aviation, both professional and enthusiast. The Velis Electro is expected to be a banner piece at the auction, which will be joined by about 2 dozen other items.

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Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation Expands Leadership, Broadens Mission

Some of The Industry's Most Respected Leaders Join The Foundation For The Betterment of Aviation The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation (BHLF) is pleased to announce that it is expanding its leadership team, as well as its mission. The BHLF will be conducting a press conference at EAA AirVenture 2023 (OSH23) in the EAA Press Headquarters complex on Tuesday, 7/25, at 1030CT to discuss this news. The Foundation will be a part of OSH23 as an adjunct to its mission to promote the world of aviation, inspire the next generation of aviators and aviation professionals, and to establish better relationships within the sport aviation community -- a segment of the aviation world that Mr. Hoover was particularly fond of. Recently added to the board of the BHLF, by a

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OSH23 Sponsor Gogo Brings You OSH23... And A LEO Satellite Service Update

Round ‘n Round

Last year at EBACE, Gogo Business Aviation announced it would be building a new low-Earth-orbit (LEO) global broadband service designed specifically for business aviation that would fit virtually any size business aircraft from light jets and large turboprops to the largest ultra-long-range large-cabin aircraft. According to Gogo, the company has made significant progress in the past 12 months in conjunction with its strategic partners OneWeb and Hughes Network Systems to serve the broadest set of aircraft in aviation. And the company named the new service: Gogo Galileo.

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Airborne-NextGen 07.18.23: Stratospheric PHASA-35, UAS4STEM, EAS at Oshkosh!

Also: General Atomics 8M Hours, Nova-C Lunar Lander, Mayman Aerospace Speeder, Virgin Galactic

Engineers have completed a successful stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS). Dubbed PHASA-35, the UAS soared, over a 24-hour period, to an altitude of more than 66,000-feet MSL before landing safely. EAA AirVenture 2023 will see the return of the UAS4STEM competition for high school students. Organized by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the event features groups of students, ranging in age from 11-years to high school seniors, who build Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—which is to say

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Michelin Announces Air X Sky Light Tire

Lighter, Longer-Lasting, Sustainable—Three Stars

Michelin, has introduced a new family of aircraft tires. Dubbed the Michelin Air X Sky Light and designed for use on both narrow- and wide-body commercial airliners, the tires feature a new radial technology by which they’re rendered ten-to-twenty-percent lighter and 15-to-twenty-percent longer-wearing than Michelin’s previous generation of equivalent tires.

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Airborne-NextGen 07.18.23: Stratospheric PHASA-35, UAS4STEM, EAS at Oshkosh!

Also: General Atomics 8M Hours, Nova-C Lunar Lander, Mayman Aerospace Speeder, Virgin Galactic

Engineers have completed a successful stratospheric flight trial of BAE Systems’ High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS). Dubbed PHASA-35, the UAS soared, over a 24-hour period, to an altitude of more than 66,000-feet MSL before landing safely. EAA AirVenture 2023 will see the return of the UAS4STEM competition for high school students. Organized by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the event features groups of students, ranging in age from 11-years to high school seniors, who build Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—which is to say

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MQ-9A Fleet hits 20,000 Flight Hours with US Marine Corps General Atomics had

Marine Corps "MUX MALE" Fleet Hits 20,000 Flight Hours

General Atomics had a chance to toot its horn after its fleet reached 20,000 flight hours with the US Marine Corps on achieving a significant milestone of surpassing 20,000 flight hours in combination with the Marine Air-Ground Task Force. The Marines have been racking up the hours with their MQ-9A, in use as the “Unmanned Expeditionary, Medium-Altitude, High-Endurance aircraft” or MUX MALE.  Acronyms aside, the milestone shows just how the USMC likes their UAVs: Durable, reliable, and long-legged. The “MUX MALE” has only just begun its career in the corps, with only 8 delivered  so far, 2 of which remain operational. A dozen more are on the way, slated for de

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Canadian Carrier Wasaya Airways Reaches Tentative Agreement

American Pilot Aren't the Only Ones in on Negotiations These Days

Smaller, twin-turboprop Canadian operator Wasaya Airways pilots have established a tentative agreement with the company that will grant a 5-year contract and a host of improvements. Wasaya Airways, a subsidiary of the Exchange Income Corporation, will grant the pilots "increased compensation, stronger job-security protections, and enhanced working conditions" according to the ALPA. The line operates a fleet of commuter aircraft including the Beech 1900D, Cessna Caravan, Hawker 748, Pilatus PC-12, and Dash 8 throughout the Ontario region.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.26.23)

Aero Linx: International Fleet Club The International Fleet Club Newsletter is a hobby type, recreational, sport flying publication and is an amateur production intended only for the edification and entertainment of its subscribers. The social events and fly-ins reported in the newsletter are only suggestions, and because of location, type of airport, surrounding terrain, etc., all events reported may not be suitable for attendance by all members. Prior to attendance of any event reported in the newsletter, each member should review the proposed site of the event and in light of that, and in the light of the flying experience of the pilot/subscriber, assess

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.26.23): Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) A transportation system that transports people and property by air between two points in the NAS using aircraft with advanced technologies, including electric aircraft or electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.26.23)

"For your one-thousand-dollars, you will get one definite promise: You will never get your money back." Source: Back in the 1920s, while seeking backers for his eponymous Stout Metal Aircraft Company, W.B. Stout, a bold and imaginative promotor, sent a mimeographed form letter pluckily requesting $1,000 investments to no fewer than 19 monied individuals—including Henry Ford and his son, Edsel. Designed by William Bushnell Stout and developed by the Ford Motor Company, the Ford Trimotor—colloquially, the Tin Goose—is a three-engined transport aircraft broadly regarded as the world’s first luxury airliner.

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