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March 02, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 03.02.23: SAFE Alarmed, Clay Lacy Scholars, EAA LTF Efforts

Airborne-Flight Training 03.02.23: SAFE Alarmed, Clay Lacy Scholars, EAA LTF Efforts

 

 

Also: UND Adds Aerospace Engineering, NBAA Scholarships, Flt School Threatened, John King on MOCA

 

 

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators set forth that the aviation industry is suffering an epidemic of flight-test applicants failing to even qualify for their written tests and check-rides. Attendees of a 2022 OSH meeting of senior [FAA] Designated Pilot Examiners (DPEs) and FAA personnel estimated that—owing to incorrect endorsements and/or inadequate pilot experience—one-in-five check-ride applicants never even qualifies to start his FAA Flight Test due to incorrect logbook endorsements. Clay Lacy Aviation has

FAA Investigating BOS “Close Call”

Departing LR-60 Crosses Path of Arriving E-190

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating what the agency has referred to as a “close call” between a Hop-A-Jet Learjet 60 (LR-60) registration N280LJ and an Embraer E190 (E190-E2) registration N179JB operating as JetBlue Flight 206 at Boston’s Logan International Airport (BOS).

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Wichita Foundation to Restore Classic Lear-23

BOW to ICT by Way of Global Fame

The first Learjet to be delivered by Bill Lear’s upstart company to a paying customer has returned to its Wichita birthplace where a group of aviation enthusiasts have set forth their unequivocal commitment to return the storied jet to airworthiness.

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DarkAero Prototype Nears Flight-Testing

Black-Magic Speedster on the Horizon

Founded, owned, and funded by brothers Ryley, River, and Keegan Karl—a trio of University of Wisconsin graduates with respective degrees in aerospace, computer/electrical, and mechanical engineering—DarkAero is the embodiment of a shared familial aspiration to develop a kit aircraft of surpassing speed, range, and efficiency. February 2023 found the DarkAero team focused on the DarkAero-1 prototype's landing gear actuation hardware and flight test planning.

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Airborne 02.22.23: Airspeeder Mk4, Copperstate Fly-In, EHang eVTOL

Also: AEA 2022 Avionics Report, JetBlue-Spirit Merger, Elixir Aircraft, Bandit Flight Team

The latest and most highly-sophisticated iteration of an eVTOL racer is Alauda Aeronautics’s Airspeeder Mk4, a swift machine with a top-speed of 196-knots. The 2,094-pound Mk4 is powered by a 1,340-brake-horsepower Thunderstrike Hydrogen Turbogenerator that feeds electrical power to the vehicle’s batteries and motors. The turbogenerator comprises in part a 3D-printed combustor developed for the rocket engines peculiar to the orbital space industry. So powered, the Mk4 has a claimed range of 163-nautical-miles. The Copperstate Fly-In is an all-volunteer-run n

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Phil Washington Falters During Confirmation Hearing

Spending Time In The Hot Seat...

Texas Republican Senator, Harvard-Law graduate, and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz set forth on Wednesday, 01 March 2023, that Phil Washington, Joe Biden’s nominee for the critical post of FAA Administrator (read Head Honcho), is manifestly unqualified to hold the position.

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Aero-TV: The Bizarre Universe of Klyde Morris Cartoons

Putting the ANT in Antihero

A Beech Starship speeds along at altitude. “Deflectors on!” a voice from within the aircraft cries. “Look! Over there!” the voice continues, “A droid battle star. I’ll bet they’ve detected us!” A second voice, this time from the Starship’s cockpit. “It’s a real pain being the pilot of a Beech Starship the day after the owner saw Star Wars.”, “Forget TCAS,” the first voice exclaims. “Use the Force!” Such are the anecdotes and inside aerospace jokes by which cartoonist Wes Oleszewski’s work is characteri

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DOT Inspector General to Investigate Buttigieg

Extensive Use of Taxpayer-Funded Private Jets Cited

The Department of Transportation's (DOT) Inspector General is opening an audit into controversial Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg over the latter’s extensive use of taxpayer-funded private jets.

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NBAA Scholarship Winners Announced

Opportunity in the Offing

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced on 28 February 2023 that its Business Aviation Management Committee has selected three individuals to whom the association will award its 2023 Leadership Conference Scholarships.

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Embraer to Maintain A-29s for Philippine Air Force

A Fine Bird in Any Jungle

Embraer S.A., the multinational aerospace manufacturer of commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft founded in 1969 and headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, announced on 01 March 2023 that it had signed an agreement by which the Brazilian OEM would support the Philippine Air Force’s fleet of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. Subject agreement will provide support for more than two-hundred A-29 Super Tucano part numbers.

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Klyde Morris (02.27.23)

Klyde's REALLY Not Sure What To Make of This...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airborne 02.22.23: Airspeeder Mk4, Copperstate Fly-In, EHang eVTOL

Also: AEA 2022 Avionics Report, JetBlue-Spirit Merger, Elixir Aircraft, Bandit Flight Team

The latest and most highly-sophisticated iteration of an eVTOL racer is Alauda Aeronautics’s Airspeeder Mk4, a swift machine with a top-speed of 196-knots. The 2,094-pound Mk4 is powered by a 1,340-brake-horsepower Thunderstrike Hydrogen Turbogenerator that feeds electrical power to the vehicle’s batteries and motors. The turbogenerator comprises in part a 3D-printed combustor developed for the rocket engines peculiar to the orbital space industry. So powered, the Mk4 has a claimed range of 163-nautical-miles. The Copperstate Fly-In is an all-volunteer-run n

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NTSB Prelim: Bell OH-58A

With A Speed Near Effective Translational Lift At 80% Torque, The Helicopter Suddenly Started To Bounce And Yaw

On February 6, 2023, about 2135 mountain standard time, a restricted category Bell OH-58A helicopter, N36FA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Yuma, Arizona. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural aerial application flight. The pilot reported that after the night application of chemical insecticide, he landed on the load truck and the chemical hopper was filled with 50 gallons of water.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.02.23)

Aero Linx: Vertical Aviation Safety Team

The VAST mission is to continuously improve the community’s safety culture and operational performance through harmonization, coordination, and implementation of global safety information, resources, and programs while supporting regional safety team data that promotes vertical flight’s societal contributions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.02.23): Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)

Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)

An EFVS is an installed aircraft system which uses an electronic means to provide a display of the forward external scene topography (the natural or man-made features of a place or region especially in a way to show their relative positions and elevation) through the use of imaging sensors, including but not limited to forward-looking infrared, millimeter wave radiometry, millimeter wave radar, or low-light level image intensification. An EFVS includes the display element, sensors, computers and power supplies, indications, and controls. An operator's authorization to conduct an EFVS operation may have provisions which allow pilots to conduct IAPs when the reporte

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.02.23)

"The FAA is investigating a close call between a Learjet and a JetBlue flight Monday night at Boston Logan International Airport. According to a preliminary review, the pilot of a Learjet 60 took off without clearance while JetBlue Flight 206 was preparing to land on an intersecting runway. The incident occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Eastern time. An air traffic controller instructed the pilot of the Learjet to line up and wait on Runway 9 while the JetBlue Embraer 190 landed on Runway 4-Right, which intersects Runway 9. The Learjet pilot read back the instructions clearly but began a takeoff roll instead. The pilot of the JetBlue aircraft took evasive action and initiated a climb-out as the Learjet crossed the intersection. The Learjet was operated by Hop-

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