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March 09, 2023

Airborne Affordable Flyers 03.09.23: EAA Webinars, Merlin Update, 160HP eMotor

 Also: SnF Innovation Preview Is ON!, SnF NOTAM, DarkAero Prototype, MSFS Reno Race

 
 
Lovers of Low and Slow were captivated by the EAA’s Virtual Ultralight Days, which returned in 2023 with 15 webinars over three-days in late February. The presentations highlighted the joys of ultralight flight to the more than five-thousand enthusiasts who availed themselves of live webinars featuring a variety of ultralight topics, including how to get started in the endeavor of ultralight flying, maintenance tips, and airport operations. Aeromarine LSA has an update on the Merlin Lite. Earlier this year the company claimed handy performance of the Merlin as equipped with the Vtwin-power  engine, reporting that the ultralight-configured Me

One More Time... FAA Issues Cirrus SF50 AD

Autopilot, Auto-Throttle, and BPRS Anomalies Observed

Compelled by reports of an accident and an incident resulting from uncommanded in-flight activation of the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) autopilot mode, the FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Cirrus Design Corporation Model SF50 airplanes.

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Turbulence or Trim Anomaly?

NTSB Investigating Possible Challenger 300 Trim Issue

On Friday, 03 March 2023, a Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet traveling from Keene, New Hampshire’s Dillant–Hopkins Airport (EEN) to Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) encountered severe, possibly extreme turbulence that claimed the life of one of the aircraft’s three passengers. In addition to examining atmospheric phenomena for purpose of better understanding the ostensible turbulence event, NTSB investigators are “now looking at a reported trim issue that occurred prior to the in-flight upset.”

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Ogden Airport Dispute Continues

As Lawsuit Moves Onward, Ogden City Makes A Play

Ogden, Utah pilots got some news this week when the city issued a new round of offers to leasees amid a lawsuit between the Ogden Regional Airport Association. The letter essentially offers current tenants a chance to enter into a hangar lease with the city, only if they waive, settle, and release any claims they may have related to previous leases and renewals. President Emeritus of the ORAA, Ed McKenney, sounded the clarion call to members, advising them that entering into the lease would give up their claim in the ongoing lawsuit.

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Ultralight Merlin Development Progresses

Vtwin Engines, Floats, and More En Route to Sun n’ Fun

Chip Erwin of Aeromarine LSA updated followers of the full-featured Merlin Lite as the firm prepares for Sun n’ Fun 2023. Earlier this year Erwin posted an update regarding the handy performance of the Merlin as equipped with the Vtwin-power engine, reporting that the ultralight-configured Merlin flew perfectly during his trip to the Czech Republic. The high-wing, tricycle geared Merlin LIte provides the soul of an old Cessna 152, updated and lightened for the modern era while meeting stringent weight and cost requirements.

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Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight to Honor Vietnam Vets

AirVenture Tribute Returns for 9th Year

Among the most emotional and poignant traditions of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) annual AirVenture fly-in will again be observed in 2023. One-hundred Vietnam War veterans will be honored on 28 July with a Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight by which they will be transported from Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Wittman Regional Airport to Washington D.C.

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Aero-TV: Korean War Hero Twice Reborn

The Life, Death, Life, Death, and Life of a Glorious Warbird

In 1981, business-owner Jim Tobul and his father purchased a Chance-Vought F4U Corsair. More accurately, the two men purchased three truckloads of parts that, over the following decade, they fashioned into a flying warbird. That Jim Tobul is an FAA-certified A&P/IA and pilot was critical to the endeavor, but not so critical as the father-and-son team’s passion for aviation, the Corsair, and the history embodied in the aircraft to which they dedicated vast tracts of their lives.

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EAA Webinars Draw Thousands

Virtual Ultralight Days a Resounding Success

Lovers of Low and Slow were captivated by the EAA’s Virtual Ultralight Days, which returned in 2023 with 15 webinars over three-days in late February. The presentations highlighted the joys of ultralight flight to the more than five-thousand enthusiasts who availed themselves of live webinars featuring a variety of ultralight topics, including how to get started in the endeavor of ultralight flying, maintenance tips, and airport operations.

