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June 21, 2023

Airborne 06.21.23: Gone West-Jim Tweto, BF-109 4 Sale, FAA Reauthorization Woes

 Also: Sporty’s Revamps CFI Course, Oshkosh Anniversaries, Enstrom 2 Oshkosh, Indigo Busy BIG

 
 
Alaska State Troopers reported that noted bush pilot, television personality, aviation executive, and long-time Alaska resident Jim Tweto (68) lost his life in an as-of-yet poorly understood aircraft accident in the vicinity of Shaktoolik, Alaska. One of the earliest intact BF-109s is up for grabs from Platinum fighter sales. The 1938 Messerschmitt BF-109E-1 started its career with the Condor Legion in Spain, flying with their Air Force through 1950. It was discharged from official SAF service then, flying as a trainer through 1958. The aircraft made its way into its current owner’s hands in 1981. The US Senate’s FAA Reautho

VoltAero Unveils Cassio 330 Prototype

Of Promising Aircraft and Unfortunate Appellations  

VoltAero, the French aerospace concern founded by former Airbus chief technical officer Didier Esteyne, unveiled the first prototype of its Cassio 330 electric-hybrid Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) aircraft during an 18 June press conference at 2023’s Paris Air-Show. The first Cassio 330 prototype, somewhat unimaginatively dubbed no. 1, is slated to undertake its maiden flight in late 2023. The test aircraft will be powered by a four-cylinder Kawasaki reciprocating engine and serve to validate airframe performance, robustness, and aerodynamic efficiency. Prototype no. 1 will be followed, predictably, by no. 2.

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Enstrom Returns to AirVenture

Resurgent U.S. Helicopter Marque to Debut New Rotorcraft

Enstrom announced its 2023 return to AirVenture will see the company debut no fewer than three new helicopters at the EAA’s incomparable Oshkosh summer event. Enstrom’s management and staff look upon AirVenture 2023 as an opportunity to reintroduce the storied marque to the world, and publicly set forth “we’re back, and we’re building quality, affordable helicopters once more.”

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OSHA Fines Piedmont Airlines $15K After Ramp-Worker’s Death

Optics and the Worsening Immateriality of Fact

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Piedmont Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines, $15,625 in the wake of a horrific, December 2022 accident in which a ramp worker was killed on the job. In addition to instantiating the maximum dollar-amount permitted under law, the penalty levied by OSHA is sharply contraindicated by empirical evidence collected and reported upon by the NTSB.

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Aero-TV: Super Petrel XP to Supersede LS Model as Scoda Flagship

Brazilian Bird U.S. Bound

In November 2022  Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Scoda Aeronautica announced the imminent debut of its new Super Petrel XP. An evolution of the company’s 2002-vintage Super Petrel, the new Rotax 915is-powered amphibious seaplane conforms—ostensibly—to the FAA’s LSA regulatory requirements. Scoda’s confidence in the design is evinced by the fact the plane-maker has set forth the XP is to replace the legacy Super Petrel LS as its flagship model.

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Florida Civil Air Patrol Members Explore Aviation Careers

EAA Chapter 534 Hosts CAP Event

During a June visit to EAA Chapter 534’s hangar on Leesburg, Florida’s Leesburg International Airport (LEE), young members of the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) Lake Composite Squadron (FL021) were provided overviews of careers within the aviation and aerospace industries to which they might aspire upon reaching college age.

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Pilot Standards Stall Senate Committee on FAA Reauthorization

With September 30th Deadline in the Distance, Lawmakers Bog Down at the Starting Line

The US Senate’s FAA Reauthorization Act of 2023 saw friction out of the gate in Committee, with disagreements over changing PIC requirements for air carriers. The looming pilot shortage (long prophesied but probably real this time) has spurred renewed debate as to exactly how much experience pilots should be required to have. Currently, both the House and Senate have their own versions of a possible FAA Reauthorization bill, which will ultimately morph into a relatively bipartisan combination of both as the details are hammered out in their respective houses.

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Duncan Aviation BTL Transforms Hawker 800XP

New Plumes for a Grand Old Bird

Duncan Aviation—the world’s largest privately-owned business jet service provider—recently showcased a Hawker 800XP wholly-refurbished, inside and out, by the team of experts at the company’s full-service facility on Battle Creek, Michigan’s W. K. Kellogg Airport (BTL). The aircraft left the Duncan Aviation facility having received engine inspections, airframe maintenance, winglets, Gogo AVANCE L5 broadband connectivity service, new stand-by instruments, and a stunning paint and interior overhaul.

