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May 04, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 05.04.23: Rising Aviation HS, Army Safety, Aerobility Scholarship

 Also: NetJets Sued, CAE Opening C Europe Facility, Flight Education Access Act, AirVenture Jobs

 
 
Thrust Flight, an Addison, Texas-based flight academy, announced that it has entered into a partnership with Rising Aviation High School by which the two institutions will provide comprehensive flight training to students, thereby helping populate tomorrow’s flight-decks with a new generation of qualified pilots. Army Chief of Staff James McConville has grounded all Army aviators not currently involved in critical missions following a trio of 2023 helicopter accidents in which a total of 16 service-members have lost their lives. Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Terence Kelley reported active-duty Army aviation units would be grounde

FAA Sued Over SpaceX Starship Launch

Activists Predictably Indignant

Environmental nonprofits sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday, 01 May 2023, alleging as one that the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act by allowing SpaceX to launch its Starship spacecraft, the largest rocket yet hurled spaceward by humankind, from the company’s Boca Chica, Texas Starbase facility. According to court filings, the plaintiffs contend the FAA failed to undertake a “comprehensive environmental review” of the Starship launch.

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USAF MQ-9 Reaper Damaged Over Syria

U.S. Citizens Deceived

An unnamed U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity set forth that on 27 November 2022, a Russian surface-to-air missile passed and detonated within forty-feet of a USAF MQ-9 Reaper operating over Syria. The unmanned drone, though damaged significantly during the encounter, returned to base and landed safely. While Biden administration officials conceded at the time that a Russian SA-22 Pantsir surface-to-air missile had been launched against an Air Force MQ-9, U.S. citizens were willfully denied knowledge of the skirmish’s ramifications.

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Second Axiom ISS Mission Delayed Indefinitely

All Dressed Up …

Axiom Space‘s second all-private mission to the International Space Station (ISS) has been postponed indefinitely. The mission, dubbed Ax-2, was planned for 08 May 2023. Of the cancellation, Axiom Space tweeted: “The Ax-2 crew is ready for their mission to the @space_station. While the #Ax2 launch is no longer planned for May 8, our team is working closely with @NASA & @SpaceX to identify upcoming launch opportunities. More details will be released soon.”

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Airborne 04.26.23: Aldrin Promoted, PS Engineering, Gustnado v Flt School

Also: Mavic 3 Pro Cinematic Drone, 350,000 Traps, “No Credible Evidence” of UFOs, Ingenuity's 50th

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Buzz Aldrin—Apollo 11 lunar module pilot and the second man, after Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, to walk on Earth’s moon—will receive an honorary appointment to the rank of Brigadier General during a ceremony on 05 May at Los Angeles Air Force Base. At AEA 2023, the folks at PS Engineering detailed their new HUB50 audio management system... which takes formally manually operated audio functions and brings them to the digital age. System configuration has moved away from the manual adjustm

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Alaska Airlines and ZeroAvia Partnership Announced

Hydrogen-Electric Dash 8 Q400 to Fly

On 01 May 2023, Alaska Airlines, the Seattle-based Part 121 air-carrier, presented one of its retired Dash 8 Q400 regional turboprops to ZeroAvia, the British/American hydrogen-electric aircraft developer. The latter concern will presently retrofit the aircraft with a hydrogen-electric propulsion system for purpose of advancing the state of zero-emissions flight technology.

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Airborne 04.26.23: Aldrin Promoted, PS Engineering, Gustnado v Flt School

Also: Mavic 3 Pro Cinematic Drone, 350,000 Traps, “No Credible Evidence” of UFOs, Ingenuity's 50th

Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Buzz Aldrin—Apollo 11 lunar module pilot and the second man, after Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong, to walk on Earth’s moon—will receive an honorary appointment to the rank of Brigadier General during a ceremony on 05 May at Los Angeles Air Force Base. At AEA 2023, the folks at PS Engineering detailed their new HUB50 audio management system... which takes formally manually operated audio functions and brings them to the digital age. System configuration has moved away from the manual adjustm

