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February 18, 2024

Intuitive Machines Launches to the Moon

Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C-Class Lunar Lander, Named Odysseus, Is Scheduled To Land Near The Moon’s South Pole

A suite of NASA science instruments and technology demonstrations is on the way to our nearest celestial neighbor for the benefit of humanity. Through this flight to the Moon, they will provide insights into the lunar surface environment and test technologies for future landers and Artemis astronauts. At 1:05 a.m. EST on Thursday, Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At approximately 1:53 a.m., the lander deployed from the Falcon 9 second stage. Teams confirmed it made communications contact with the

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Pyka Delivers First Large-scale Autonomous Electric Cargo Aircraft to AFWERX

This Is The First Delivery In A Fleet Of Three Pyka Pelican Cargo

Flight operations personnel from Pyka and AFWERX gathered on the tarmac at New Braunfels National Airport to witness the arrival of Pyka's Pelican Cargo, a large-scale autonomous electric cargo aircraft with a 400-pound payload capacity and 200-mile range, built for remote off-airport operations. This is the first delivery in a fleet of three Pyka Pelican Cargo on lease to AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of Air Force (DAF) and a directorate within the Air Force Research Laboratory, for the United States Air Force's Agility Prime program. The program will explore operational use cases for Pyka's technology to address the most pressing challenges in the DAF.

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Michimasa Fujino to Receive the 2024 Daniel Guggenheim Medal

Award To Celebrate the Design and Development of the HondaJet

Michimasa Fujino has been awarded the 2024 Daniel Guggenheim Medal for technical innovation and leadership in conceiving, designing, and bringing HondaJet to a leading position in the business jet market. Fujino will receive the prestigious award during the 2024 AIAA Awards Gala on Wednesday, 15 May, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 to honor innovators who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics.

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Ansett Aviation Announces Pilot Scholarships

Australian Training Operator Builds Up Locals With Educational Assistance

Ansett Aviation Training, as part of its educational motto of “Assisting the future pilots of regional Australia," is once again accepting scholarship applications for its 2024 round. The lucky recipients will be given an endorsement course on Ansett's Beechcraft Super King Air B200, setting them up for success among a raft of outback operators. Ansett Aviation is accepting applications through their website, but time is limited: Would-be students have until the 8th of March, 2024 to complete their paperwork. While Ansett will provide accommodation for the duration of the course, recipients will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. Applicant

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NORAD Deals With Multi-Day Russian Aircraft Incursions

Detects A Number of Russian Aircraft Operating In Alaskan ADIZ

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected and tracked four Russian military aircraft operating in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on February 9, 2024. The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace. This is the third time NORAD detected and tracked Russian aircraft in four days. This Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat.

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Drone Racing To Play A Part In 2025 World Games

Each Race Generally Lasts About Three Minutes

The FAI has confirmed that Drone Racing is to be a feature at The World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China. Following the successful debut of the drone racing competition at the 2022 Games in Birmingham, USA, this novel air sport is set to captivate audiences once again at The World Games, which runs from 7 to 17 August 2025. Recognised and supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International World Games Association (IWGA) is a not-for-profit independent international organisation comprising 39 International Sports Federations.

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Forge Flightworks Gains MRO Authorization

‘MidSouth’ Avionics Facility Now Accepting Broad Range of Work

Forge Flightworks, formerly Carpenter Avionics, has obtained its MRO approval to begin offering  engine maintenance, repair, and upgrade services. “Aircraft owners and operators in reach of middle Tennessee now have a new choice for engine and airframe maintenance services from a company that’s been trusted to perform vital aviation work since 1981,” said Mark Lee, CEO at Forge Flightworks.  “Forge Flightworks now can provide one-stop-shop convenience, time-savings and likely cost-savings for general aviation services in avionics, premium custom aircraft interiors, airframe, and now engine repair, maintenance and upgrades.  This i

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Klyde Morris (02.16.24)

Klyde Deals With Some Embarrassing Stats...


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Airborne 02.09.24: Virgin Galactic Problem, Rotax Fly-In, 3 Archers

Also: EAA Webinars, Enstrom Inks Deal, New WAI COO, NetJets Goes Gogo

Virgin Galactic has admitted that during 'routine post-flight reviews' following its most recent spaceflight, ‘Galactic 06,’ the Company became aware that an alignment pin detached from the launch pylon of the mothership, VMS Eve, during flight. The Company notified the FAA on January 31 in accordance with regulations and is conducting a review in conjunction with the FAA. Rotax is taking its Fly-In on the road, moving beyond its historical stomping ground of Wels, Austria. The 2024 Fly-In World Tour will see them touch down in Australia, Argentin

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Classic Aero-TV: A Principled Advocate For GA - Senator James Inhofe (Part 1)

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Pilots Bill Of Rights 3 Is Working Its Way Through Congress

One of the highlights of AirVenture for the Aero-News team is a chance to sit down with U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) to get his insights into what is happening in Washington as it relates to our industry. This year, Senator Inhofe has introduced the Security and Revitalizing Aviation (SARA) Act of 2018. In addressing the pilot shortage in the U.S., the SARA Act lays out a number of initiatives to help revitalize the future of general aviation.

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NTSB Prelim: Christopher Randall Raptor Junior 540

All Electrical Avionics With The Exception Of The Primary Flight Display, “Went Blank” Followed By A Total Loss Of Engine Power

On January 30, 2024, about 1317 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Raptor Junior 540, N906CR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Camarillo, California. The pilot received serious injuries and the pilot-rated passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he and his pilot-rated passenger had departed Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Santa Monica, California, and were enroute to the Camarillo Airport (CMA), Camarillo, California, to conduct touch and go landing

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.24)

Aero Linx: International Auster Club Welcome to The International Auster Club... The oldest specific aircraft type club in the United Kingdom and possibly in the world. There are currently 340 active members in our club, sharing their knowledge and experience. You do not need to be an owner or pilot to join us. We welcome any enthusiast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.24): VFR Not Recommended

VFR Not Recommended An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recommended. To be given when the current and/or forecast weather conditions are at or below VFR minimums. It does not abrogate the pilot's authority to make his/her own decision.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.18.24)

“NASA scientific instruments are on their way to the Moon – a giant leap for humanity as we prepare to return to the lunar surface for the first time in more than half a century. These daring Moon deliveries will not only conduct new science at the Moon, but they are supporting a growing commercial space economy while showing the strength of American technology and innovation. We have so much to learn through CLPS flights that will help us shape the future of human exploration for the Artemis Generation.”  Source: From a NASA statement recognizing the latest attempt to put a Lander on the Moon.

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