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February 03, 2023

Airborne 02.03.23: Daher's 2022, EAA B-17 Heads Home, The Last 747

Also: Startlingly Valuable Asteroid, Skydiving Museum, Airbus Hefts Inmarsat-6, Qatar v Airbus

Daher announced the delivery of 73 aircraft from the combined Kodiak and TBM lineup throughout 2022, with record orders for 100+ for delivery through 2024. The news tracks with the greater surge in single-engine turboprop interest in recent years, showing strong customer interest even in some of the more boutique options offered by Daher. The EAA’s B-17, “Aluminum Overcast”, is on its way home back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin after undergoing repairs following damage from Hurricane Ian. The aircraft sustained minor damage near Punta Gorda, Florida last year while it was parked for an inspection while out on tour. Boeing has completed production of its 1,574th and final 747.

Heathrow CEO to Step Down

British Steal

After nine years at the helm of the U.K.’s largest airport, London Heathrow (LHR) CEO John Holland-Kaye is stepping down amidst clashes with airlines over his controversial handling of COVID-19 exigencies and excessive restrictions imposed on flights during summer 2022’s surge in air-travel. During Holland-Kaye’s tenure, Heathrow racked up a startling £4-billion ($4,895,600,000) in losses. Proponents of the outbound CEO attribute the shortfall to COVID lockdowns. Holland-Kaye’s opponents, conversely, ascribe the airport’s poor performance and fiscal paucity to weak leadership.

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EAA’s B-17 Heads Home…on a Flatbed

Aluminum Overcast Disassembled for Trip to Oshkosh

The EAA’s B-17, “Aluminum Overcast”, is on its way home back to Oshkosh, Wisconsin after undergoing repairs following damage from Hurricane Ian. The aircraft sustained minor damage near Punta Gorda, Florida last year while it was parked for an inspection while out on tour. Recently, the aircraft was disassembled so it could be returned back home, where suitable parts and loving restoration experts maintain an appropriate nest for Aluminum Overcast.

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U.S. Government Monitoring Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon

Allegedly …

The United States government is allegedly monitoring a suspected Chinese surveillance balloon that, for several days, has been moving over the U.S.’s northern states. During a 02 February briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder conceded the U.S. government has detected a high-altitude surveillance balloon over the continental United States.

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Aero-TV: Ampaire and Tamarack MOU Announced

Alignment of Brave New Worlds

For purpose of developing upgrades to its family of uniquely innovative aircraft, Ampaire, the Los Angeles-based designer and manufacturer of hybrid-electric aircraft propulsion systems, has entered into a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Tamarack Aerospace Group, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based enclave of wizardly aerodynamicists. The deal will see Tamarack’s Performance SMARTWING technology adapted to Ampaire’s inchoate but promising Eco Caravan and Eco Otter—hybrid-electric-powered iterations of Cessna’s storied 208B Grand Caravan and de Havilland’s robustly reliable DHC-6 Twi

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Sporty's Kicks Off 'IFR Month'

Ride Along with Spencer Suderman for 4 Weeks of IFR Prep & Review

Sporty's is kicking off its IFR Month with a series of special events to get pilots comfy in the clouds. Throughout the month of February, Sporty’s will be embarking on a 4-week focus on the challenges and rewards of instrument flying. The month will see the release of a new YouTube series, interactive webinars, articles, live stream events, and contests.

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Enstrom Flies First Completed 480B Under New Management

All-New Aircraft Upholds Enstrom Name, to be Exhibited at HAI

Enstrom Helicopter has now flown their first completed, all-new 480B after their corporate shakeup 8 months ago. The turbine-powered 480B is the 1,317th Enstrom helicopter built, and the 255th 480 series helicopter completed by the brand. Enstrom emphasizes that the helicopter wasn't finished from 2022 production, but an entirely new airframe manufactured under the brand's new management. They plan to showcase their work at Heli-Expo 2023, then use the aircraft as a mule to certify future mods and improvements.

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Airborne-Flight Training 01.26.23: SAFE/Hoover LF, School Rebuild, CA Hiring

Also: Navy T-6 Accident, IL Ultralight Symposium, BizAv Scheduler Certificate, UA Training Center

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has entered into a partnership with the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation and Aero-News. This will bring the wealth of knowledge held by SAFE through cooperation with Aero-News programming. Throughout the series, the career of legendary aviator Bob Hoover will function as a throughline between lessons and topics, touching on aspects of his lengthy career to impart CFI essentials. The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) flight training program remains open to students following a devastating 2022 fire that

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Airborne 01.25.23: Blades Team To Quit, $outhwest Bucks, SAFE/Hoover Foundation

Also: Illinois Ultralight Symposium, CAU/MyGoFlight, APFAS To Picket, AirVenture Performers

Founded as a subsidiary of 2Excel Aviation, the Blades Aerobatic Team, for 17-years, was the only full-time civilian aerobatic team in the UK. The Blades team comprised eight pilots, including five full-time display performers, all of whom formerly served in the British Royal Air Force as members of the storied Red Arrows Aerobatic Team -- but they are shutting it all down. Southwest Airlines continues to live down the consequences of operational shortfalls that egregiously and irreparably disrupted the holiday travel plans of thousands of its passengers. The ai

