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August 03, 2023

Flight to End Polio Arrives in Southern California

Global Circumnavigation in the Home Stretch

After traveling more than 25,000 miles and visiting upwards of twenty nations for purpose of raising both awareness of polio and funds to combat the crippling viral disease, pilots Peter Teahen and John Ockenfels have landed their jointly-owned Cessna 210 Centurion at Southern California’s French Valley Airport (RBK)—the penultimate stop on the pair’s all-but-actualized global circumnavigation.

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Covington Aircraft Donates Pratt & Whitney R-985 Engines to EAA

Radial Mills to Power EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor

Covington Aircraft Engines has graciously donated a trio of new R-985 Wasp Junior nine-cylinder 450-horsepower, supercharged air-cooled engines to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Subject powerplants will be mated to the EAA’s storied and beloved Ford Tri-Motor 4-AT-E. The first engine was delivered in mid-July, with the remaining engines slated to arrive at the end of 2023 and in early spring 2024 respectively.

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Airbus Perlan II Mission Readies to Fly

Springtime in Patagonia

The Airbus Perlan Mission II team, which comprises a company of the aviation industry’s most celebrated test pilots and renowned climate scientists, has safely weathered Patagonia’s harsh, Southern Hemispheric winter. The Perlan II team is currently about the business of erecting antennas and calibrating communication arrays and atmospheric sensors in preparation for upcoming flight operations of the Perlan II glider.

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Duncan Aviation UAO Location Adds Securaplane Services

From Battle Creek to the Beaver State

Nearly one-year ago, Duncan Aviation, the world’s largest privately-owned business jet service provider, was granted FAA approval to expand its satellite services in Oregon to the Aurora State Airport (UAO)—a public airport owned by the Oregon Department of Aviation. Over the months since, demand from the location’s customers has grown to such an extent that the Duncan Aviation UAO workaway has added emergency power services to its panoply of capabilities.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech A36

All Components Of The Airplane Were At The Accident Site

On July 7, 2023, about 0023 central daylight time, a Beech A36, N15RP, was involved in an accident near Rayville, Louisiana. The airplane was destroyed. The private pilot and a passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. A witness stated that she was asleep and was woken by a helicopter sound. The sound “immediately stopped” when there was a “bump” that “shook” the house, which she thought was thunder. She said the helicopter sound was a “whirly sound.” She said that her daughter looked at a phone and the time of the bump/shake.

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