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July 24, 2023

Airborne 07.24.23: MOSAIC Details!, DeltaHawk DHK180, Tom Poberezny Statue

 Also: Daher Upgrades, AEA’s Giveaway, Pelton on MOSAIC, MOSAIC, MOSAIC!

STICK Around for the latter end of this episode of Airborne… Got question about MOSAIC… EAA Boss Jack Pelton has a lot of info to impart! It's been years since we’ve seen a new AMERICAN powerplant…. Much less one that takes advantage of MODERN technology… but DeltaHawk will be going to production in the first half of next year and helping to modernize GA in a big way. Sadly; we lost Tom last year while Oshkosh 2022 was in the works, after a prolonged illness and we will really miss the guy. But his work lives on and now he has been memorialized with a stunning statue in the EAA Museum. Daher is here… and taking over

SureFly Electronic-Ignition Solution Granted STC Approval

FAA Authorizes Dual Electronic Ignitions for Select Piston Aero Engines

On 24 July 2023, SureFly Partners announced at EAA’s AirVenture 2023 that the FAA had approved use of the company’s electronic-ignition solution on select four and six-cylinder Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. The STC approval authorizes installation of two SureFly Ignition Modules (“SIMs”) per-engine on a broad cross-section of aircraft piston engines.

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Bob Hoover Legacy Scholarship Awardees Announced

Investing in Aviation’s Future

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is proud to partner with the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation to offer two inaugural scholarships in honor of the legendary aviator. Subject awards will provide $10,000 to two flight students currently pursuing Commercial Pilot certification. Both students received scholarships for Private Pilot training by dint of the James C. Ray Flight Training Scholarship, which is also administered by the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

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Fence-Sitters on AirVenture Notified: The Corsairs Are Inbound

Another Excellent Lineup on is on Deck for Oshkosh 2023

This year's EAA AirVenture is shaping up to be the best in a while for those missing some in-person warbird time, with Aircorps Aviation's P-47D slated to make an appearance alongside a P-51C and a dozen vintage Corsairs. If anyone has spent recent weeks humming and hawing over whether or not the trip is worth it, the news might be the piece that finally pushes them over the edge - as long as they know they missed out on Express Arrival passes. For those who've been around the air show circuit for a while, it's easy to forget how truly rare and treasured the few surviving airframes are, 8 decades after their combat debuts.

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Persistence! DeltaHawk Engines Nearing Production

Emergence of a Benchmark

In May 2023, DeltaHawk’s DHK180 powerplant was granted FAA Type Certification. Comes now July 2023 and DeltaHawk’s announcement that the company is accepting reservation deposits for its DHK180 piston aero-engine, with initial deliveries slated to commence in the first half of 2024. The jet fuel burning, 180-horsepower DHK180 is the first of a planned family of DeltaHawk engines and offers ease of operation, high fuel efficiency, reduced maintenance, and superior altitude performance compared to traditional aircraft piston engines.

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Controversial Retirement Age Limit Bump Passes Through House

Airline Pilots See Step Towards 2 More Prime Earning Years Before Retirement

The US House of Representatives passed H.R. 3935, "The Security Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act", which will, among other things, bump the mandatory pilot retirement age from 65 to 67 years of age. The idea of increasing retirement ages isn't anything new, particularly after the 65-year age limit replaced the earlier 63-year pilot max years ago. Reception is uneven, surprisingly enough. Some carrier execs look at projections of a mass retirement wave from aging Baby Boomers with dread, seeing an uncomfortably shallow pipeline of qualified replacements in the industry.

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HondaJet to Debut Elite II at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2023

By Air, Land, and Sea

For the first time in the company’s 16-year history, Greensboro, South Carolina-based Honda Aircraft Company will display its HondaJet Elite II at EAA’s AirVenture 2023 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The HondaJet Elite II—and an accompanying selection of Honda products—will be exhibited throughout the 24 through 30 July event. Honda’s AirVenture 2023 display has been carefully curated to showcase the company’s dedication to improving personal mobility on air, land, and sea.

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FlySto to Debut Flight Data Monitoring Product at AirVenture 2023

The Dawn of GA Flight Analytics

FlySto is an aviation software startup about the business of providing general aviation pilots and aircraft owners flight-data monitoring and analytics similar to those utilized by airlines and militaries. A portmanteau of Fly and Story, FlySto sets forth its product: “Tells pilots data-driven fact-based ‘Flying Stories you can trust’ for better and safer flying.” FlySto is making ready to launch its flight data analysis software at EAA’s AirVenture 2023 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Klyde Morris (07.21.23)

Klyde Thinks Part 135 Prep is 'Rehabilitation...' For What?


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Classic Aero-TV: Able Flt's Leslie Irby--Air Is The Only Place Free of Prejudice

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Able Flight Welcomes New Pilots At AirVenture

After seven weeks of intensive flight training and ground school, seven 2019 Able Flight scholarship recipients are now licensed pilots. Six trained at Purdue University and one at The Ohio State University, and they were honored at Able Flight’s annual Wings Pinning Ceremony at EAA AirVenture 2019. Among them is Leslie Irby, who lives in Georgia and was paralyzed in an auto accident in 2013. She told Aero-News that was inspired to learn to fly after learning the story of Bessie Coleman, who was the first woman of African-American descent, and the first of Native-Amer

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Good News for MD 530F Owners: Free MGTOW Upgrade On the Way

New Weight Limit Rises to 3,350 Lbs, a 250-Lb Upgrade

MD Helicopters has begun offering its MD 530F Maximum Gross Take Off Weight Upgrade to operators of F-model helicopters as a free upgrade. The firm says the move is "a part of the company’s continuing efforts to increase customer support and service", upgrading owner's aircraft from their former MGTOW of 3,100 pounds to 3,350. They describe it as an "internal weight increase, with a new Vne of 150 knots. Maximum external load gross weight, minimum flying weight, and the center of gravity remain unchanged.

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King Airs Standardize CoolView Windows from 2024 Onwards

Lee Aerospace Modification Now Part of Every 260/360 King Air for Improved Passenger Comfort

Beechcraft has reached into the aftermarket scene to include a customer favorite as part of its package of standard equipment, with the inclusion of Lee Aerospace CoolView windows on future King Air 260s and 360s. The change will "minimize heat transfer into the cabin on the ramp and offer an unprecedented level of passenger comfort and cabin cooling", working well with last December's addition of standard electric air conditioning. That feature allowed cool air circulation during ground and flight operations, making it a winning combination for those opting for a new production King Air in 2024.

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NTSB Prelim: Aeronca 7CCM

The Airplane Was Located By Aerial Search Personnel And First Responders In A Densely Wooded Area

On June 21, 2023, at 0714 central daylight time, an Aeronca 7CCM airplane, N308ED, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Duluth, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) recording revealed that the airplane departed Duluth International Airport (DLH), Duluth, Minnesota, at 0659 and proceeded northeast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.24.23)

Aero Linx: Seaplane Pilots Association

The Seaplane Pilots Association is the only organization in the world solely focused on representing the interests of seaplane pilots, owners and operators. SPA is dedicated to promoting safe seaplane operations, and to protecting the sharing of our nation’s waterways with other user groups.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.24.23): Chaff


Thin, narrow metallic reflectors of various lengths and frequency responses, used to reflect radar energy. These reflectors, when dropped from aircraft and allowed to drift downward, result in large targets on the radar display. 

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