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August 10, 2023

Airshare to Acquire Wheels Up’s Aircraft Management Business

Deal to Close Q3 2023, Pending Approval

Lenexa, Kansas-based private aviation concern Airshare has signed a Letter Of Intent (LOI) to purchase Wheels Up’s aircraft management business. The deal is expected to close in 2023’s third-quarter—subject to customary approvals and closing conditions.

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Deadline for IADA Business Aviation Scholarships Nears

Applications Must be Received by 01 September 2023

Students wishing to apply for scholarships granted by the International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) must do so prior to the 01 September 2023 deadline. IADA Foundation scholarship awards range from one-thousand to five-thousand dollars (U.S.). The IADA Foundation supports philanthropic programs providing scholarships to college students preparing for careers in business aviation.

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India Cracks Down on Chinese-Made Drone Components

Prohibits Use of Such in Indian-Made Drones

Citing security concerns, officials of India’s Ministry of Defense have prohibited Indian manufacturers of military drones from using components made in China. A group of Indian defense and industry officials set forth the country’s intelligence and security agencies collectively posited Indian intelligence-gathering efforts could be compromised by Chinese-made parts in drones' communication arrays, cameras, radio transmissions, and operating software. India’s concerns vis-à-vis the security risks inherent Chinese drones and Chinese-made drone components are shared by numerous Western governments.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28R-200

Witness Reported Seeing The Airplane In A Steep Left Bank “With The Wings Perpendicular To The Ground”

On July 25, 2023, about 1906 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200, N34PT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Churchville, Maryland. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A mechanic at Harford County Airport (0W3), Churchville, Maryland, reported talking with the pilot around 1850 while the pilot was performing the preflight inspection of the accident airplane. The pilot told him that the purpose of the flight was to fly in the airport traffic pattern a few times in preparation for an upcoming cross

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