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April 12, 2024

Airborne 04.12.24: SnF24!, G100UL Is Here, Holy Micro, Plane Tags

 Also: Seaplane Pilots Association, Rotax 916’s First Year, Gene Conrad

 
 
After a decade and a half of struggling with the FAA and other aero-politics, G100UL is in production and there are a million gallons currently available. You can NEVER have too many good aids in keeping a flight safe... Holy Micro has an interesting approach to keeping pilots informed. The folks at Plane Tags have collected memorabilia from over 200 aircraft of all makes and categories... And offer mementos of great planes in aviation’s proud history. SPA’s Steve McCaughey updates the Airborne team on the latest and greatest in one of the aviation world’s coolest (sometimes we mean that literally) aviation pursuits. ANN had the honor of he

ARSA Appeals to FAA on Alcohol and Drug Testing Requirements

ARSA and Six Other Organizations Appeals to FAA Against New Drug and Alcohol Test Expansion

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA), along with six other aviation trade associations, has submitted a joint appeal to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to withdraw its proposed rulemaking on extending drug and alcohol testing requirements to repair station personnel located outside the United States. The associations argue that the rulemaking is inconsistent with the Administrative Procedure Act's requirement for regulations to have a rational basis. The groups contend that the proposed rule unfairly targets foreign nationals by imposing regulations not applied to U.S. citizens performing similar work abroad. They also highlight

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NY Appellate Court Issues Injunction Preserving Access to JPX

NY Court Upholds Injunction Preserving Public Access to East Hampton Town Airport

The New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, has upheld a court injunction preserving public access to East Hampton Town Airport (JPX) in New York. The decision follows an attempt by the town of East Hampton to limit operations at the airport, which was found to be in non-compliance with the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990 (ANCA). In May 2022, town officials sought to close the former East Hampton Airport (HTO) and open a new private-use airport with mandatory curfews and other restrictions. However, this move was blocked by a court injunction, which has now been affirmed by the appellate court.

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Sen. Grassley Critical of FAA Registration Loopholes

Grassley Report Faults FAA for Loopholes in Registration Process

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), co-chair of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, has released a report highlighting the exploitation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) registration loopholes by drug cartels and other criminal entities. The report underscores the role of these loopholes in facilitating the global drug trade and posing a threat to national security. According to Grassley, the FAA's lax approach to registration has enabled criminals to use shell companies and noncitizen trusts to register aircraft in the United States. These planes are often employed by cartels to transport and deliver illicit drugs, exacerbating the drug crisis and imposing

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Rhode Island Airport Corporation Hosts Virtual Town Hall on General Aviation

Rhode Island Airport Corporation Hosts Virtual Town Hall on General Aviation

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) has announced a virtual town hall meeting set for April 17, focusing on the state's general aviation airports. Open to public officials and the general public, the session will provide updates on Rhode Island's airport infrastructure, including Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset, and Westerly State Airports. Formed in 1992, RIAC is responsible for overseeing all civil airports, landing areas, navigation facilities, and aviation schools in the state.

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Dynon, Advance Flight Systems Unveil Jumpstart Kit

ADVANCEDPANEL Lineup Gets New Time-Saving Options for Homebuilders

Dynon Avionics and Advanced Flight Systems showed off their ADVANCEDPANEL Advanced Control Module at Sun 'n Fun 2024, granting home builders a nicely trim, streamlined suite of options to speed up their general hassles of avionics wiring. The Advanced Control Module, or ACM, can now be bought as part of the ACM Jumpstart Kit, granting a "groundbreaking avionics control center that revolutionizes aircraft electrical system management." It "seamlessly integrates and automates a wide range of common aircraft avionics, aircraft systems, wiring, and electrical peripherals to save time, simplify installation, and enhance safety", and was once only found as part of the more expensive

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Junkers Finally ‘Corrects’ The A50 Junior with a Radial Engine

