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September 15, 2023

Airborne 09.15.23: Foundation Sale, Pilot Increase, Remote ID

 Also: Alaska Super Cub Accident, B-21 Raider, HSVTOL Testing, 1B Gallons SAF

The Historic Flight Foundation’s collection of vintage aircraft is being sold off to pay a $20.1-million debt incurred by its founder, John Sessions. In 2022, a jury in Williston, North Dakota found Sessions and one of his companies, Eagle Crest Apartments, had fraudulently transferred funds to other businesses owned by Sessions, including the Historic Flight Foundation. The last 12-months have seen the FAA certify a total of 10,191 new Airline Transport Pilots (ATP). In August 2023 alone, upwards of 1,200 new ATPs were vetted and written gleaming new tickets—the largest monthly number in history. In keeping with the expectations of myriad aviati

NTSB Prelim: Grumman Acft Eng Corschweizer G-164A

Airplane Was Topped Off With Fuel And 1,700 Lbs. Of An Insecticide The Night Prior To Accident

On August 06, 2023, about 0927 Pacific daylight time, a Grumman G164A, N5450, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Davis, California. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. According to the operator, the airplane was topped off with fuel and 1,700 lbs. of an insecticide the night prior to accident. The morning of the accident, the pilot departed from Medlock Field Airport, Woodland, and conducted an aerial application of insecticide on a nearby field before he returned. The hopper was refilled with another 1,700 lbs. of

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