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August 26, 2023

Fourth Conspirator Found Guilty of Aerospace Industrial Espionage

California Man Awaits Sentencing

A California man has been found guilty of conspiracy to steal aircraft design and testing information as part of a plot devised for purpose of hastening the development and regulatory approval of a third-party’s aircraft technology. Following a five-day trial in the U.S. District Court in Savannah, Georgia, Juan Martinez, 53, of Yorba Linda, California, was convicted on one count of Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets—so stated U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Jill E. Steinberg.

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Wisconsin Airport Faces Sudden and Unforeseen Closure

Portage, Wisconsin Faces Loss of C47 Municipal Airport

The Common Council of the City of Portage, Wisconsin is set to vote on a resolution which proposes to permanently and unexpectedly close the Portage Municipal Airport (C47). The proposal from which the resolution arose was put on the City of Portage Common Council’s agenda on Friday, 18 August 2023. The move—unforeseen and unwelcomed by many members of the Portage community—was further decried upon the announcement that the Common Council’s vote on the resolution would be held less than one-week after the proposal’s introduction.

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Alabama Students to Build Van’s RV-12

Tango Flight Program Fostering Interest in Aerospace Careers

The 2023/24 school year will see schools in Mobile County, Alabama’s Satsuma City School System offer Tango Flight, a two-year program by which students build an actual two-seat airplane. Students enrolled in the Tango Flight program undergo two-years of didactic training germane to aerodynamic principles, aircraft design and construction, and building techniques. Contemporaneously, students undertake the construction of a Van’s RV-12—a popular kit airplane produced by Oregon-based Van’s Aircraft.

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