All is As It Should Be Once Again

Junkers Aircraft has shown up to Sun ‘n Fun 2024 with a much-requested variation of their A50 LSA, replacing the original homage’s nose-mounted Rotax engine with a much more period accurate Scarlett 7 radial engine. The new model is called the A50 Heritage, differentiating it from the Rotax-powered version that caught so much attention in 2023. It’s understandable why the firm started out with the Rotax version first, despite its overall commitment to providing as much historically-accurate design as they possibly can: The Rotax is a pretty well-known, trusted, affordable, and fuel-sipping powerplant with a fairly modular footprint. Designing an aircraft around it means a wider demograp

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More FAA Certifications for Gulfstream G700

 FAA Grants Additional Certifications for G700 

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has achieved additional FAA certifications for its new Gulfstream G700. This achievement comes shortly after the aircraft's FAA type certification on March 29, paving the way for the commencement of customer deliveries and the G700's official entry into service. The recent certifications encompass both production and interior supplemental type certifications. The interior supplemental type certifications validate the G700's interior outfitting and its advanced cabin air purification system. This certification was granted following a thorough FAA audit of Gulfstream's engineering, supplier, manufacturing, and quality systems, ensuring that the G700's productio

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ForeFlight Now Available With Aeronautical Map Drawer and More

ForeFlight Adds Great New Features

ForeFlight 16.3 includes an Aeronautical Map Drawer, Basic Navlog Template, Power Lines on the Basemap, and more. Now find all Aeronautical Map toggles and settings together in a collapsible drawer. A consolidated drawer now houses all Aeronautical Map toggles and settings, optimizing space when you aren't using it. Tap the new button in the lower-left corner of the Maps view with the Aeronautical Map layer enabled to open the drawer and toggle map elements like airports, airspace, waypoints, and more, or tap the ellipses button at the very bottom to access Aeronautical Map Settings.

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Air Facts Winners of 2024 Collins Writing Prize

2024 Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots Winners

Sporty's Air Facts has announced the winners of the 2024 Richard Collins Writing Prize for Young Pilots, highlighting the talents of young aviators in the world of aviation writing. Clay Simmons, a 22-year-old aircraft builder and pilot from Knoxville, Tennessee, claimed the top prize with his article "Blister Flight: Six Pilots and an Angel." The piece, which delves into Simmons's deep-rooted passion for aviation and recounts his most memorable flight, was chosen for its vivid storytelling and emotional depth.

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Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day: CAF Airbase Georgia's 2024 Tour

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

Welcome to a journey through time and skies! This year, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Airbase Georgia is taking us on an unforgettable adventure, celebrating the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. The warmer weather is not just bringing blossoms but also a unique fleet of World War II-era warbirds out of the hangar for a busy season of airshows and events. D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944, was a turning point in World War II. It marked the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. The bravery and sacrifice of those who participated in this historic event continue to inspire us, and CAF Airbase Georgia is dedicated to honoring their legacy in this year's t

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Sierra Space Successfully Beta Tests Space Ghost

Space Ghost Logistics Spacecraft Soars in Beta Test

Sierra Space has successfully beta tested its revolutionary logistics spacecraft, Sierra Space Ghost. This new technology aims to redefine national security space and space logistics by enabling the rapid delivery of critical defense supplies globally. The Sierra Space Ghost Beta decelerator, a part of the company's Sierra Space Axelerator incubator, is a thermal protection system designed for the safe return of small payloads from space. Last month, the first drop test was completed in Florida, allowing Sierra Space test engineers to understand the flight characteristics of the system and how to rapidly complete recovery operations on the ground.

