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July 06, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 07.06.23: ALPA Pushes Back, Regional Outlook, Akasa $

 Also: U.K. Initiative, FAA Seeking AirVenture-Bound Pilots, AEA 2023-24 Scholarships, Non-Towered Airport A/C

 
 
ALPA has been sounding off over current legislative issues... ALPA president Captain Jason Ambrosi set forth in a 29 June statement: “...we cannot lose sight of the fact that Congress is poised to pass legislation that contains multiple anti-safety provisions that would introduce even more risk into the U.S. aviation system. Recent flight delays and cancellations are a reminder that the industry is still recovering from the pandemic, and we must remain vigilant in maintaining safety. What might you be flying as you enter the job market? A fresh market outlook came courtesy of Embraer -- showing $650B up for grabs and a

Japan Airlines to Test Clothing Rental Program

Why Pack What Can be Rented?

In a move certain to raise eyebrows, and possibly hemlines, Japan Airlines (JAL) has teamed with Japanese worldwide trading concern and clothing manufacturer Sumitomo Corporation for the purpose of offering the air-carrier’s passengers a clothing rental service. The scheme’s architects posit passengers will travel with fewer bags if afforded opportunity to rent fashionable, comfortable clothing at their destinations. Fewer bags equals diminished aircraft weight, which in turn equals diminished fuel expenditure and correspondingly lower CO2 emissions.

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Van’s Addresses Flawed Laser-Cut Parts

An Ounce of Prevention …

In response to customer reports of laser-cut holes appearing in parts manufactured via laser-cutting processes between February 2022 and June 2023, Van’s Aircraft—the famed light-sport aircraft marque and maker of the perennially popular RV6/6A, RV7/7A, and numerous additional kit aircraft—has disseminated a letter setting forth ...

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Airborne-Flight Training 06.29.23: Pilot Retention, Aura Aero, AvTalent Forecast

Also: Amerijet Pilots Ratify, Skill Development, Hartzell Engine Tech, NASA AirVenture 2023

Morningstar Air Express operates primarily as a subcontractor for FedEx. In addition to a contract, all-cargo FedEx service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia, Morningstar offers ad hoc all-cargo charter services. Notwithstanding its long-standing, stable, and profitable arrangement with FedEx, the post-COVID era has seen Morningstar struggle to retain pilot talent. Airbus Flight Academy Europe signed a memorandum of understanding with Aura Aero for the development of a new, training-focused version of the INTEGRAL E. Under the agreement, the Airb

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Airborne-Flight Training 06.29.23: Pilot Retention, Aura Aero, AvTalent Forecast

Also: Amerijet Pilots Ratify, Skill Development, Hartzell Engine Tech, NASA AirVenture 2023

Morningstar Air Express operates primarily as a subcontractor for FedEx. In addition to a contract, all-cargo FedEx service from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Vancouver, British Columbia, Morningstar offers ad hoc all-cargo charter services. Notwithstanding its long-standing, stable, and profitable arrangement with FedEx, the post-COVID era has seen Morningstar struggle to retain pilot talent. Airbus Flight Academy Europe signed a memorandum of understanding with Aura Aero for the development of a new, training-focused version of the INTEGRAL E. Under the agreement, the Airb

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Israel to Purchase 25 F-35s from U.S.

Deal Expands Israeli F-35 Fleet by Fifty Percent

The Israeli Defense Ministry (IDM) announced on 02 July 2023 that it has committed to purchasing 25 F-35 fighter jets from the United States. The deal increases the size of Israel’s F-35 fleet by fifty-percent.

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Aero-TV: RS Flight Systems -- German Hacks for Austrian Engines

Teutonic Tour de Force

Founded in 2018 and headquartered in the city of Berg in the Starnberg district of Bavaria, Germany, RS Flight Systems GmbH is an aviation technology concern offering flight testing, flight data acquisition, and noise certificate services. The company’s product portfolio comprises the Anemoi real-time wind indication system for glider pilots, Engine Management Units (EMU), System Control Units (SCU), and a Single Lever Power Control (SLPC) system for Rotax’s 912iS and 915iS engines.

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USAF Investigating F-35A Cautionary Landing

Fighter Lands Safely in 15 June LUF Incident

A U.S. Air Force spokesman set forth the service is investigating the cause of a June 2023 in-flight mechanical irregularity aboard one of its F-35A fighters. The pilot of the stricken fifth-generation, Lockheed-Martin fighter jet opted to return to Arizona’s Luke Air Force Base (LUF) where he landed safely and stood by while USAF maintenance personnel attempted to troubleshoot the $80-million aircraft—so stated 56th Fighter Wing spokesman Sean Clements on Wednesday, 28 June.

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Valuable Russian Aircraft Destroyed in Attempted Wagner Coup

IL-22M Airborne Command Post Lost

During an attempted coup of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin's government, forces of the Wagner Group shot down a high-value Russian IL-22M airborne command post aircraft outside the town of Bugaevka, killing the aircraft’s crew and destroying the aircraft utterly. In a subsequent report on the occurrence, the U.K. Defense Ministry set forth the aircraft's loss is likely to have a negative impact on Russian air and land operations.

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FAA Updates Non-Towered Airport Advisory Circular

Brushing Up on the Basics

The FAA has published an update to Advisory Circular (AC) 90-66, which pertains to aircraft operations at non-towered airports. The revision calls attention to regulatory requirements, recommended operations, and communications procedures germane to aircraft operations at airports without FAA VFR control towers, or at towered airports during those hours at which the tower is unattended.

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2 A-10 Units Slated for New Aircraft

Moody AFB, Gowen ANGB will Replace Thunderbolts with Lightnings, Falcons

The Department of the Air Force named two new aircraft assignments for some of its frontline fighters, with Moody AFB in Georgia set to receive active-duty F-35As, and Gowen Field ANGB of Idaho to transition to the F-16. Moody AFB will begin accepting 2 squadrons of F-35A Lightning IIs in 2027, which will require base personnel to swell by about 500 personnel.

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1947 Stinson Donated to EAA Chapter 534

Generous Benefactor Seeks to Further EAA Youth Outreach

James Ellrodt of Tavares, Florida has donated a vintage 1947 Stinson single engine aircraft to Leesburg, Florida’s Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534. Having heard of the youth outreach programs undertaken by EAA Chapter 534, Mr. Ellrodt was compelled to donate his Stinson in the hope of encouraging young Floridians to cultivate interests in aviation.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA46

While Being Vectored To Airport Smoke Began To Enter The Cockpit

On June 18, 2023, about 0843 central daytime time, a Piper PA46-350P airplane, N463HP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near College Station, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. While on departure from the airport, the pilot observed high oil temperature readings.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.06.23)

Aero Linx: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society, dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession for engineers and scientists.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.06.23): Hold-Short Point

Hold-Short Point A point on the runway beyond which a landing aircraft with a LAHSO clearance is not authorized to proceed. This point may be located prior to an intersecting runway, taxiway, predetermined point, or approach/departure flight path.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.06.23)

“Van's will manufacture and replace affected laser-cut dimpled parts with CNC punched parts. The linked update provides an initial description of our plan to prioritize that process, and we will update you as the process is executed and refined. We will also be communicating this issue and related details directly to customers over the next several days. We will also be publishing a list of affected parts and status for each later this week..." Source: Part of a statement by Van's Aircraft in which the company proactively addressed some problems with laser cut parts produced over the last year...  

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