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February 16, 2023

USAF F-16s Intercept Russian Military Aircraft

Bears Wandering Alaska

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) set forth in a 13 February 2023 statement that United States Air Force F-16 fighter jets had intercepted a number of Russian military aircraft that penetrated and briefly operated within the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ). The intercepted Russian aircraft reportedly included a pair of Tu-95 “Bear” bombers, functionally obsolete 1950s-vintage, quad-turboprops; and a Su-35 “Flanker,” a formidable, single-seat, twin-engine, supermaneuverable aircraft designed and built by Russia’s Sukhoi Design Bureau.

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Protestors Intrude Upon EBAA Event

AIROPS 2023 Conference Interrupted

On 14 February 2023, activists affiliated with UK-headquartered environmental faction Extinction Rebellion (XR)—a group European counter-terrorism police have characterized as ideologically extreme—briefly took over a stage at AIROPS 2023 in Brussels, Belgium ...

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Airborne 02.08.23: Yeager's 100th, Hydrogen Power, RAF F-35s v Women?

Also: C-130 on Floats?, SWA New-Hire Minimums... Minimized, 737 Max Production, Eco Caravans

Brigadier General Charles Elwood (Chuck) Yeager was a United States Air Force officer, a lordly aviator, and a test pilot blessed with a peculiar amalgam of dazzling aeronautical genius and regimented mania that, in 1947, saw him become the first pilot in history to exceed the speed of sound (Mach 1.0) in level flight. Among the most highly skilled and eminently respected airmen of all time, Yeager piloted over 360 different aircraft over his seventy-year flying career. The FAA granted Universal Hydrogen—a California-based energy concern about the commend

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Airborne 02.08.23: Yeager's 100th, Hydrogen Power, RAF F-35s v Women?

Also: C-130 on Floats?, SWA New-Hire Minimums... Minimized, 737 Max Production, Eco Caravans

Brigadier General Charles Elwood (Chuck) Yeager was a United States Air Force officer, a lordly aviator, and a test pilot blessed with a peculiar amalgam of dazzling aeronautical genius and regimented mania that, in 1947, saw him become the first pilot in history to exceed the speed of sound (Mach 1.0) in level flight. Among the most highly skilled and eminently respected airmen of all time, Yeager piloted over 360 different aircraft over his seventy-year flying career. The FAA granted Universal Hydrogen—a California-based energy concern about the commend

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Continental Engine Issue Affects More than Just Cirrus

Upcoming Service Bulletin Precludes More than 5 Hours of Operation Before Service

News broke, recently, regarding an operational pause at Cirrus Aircraft, when they paused all flight operations on SR22/SR22T aircraft manufactured between June 1, 2021 and February 7, 2023 - but the issue runs even deeper than expected -- even for Cirrus. When news broke of an upcoming service bulletin from Continental Aerospace Technologies, details were slim regarding the extent of the issue, until Continental gave out a worrisome Valentine's day gift: A Service Bulletin for thousands of its newer engines, affecting 360, 470, and 550 series engines made between 2021 and now.

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DJI Announces Mini 2 SE

Smaller Entry-Level Offering a Solid Starting Point into DJI Brand

DJI has shown off their new DJI Mini 2 SE, a lightweight, fist-sized camera drone. While its naming sense may still be underwhelming - the Mini 2 SE slots in among other DJI models like the Mavic Mini and Mini 3 Pro - their technical prowess is impressive. The tiny addition to the lineup aims for a tiny, 8.8-ounce (249 gram) compact footprint that can more easily skirt drone rulings that hamper larger, more regulated drone categories around the world.

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Airborne 02.06.23: Dick Rutan's Long-EZ, Aspen Upgrade, 5 B-24s Located

Also: Online Unleaded Avgas STC, General Atomics CEO, Sporty's 'IFR Month', Overture Production

One of Dick Rutan's babies made its way to be immortalized in the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Rutan's aircraft, a Long EZ, joins his longtime friend Mike Melvill's own record-setting Long EZ in the museum's collection. The aircraft were built simultaneously at the Mojave airport by both men before embarking on their maiden voyages together. Aspen Avionics obtained approval from the FAA for new software enabling integration of a handful of autopilots with their EFD1000 Pro MAX Primary Flight Display (PFD). The approval cove

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Airborne 02.06.23: Dick Rutan's Long-EZ, Aspen Upgrade, 5 B-24s Located

