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May 31, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 05.31.23: US Av Academy, CAE Austria, APA-AAL Agree

 Also: Ukrainian F16 Training, ICARUS Device, NOTAM Legislation, B-2 Safety Pause Unpaused

US Aviation Academy has set forth that it has launched its second Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) training location at San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI)—a public-use airport in southeast-central Texas’s Caldwell County. CAE announced that it is expanding its global network of simulator training centers to Central Europe. The announcement, made at EBACE 2023, set forth that CAE will presently open a new business aviation training center in Vienna, Austria. Operations at the new facility are slated to get underway in the latter half of 2024. The Allied Pilots Association (APA), the labor union by which American Airlines pilots are re

Jet It Reportedly Closing Down

The Bigger They Are …

North Carolina-based charter and fractional ownership concern Jet It—the world’s 12th largest private jet operator by the metrics of charter and fractional flight hours—is reportedly shuttering the entirety of its flight operations. On 26 May, Jet It informed its employees by way of letter that the company was closing down and their jobs were permanently terminated. Jet It CEO Glenn Gonzales has ascribed blame for his company’s failure to HondaJet exclusively, claiming the plane-maker’s Honda HA-420 HondaJet is inherently flawed. Mr. Gonzales’s allegations were subsequently condemned by the HondaJet Owners & Pilots Association (HJOPA), a group representing Hond

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Kelowna Trauma Patients Aided with Air-Ambulance Blood Bank

Grant Provides Access to Blood Supply for Air Crews in Rural British Columbia

A pair of $20,000 grants have gone towards maintaining a consistent supply of blood for air ambulances crews operating in rural Kelowna, Canada.The "Blood on Board' program has been slowly growing after expanding into Vancouver Island in March of last year. Prior to the program, pre-hospital blood was simply unavailable to paramedics operating throughout the Vancouver Island, Okanagan area, worsening patient outcomes by missing a valuable tool.

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Alpha Star Aviation Makes the Move into King Air 360C

Air Ambulance Operator Adds Turboprop to All-Jet Fleet

Medical transport company Alpha Star Aviation inked a deal at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition for a brand new Beechcraft King Air 360C. They opted for a King Air equipped with a full cargo door layout, giving more flexibility in loading to an already spacious and capable cabin layout. The choice to go for a twin turboprop is a novel one for Alpha, whose fleet currently consists of a pair of Hawker 900XPs. A recent purchase will eventually see the addition of a pair of Cessna Citation Latitudes, too.

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