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June 30, 2022

Gulfstream G800 Makes First Flight

Dawn of the 8,000 Nautical Mile Business-Jet

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced that its new, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G800 successfully completed its first flight—thereby launching the flight-test program of what the Savannah, GA air-framer asserts will be the business aircraft industry’s longest-range aircraft. The G800 departed Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 09:00 EDT and returned two hours later. In keeping with current trends in virtue-signaling, the test-aircraft made the flight using a blend of standard and sustainable aviation fuels.

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Aero-TV: PBY Catalina -- From Wartime to Double Sunrises to the Long Sunset

Before They’re All Gone...

Humankind has been messing about in airplanes for almost 120-years. In that time, thousands of aircraft representing innumerable technologies, design philosophies, and aspirations both noble and contemptible have been built and flown. Airshows—the good ones—are lenses into aviation’s past. Events like AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun, and Frontiers in Flight afford modern audiences glimpses of aircraft that shaped the world in war, and brought it together in peace.

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Delta Pilots to Hit Informational Picket Lines

We Love to Fly and It Shows

In addition to record inflation, sky-high gas and energy prices, supply-chain interruptions, grocery and baby-formula shortages, and a Colorado Rockies Stanley Cup, 2022 will be remembered as the year airline pilots miraculously managed to put in record hours both in the cockpit and on the picket lines. Following similar demonstrations by Alaska, American, Southwest, and FedEx pilots, Delta Airlines pilots—represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA)—will conduct informational picketing at Delta hubs nationwide on Thursday, 30 June to protest protracted contract negotiations.

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Airborne 06.22.22: Fire Boss!, BGen McGee Laid To Rest, Buttigieg Threats

Also: Hartzell M20M/TLS/Bravo Prop, Stratolaunch 7th, Radar-Altimeter Concerns, Sierra Space

At this year’s Aerial Fire Fighting conference in Nimes, France, Fire Boss LLC signed a historic fleet order with Air Tractor Europe. The Fire Boss is a modified AT802F, manufactured by Air Tractor. The order consists of eight Fire Bosses with an option for an additional eight. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2022. Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and Air Force legend, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington June 17. Along with his family and distinguished guests, many senior military leaders a

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JFK ITA-Air France Incident Under Investigation

So This Fiat Hits a Renault …

In an instance that speaks to the set-up of a decent joke, an Italian Airbus was involved in a hit-and-run collision with a French Boeing—in New York. On 17 June 2022, an ITA Airways Airbus A330-200 operating as flight AZ611 from New York to Rome Fiumicino struck an Air France Boeing 777-200 newly arrived from Paris CDG. Acutely aware of the collision, the Air France flight-crew urged ATC to keep the ITA aircraft on the ground.

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Airborne 06.22.22: Fire Boss!, BGen McGee Laid To Rest, Buttigieg Threats

Also: Hartzell M20M/TLS/Bravo Prop, Stratolaunch 7th, Radar-Altimeter Concerns, Sierra Space

At this year’s Aerial Fire Fighting conference in Nimes, France, Fire Boss LLC signed a historic fleet order with Air Tractor Europe. The Fire Boss is a modified AT802F, manufactured by Air Tractor. The order consists of eight Fire Bosses with an option for an additional eight. The first delivery is scheduled for late 2022. Brig. Gen. Charles E. McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen and Air Force legend, was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington June 17. Along with his family and distinguished guests, many senior military leaders a

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Frontier–Spirit Airlines Merger Update

Frontier Calls JetBlue Bid a “Dead End”

The complexities and intrigues of a deal that would create America’s fifth-largest airline have taken an ignoble turn. Pursuant its likely merger with Spirit Airlines, Frontier Group Holdings, Inc., parent company of Frontier Airlines, issued a statement accusing JetBlue of prevarication, bluster, and predatory fraud. JetBlue, which has repeatedly tendered merger offers of its own to Frontier Group, vehemently opposes the Spirit/Frontier alliance as the resultant hybrid entity would—in words taken directly from JetBlue’s 2021 10-K statement—“the Frontier/Spirit deal is a threat to JetBlue’s “competitiveness”—and an example of a merge

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CAPSTONE Launch Starts Humankind Back Toward Moon

cislunar / sis-loo-ner / situated between the Earth and the Moon

Rocket Lab, the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space, has launched a small, moon-bound spacecraft from its New Zealand facility. The company’s Electron rocket— a two-stage launch vehicle capable of delivering a 150-kilogram payload to orbit—is carrying a 55-pound, microwave oven-sized spacecraft called CAPSTONE. CAPSTONE—an acronym for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment—is the first mission of NASA’s Artemis program, which seeks to return human beings to Earth’s moon.

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New NBAA Resource Sheds Light on Aircraft Exportation

Selling Your Gulfstream to Congolese Warlords? Here’s How.

Rejoice, ye brokers and sellers of airplanes vexed by the intricacies of exporting aircraft and the requirements for making the necessary Electronic Export Information (EEI) filings! The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has created a new, members-only resource cleverly dubbed, Guide on Exporting Aircraft from the United States.

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Van Nuys Airport Announces Friendly Flyer Award Winners

… Or Forever Hold Your N1

Van Nuys Airport (VNY)—America’s busiest general aviation airport—announced the recipients of its 2021 Friendly Flyer Awards. The awards honor general aviation companies and corporate flight departments for their efforts to reduce the noise of their aircraft operations. Eighteen aircraft operators received recognition plaques for complying with the airport’s mandatory noise abatement policies. Compliance, in this instance connotes at least 99-percent adherence to all noise-abatement programs and reduced nighttime jet arrivals and departures under the somewhat unimaginatively named Quieter Nights Program.

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NTSB Prelim: Maule MX-7-180C

Passenger Observed The Pilot Express Concern While He Attempted To Manipulate The Throttle

On May 30, 2022, about 0840 Pacific daylight time, a Maule MX-7-180C airplane, N1043B, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Willits, California. The pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the passenger, they departed Sonoma, California about 0715 and flew directly to their destination about 84 nm northwest of their departure airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.30.22)

Aero Linx: Chicago Executive Pilots Association Welcome To Chicago Executive Pilots Association. The Palwaukee Airport Pilots Association (PAPA) was formed in 1987 as a forum for the users of PWK. To acknowledge the airport’s new name, we became Chicago Executive Pilots Association. Our mission was and continues to be to promote the safety of operations and continued development of Chicago Executive Airport (formerly known as Palwaukee) in a fraternal environment with the pilots, users, and the community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.30.22): Radar Flight Following

Radar Flight Following The observation of the progress of radar-identified aircraft, whose primary navigation is being provided by the pilot, wherein the controller retains and correlates the aircraft identity with the appropriate target or target symbol displayed on the radar scope.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.30.22)

“JetBlue is not telling you the truth. A Spirit acquisition by JetBlue would lead to a dead end—a fact that no amount of money, bluster, or misdirection will change. And the only value Spirit stockholders would be likely to receive from JetBlue’s proposal is the reverse termination fee, because JetBlue’s proposal lacks any realistic likelihood of obtaining regulatory approval.” Source: From a statement by the Frontier Group, as part of the Spirit/Frontier merger attempt.

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