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December 25, 2022

Former Santa Monica Mayor Lost in Aircraft Accident

Cessna 150A Flips in Attempted Off-Airport Emergency Landing

Former Santa Monica Mayor Rex H. Minter (95) lost his life on 22 December 2022 when a 1960 Cessna 150A (N7032X) in which he was traveling attempted an emergency beach landing near Southern California’s Santa Monica Pier. Flight-tracking records indicate the aircraft departed Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO) at 15:08 PST. Firefighters were summoned at 15:17 PST to the 1800 block of Santa Monica Beach to find the single-engine Cessna inverted on the sand just inland of the waterline. The aircraft’s occupants—Mr. Minter and an as-of-yet unidentified pilot—were removed from the wreckage and transported to hospital.

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Judge Orders Airline to Indulge Plus-Size Passenger

Tense Moments Aft of Datum

Qatar Airways—the state-owned flag carrier of the Middle Eastern peninsular nation of Qatar—has been ordered to pay for plus-size model Juliana Nehme’s psychotherapy after she was allegedly barred from boarding one of the air-carrier’s flights because she was ostensibly too plus-sized for her economy-class seat.

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Rolls-Royce to Begin Testing UltraFan Platform in 2023

British Steel—and Carbon-Composite and Titanium …

Rolls-Royce announced on 19 December 2022 that it would begin testing its UltraFan aero engine demonstrator in early 2023. Comprising a suite of bleeding-edge technologies conducive to enhanced fuel-efficiency, lower emissions, greater sustainability, and lower operating costs, the UltraFan, in addition to being the world’s largest aircraft powerplant, is among its greenest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.25.22)

Aero Linx: National Aeronca Association We are dedicated to supporting the design and preserving the history of Aeronca aircraft. 21st NATIONAL AERONCA CONVENTION to be held JUNE 15, 16, 17, and 18, 2023, at Hook Field (MWO) Middletown, Ohio. Founded by Jim Thompson and fostered by his leadership for nearly thirty years, we are now led by a Board of Directors. We meet in convention every two years at Hook Field (MWO) in Middletown, Ohio, the site of the Aeronca Corporation, where all of our post war planes were produced.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.25.22): Obstacle

Obstacle An existing object, object of natural growth, or terrain at a fixed geographical location or which may be expected at a fixed location within a prescribed area with reference to which vertical clearance is or must be provided during flight operation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.25.22)

“This contract is a positive step forward and means our pilots can now focus on their future, knowing it is brighter than ever. This is another example of how perseverance and pilot unity helped us obtain our first contract and improved our quality of life and job security. We thank our pilots and the ALPA staff for their professionalism throughout this negotiating process.” Source: From remarks made by Flair Master Executive Council chair Captain Chris Toornstra, who have voted to ratify their first collective agreement with the ultra-low-cost Canadian air-carrier.

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