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March 08, 2023

Decedent in 03 March Turbulence Incident Identified

NTSB Investigating Possible Aircraft Trim Issue

On Friday, 03 March 2023, a Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet traveling from Keene, New Hampshire’s Dillant–Hopkins Airport (EEN) to Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) encountered severe, possibly extreme turbulence which claimed the life of one of the aircraft’s three passengers. On 06 March, Connecticut State Police identified the decedent as 55-year-old Dana Hyde, a former White House and international development official who’d been traveling with her husband and one of her sons.

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Biden DOJ Sues to Block JetBlue-Spirit Merger

Equus Asinus Delivers Kick to Free Markets

The Biden Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Tuesday, 07 March 2023 that it had filed a lawsuit seeking to block JetBlue Airways' $3.8-billion purchase of Spirit Airlines. In a 43-page document, the DOJ alleged the merger would reduce competition among U.S. domestic air-carriers and drive up consumer air-fares.

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Airborne 03.01.23: B-29 Doc Returns!, SAFE Sounds Alarm, PC-12 Breakup

Also: 787 Dreamliner Pause, Modern Aviation Acquires Three, Minot AFB Shakeup, eAircraft Market Report

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will open the 2023 season with two stops in Arkansas. The 10-day tour will land in Fayetteville, AR and Texarkana, AR beginning March 16 through March 26. Both stops on the tour will include B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and cockpit tours of B-29 Doc, one of only two B-29 Superfortresses still airworthy and flying today. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators set forth that the aviation industry is suffering an epidemic of flight-test applicants failing to even qualify for their written tests and

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Airborne 02.27.23: WAI2023 Record, AirCorp P-51 Buy, EAA Learn To Fly Week

Also: ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition, Aspen FBO Selection, Navy F-35C Accident, Drone Pilot Apprenticeships

Women in Aviation International just completed held one of its largest and most successful annual gatherings during their 34th Annual Conference at Long Beach Convention Center last week. With its blend of world-class speakers, busy exhibit hall, an array of education sessions, and more than 120 scholarship awards, the WAI2023 conference delivered numerous opportunities to connect and network with female peers in the aviation and aerospace industry. As AirCorps Aviation has bought up the biggest repository of P-51 Mustang parts in the wo

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Airborne 02.27.23: WAI2023 Record, AirCorp P-51 Buy, EAA Learn To Fly Week

Also: ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition, Aspen FBO Selection, Navy F-35C Accident, Drone Pilot Apprenticeships

Women in Aviation International just completed held one of its largest and most successful annual gatherings during their 34th Annual Conference at Long Beach Convention Center last week. With its blend of world-class speakers, busy exhibit hall, an array of education sessions, and more than 120 scholarship awards, the WAI2023 conference delivered numerous opportunities to connect and network with female peers in the aviation and aerospace industry. As AirCorps Aviation has bought up the biggest repository of P-51 Mustang parts in the world from Pione

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Airborne 03.01.23: B-29 Doc Returns!, SAFE Sounds Alarm, PC-12 Breakup

Also: 787 Dreamliner Pause, Modern Aviation Acquires Three, Minot AFB Shakeup, eAircraft Market Report

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will open the 2023 season with two stops in Arkansas. The 10-day tour will land in Fayetteville, AR and Texarkana, AR beginning March 16 through March 26. Both stops on the tour will include B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and cockpit tours of B-29 Doc, one of only two B-29 Superfortresses still airworthy and flying today. The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators set forth that the aviation industry is suffering an epidemic of flight-test applicants failing to even qualify for their written tests and

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Aero-TV: In Praise of Douglas’s A-26 Invader

One Aircraft, Three U.S. Wars

The Douglas A-26 Invader is a WWII era, American, twin-engined light-bomber and ground attack aircraft designed to meet a 1940 U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC) requirement for multi-role light-bomber optimized for low-level and medium-altitude precision bombing attacks. The order called for an aircraft capable of carrying both a substantial bomb-load and a great deal of defensive armament. The A-26 fit the USAAC’s specifications to a tee, being the first U.S. aircraft capable of carrying a truly large bomb-load—three-thousand-pounds internally and another two-thousand-pounds beneath its outer wing panel

