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March 22, 2024

Employees Arrested for Defrauding Jumbolair Area Company

Pair Charged Company Card with Inflated Charges for Bunk Gas Receipts

One pilot has been arrested, with another on the run after a Florida production company was defrauded to the tune of about $800,000. The company, Constellation Productions, was confused with the nearby Jumbolair Aviation & Equestrian Estates, thanks to its owner, John Travolta. He lives adjacent to the Jumbolair airpark, a famed aviation dream house that offers an impressive 7,550-foot airstrip. Travolta's old Boeing 707 in the driveway is the stuff of dreams for many, but just dipping toes into that world wasn't enough for two pilots employed by the star's operating company. The fraud came to pass by way of the ever-tempting "company AmEx", as many a fired employee can

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AeroMech Issued Starlink STC for King Air 200/300s

Satellite Internet Comes to Beechcrafts with New Approval

AeroMech Incorporated announced its receipt of a Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of Starlink high speed internet in the Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 series aircraft. That's great news for internet-hungry King Air operators, since the AeroMech FAA STC ODA covers 17 variants of the aircraft, from the original King Air 200 to the newfangled King Air 360s. AeroMech's subsidiary, AMI Aviation Services, is now conducting Starlink antenna installations for end users out of its facilities back East, or from a handful of remote teams. For those out West, AMI can provide the STC and PMA installation kits to any qualified Starlink installer or dealer.

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EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Making Another Tour

Season Begins in April With Stops Across the USA

Fans of the historic Ford Tri-Motor aircraft have a chance to hitch a ride as it tours through a list of 7 states through the end of July. The Tri-Motor will make stops in New Mexico and Texas throughout April, moving on to Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois in May. June will see it pass through Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois again,  with its last stop in Oshkosh. Different tour dates will offer fun times for all, with most stops allowing for about three days of flying. Tickets run $99 for adults and $75 for kids 17 and under. Luckily for passengers, every seat on a Tri-Motor is a window seat! Each flight offers about 30 minutes of total time, with 15 minutes in the air.

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Gogo Business Aviation Caps Flight Testing

5G Revolution Still Gestating in Simulator Testing, But Progress is Quick

Gogo Business Aviation spoke on its continued flight simulation testing on upcoming 5G software, affirming plans to roll out 'Gogo 5G' later this year. The firm has been checking out the airborne safety and functionality of its next-gen connectivity suite using a virtual flight simulator designed by their in-house radio frequency engineering team. Using the sim, Gogo is able to emulate inflight radio activity to evaluate the performance and resilience of 5G signals throughout all phases of flight. The tech has enabled the firm to "verify the 5G software to a more than 90 percent confidence level."

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Another Dumbass With A Laser Gets Busted...

Tucson Man Arrested on Two Counts of Aiming a Laser Pointer at Aircraft

There's just no figuring the malicious stupidity of some people... especially when they get a hold of a laser... Charles William Preston II, 53, of Tucson, was arrested on March 6, 2024, after a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against him on November 1, 2023. Preston is charged with two counts of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft. The indictment alleges that on two separate occasions, Preston aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a fixed-wing aircraft operated by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department and in the flight path of the same aircraft.

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SaveChandra Group Pushes for Congressional Salvation

X-Ray Telescope Slated for Wind-Down in FY25 Budget

"A Legendary Great Observatory is Proposed for Cancellation in the FY25 President's Budget Request. It's Not Too Late" reads the banner on the savechandra website. The group is angling to rescue a now-unfunded NASA program that's been left in the lurch with the most recent NASA budget. Chandra was launched in 1999 aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, taking up its place as the 3rd of NASA's "Great Observatories". It's much like the Hubble Space Telescope, but instead of 'seeing' in the visual spectrum of the human eye, it sees in the X-ray band. That allowed it to spot a plethora of beautiful vistas and throughout the cosmos.

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True Blue Power Charges Up LIVE Coverage of AEA24!

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power Is On Display At AEA2024 Booth #413

True Blue Power Unveils 50 Amp-hour Lithium-ion, Main Ship Battery New Gen5 TB50 is a same-size replacement for standard 44 amp-hour batteries with more power, less weight, and no maintenance.

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PS Engineering Shipping HUB50

Audio Management Easier than Ever With iPhone-Only App

PS Engineering has updated their digital audio management system, placing the entirety of adjustments and setups into a single easy-to-use iOS app. The system allows for a whole slate of parameters to be adjusted simultaneously, over the air, from a single iPhone. Whether switching routing between stations, changing the impedance, audio levels, music distribution, lighting levels, dimmer thresholds, CVR levels, sidetone strength, and HRTF dimensional sound locations for 8 com radios are all completed. Once everything is dialed in a gusto, that setup can be stored, modified, reused, or shared. Configurations can even be built away from an aircraft, then loaded up on the ramp later on.

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Classic Aero-TV: Hartzell NextGen Props--Composite Materials and Manufacturing

From 2015 (YouTube Version): One of GA's Most Innovative Companies Shows Off The Latest Prop Technologies

In this video, Executive Vice President for Hartzell Propeller, J.J. Frigge, introduces us to Hartzell’s line of composite propeller blades. The tried-and-true wood propellers have been a source of thrust since the Wright brothers, and within 10 years of the first powered flight metal blades were brought into use. Now, composite propeller blade technology can provide greater propeller blade performance and longer life.

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NTSB Prelim: Globe GC-1B

(Witness) Stated That He Heard A Loud Airplane That Sounded Much Lower Than It Should Have Been

On March 2, 2024, about 0942 central standard time, a Globe GC-1B, N2387B, (File Photo shown below) was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Afton, Minnesota. Both occupants were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 Personal flight. According to a witness that was outside of his house about 600 feet north of the accident site saw the plane in a “quick nosedive” and disappear. He heard the crash and ran to the scene to try and provide aid. Another witness that is the owner of the property where the airplane impacted terrain, stated that he was in the house at the

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.24)

Aero Linx: American Aviation Historical Society AAHS is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of the rich heritage of American aviation.  Our purpose is to collect, preserve and promote the written and visual record of planes, people, places and events involved in the development and expansion of American aviation.  AAHS promotes our aviation heritage through the operation and support of library and media resources for youth and adults in aviation education, scholarships, career development and outreach programs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.24): Breakout

Breakout A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream. In the context of simultaneous (independent) parallel operations, a breakout is used to direct threatened aircraft away from a deviating aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.22.24)

"The virtual flight simulator our team has constructed is an example of what we do best: innovate. Our teams have designed a phenomenal method for validating and maturing our 5G software and hardware to a critical degree before the final 5G chip is in our hands." Source: Sergio Aguirre, president and COO for Gogo, celebrating another milestone as Gogo makes ready to introduce its hard-fought pursuit of airborne 5G.

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