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August 26, 2022

Airborne 08.26.22: Midwest LSA Expo, Airbus Zephyr Crash, GAMA 2Q Report

Also: ACE's 150th PPL!, New Shepard’s 23rd Flight, Astronauts and Cosmonauts, Aha! Airlines
The 2022 Midwest LSA Expo will take place Thursday, September 8, through Saturday, September 10th at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (KMVN), Mt. Vernon, Illinois. This is the 14th year for the event! The free event features many Light Sport Aircraft, including Part 103, STOL and Gyroplanes on one accessible and demo-flight friendly flightline. Craftsmanship and innovation will be on display at the KR National Gathering – running concurrently on Friday and Saturday. Airbus’s Zephyr 8 UAV, a high-flying critter borne aloft for months on end by vast wings and solar-powered batteries, has a wingspan of 82-feet, weighs a scant 165-pounds, and spent the sum

Midwest LSA Expo Debuts 14th Rendition Of Annual SportAv Event

The KR National Gathering Will Run Concurrently With The Expo On Friday and Saturday

The 2022 Midwest LSA Expo will take place Thursday, September 8, through Saturday, September 10th at Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (KMVN), Mt. Vernon, Illinois. This is the 14th year for the event! Calling all Aviators - the Midwest LSA Expo is almost here! The free event features many Light Sport Aircraft, including Part 103, STOL (Short Take off and Land) and Gyroplanes on one easily accessible and demo flight friendly flightline.

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U.S. Army Astronaut Eager to Launch with Russian Cosmonauts

Fellowship of the Wing

Wartime sanctions, space station dramas, and divergent socio-political agendas notwithstanding, American and Russian spacefarers are making ready to journey to the International Space Station (ISS)—together. American astronaut and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Rubio is set to depart Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard an ISS-bound, Russian, Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. Rubio will travel in the company of cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin, of whom the Colonel states: “They’ve become good friends of mine ..."

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Airborne 08.17.22: Air Race Classic, Boom Supersonic, Ukrainian Pilot KIA

Also: P-47 Thunderbolt Restoration, Challenger 3500, Osprey Crash, SAF Program Criticized

Women-pilot teams consisting of at least two (2) pilots are registering for this one-day create-your-own race, a twist on the traditional Air Race Classic long-distance endurance air race. Similar to the Race Teams, the Derby Teams must consist of at least two women pilots, and must fly VFR along their approved self-designed route. A greater variety of aircraft may participate, to include sport and experimental aircraft. This year, Derby Teams will have between September 23 to October 1, 2022, to complete and fly their Derby route. American Airlines has entered an

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Airborne-Flight Training 08.18.22: New Airline $$$, Breeze Airways, Air Race

Also: Boom Supersonic, Pilot Reinstated, USAF and Aptima, US Aviation Academy

A new American regional airline is using the ultimate weapon—money—to circumvent a pilot shortage that ALPA (the Airline Pilots Association, International) asserts does not exist, and airline industry pundits claim is the greatest threat to aviation since American Airlines did away with inflight peanuts in 2003. Connect Airlines, a division of Bedford-Massachusetts-based charter outfit Waltzing Matilda Aviation, is offering qualified pilots an eye-watering yearly salary of $250,000. The National Mediation Board recently certified the Air Line Pilots Association, I

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AeroTV at OSH22: John and Martha King’s New Book

Of Kings and Kingdoms

Founded in 1975 by husband-and-wife flight-instructors John and Martha King, King Schools Inc. is a California-based educational software company to which untold numbers of pilots have turned for aviation courseware and test-prep materials germane to the airman knowledge tests prescribed by FAR 61.35. In addition to decades of practical experience as pilots and educators, John and Martha King have each been honored with the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, and inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame, the National Aviation Hall of Fame. That John and Martha’s renown is well ear

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Ameriflight Pilots to Receive Pay Increases

Ameriflight the Beautiful

Ameriflight LLC—The U.S.’s largest Part 135 cargo carrier—has announced changes to its pilot pay program that will see aviators’ salaries rise by as much as 49%. Ameriflight’s industry-leading compensation package features substantial increases at all steps of the Dallas-based company’s pay-scale, as well as a $100,000 retention bonus plan payable over four-years.