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Airborne-NextGen 02.28.23: Airspeeder Update, Starship Launch?, ERAU Grant

Also: Lilium Jet Sidestick Controllers, Ameriflight, Drone Pilot Apprenticeships, UND Adds Aerospace Engineering

The latest and most highly-sophisticated iteration of an eVTOL racer is Alauda Aeronautics’s Airspeeder Mk4, a swift machine with a top-speed of 196-knots. The 2,094-pound Mk4 is powered by a 1,340-brake-horsepower Thunderstrike Hydrogen Turbogenerator that feeds electrical power to the vehicle’s batteries and motors. The turbogenerator comprises in part a 3D-printed combustor developed for the rocket engines peculiar to the orbital space industry. Following a test-firing of the Raptor rocket engines by which its Super Heavy booster is

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Airborne-NextGen 02.28.23: Airspeeder Update, Starship Launch?, ERAU Grant

Also: Lilium Jet Sidestick Controllers, Ameriflight, Drone Pilot Apprenticeships, UND Adds Aerospace Engineering

The latest and most highly-sophisticated iteration of an eVTOL racer is Alauda Aeronautics’s Airspeeder Mk4, a swift machine with a top-speed of 196-knots. The 2,094-pound Mk4 is powered by a 1,340-brake-horsepower Thunderstrike Hydrogen Turbogenerator that feeds electrical power to the vehicle’s batteries and motors. The turbogenerator comprises in part a 3D-printed combustor developed for the rocket engines peculiar to the orbital space industry. Following a test-firing of the Raptor rocket engines by which its Super Heavy booste

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Odyssey Aviation Acquires SSI Golden Isles FBO

Boutique FBO Chain Expanding to Plan

On 02 March 2023, Odyssey Aviation U.S. announced it had acquired Golden Isles Aviation, a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) serving Georgia’s McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI). Private investment firms Granite Creek Capital Partners LLC and Everside Capital, provided financing for the undertaking. Golden Isles is a full-service FBO providing aviation fuel, hangar rental, ramp space, and additional services to general aviation customers at the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI) on St. Simons Island, GA, a resort destination on Georgia’s Atlantic coast.

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FBI Arrests Would-Be ABE Bomber

TSA Agents Detect Explosive Device in Suspect’s Baggage

The suspect’s motivations and state of mind notwithstanding, it remains profoundly fortunate that TSA personnel intercepted the explosive device, thereby precluding its loading onto the outbound Allegiant Air flight and possible detonation. That hundreds of lives may be owed to the vigilance and professionalism of the ABE TSA staff is a distinct and worrying possibility.

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AAL Flight Attendants File for Federal Mediation

Contract Negotiations Drag On

On 03 March 2023, for purpose of advancing contract negotiations with American Airlines management and reaching an agreement acknowledging Flight Attendants' contributions to the air-carrier’s success, American Airlines Flight Attendants represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) filed for federal mediation with the National Mediation Board.

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Auburn University Aviation and Aerospace Lab Opens

In Service of Aerospace Supply Chains

Auburn University, the public land-grant research university in Auburn, Alabama, recently opened a new Aviation and Aerospace ID Lab, the researchers and staff of which will focus on emerging technologies germane to resolving the supply chain shortfalls by which the aviation and aerospace industries are currently afflicted.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.08.23)

“...now looking at a reported trim issue that occurred prior to the in-flight upset.” Source: Part of an NTSB statement following an inflight fatality that occured to a Bombardier Challenger 300 business jet traveling from Keene, New Hampshire’s Dillant–Hopkins Airport (EEN) to Virginia’s Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), but diverted enroute to Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport (BDL) after an encounter with severe, possibly extreme turbulence claimed the life of one of the aircraft’s three passengers.  

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