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December 06, 2023

Collings Foundation Grounds Aircraft for Good

Difficulties in Running a Warbird Fleet Not Worth it After Fatal B-17 Crash

The Collings Foundation have announced an end to their flying WWII aircraft wing, deciding to ground all aircraft and intern them on display at the American Heritage Museum. The turning point appears to be the October 2020 crash of "Nine-O-Nine", a B-17 that saw the deaths of 7 in the process. In the years since, a worsening economy and the continual passage of government-trained WWII mechanics have been taking their toll, making it harder to find qualified personnel to both maintain and fly the vintage aircraft.

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NTSB To Hold Summit on Mental Health

Instances of Instability Worrying to Flying Public

The National Transportation Safety Board has announced its first in-person roundtable discussion regarding mental health concerns in the aviation community. Recent high-profile instances of mentally frayed individuals improperly handling aircraft have piqued bureaucratic interest in recent months, and now the government engine will be slowly brought to bear on the mental health issue as a whole.

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Industry Reacts to Passing of David Hinson

Former FAA Administrator Seen Off by Peers

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) issued a statement regarding the passing of David Hinson, former FAA administrator. GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce issued a statement, recognizing the passage of a valued associate in the industry. Hinson was a lifelong aviator, known for his stint as FAA Administrator in addition to time as a pilot for Northwest Airlines, United, West Coast, and Midway Airlines. Prior to beginning his FAA tenure, Hinson worked as EVP for Douglas Aircraft.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna T206H

Last ADS-B Data Point Was Located Adjacent To Where The Wreckage Was Located, Near  The Peak Of A Hill

On October 27, 2023 about 1345 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T206H, N915DV, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Huntington, Utah. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. A family member stated that the pilot had traveled earlier in the morning from his base airport in Craig, Colorado to Vernal, Utah. After spending about two hours in Vernal, the pilot departed with a planned destination of Cedar City, Utah. 

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