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February 11, 2023

SpaceX Avoids Drone Support in Ukraine Fight

Operator Says Military Drone Use Falls Outside Pacifist Mission of Starlink

SpaceX has taken some small steps to prevent Ukraine MoD and military use of the network for long range command and control over drones, saying it falls outside the peaceful intentions of the service. Over the last year, Starlink has become one of the few reliable internet providers in the country, providing service to a wide range of Ukranian military and government units across the country - for communication.

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Waukesha Accident Deepens Concerns Over Vision Jet Safety

No Injuries Reported in 08 February UES Mishap

On 08 February 2023 a Cirrus Vision Jet (SF50) operated by Hillandale Air LLC suffered a runway excursion after a hard landing at Waukesha County Airport (UES)—a public-use airport 1.6-nautical-miles north of Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office reported the aircraft landed in such a manner that its nose-wheel touched-down on UES’s Runway 28 prior to its main landing gear. The small jet then departed the runway, coming to rest in an adjacent field. Neither of the aircraft’s two occupants—a pilot and passenger—were injured.

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Textron Offers Gravel Kit for Cessna SkyCourier

A Workhorse Reshod

Textron Aviation—the parent company of Beechcraft, Hawker (formerly), Cessna, and Lycoming—is offering a gravel kit for its new Cessna SkyCourier twin turboprop. The kit affords SkyCourier operators flexibility to operate their aircraft from the unimproved runways by which the world’s more remote locales are characterized. First deliveries of the SkyCourier with the installed gravel kit option will commence in February 2023.

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Airborne 02.03.23: Daher's 2022, EAA B-17 Heads Home, The Last 747

Also: Startlingly Valuable Asteroid, Skydiving Museum, Airbus Hefts Inmarsat-6, Qatar v Airbus

Daher announced the delivery of 73 aircraft from the combined Kodiak and TBM lineup throughout 2022, with record orders for 100+ for delivery through 2024. The news tracks with the greater surge in single-engine turboprop interest in recent years, showing strong customer interest even in some of the more boutique options offered by Daher. The EAA’s B-17, “Aluminum Overcast”, is on its way home back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin after undergoing repairs following damage from Hurricane Ian. The aircraft sustained minor damage near Punta Gorda, Florida

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PSA Airlines Unveils Bonuses, Pay Package for Pilot Retention

Airline Pay Arms Race Continues with Sign-On bonus and Premium Pay 'til 2026

PSA Airlines has announced a few niceties for pilots at the company in order to bolster retention of its more senior and qualified pilots. The big news is that direct entry captains with more than 950 flight hours (of 121 time, of course) receive a $100,000 sign-on bonus, with pay rates starting at $146 per hour. First Officers with 500+ flight hours will see a $75,000 sign-on bonus and pay starting at $90 per hour. The "revolutionary sign-on bonus program" has been extended through March 31, 2023, with pilot premium pay through 2026.

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Four Passengers Hospitalized After Onboard Fire

United Airlines 737 Lands Safely

On 07 February 2023, a United Airlines flight bound for Newark’s Liberty International Airport (EWR) returned to San Diego International Airport (SAN) after a laptop computer belonging to a first-class passenger ignited, filling the aircraft’s cabin with smoke ...

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White House Questioned About Chinese Spy Balloon’s Passage

Lawmakers Rail Against 'Projection of Weakness'

The White House has stated the Chinese spy balloon the Biden administration permitted to traverse the United States was carrying electronic surveillance technology capable of monitoring U.S. communications. Disquieted by the White House’s inaction, U.S. lawmakers, on Thursday, 09 February 2023, passed a resolution condemning China and demanded the Biden administration provide more answers to Congress.

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Indonesian Navy Accepts First Genesys-Equipped CN-235 Aircraft

The Book of Genesys

Indonesian Aerospace (PTDI) has delivered the first CN-235 aircraft equipped with the Genesys Aerosystems Avionics Suite to the Indonesian Navy for maritime patrol and additional naval missions. The avionics suite comprises Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) displays with embedded Flight Management System (FMS) and Class-A Terrain Avoidance and Warning System (TAWS), dual Air Data/Attitude/Heading Reference System (ADAHRS), dual Global Positioning System/Satellite-Based Augmentation System (GPS/SBAS) receivers, Genesys Digital Radio (GDR) integrated VHF/UHF software-defined digital radios, and Genesys’s S-TEC digital autopilot.

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2023 F.E. Warren AFB Airshow Canceled

Maybe Next Year …

On 02 February 2023, the USAF's 90th Missile Wing canceled the 2023 Wings Over Warren airshow due to the unfortunate but necessary cancellation of the event’s headline act—the USAF Thunderbirds. The famed air demonstration squadron dropped out of the show after it was determined that performing in Cheyenne carried too much risk insomuch as no approved emergency landing airfields are located in sufficiently close proximity to F.E. Warren AFB.

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Classic Aero-TV: Power On Time -- Mid-Continent’s MD93 Digital Clock/USB Charger

From 2014 (YouTube Version): Simple Solutions Allow For More Efficient and Versatile Cockpits

While at the AEA Southern Regional Convention 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, went in search to find a solution for a key aviation concern. That concern is: where can you plug in a USB charger in your aircraft? It seems in this modern day of aviation that finding a place to keep your PED charged is almost as important as flying the aircraft. 

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NTSB Prelim: Boeing 737-900ER (A1); Boeing 777-223 (A2)

As A Result Of The Flight Crew’S Repeated Unwillingness To Proceed With A Recorded Interview, Subpoenas For Their Testimony Have Been Issued

On January 13, 2023, about 2044 local time, American Airlines (AA) flight 106, a Boeing 777-200, crossed runway 4L, without air traffic control (ATC) clearance, at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Queens, New York causing Delta Airlines (DAL) flight 1943, a Boeing 737-900ER, to abort its takeoff on runway 4L. Of the 6 crew and 153 passengers on DAL 1943, and 12 crew and 137 passengers on AA106, there were no injuries. There was no damage to either aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.11.23)

Aero Linx: European Hang Gliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU) The general aim of the EHPU is to promote and protect hang gliding and paragliding in Europe. In order to achieve this aim, as an independent, self-governing and non-profit umbrella association for national hang gliding and paragliding associations in Europe, the EHPU seeks in particular to consult with all relevant regulatory authorities in Europe, for the benefit of hang gliding and paragliding. It endeavours to cooperate both with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and with Europe Airsports.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.11.23): Movement Area

Movement Area The runways, taxiways, and other areas of an airport/heliport which are utilized for taxiing/hover taxiing, air taxiing, takeoff, and landing of aircraft, exclusive of loading ramps and parking areas. At those airports/heliports with a tower, specific approval for entry onto the movement area must be obtained from ATC.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.11.23)

“The closure of the large runway in Cheyenne is a key factor in this decision. After much discussion and consideration, canceling the show for 2023 is the best way to ensure the safety of our community and the Thunderbirds. While we are sad to discontinue our airshow, we understand the risk that comes with performing and are grateful to the Thunderbirds for their many years of support.” Source: 90th Missile Wing Commander Colonel Catherine Barrington after the 2023 Wings Over Warren airshow was cancelled due to the unfortunate but necessary cancellation of the event’s headline act—the USAF Thunderbirds. The famed air demonstration squadron dropped out of the show after it was determined that performing in Cheye

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