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January 22, 2024

Airborne 01.22.24: Van's Biz, Atlas Air 747, Anti-Harry LLOA Petition

 Also: F-35 v Flashlight, Air India Training, Spirit Airlines Downgraded, Akasa Orders Boeing

an's Aircraft, after weeks of working through their bankruptcy process, have published a business update... and as usual, not everyone is happy. Van's notes that, "...We’ve processed a large volume of kit reorders and continue to handle related emails and phone calls. We’re shipping kits to customers every day, and we’ve started sending replacement parts to some customers with kits that contained laser cut parts. We’re also currently finalizing the plan for customers who have open orders for Lycoming engines, Rotax powerplant kits, propellers, and avionics kits." An 8-year old Atlas Air 747-8 made the rounds

Atlas Air 747 Goes Viral with Fiery Engine-Out

Another Day, Another Unflattering Boeing Moment on the Timeline

An 8-year old Atlas Air 747-8 made the rounds after footage of its nocturnal return showed an impressive trail of flames from one of its port side engines. The Atlas flight returned to Miami International shortly after departure, and landed successfully with no injuries reported. It's unfortunate timing for Boeing, given its recent brouhaha involving the inflight decompression of a new-production MAX 9. The intricacies of aircraft manufacture, maintenance, and overhaul are entirely lost on the public, and their desire to see dazzling footage of damaged aircraft propelled a video of the Atlas Air flight across the internet in minutes.

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Anti-Prince Harry Aviation Award Petition Mysteriously Quashed

Negative Reaction To Living Legends Of Aviation Award Reached Well Over 12,000 Before It Was Censored

The still-growing controversy to include the self-outcast Royal Prince Harry among some of those who have either innovated aviation, walked on the moon, and/or put their lives on the line for others has taken an interesting turn. On Friday, the increasingly questionable "Living Legends of Aviation" program awarded Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, an award for being a 'Living legend of Aviation.' In the days prior to this occurrence, an aggressive bit of controversy developed in which military leaders from the UK, as well as others from the aviation spectrum, protested the action... using terms like Bizarre, Preposterous and Phony. 

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EAA Completes Funding Search for Education Center

Learning Hub Bolsters Local Aviation Activity

The EAA's Education Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin has found continued interest since opening in July 2022, offering a "center for aviation learning for young people as well as experienced pilots". The Education Center will be searching for additional growth in 2024 in the hopes of serving thousands more. The $6.2 million Center was funded to completion after a final $600,000 matching grant from the Ray Foundation in late December 2023. Now complete, the 30,000-square foot facility has been financed privately from top to bottom.

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Joby Signs on with Atlantic Aviation, Too

Charging Infrastructure Coming to Atlantic, One Way or Another

Archer isn't the only one inking deals for electric charging infrastructure with Atlantic Aviation, with the most recent wire coming courtesy of Joby for more of the same. “Through more than 30,000 miles of all-electric vertical flight with full-scale prototype aircraft, our team has fine-tuned a ground support system that allows for the simultaneous recharging of multiple battery packs, external coolant exchange, and secure data offload after flight – making it suitable for all electric aircraft.”

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1st 'ZEROe Fuel Cell Powers On

Hydrogen Propulsion Sees Milestone in Emission-Free Aviation

Airbus completed its first powered ground test using its prototype hydrogen fuel cell system, seeing a 1.2-megawatt output. The combined "iron pod" system consisted of the electric motors to spin the propeller shaft, as well as the units to control, cool, and power them. The test is a "pivotal step on Airbus' ZEROe roadmap to put a hydrogen propulsion aircraft into service by 2035".

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Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Sees Fresh Legal Action

Locals Push for Renewed Easement, Ban on Leaded Fuels

Sensing blood in the water, legal sharks near the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport have filed suit looking to restrict airport activity near their communities. The public-use airport was established in 1960 near Broomfield, Colorado, and is now the closest port to downtown Denver. Like so many airports before it, the area has been subsumed by a never-ending quantity of urban sprawl building up around it, only to find itself the focus of its new neighbor's displeasure. It sports a set of parallel, paved runways, 9,000 and 7,000 feet respectively, as well as a smaller 3,600-ft crosswind runway. Its location continues to be a popular stop for larger jets, business travelers, and firefighte

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Classic Aero-TV: Able Flight's Leslie Irby-Air Is Only Place Free of Prejudice

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Able Flight Welcomes New Pilots At AirVenture

After seven weeks of intensive flight training and ground school, seven 2019 Able Flight scholarship recipients are now licensed pilots. Six trained at Purdue University and one at The Ohio State University, and they were honored at Able Flight’s annual Wings Pinning Ceremony at EAA AirVenture 2019. Among them is Leslie Irby, who lives in Georgia and was paralyzed in an auto accident in 2013. She told Aero-News that was inspired to learn to fly after learning the story of Bessie Coleman, who was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native

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NTSB Preliminary Report: Just Highlander

The Airplane Wreckage Was Located By Local Law Enforcement Beyond The Departure End Of The Private Runway

On January 6, 2024, about 0945 mountain standard time a Just Highlander airplane, N712DG, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Dolores, Colorado. Both pilots sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations personal flight. According to Automated Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data, the airplane was flown from the Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ), Cortez, Colorado on January 4, 2024. The data showed the departure time of about 1601. The airplane landed at the pilot’s private dirt airstrip about 1616.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.22.24)

Aero Linx: The South Dakota Aviation Association  The South Dakota Aviation Association is an organization comprised of pilots, business owners and allied industry representatives. We use aircraft to assist agricultural producers in the production of food, fiber and biofuel. Our pilots take to the skies to not only protect crops, but also rangeland, timber and areas threatened by fire.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.22.24): Touchdown Zone

Touchdown Zone The first 3,000 feet of the runway beginning at the threshold. The area is used for determination of Touchdown Zone Elevation in the development of straight-in landing minimums for instrument approaches.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.22.24)

“Approximately five years ago, this was merely a dream - to create a place where young people could be inspired by the world of flight while current pilots could build their existing skills. Having now seen what has occurred here in just 18 months, we know what the support of those who believed in the dream has created, expanding the possibilities for people of all ages within EAA’s aviation community based here at Oshkosh.” Source: Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and Chairman of the Board, commenting on the progress made by the EAA Education Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, since opening in July 2022.

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