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January 16, 2024

Airborne 01.16.24: Prince Harry, A Legend?, D-Day Tour, X-59 Quesst

 Also: AERODrones Exhibition, Rafale Fighters, Hydrogen VTOL, MDM-1 Fox/Fox-P

 
 
The Annual 'Living Legend of Aviation dinner takes place later this week and at least one recent announcement is causing quite a fuss... namely that of pronouncing Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, as an aviation 'legend' -- strangely placing him among the likes of Armstrong, Hoover, Yeager, Aldrin and others. This has not gone down well with a number of aviation luminaries, and has been further complicated by another award for Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos' fiancee... Planning for the D-Day Squadron’s 2024 Legacy Tour continues, with an announcement that the Western Airlines DC-3 will be tagging along. The tour will see the Squadron make the trek across the

NetJets to Continue Forced Retirements at 70

NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots Represents 3,100-Strong Flight Crew Roster

NetJets pilots hoping for additional working years at the tail end of their career have been disappointed by the arbitrator's decision to allow the firm's new age-70 forced retirement, according to recent communications. The news broke through social media in what came directly to NJASAP members ahead of the Monday morning press release cycle. The seldom-explained acronym stands for the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots, a body that represents the 3,100-strong crew who fly for the fractional operator. The union had filed a grievance when they found that NetJets had removed all pilots aged 70 and older from the flight schedules from January 202

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 01.05.24: Rotor X Warning, Kitfox Thief, ICON A5 TC?

Also: Dark Aero Program, Elixir Aircraft’s Glass-Panel, Scalebirds P-36 Hawk, Young Eagles

After an on-again/off-again bankruptcy, dozens of customer complaints, troublesome reports from unpaid employees, numerous lawsuits from customers and companies they did business with, questions from legal agencies, being thrown out of their HQ building, and many other woes, Rotor X Aircraft says they’ll be back. And yes, we have a hard time believing it. An unlucky 2020 Kitfox owner in Las Vegas got an unusual call when he was asked if he'd just crashed his fancy new plane outside a small airport - but he was in his living room. As it happens, a

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Aeronca Nation Heading to AirVenture 2024

Fly-In Accepting Registrations for Future Attendees

Space is limited for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Aeronca Nation fly-in hosted by the Vintage Aviation Association. Registration is now open, but space is limited and parking isn't assured for those who wait until the very last minute. Pre-registration will allow Aeronca and Champion operators to hit AirVenture on July 21st with the whole crew in tow, with just enough pre-show time to get things sorted and enjoy some quality time before the camp gets hectic.

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Carolinas 'Sullenberger' Aviation Museum to Reopen

Smithsonian Affiliate, Children's Museum Opens Doors Once Again

The Carolinas Aviation Museum will be back in action in summer 2024. Charlotte's new attraction is almost ready for showtime, after months of work revamping its exhibits and installing the Airbus A320 Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River. That aircraft's remains, including the entire fuselage and flight deck, are a centerpiece for the new attraction there, lending Sullengerger's name to the renovated museum. The attention-grabbing "Miracle on the Hudson" event acts as a draw and focus for generations of future aviators, bolstered by the Captain's lifelong enthusiasm for aeronautical safety and professionalism. 

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B-29 Fifi, B-24 Diamond Lil, and More Announce Spring Tour

Tour, Ground School Announced for Airworthy B-29 

"The Airpower History Tour is back!" said this year's B-29 tour announcement. 'Mark your calendar as the world-famous Superfortress "FiFi" is making the rounds once again. This year, Fifi will be joined by the world's only flying B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil", the PT-13 Stearman, and other historic aircraft along the way. "Bring the family for cockpit tours, pictures, to experience living history, or purchase an unforgettable flight experience on a variety of American aviation legends! Check out our tour stop locations to see when the AirPower History Tour will be near you!"

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Yukon Airport to See Renovation

Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Due for Expansion, Revamped Facilities

Canadian Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez announced an investment of up to $186.2 million under the National Trade Corridors Fund for a project that includes major upgrades at the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport. The airport was selected due to its position in the greater Yukon, a vital hub for frontier-bound cargo, medical support, and passenger travel. The 4 primary tasks will see Whitehorse upgraded with an improved parallel runway, a reconstructed primary runway, a new rotary-wing operations center, and an entirely new air maintenance facility.

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Aussie Outfit STCs Chinook Firefighting Tank

External 2,900-Gal Tank Grants Significant Firefighting Capability to Garden Variety CH-47s

Helitak Firefighting Equipment has shown off their FAA STC for the new FT-11K retractable aerial firefighting tank, used in CH-47 Chinook helicopters. The design can be fitted onto any Chinook with no permanent modification to the landing gear or aerostructures, attaching to the underside of the fuselage of the aircraft. The design is good for those whose aircraft fly around the year, and allows them to push some of the fleet into double duty come firefighting season.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 01.05.24: Rotor X Warning, Kitfox Thief, ICON A5 TC?

