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August 29, 2022

Airborne 08.29.22: Express Jet Pilot Bailout, DJI Avata, France Attacks BizAv

Also: BT-13 Restoration, Heli Operator Cleared, Young Eagles Upgrades, MQ-8 Fire Scout
The bankruptcy of Aha! airlines and its parent company, Georgia-based ExpresJet, has grounded a fleet of five Embraer ERJ145 regional jets and the crews who flew them. Piedmont Airlines has announced that it will provide employment-relief to the newly displaced ExpressJet airmen under the distressed carrier provision of its ALPA-negotiated pilot contract. DJI has unveiled their newest drone, breaking the mold with a compact, sharp little unit geared towards agile, quick recording wherever necessary. The Avata breaks from the usual convention among drones, opting to enclose all 4 electric rotors within an arrangement of rings directly underneath the fuselage. That small

EAA Turbocharges Young Eagles Program for 30th Anniversary

Participating Volunteers Eligible for Goodies, Merch, And Chapter Credits for Program Supplies

Celebrating the Young Eagles Program’s 30th anniversary, the EAA has loaded the year with fun activities to commemorate 3 decades of flight introduction. Following the launch of the program at this year’s AirVenture 2022, the organization kicked off its “Young Eagles 30 Flight for 30 Years”, which will award a commemorative Young Eagles anniversary themed polo shirt to all aviators who fly 30 program participants from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2022. The EAA will track the flights through their recordkeeping and contact those pilots who reach their milestones to claim their prize. 

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French Gov to Dissuade Private Jet Usage

Transport Minister Says Macron Gave Green Light on Climate Change Proposals to Curb Private Aviation

Hold your nose... another poltician knows what's good for the rest of us, though his errant assumptions seem pretty questionable. Clement Beaune, French transport minister, has hinted at upcoming regulations around private jet use in the country as a way to dissuade the emissions amid a greater push for green transportation. Beaune mentioned that he had already been given the go-ahead by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne and President Emmanuel Macron to make real, actionable proposals to curb private aviation in the country. Private jets will be on the agenda at an upcoming meeting of European ministers next October. 

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Aero-TV at AUVSI22: The Once and Future Air-Screw

Hartzell Spun Up for Continuing Success

Hartzell—the Ohio-based manufacturer of composite and aluminum propellers for all manner of aircraft—is readying itself for the rise of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) and the fielding of myriad air-vehicles that promise to return the propeller to prominence. The rise of the gas-turbine—read jet—engine in the 1940s heralded the propeller’s relegation to antiquity. Within the military and business aviation sectors, propeller-driven aircraft clung tenaciously to relevance, evolving into the C-130s, A400Ms, and King Airs by which modern-day troops and executives are shut

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Bristow Group Orders 55 Alia-250 eVTOL Aircraft

Large Rotary Wing Service Provider Inks Deal for Electric Aircraft

The Bristow Group has gone in on BETA Technologies’ ALIA-250 electronic VTOL aircraft with an order covering up to 55 of the aircraft. The vertical flight specialist seems confident in the new technology, placing an order for 5 initial aircraft with the option to procure 50 more. Bristow Group currently operates a range of vertical flight services for its clients, primarily offshore oil & gas transportation, SAR, and transport throughout the Commonwealth and countries worldwide.

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SmartSky Receives STC for Citation X

Inflight Connectivity Arrives for Cessna X Series Business Jets

SmartSky Networks has announced the completion of a Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of their proprietary air-to-ground in-flight connectivity equipment for all Cessna Citation X business jets. The Citation X fleet, currently over 300 strong, joins an expanding list of aircraft types granted the cert for the firm's enhanced ATG network. Since last year, SmartSky has been making good time on growing its service throughout the country.

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25th SpaceX Dragon Flight Completed as Capsule Splashes Down

Cargo Dragon Comes Home as Expedition 57 Continues Work Aboard ISS

New experiments have been keeping the crew of Expedition 67 busy, with studies on cardiology, wound healing, and health in microgravity taking place after the recent departure of the station’s 34-day guest, the SpaceX Dragon. The Dragon completed its uncrewed cargo mission on August 20th, splashing down north of the coast off Florida’s Cape Canaveral. The milestone mission marked the 25th contracted cargo resupply mission to the ISS, bringing more than 2 tons of experiments and cargo back to Earth. As it returns with its batch of experimental work in tow, the Expedition 67 crew begins work on the next group of scientific studies.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

The Last ADS-B Target Was At 1459:19, At An Altitude Of 1,400 Ft MSL

On August 10, 2022, about 1459 Pacific daylight time, a Cirrus SR22, N379DH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Blyn, Washington. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed the airplane departed Friday Harbor Airport, Friday Harbor, Washington, about 1445, and proceeded on a southerly heading as it ascended to an altitude of about 1,100 ft mean sea level (msl).

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AD: Viking Air Limited

AD 2022-17-05 Requires Either Doing Recurring Visual Inspections, Borescope Inspections, And Non-Destructive Inspections

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2002-14-28, which applied to all de Havilland Inc. (type certificate currently held by Viking Air Limited) Model DHC-2 Mk. I, DHC-2 Mk. II, and DHC-2 Mk. III airplanes. AD 2002-14-28 established a life limit for the front fuselage struts and required repetitively replacing the front fuselage struts every 15 years or repetitively inspecting the struts for corrosion or fatigue damage and replacing when the damage exceeded a certain level. Since the FAA issued AD 2002-14-28, Transport Canada superseded its mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) to correct this unsaf

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.29.22)

Aero Linx: The Latino Pilots Association In 2015, five friends attending Jacksonville University in Florida noticed the absence of a professional pilot organization representing the Latino community. Accordingly, they founded the Latino Pilots Association (LPA). Subsequently, the Latino Pilots Association became a nonprofit organization committed to empower, support, and mentor the underrepresented in our communities by providing education programs, training, mentoring, and scholarships. With their mission statement in hand, they integrated Latino cultural values as the framework for LPA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.29.22): Meter Fix Arc

Meter Fix Arc A semicircle, equidistant from a meter fix, usually in low altitude relatively close to the meter fix, used to help CTAS/ERAM calculate a meter time, and determine appropriate sector meter list assignments for aircraft not on an established arrival route or assigned a meter fix.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.29.22)

“I believe that when there’s a train alternative, when there’s a commercial flight - which emits four times less carbon per passenger than private jets, that should be the preferred option.” Source: Some of the anti-aviation, anti-business, anti-progress drivel emitted by yet another under-educated politician... this time France's Clement Beaune, French transport minister... who obviously isn't interested in real transport and seems to be highly unsuited for his job...

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