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August 14, 2023

Airborne 08.14.23: iFly EFB Update, Hawaii Fire Rescue, B-29 Doc

 Also: Curtiss JN-4 Jenny Restoration, Girls in Aviation Day, MD Helicopters, Private Jet Service$

Adventure Pilot has announced the release of iFly EFB 12.2, an update by which the aviation community may avail itself of advanced EFB features, to include integration with Avidyne's advanced flight displays. iFly EFB 12.2 integrates with Avidyne's advanced Integrated Flight Display (IFD) systems, thereby bringing higher degrees of collaboration and efficiency to users’ flight-planning endeavors. The DoD has mobilized active-duty and reserve military helicopter crews under numerous commands to support firefighting operations across the embattled Hawaiian Islands. The fires sparked to life and have intensified as a function of low-h

DOD Mobilizes Assets to Fight Hawaii Wildfires

Army, Navy, and Coast Guard Units Deploy to Islands

As blazes burn out of control and losses of life, property, and security continue to mount on the characteristically idyllic Island of Maui, the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has mobilized active-duty and reserve military helicopter crews under numerous commands to support firefighting operations across the embattled Hawaiian Islands.

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Adventure Pilot Introduces iFly EFB 12.2

Updated App Integrates with Avidyne's Advanced Flight Displays

Adventure Pilot, a provider of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solutions, has announced the release of iFly EFB 12.2, an update by which the aviation community may avail itself of advanced EFB features, to include integration with Avidyne's advanced flight displays.

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NTSB: BOS Runway Incursion Nearly Disastrous

LR60 Departs Sans Clearance

Notwithstanding acknowledgement of ATC instructions to line-up and wait (LUAW)—taxi into position and hold to those of us who remember a more elegant time—the flight-crew of a Bombardier Learjet 60 (LR60) operating as Hop-a-Jet Flight 280 departed Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) without clearance, thereby precipitating a conflict/near-collision with an Embraer E190 jet operating as JetBlue Flight 206. The Embraer, then inbound from Tennessee’s Nashville International Airport (BNA), was forced to perform a go-around.

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U.S. Treasury Dept. Sanctions Belavia Airlines

Belarusian Air Carrier Deemed Guilty by Association

The United States Department of the Treasury has levied additional wartime sanctions against the Eastern European nation of Belarus, to include measures directed against Belarusian state-owned air-carrier Belavia Airlines and, bizarrely, one of its CRJ-200ER regional aircraft.

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Selfridge Military Air Museum To Restore Curtiss JN-4 Jenny

Jenny, Don’t Change that Number …

Founded in 1975 and named for the first man killed in a heavier-than-air flying-machine, Selfridge Military Air Museum is a storied institution located on Mount Clemens, Michigan’s Selfridge Air National Guard Base (MTC). The museum’s collection of vintage and historical military aircraft will presently be supplemented by the arrival of a Curtis JN-4—a World War I-era biplane known colloquially by generations of pilots and aviation enthusiasts as the Curtiss Jenny, or simply, Jenny.

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FAA's MOSAIC -- Long Awaited Hail Mary For Personal GA?

With Time to Digest, an Industry Mulls the Reality of MOSAIC

On July 19, 2023, FAA published the much anticipated but seriously delayed NPRM for Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rule. This regulatory reform has been discussed, fomented, promulgated, and negotiated for nearly twenty years, and now that the NPRM has been published it is obviously a pared and watered-down version of what the languishing personal and recreational aviation community really needed.

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West Virginia College to Expand Aviation Program

Pierpont Technical College Looks to Up Enrollment

West Virginia’s state legislature has approved a $25-million budget allocation for the construction of an aviation maintenance training facility at the Mountain State’s North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB). The proposed 70,000-square-foot structure will facilitate increased enrollment in nearby Pierpont Community and Technical College’s aviation tech program. The college aspires to see the aforementioned program grow from its current roster of 130 students to upwards of two-hundred enrollees.