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SiriusXM and Civil Air Patrol Partnership Announced

Equipped CAP Aircraft to Receive Satellite Data

In August 2022, the Civil Air Patrol announced that it has partnered with SiriusXM—the American satellite broadcasting concern—to deliver the latter’s aviation weather and information services to CAP’s fleet of appositely equipped aircraft. SiriusXM aviation weather affords Civil Air Patrol pilots access to features such as high-resolution, high-update-rate, composite weather radar; cloud-to-cloud and ground-to-cloud lightning-strike detection; METAR and TAFs, and Temporary Flight Restrictions.

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Aha! Airlines Files for Bankruptcy

Hard Times in Santa Rosa

Aha!—the ExpressJet DBA has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Airline has ceased all operations, shuttering its facilities and parking the five Embraer ERJ145 regional jets with which it served 13-cities throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington State.

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Klyde Morris (08.22.22)

It Was Only A Matter Of Time, Klyde...


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MQ-9 Extended Range Variant to Serve with Marine Corps

Unmanned Squadron in Hawaii Will Receive First of 8 Aircraft by 2024

The Navy’s Air Systems Command awarded a $135.8 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems for 8 brand new MQ-9A Extended Range uncrewed aircraft, slated for delivery by the end of 2023. The order adds the most updated, modern rendition of the longstanding MQ-9A, with enhanced range, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities vital for use by the Marine Expeditionary Force. The MQ-9 ER in particular boasts up to 34 hours of endurance, adding more capability over the older MQ-9s already in service. 

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Alto Aviation Announces Passenger Controls for Falcon 900B, Gulfstream GIV

Updated Panels Add HDMI, USB Charging With Drop-In Installation to Legacy Baker DECU

Alto Aviation unveiled its newest addition to its product lineup, this time adding a passenger control system for Dassault Falcon 900B and Gulfstream IV aircraft. The new system addresses passenger control obsolescence across a range of aging aircraft, allowing owners and operators to upgrade existing control hardware to a more modern, useful set of features. The new Cadence replaces, in particular, older Baker DECU with a drop-in, easy retrofit. The Cadens is fit-compatible and does not require wood modifications for installation.

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NTSB Prelim: Diamond Aircraft DA-40

Right Front Seat Passenger... Stepped Off And “Ran” Into The Propeller

On August 7, 2022, about 1425 eastern daylight time, a Diamond Aircraft DA-40, N723AG, sustained minor damage when it was involved in an accident at Samuels Field Airport (BRY), Bardstown, Kentucky. A passenger was fatally injured, and the private pilot and a second passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.26.22)

Aero Linx: International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) International Aviation Services Organization (IASO) is a non-profit organization, aviation services Industry Leader and forum for consultation on industry issues for all aviation services companies worldwide. The organization registered in Sweden and Montreal, Canada with its HQ in Geneva - Switzerland . There are two sub-organizations that fall under the umbrella of IASO – IFSO (International Fuel Services Organization) and IHAO (International Handling Aviation Organization). The main objective of IASO is to organize, educate, and improve the aviation services industry through collaboration, using best business practices and speaki

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.26.22): Offshore/Control Airspace Area

Offshore/Control Airspace Area That portion of airspace between the U.S. 12 NM limit and the oceanic CTA/FIR boundary within which air traffic control is exercised. These areas are established to provide air traffic control services. Offshore/Control Airspace Areas may be classified as either Class A airspace or Class E airspace.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.21.22)

“They’ve become good friends of mine. Sergey is a former Russian Air Force pilot, Dimitry is an engineer, but more importantly, you know, they’ve gotten to know my family. I’ve gotten to know their families. We all have very similar priorities… Family comes first, and then our main focus is to make this mission happen as safely and productively as possible to ensure that we get everything that’s been tasked us done.” Source: American astronaut and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Rubio, speaking about his fellow crewmates as readies to depart Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard an ISS-bound, Russian-made, Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft. Rubio will travel in the company of cosmonauts Serge

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