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October 25, 2022

Delta Settles with Maligned Pilot

The High Cost of High Handing

Atlanta-based Delta Airlines has reached an out-of-court settlement with company pilot Karlene Petitt, who sued the air-carrier, claiming she’d faced retaliation after raising safety concerns about the airline’s flight-operations and pilot-scheduling orthodoxies. The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed, but plaintiff’s attorneys have intimated Petitt’s award is “consistent with” a 2020 arbiter's ruling which put forth she deserved $500,000.

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Boeing and Airbus Compete to Equip New Saudi Airline

Hot in the Desert

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund—referred to in economic circles as PIF—is in contemporaneous talks with Boeing and Airbus regarding orders for upward of eighty jets that will serve as the core fleet for a new Saudi national airline. Comprising both single-aisle and wide-body aircraft models, the acquisition’s requirements suggest the inchoate airline will serve both domestic Saudi and international destinations.

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Cirrus SF50 Suffers Another Runway Accident... With A (Ground) Fatality

First Fatal Accident Associated With Troubled Airframe

Cirrus Aircraft has seen yet another SF50 Vision jet suffer a runway accident in which the vehicle encountered a failed takeoff at the Santa Marta Airport (SMR), in Colombia. The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet (HK-5342G) had four persons aboard... all of whom reported some degree of injury but a minor child was reportedly struck by the jet, and killed as it attempted to depart Runway 01 at Santa Marta's Simón Bolívar Airport.

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First B-21 On Track for December Unveiling

As Strategic Bomber Nears Its Release Day, the Finishing Touches Are Put Into Place

On December 2nd, Northrop Grumman will roll out the first B-21 Raider from Air Force Plant 41 in Palmdale, California. Announced earlier this year, the US Air Force will show off its survivable, long-range, penetrating bomber to an invite-only crowd of industry associates, political figures, and a carefully curated list of media representatives. The new 6th-gen aircraft will undoubtedly be a subject of worldwide interest, but some photographers may be crestfallen at the images released of the brand-new, long-awaited aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: PS Engineering Double Threat--Ultimate GA Audio Panel Innovator

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Audio Panels Engineered for Pilots with Features that Make Sense…

At EAA AirVenture 2016, PS Engineering Inc. was talking about, and showing, their PMA450A and PMA8000G audio panels for aircraft. While audio panels started off as simply a box that allowed switching between a couple of radios, we are now a long way from that starting point. About the only thing these audio panels don’t do is start your morning coffee, and we’ll have to see if that shows up next year.

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Lockheed Receives NASA Order for Trio of Orion Spacecraft

Future Lots See Increasing Cost Savings Against 1st-Generation Orion Equipment

NASA has contracted for 3 Orion spacecraft for the Artemis VI-VIII missions, continuing its buildup to eventually carry astronauts into deep space and onto the moon itself. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the Orion program and has completed a pair of vehicles, EFT-1 and Artemis I. EFT-1 flew in 2014, with Artemis only weeks away from its launch to the Moon. The order marks the second 3 missions under NASA's agreement for up to 12 vehicles under its Orion Production and Operations Contract (OPOC), an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

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Airborne 10.17.22: DHC-2 Beaver Stamp, PALS SkyHope 1000th, 'Aircraft Midnight'

Also: EAA UL Hall Of Fame, Crew 4 Returns, Zenith Builder's Workshop, Gogo 5G Ambassador

Viking Air Limited's facilities in Sidney, British Columbia, was the site of an unveiling of a new Canada Post stamp celebrating the DHC-2 Beaver's contribution to Canadian aviation. The DHC-2 Beaver is one of five achievements featured in Canada Post's new "Canadians in Flight" series. Canada Post explained that the Beaver is considered the best bush plane ever built and was named one of Canada's top 10 engineering achievements of the 20th century. PALS SkyHope reports that founder and President Joe Howley has hit the 1,000-flight milestone with the organization, marking

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Mid Michigan Aviator Takes Onex on First Flight

AeroConversion's AeroVee, AeroInjector Praised by Inspector Completing Test Flight

Sonex Aircraft has seen another aircraft take to the skies with Don Brown's AeroVee powered Onex on its first test flight. Brown, of Owosso Michigan, received his Airworthiness Certificate on October 3rd as he readied his new ride for a flight on the 10th. The FAA Inspector and FAASTeam Program Manager holds ATP, CFI,CFII, MEI, A&P, IA ratings gained over 23 years in the industry, making him the perfect tester for a brand new Onex and AeroVee combination. 

