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February 03, 2022

Fusion 212 Rep, The Aviator Family, Now at DeLand

Announces Operations Just in Time for Palatka Air Show

The Aviator Family has announced their move to the DeLand, Florida landscape, bringing with them their business in catch-all general aviation services. The DeLand Municipal Airport is now home to all things sport aviation between their service center, and training facility. For those looking to boost their skill level or add a rating, the Family offers a simulator as well as S-LSA Fusions for use and time building. Their instructors on staff can assist in basic, advanced, and even spin training. The Family is an official representative of the Hungarian Fusion 212 Aircraft, selling new and pre-owned planes.

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ThunderBirds Narrator To Visit Lakeland For Sun 'n Fun!

Local Aviation Students Get Chance to Meet Demonstrator at ACE Campus Sun 'n FUN Aerospace Expo is on the horizon, with Major Jake Impellizzeri, the Advance Pilot and Narrator of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds exhibition team making his way to Lakeland, Florida. He'll meet with Sun 'n Fun officials to begin preparations for the upcoming performances in the 2022 Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo. Once there, the pilots and support team will be greeted by an array of local aviation enthusiasts, from a crowd of high school students from The Lakeland Aero Club to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy. The subsidiary orgs under the Aerospace Center for Excellence, the Sun 'n Fun parent group, will begin putting the pieces into motion for the largest fundra

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Airborne 01.26.22: Martin Mars 4 Sale!, Emirates FlyBy, Jetpack Sale

Also: Mojave Spaceport/Rutan, KLAL Balloon Festival, Qatar v. Airbus, EAA Hops & Pops Cancel

A rare vintage warbird is up for grabs, a 1945 Martin JRM-3 Mars flying boat. The last remaining airworthy example of a 5-plane production run has been listed for sale at warbird broker Platinum Fighter Sales. After a lifetime of service, only 2 JRM-3s remain. The sale aircraft, Hawaii Mars II, is the only flying example left on earth. The price for such rarity? A cool $5,000,000. The Dubai Expo, a convention running from October 2021 to March 2022, has seen a boost in its notoriety following an Emirates stunt aimed at publicizing the show as the expo enter

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Ethiopia Returns 737 Max to Flight Status

Boeing Narrowbody Takes to the Skies With Load of Execs, Politicians to Commemorate Occasion

Ethiopian Airlines has brought its Boeing 737 Max aircraft back into service, taking flight once again with top brass from the airline's board of executives, Boeing, Ethiopian ministers, foreign ambassadors, and others. The airline was ground zero for the Max grounding, as the most high profile crash. In March of 2019, 157 lives were lost aboard a malfunctioning 737, setting off a chain of investigation that exposed frightening amounts of complacency, ambivalence, and irresponsibility in the manufacturer's race to keep their program on time and on-schedule. Boeing ultimately reached an agreement with families of the victims in November 2021, allowing

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Airborne-Flight Training 01.27.22: Pilot Shortage?, New Airline, UAL Skyborne

Also: Sporty's CFI Portal, Avfuel Scholarships, Nat'l Warbird Operators Conference, Epic Flt Academy

Airline hopefuls and captains-in-waiting have some good news, as the long prophesied pilot shortage may actually be upon us. The lingering effects of the post-9/11 slump, retiring baby boomer generation pilots, and a cluster of pandemic-induced early retirements have come together to make qualified, experienced aviators capable of carrier service a precious commodity. Canada Jetlines Operations announced its newly granted, conditional approval for its flight crew training, given by Transport Canada. The Canada Jetlines’ Pilot Training program will

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Lufthansa's Handover of Arizona School Criticized

German Pilot Union Head Says Ceding Operational Control Over Flight Academy Handover Foolish 

The head of Germany's largest pilot union, the Vereinigung Cockpit, has described Lufthansa's handover of its Phoenix flight training location to the state of Arizona as "absolutely incomprehensible." Stefan Herth said handing off its own pilot education services will prove to be a gross strategic error in the long run. Arizona's arid, desert climate has made it a global holy city of aviation since World War II, with the central Phoenix metropolitan area containing a series of airports that got their start largely due to the tremendous need for allied pilots all over the world. Arizona boasts nearly continuous sunny days and relatively benign wi

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Lockheed Angling for Bridge Tanker Program With A330 Variant

1,000+ New Manufacturing Jobs Inbound If LMXT Tanker Selected for Interim KC-46 Adjunct

Lockheed Martin's Marietta, Georgia and Mobile, Alabama plants are in the running to become the LMXT tanker factory, awaiting a contract award from the US Air Force. Lockheed announced the selection of the 2 locations ahead of the final decision, essentially advertising the number of technical manufacturing jobs at stake for the program. The LMXT is Lockheed's offering for the USAF's KC-Y "Bridge Tanker" program, a domestically produced version of the Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport.