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Embraer Debuts C-390 Millennium Flight Simulator

The Smallest Large Cargo Aircraft

Embraer announced that it had debuted the first Full-Flight Simulator (FFS) germane to its C-390 Millennium—the plane-maker’s medium-size, twin-jet, military transport aircraft. The inauguration ceremony was held at the company’s Embraer Academy facility and attended by representatives of the Brazilian and Portuguese Air Forces, and representatives from German automotive and arms manufacturer Rheinmetall.  

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Boeing Delivers First African 767

Air Tanzania Takes Hold of the Freighter King

Boeing delivered the first direct 767-300 freighter to an African carrier with a brand new plane handed to Air Tanzania. The aircraft touched down at the airline's home base in Dar es Salaam, and will soon be put into service as the company's flagship air cargo freighter. Growing demand and increasing payloads led the firm to hunt down a more capable heavy lift aircraft - a role the 767 has always been happy to provide. With the delivery, Air Tanzania holds orders for a pair of 737 MAX jets, a 787-8, and 2 787-8 Dreamliners.

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Airborne-NextGen 06.13.23: Doroni H1 eVTOL, FAA v BVLOS, Powered-Lift A/C Regs

Also: 1-Megawatt Electric Aero-Powerplant, MQ-9B SeaGuardian, VFS Competition, Microsoft FlightSim 2024

Doroni Aerospace announced it has completed upwards of fifty test-flights of its electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the Doroni Aerospace H1. Doroni’s H1 is a two-seat personal quad-copter eVTOL with an advertised top speed of 121-knots, a cruising speed of 87-knots, a range of 52-nautical-miles, and a recharge interval—from twenty to eighty-percent charge—of twenty-minutes. The FAA has denied a request from aviation stakeholders, to include the NBAA, seeking an extension to the comment period pertaining to the recentl

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Construction Commences on New Signature HSV Terminal

$11.3-Million Facility Benefits Port of Huntsville

Signature Aviation announced ground had been broken and construction begun on a new executive terminal at Alabama’s Huntsville International Airport (HSV). Signature’s new HSV terminal, which will cater to private, corporate, and government aviation customers, has been designed to meet the evolving needs of discerning travelers and aviation professionals, and to serve as a gateway to Huntsville and its thriving aerospace industry.

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Airbus Announces Raft of Sales at Paris Air Show

Manufacturer Sees Continued Interest With Hundreds of Sales in the A320 Family

The Paris Air Show once again acted as a suitable backdrop for making deals, with Airbus flooding the newswire with all kinds of deals, from the bread and butter narrowbodies to its higher-end, long-haul A350. Starting off the week Airbus sold a trio of A350 to Air Mauritius, bringing their fleet to 7 counting their 4 A350s already in service. The firm's collection of 4 A330s makes for a total of 11 long-haul Airbuses. The firm then sold 30 new A320neos to Saudi carrier flynas, bringing their total order book to 120 A320neos and 10 A321XLRs.

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Airborne-NextGen 06.13.23: Doroni H1 eVTOL, FAA v BVLOS, Powered-Lift A/C Regs

Also: 1-Megawatt Electric Aero-Powerplant, MQ-9B SeaGuardian, VFS Competition, Microsoft FlightSim 2024

Doroni Aerospace announced it has completed upwards of fifty test-flights of its electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the Doroni Aerospace H1. Doroni’s H1 is a two-seat personal quad-copter eVTOL with an advertised top speed of 121-knots, a cruising speed of 87-knots, a range of 52-nautical-miles, and a recharge interval—from twenty to eighty-percent charge—of twenty-minutes. The FAA has denied a request from aviation stakeholders, to include the NBAA, seeking an extension to the comment period pertaining to the recentl

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.21.23)

Aero Linx: The Airborne Public Safety Association - APSA The Airborne Public Safety Association - APSA - is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational, individual membership organization, founded in 1968 to support and encourage the use of aircraft in public safety. Over 3,000 members strong from the international to the local level. APSA provides networking systems, educational seminars and product expositions that members find invaluable.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.21.23): Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)

Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) The operation of a UAS beyond the visual capability of the flight crew members (i.e., remote pilot in command [RPIC], the person manipulating the controls, and visual observer [VO]), if used to see the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, spectacles, and contact lenses.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.21.23)

“There’s significant overlap in the Venn diagram of Enstrom owners and airplane enthusiasts. Many of our customers also fly airplanes and many of them plan to attend EAA in Oshkosh.” Source: Enstrom senior technical fellow Bayard Dupont, explaining their attendance at the upcoming AirVenture 2023 event in Oshkosh, WI.  

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