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July 08, 2023

CAF Names 2024 Hall of Fame Inductees

Three for the Show

Comprising some 13,000 members across more than seventy units, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), formerly the Confederate Air Force, is a Dallas, Texas-based non-profit dedicated to the preservation and display of historical aircraft. The organization operates the world’s largest fleet of airworthy warbirds. In late-June 2023, the Commemorative Air Force made public the names of its 2024 CAF Hall of Fame inductees.

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DayJet Co-Founder Set to Attempt Comeback

AtlantisRoad Corporation Announced

Nancy Iacobucci, co-founder DayJet, the defunct, Boca Raton, Florida-based provider of on-demand jet travel and operator of Eclipse 500 very-light-jets, has emerged from obscurity with an eye toward creating a new air-charter sector she describes as per-seat-on-demand. The means by which Iacobucci seeks to actualize her latest vision is AtlantisRoad Corporation, a start-up ostensibly formed in 2017 and consisting, presently, of a newly-created website which purports: “Our mission is to empower a new category of regional air service created for business and branded per-seat-on-demand.”

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Wheels Up Executives Living Large

Massive Raises Doled Out as Insolvency Looms

In May 2023, following the impromptu abdication of company founder and CEO Kenny Dichter, former Wheels Up board-member Ravi Thakran was named executive chairman of the embattled aircraft charter concern. The power vacuum left in Dichter’s absence also saw then Wheels Up Chief Financial Officer Todd Smith elevated to the station of interim CEO. Comes now July 2023 and news that Thakran and Smith have been awarded stratospheric raises as the company with which they've been entrusted continues to lose upwards of $1-million per-day.

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Merlin Successfully Completes Alaska Flight Trials

First U.S. Air Cargo Network Flown by a Non-Human Pilot

Boston-based Merlin Labs is an aviation technology concern endeavoring to perfect and deliver at scale a system by which conventional aircraft may be flown autonomously by arrays of sensors working in concert with powerful computers, AI algorithms, and electro-mechanical actuation hardware. Comes now July 2023 and an announcement from Merlin setting forth the company has successfully completed 25 test flights of its Merlin Pilot system, reaching Fort Yukon, Galena, Huslia, Tanana. and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.

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Pulsar Fusion to Build Nuclear Fusion Rocket Engine

Climbing the Kardashev Scale

U.K. aerospace concern Pulsar Fusion has undertaken construction of the largest practical nuclear-fusion rocket engine yet built. When fired in 2027—presuming the company’s development timetable proves accurate—the engine’s eight-meter fusion chamber will generate exhaust speeds in excess of 500,000-miles-per-hour and temporarily supersede the sun as the hottest place in the solar system.

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New FBO and Instrument Approaches at U.K.’s Leeds East Airport

Bettering the Gateway to the North Yorkshire Moors

The opening of Leeds East Airport (LEA) in Church Fenton, Yorkshire, U.K. will include the debut of a brand new FBO offering a state-of-the-art VIP lounge and accompanying facilities. Located east of the city of Leeds, the airport and FBO facilitate easy access to the North Yorkshire Moors and the cities of York and Leeds, from which travelers may avail themselves of transportation links to the whole of northern England.

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Classic Aero-TV: Intro To Quad-Copters–Horizon Hobby Explains A Model Revolution

From 2015 (YouTube Version): The Quadcopter Revolution Is In Full Swing... Here's Info On How To Join In!

While at eFest 2015, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talks with a company known as Horizon Hobby to find out what’s going on in the rapidly changing world of remote control (RC) aircraft. In this interview, Jim talks with James Haley, the multirotor category manager for Horizon Hobby, about the new world of RC quadcopters.

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NTSB Final Report: Jabiru J250

(Pilot) Responded With Right Rudder; However, The Airplane Continued To Drift To The Left

On June 3, 2023, about 1709 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Jabiru J250, N828WD, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Louisville, Georgia. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported the following that he was preparing for takeoff at Louisville Municipal Airport (2J3), Louisville, Georgia on a local flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.08.23)

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 (07.08.23): Center Weather Advisory

Center Weather Advisory An unscheduled weather advisory issued by Center Weather Service Unit meteorologists for ATC use to alert pilots of existing or anticipated adverse weather conditions within the next 2 hours. A CWA may modify or redefine a SIGMET.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.08.23)

“Operating in Alaska is a real challenge. I like to say we’re the final exam. If you can fly here you can fly anywhere as we deal with long distances, extreme climate variations, and limited communications coverage.” Source: Dr. Cathy Cahill, ACUASI director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s Geophysical Institute, commenting on an announcement from Merlin setting forth the company has successfully completed 25 test flights of its Merlin Pilot system, reaching Fort Yukon, Galena, Huslia, Tanana. and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.  

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