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Airborne-Flight Training 04.04.24: ALPA Refutes Shortage, FAA Grants, WAI24

Also: Fired Boeing Pilots Win, MAC Air Group, Kansas State Salina $$, Drone Safety Day

The Air Line Pilots Association says they have plenty of pilots, so there's no need to change anything about the aviation system from top to bottom. They publicized the fact that "the United States continues to certify more airline pilots each month than in the years prior to COVID-19", noting that the last 12 months have seen more than 11,000 ATP-MEL ratings issued. The FAA has granted $27.2 million to 11 universities across the US under its Aviation Sustainability Center program. The awards will be matched in-kind by a range of partners with a 1:1 grant as a s

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Airborne-Flight Training 04.04.24: ALPA Refutes Shortage, FAA Grants, WAI24

Also: Fired Boeing Pilots Win, MAC Air Group, Kansas State Salina $$, Drone Safety Day

The Air Line Pilots Association says they have plenty of pilots, so there's no need to change anything about the aviation system from top to bottom. They publicized the fact that "the United States continues to certify more airline pilots each month than in the years prior to COVID-19", noting that the last 12 months have seen more than 11,000 ATP-MEL ratings issued. The FAA has granted $27.2 million to 11 universities across the US under its Aviation Sustainability Center program. The awards will be matched in-kind by a range of partners with a 1:1 grant as a sort of

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Classic Aero-TV: Heritage Over Oshkosh 2010 -- Honoring What Got Us Here Today

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Stirring the Souls of Flyers All Over America, The Heritage Flights Remind Us Why We Are Free

These are the sights and sound that stir the hearts of aviators all over the world... but especially for those is here in the good ol' USA. Airpower, old and new, in tight formation, showing the world what kept us free... time after time. The USAF Heritage Flight program was established in 1997 to commemorate the Air Force's 50th anniversary. It involves today's state-of-the-art fighters flying in close formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam era fighters such as the P-51 Mustang and the F-86 Sabre. In 2010 the Ai

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NTSB Prelim: Arthur B Canning Merlin Lite

About 100 To 150 Ft Above Ground Level The Engine “Went Silent”

On April 2, 2024, at 1038 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Merlin Lite motorglider, N622PC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the South Lakeland Airport (X49), Mulberry, Florida. The private pilot sustained fatal injuries. The motorglider was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness, who was outside his home along the runway at X49, reported seeing the motorglider taxi past towards the end of the runway, and noted nothing sounded out of the ordinary. He heard the motorglider begin its takeoff roll, and observed it depart.

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NTSB Final Report: Piper PA-32-300

During Initial Takeoff Climb, The Airplane Encountered Windshear

Analysis: The pilot stated that during initial takeoff climb, the airplane encountered windshear. He was unable to regain control and the airplane touched down hard on the paved runway. The airplane then veered off to the left of the runway and came to rest with the right main and nose landing gear separated from the fuselage. As a result of the impact, the spar sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported no pre impact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Switchblade Flying Car FLIES!

From 2023 (YouTube Versions): Flying Motorcycle, That Is…

"First Flight was achieved under cloudy skies but calm winds. The Samson Sky team, positioned along the runway, watched in anticipation as the Switchblade smoothly lifted off and flew to an altitude of 500 feet. Flying high above the expansive airport and surrounding foothills, the Switchblade remained airborne for nearly six minutes, then lightly touched down completing its maiden flight." Developed by Redmond, Oregon-based Samson Sky, the Switchblade is a flying car 14-year

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.24)

Aero Linx: The South Dakota Aviation Association The South Dakota Aviation Association is an organization comprised of pilots, business owners and allied industry representatives. We use aircraft to assist agricultural producers in the production of food, fiber and biofuel. Our pilots take to the skies to not only protect crops, but also rangeland, timber and areas threatened by fire.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.24): Discrete Code

Discrete Code As used in the Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System (ATCRBS), any one of the 4096 selectable Mode 3/A aircraft transponder codes except those ending in zero zero; e.g., discrete codes: 0010, 1201, 2317, 7777; nondiscrete codes: 0100, 1200, 7700. Nondiscrete codes are normally reserved for radar facilities that are not equipped with discrete decoding capability and for other purposes such as emergencies (7700), VFR aircraft (1200), etc.

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