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March 19, 2024

Gemini-Apollo Astronaut, Tom Stafford, Passes On

Administration Waves Goodby to Colleague

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson commented on behalf of the agency regarding the recent passage of 93-year old space alum Tom Stafford. “Today, General Tom Stafford went to the eternal heavens, which he so courageously explored as a Gemini and Apollo astronaut as well as a peacemaker in the Apollo-Soyuz mission." The agency referenced an infamous picture showing Stafford shaking hands with Alexey Leonov, in space, a landmark in East-West collaboration.

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How Will YOU Celebrate World Skydiving Day?

USPA Promotes An Event for New and Experienced Skydivers

 The US Parachute Association has a cool idea to promote those of us who truly enjoy jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. Whether you have thousands of jumps or skydiving is on your bucket list, USPA says #WorldSkydivingDay on July 13 is the perfect time to take the leap. The U.S. Parachute Association (USPA), Australian Parachute Federation, British Skydiving and Canadian Sport Parachuting Association are thrilled to introduce the inaugural World Skydiving Day, set to take place on July 13, 2024. This exciting event aims to celebrate the unforgettable experience of skydiving while also setting the record for the most skydives on this day worldwide.

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California Aeronautical University Expands Flight Training Fleet

15 New Cessna Skyhawk Aircraft On The Order Book

California Aeronautical University has signed on the dotted line for the purchase of 15 Cessna Skyhawk aircraft with deliveries beginning in 2027. The new aircraft will be added to their current fleet and will be used at the various Western United States locations including Bakersfield, CA, San Diego, CA, Ventura, CA and Mesa, AZ. “For more than six decades, the Skyhawk has been at the forefront of innovation, empowering aspiring pilots and setting new standards in flight training,” said Chris Crow, vice president, Piston Sales.

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2024 AEA Convention-TradeShow Is THIS Week--LIVE Streamed!

Aircraft Electronics Association Reminds Industry of What's on Tap

AEA Dallas 2024 is coming up soon, running from March 19th to the 22nd -- and the Aero-News network, in over 15 years of expert coverage, will bring you the very best of it LIVE at www.airborne-live.net. ANN LIVE Coverage of the 2024 AEA Convention and Trade Show Starts Tuesday, 03.19, at 0915ET With the New Product Introduction Session! LIVE Interview Segments Start at 1500ET, on Wednesday and 1200ET on Thursday! Join Us At www.airborne-live.n

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ALTO Aviation Struts New Cabin Audio Soundbar for Business Aircraft

Soundbar Offers 31”, 40” Solution to Single-Point Audio Installs

ALTO Aviation has once again brought out an improvement to the A/V entertainment installations of medium to large-cabin aircraft, this time showing off a pair of ALTO Soundbars for fitment under monitors or in furniture. The Soundbar comes in a 31 and 40 inch length, with each sporting a trio of TSO-certified ALTO ASP-250 speakers, an ALTO amplifier, and 2 subwoofers. That should grant the best blend of power, listenability, and clarity in a size-constrained package, striking an easy balance between final audio quality, output, and simplicity of installation.

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AMA Clarifies Remote ID Authorizations for Some Clubs

Exemption Affects Clubs Near Airports in Uncontrolled Airspace

AMA and the FAA recently finalized procedures to expand Remote ID Authorization exemptions to include clubs on or near sensitive locations in uncontrolled airspace. Previously, only AMA clubs in controlled airspace with letters of agreement with air traffic control were eligible for this type of authorization; however, after months of AMA/FAA collaboration, the FAA will now begin granting Remote ID Authorizations that exempt AMA club sites in Class G airspace from Remote ID for a period of four years. This authorization will essentially provide the same type of Remote ID relief as a FRIA, but without the official FRIA designation.

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PWI Creates Excel 560XL Lighting Upgrade

Improved Cabin Lighting Takes Old Citations Into the World of LEDs

Cessna Citation Excel 560XL are the recipient of the newest cabin lighting system from PWI now that the company released a complete PMA-approved system. PWI's system replaces aging, finicky fluorescent lighting with modern, reliable LEDs in the passenger cabin, galley, and lavatory of the 560XL. Like most lighting upgrades, it doesn't seem like the biggest change in theory, but live in the flesh it seems to add just a little modern feel to an older plane - not to mention being freed of old bulb replacements.

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2024 Henderson Trophy Goes to MedAire

Offsite Medical Director Gains Note from Aviation Industry

The 2024 Clifford Henderson Trophy, one of the National Aeronautic Association's myriad ways to recognize service to the industry at large, has been awarded to MedAire. Where other brands focus wholeheartedly on the simple transport leg of medical assistance, MedAire gained the NAA's attention thanks to the implementation of a network of call centers. Oddly enough, the the system allows MedAire to handle "hundreds of thousands of calls annually worldwide", providing "expert medical advice and assistance".

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FAA Proposes $280K Penalty Against Southern Airways Express For Bogus Pilot

Company Operated Three Cessna Caravan Airplanes On 32 Commercial Flights With A Co-Pilot Who Did Not Meet The Regs

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Classic Aero-TV: PBY Catalina-From Wartime to Double Sunrises to the Long Sunset

From 2022 (YouTube Version): Before They’re All Gone...

Humankind has been messing about in airplanes for almost 120-years. In that time, thousands of aircraft representing innumerable technologies, design philosophies, and aspirations both noble and contemptible have been built and flown. Airshows—the good ones—are lenses into aviation’s past. Events like AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun, and Frontiers in Flight afford modern audiences glimpses of aircraft that shaped the world in war, and brought it together in peace.

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NTSB Final Report: Honda Aircraft Co LLC HA-420

Data Indicated That The Airplane Was 14 Knots Or More Above The Published Landing Reference Speed

Analysis: The pilot was landing at the destination airport with a gusting crosswind. Upon touchdown, he established the aileron controls for the crosswind and applied the brakes; however, no braking action was observed. The airplane subsequently drifted left and departed the runway pavement. It came to rest upright in the grass infield area adjacent to the runway. The outboard portion of the right wing separated which resulted in substantial damage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.19.24)

Aero Linx: Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association (MSPA)

The purpose of the Minnesota Seaplane Pilots Association is to: Promote seaplane flying and safety programs pertaining to seaplane operation throughout the State of Minnesota, Promote a forum for the purpose of approaching governmental agencies, to educate said agencies, the legislature and the public in the understanding of seaplane operation, and Create safe and compatible seaplane base facilities in the State of Minnesota

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.19.24): Remote Airport Information Service (RAIS)

Remote Airport Information Service (RAIS) A temporary service provided by facilities, which are not located on the landing airport, but have communication capability and automated weather reporting available to the pilot at the landing airport.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.19.24)

“Tom was a gentleman and a daredevil. He flew our first rendezvous in space on Gemini 6, and piloted Gemini 9’s path to Earth with pencil and paper when the spacecraft’s guidance computer failed in orbit. He commanded Apollo 10, the first flight of the lunar module to the Moon, a critical test flight that resulted in the successful landing on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission. Tom also flew more than 100 different types of aircraft throughout his career as he pushed the edge of the envelope of our achievement in air and space. He was an extraordinary peacemaker who commanded NASA’s first rendezvous of an international spacecraft on the Apollo-Soyuz mission. His counterpart, General Alexei Leonov, became a best friend over the years. Tom gave Alexei&rs

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