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September 21, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 09.21.23: PSA $$$, Sporty's Award, Pilot #s

 Also: EAA Ray Aviation Scholarship, WOW STEM Conference, Remote ID, Avionics Theft 

PSA Airlines has kicked up a little extra cash in the hopes of bringing fresh blood to the flight deck. The best deal is a sign-on bonus of $100,000 for direct entry captains, with $75,000 for "experienced pilots. That's available through the end of the year, with captain pay starting at $150/hr and $93/hr for FOs. Captain pay can be seen at 750 hours of part 121 time, too. Matt Everett, the grandson of a U.S. Air Force veteran, grew up surrounded by the sights, sounds, science, sport, and romance of aviation. Now an adult, a marketing professional, and a certificated Private Pilot, Mr. Everett has earned the distinction of being the latest

Textron Aviation & NetJets Sign Record Agreement

Charter Heavyweight Retains 1,500 Cessna Citation Options

Textron Aviation and NetJets have entered into an agreement by which the Columbus, Ohio-based charter and fractional-ownership concern will retain options to purchase up to 1,500 additional Cessna Citation business jets over a 15-year period. The newly-announced agreement extends NetJets’ extant fleet agreement and includes options for an increasing number of aircraft, thereby enabling NetJets to expand its fleet via strategic additions of Cessna Citation Ascend, Citation Latitude, and Citation Longitude aircraft.

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FAA Issues Safety Alert for Bell 206B Parts

"Resurrected" Mystery Meat Helo Could Pollute the Market with Garbage Parts

An interesting investigation by the Miami FSDO unveiled a little bit of hoodwinkery when a Bell 206B, number N536T, turned out to be the spitting image of an existing N536T - the only difference? The real one was in pieces in Texas, while the newly registered one was imported from Venezuela. The skullduggery took place when a hotline complaint tipped off the office as to a Foreign registered aircraft being re-badged and mocked up to become a domestic salvage aircraft. N536T had been lying in pieces in Texas for years, with part of the wreckage purchased in 2018. The donor aircraft's data plate, airworthiness certificate, and registration all ended up applied to the Ve

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Satcom Direct Nabs STC for Tail Mounted Sat Antenna

"Plane Simple" Ku-band System Ready for Gulfstream G650 Aircraft

Satcom Direct has obtained their Supplemental Type Certificate for the Plane Simple Ku-band antenna-mount system, for installation on Gulfstream G650 aircraft. They credit the approval with their close work with Gulfstream itself, using an aircraft in service for a 'US-based corporate flight department' as their first installation. The new antenna variant will be available for installation through the factory approved Gulfstream service network starting in October 2023.

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