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October 23, 2022

JetBlue Pilots Keep Eyes on the Ball During Contract Negotiations

Spirit Shareholders may Have Approved a Merger, but That's a Long Way Off, says Pilot Group

JetBlue Airways pilots, and their representatives from ALPA, greeted the October 18th vote by spirit shareholders approving a JetBlue/Spirit merger by reminding their fellows to keep their eye on the ball. They reminded pilots of the importance of retaining a collective bargaining agreement, particularly with a prospective merger on the horizon. They argued that an immediate deal will be vital to bridging the old agreement with a future post-merger oner.

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ASA Publishes 3rd Edition of “Pilots in Command”

Accumulated Airline Knowledge Offers Newbies A Leg Up in their PIC Duties

“Pilots In Command: Your Best Trip, Every Trip” by Kristofer Piersen is now being published in its 3rd edition, offering readers a plethora of information gleaned from years of experience working the line. The book centers on the common sense guidance needed to become not just a PIC, but a Captain in the traditional sense. The new edition is available as a softcover print or ebook. 

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WAI Launches Year-Round Girls in Aviation Day

After 16,000 Participate in Sept. 24 Event, GIAD Relaunches Educational App for Continuous Learning

Women in Aviation International's 8th Annual Girls in Aviation Day was another success for the growing group, filling their nationwide September 24 festivities with more than 16,000 attendees. The events, hosted by WAI chapters and corporate members, prompted WAI leadership to relaunch their Aviation for Girls application to enable young learners’ educational experience for year-round support.

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flyExclusive Adds to Citation Fleet at NBAA-BACE

New Order Placed for up to 14 Cessna Business Jets for Fractional Operator

Textron Aviation has been movin' metal at NBAA-BACE, announcing a sale to flyExclusive for up to 14 additional Cessna Citation bizjets. The deal includes 8 Citation XLS Gen2 aircraft for delivery in 2024, and up to half a dozen Citation Longitudes. Those aircraft are expected to begin delivery in 2025. That's not all, as flyExclusive has exercised its option ot buy another 5 Citation CJ3+ aircraft from a previous order that allowed up to 30 of the type earlier this year.

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Embraer and NAC Sign Firm Order for Embraer E195 Conversions

Up to 10 E190 Passenger Aircraft Reconfiguration Slots Sold Nordic Aviation Capital

Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), a regional aircraft leasing specialist, have signed a contract for up to 10 conversion slots for the Embraer E190F and E195F, with deliveries expected to start in 2024. Earlier this year, in May, NAC and Embraer reached an agreement to take up to 10 conversions of passenger E190/E195 aircraft to freighter specification planes, with the deal firmed up this month. The aircraft for conversion will come from NAC’s existing E190/E195 fleet.

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Klyde Morris (10.21.22)

Klyde Gets Into A Little NBAA-Related Mischief


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Gulfstream Grows Mesa-Gateway Hangar Space at Service Center

Improved Customer Support on the Way at Phoenix, Arizona Location

Gulfstream Aerospace announced the addition of new hangar space alongside their Customer Support’s all-new Mesa, Arizona service center as it continues towards completion next year. The move follows a series of expansion announcements at locations throughout the country, showing the company’s faith in the outlook of business aviation and its next-gen offerings in particular.

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Classic Aero-TV: Bright-Shiny-Airworthy!--Steve Cole's Hummel UltraCruiser

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Some Of the Prettiest Sights Of Oshkosh Were Also Very Affordable

At EAA AirVenture 2015, there are lots of airplanes to look at, but this one is a real eye catcher. It’s a small single-place airplane, it qualifies as an ultralight, and is so shiny you need dark glasses just to look at it in the sunlight. ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, had a sit-down and chat with, Steve Cole, who is the builder and owner of this Hummel UltraCruiser which took the Grand Champion Ultralight trophy this year at Oshkosh. It’s a plans-built airplane that Cole completed with unbelievable attention to detail. 

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Update: Honda Unveils HondaJet Elite II

Better Range, Better MTOW, Better Automation Available for Buyers of "Black Edition" Bizjet

Honda Aircraft Company unveiled the HondaJet Elite II at this year's NBAA-BACE exhibition, updating the bizjet with extended range, fuel economy, and automation. The HondaJet Elite II has expanded its range over the previous model, bringing it up to a total of 1,547 nm brought about by new increased fuel capacity, in addition to more space for additional cargo. Gross takeoff weight has been brought up to 11,100 lbs, with a new ground spoiler optimizing takeoff and landing performance even at the new weight limit.

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NTSB Prelim: Seamax Aircraft M-22

The Entire Right Wing Was Separated From The Main Wreckage And Located In A Tree

On October 6, 2022, at 1229 eastern daylight time, a Seamax Aircraft M-22 airplane, N46PD, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near East Hampton, New York. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to surveillance video, the pilot arrived at the airplane hangar at East Hampton Town Airport (JPX), East Hampton, New York, at 1159. At 1206, he pulled the airplane out of the hangar. Between 1206 and 1208 the pilot performed a preflight inspection, entered the airplane, shut the canopy, and started the engine at 1209.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.22)

Aero Linx: Ercoupe Owners Club We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally  followed. The members of the Ercoupe Owners Club provide each other mutual support as we keep these classic aircraft in the air. Along the way, we've found that Coupe people are a little bit special, themselves. Please browse our site and enjoy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.22): Light Gun

Light Gun A handheld directional light signaling device which emits a brilliant narrow beam of white, green, or red light as selected by the tower controller. The color and type of light transmitted can be used to approve or disapprove anticipated pilot actions where radio communication is not available. The light gun is used for controlling traffic operating in the vicinity of the airport and on the airport movement area.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.23.22)

“Today’s vote does not change our goal of achieving a contract extension that ensures JetBlue pilots are compensated in line with our daily contribution to the success of this airline and an increasingly competitive pilot market. We will not let a business decision to merge with another airline distract from the immediate needs of this airline and JetBlue pilots.” Source: Captain Chris Kenney, chair of the JetBlue unit of ALPA, as JetBlue Airways pilots, and their representatives from ALPA, greeted the October 18th vote by spirit shareholders approving a JetBlue/Spirit merger by reminding their fellows to keep their eye on the ball. 

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