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December 24, 2022

Airborne 12.16.22: FAA Testing Questioned, Single Pilot OPs?, Last PC-6 Lost

Also: Boom Engine Partners, Airshow London, Flexjet 1st Class of A&Ps, Blue Origin Tries Again

PSI currently has a monopoly over Airman Knowledge written testing. Prior to PSI’s investiture, computerized FAA airman testing was the province of two companies, Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) and LaserGrade. Test fees were split—most often to the tune of 60% to 40% in CATS or LaserGrade’s favor. Given the sole source nod by the FAA, PSI offered contracts to flight schools and FBOs formerly partnered with CATS or LaserGrade. Regrettably, the FAA’s contract with PSI allowed the latter broad, unilateral powers—and th

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GAMA 2023 Executive Committee Leadership Announced

Heavy is the Head …

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)—the industry trade association representing general aviation aircraft manufacturers—announced the makeup of its Executive Committee leadership team for 2023. The Executive Committee comprises members of GAMA’s Board of Directors whose expertise and experience provide strategic leadership for the association and head-up its policy committees.

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Inaugural U.S. Electron Launch Rescheduled to 2023

Making Spacetime

Rocket Lab, the publicly traded American space-launch concern and maker of the highly-successful Electron Rocket, announced on 19 December 2022 that the launch window for its inaugural Electron mission from U.S. soil has been rescheduled to January 2023.

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FADEC Alliance to Collaborate on CFM’s RISE Engine Concept

Expanding Aviation’s Fan-Base

On 14 December 2022, FADEC Alliance—a joint venture of GE, BAE Systems, and Safran Electronics & Defense (Safran)—announced it will design and develop the electronic control system architecture for the CFM’s RISE demonstrator engine program. Subject program seeks in part to achieve advancements in open-fan, hybrid-electric, and hydrogen propulsion technologies. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.22)

Aero Linx: The Sentimental Journey Fly-In The Sentimental Journey Fly-In is Located in Lock Haven, PA. (LHV ). Let's all turn out to celebrate and `` Kiss the ground the Piper J-3 was built on.'  We want to see a beautiful field of yellow, just like the Good Ole Days. Featured planes: PA-20, PA-22 & PA-22-108. As always...we welcome and judge all makes & models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.22): Negative Contact

Negative Contact Used by pilots to inform ATC that: Previously issued traffic is not in sight. It may be followed by the pilot’s request for the controller to provide assistance in avoiding the traffic. They were unable to contact ATC on a particular frequency.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.24.22)

“Next summer’s event is an opportunity to ‘Celebrate 70 Years of Dreamers and Doers’ for EAA and for AirVenture. There is no other event that showcases the breadth and depth of the aviation community as AirVenture, just as EAA brings together aviation enthusiasts regardless of their interest or background. Celebrating this milestone will be a major part of activities at Oshkosh in 2023.” Source: Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and chairman of the board, promoting the next rendition of the aviation world's answer to Woodstock...

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