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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

United States Parachute Association Issues Clarion Call

Group Aims to Strike "Air Tour and Sport Parachuting Safety Act" from FAA Reauth

The United States Parachute Association is asking members to act on proposed Congressional action on the upcoming FAA Reauthorization, specifically the section titled the "Air Tour and Sport Parachuting Safety Act". They aren't the only ones. Earlier this month a bevy of general aviation manufacturers and interest groups signed a letter opposing a section of the FAA Reauthorization bill, warning of the dangers it poses to small aviation businesses across the country. With the FAA's current Authorization ending on March 8th, the House and Senate will soon convene a Conference Committee to reconcile both their respective drafts of the renewal bill. As such, the Parachute Association, EAA, and others urge aviators as a whole to make their voices heard and draw attention to their “deep concerns” regarding the Air Tour and Sport Parachuting Safety Act.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Airborne 02.16.24: SnF Constellation!, Drone Soccer, VTOL Challenge

Also: Mandatory CVR Upgrades?, Joby Air Taxi, Hartzell in India, Tuskegee NEXT Summer Program

A rare appearance by the Lockheed VC-121A “MacArthur Bataan” is scheduled for this year's Sun 'n Fun 2024, granting attendees a chance to see one of the last 2 survivors of the type. MacArthur Bataan, manufactured in 1948, cuts a familiar cold war figure as a classic rendition of a 4-engined prop airliner. The quintessentially post-war design language has yet to be seen again, with a distinctive tri-tail design, sloping roofline, rounded wing, and 4 monstrous radial engines. The Academy of Model Aeronautics reiterated a partnership it's held iwth the US Drone Soccer program, drawing additional attention to the group's STEM-focused educational opportunities. The AMA boosted a statement from USDS announcing preparations for the first District Championships next month, marking off a big milestone in the fledgling activity organization. A new incentive

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Airborne 02.20.24: Uncle Sam v Drone Pilot, SnF NOTAM, Able Flight!

Also: Intuitive Machines Moonbound, Ansett Av Scholarships, Airbus 2023 Report, Armchair Airshow 

A US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Michael DiCiurcio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this complaint, the United States alleges that DiCiurcio operated drones, 'unlawfully and unsafely in the Philadelphia area between at least December 2019 to the present. The FAA has published the notice and preflight info for this year's Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, getting aviators ready for a jaunt down to Lakeland, Florida. The notice establishes arrival and departure procedures from April 8th to the 14th. Able Flight has seen its "greatest number of flight training scholarships for people with a disability in a single year," seeing 10 new recipients enter the training pipeline as the group heads into 2024. The Class of 2024 will now be on their way to one of A

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Van's Extends Deals Through Thursday

Van's Aircraft Sailing Through Reorganization with Aplomb

Van's Aircraft has extended the window to buy up kits, engines, and gear for those who'd put down payments in the past, extending the window through Thursday, February 22nd. Along with the announcement, Dick Van Grusnfen and Greg Hughes noted company progress along the way to filling all outstanding orders. Evidently, the price increases didn't dissuade the majority of aircraft builders, with 81% of orders being fulfilled under the new terms. Broken down further, they indicated that 93% of engine orders, 78% of kit orders, and at least 80% of prop orders have gotten the go-ahead from buyers. 

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Airborne Affordable Flyers 02.15.24: Viking Engines, UL Instructors, Rotax FlyIn

Also: Midwest Aviation Expo, Hartzell-RAF, IAC Needs Help, AMA-FAA Reauth

ANN had the pleasure to drop in for a part of the 6th Annual Viking Engine Workshop... which turned out to be crammed with current engine flyers and a number of folks getting ready to do so. Nearly 80 people were hosted by the Viking organization who explained their engine lines and answered a number of questions, providing provided extensive insight into the rationale for their engine line... Another aviation-oriented Change.org petition has surfaced... at least until it offends someone and the Change.Org folks take it down... this time, the petition addresses the serious deficit in our ultralight instruction ranks and seeks the FAA's action in fixing this serious matter. Rotax is taking its Fly-In on the road, moving beyond its historical stomping ground of Wels, Austria. The 2024 Fly-In World Tour will see them touch down in Australia, Argentina, Canada, too, allowing more

