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May 08, 2023

Airborne 05.08.23: eSPRG First Look, 5G Deadline, Lufthansa v PW

 Also: Air India Pilot Woos, Pilatus PC-12 Milestone, NBAA v DC Think Tank Nonsense, F22 v Ballon Redux

The next-generation, all digital SportPlane Resource Guide is slowly getting ready for its public unveiling and the result is looking really good! The MOST comprehensive book EVER undertaken about all things sport aviation, the newest version expands the last version’s 1100 pages to what appears to be some 2000 pages... at least. The digital capabilities mean that the eSPRG will also add video, audio, webinars and very frequent newsletters to the mix. The looming deadline to install compliant navigational equipment won't be extended, according to DoT Secretary Pete Buttigieg... who apparently values cell phones more than aviat

NBAA Unhappy with DC Think Tank’s Snub

Study by ‘Institute for Policy Studies’ “Omits Key Information about Innovations that Lower the Carbon Footprint of Business Aviation”

The NBAA took issue with a Washington DC-based policy group, describing its work as “promoting a misleading caricature of business aviation that ignores the sector’s sustainability leadership and the industry’s essential role in the nation’s economy and transportation system.” The group, the opaquely-named “Institute for Policy Studies”, lies accused of ignoring advances in the aviation industry to paint an unflattering, unrealistic picture of its overall carbon impact over the coming decades.

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FedEx Flight Helmed by Mother/Daughter Combo

Company First as Generations Oversee Flight from Memphis to Incheon

Teri Eidson and Nicole McCallister became the first mother-daughter duo to co-pilot an international flight, according to FedEx personnel. The pilots took FedEx flight 5434 from the carrier's main hub at Memphis International Airport to Incheon, South Korea. The 14-hour flight preceded Mother's Day by a few weeks, but offered a unique opportunity for a family moment seldom seen in the industry. In recounting their experience to journalist Channing Reid, they said the idea of being a 'first' in aviation history hadn't quite sunk in. 

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No Extension on July 1st Deadline for 5G-Inspired Retrofits

Biden Admin Rumored to Grant No Wiggle Room to Procrastinating Operators

The looming deadline to install compliant navigational equipment won't be extended, according to DoT Secretary Pete Buttigieg. In a conference call with airlines, he urged them to work aggressively to bring their fleets into compliance before the July 1st deadline, backed up by an FAA warning that the administration has no plans to offer extensions. The rule requires aircraft to have updated radio altimeters that can safely operate accurately even in the vicinity of newly released 5G networks around the country - and finding such units remains a chore after years of uneven parts availability.

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NBAA Conference Pushes for Passing Skills to Next Generation

Maintenance Competition Highlights Need to Foster Future AMTs for Industry Survival

The recent NBAA Maintenance Competition helped to highlight the organization’s desire to bring up future personnel, providing students a chance to show off their skills and nab some helpful scholarships. The competition saw more than 60 students from 5 schools come together to pit their skills against one another, followed by a keynote speech by Barrington Irving.

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Droneup Announces Collaboration on BVLOS with Iris Automation

Iris Casia G AI to Serve as Basis for In-Flight Aircraft Detection

DroneUp has embarked on a partnership with Iris Automation that will bring the firm’s AI-powered Casia G technology to their autonomous drone delivery platform. The change will allow DroneUp to maintain a higher level of situational awareness while undergoing drone flights in its delivery areas, using Casia G nodes as a home base to watch the skies for unannounced airspace entries. The unit will act much like a base station, providing a full 360º view of surrounding airspace and meshing with others in the network to provide complete aircraft detection, classification, and alerting.

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Classic Aero-TV: Up Close And Personal - The Aeroshell Aerobatic Team at Oshkosh

From 2014 (YouTube Version): One Of The Airshow World's Pre-Eminent Formation Teams Chats About The State Of The Industry

At EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN News Editor Tom Patton gets the inside scoop about the AeroShell Aerobatic Team. Patton talked with AeroShell acrobatic pilot Steve Gustafson to find out how things were going at AirVenture this year and to get a little background information about the team. In this video you’ll see Gustafson address such issues as airshow safety and the general state of the airshow business.&nbs

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NTSB Prelim: Morgan John B Kolb Firestar II

During The Forced Landing, About 15 Ft Above The Ground, The Pilot Stalled The Airplane

On April 24, 2023, about 1914 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Kolb Firestar II airplane, N454K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Enumclaw, Washington. The pilot sustained minor injuries.The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff, the engine lost power and he therefore initiated a forced landing to an open field. During the forced landing, about 15 ft above the ground, the pilot stalled the airplane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.08.23)

Aero Linx: Light Aircraft Association

Welcome to the Light Aircraft Association, the heart of a community that lives and breathes recreational aviation in all its forms! With almost 70 years of history, no other UK association has the depth of knowledge and experience in looking after our sport. From lowly beginnings we have built an impressive association that today boasts around 8,000 members and oversees the airworthiness of 2,600 aircraft, plus a further 1,500 aircraft build projects.  We’ve forged an enviable reputation for determination and fairness within the corridors of power in the UK and Europe and are one of the principal representative groups providing balanced consu

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.08.23): Aeronautical Information Services (AIS)

Aeronautical Information Services (AIS)

A facility in Silver Spring, MD, established by FAA to operate a central aeronautical information service for the collection, validation, and dissemination of aeronautical data in support of the activities of government, industry, and the aviation community. The information is published in the National Flight Data Digest. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.08.23)

“Airlines did not create this situation. They are victims of poor government planning and coordination. Industry concerns about 5G, expressed for many years in the appropriate forums, were ignored and over-ridden. Half-measure solutions have been foisted upon airlines to implement at their own expense and with little visibility into their long-term viability. This extension is an opportunity for all stakeholders, including telcos, government regulators, airlines and equipment manufacturers, to work together for a fair and equitable solution.” Source: Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President Operations, Safety and Security, discussing the looming deadline to install compliant navigational equipment -- which despite t

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