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Airborne-Flight Training 04.27.23: DSU Expands, School Planes Trashed, Allegiant

Also: Nolen to Step Down, Copa Airlines, KY Mechanics School, GA Awards

A new partnership is bringing helicopter training to Delaware State University’s (DSU) Aviation program. Delaware State university President Tony Allen and Deputy Commanding General Amanda Azubuike of the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command signed an agreement authorizing the service to pay U.S. Army ROTC Cadets’ flight lab fees incurred in the new helicopter training program. On Thursday, 20 April 2023, high, gusty winds resultant of a passing storm destroyed eight airplanes and damaged three others at Kansas City, Missouri’s Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC). The e

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Joby and Toyota Enter Into Supply Agreement

Let’s Go Places …

Joby Aviation, Inc., the Santa Cruz-based maker of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced in a 01 May 2023 press release that it had signed a long-term agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation by which the latter entity will supply key powertrain and actuation components essential to the production of Joby’s eVTOL production model. The agreement occasions the continuation of a long-standing partnership between Joby and Toyota.

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Classic Aero-TV: Zenith Builder Intro Program-Rudder Building Workshop Inspires

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Zenith Offers Workshop For Beginners At Sebring Sport Expo…

The concept of building your own airplane can be daunting for a lot of people. Most wouldn't consider building their own car, much less an airplane. In an effort to demystify the process, Zenith Aircraft held a four-day workshop at the Sebring Sport Aircraft Expo in January to introduce beginners to the process of building their own airplanes.

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NTSB Prelim: Bell Helicopter Textron 407

Helicopter Was En Route To Big Bear, California As Part Of A Weekend Skiing Trip

On March 24, 2023, at 1217 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 407, N14Z, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Nuevo, California. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to a family friend, the helicopter was en route to Big Bear, California as part of a weekend skiing trip. The helicopter was equipped with Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS–B), which provides aircraft tracking to determine its position via satellite navigation or other sensors and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked.

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Pilatus PC-12 Fleet Surpasses Ten-Million Flight Hours

Single and Loving It

On 01 May 2023, Pilatus announced the global fleet of more than 1,900 Pilatus PC-12s had—since the type’s 1994 introduction—surpassed ten-million flight hours.  

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DOT Issues Recommendations to FAA

Thou Shalt …

Yet again, the long shadow of its own slipshod handling of the 737 MAX's type certification has fallen across an embattled, soon to be leaderless Federal Aviation Administration. In response to shortfalls in the FAA’s risk-assessment practices brought to light by the 2019 Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX accidents, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Inspector General (IG) has issued the following seven recommendations ...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.04.23)

Aero Linx: The Beech Aero Club (BAC) The Beech Aero Club (BAC) is the international type club for owners and pilots of the Beech Musketeer aircraft and its derivatives, the Sport, Super, Sundowner, Sierra, Duchess and Skipper, aka Beech Aero Center aircraft. It traces its roots to the Spring of 1999 when James Fairhurst contacted Bob Steward for help in starting an e-mailing list for owners of the Beech Musketeer. James met Bob through the Grumman Gang, a similar mailing list for owners and pilots of Grumman aircraft.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.04.23): Security Notice (SECNOT)

Security Notice (SECNOT) A SECNOT is a request originated by the Air Traffic Security Coordinator (ATSC) for an extensive communications search for aircraft involved, or suspected of being involved, in a security violation, or are considered a security risk. A SECNOT will include the aircraft identification, search area, and expiration time. The search area, as defined by the ATSC, could be a single airport, multiple airports, a radius of an airport or fix, or a route of flight. Once the expiration time has been reached, the SECNOT is considered to be canceled.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.04.23)

“We’re not seeking to get into a conflict with Russia, nor are we looking to divert attention from why it is that we’re there.” Source: Pentagon press secretary USAF Brigadier General Patrick S. Ryder, commenting on info released about a skirmish between a US UAV and a Russian Fighter aircraft.  

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