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May 29, 2023

CAF Lady Liberty Squadron Hangar Mural Dazzles

The Superlative Side of OK

The aircraft hangar of the Commemorative Air Force’s Lady Liberty Squadron is currently being graced with a dazzling mural depicting America’s rich military aviation history. The work of art spans the doors of the classic, radius-roofed hangar on Oklahoma’s Enid Woodring Regional Airport (WDG)—draping the prosaic structure in the lavish raiments of pride and purpose.

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Second Florida PA-25-235 Banner Plane Accident Reported

Two Pawnees Lost in Eight Days

On Thursday, 25 May 2023, a second banner-towing Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee owned and operated by Aerial Banners went down in Broward County shortly after departing Pembroke Pines’ North Perry Airport (HWO). Responding HWO airport security and Pembroke Pines Fire & Rescue personnel rendered assistance to the pilot, who suffered significant injuries and was transported to the aforementioned Memorial Regional Hospital. Aerial Banners owner Bob Benyo stated: "Thoughts and prayers for the pilot, he’s in the hospital, he’s expected to make a full recovery, so he’s in our prayers.”

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Austro Engine Expands Hydrogen/Diesel Engine Program

Bosch, Vienna UT Included in Partners on Omnivorous, Sustainable Mill

Diamond's favorite supplier, Austro Engine, has embarked on a program with the Vienna University of Technology and Bosch General Aviation Technology for the creation of a "bivalent hydrogen engine". Diamond's sister company hopes to complete the research project by the end of 2024. The engine concept will hopefully be able to run on both kerosene/diesel fuels like a traditional Austro engine, while also being able to run on pure hydrogen. The problem is simpler in theory than in practice, of course, with Austro describing their basic idea as an engine with direct H2 injection and combustion via ignition jet instead of spark plugs.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Mosquito Helicopter - Not Much Bigger Than Some R/C Models!

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Proof That Good Things Do Come in Small Packages...

When the Academy of model Aeronautics held its AMA Expo 2016, one would assume that the Expo dealt only with model aircraft. But when ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, took a look at what was there, he also found an aircraft that expanded model technology to carry a person aloft. In this video Jim talks with, Joseph Aletky, who is an Unmanned Systems Instructor for Rotor F/X. The aircraft they’re talking about is a single place, very light-weight, personal manned helicopter, and it’s called the ‘Mosquito.’

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NTSB Prelim: Aeronca 7DC-CONV

The Pilot Leveled The Airplane, “…Applied Power And There Was No Thrust”

On May 5, 2023, about 0745 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 7DC-CONV, N3058E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The private pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot was interviewed by an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector and provided a written statement. The pilot described a “normal” preflight inspection, engine start, run-up, taxi, departure, and climb to about 2,000 ft mean sea level, where he established a heading toward his planned destinati

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