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October 27, 2023

Airborne 10.27.23: Midnight Flies, Chinese Flt Threats, B-21 Raider Taxi Test

 Also: Texas Drone Law, IADA Expectations, De Havilland-Universal, METARmaps Upgrade

 
 
After four-years of flight-testing, a nonconforming prototype of Midnight, the electrically-powered air-taxi being developed by eVTOL-maker Archer Aviation, has flown. As Archer’s flight test program soldiers ahead over the coming months, Midnight’s flight envelope is expected to broaden from hover to full wing-borne transition, thereby paving the way for the commencement of FAA  for credit testing of the aircraft. The Pentagon has released footage of only a portion of the more than 180 intercepts of U.S. warplanes undertaken by Chinese aircraft over the last two years. The number exceeds the total such incidents transpired over the p

Aviation Stakeholders Applaud New FAA Boss

Senate Confirms Michael Whitaker to Top Agency Job

Airline and aviation industry stakeholders have issued statements praising the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Michael Whitaker to the office of permanent FAA Administrator. Among those hastening to voice their support for the man and the legislative body are: ALPA, in the person of Jason Ambrosi; GAMA, in the person of Pete Bunce; NBAA, in the person of Ed Bolen; NATA, in the person of Curt Castagna; and the U.S. DOT in the specter of Pete Buttigieg.

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METARmaps Upgrade Program Announced

Upgrades Compensate for FAA/AWA Data Migration

In response to the recent FAA/AWS data migration, the boffins at METARmaps have developed a series of forward-looking upgrade plans. Subject plans—which take into account the fact the legacy processors indigenous to METARmaps are hard-coded to seek data in digital domains no longer extant—consist of RPI, D1v1, and D1v2 solutions.

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Fifth Circuit Court Upholds Texas Drone Law

Photojournalism Advocacy Group Dissents

On 23 October 2023, in response to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court’s reversal of a lower court’s ruling in NPPA v. McCraw, the National Press Photographers Association disseminated the following letter amongst its Texas members ...

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Delta Air Lines Awards $3-Million to Georgia University

Keeping the Home Fires Burning

The Delta Air Lines Foundation—an initiative by which the Atlanta, Georgia-based legacy U.S. air-carrier supports education and health-and-wellness activities in the cities to which it provides air-service—has awarded a $3-million grant to Middle Georgia State University (MGA), the largest single contribution in the institution's history. The funds will expand MGA's School of Aviation programs over the next three years.

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Aero-TV: CompAir 6.2; Redefining the Limits of Kit Aircraft

Dare to CompAir

CompAir Aviation, the Merritt Island, Florida-based manufacturer of high-performance aircraft and float kits, showcased its slick and capable CompAir 6.2 at EAA’s AirVenture 2023. The display aircraft was powered by a 350-horsepower, twin-turbo Lycoming engine mated to a Hartzell composite Top Prop. The Comp Air 6.2’s formidable power-train and one-hundred-gallon fuel capacity motivate the aircraft’s two-thousand-pound useful load at a cruising-speed of 175-knots. Range is advertised at a respectable 840-nautical-miles. Moreover, the Comp Air 6.2’s 22-cubic-foot baggage compartment ensures pilots and pass

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Gulfstream & Flight Safety Mark Decade of Cooperation

Courtesy FBO Training Program Enters 10th Year

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., the General Dynamics subsidiary and maker of nonpareil business jets, and FlightSafety International, the renown Part 142 simulator training institution, have come together to recognize the 10th anniversary of a complimentary ground handling and servicing training program jointly undertaken by the two companies. Devised to meet the training needs of line service technicians, the program is intended to improve dispatch reliability and increase the safety of Gulfstream aircraft operations and the people responsible for the execution thereof.

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AAMS Announces 2023 Community Award Winners

Honoring Critical Care Transport Professionals Established in 1980, the Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) is a Washington D.C.-based non-profit international trade association engaged in representing and advocating on behalf of the critical care transport industry. By means of a variety of annual awards, AAMS recognizes excellence and leadership in emergency medical transport. The Association is pleased to announce the following winners of 2023’s awards, who’ll be honored during the 23-25 October Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Columbus, Ohio.

