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Wed, Feb 21, 2024

Set Jet Quietly Shutters Operations

Failed Transition to SPAC IPO Leaves Would-Be Private Jet Firm Penniless

Set Jet, a private jet operator hoping to carve out a niche offering by-the-seat charter flights, has quietly folded up shop and closed down after running out of investor money. For the firm's almost 3,000-strong membership base, the news is bad all around, according to an apologetic but disappointing email. Set Jet's operations are completely closed, with no customer service lines taking calls and all employees retired with immediate effect. Those who had pre-paid for future flights or been billed for memberships? No refunds, but at least there won't be any future billing. In short, the firm simply couldn't continue spending money it no longer had, particularly after missing out on a desired bridge loan that would have provided a couple years of operational funding at 2023 scale.

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Tue, Feb 20, 2024

UTI-Miramar Gets A&P Program Signed Off By FAA

A&P Program Is An 18 Month Effort

Universal Technical Institute has received FAA approval for its Airframe and Powerplant Technician program at its Miramar campus, with classes now underway. Students in the 18-month Airframe and Powerplant program at Miramar will learn to diagnose, repair and maintain aircraft and power plant components. Graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level careers in the aviation field. They also will be eligible to apply and test for an FAA-issued mechanic certificate. UTI-Miramar is the fifth campus to offer an aircraft mechanic program, joining UTI-Avondale in Ariz., UTI-Long Beach in Calif.,  MIAT-Canton in Mich., and MIAT-Houston in Texas.   

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Tue, Feb 20, 2024

Airborne 02.20.24: Uncle Sam v Drone Pilot, SnF NOTAM, Able Flight!

 Also: Intuitive Machines Moonbound, Ansett Av Scholarships, Airbus 2023 Report, Armchair Airshow 

 
 
A US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Michael DiCiurcio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this complaint, the United States alleges that DiCiurcio operated drones, 'unlawfully and unsafely in the Philadelphia area between at least December 2019 to the present. The FAA has published the notice and preflight info for this year's Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, getting aviators ready for a jaunt down to Lakeland, Florida. The notice establishes arrival and departure procedures from April 8th to the 14th. Able Flight has seen its "greatest number of flight training scholarships for people with a disability in a single year," seeing 10 new recipients enter the training pipeline as the group heads into 2024. The Class of 2024 will no

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Mon, Feb 19, 2024

Grand Caravan EX Amphibian Placed In Malaysia

Will Be Part Of The Country’s First Amphibious Airplane Operation In Recent History

Textron has delivered a new Cessna Grand Caravan EX Amphibian turboprop to Malaysian property developer, Ikhasas Sdn Bhd, via its subsidiary company Oriental Sky Sdn Bhd. The aircraft, to be managed and operated by local charter operator Systematic Aviation Services (SAS), will be used for passenger transport between the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and a new waterfront resort on Perhentian islands, off the northern east coast of Malaysia. This will be the country’s first amphibious airplane operation in recent history after it gained necessary approvals from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia to launch domestic operations in 2024. 

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Sun, Feb 18, 2024

Michimasa Fujino to Receive the 2024 Daniel Guggenheim Medal

Award To Celebrate the Design and Development of the HondaJet

Michimasa Fujino has been awarded the 2024 Daniel Guggenheim Medal for technical innovation and leadership in conceiving, designing, and bringing HondaJet to a leading position in the business jet market. Fujino will receive the prestigious award during the 2024 AIAA Awards Gala on Wednesday, 15 May, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. The Daniel Guggenheim Medal was established in 1929 to honor innovators who make notable achievements in the advancement of aeronautics.

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Thu, Feb 01, 2024

Appellate Court To SmartSky... Nuh-Uh!

District Court Denial of SmartSky Attempt to Prevent Gogo From Selling its 5G Solution Upheld

ANN has learned that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a decision by the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in denying SmartSky Networks’ motion for a preliminary injunction against Gogo Business Aviation to keep it from selling its Gogo 5G product. The Delaware court found that SmartSky failed to establish that it is likely to succeed on the merits of its claims and that it is likely to suffer irreparable harm if a preliminary injunction is not granted. The reviewing court, the Federal Circuit, in this case, affirmed that decision.

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