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December 23, 2022

CubCrafters Acquires Summit Aircraft Skis

On Winter’s First Day

CubCrafters, the Yakima, Washington-based manufacturer of kit airplanes patterned after Piper’s iconic PA-18 Super Cub, has announced its acquisition of Sandpoint, Idaho’s Summit Aircraft Skis. The deal includes Summit’s design and manufacturing assets, unique patents, and related intellectual property.

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Omnibus Bill Clears 737-MAX-7 and 10 Variants for Certification

Prime Pork

Tucked away in the bloated and controversial 2023 omnibus appropriations bill is language waiving the looming Congressional deadline for safety upgrades to Boeing’s 737 MAX-7 and MAX-10 jets. If signed into law, the bill will render subject aircraft eligible for FAA certification without changes to aspects of their crew-alerting systems ostensibly mandated by 2020’s Aircraft Certification, Safety and Accountability Act.

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Canada Jetlines Receives Approval for US Operation

Canadian ULCC to Expand Routes, Fleet with Additional A320

Canada Jetlines has obtained carrier authority from the United States Federal Aviation Administration, allowing the fledgling company to operate within the USA. The news comes weeks after the economic authority granted by the Department of Transportation, opening the way for the airline to head south and begin competing in the ultra-low-cost-carrier market.

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Women's Aviation Symposium Set for 5th Year

Michigan Expo to Provide Opportunities, Scholarship for WACS supporters

The Women’s Aviation Career Symposium (WACS) is on deck for the 5th year running, taking place next year on March 18, 2023. WACS is a "professional career conference for women only, from high school juniors to retirees", taking place at Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation. The symposium is aimed at introducing women into the aeronautical tradition, build personal networks, learn and attain scholarship opportunities for women of all stripes. 

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Airborne 12.14.22: Electric Air Race, Last Pilatus PC-6, $pirit Pilot$

Also: Superior Cylinder Bulletin, Disney G1 Exhibit, Buttigieg Criticized, B-2 Bomber Emergency

The upcoming Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race will continue the legacy of the longstanding Pulitzer air races first held in the 1920s, and is open to "piloted aerodynes of all types using zero-emission electric propulsion (e.g., fixed wing aeroplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotor eVTOL Advanced Air Mobility [AAM] vehicles)". Given the current state of electric aircraft, the race will be held as a 4-day, VFR, day-only event, consisting of 1,000 nm of cross country flight. Pilatus has officially delivered the very last Porter PC-6, the firm's long-lived turbopro

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Jaunt Air Mobility Confident in Part 27, 29 Operation

Company Says Autorotation, Power-Off Gliding Allow for Simpler Approval than Other eVTOLS

Martin Peryea of Electric Air Mobility (under the AIRO Group umbrella) has commented on the impending boom in eVTOL air taxi operations, noting that his own firm's progress is promising for service in 2025. "The eVTOL industry in 2022 has demonstrated that the market for air taxis is indeed coming, and the regulatory community is facing the challenges head-on. Entering into this market, having certified several aircraft, the design of the Jaunt Journey was based on bringing the proven Slowed Rotor Compound technology to market with a clear certification path as a rotorcraft," said Peryea. 

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on UES Metroliner Accident

Lucky Dogs

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has made public its preliminary report on a 15 November 2022 accident in which an Ameriflight Fairchild SA227-AT Expediter (N247DH) acting as Ameriflight flight 7141 made an emergency landing on the links of the Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The board's report posits the downed Metroliner’s flight-crew experienced autopilot and aircraft control issues.

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Classic Aero-TV: Exploration of Flight - Wings Over The Rockies’ New Venture

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Building On Past Success And Focusing On The Future…

The Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is expanding, and in this video you’ll meet Greg Anderson who is the President and CEO of this Museum. Anderson’s background includes a long career with the EAA where he was the visionary behind the successful Young Eagles program. The video takes place at Centennial Airport, which is located south of Denver, CO. This is the site chosen to be the location of the new Exploration of Flight Education and Technology Center which will be the second Wings Over the Rockies location. Anderson explains

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PWI Offers Entry Light for King Airs

Ground Illumination LED Replacement Nixes Incandescent, High-Draw Bulbs

PWI has obtained PMA approval for their LED Entry Door Light for the Beechcraft King Air. The light mounts between the engine and the fuselage under the pilot side wing, replacing the OEM, finicky incandescent bulbs with efficient, LED flood lighting in the approach area. While safe, the mod also provides a more modern atmosphere - important for working birds aiming to impress.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.22)

Aero Linx: The Classic Airplane Association of Arizona, Inc. (CAAA) The Classic Airplane Association of Arizona, Inc. (CAAA) was incorporated in Arizona as a not for profit corporation on January 10, 2014. The CAAA roster includes over 100 members. Although most are from Arizona, membership is open to anyone anywhere who has an interest in antique aircraft. It is not necessary to own an aircraft or to have a pilot license to become a member.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.22): Minimum Holding Altitude

Minimum Holding Altitude The lowest altitude prescribed for a holding pattern which assures navigational signal coverage, communications, and meets obstacle clearance requirements.

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