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July 29, 2022

Airborne Oshkosh Day 5: EAA Education Ctr, Archon!!!, RANS Update

07.29.22: Tempest Aero, I Hart Flying, B-25 Restoration, Vintage A/C Montage, Pelton Int'vw #5

The EAA Education Center is a massive undertaking designed to help new and experienced pilots build their skill sets... and it's set in the shadow of the EAA Museum, itself. Tempest Aero is doing its best to keep up with the insane demand of a number of products in their extensive product line... especially oil filters, at the moment. Everyone has high hopes for the future of aviation at a time when it's hard to see better prospects... I HART FLYING is one group that’s taking an active role in helping aviation grow. RANS Aircraft has new management and Randy Schlitter may finally get a chance to do a little recreational flying... The Archon is here -- the poor-man’s fighter

JetBlue and Spirit to Merge

Of Opportunities and Lost Frontiers

After a protracted and acrimonious bidding-war with Frontier Airlines that included Capitol Hill-esque mud-slinging and an attempted hostile-takeover, JetBlue Airways has announced that it is merging with Spirit Airlines. The $3.8-billion deal, when complete, will give rise to America’s fifth-largest air-carrier.

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Investors Bullish on CubCrafters Pending Public Offering

Superb Climb-Rate -- For Airplane and Stock Offering

On 25 July, during a press conference at EAA’s AirVenture 2022, CubCrafters, the Yakima, Washington-based maker of innovative, light sport, experimental, and FAR Part-23 certified backcountry aircraft, announced that it would invite outside investment for the first time in the company’s 42-year history. In the 48-hours following the announcement, potential investors reserved over one-MILLION shares of CubCrafters stock.

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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo-11 Mission Jacket Sets Sotheby's Record

And the Bid Jumped Over the Moon

Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module on the surface of the moon at 20:17 UTC on 20-July 1969. Six hours later, at 02:56 UTC Aldrin disembarked the Lunar Module and secured his place in history as the second man to step foot on a world other than the Earth. On their way to the moon, Apollo-11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins wore jaunty mission jackets made of glass-woven beta-cloth. On 26 July 2022, Aldrin’s jacket sold at auction for an eye-watering $2,250,000—the most ever paid for a space-program artifact.

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Aspen Avionics Announces No Backups Required

No More Bad Attitude or Sucking Wind

Aspen Avionics, the Albuquerque-based avionics concern offers important information to operators of its Evolution Pro MAX PFD; Evolution E5; Evolution 2000 MAX; and Evolution 2500 MAX systems: The majority of FAA approvals of single Evolution Pro MAX PFD or Evolution E5 systems allow aircraft owners to remove the attitude indicator from the retrofitted aircraft. FAA approval of Aspen’s Evolution 2000 MAX or Evolution 2500 MAX systems permits aircraft owners to remove the vacuum system and all backup indicators... 

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Russia Announces End to ISS Cooperation in 2024

Incoming Roscosmos Head Ends Rumors, Announces Solo Space Station Instead

The Russian Federation has announced its intent to withdraw from the International Space Station program, ending their arrangement after fulfilling its current obligations sometime in 2024. The Kremlin issued a statement alongside recently appointed Roscosmos head Yuri Borisov laying out their decision. The announcement firms up months of rumor over the heavily sanctioned country’s involvement in the worldwide space program, causing some concern among those still supporting the ISS as it nears the quarter century mark. The Russians have done much to keep the station alive throughout its history, but Borisov seems to think it’s time they struck out on their own.

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FAA Continues Battle for Secondary Flight Deck Barrier

NPRM for Additional Cockpit Protection Open for Comment

Recommendations from industry groups like the RTCA and ARAC that pushed for the installation of additional cockpit protections seem to have borne fruit, judging from recent movements within the FAA. The administration has proposed the addition of a secondary barrier against intrusion for use while the primary flight deck door is open. Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg seems sweet on the idea, which would require new manufacture commercial passenger aircraft to come with the systems pre-installed. Currently, it does not appear to require that aircraft already in service obtain the secondary barriers, only that transport category aircraft manufactured 2 years after the effective rule

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OSH22 Sponsor: Meet the Hartzell Aviation Family of Brands

We Invite You To Meet The Hartzell Aviation Family of Brands

As one of the most trusted names in aviation, Hartzell Aviation brings together industry-leading general aviation manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers with the shared purpose of enhancing the freedom of flight and powering the future of aviation. Together, the Hartzell Aviation family of brands invest in world-class processes and leading-edge technologies to deliver uncompromising quality, performance, and support for today’s aircraft owners and operators.

