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August 09, 2023

Airborne 08.09.23: AEA MOSAIC Critique, FAA v Air Tours, Voyager 2

 Also: Opener Aero, Piper M600/SLS HALO System, History Restored Tour to UT/CA, Cessna 120-140 Convention

Recently, the FAA published its long-anticipated and much-discussed proposal to expand opportunities—certification and otherwise—for Sport Aircraft and Pilots. Dubbed Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC), the proposed legislation’s ramifications are broader, considerably, than many LSA enthusiasts yet realize. The FAA contends it is moving to improve the collective safety of air-tours across Hawaii. The agency has outlined, more or less, what it touts a “consistent new process where air-tour operators can receive authorization to safely descend below specific altitudes to avoid flyi

Duncan Aviation’s Aurora Facility Gains Securaplane Service Capability

Power Supply Support Added to Lineup of Duncan Capabilities

Satellite Avionics Crew Lead Justin Weber has been hard at work at Duncan’s Aurora, Oregon facility, expanding the roster of services offered at the location to include Securaplane power supply services. The Securaplane lineup provides accessories for enterprise, government, or military aircraft to provide in-flight video cameras, security systems, emergency and backup batteries, chargers, inverters, and wireless control systems.

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NTSB Final Report: Bell 206-L4

Helicopter Was Under Contract To The State Of Alaska’s Department Of Natural Resources (DNR)

On July 20, 2023, about 1105 Alaska daylight time, a Bell 206L-4 helicopter, N311MH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Wainwright, Alaska. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand charter flight.The Helicopter was owned and operated by Maritime Helicopters, Homer, Alaska, and according to the director of operations, the helicopter was under contract to the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) being used to transport scientific crews to various remote locations within the North Slope region.

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