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February 18, 2023

Gulfstream Delivers 100th G600

Customer Demand for Storied Jet Remains Strong

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation—builder of eminently-covetable market-leading business aircraft—announced on 15 February 2023 that the one-hundredth specimen of its iconic Gulfstream G600 business jet had been delivered to a North American customer following the aircraft’s outfitting at the company’s Dallas, Texas completions center.

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Airborne 02.10.23: eRace Delayed, SkyCourier Gravel Kit, 737 Firefighter Down

Also: Charles McGee Award, Boeing Slashing Jobs, UPS MD-11 Phase-Out, Hartzell Propeller

The National Aeronautic Association announced that the Pulitzer Electric Aircraft Race was to be postponed from May 2023 to an as-of-yet undetermined date later in the year. Introduced in 2021 at the 15th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium as a one-thousand nautical-mile cross-country air race for zero-emission electric propulsion aircraft of all types, the race is intended to revive the tradition of the Pulitzer air races first held by the NAA in the early 1920s. Textron Aviation is offering a gravel kit for its new Cessna SkyCourier twin turboprop. The kit afford

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Airborne-Flight Training 02.09.23: SWA Hiring, L3Harris-ANA, Sheltair-Avfuel

Also: VT Soaring Opportunity, AERO Oklahoma, RAF F-35s v Women, Drone Insurance

In a move certain to elicit ire from pilot unions and the traveling public, Southwest Airlines is reducing the flight experience requirements prospective new-hire pilots must meet in order to be eligible for employment with the airline. Formerly, Southwest required pilot applicants to have logged at least one-thousand-hours at the controls of turbine-powered aircraft. However, Southwest’s company website will now state the carrier “prefers” its pilot applicants to have five-hundred-hours of turbine time—fully half the previous requirement. L3Harris T

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Major Air Ambulance Fleet Adds 3 Bell 407GXi Helicopters

Bell Announces Global Medical Response Deal

On 06 February 2023, Bell Textron, the Fort Worth, Texas-based subsidiary of American industrial conglomerate Textron Inc. and manufacturer of military and civilian rotorcraft, announced the signing of a purchase agreement by which Global Medical Response (GMR) will acquire three additional Bell 407GXi aircraft. The three new helicopters will join the 220-ship, all-Bell helicopter fleet with which GMR conducts emergency medical operations throughout North America.

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FAA to Conduct Internal Safety Audit

Nolen to Address Congress

Citing a series of recent aviation safety incidents, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen has ordered a sweeping review of the agency he heads up ...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.23)

Aero Linx: The Air Medical Memorial The Air Medical Memorial is the only national memorial recognizing all air medical losses and the only memorial dedicated to recognizing the sacrifice of more than 400 air medical crew members. Every year, hundreds of thousands of air medical missions are flown in the United States. These missions provide expedited life-saving care to sick or injured patients when seconds count and at a moments notice.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.18.23)

“We are experiencing the safest period in aviation history, but we cannot take this for granted. Recent events remind us that we must not become complacent.” Source: From a memo by FAA Boss Bill Nolen, a former American Airlines MD-80, 757, and 767 pilot.

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