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May 24, 2023

Textron Delivers First Passenger-Configured SkyCourier

Redefining Island Hopping

On 23 May 2023, Textron Aviation, the parent company of Beechcraft, Hawker (formerly), Cessna, and Lycoming, announced the first passenger configured specimen of Cessna’s SkyCourier twin turboprop had been delivered to Western Aircraft, Inc.—doing business in Hawaii as L?na’i Air. The company offers luxury air service connecting Oahu to the island of Lana’i.

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NTSB Investigating: Fuel Starvation Suspected in 20 May DHC-6 Accident

Perils of Open Water Twin Otter Operations

Federal authorities are endeavoring to determine if a Saturday, 20 May 2023 accident in which a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter went down off the Pacific coast California’s San Mateo County is attributable to a malfunction of the aircraft’s fuel system. The mishap claimed the lives of the twin-engine turboprop’s two pilots.

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Dalton City, Georgia Okays New Hangars

$3M in Funding to Require $750,000 in Matched Local Money

Dalton City, Georgia is expanding its local airport, with the city council voting 3-0 to accept a $3 million contract with the State DoT for new hangars at Dalton Municipal Airport. The vote follows a request made last year for only $2.25 million in state funding for the same purpose. The General Assembly granted the request during the 2023 legislative session and included the funding in the 2022 fiscal year state budget. Of the $3 million, however, $750,000 must be found in local match funding, forcing Dalton City to have just a little skin in the game.

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