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April 16, 2024

Airborne 04.16.24: RV Update, Affordable Flying Expo, Diamond Lil

 Also:  B-29 Superfortress Reunion, FAA Wants Controllers, Spirit Airlines Pulls Back, Gogo Galileo 

Van's Aircraft posted a short video recapping the goings-on around their reorganization as they continue to move away from the brink, and by all accounts, things are going great. Clyde Hamstreet indicated that things are going pretty well in the Chapter 11 process, and they expect their reorganization plan to be approved by the court come May. Hammerstreet noted, with pleasure, that few companies in a similar position manage to survive the process, but Van's is sitting pretty. The Affordable Flying Expo is on the books for January 9th through the 11th of 2025. The new fly-in offers a well-timed excuse to take the family down

Jamie Klaes Awarded WAI Martha King Scholarship

One Alaskan Pilot Recognized for Stalwart Defense of Rural Flying

One pilot in the Alaskan town of Bettles has taken upon herself to keep the tradition alive, and her efforts are already making a difference in far-flung rural towns up North. Jamie Klaes has been recognized by Women in Aviation, International for her work in fostering future generations of aviators via her work with her firm, CKT Aviation and educator Alaska Excel. That work has been recognized with the WAI Martha King Scholarship for Female Flight Instructors, a financial aid package that includes $20,000 in value between a $5,000 stipend towards future flight training and the entire catalog of King Schools' aviation training curricula.

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CAF's Diamond Lil Needs Some Down Time

Maintenance Waits for No One, as Warbird Pilots Know

The Commemorative Air Force's Jeremy Lashbrook, Squadron Leader for the B-29 and B-24, broke some bad news to fans looking forward to the upcoming Air Power History Tour: The B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil', will need a lot of unanticipated maintenance. "During the annual inspection of the B-24 “Diamond Lil” this off season, we made the determination that “Lil” needs some new feathers. Due to weathering, the cloth covered rudders, ailerons, and elevators, required new paint which also meant replacing the underlying fabric. During this process, we also felt that now would be a good time to replace the flight control cables that connect the control surfaces to the pilot&r

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RARA Announces Ticket Sales Open for 2024 Reno Air Show

Reno Air Racing Association Announces 2024 Reno Air Show

The Reno Air Racing Association is excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated 2024 air show. Set against the backdrop of the Reno–Stead Airport, this thrilling event will run from Friday, October 4th to Sunday, October 6th. Aviation enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike are encouraged to secure their tickets in advance for an unforgettable experience. The 2024 air show promises to deliver a mesmerizing display of aerial prowess and heart-pounding performances.

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Duncan Aviation Launches New Parts Website

Dauncan Aviation Debuts

Duncan Aviation, a leading provider of aircraft services, has recently launched a new website,, dedicated to aircraft parts and in-house repair capabilities. The website boasts an extensive inventory of over 723,000 line items, valued at more than $170 million, and provides customers with the ability to easily search for parts, view high-resolution photos, check stock availability, and request instant quotes. Customers who create an account on gain immediate access to view prices, available quantities, and all relevant documents, including traceability papers and 8130 dual-release tags. Additionally, account holders can make domestic outright parts

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Dallas Selected to Host AEA Convention in 2026

Texas Gets its 9th Avionics Show On the Books

Hilton Anatole of Dallas, Texas has been chosen to host the 69th iteration of the Aviation Electronics Association in 2026. The event will return to the facility for the first time since 2021, gracing the town with the collective nerdary of the avionics industry once again. It makes sense why the organization would once again set down there, given the fact that more than 10% of the AEA's membership is located in Texas, most of them centered around the Dallas-Fort Worth metro expanse. Last month, for AEA 2024, the group saw more than 1,700 people turn out, the largest number an AEA exhibition has seen in more than 6 years.

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AAR Expands MRO Facility at OKC

AAR Breaks Ground on New MRO Facility on Oklahoma City

In a significant development for the aviation MRO industry, AAR Corporation has commenced the expansion of its maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Oklahoma City. The groundbreaking ceremony, held Monday morning, was attended by over 150 representatives from AAR, Alaska Airlines, state and local government, and partner organizations. The new three-bay facility, adjacent to AAR's existing site at Will Rogers World Airport, is set to provide an additional 80,000+ square feet of hangar and warehouse space.

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Flight Test Simulator Designed for Certification Testing of Automated Flight

Merlin Completes Certification System Bench FLight Test Simulator

Merlin has announced the completion of its Certification System Bench, a flight test simulator designed for certification testing of its advanced automation systems. The simulator, housed at Merlin's Boston headquarters, features certifiable software and hardware components, allowing for continuous testing regardless of weather, maintenance schedules, or pilot availability.

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GAMA Adds Four Companies to Membership Roster

GAMA Adds Four New Member Companies

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association expanded its roster with the inclusion of four new associate members, each heralding innovative contributions to aviation technology. Electric Power Systems, Pivotal, Venus Aerospace, and VoltAero join GAMA's EPIC program, showcasing a shared commitment to advancing the future of flight through electric and hybrid propulsion systems, and hypersonic research. Electric Power Systems, established in 2016 and based in North Logan, Utah, specializes in high-power, scalable powertrains for electrified aviation. The company's dedication to producing smarter, lighter, and more efficient batteries positions it as a leader in powering the next generation of electric airc

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NTSB Prelim: Holmes William B Air Creation Twin

(Passenger) Intended On Purchasing The Aircraft, And Was Receiving Flight Instruction From The Pilot

On March 17, 2024, about 0942 mountain standard time, an experimental light-sport weightshift control Air Creation Twin, N4425L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Gila Bend, Arizona. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The aircraft was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the passenger, who was seated in the front seat, he intended on purchasing the aircraft, and was receiving flight instruction from the pilot.

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Classic Aero-TV: Heavenly Helicycle

From 2023 (YouTube Version): Sustained Flight Via Helicycle

Buford John Schramm was a remarkable man. His contributions to aviation—rotary-wing aviation in particular—are myriad and of a significance commensurate with Schramm’s having been inducted into the EAA Homebuilder’s Hall of Fame despite the fact he wasn’t an EAA member at the time of his tragic 2006 death. In addition to founding kit-h

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.24)

Aero Linx: International Business Aviation Council Ltd IBAC promotes the growth of business aviation, benefiting all sectors of the industry and all regions of the world. As a non-profit, international trade association, IBAC proudly represents the interests of business aviation -- for the industry, by the industry -- through its official observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), worldwide advocacy, and globally recognized, voluntary safety standards programs: the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), and the International Standard for Business Aviation Handlers (IS-BAH™). 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.24): Chart Supplement US

Chart Supplement US A flight information publication designed for use with appropriate IFR or VFR charts which contains data on all airports, seaplane bases, and heliports open to the public including communications data, navigational facilities, airport diagrams, certain special notices, and non-regulatory procedures. This publication is issued for the conterminous U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands in seven volumes according to geographical area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.16.24)

"During the annual inspection of the B-24 “Diamond Lil” this off-season, we made the determination that 'Lil' needs some new feathers. Due to weathering, the cloth-covered rudders, ailerons, and elevators, required new paint which also meant replacing the underlying fabric. During this process, we also felt that now would be a good time to replace the flight control cables that connect the control surfaces to the pilot’s yokes and rudder pedals." Source: The Commemorative Air Force's Jeremy Lashbrook, Squadron Leader for the B-29 and B-24, broke some bad news to fans looking forward to the upcoming Air Power History Tour: The B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil', will need a lot of unanticipated maintenance.

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