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Breeze Airways Bolsters Airbus Fleet with Order for 10

Carrier Climbs Ranking to 3rd Largest A220 Customer

Breeze Airways has been building out its collection pretty quick since receiving its first A220 in 2021, with 20 planes in service and 90 more on order. Breeze ends up being the 3rd largest customer for the A220 family with its most recent order for 10 more A220-300 aircraft. The carrier is going all-in on the type, hyperfocusing its maintenance and operations departments on one airframe to get down-pat. Airbus figures it's a no-brainer to opt for their Euro-accented narrowbody aircraft, given its 3,600-nm range, reduced fuel burn, and emissions footprint.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Airborne 02.14.24: Iran 747 Repo!, Unmanned Caravan, NetJets Deal

Also: Next-Gen Space Suit, Enstrom Repair Station, AIAA Honors Langford, FAA on Mental Health

A Boeing 747 once owned and operated by Iranian carrier Mahan Air has been handed over to the US authorities, after the country filed a complaint that the plane's sale to a Venezuelan cargo line violated sanctions. The aircraft was sold off from Mahan Air to Empresa de Transporte Aéreocargo del Sur SA, a subsidiary of CONVIASA, a state-owned company in Venezuela. Reliable Robotics has hit another milestone on its way to FAA certification of its autopilot and navigation systems. The company established an agreement with the FAA on what testing and analysis is required to show that the 'highly automated systems satisfy FAA safety and performance requirements for operations' throughout national airspace. The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots and NetJets corporate reached an Agreement in Principle, which should set the table for a return to

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 02.21.24: Pyka, Drone Racers @ World Games, US v Drone Pilot

Also: Intuitive Machines, Another UAV-Related NPRM, Drone Soccer Tourney, UltraViolet EXplorer Mission

Flight operations personnel from Pyka and AFWERX gathered on the tarmac at New Braunfels National Airport to witness the arrival of Pyka's Pelican Cargo, a large-scale autonomous electric cargo aircraft with a 400-pound payload capacity and 200-mile range, built for remote off-airport operations. The FAI has confirmed that Drone Racing is to be a feature at The World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China. Following the successful debut of the drone racing competition at the 2022 Games in Birmingham, USA, this novel air sport is set to captivate audiences once again at The World Games, which runs from 7 to 17 August 2025. A US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Michael DiCiurcio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this complaint, the United States alleges that DiCi

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Genesys Aerosystems Releases Ultra-Compact Air Data Computer

NanoADC Boasts Tiny, Flyweight Footprint Great for "Optionally Piloted Aircraft"

Genesys Aerosystems of Moog has seen its TSOA certification of the new NanoADC, a tiny, 304 gram/10.7 ounce Air Data Computer. "Approximately the size of a deck of cards", the NanoADC is tailor-made for applications where small footprints and light weight are vital, like the ever-expanding market of uncrewed, semi-autonomous vehicles. The first certified application of the NanoADC was a 440-lb Leonardo Rotary UAS, proving out the system's military bonafides right out the gate.

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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 02.13.24: Global Hydrogen Flt, AMA v FAA, Bell HSVTOL

Also: Dubai Air Taxi, Archer Readies 3, Axiom 3 Mission, Scout Helo Kaput

Swiss Explorer Bertrand Piccard, the first man to fly nonstop around the world using both a balloon and a solar-powered aircraft, is calling his next journey: hydrogen-powered circumnavigation in 2028. Piccard will be working with Climate Impulse, a brand that will support him in his mission to make an around-the-world flight that generates zero harmful emissions. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation passed the bipartisan Senate FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023. The legislation includes several provisions to strengthen safety standards and oversight at the FAA and responds to safety concerns from recent aviation accidents and near-misses. The AMA Government Affairs team confirmed that AMA’s amendment was included in the bill’s Managers Package, which will ultimately become part of the final Senate bill. Bell recently showcased High-Sp

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