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July 16, 2022

MGen George Harrison Nominated For Georgia Aviation Hall Of Fame

Has Flown 103 Different Aircraft Types For 9300 Hours Including 530 Hours Of Combat

Long time CAF Colonel Member and Maj. Gen. George Harrison, USAF (Ret.) is nominated to be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Harrison earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, and various other awards, decorations, and accolades. Harrison, a well-known general aviation stalwart, has flown 103 different aircraft types for 9300 hours including 530 hours of combat flying. He has been a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) for over 40 years.

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MD500E Gets The Glass Treatment

Receives FAA Approval For MD 500E “Slimline” Glass Cockpit

MD Helicopters has received FAA certification to install a new “slimline” advanced glass cockpit that modernizes the MD500E platform for increased visibility and field of view. The slimline cockpit is now standard in all new MD500E aircraft and includes four inches of additional visibility on both sides of the instrument panel when compared to the traditional configuration. The modernized design features the G500H TXiTM dual touch-screen integrated display system with screens serving as Primary Flight Display (PFD) and Multi-Function Display (MFD).

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Wisk Aero Plans Commonwealth Displays of its eVTOL Cora Aircraft

Of Wisks and Rewards…

Wisk Aero—the California-based, advanced air mobility joint-venture undertaken by Boeing and Kitty Hawk Corporation—is hosting public displays of its fifth-generation electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the United Kingdom and Australia. Dubbed Cora, Wisk’s display aircraft embodies the culmination of a developmental process that began in 2010 and has seen the company progress from simple, hover-only prototypes to the fielding of the world’s first autonomous, all-electric air-taxi. In addition to showcasing Wisk’s conceptual and technical facility, Cora manifests the company’s professed belief that less time getting there means more time being there for the momen

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Airborne 07.08.22: Elixir 2 OSH22, Virgin Galactic, TBM-960 Delivers!

Also: Airbus Zephyr “S”, SpaceX Starship-24, American Airlines Pays Up, NASA v China

Elixir Aircraft has announced that it intends to broaden its presence in North America. Elixir’s advance will begin with AirVenture 2022, where the company will have 2 Aircraft on display. To promote awareness and sales of its Part 23 certified 912-iS and 915-iS aircraft, the company plans to invest in a dedicated U.S. sales and marketing team. Further, they have an eye toward eventual U.S. production of the company’s aircraft. Virgin Galactic has completed an agreement with Boeing's Aurora Flight Sciences to manufacture the Company’s next

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NTSB to Host AirVenture Presentations

To Be, or NTSB

National Transportation Safety Board investigators and administrators—to include Chairperson Jennifer Homendy (pictured) and Member Michael Graham—will attend the EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for purpose of meeting the public and staging a series of safety presentations. “We look for every opportunity to advocate for aviation safety,” Homendy stated. “This event, the nation’s largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts, is a fantastic opportunity to share our safety recommendations,”

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Life Flight Network to Receive Four Bell 407GXi Helicopters

IFR Capable Helicopter Well Suited to Pacific Northwest Mountain Mission

Bell Textron has announced that Life Flight Network—the Aurora, Oregon-based non-profit that provides air and ground critical care transport service throughout the American Pacific Northwest—will take delivery of four Bell 407GXi helicopters. The addition of the four new aircraft will see Life Flight Network—which currently operates a fleet of 53 aircraft—become the largest air medical operator of the Bell 407GXi in the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West—the geographic and geological region located between the front ranges of the Rocky Mountains [east] and the Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges [west].

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Classic Aero-TV: 1928 Gipsy Moth - One of the Many Great Wonders of OSH19

From 2019 (YouTube Version): One Man's Journey To An Award-Winning Vintage Airplane

When Michael Maniatis came across the 1928 de Havilland Gipsy Moth he brought to AirVenture 2019, it was in pieces in a barn in Canada and was barely recognizable as an airplane. This year, it was one of the stars in the Vintage area, and became an award-winner. Maniatis did a lot of research to be able to make his airplane as authentic to the original as possible. He said he was given a lot of plans for the airplane when he bought it, but while he had much of the basics, he was not provided with information of many of the small details that would make it authentic.

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Airborne-Flight Training 07.07.22: AA Pay Increases, Elektra Trainer, Skyborne

Also: Record Keeping Regulation, Electric Aircraft Symposium, Drone/UAV Rule, FedEx Pilots

In a move certain to foment increased informational picketing outside the hubs and headquarters of its competitors, American Airlines has offered its pilots pay increases of up to $64,000. The move sets a new benchmark in the cash-grab into which the post-COVID airline industry has descended. American Airlines CEO Robert Isom has outlined a proposal entailing a 16.9% pay-raise for the carrier’s fourteen-thousand pilots. This could be your next trainer... Elektra Solar has successfully test-flown the Elektra Trainer, the company’s two-seat, electric, u

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-20-135

The Airplane Had Impacted Steep Rising Mountainous Terrain At An Elevation Of About 4,200 Ft Mean Sea Level

On June 26, 2022, about 1945 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-20-135, N1231C, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Challis, Idaho. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A friend of the pilot reported that he and the accident pilot were camping at Johnson Creek (3U2), Yellow Pine, Idaho.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2022-14-03 Prompted By Reports Of Cracked Tailboom Attachment Bolts And Barrel Nuts

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB412 and AB412 EP helicopters. This AD was prompted by reports of cracked tailboom attachment bolts and barrel nuts. This AD requires replacing the upper left hand (LH) tailboom attachment bolt, visually inspecting the other three tailboom attachment bolts and all barrel nuts, repetitive torque checks of the tailboom attachment bolts, and corrective action if necessary, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective July

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.22)

Aero Linx: Canadian Aerospace Medicine and Aeromedical Transport Association (CAMATA) Canadian Aerospace Medicine and Aeromedical Transport Association (CAMATA) is a national organization committed to the advancement of expertise of health and aviation professionals actively involved or interested in aerospace medicine and aeromedical transport in the fields of direct patient care, education, research, and administration. The development and delivery of quality air medical training is key to our commitment to the promotion of quality air medical services.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.22): Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) [ICAO]

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) [ICAO] Area navigation based on performance requirements for aircraft operating along an ATS route, on an instrument approach procedure or in a designated airspace. Note: Performance requirements are expressed in navigation specifications (RNAV specification, RNP specification) in terms of accuracy, integrity, continuity, availability, and functionality needed for the proposed operation in the context of a particular airspace concept.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.16.22)

“We are excited to publicly share our 5th Generation, all-electric, self-flying, eVTOL air taxi with the UK and Australia for the first time. We are fortunate to have a fleet of test, demo, and display aircraft, which allows us to be in multiple places at once without impacting our development and flight test programs. We look forward to sharing our 5th generation aircraft with the UK and Australia, as well as other locations around the world in the near future.”   Source: From a statement by Wisk CEO Gary Gysin, as it hosts public displays of its fifth-generation electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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