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USMC Brass Visits Archer’s California Facilities

Visit Evinces Growing DOD Interest in Midnight eVTOL Platform

Archer Aviation, the California-based designer of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, showcased its Midnight eVTOL platform to a group of high-ranking U.S. Marine Corps officers. The USMC’s visit to Archer’s California facilities comes on the heels of 31 July announcement that the eVTOL maker had broadened its working relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) by means of a newly-signed $142-million contract under which Archer will provide the U.S. Air Force data pertaining to flight-testing and pilot training, share certification-related test reports, and help the service develop maintenance and repair operations under its AFWERX Agility Pri

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Klyde Morris (08.14.23)

Klyde Coins A New Term... One That May See Further Use


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Classic Aero-TV: LSA Market Perspectives – What Will Attract Customers in 2010

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Sport Aviation Expo 2010 Company Attendees Reflect on the LSA Market

On January 21st through January 24th, 2010, sport aviation enthusiasts gathered at the Sebring Regional Airport for the annual Sport Aviation Expo.  Held in Sebring, Florida, the Expo is the place to see, buy, and sell aircraft operating under the LSA rule such as fixed-wings, trikes, powered parachutes, motor-gliders, and gyroplanes. In addition, LSA industry leaders display the latest in sport aviation technology including new aircraft and electronics.  The Expo also provides educational forums, such as training programs and insurance seminars, s

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Classic Aero-TV: Veteran's Airlift Command -- Serving Those Who Served

From 2013 (YouTube Version): One Of Aviation's Most Positive Efforts... The VAC!!!

In all the doddering, misleading, anti-aviation blather we've had to deal with over the last few years, we've been waiting for the world to wake up and discover just how cool aviation, and its pilots and aircrews, are. We present a case in point and while it was a quick impromptu interview amid the heights of excitement at NBAA 2011 (a more extensive interview is coming shortly!), the message is clear, that aviation has a heart, that pilots are citizens of the world and that if you want to show aviation in its best possible light, a good place to start is the Veteran's Air

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Archer Makes a Trio of Major Announcements

Cometh the Midnight Hour

Archer Aviation, the California-based designer of electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has secured a $215-million equity investment from Stellantis—an American-Italian-French multinational automotive manufacturing corporation—Boeing, United Airlines, and a number of financial institutions including ARK Invest. The capital infusion boosts Archer’s total to-date funding to over $1.1-billion. Furthermore, the FAA has granted Archer approval to commence flight-testing of its Midnight eVTOL aircraft. Additionally, Archer has reached an agreement with Boeing and Wisk by which the three concerns will enter into an autonomous flight collaboration and settle pending litigation. Finally, Archer

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NTSB Prelim: A Van Nierop Risen 915 iS

Witness Watched It Remain “Low And Slow” Until He Observed A “Wing Drop” And The Airplane Enter A “Flat Spin”

  On July 28, 2023, about 1410 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Risen 915 iS, N2442, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Glendive, Montana. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness located at the airport reported that they observed the airplane depart runway 12, at the Dawson Community Airport (GDV), Glendive. The airplane appeared not to climb fast, however, the engine sounded like it was at full power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.14.23)

Aero Linx: Lucky Dog Rescue Flights Lucky Dog Rescue Flights is dedicated to providing charitable flights to those in need at no cost, with an emphasis on animal rescue flights. All missions are conducted in private aircraft. This free service is available to financially distressed people who are in time-sensitive, but non-emergency situations due to a medical condition. We transport people for medical treatments and to hospice care and also provide compassion flights so that family members can visit those who are critically ill.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.14.23): Minimum Fuel

Minimum Fuel

Indicates that an aircraft’s fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay. This is not an emergency situation but merely indicates an emergency situation is possible should any undue delay occur.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.14.23)

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Maui at this time, and the department will continue to work closely with the state of Hawaii and officials there as we work together to protect lives and battle these terrible wildfires."

Source: From Pentagon Press Secretary Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder's statement during a press briefing, discussing military support of relief efforts for those imperiled by the recent fires on Maui. 

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