Also: Dark Aero Program, Elixir Aircraft’s Glass-Panel, Scalebirds P-36 Hawk, Young Eagles

After an on-again/off-again bankruptcy, dozens of customer complaints, troublesome reports from unpaid employees, numerous lawsuits from customers and companies they did business with, questions from legal agencies, being thrown out of their HQ building, and many other woes, Rotor X Aircraft says they’ll be back. And yes, we have a hard time believing it. An unlucky 2020 Kitfox owner in Las Vegas got an unusual call when he was asked if he'd just crashed his fancy new plane outside a small airport - but he was in his living room. As it happens, a repeat

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FAASTeam Announces Fabric Covering Webinar

WINGS & AMT Credit Up for Grabs

The FAA Aviation Safety folks will be putting on a free web-based seminar for those who want to learn the proper use, application, and maintenance of fabric aircraft coverings. The webinar will be hosted on January 23rd, beginning at 15:30 EST/20:30Z. The long and short of it will show viewers the basics of fabric covering aircraft, presented by Experimental Aviation Association's Workshop instructor Nate Hammond. Hammond's career has seen him restore "just about every style of fabric-covered aircraft in existence", making him the perfect teacher to walk students through the use of aviation's most timeless, classic material.

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Airborne 01.08.24: B737 Emergency AD, FAA Penatie$$$, A4A Attacks GA

Also: Anti-Aviation Santa Monica, Midwest Eclipse Fly-In, FedEx Pilots, 1st A350 Hull Loss

The FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive regarding a particular configuration of Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft after a high-profile incident with an Alaska Airlines flight. The EAD affects all 7370-9 aircraft, certificated in any category, that have a mid cabin door plug installed.. The FAA says that there are 171 such aircraft, and will require about 8 hours of inspections in order to return them to service. The 2024 Federal Register has been published with updated penalty schedules for various infractions, kicking up the price of some crimes for those who run a

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Airborne 01.08.24: B737 Emergency AD, FAA Penatie$$$, A4A Attacks GA

Also: Anti-Aviation Santa Monica, Midwest Eclipse Fly-In, FedEx Pilots, 1st A350 Hull Loss

The FAA issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive regarding a particular configuration of Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft after a high-profile incident with an Alaska Airlines flight. The EAD affects all 7370-9 aircraft, certificated in any category, that have a mid cabin door plug installed.. The FAA says that there are 171 such aircraft, and will require about 8 hours of inspections in order to return them to service. The 2024 Federal Register has been published with updated penalty schedules for various infractions, kicking up the price of some crimes for those who run a

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NTSB Prelim: Pilatus PC-12/45

The Pilot Stated “We Got A Problem” And Was The Final Recorded Transmission

On December 14, 2023, about 1218 central standard time (CST), a Pilatus PC-12/45, N188PC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Christoval, Texas. The pilot, one passenger, and three pets were fatally injured. The flight was conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC) recordings and automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane had departed Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport (CRG), Jacksonville, Florida, about 0751 CST, and was en route to San Angelo Regional Airport (SJT), San Angelo, Texas.

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Classic Aero-TV: Ruggedly Innovative - The New Zenith CH-750 Super Duty

From 2017 (YouTube Version): STOL CH-750 Super Duty Introduced At AirVenture…

Zenith Aircraft Company introduced a new airplane designed for fun at AirVenture in July. The STOL CH-750 Super Duty is a "big version of our STOL CH-750", according to Sebastian Heinz, CEO of Zenith Aircraft. Heinz told Aero-News editor Tom Patton that the company has added a jump-seat in the rear of the airplane. The wing area has been increased to 162 square feet with a 33-foot wingspan. The gross weight of the airplane is 1,900 pounds, which takes it out of the Light Sport category, Heinz said. The changes came from customer recommendations, Heinz said. But is w

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.24)

Aero Linx: The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1961 as Canada's voice for business aviation. Since its inception, CBAA has assumed an increasing role in its advocacy for Canadian business aviation interests. With a membership of approximately 400 companies and organizations, including operators, management companies an suppliers, CBAA represents the entire business aviation community with a unified and collective voice.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.24): Tower

Tower A terminal facility that uses air/ground communications, visual signaling, and other devices to provide ATC services to aircraft operating in the vicinity of an airport or on the movement area. Authorizes aircraft to land or takeoff at the airport controlled by the tower or to transit the Class D airspace area regardless of flight plan or weather conditions (IFR or VFR). A tower may also provide approach control services (radar or nonradar).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.16.24)

“For the most part, things are in place. We still have a few planes that are being shifted around like our harrier aircraft." Source: Katie Swaringen, vice president of Collections at the Sullenberger Aviation Museum, noting that the project is getting ready to reopen. Charlottesville's new attraction is almost ready for showtime, after months of work revamping its exhibits and installing the Airbus A320 Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River. 

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