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December 27, 2023

Airborne 12.27.23: Israel Loses Skydive Event, Wagstaff Awarded, PSA Buck$$$

 Also: Lufthansa Orders Boeings, uAvionix Updates AV-30-E, Afghani AF Pilots Lost, Butterfly Prototype

Israel has announced that they won't be able to hold the 2024 Féderátion Aéronautique Internationale World Championships of Artistic Events, Formation Skydiving, Wingsuiting and Speed Skydiving as planned, reopening the bid to interested host nations. The situation there makes the Israelis understandably put upon to host a large international event, but surprisingly the world had few takers on their slot as host. The US Parachuting Association said that surprisingly, only a single host bid was placed. Air show performer Patty Wagstaff was named the 2023 recipient of the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award. Pres

PSA Extends $200,000 Recruitment Bonus

CL-65 Type Rating, Sign-On Bonuses Bring Money to Table

PSA Airlines has extended its bonus offerings through the end of January, specifically offering $100,000 for new-hire Captains and CL-65 Type Rating holders. The big goal for PSA is to gain more direct-entry Captains, a rare prize in the cutthroat hiring market today. To that end, PSA is offering Part 135 longevity credit for applicable PIC time, as well as Part 121 longevity matching. Those with 121 experience can count their service years towards pay, vacation, and retirement benefits at PSA. Captain's wages start at $150 per hour, and top out at $217.50 for those on the better end of the seniority chart. The position is open to pilots with 950 Part 121 or 135 hours.

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FAA Approves New Haven Airport Expansion

FAA's Environmental Assessment, Finds "No Significant Impact" For The Proposed Runway And Terminal Expansion

Tweed New Haven Airport in Connecticut has been given the green light by the FAA's environmental assessment, finding "no significant impact" for the proposed runway and terminal expansion. The changes will provide more terminal space and a longer runway for 02-20, at a proposed cost of $165 million. The potential environmental impacts are minimal, according to a 25-page study on the project. Tweed was identified as "one of the most underserved airports in the country" according to an airport management master plan. Its central location in Connecticut gives it 2.2 million potential users within 30 miles, a population with plenty of biot

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Afghan Withdrawal Nets Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Stars

Make No Mistake, We Should Have Done This Last Year Immediately After The Operation

The Air Force announced the issuance of a dozen Distinguished Flying Crosses and 4 Bronze Stars to airmen involved in Operation Allies Refuge. Air Mobility Command approved the honors in a final awards board, along with 208 air medals and 73 Meritorious Service Medals. The awards will go to recognize the efforts of security forces, medical personnel, tanker crews, loadmasters, and maintainers vital to the pullout. Those recommended for the awards allowed thousands of Americans, Afghans, and partners to escape the fall of Kabul in relative safety. 

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Army Releases Apache Crash Report

One Of The Colliding Apaches Lost Sight Of The Lead Following A Turn

A mid-air Apache collision that killed 3 last April has been investigated by the Army, with the internal report released via a FOIA request. The incident occurred when 14 AH-64 Apaches were heading through an Alaskan mountain range at about 250 feet AGL at the time of the collision. The 14 Apaches had taken off from the Donnelly Training Area, planning to transit the Alaska Range on their way to Nenana, then Fairbanks International Airport on to Ladd Field by Fort Wainwright.   

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Ice Takes Down Remos

The Airplane’s Windshield Was Partly Covered With Frost As It Began To Taxi In The Parking Ramp Area

A recent incident put an exclamation mark under the importance of clearing aircraft of ice before flight - even when operating out of “warm and sunny” regions. The NTSB Report makes note of a fateful, chilly morning in Taylor, Arizona, when a Remos Gx light sport plane took off with early morning frost attached to the windows and control surfaces. The plane took off about 0744 local on December 6th, and quickly came back down to the field in an inverted attitude, destroying the aircraft and seriously injuring the pilot in command.

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NTSB Final Report: Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II

As It Descended Through The Altitude Of The Cloud Ceiling, The Rate Of Descent Reached 16,200 Feet Per Minute

Analysis: The non-instrument-rated helicopter pilot was returning to his home airport as the height of the overcast ceiling gradually decreased along the route of flight, consistent with the forecast conditions. While flying along the river valley at an altitude of 1,800 to 1,900 ft above mean sea level (100 to 200 ft below the clouds), the helicopter flew beneath an area of light-intensity precipitation echoes as detected by weather surveillance radar. It is likely that, at this time, the pilot encountered reduced visibility in very light rain and potential clouds.

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Classic Aero-TV: Hartzell’s Joe Brown -- A Passion For Proficiency

From 2014 (YouTube Version): One Of Aviation's Great Innovators Tackles The 'Proficiency Issue' Head-On

While at Redbird Migration 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell spent some time talking with Joe Brown, the president of the Hartzell Propeller Company. However, don't expect to hear much about the Hartzell line of propellers. In this video Jim talks to Brown about the issue of pilot proficiency, and this is something that Brown is anxious to talk about. Brown classified himself as an everyday pilot who has come to see the light of the importance of maintaining pilot proficiency at many levels. It has been proven that accidents o

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.27.23)

Aero Linx: The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is a government body that ensures the safety of aviation in Australia. We license pilots, register aircraft, certify aerodromes, oversee aviation safety and promote safety awareness. We do this by setting standards and safety outcomes that cover maintenance, airspace, aerodromes, licensing, and all types of operations. We also make sure that the aviation community and the public use and administer Australian airspace and aerodromes safely.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.27.23): Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT)

Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) A radio transmitter attached to the aircraft structure which operates from its own power source on 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. It aids in locating downed aircraft by radiating a downward sweeping audio tone, 2-4 times per second. It is designed to function without human action after an accident.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.27.23)

“The world witnessed history during that airlift, borne on the shoulders of mobility heroes. This recognition is long overdue for what our heroes did during those historic 17 days. Make no mistake, we should have done this last year immediately after the operation, and I recognize our Airmen’s frustration with the process... We’re making that right.” Source: Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of the Air Mobility Command, speaking up about the issuance of a dozen Distinguished Flying Crosses and 4 Bronze Stars to airmen involved in Operation Allies Refuge. Air Mobility Command approved the honors in a final awards board, along with 208 air medals and 73 Meritorious Service Medals. 

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