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Klyde Morris (03.03.23)

Klyde Has Exquisite Taste In Aero-Models...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Snowed-in Residents Airlifted to Safety

Cali National Guard Aids Stranded San Bernadinians

Rare snowfall in southern California left members of some affected communities stranded, with rescue arriving in the form of Cali National Guard Black Hawks. A late-February blizzard east of Los Angeles slammed the San Bernardino Mountain range, where thousands of people live in forest communities or recreational getaways. Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency after parts of the state were sacked in with more than 8 feet of snow, trapping some in their homes as crews worked around the clock to clear roads and highways.

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CMC Electronics Picked for Sikorsky FMS Standards

CMA-2082MC to Come Standard on UH-60, HH-60, and S-70 Helicopters

CMC Electronics has been tapped to supply their flight management system for a handful of Sikorsky helicopter models. The deal will see the inclusion of CMC equipment for including the UH-60M, HH-60M, HH-60W, S-70i and the S-70M. Helicopters with CMC kit will be delivered to the US Army, the US Air Force in addition to the panoply of international Black Hawk customers.

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Flyers Rights Loses on Appeal

D.C. Court of Appeals Says FAA not Required to Adopt Seating Rules

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FAA needn’t set standards regarding the number of seats and their density in commercial passenger aircraft unless impacting safety. The decision strikes a blow to the plaintiff, Flyers Rights. They had hoped that the lawsuit would impel the FAA “to commence rulemaking to establish minimum seat size and spacing requirements for commercial aircraft,” and to issue a final rule cementing the standard.

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Ukrainian Fighter Pilots Head to Tucson

While F-16 Deliveries Far From Guaranteed, Evaluation Could Determine Training Curriculum

A pair of Ukrainian pilots made their way to the US to be evaluated for possible training or advice for the country's air forces. So far, only 2 pilots have been brought over to Tucson, Arizona, where they will operate the F-16 simulators on premises. Up to 10 more of their comrades may join them in the coming weeks. The effort doesn't necessarily have a nailed down goal, being intended as a kind of survey of Ukrainian skills. 

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FedEx Pilots Vote for Strike Authorization

Strike Still Far Off, But Technically on the Table

FedEx pilot leaders unanimously passed a resolution authorizing their ALPA chair Chris Norman to call for a strike authorization vote. The leadership notes that the strike would only occur if negotiations break down and the federal government authorizes a walkout after the parties exhaust the required procedures of the Railway Labor Act. In such a case, the National Mediation Board would have to release both sides from mediation. Then, after a 30-day cooling off period, both would need to go through 'self-help', which could include a strike by the union or lockout by FedEx.

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BAE Displays Australian UAS at Avalon Airshow

Tactical VTOL Prototype Hoped to Become Sovereign Ozzie Platform

BAE Systems unveiled the Strix, their contender for the tactical, multi-role UAS running at this year's Avalon Airshow. The Strix is a tandem wing, VTOL drone capable of hauling 160 kg (~353 lbs) of payload almost 500 miles, while being compacted down into a standard 20' shipping container. Compatible munitions will vary, but the principal interest is the RAZER, a low-cost, precision guided munition that would be delivered with the final design.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.09.23)

Aero Linx: Civil Aeronautics Administration (Taiwan)

The Republic of China set out to build its civil aviation industry early after the country was established. In the eighth year of the R.O.C., an aviation governmental agency was already set up to take charge of the country’s aviation affairs. In the 18th year of the R.O.C., the agency became a sub-unit of the Ministry of Transport and Communications. After the Second World War, to develop and manage civil aviation businesses, on January 20, 1947, the Civil Aeronautics Administration was founded in Nanjing under the MTC, listed as a third-rank central governmental agency under the Executive Yuan. The Administration’s rules for

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.09.23): Flight Service Station (FSS)

Flight Service Station (FSS)

An air traffic facility which provides pilot briefings, flight plan processing, en route flight advisories, search and rescue services, and assistance to lost aircraft and aircraft in emergency situations. FSS also relay ATC clearances, process Notices to Air Missions, and broadcast aviation weather and aeronautical information. In Alaska, FSS provide Airport Advisory Services.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.09.23)

“The enormity of this event is hard to comprehend. You know, we’re thinking ‘we’re in Southern California’, but yet we have had an inundation that has really, really generated a severe amount of anxiety, frustration and difficulty, especially to the victims and those who are actually trapped in their own home.” 

Source: State Assemblyman Tom Lackey, discussing the rare snowfall in southern California that left members of some affected communities stranded, with rescue arriving in t

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