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November 03, 2023

CAP Sets Flight-Time Record in Fiscal 2023

USAF Auxiliary Tops 100,000 Hours Aloft

The Civil Air Patrol set a new record for cadet orientation flight hours in fiscal 2023, with CAP pilots totaling 14,451-hours aloft with their young passengers—an increase of 19.5-percent over the 12,096-hour figure set in fiscal 2022. The previous high for orientation flight hours, set in fiscal 2018, was 14,101.  The record total helped CAP break the one-hundred-thousand-hour flight mark for the first time since 2017. Pilots logged 101,446 flying hours for all missions in fiscal 2023, up seven-percent over the previous year's total of 95,242.

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Alpha Unmanned Systems Granted CAE Certificate

Spanish UAS Concern’s A900 Platform Granted Official Nod

The A900 system from Alpha Unmanned Systems(AUS), acquired by the Dirección General de Armamento y Material (DGAM) for the Matacán Schools Group (GRUEMA), has successfully completed the process of obtaining its Certificate of Airworthiness for Experimentation (CAE). Subject certificate has been issued by the Deputy Directorate General of Inspection, Regulation, and Defense Industrial Strategy (INREID) and authorizes the Alpha Unmanned Systems’ A900 to be operated as an aircraft within the fleet of aircraft belonging to Spain’s Armed Forces.  

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Polish Military Takes Delivery of AW149 Helicopters

Whispers of Trouble to Come

The land forces of the Eastern European nation of Poland have taken delivery of two Leonardo AW149 helicopters. The medium multi-role machines were handed over during a 30 October 2023 ceremony at the 25th Air Cavalry Brigade in Tomaszów Mazowiecki. The deliveries derive of a July 2022 contract that included logistics, training, and simulator packages. The logistics package includes stocks of spare and consumable parts and ground-handling equipment. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training for AW149 pilots and technical personnel, and the delivery of a set of advanced simulators and associated training equipment.

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