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February 19, 2024

Hawaiian Airlines MEC Expresses 'Expectations' As Merger Comes Together

The HAL MEC Represents More Than 1,100 Hawaiian Airlines Pilots

The shareholders of Hawaiian Holdings have voted to approve the agreement and plan of merger negotiated with Alaska Air Group Inc. Hawaiian Airlines announced that the proposed Alaska merger deal was supported by a majority of shareholders.  The stock purchase offer made by Alaska, which shareholders have now approved, acknowledges the tremendous brand value of Hawaiian Airlines. This brand value was both created and fostered by its employees, including the Hawaiian Airlines pilots who are represented by ALPA. 

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Grand Caravan EX Amphibian Placed In Malaysia

Will Be Part Of The Country’s First Amphibious Airplane Operation In Recent History

Textron has delivered a new Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian turboprop to Malaysian property developer, Ikhasas Sdn Bhd, via its subsidiary company Oriental Sky Sdn Bhd. The aircraft, to be managed and operated by local charter operator Systematic Aviation Services (SAS), will be used for passenger transport between the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and a new waterfront resort on Perhentian islands, off the northern east coast of Malaysia. This will be the country’s first amphibious airplane operation in recent history after it gained necessary approvals from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to launch domestic operations in 2024. 

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Flight Data Monitoring Now Offered For Piper PA-46 Series

PMOPA/Fuzion Safety Partnership Offers Flight Data Monitoring 

Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (PMOPA) and Fuzion Safety, have reported that Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) is now available for all Piper PA-46 variants. Members of the PA-46 community who participate in this FDM program can assist with identifying potential safety matters before they become a problem, which, may, in turn, help to reduce the likelihood of future accidents and incidents. PMOPA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the interests and safety of owners and pilots of Piper PA-46 aircraft worldwide. With more than 1,200 current members, PMOPA membership is available to any registered or prospective owner and/or operator of qualified aircraft

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CAAS and IFALPA Collaborate on Aviation Safety Training-Competency

Agreement Will Also Build Up A Pool Of Instructors And Resource Persons

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together on aviation safety training and competency development. The partnership will help equip aviation professionals with competencies to manage safety challenges and raise aviation safety standards. The MOU was signed by Mr. Han Kok Juan, Director-General of CAAS and Capt. Amornvaj Mansumitchai, President of IFALPA at the sidelines of the Changi Aviation Summit.

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ALTO Aviation Announces Roster of 2024 Goodies

New Cabin Management, Stereo Options on the Way for Handful of Bizjets

Alto Aviation will be coming to the 2024 NBAA Miami Opa-Locka Regional Forum to show off their new Cabin Audio and Management Systems for Embraer, Gulfstream, and Bombardier aircraft. "We are very excited to launch the Q1-2024 upgrade programs for Phenom, Gulfstream 200, and  Challenger aircraft. Our customer-centric mission means always being there for all our customers, offering them customized solutions for their aircraft that ease technical installation while providing their passengers with the most outstanding listening experience and friendly cabin control," said Kevin Hayes,  Alto Aviation VP of Sales & Marketing.

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Classic Aero-TV: A Principled Advocate For GA - Senator James Inhofe (Part 2)

From 2018 (YouTube Version): The Impact Of UAVs On The National Airspace

In part two of our interview with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) at AirVenture this summer, Jim Campbell discusses the impact of UAVs on the national airspace. From the small hobby drone to the promise of home delivery by drone and autonomous air taxi and cargo transportation services, drones are poised to be a major factor in how the United States utilizes its airspace. Senator Inhofe says that the Commerce Committee, of which he is a member, is working on how to effectively integrate unmanned aircraft into the NAS. While they have not yet developed

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Emergency AD: Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.

E-AD 2024-04-51: MCAI States That There Has Been A Recent In-Service Report Of A PT2 Blade Failure

The venerable PT-6 has had some recent issues... resulting in an Emergency AD. This emergency AD was prompted by reports of second-stage power turbine (PT2) blade failures. Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Transport Canada Emergency AD CF-2024-05, dated February 15, 2024 (Transport Canada Emergency AD CF-2024-05)...

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NTSB Prelim: Swanson R/Swanson S RV-6

After The Final Take-Off, The Airplane Entered A Near Vertical Nose-Down Descent

On January 30, 2024, at 1029 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Vans RV-6, N30AK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Concord, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A review of preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration disclosed that the pilot departed from runway 19L at Buchanan Field Airport (CCR), Concord, California, at 1019. The data showed that the airplane remained within the airport traffic patten for a series of five touch-and-go take-of

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.24)

Aero Linx:  Cardinal Flyers Online The Cardinal Flyers are a group of owners, operators and flyers of the Cessna 177 Cardinal. This is our web home, the Cardinal Flyers Online. Our purpose is to bring Cardinal Flyers together around the world, both virtually and physically, while communicating our member's experiences, wisdom and knowledge in creative and effective ways. We are about technical knowledge exchange, but also about building a community of Cardinal owners. We do this through our CFO Community, and this web system. This web system currently contains over 2000 pages and 15,000 images and files. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.24): Visual Climb Over Airport (VCOA)

Visual Climb Over Airport (VCOA) A departure option for an IFR aircraft, operating in visual meteorological conditions equal to or greater than the specified visibility and ceiling, to visually conduct climbing turns over the airport to the published “climb-to” altitude from which to proceed with the instrument portion of the departure. VCOA procedures are developed to avoid obstacles greater than 3 statute miles from the departure end of the runway as an alternative to complying with climb gradients greater than 200 feet per nautical mile. Pilots are responsible to advise ATC as early as possible of the intent to fly the VCOA option prior to departure. These textual procedures are publis

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.24)

“Seaplanes will be the most convenient way to reach the Perhentian Islands. Currently, it takes a time-consuming 6-hour road journey followed by a one-hour ferry ride from the port in Kuala Besut. With our 11-seater aircraft, travelers will benefit from time savings as it will transport passengers from Kuala Lumpur to land directly in the waters near the beachside resort. At the same time, we preserve the islands pristine environment and natural forests which would otherwise be felled for airport construction.” Source: Ikhasas group managing director, Ir. Tan Chee Kian, commenting on their acquisition of a brand spanking new Grand Caravan EX Amphib... a great way to get around... on or off land. 

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