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April 24, 2023

Billy Nolen to Step Down from Top FAA Position

What Horrors May Come

On Friday, 21 April 2023, Acting FAA Administrator Billy Nolen announced in an intra-agency memo that he intends to leave his post within a period of time measurable in months. Nolen’s departure will exacerbate the paucity of stable leadership by which the FAA has been afflicted for over a year.

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Mid-Continent Three-Packs Go Digital

Stand-By In Style

On 24 April 2023, Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics announced the imminent release of new, digital, standby, primary aircraft instrument packs featuring the company’s Flex attitude indicator, Flex counter drum encoding altimeter, and Flex airspeed indicator. All three instruments are supported by an Approved Model List (AML) Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) covering more than 180 aircraft models. The newly-offered instrument clusters are all-digital iterations of Mid-Continent’s popular two-inch standby package.

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Near-Term B-17 Wing Spar AD Possible

Aluminum Overcast and Yankee Lady Sidelined

EAA members remain about the business of repairing and restoring the association’s B-17 and are working closely with the FAA as the agency considers the best practical and regulatory paths by which to safely get the historic aircraft back into the air.

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“Rosie the Rocketer” Piper L-4 to Feature at Oshkosh 2023

Classic Aircraft Joining EAA Warbirds Display

An historic, fabric-covered Piper L-4 Cub, dubbed Rosie the Rocketer will be among the Warbirds featured at the EAA’s AirVenture Oshkosh 2023. The little L-4 Cub’s wartime exploits are astounding, comprising equal measures of madness, desperation, and American ingenuity.

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$15-Million in Gold Pilfered from YYZ Cargo Facility

Unscheduled Departure from Canada’s Busiest Airport

A container stocked with an estimated $15-million worth of gold and "other items of monetary value" has been purloined, filched, burgled, and otherwise peculated from a cargo facility on Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ).

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