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January 24, 2023

Blades Aerobatic Team to Cease Operations

With Heavy Hearts …

On 23 January 2023, 2Excel Aviation announced with great solemnity that 2022 had been the final full season for the Blades Aerobatic Display Team. In a press release, 2Excel set forth that the decision had not been made lightly, and that the Blades had been an important and iconic aspect of the company’s business.

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Aero-TV: Elixir Aircraft Looks Forward to FAA Part 23 Certification

Vive la France!

Founded in 2015, LaRochelle France-based Elixir Aircraft has set itself the goal of designing and producing “safer, more economical, more environmentally-friendly, and more versatile aircraft.” Elixir’s management posits the high operating costs and ostensible technical and human liabilities of legacy general aviation aircraft are attributable primarily to complexity: complexity of design, complexity of manufacture, complexity of operation, and complexity of maintenance. Ergo, Elixir’s design and production ethe are predicated upon simplicity.

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American Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket

Ready for Action

American Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), will hold another round of picketing events at eleven major airports across the United States. The picketing underscores the critical phase into which American flight attendants’ contract negotiations are entering and speaks to the readiness of subject flight attendants to act decisively should the airline’s management fail to offer them an equitable labor agreement.

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CAF Rocky Mountain Wing Installs Engine on TBM Avenger

Well Hung

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) Grand-Junction, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Wing announced on 23 January 2023 that volunteers had successfully mated a rare and precious, 1,900-horsepower Wright R-2600-20 14-cylinder, air-cooled, Twin Cyclone engine to the TBM-3 Avenger the Wing has been lovingly maintaining since 1985. Volunteers will next begin installing the engine’s intake, oil, and electrical systems, in preparation for extensive ground and vibration testing. Barring unforeseen complication, the Rocky Mountain Wing hopes to get the TBM functioning and airborne in time to participate in the 2023 airshow season.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.23)

Aero-Linx: Light Aircraft Association Welcome to the Light Aircraft Association, the heart of a community that lives and breathes recreational aviation in all its forms! With almost 70 years of history, no other UK association has the depth of knowledge and experience in looking after our sport. From lowly beginnings we have built an impressive association that today boast around 8,000 members and oversees the airworthiness of 2,600 aircraft, plus a further 1,500 aircraft build projects. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.23): Mountain Wave

Mountain Wave Mountain waves occur when air is being blown over a mountain range or even the ridge of a sharp bluff area. As the air hits the upwind side of the range, it starts to climb, thus creating what is generally a smooth updraft which turns into a turbulent downdraft as the air passes the crest of the ridge. Mountain waves can cause significant fluctuations in airspeed and altitude with or without associated turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.23)

“The Blades will live on in spirit—our legacy to the air show world—and in the collective memory of our highly valued sponsors, our supporters, and the legions of people who’ve both watched the team from the ground and those who have taken flight on our Unforgettable Experience days to enjoy close formation aerobatics or become part of the Blades Flight Club.” Source: Blades team founder and former RAF Red Arrows leader Andy Offer, via remarks made as it was announced that the Blades would be leaving the airshow business. 

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