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December 25, 2022

Former Santa Monica Mayor Lost in Aircraft Accident

Cessna 150A Flips in Attempted Off-Airport Emergency Landing

Former Santa Monica Mayor Rex H. Minter (95) lost his life on 22 December 2022 when a 1960 Cessna 150A (N7032X) in which he was traveling attempted an emergency beach landing near Southern California’s Santa Monica Pier. Flight-tracking records indicate the aircraft departed Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) at 15:08 PST. Firefighters were summoned at 15:17 PST to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Beach to find the single-engine Cessna inverted on the sand just inland of the waterline. The aircraft’s occupants—Mr. Minter and an as-of-yet unidentified pilot—were removed from the wreckage and transported to hospital.

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Flair Airline Pilots Ratify New Contract

It’s a Beauty Way to Go …

The pilots of Flair Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have voted to ratify their first collective agreement with the ultra-low-cost Canadian air-carrier. Of a vote comprising 88-percent of eligible Flair pilots, 65-percent voted in favor of a three-year deal that includes improvements in quality of life, compensation, and job security.

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Judge Orders Airline to Indulge Plus-Size Passenger

Tense Moments Aft of Datum

Qatar Airways—the state-owned flag carrier of the Middle Eastern peninsular nation of Qatar—has been ordered to pay for plus-size model Juliana Nehme’s psychotherapy after she was allegedly barred from boarding one of the air-carrier’s flights because she was ostensibly too plus-sized for her economy-class seat.

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Condor Recieves First A330 Under Fleet Replacement Plan

All-Airbus Fleet Inbound for German Airline

German Airline Condor Flugdienst GmbH has received the first of its new A330-900 widebody aircraft, marking off the start of a 16-strong order of A330neo aircraft. Earlier this year, Condor decided to give its fleet an almost complete makeover, starting with its existing short and medium-haul aircraft. Its fleet of Airbus 320s, 321s, and Boeing 757s went on the chopping block, Condor citing improvements in fuel consumption, noise, and pollution.

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Rolls-Royce to Begin Testing UltraFan Platform in 2023

British Steel—and Carbon-Composite and Titanium …

Rolls-Royce announced on 19 December 2022 that it would begin testing its UltraFan aero engine demonstrator in early 2023. Comprising a suite of bleeding-edge technologies conducive to enhanced fuel-efficiency, lower emissions, greater sustainability, and lower operating costs, the UltraFan, in addition to being the world’s largest aircraft powerplant, is among its greenest.

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Classic Aero-TV: Coming Home To Roost -- The 'Last Time' For The DC-3 Community

From 2010 (YouTube Version): An Extraordinary Gathering That May Truly Be The Last Of Its Kind

What a concept... An historic event, billed as “The Last Time”, was organized to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 type aircraft. Designed as an airliner in 1935, the DC-3 was pressed into military service in WWII as the C-47 and served in every theater of the war. Formerly; the largest gathering of them, in any one place, was at the English airfields in preparation for the D-day invasion of Normandy. Some of these same crew members once again flew in these magnificent birds gathering at Whiteside Airport (

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Altaport Begins Marketing Vertiport Automation Ahead of eVTOL Surge

New Horizons in Aeronautics Open New Opportunities for Monetization, Software Development

In preparation for the forecasted surge in eVTOL aircraft, Utah company Altaport, Inc. has begun pushing its new vertiport automation system (VAS) to manage the flow of sustainable aero travel. Altaport VAS controls a number of activities on behalf of ground infrastructure managers, like resource management, scheduling, movement safety, monitoring, passenger management, and even fee collection. The all-in-one software solution will roll all the hassles of vertiport management into one simple process, boosting efficiency and safety while slashing staff workload. 

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Bell Delivers Subaru Huey to Guatemalan Air Force

Firm Notes Purchase to Delivery Occurred in Less than a Year 

Bell Textron tendered a pair of brand new Subaru 412EPX helicopters to the Guatemalan Air Force at a ceremony at the La Aurora International Airport. The aircraft fall under an Indefinite Delivery / Indefinite Quantity contract signed between Bell and the U.S. Army Multinational Aviation Special Programs Office earlier this year. The joint Subaru/Bell aircraft sports all the most modern improvements to the basic UH-1 Design, slotting in neatly to a long time operator of Bell aircraft.

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H3 Dynamics, HyLight Embark on H2-Powered Airships

Test Flight in Milan Bears Out the Utility of Zeppelins Once Again

H3 Dynamics and French airship developer HyLight have joined hands to create long range, sustainable and quiet uncrewed airships. Until now, the type has almost exclusively used traditional combustion engines for propulsion, a change right up H3 Dynamics' wheelhouse. With their hydrogen-powered systems, the brand hopes that HyLight's new breed of airships will provide operators with a long-range, zero emissions option for commercial flight.

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NTSB Prelim: Engineering & Research Ercoupe 415-C

The Aircraft Became Inverted Before Ground Impact

On December 5, 2022, about 1238 central standard time, an Ercoupe 415-C airplane, N99345, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Corning, Iowa. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. An annual inspection was completed at a repair facility at the Rankin Airport (78Y), Maryville, Missouri. The airplane departed 78Y about 1200 and was flown by the pilot/owner back its home base at the Corning Municipal Airport (CRZ), Corning, Iowa. There were no eyewitnesses to the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.22)

Aero Linx: National Aeronca Association We are dedicated to supporting the design and preserving the history of Aeronca aircraft. 21st NATIONAL AERONCA CONVENTION to be held JUNE 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2023, at Hook Field (MWO) Middletown, Ohio. Founded by Jim Thompson and fostered by his leadership for nearly thirty years, we are now led by a Board of Directors. We meet in convention every two years at Hook Field (MWO) in Middletown, Ohio, the site of the Aeronca Corporation, where all of our post war planes were produced.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.22): Obstacle

Obstacle An existing object, object of natural growth, or terrain at a fixed geographical location or which may be expected at a fixed location within a prescribed area with reference to which vertical clearance is or must be provided during flight operation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.25.22)

“This contract is a positive step forward and means our pilots can now focus on their future, knowing it is brighter than ever. This is another example of how perseverance and pilot unity helped us obtain our first contract and improved our quality of life and job security. We thank our pilots and the ALPA staff for their professionalism throughout this negotiating process.” Source: From remarks made by Flair Master Executive Council chair Captain Chris Toornstra, who have voted to ratify their first collective agreement with the ultra-low-cost Canadian air-carrier.

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