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Klyde Morris (10.23.23)

Klyde Understands Uncle Sam's Whacky Sense Of Priority...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on FedEx 757 CHA Accident

None In the Green …

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a 04 October 2023 in which a Boeing 757-236, registration N977FD, then operating as FedEx flight 1376 from Tennessee’s Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport (CHA) to Memphis International Airport (MEM) was substantially damaged following failure of its left hydraulic system. The accident-aircraft’s two flight crew members and a single jump seat occupant were not injured. The accident-aircraft was operated as a non-scheduled domestic cargo flight under Part 121 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Airborne 10.19.23: JetWave X SATCOM, Air-Show Pilot Hutchins, Foreflight

Also: USCG Rescue, National Aviation Hall of Fame, EZ-UP Inspection Covers, CAE Master Technician

Honeywell has unveiled its JetWave X architecture, a next-generation high-speed in-flight connectivity solution optimized for the business aviation industry. JetWave X will provide customers with unprecedented coverage and data speeds by leveraging Viasat’s Ka-band network, including its ViaSat-3 satellites and the Global Xpress (GX) satellites from its recently acquired Inmarsat business. Charles Hutchins, the former team lead for Tora Tora Tora, passed away in his Texas home on the morning of 17 October 2023. He was 86-years-old. For t

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Airborne 10.19.23: JetWave X SATCOM, Air-Show Pilot Hutchins, Foreflight

Also: USCG Rescue, National Aviation Hall of Fame, EZ-UP Inspection Covers, CAE Master Technician

Honeywell has unveiled its JetWave X architecture, a next-generation high-speed in-flight connectivity solution optimized for the business aviation industry. JetWave X will provide customers with unprecedented coverage and data speeds by leveraging Viasat’s Ka-band network, including its ViaSat-3 satellites and the Global Xpress (GX) satellites from its recently acquired Inmarsat business. Charles Hutchins, the former team lead for Tora Tora Tora, passed away in his Texas home on the morning of 17 October 2023. He was 86-years-old. For t

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Airborne 10.18.23: 100th King Air 360, BizAv Outlook, 500th TBM 900 Series

Also: RA-4500 MKII Radar Altimeter, ALPA Wants Whitaker, USMC Red Devils, Mid-America Aerotech-Moog

Textron Aviation has delivered the one-hundredth Beechcraft King Air 360 twin-turboprop to longtime Textron Aviation customer Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center (CBCC). The delivery evinces the hegemony with which the King Air name has been synonymous since the 1960s. Over the 59-years since the King Air family’s 1964 introduction, nearly 7,800 specimens of the twin-turboprop have been produced. Honeywell's 32nd annual Global Business Aviation Outlook forecasts up to 8,500 new business jet deliveries worth $278-billion from 2024 to 2033, in line

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Wisk Flies in the City of Angels

Boeing Subsidiary Pioneering SoCal AAM Network

Wisk Aero, the California-based, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concern and wholly-owned Boeing subsidiary, has contemporaneously expanded its presence in Los Angeles—that most sublime, civilized, livable, and harmonious of U.S. cities—and advanced the state of the larger AAM industry by establishing Southern California’s first public air-taxi flights and discussions with local and city officials. In October 2023, by dint of a series of test flights undertaken at Long Beach Airport (LGB), Wisk became the first eVTOL air-taxi maker/operator to fly in the greater Los Angeles Area. Subject test flights provided opportunity for Wisk to conduct autonomous flight operations in a complex, real

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.27.23)

Aero Linx: The Piper Flyer Association The Piper Flyer Association was formed in 2004 with one goal in mind - to help you get the most out of owning and flying Piper aircraft. The Piper Flyer Association (PFA) understands both the dream and the reality of owning a Piper. We understand that underpinning the dream is a lot of hard work and determination. When you received your “ticket,” you were probably told that it was a license to learn – and you took that to heart. That desire to learn continues to be an important aspect of your Piper experience.

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