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August 04, 2023

Ampaire Provides Company Update

Holding a Winning Hand

Summer 2023 has been a busy and productive time for Ampaire. Advancements in the company’s technological, flight-testing, and business endeavors have been at once considerable and of consequence. In July, the company made history when its Electric EEL technology demonstrator became the first hybrid-electric powered aircraft to log in excess of twenty-thousand air-miles. July also saw Ampaire acquire Talyn Air, a Southern California startup about the business of developing a two-vehicle, fully-electric eVTOL system.

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Skyborne Instructors See Bump in Pay

Vero Beach School Kicks Base CFI Salary up to $43,000

Skyborne is putting out the word that CFIs flying at its Vero Beach, Florida home will see increased pay in an attempt to keep their talent in the nest, with premium pay topping out at $69 an hour with the right combination of certs and hours. Like any flight school offering the honeyed promises of eye-popping hourly rates to CFI’s scrounging for time, a lot of strings come attached. The “premium pay” ranges from $44.50 to $69 an hour for CFIA, CFII, MEI, and Check INstructors ONLY after flying over 58.3 hours in a month.

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EAA Type Club Coalition Convenes at AirVenture

The Art of Problem Solving

EAA’s Type Club Coalition (TCC) held its 2023 annual meeting at AirVenture on 25 July. Agenda topics included: insurance challenges, transition training, the additional pilot program for E-AB aircraft, and task-based flight testing.

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Wheels Up Program Strongly Criticized

Embattled Charter/Fractional Concern Impugned

An aviation industry insider has alleged federal regulators will presently undertake investigations of Wheels Up’s senior leadership for purpose of determining whether subject individuals perpetrated fraud in taking the company public. “Wheels Up is over,” the individual asserted, adding: “Civil action will commence as class action attorneys smell blood in the water.”

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