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November 24, 2023

GAMA Publishes 3Q Delivery Figures

Overall Market up 2.5%, with Turboprops Strongest Gainer at 14.6% Growth Over 2022

GAMA's 3rd quarter 2023 sales & billing report has been published with things looking more or less okay across the GA realm. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association releases numbers for the general industry to show the overall health of things, of particular note heading into the holiday season amid a nearly imperceptible fall from the post-pandemic highs of 2021. Results show that the first 9 months of the year saw "increased aircraft deliveries across all segments" in addition to "an increase in the overall value of the aircraft shipments." Piston aircraft were up 11.9% with 1,135 aircraft, bizjets an anemic 2% with 455 aircraft delivered, and turb

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MH-139A Grey Wolf Heading For Production

First Production Aircraft Delivery Is Slated For 2024

Boeing's Grey Wolf program is transitioning towards low rate initial production of the MH-139A Grey Wolf after completing the program’s Research, Development, Test & Evaluation (RDT&E) phase, recently delivering the sixth and final test aircraft to the Air Force. “Delivering all of the RDT&E aircraft to the Air Force enables them to continue critical operational testing and allows Boeing to focus on building the first production aircraft.” said Azeem Khan, MH-139 program director. “The Grey Wolf will provide crucial national security capability improvements to the Air Force. This is an important step in getting the aircraft into service.”

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Aerobility Raises Record Highs at Aviators Ball 2023

Annual Fundraising Effort Successful

A "record-breaking" £130,000 was raised by Aerobility at its annual Aviators Ball, with all funds going towards helping disabled people to experience flight. Prizes on hand ranged from flights aboard a Douglas C47 to an autographed RAF Red Arrows flying suit, alongside more than 95 unique aviation-themed items were up for grabs in Aerobility’s auctions running throughout the night. When all's said and done, the group had raised £130,000 through bids and donations, blowing away previous records.

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Cheaper by The Dozen(s): BAA Training Acquires 48 Skyhawks

Company Aims To Accommodate Up To 1000 Students Per Year

BAA Training tells us that it is expanding its aircraft fleet by acquiring 48 Cessna 172 Skyhawks from Textron Aviation. They claim this to be an important step in developing the biggest pilot training base in Europe, Spain. The company aims to accommodate up to 1000 students per year. Marijus Ravoitis, CEO of BAA Training, says: “At BAA Training, we are dedicated to shaping the future of aviation by providing top-tier training facilities and resources. This strategic acquisition will grow our aircraft fleet considerably, making BAA Training capable of efficiently training up to 1000 pilots annually. Approximately 200 cadets will be supplied to our parent company, which owns

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Italy Slaps Down $1.8B Collins/Safran Deal

Safran Says they "Exercised their Golden Power" with Veto but Will Continue Pursuit

Italian officials refused a proposed Safran acquisition of a section of Collins Aerospace, with back channels citing concerns of contracts for domestic European military programs. Safran announced the government veto on November 20th, putting off the acquisition of Microtecnica, the Italian subsidiary of Collins Aerospace (itself a Raytheon business).  Italy, so goes the rumor, was not too keen on allowing Microtecnica to end up in French hands. Safran's statement referred to the move as Rome's "decision to exercise its Golden Power" in opposing the sale, a somewhat melodramatic but not wholly inaccurate characterization of the veto. Safran will continue

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NASAO Announces Convention Location for 2025

Anchorage to See 1st Aviation Official Conference

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) will hold its 2025 NASAO Annual Convention & Trade Show in Anchorage, Alaska. The event will mark the first time since 2008 that the convention sees Alaskan soil, at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center. The conference will be held from September 21st to the 24th with the assistance of the Alaskan Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. The 2024 NASAO convention will be held in the lower 48 in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Bureau of Aviation. The show will be held from September 7th to the 11th of 2024.

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NTSB Final Report: Dorr Dan W Sequoia F.8L Falco

During The Initial Climb After Takeoff, About 100 Ft Above Ground Level Over The Runway, An Engine Compartment Access Cover Opened

Analysis: The pilot performed a preflight inspection before he initiated the startup and taxi without any anomalies noted. During the initial climb after takeoff, about 100 ft above ground level over the runway, an engine compartment access cover opened. The pilot called the air traffic control tower and was cleared to land on a parallel runway. The pilot continued in the traffic pattern, but slowed the airplane in hopes that the access cover would not detach. The pilot became focused on the open cover and let the airspeed decrease, which resulted in a buffet, the left wing dropping, and the airplane &

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Classic Aero-TV: LTA Aviatrix Cheri White -- The Intricacies of Gas Ballooning

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Cheri's Achievements Are Exceeded Only By The Heights She Has Achieved As A World-Class Balloonist

You may all be a little sick, by now, in hearing about the amazing team ANN's Aero-TV crews has at the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta... the sites, the sounds, the colors, the staff, the crews, the PILOTS... they all made an extraordinary week even more so. And one of our favorite people was a balloon pilot, Cheri White, who launched herself (and partner Mark Sullivan) into the late night ether to take a chance in seeking the top spot in the A

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.24.23)

Aero Linx: Bellanca-Champion Club Dedicated to the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, American Champion Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Champion and AviaBellanca Skyrocket lines of aircraft, their furtherance, history, preservation and maintenance. The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots and enthusiasts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.24.23): Bearing


The horizontal direction to or from any point, usually measured clockwise from true north, magnetic north, or some other reference point through 360 degrees. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.24.23)

“At BAA Training, we are dedicated to shaping the future of aviation by providing top-tier training facilities and resources. This strategic acquisition will grow our aircraft fleet considerably, making BAA Training capable of efficiently training up to 1000 pilots annually. Approximately 200 cadets will be supplied to our parent company, which owns 12 airlines.” Source: Marijus Ravoitis, CEO of BAA Training, commenting on the recent buy of 48 Cessna 172 Skyhawks for their training operations.

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