Also: Online Unleaded Avgas STC, General Atomics CEO, Sporty's 'IFR Month', Overture Production

One of Dick Rutan's babies made its way to be immortalized in the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Rutan's aircraft, a Long EZ, joins his longtime friend Mike Melvill's own record-setting Long EZ in the museum's collection. The aircraft were built simultaneously at the Mojave airport by both men before embarking on their maiden voyages together. Aspen Avionics obtained approval from the FAA for new software enabling integration of a handful of autopilots with their EFD1000 Pro MAX Primary Flight Display (PFD). The approval cove

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Industry Groups Criticize FAA 5G NPRM

Proposed AD “Falls Short” of Preserving Safe Aircraft Operations

A coalition of aviation groups has criticized a proposed FAA Airworthiness Directive (AD) addressing methods by which the agency proposes to mitigate the extent to which 5G telecommunications networks interfere with aircraft systems—radar altimeters in particular. The group states the proposed AD “falls short of the goal of preserving safe operation of airplanes in the National Airspace System (NAS).”

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Satcom Direct Validates Dual Dissimilar Hardware Offering

Redundancy Elevated

On 13 February 2023, Satcom Direct announced it intended to add Dual Dissimilar terminal capabilities to its expanding hardware portfolio. Subject technology equips aircraft with Satcom Direct’s Plane Simple Ku- and Ka-band tail-mount antennas (Dual) for purpose of supporting two discrete satellite constellations (Dissimilar), thereby affording Satcom Direct customers the best aspects of each network; delivering full redundancy; and ensuring uninterrupted, consistent global connectivity.

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Coulson Returns to Service After Firefighting Pause

Firefighting Operator Loses Power on Climbout After Bucket Drop

On February 7th, one of Coulson's FireLiner 737s ended a flight early, when Tanker 139 appeared to have lost power while leaving the scene of a bucket drop. The aircraft was about 275 miles southwest of Perth, Australia, fighting a series of wildfires in Fitzgerald River National Park. The incident occurred following the 3rd pass at less than 1,000' to douse the target with retardant, when the Fireliner stumbled on its way climbing back up to cruise. It ascended a bit, peaking below 2,000' before coming back down to Earth in an off-airport landing. 

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Air India to Acquire 250 Airbus Jets

Deal Builds on Antecedent 200-Jet Boeing Deal

On 14 February 2023, Air India, the New Delhi-based Indian national airline, announced its intention to acquire 250 Airbus aircraft for purpose of bolstering its domestic and international operations. The commitment includes 140 A320neo and 70 A321neo single-aisle aircraft, as well as 34 A350-1000 and six A350-900 wide-body jets. In conjunction with a similarly extensive order for upwards of two-hundred Boeing narrow and wide-body jets, the acquisition occasions the revitalization of Air India’s fleet and the carrier’s ascension to the upper-echelon of global airlines.

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Classic Aero-TV: Making Good Planes Better--Micro VGs Offer Aero-Enhancements

From 2013 (YouTube Version): Vortex Generators Can Radically Improve Many Airframes VERY Cost-Effectively

While at the AOPA 2013 convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell had a chance to talk with Anni Brogan the President of Micro Aerodynamics Incorporated. Micro Aerodynamics develops and produces vortex generators for various functions on numerous aircraft make and models. In this video, Brogan explains how the vortex generator works and how it does more than we may think it does. It’s common to see vortex generators on the leading edge of a wing and we usually associate this with reducing the stall speed. 

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA46

Passenger With Serious Injuries Was Able To Egress From The Cabin And He Contacted First Responders With His Cellular Phone

On January 17, 2023, about 1039 central standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P JetProp DLX airplane, N963MA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Yoakum, Texas. The pilot and copilot sustained fatal injuries. Two passengers sustained fatal injuries and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 business flight. A preliminary review of Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed that the airplane departed from the Memphis International Airport (MEM), Memphis, Tennessee, at 0748.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.23)

Aero Linx: Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) The Canadian Freedom To Fly... The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association was founded in 1952 to speak as the unified voice for general aviation in Canada. Since then, COPA has grown to meet the ever-changing needs of the Canadian aviation community and became the recognized voice of general aviation in Canada.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.23): ILS Category IIIC

ILS Category IIIC An ILS approach procedure which provides for approach without a decision height minimum and without runway visual range minimum.

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