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August 20, 2023

Hawaii Air-Tour Operators Undertake Grassroots Relief Operation

Heroism’s Essence

Helicopter air-tour operators throughout Hawaii have mobilized for purpose of transporting critical supplies to those parts of the islands devastated by wildfires. The destruction of infrastructure has left residents of Maui without water, food, baby-formula, diapers, pet-food, and medications—commodities at once essential to wellbeing, dignity, and survival. Tons of such goods have been flown into Maui’s Kahului (OGG) and Kapalua Airport (JHM) aboard helicopters belonging to Hawaiian air-tour operators.

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Russian Aircraft Breach Alaska ADIZ

Again …

Russian military aircraft, in furtherance of a protracted and worsening global trend of aerial belligerence, have again breached the U.S. Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) off the coast of Alaska. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)—a joint U.S.-Canadian organization tasked with monitoring North American airspace and safeguarding the sovereign interests of both the United States and Canada—reported on 14 August that it had detected four Russian military aircraft of an unspecified type within the ADIZ and tracked such through the late hours of 13 August into the wee hours of 14 August—Alaska Daylight Time (Zulu -8).

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ALPA: ATI Again Fails to Fill Flight-Deck Vacancies

Departing Pilot Attrition Hobbling Ohio Air-Carrier

For the second consecutive month, Air Transport International (ATI) has failed to fill Pilot In Command (PIC) vacancies left by extraordinary levels of pilot attrition. Year to date, the Wilmington, Ohio-headquartered cargo air-carrier has accepted no fewer than 155 resignations—a figure representing fully 29-percent of the company’s pilot cadre.

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LATAM Dreamliner PIC Dies In Flight

Fifth Instance of Pilot Incapacitation Since March 2023

The Pilot In Command (PIC) of a Boeing 787-9, registration CC-BGI, suffered incapacitation at the aircraft’s controls some three-hours after the wide-body jet, then operating as LATAM Airlines Flight LA505, departed Miami International Airport (MIA) bound for Santiago de Chile’s Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCL). The flight subsequently diverted to Panama City, Panama’s Tocumen International Airport (PTY), where the incapacitated pilot was pronounced dead upon the aircraft’s arrival.

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Embraer Brass Says it's Sitting Pretty with Bizjet Demand

Expects 27.5% Sales Increase from 2022

Embraer sales head Gustavo Teixeira offered an interview ahead of the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, noting the firm's strong standing in a market where competitors might just be a little winded. Teixeira noted a book-to-bill ratio of more than 2.5, adding that a number of their orders come from first-time light jet buyers. The boon in smaller, more affordable aircraft has been great for business, it seems, continuing the wave of post-pandemic private travel.

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Small Canadian Airline Signs Tentative Agreement

Indigenous Carrier in the Far North Sees Quick Approval for Contract Deal

Wasaya Airways pilots ratified a new tentative agreement with company management, showing what may be shaping up as a trend in the airline industry as trickle-down negotiations come to the little guys. “Since our last contract four years ago, Wasaya pilots have demonstrated their unity and commitment to attaining a collective agreement that reflects the contributions we bring to the success of our airline and the communities we serve,” said Capt. James Harding, chair of ALPA’s Wasaya pilot group.

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Eve eVTOL and DHL Join Hands for Supply Chain Concept

As Industry Forms, Structures Begin to Take Shape for Future of Point-to-Point Deliveries

Eve Air Mobility signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the study of “key demands and supply chain characteristics” surrounding the former’s electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft operation in use for the latter’s cargo and logistics business. The partnership, however, limited in scope, aims to “explore and understand best practices for supplying operators and service centers with spare parts and inputs”, with a particular focus placed on batteries.

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Classic Aero-TV: Quite The Match! - Daher Completes Quest Aircraft Acquisition

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Establishing A Complete Scope Of U.S. Industrial Activities

Daher has finalized its purchase of Quest Aircraft, bringing the Kodiak utility aircraft into its stable. The Daher Group is now able to deploy its full range of activities in North America: aircraft manufacturing, the production of systems and equipment, along with the supply of logistics and services. This brings the company’s successful business model, covering both industry and services, to one of the world’s largest aerospace markets. By expanding its product line to include both the Kodiak and TBM, Daher becomes the seventh-ranked general avi

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NTSB Final Report: Cessna 421

The Fixed-Base Operator’s Incorrect Fueling Of The Airplane, Which Resulted In A Total Loss Of Power In Both Engines

Analysis: The pilot reported that, before the flight, the airplane was fueled with 140 gallons of Jet A fuel. Shortly after takeoff, both engines lost total power. Because the airplane had insufficient altitude to return to the airport, the pilot executed a forced landing to a field and the left wing sustained substantial damage. A postcrash fire ensued. The investigation determined that the airplane was inadvertently fueled with Jet A fuel rather than AVGAS, which was required for the airplane’s reciprocating engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.23)

Aero Linx: International Ryan Club The International Ryan Club is a community dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of pre-WWII Ryan aircraft. Help us keep the Ryan flyin! Members enjoy access to a network of Ryan enthusiasts, technical resources, vintage publications and the ability to post questions, events, news, photos, and classified ads to community forums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.23): Direct

Direct Straight line flight between two navigational aids, fixes, points, or any combination thereof. When used by pilots in describing off-airway routes, points defining direct route segments become compulsory reporting points unless the aircraft is under radar contact.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.20.23)

“The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and did not enter American or Canadian airspace. … Russian activity in the Alaska ADIZ occurs regularly and is not seen as a threat.” Source: A portion of the NORAD description of Russia's latest incursion into the vicinity of US airspace. 

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