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RANS Aircraft Promotes New President

Old Guard Passes Baton to Next Generation

By Gene Yarbrough, Stringer Par Excellence In a bittersweet moment RANS Aircraft company owner and CEO Randy Schlitter announced the promotion of a new company president and a reduced role for himself. Deflecting the solemn event with humor the sentiment was palpable, Randy announced Tony Dopita was stepping into the role of company President stating that Tony was a capable captain having been an employee for 20+ yrs and knew the business from the ground up. Tony accepted the position graciously, describing his time with RANS beginning literally as a janitor and ending up President.

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Tempest Aero Group Joins ANN in Presenting 2022 Oshkosh Coverage!

Proudly Displaying in Oshkosh Display Area #3021

Proud to be a leading general aviation company supporting a portfolio of independent brands known for manufacturing high-quality ignition, filtration and pneumatic products, fuel systems and components, instrumentation sensors and probes, fuel pumps and specialty tools for general aviation OEM and aftermarket companies. Serving as the hub that brings six brands together, Tempest Aero Group offers sales and marketing support to our affiliate companies – Tempest, Alcor, Marvel-Schebler, Precision Airmotive, Consolidated Fuel Systems and Stratus Tool Technologies – all who serve as independent companies and brands with manufacturing facilities in Bur

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Beechcraft AT-6E Achieves Military Type Certification

Hail the Conquering Wolverine

Textron Aviation Defense—the military facet of the aviation division of the U.S. technology conglomerate Textron—has announced that its Beechcraft AT-6E Wolverine—a weaponized iteration of Beechcraft’s T-6 Texan II based upon Pilatus’s PC-9—has achieved Military Type Certification (MTC) from the United States Air Force. The AT-6 Wolverine is a multi-role aircraft designed to meet a wide variety of warfighting and peacekeeping (high and low-octane appellations for the selfsame enterprise) missions.

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CubCrafters Joins ANN To Sponsor AirVenture 2022

CubCrafters Rugged STOL Airplanes Are Working Hard at Oshkosh Out of Display Area #273

For 35 years, CubCrafters has been in the business of advancing the classic Piper Super Cub, legendary for its bush flying and off airport performance. While our engineering has further improved STOL performance, we have also focused on improving every aspect that makes the Super Cub platform uniquely capable. The result is a range of modern adventure aircraft that are designed and engineered for backcountry flying. Pilots are rewarded with not only STOL performance, but also remarkable flight characteristics, uncommon comfort & ergonomics, unmatched range, and class-defining utility.

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AVEO Lights Up In Creative Ways

Aveo Engineering’s Conforma Lighting for Cessna, Mooney, and VANS Aircraft

Aveo Engineering, a privately held company trading under the name Southwest LLC prides itself on providing a product whose components are “not made in China with suspect materials, components, and quality”. CEO, US Navy veteran-owner and Mechanical Engineer Christian Nielsen states that “design is everything” and , according to their website welcomes direct communication via the introductory statement “unlike most of our competitors, you can always drop a line directly to me, the owner” and provides a button to send a message!

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Osh22 Sponsor Gogo Business Aviation to Launch LEO Global Broadband Service

Oshkosh Morning Brief Sponsor: System Features Small Antenna and One AVANCE LRU to Fit on Business Aircraft of Any Size

At the European Business Aviation Convention & Expo (EBACE) in May, Gogo Business Aviation announced it will launch the first global broadband service in business aviation to use an electronically steered antenna (ESA) on a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite network. Gogo's exclusive antenna assembly will be small enough for installation on the fuselage of business aircraft from super light jets and turboprops to ultralong-range jets, and will operate on OneWeb's high-speed, low-latency broadband global network. The new service will require just one Gogo AVANCE LRU inside the aircraft, which means existing AVANCE customers will

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Airborne-Flight Training 07.21.22: Electric Archer!, EAA Ed. Ctr, eVTOL Sim

Also: ANN OSHKOSH Coverage!, NTSB At OSH22, Delta Contract Woes, Emergency/Drunk Landing

