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October 04, 2022

NYET! Russia Expelled from ICAO Council

From Montreal With Love

In a move that speaks to the ongoing deterioration of Russia’s global standing, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)—a United Nations agency established to study, regulate, and standardize world aeronautics—has resolved to expel Russia from its governing body. The decision, unprecedented in ICAO’s 78-years, was made during the organization’s 2022 General Assembly in Montreal, Canada, and compelled primarily by Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine and its collateral humanitarian, social, and economic crises.

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Updated: EXTRA Aircraft USA to Open in DeLand, Florida

Storied German Aerobatic Marque Expands Stateside

In autumn 2022, EXTRA founder and CEO Walter Extra announced the formation of EXTRA Aircraft USA LP. The facility will be based at the DeLand Airport (DED) in DeLand, Florida, and provide factory-authorized parts and maintenance support to all North American EXTRA aircraft owners. Additionally, the entirety of new EXTRA aircraft bound for North America will be received at DeLand and verified fit for delivery by factory-trained and authorized staff.

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Airborne 09.26.22: Snowbirds Return, Gen Atomics v China, Starlink Inflight

Also: Boeing $200M Fine, USAF Pilots Still Grounded, CH-53K Hauls!, C172 Visits UN

The Royal Canadian Air Force has cleared its demonstration team for flight once again, but air show fans will be disappointed that they will miss the rest of the 2022 season. The pause followed a failed takeoff that occurred in Fort St. John last month that brought the fleet to a stop while investigators cast a critical eye at the aging Canadair CT-114 Tutors used by the team. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is sounding the alarm on a Chinese agricultural development set to break ground near Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. The defense manufacturer is urging the gover

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737-MAX Certification Deadline Looms

High Stakes and Short Time

In a high-level letter, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned Boeing that documents the plane-maker provided for certification of its 737 MAX-7 model are woefully inadequate. The agency further advised the Chicago-based aerospace titan that certification of the MAX-7 is unlikely to be completed by a Congressionally-specified year-end deadline. However, Senator Roger Wicker (Republican, Mississippi) has filed an amendment in hopes of extending the deadline, thereby affording Boeing time and leeway to complete the requisite safety assessment documentation.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 09.27.22: NASA Dart-Bullseye!, Vertiport Design, Avenger MQ20A

Also: Bell High-Speed VTOL, Artemis, China v Nearby AFB, SpaceX Starship

It is truly the ultimate unmanned mission... After 10 months flying in space, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) – the world’s first planetary defense technology demonstration – successfully impacted its asteroid target on Monday, the agency’s first attempt to move an asteroid in space. Mission control at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, announced the successful impact, Monday, at 7:14 p.m. EDT. The FAA has released a memorandum outlining its initial design guidelines for vertiports—infrastructu

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FAA Needs Help... Seeks More Admin Personnel for Recreational Drone Tests

Potential Test Administrators Must Submit Their Applications By Nov. 11, 2022

The FAA has opened the second application period for entities interested in serving as administrators for The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST). Potential test administrators must submit their applications by Nov. 11, 2022. As drones become more popular and accessible, the FAA is committed to ensuring that the public is aware of regulations and how to operate safely in the nation’s airspace. Designated test administrators play a key role, making the test accessible to all recreational drone flyers.

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U.S. Air Force Grounds C-130H Aircraft

Fleetwide Replacement of Propeller Assemblies Pending

The U.S. Air Force has grounded most of its C-130H Hercules aircraft due to a problem with the storied cargo aircrafts’ propeller assemblies. Air Mobility Command (AMC) has confirmed the grounding, and states the repair timeline is unclear.

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Rex Airlines Finalizes Purchase of National Jet Express

Going Over Big Down Under

Rex is an Australian airline based in the city of Sydney in the southeast Australian state of New South Wales. In July 2022, the air-carrier signed an agreement to acquire National Jet Express (NJE), a leading provider of fly-in-fly-out (FIFO) services in Western and South Australia. On 30 September 2022, Rex finalized its purchase of National Jet Express, and stated its intention to grow and transform its latest acquisition into Australia’s premier Fly-In-Fly-Out operator.

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Classic Aero-TV: Para-Motoring... In Miniature - Opale Paramodels RC PPG Flyers

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Whole New Look To Model Aviation…

One of the newest types of aircraft gaining popularity in the RC world is scale model powered paragliders. Frank Bustgens, Marketing Director for Opale Paramodels, was demonstrating the miniature powered paragliders at AMA Expo West in Ontario, CA late last year. He told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the company has been making the aircraft since 2009, and was introducing them now into the U.S. Market. Bustgens said the airfoils come in both single-layer and double-layer configurations for different flight charact

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NTSB Prelim: Trom Wayne Vans RV6A

No Evidence The Pilot Declared An Emergency Or Made Any Radio Calls Prior To The Accident

On September 16, 2022, about 1330 mountain standard time (MST), a Vans RV-6A experimental airplane, N646RV, was destroyed when it crashed near Aztec, Arizona. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to family members, the pilot and passenger were conducting a cross-country flight from San Diego, California, to Nogales, Arizona.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.04.22)

Aero Linx: Aviation Safety Reporting System The ASRS is an important facet of the continuing effort by government, industry, and individuals to maintain and improve aviation safety. The ASRS collects voluntarily submitted aviation safety incident/situation reports from pilots, controllers, and others. The ASRS acts on the information these reports contain. It identifies system deficiencies, and issues alerting messages to persons in a position to correct them. It educates through its newsletter CALLBACK, its journal ASRS Directline and through its research studies. Its database is a public repository which serves the FAA and NASA's needs and those of other organizations world-wide w

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.04.22): Request Full Route Clearance

Request Full Route Clearance Used by pilots to request that the entire route of flight be read verbatim in an ATC clearance. Such request should be made to preclude receiving an ATC clearance based on the original filed flight plan when a filed IFR flight plan has been revised by the pilot, company, or operations prior to departure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.04.22)

“This is not about Politics, this is about the foundations of this organization.” Source: From European Union Transport Commissioner Adina-Ioana Valean, who contended that Russia’s violations of the 1944 Chicago Convention precluded the nation’s appointment to a council tasked with upholding the statutes thereof.

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