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Airborne 01.25.23: Blades Team To Quit, $outhwest Bucks, SAFE/Hoover Foundation

Also: Illinois Ultralight Symposium, CAU/MyGoFlight, APFAS To Picket, AirVenture Performers

Founded as a subsidiary of 2Excel Aviation, the Blades Aerobatic Team, for 17-years, was the only full-time civilian aerobatic team in the UK. The Blades team comprised eight pilots, including five full-time display performers, all of whom formerly served in the British Royal Air Force as members of the storied Red Arrows Aerobatic Team -- but they are shutting it all down. Southwest Airlines continues to live down the consequences of operational shortfalls that egregiously and irreparably disrupted the holiday travel plans of thousands of its passengers. The ai

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FAA Adds Continuous Descent Arrival Routes for 11 U.S. Airports

Descend and Maintain …

Aircraft inbound to Orlando (MCO), Kansas City (MCI), Omaha (OMA), Reno (RNO) and six additional airports across South Florida may now be authorized to conduct continuous descents from their cruising altitudes to the final segment altitudes of in-use IFR arrival procedures or instrument approaches—thereby conserving millions of pounds of jet fuel and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Klyde Morris (01.30.23)

Klyde Wants A Collier Trophy...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airbus Hefts Inmarsat-6 With Beluga Aircraft

Upcoming Launch Allows Manufacturer to Put New Plane to Work

Airbus Took the opportunity to brag about its Beluga fleet this week after one of the large cargo jets delivered Inmarsat-6 to the Kennedy Space Center. The updated and modernized fleet of capacious cargo haulers have become a quintessentially capable part of the company’s fleet, offering their extra large cargo services the world over. 

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Airborne-Flight Training 01.26.23: SAFE/Hoover LF, School Rebuild, CA Hiring

Also: Navy T-6 Accident, IL Ultralight Symposium, BizAv Scheduler Certificate, UA Training Center

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has entered into a partnership with the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation and Aero-News. This will bring the wealth of knowledge held by SAFE through cooperation with Aero-News programming. Throughout the series, the career of legendary aviator Bob Hoover will function as a throughline between lessons and topics, touching on aspects of his lengthy career to impart CFI essentials. The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) flight training program remains open to students following a devastating 2022 fire that

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NATA Names New Brass for AAM Committee

Craig Teasdale and Toni Drummond Take the Helm of Advanced Air Mobility Group

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) held an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) themed Town Hall coinciding with its Committee meeting in Washington DC on January 18th. The event provided a chance for the burgeoning AAM community and NATA's other policy committees, like the Association’s Air Charter, GA Airport, and Safety bodies, to intermingle and discuss operational shifts introduced by the new aeronautical frontier.

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Supersonic Airliner Eyes Production in 2024

Boom Supersonic Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Facility

Boom Supersonic has begun construction of the Overture Superfactory in Greensboro, North Carolina, with production of their aircraft expected to begin sometime in 2024. The Superfactory will be a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located on a 62-acre campus near Piedmont Triad International Airport. The site will house the final assembly line, test facility, and customer delivery center for Boom's flagship supersonic airliner, the Overture.

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Airborne 01.23.23: CAF P-47N Rebuild, Ultralight Webinar, NOTAM Fiasco

Also: SWA Strike Vote, Biz A/C Sales, Vertical Sells 25, Sun 'n Fun 2023 Stringers

The Commemorative Air Force successfully fundraised for the restoration of their Republic P47 Thunderbolt, bringing in $38,552 - 193% of their $20,000 goal. The money will go to purchase a new engine mount, as well as a new set of brakes for the aircraft. Now that the P47 has been out of production for more than half a century, suitable replacement parts are few and far between. The EAA's Virtual Ultralight Day webinars return this year, running from February 21 to 23. The online seminars will allow experts from the ultralight community to share some of their bountiful e

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NTSB Final: Luscombe 8E

Pilot’s Loss Of Control (Was) Due To A Wind Gust During Landing

Analysis: The pilot reported that after a “normal” approach and landing, a “strong” wind gust “picked up the right wing.” The airplane entered a left skidding turn and departed the runway pavement. The right main landing gear collapsed in the grass area adjacent to the runway, and the airplane pitched up onto its nose before settling back onto the tail.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.03.23)

Aero Linx: International Republic Seabee Owner's Club (IRSOC) This site includes links to Specifications, Limits and History of the Republic Seabee. We are always searching for other articles and historical documents. If you can help, send us what you have and we will add it to the list. Your help is greatly appreciated.     

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.03.23): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.03.23)

"The United States government has detected and is tracking a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is over the continental United States right now. The U.S. government, to include NORAD, continues to track and monitor it closely. The balloon is currently traveling at an altitude well above commercial air traffic and does not present a military or physical threat to people on the ground. Instances of this kind of balloon activity have been observed previously over the past several years. Once the balloon was detected, the US government acted immediately to protect against the collection of sensitive information.” Source: Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder, as he conceded the U.S. government has detected a high-alti

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