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November 16, 2023

Airborne Affordable Flyers 11.16.23: SAIB on SeaMax Fatal, IUAC Symposium, Switchblade Flies

 Also: CubCrafters IR, ASR-Pioneer Bankrupt, BIG ICAS Announcement, Zenith Workshop

Amid reports of the Brazilian company’s failing to deliver on purchased aircraft here in the USA, as well as other problematic details, the SeaMax amphibious LSA has become the subject of a worrisome FAA SAIB after a fatal aircraft breakup last year. The Illinois Ultralight Advisory Council, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, and the Federal Aviation Administration, Springfield FSDO, are presenting the 42nd Annual IUAC Ultralight/Light Sport Symposium. 2024’s event will be held in Granite City, Illinois on Saturday, 25 February. Samson Sky followed up on its recent testing with its longest voyage to date, se

Irish Leasing Company Abelo Doubles Down on ATR 72s

Regional Turboprop Proves Popular in Growing Short-Haul Markets

Turboprop lessor Abelo has placed an order for 10 new ATR 72-600s, with options to double that number should they choose to exercise them. Abelo is a repeat customer for the ATR brand, with a similar order placed in July of 2022 for 10 of the same aircraft. At the same time, Abelo confirmed another order for 10 STOL 42-600S aircraft. The new additions will allow Abelo to meet growing demand for regional air transit, apparently going strong even when others have begun to downsize their new aircraft orders. Abelo should get its first new aircraft of the 2022 order before 2024, with deliveries of this newest batch running from 2026 through 2028.

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True Blue Power Nabs Approval for Piaggio Battery

Li-Ion Power Comes to Sporty Italian Turboprop

True Blue Power is now selling a lithium ion battery for the Piaggio Aerospace P.180 Avanti EVO, providing reliable, lightweight power and engine start for the turboprop twin. The TB40 provides 40 amp-hours in a lighter, smaller package than traditional lead-acid batteries, adding a stitch of useful load and lasting far longer in service. The TB40 offers realtime state-of-charge and battery health information on demand, courtesy of True Blue’s built in Battery Management System. The 5th generation battery requires no capacity checks, and lasts 8 years according to company press. “This significant savings contributes to the aircraft’s overall lower operating cost, delivering a je

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NATA Offers AMT Training Tool

All-Knowing Excel Doc Demystifies Training Process

The National Air Transportation Association has shown off its new NATA Aviation Apprenticeship Tracking Tool. The system allows members to develop "test-ready" and "well-documented aviation maintenance technician applicants", with "turn-key process for documenting on-the-job tasks required by FAA to meet the minimum qualifications for an FAA signed and completed FAA Form 8610-2." The NATA Aviation Apprenticeship Tracking Tool streamlines and demystifies the process of working towards a full FAA Aviation Mechanic Certificate with privileges of Airframe and Powerplant (A&P), too. They can power through the program in "just over 30 months", while those aiming for Airframe or Powerplant add-o

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NBAA Updates Sustainable Flight Department List

Industry Marches On Towards Net-Zero

The National Business Aviation Association announced its newest corporate additions to their Sustainable Flight Department Accreditation. The program, which was launched last year, includes 4 separate areas of accreditation: flight, ground support, operations and infrastructure. The categories are meant to "recognize the diversity of business aviation entities and different emissions scopes."

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