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April 22, 2023

Airborne 04.14.23: DJI Inspire 3, Volcano Hazard, AEA New Products-LIVE!

Also: Sikorsky Protest Denial, Flexjet Scraps IPO, BOC Aviation Wins $406M, Flight School Support Contract

DJI has debuted its Inspire 3 model, a full-frame 8K cinema drone. The Inspire 3 features a sleek, integrated design, a 160° Field Of View (FOV) night-vision First Person View (FPV), and DJI’s O3 Pro transmission and control system—that supports a dual-control mode in which one operator can manage the drone’s camera exclusively while a second operator pilots the contraption via a front-facing FPV camera. The Eruption of Russia’s Mt. Shiveluch—one of the vast nation’s most active volcanoes—has prompted the Kam

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ICARUS Awarded Department of State Contract

Night Hood

ICARUS Devices, a Wisconsin-based start-up founded by Nick Sinopoli in the wake of a friend’s aviation-related death, announced on 19 April 2023 that it has been awarded a contract to supply its Instrument Conditions Awareness Recognition and Understanding System (ICARUS) smart View-Limiting Device (VLD) to AAR Worldwide Aviation Support Services (WASS)—a privately-owned, Illinois-based provider of aviation fabrication and repair services—and the U.S. Department of State Air Wing. The contract includes both standard ICARUS Devices and the Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible iteration of the ICARUS visor.

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General Aviation Awards to Present at AirVenture 2023

GAA Board to Announce CFI, Technician, and FAAST Team Reps at Oshkosh

The General Aviation Awards Board of Directors is set to meet to present its roster of recipients at this year's EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The team will hold a ceremony on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at the FAA Aviation Safety Center, with an announcement by Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen. After his remarks at a "Meet the Administrator" event, the GAA's board will recognize its 2023 honorees: Robert Raskey, National Flight Instructor; William Ross, National Aviation Technician; and Dennis Miller, National FAASTeam Representative.

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Aircraft Mechanics School Opening in Kentucky

FEAM Aero, Epic Flight Academy Join Hands to Meet AMT Demand

FEAM Aero, a "leading provider of aircraft line maintenance services in the USA, has partnered with Epic Flight Academy to open a mechanic training facility in Hebron. With demand for A&Ps and AMTs soaring, schools are posturing to capitalize on the need with well placed training facilities. Hebron lies near the 7th largest cargo airport in North America, home to huge hubs for Amazon Air and DHL Express.

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Copa Airlines Acquires Eight Diamond DA40 NGs

Keep the Moving Parts Clean

Diamond Aircraft—the Austria-based, Chinese-owned maker of general aviation aircraft with manufacturing facilities in Wiener Neustadt, Austria and London, Ontario, Canada—announced on 21 April 2023 that Panamanian flag carrier Compañía Panameña de Aviación, S.A.—referred to more commonly as Copa Airlines—has inked a firm order for eight specimens of Diamond’s jet-fuel-powered DA40 NG.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Power 3 More Orion Spacecraft

Follow-On Contract Awarded to Support Artemis VI-VIII

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been given a $67 million contract award from Locheed Martin that will provide 3 more Orion spacecraft with engines, slated for use in Artemis missions 6 through 8. The new development is an add-on to the 2019 Orion Production and Operations Contract, coming hot on the heels of a successful test flight following the NASA Artemis I mission. The contract award includes the delivery of 3 sets of the Orion service module's auxiliary engines, with 3 additional jettison motors.

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GateOne Expands FBO Operations

Fourth GateOne Location to Open on Wyoming’s GCC

On 20 April 2023, GateOne announced it had acquired the FBO operation at Gillette, Wyoming’s Northeast Wyoming Regional Airport (GCC). The location is the fourth for the company and its first in the Cowboy State. The acquisition came via a Request For Proposal (RFP) process initiated following the 2022 completion of the airport’s new $3.3-million general aviation terminal. Six FBO operators applied for the GCC contract. GateOne was chosen.

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North Dakota Deftly Employs Unique UAS Infrastructure

VANTIS UAS BVLOS System to Aid Flood Recovery Efforts

The Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Test Site (NPUASTS)—a UAS-specific business and aviation park located at North Dakota’s Grand Forks Air Force Base and the first facility of its kind in the U.S.—is preparing to support statewide emergency response efforts following Governor Doug Burgum’s emergency declaration in the wake of spring flooding.

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Classic Aero-TV: Goodyear's Wingfoot One - What it Takes to Tour in a Zeppelin

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Fly Along With Chief Pilot Hissem…

Goodyear’s Wingfoot One Zeppelin is not the blimp (Navy slang, “Poopy Bag”) that you have known from the past. It’s a modern lighter-than-air machine, and this video will provide a fascinating insight as to how it operates and what makes it work. Your guide in this captivating video is Spirit of Goodyear chief pilot, Gerald Hissem. The first part of the video discusses the operational requirements of the zeppelin, and you’ll probably hear things that you have never thought of before. Hissem formats his discussion by describing his trip from Akron, OH to Oshkosh WI for AirVe

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

Witnesses Observed The Accident Airplane Descending Through The Clouds Rapidly, In A Nose Down Profile

On April 2, 2023, at 0950 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus Design Corporation SR22, N424SW, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Oxbow, Oregon. The pilot and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The accident airplane departed Caldwell Executive Airport (EUL), Caldwell, Idaho about 0930 under visual flight rules, with the intended destination of Lewiston Nez/Perce County Airport (LWS), Lewiston, Idaho. The pilot contacted Big Sky Approach Control at 0934, while heading north at an altitude of 11,900 ft msl and requested flight foll

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.22.23)

Aero Linx: Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquisition, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist the National Soaring Museum in the preservation of soaring history and the promotion of vintage sailplane activity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.22.23): Permanent Echo

Permanent Echo Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth's surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain. Permanent echoes are distinguished from “ground clutter” by being definable locations rather than large areas. Under certain conditions they may be used to check radar alignment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.22.23)

“Partnering with educational institutions to prepare students for a career in aviation is a priority for us at CVG. We look forward to welcoming Epic Flight Academy to our campus to complement our strong partnership with FEAM Aero. Together, we will transform lives and unlock new career opportunities for people in our region, all while helping fuel continued aviation economic growth in our region.” Source: Candace McGraw, CEO, CVG, commenting on the news that FEAM Aero has partnered with Epic Flight Academy to open a mechanic training facility in Hebron.

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