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January 19, 2024

Airborne Affordable Flyers 01.19.24: MOSAIC Guide, DeltaHawk RV14, SnF IP24!

 Also: Virtual Ultralight Days, Aeronca Nation, Pivotal Helix, MDM-1 Fox/Fox-P AD

 
 
There are but a few days left to comment on the MOSAIC NPRM, but the EAA has helped aviators weigh in on the FAA's proposed MOSAIC changes ahead of next week’s January 22nd cutoff, publishing a guide to draft effective comments. The body will put forth some comments of its own regarding the proposed changes, but individual concerns and logical tacks can only really be had in the comfort of a private comment. DeltaHawk Engines has disclosed that engineering and development are now underway on a firewall-forward installation package for the company's new DHK series of FAA-certified jet-fuel-powered piston engines for Van's RV-14 aircraft. The first i

Lawyers Sink their Teeth Into Alaska Door Plug Incident

Passengers Sue for 'Emotional Distress, Economic Loss, Medical, Travel Expenses'

The Alaska Airlines incident involving Boeing MAX 9 door plug has seen its first lawsuits from affected passengers, with a group filing suit against Boeing last week in the hopes of starting a class action. Both Alaska and Boeing got additional legal interest after another smaller scale suit was filed in Washington. The passengers of Flight 1282 received a refund and a $1,500 cash payment as a 'gesture of care' from the carrier, which was intended to cover their immediate needs in the wake of the accident. That didn't dissuade them from filing suit, however. The most recent lawsuit out of Seattle comes courtesy of Mark Lindquist, an attorney who represented victim's f

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RV-14 Is Among The First to Get DeltaHawk Treatment

Company Begins Development of Engine Package for Van's RV-14 

DeltaHawk Engines has disclosed that engineering and development are now underway on a firewall-forward installation package for the company's new DHK series of FAA-certified jet-fuel-powered piston engines for Van's RV-14 aircraft. The first installation will be aboard an RV-14 owned by award-winning aircraft builder Craig Saxton, and the aircraft is anticipated to fly during late spring 2024. 

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Vertical Flight Society to Hold eVTOL Symposium

37 Exhibitors, 140+ Speakers Offer Enlightening Week of VTOL Theory

The program for the Vertical Flight Society's Transformative Vertical Flight symposium has been published, giving structure to the 3-day program. The schedule will include 3 main events, including the 6th Decennial VFS Aeromechanics Specialists' Conference, the 11th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, and the Short Course on Electric VTOL Design. The Aeromechanics Conference will sport more than 70 invited speakers, all focused on various mechanics and technical challenges surrounding vertical flight.

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SKY Express Adds to ATR Collection

Greek Regional Takes Delivery of ATR 72-600s

Greek regional carrier SKY Express took delivery of the first of 2 ATR 72-600s in December, as part of a pair of aircraft ordered in 2023. The second is due for delivery in the 2nd quarter of 2024, which will see the SKY Express fleet grow to 8 such aircraft, and 6 ATR-500s in all. They have further plans for growth and expansion in 2024 along the same lines.

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SpiceJet Passenger Spends Indian Flight Stuck in Bathroom

'Traumatized, Dazed, and Injured' Pax Spent 105 minutes Locked in 737 Head

A SpiceJet passenger bound for Bengaluru spent the entire 1-hour 45 minute flight locked in the bathroom, after the latch malfunctioned - and he says he's suffered trauma from the incident. The passenger, a 37-year old traveler, headed off to the lavatory not long after takeoff, and spent almost the entire flight locked inside. Attempts to open the door by the crew and other passengers remained unsuccessful throughout the flight. FMI : Read More

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Algerian Operator Makes the Jump to All-Digital Documentation

ATR’s Electronic Document Control Finds a New Client in Air Algérie

Algerian carrier Air Algérie will be moving onboard ATR's Digital Maintenance Documentation package in an effort to "optimise the maintenance and engineering operations" for its fleet. Air Algérie operates a fleet of 15 ATR aircraft in its home market, making them a well-placed carrier to put fully digitized documentation into practice. The 3-year digital maintenance documentation contract is offered by ATR, and grants customers a "raw data of line maintenance publications in XML format, to be uploaded into the airline’s Maintenance Information System via ‘AMOS’, the comprehensive solution designed by Swiss-AS to optimise the digitalisa

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Yukon Airport to See Renovation

Nielsen Whitehorse International Due for Expansion, Revamped Facilities

Canadian Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez announced an investment of up to $186.2 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund for a project that includes major upgrades at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. The airport was selected due to its position in the greater Yukon, a vital hub for frontier-bound cargo, medical support, and passenger travel. The 4 primary tasks will see Whitehorse upgraded with an improved parallel runway, a reconstructed primary runway, a new rotary-wing operations center, and an entirely new air maintenance facility.

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Classic Aero-TV: The B29 SuperFortress ‘Doc’ - History in Flight

From 2022 (YouTube Version): Carrying the Legacy of The B-29 For Generations to Come

We had a chance to chat with the Executive Director of B-29 Doc, Josh Wells, during their stop at Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight in Centennial, Colorado. He stated that their mission is to tell the stories of the greatest generation, to make sure their legacy carries on for generations to come. It involves letting people “get up close and personal with the B-29, see it, feel it, hug it, crawl through it, make sure that they understand what it may have been like for our men and women, wartime heroes, to have served in these

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NTSB Final Report: Mooney M20K

About 3,200 Ft MSL (Approximately 2,000 Above Ground Level), The Engine Suddenly Lost All Power Without Any Warning

On January 3, 2024, about 1226 central standard time, a Mooney M20K, N231GG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Tullahoma, Tennessee. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he had recently purchased the airplane and the accident flight was his first flight in the airplane. The accident flight was also the first flight since the airplane’s most recent annual inspection, which was completed the same day. No anomalies were noted during the preflight inspection, engine start, taxi, and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.19.24)

Aero Linx: Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven The 38th Annual Sentimental Journey to Cub Haven Fly-In: Tuesday, June 18 - Saturday June 22, 2024, 9am-10pm. Featuring Tues - Fri: Greg Koontz and the Alabama Boys Thrilling Airshow. Let's all turn out to celebrate and `` Kiss the ground the Piper J-3 was built on.'  We want to see a beautiful field of yellow, just like the Good Ole Days. Featured planes: J-2. As always...we welcome and judge all makes & models. Saturday, June 22th is FREE admission for everyone!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.19.24): Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue A service which seeks missing aircraft and assists those found to be in need of assistance. It is a cooperative effort using the facilities and services of available Federal, state and local agencies. The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for coordination of search and rescue for the Maritime Region, and the U.S. Air Force is responsible for search and rescue for the Inland Region. Information pertinent to search and rescue should be passed through any air traffic facility or be transmitted directly to the Rescue Coordination Center by telephone.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.19.24)

"The DeltaHawk engine and its derivatives brings many unique and exciting benefits to aviation in general and, specifically, to RV aircraft. I approached DeltaHawk because their new engine platform offers superior performance, while being significantly more efficient to operate and maintain. I believe it is a very capable alternative to other engine offerings." 

Source: RV-14 SportPlane builder, Craig Saxton, who is prepping this aircraft to receive a Deltahawk engine installation which he hopes to fly later this spring. 

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