One of the aviation world’s most rugged training aircraft is going electric. CAE will partner with Piper to develop an electric-powered variant of Piper’s Archer. The conversion of the iconic airplane to electric power will be via a kit for which CAE and Piper intend to obtain an STC. CAE expects to convert two-thirds of its Piper Archer training fleet to electric power and develop a curriculum by which to train future pilots in the dark art of operating such machines. EAA has opened its Education Center. The new structure, a two-story, thirty-thousand-

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Airborne 07.20.22: Supersonic Airliner, Delta MAXes Out, Forgotten Hero

Also: Gulfstream G800 Int'l, Textron OSH 1st Timers, HAWC Flies!, F-35A Buy

Boom Technology is undertaking the bold endeavor of bringing to market a 65-88 passenger airliner capable of 4,250-nautical-miles at Mach 1.7. Named Overture, it is designed to operate at more than twice the speed of today’s airliners. What’s more, Overture intends to accomplish its feats of speed and endurance cleanly—as the aircraft’s four engines operate on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). A more confident Boeing tells us that Delta Air Lines will update its single-aisle fleet with the 737 MAX. In a signing ceremony at the Farnborough International Ai

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UAvionix Ships 50,000th ADS-B OUT Unit

The ADS-B Specialist Continues its Market Dominance

General Aviation equipment supplier and avionics company uAvionix has announced a landmark accomplishment for the second quarter of 2022 following the shipment of the 50,000th unit of its widespread ADS-B OUT product line. Their skyBeacon, tailBeacon, and tailBeaconX have each gained acclaim in the GA and sport aviation markets for their easy, convenient installation for those looking to achieve compliance with the post-2020 navigation equipment requirements to operate in some types of airspace.

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Airborne-Flight Training 07.21.22: Electric Archer!, EAA Ed. Ctr, eVTOL Sim

Also: ANN OSHKOSH Coverage!, NTSB At OSH22, Delta Contract Woes, Emergency/Drunk Landing

One of the aviation world’s most rugged training aircraft is going electric. CAE will partner with Piper to develop an electric-powered variant of Piper’s Archer. The conversion of the iconic airplane to electric power will be via a kit for which CAE and Piper intend to obtain an STC. CAE expects to convert two-thirds of its Piper Archer training fleet to electric power and develop a curriculum by which to train future pilots in the dark art of operating such machines. EAA has opened its Education Center. The new structure, a two-story, thirty-thousand-

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For Real! Sponsor Virtual Fly North America Joins Us For AirVenture!

AATDs for Cessna, Diamond, Beechcraft, Tecnam and More!

Virtual Fly North America designs and manufactures affordable high quality certified flight simulators. Discover their AATDs for Cessna, Diamond, Beechcraft, Tecnam and several single and twin engine training aircraft. Single seaters, dual seaters, static simulators and even full motion with analogue or glass cockpit configurations, their portfolio just keeps growing.

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OSH 22 Sponsor Piper Aircraft Presents AirVenture 2022

Piper Presents Oshkosh -- Via An Amazing Lineup of Piston and Turbo-Prop Airplanes!

When Mr. Piper introduced the Piper Cub in 1937, he had a dream – the freedom of flight for everyone. Over 130,000 aircraft later, generations have lived that dream. Training in Pipers. Serious business transportation in Pipers. Pipers bring a higher level of safety, technology and performance to enhance the lives of owners. Piper is the Freedom of Flight.

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NTSB Prelim: Aeronca 7BCM

A Concerned Family Member Reported The Airplane Overdue, And The FAA Issued An ALNOT

On July 16, 2022, about 0730 Pacific daylight time, an Aeronca 7BCM airplane, N2588C, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Lake McMurray, Washington. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. A concerned family member reported the airplane overdue, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notice (ALNOT).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.29.22)

Aero Linx: The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) The Arizona Pilot’s Association (APA) was organized in 1978 to give Arizona’s general aviation community a voice in aviation matters. Our mission remains much the same today as we continue to promote general aviation through advocacy at various levels of state and federal government, as well as through partnering with other aviation organizations in advocating our common interests: promoting aviation safety, pilot education, and public understanding of general aviation; preserving, maintaining, and even re-opening Arizona’s backcountry and recreational airstrips; broadcasting Arizona aviation news; and connecting Arizona pilots

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.29.22): Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron A device normally located on uncontrolled airports and used as a landing direction indicator. The small end of a tetrahedron points in the direction of landing. At controlled airports, the tetrahedron, if installed, should be disregarded because tower instructions supersede the indicator.

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