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December 24, 2023

Classic Aero-TV: Bird's Eye View - A Model Aviation FPV Primer

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Pretty Darned Close To Being RIGHT There... FPV Offers Exciting Possibilities

While at eFest 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, took the time to talk with Jack Marck, the foam category marketing manager for Horizon Hobby. When we use the word “foam,” we’re talking about extremely light-weight RC model airplanes that are constructed out of various types of plastic foams. The subject of this discussion was all about FPV. “First Person View,” is referred to in the modeling world as FPV. In this type of RC model flying the pilot controls the plane by actually viewing the fli

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Boeing May Get Back In the Swing of Things Back East

Chinese Deliveries of 737 MAX Aircraft Could Be Coming Soon

Boeing made its first direct delivery to China since 2019, piquing investor interest as hopes of wider deliveries increase. The aircraft was a 787 Dreamliner, not quite the firm's best-selling bread & butter 737 MAX, but the handover is a good sign that things may be returning back to normal in the near future. The Aircraft, a -9 bound for Juneyao Airlines, took off from Everett Paine Field in Washington state Bound for Shanghai in the late morning on December 21st. The news bounced Boeing shares up a smidge, less than 2% but enough to indicate that people are watching the manufacturer for signs of health even now.

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Eve Air Mobility’s Certification Criteria Published, Comments Requested

Brazilian Authorities Ascertaining Just What “Airworthiness” Demands of Electric VTOL Aircraft

Eve Air Mobility announced the release of its proposed airworthiness criteria, proposing the move as a play to cultivate public comment and consideration. The criteria were published by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC), noting that the proposed airworthiness criteria are subject to public consultation through February 2024. After the comment period closes, the ANAC will analyze the feedback received and integrate any appropriate changes before publishing the final certification basis. Once finalized, Eve and ANAC will "focus on the means of compliance to be considered for the eVTOL certification," per Eve.

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Gogo Plans Jump to AVANCE LX5 After 1st STC

Recommends Clients Install AVANCE L5 Until 5G Network Goes Live in 3Q 2024

Gogo Business Aviation passed another "critical milestone" with their new AVANCE LX5 system, gaining Supplemental Type Certification (STC) and Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) from the FAA. For those who want to sit on the sharpest cutting edge of the Gogo family, pre-provisioning the multi-band MB13 5G antennas and an AVANCE L5 LRU will get their aircraft as ready as it can be for a plug-n-play swap to the fastest 5G once it launches. The L5 system operates on the Gogo Biz 4G network, and will have to suffice until Gogo 5G launches in the 3rd quarter of 2024. Such customers will be "eligible to receive a free LX5 to swap with their existing L5 LRU' when the time come

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Citation Jet Pilots Association Selects New CEO

Rob Balzano Brings Decades of Experience to Citation Leadership

The world's premier group for Cessna's high-flying bizjet, the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association (CJP), announced the selection of Rob Balzano as their Chief Executive Officer. In welcoming Balzano to the role, the CJP took a moment to review his bonafides and resume, which cuts an impressive figure with 30+ years in high-performance aircraft. Balzano is a retired US Air Force Colonel and former F-16 pilot and IP, with years more in the DoD NG Bureau managing the logistics of their F-16/15/22 fleets. While with the Guard, he became an IP for the Boeing Business Jet ang Gulfstream G100 VIP transport, giving him chances to rub elbows with the high-flying clientele that ru

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FedEx Pilots Note Recent Earnings Announcement

Despite Lowered Expectations for Investors, Pilots Keep Eye on the Ball

FedEx pilots responded to the company's 2nd-quarter financial results by way of their Air Line Pilots Association team, reminding executives that they still owe their employees a contract. Captain Billy Wilson, chair of the FedEx ALPA Master Executive Council, said “While FedEx may have missed on financial analysts’ expectations during yesterday’s earnings announcement, it is imperative that FedEx not miss on the expectations of FedEx pilots during their resumption of contract negotiations."

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NTSB Prelim: Beauchamp Norm Series 5 Kitfox

The Airplane Was Rapidly Descending In A Vertical Nosedown Attitude

On December 8, 2023, about 1329 Pacific standard time an experimental amateur-built Series 5 Kitfox, N66180, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Eloy, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot had flown from his home base of Ryan Field (RYN) earlier in the day to have lunch at the Eloy Municipal Airport (E60) restaurant. The pilot told a friend, who flew with him on the inbound flight in another airplane, that the flight was uneventful. The accident flight was to be the return leg. Preliminary ADS-B data revealed that after takeoff from runway 20, the airpla

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.23)

Aero Linx: European Civil Aviation Conference ECAC has been providing the major focus for inter-governmental cooperation in air transport matters in Europe for 68 years now. Membership and expertise of this pan-European organisation enables it to respond to the increasingly complex needs of the air transport industry in Europe. ECAC looks forward with confidence to continuing this tradition. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.23): Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

The operation of a UAS beyond the visual capability of the flight crew members (i.e., remote pilot in command [RPIC], the person manipulating the controls, and visual observer [VO]), if used to see the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, spectacles, and contact lenses.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.23)

“We are very excited to have Rob join our team! Talk to anyone who has flown with or around him, and you will hear the story of a master aviator. Not only is Rob the commensurate pilot: he is also a proven, dedicated and highly regarded leader at all levels. Having Rob in the left seat at CJP alongside our dedicated team positions us for continued and new success.” Source:  Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association (CJP) Chairman Blake Curd, commenting on the selection of Rob Balzano as their Chief Executive Officer.

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