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Airborne 10.17.22: DHC-2 Beaver Stamp, PALS SkyHope 1000th, 'Aircraft Midnight'

Also: EAA UL Hall Of Fame, Crew 4 Returns, Zenith Builder's Workshop, Gogo 5G Ambassador

Viking Air Limited's facilities in Sidney, British Columbia, was the site of an unveiling of a new Canada Post stamp celebrating the DHC-2 Beaver's contribution to Canadian aviation. The DHC-2 Beaver is one of five achievements featured in Canada Post's new "Canadians in Flight" series. Canada Post explained that the Beaver is considered the best bush plane ever built and was named one of Canada's top 10 engineering achievements of the 20th century. PALS SkyHope reports that founder and President Joe Howley has hit the 1,000-flight milestone with the organization, marking

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AIRO and Current Aviation to Begin Commercial Pilot Training Program

Graduates Time-Build to 1,500 hrs in Charter, Pilot Jobs Over CFI Norm in Joint Program to Create New Professionals

Current Aviation of Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and the Training Division of AIRO Group of Albuquerque are joining hands to provide commercial pilot training ahead of the looming pilot shortage. The deal will see Airo’s full-spectrum commercial pilot approach integrated into Current’s curriculum, with training taking place on multi-engine aircraft geared towards professional aviation work. Current will use its network to help students overcome the 1,500 hour hurdle by hunting down opportunities to build hours as they work in smaller aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: Expert Analysis By The Kings-Airman Cert Standards 2016

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Aeronautical Decision-Making and Risk Management Now Flow Into Aviation Training…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, heard a lot of talk about the new FAA Airman Certification Standards (ACS). He decided to go to a world-renowned and respected source on such issues, and met up with John and Martha King, the Co-Owners of King Schools. John King starts off by saying that it’s not unusual for people who have done something the same way for many years to be negative towards change. However, he continues, the purpose of the new system is to create a pilot who is risk a

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NTSB Prelim: Pipistrel Italia S R L Sinus 912

Passenger Felt That They Were Not Going To Land Safely And Yelled, “We Are Not Going To Make This.”

On September 12, 2022, about 1417 central daylight time, a Pipistrel Sinus 912 powered glider, N397R, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Waller, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The glider was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the surviving passenger, the flight originated from David Wayne Hooks Airport (DWH), about 1330, with an intent to return to its home base at the Soaring Club of Houston (SCOH) glider port (89TA), Waller, Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.22)

Aero Linx: Taylorcraft Foundation The Taylorcraft Foundation is exclusively organized for charitable, educational & scientific activities and will preserve the history and technical information of the Taylorcraft airplanes. This Foundation is a chartered State of Ohio Corporation and has been granted IRS 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax exempt, organization. The Taylorcraft Foundation maintains archives, provides information and research assistance when possible to aircraft owners, and works to preserve Taylorcraft history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.25.22): Photo Reconnaissance

Photo Reconnaissance Military activity that requires locating individual photo targets and navigating to the targets at a preplanned angle and altitude. The activity normally requires a lateral route width of 16 NM and altitude range of 1,500 feet to 10,000 feet AGL.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.25.22)

"We're achieving substantial cost savings from Artemis III through Artemis VIII by extensive structure and system reuse and incorporating advanced digital design and manufacturing processes. The Artemis II vehicle will reuse select avionics from the Artemis I crew module, and that reuse will continue to dramatically increase to where the Artemis III pressure vessel capsule will be entirely refurbished for the Artemis VI mission." Source: Tonya Ladwig, Orion vice president and program manager at Lockheed Martin Space, after the comapany received an award for additional spacecraft despite the program's cost overruns and failure to meet schedules.

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