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National Aviation Academy Boasts 95% Placement Rate

A&P School Sees Tremendous Demand for New Aviation Technicians

The National Aviation Academy has now received some good news for its past, present, and future aviation maintenance students after its accreditor found a placement rate of 95% for alumni. The Academy has been in the business of teaching A&P technicians since 1932, boasting campuses in Florida and Massachusetts. Aviation maintenance is always in demand, a vital portion of keeping the economy alive, if an undersung one. The industry faces a shortfall of students after the 2020 pandemic slump, as enrollment of new students flagged amidst lockdowns and economic uncertainty. In terms of employment security, few industries boast as great a need for new blood as aviation, as evi

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NBAA Mourns Passing of Langhorne Bond, FAA Admin

Friends, Associates Looks Back on History of Growth, Expansion During his Tenure

The National Business Aviation Association has marked the passing of industry friend and administrative veteran, Langhorne Bond. Once, Bond served as the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration from 1977 to 1981. Bond died on January 29 at the age of 84. Bond was born in Shanghai, China, to then-president of the China National Aviation Corporation, William Langhorne Bond. After the war, he joined his family stateside, beginning a career in administration after obtaining a law degree from the University of Virginia, as well as degrees from Queen's College and McGill.

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Classic Aero-TV At OSH21: Karen Kalishek Named As New Board Chair At NAFI

Experienced Instructor Shares Advice For Potential CFI’s

After her recent election to board chair at the National Association of Flight Instructors, Karen Kalishek shared a few moments of reflection with us at Oshkosh. Kalishek had an interesting path to becoming a CFI after discovering her passion. Flight instructing was her 3rd career, after success in banking, as a senior VP, and later the President of her own International Consulting business. Kalishek is a Designated Pilot Examiner, three-time NAFI Master Instructor, CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, FAA Gold Seal Instructor and FAASTeam Lead Representative. She holds an ATP certificate and h

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Airborne 01.26.22: Martin Mars 4 Sale!, Emirates FlyBy, Jetpack Sale

Also: Mojave Spaceport/Rutan, KLAL Balloon Festival, Qatar v. Airbus, EAA Hops & Pops Cancel

A rare vintage warbird is up for grabs, a 1945 Martin JRM-3 Mars flying boat. The last remaining airworthy example of a 5-plane production run has been listed for sale at warbird broker Platinum Fighter Sales. After a lifetime of service, only 2 JRM-3s remain. The sale aircraft, Hawaii Mars II, is the only flying example left on earth. The price for such rarity? A cool $5,000,000. The Dubai Expo, a convention running from October 2021 to March 2022, has seen a boost in its notoriety following an Emirates stunt aimed at publicizing the show as the expo enter

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 208; Dudek Paragliders Solo 21

The Final ADS-B Data Return Had A Descent Rate Of 8,960 Ft/Min

On December 21, 2021, about 0926 central standard time, a Cessna 208B airplane, N1116N, collided with a powered paraglider while inflight near Fulshear, Texas. The pilot of the Cessna 208B and the individual flying the powered paraglider were fatally injured. The Cessna 208B was destroyed and the powered paraglider sustained substantial damage. The Cessna 208B was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 135 cargo flight, and the powered paraglider was operated as a Title 14 CFR part 103 personal flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.03.22)

Aero Linx: European Society of Air Safety Investigators ESASI is the European chapter of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI) with a particular focus on current European issues in the investigation and prevention of accidents and incidents. ISASI's mission is to promote air safety by the exchange of ideas, experiences and information about the findings from and outcomes of aircraft accident investigations, and to otherwise aid in the advancement of flight safety; to promote technical advancement by providing professional education through lectures, displays and presentations and by the exchange of information for mutual development of improved investigations; to broaden

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.03.22): No Gyro Approach

No Gyro Approach A radar approach/vector provided in case of a malfunctioning gyro-compass or directional gyro. Instead of providing the pilot with headings to be flown, the controller observes the radar track and issues control instructions “turn  right/left” or “stop turn” as appropriate.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.03.22)

“Safety is the top most priority at Ethiopian Airlines and it guides every decision we make and all actions we take. It is in line with this guiding principle that we are now returning the B737 MAX to service not only after the recertification by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration), EASA of Europe, Transport Canada, CAAC, ECAA and other regulatory bodies but also after the fleet type’s return to service by 36 airlines around the world. In line with our initially stated commitment to become among the last airlines to return the B737 MAX, we have taken enough time to monitor the design modification work and the more than 20 months of rigorous recertification process and we have ensured that our pilots, engineers, aircraft technicians and cabin crew are confident

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