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May 03, 2023

Airborne 05.03.23: Air Combat USA v Fullerton, AA Strike Vote, Army Standdown

 Also: Theater In the Woods, Beechjet 400 Lithium-Ion, 11th Circuit Court, FAA Noise Policy

 
 
ANN is investigating a long drawn out battle between Air Combat USA, a pretty well-known and highly regarded business that offers simulated air combat flights with SF-260 aerobatic mounts... and the City of Fullerton... which evicted them from their business location some years ago and has reportedly done some serious damage in the process. Notwithstanding reports that a deal is at hand, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the labor union for which American Airlines pilots, has authorized a strike. The authorizing of a strike is the first in a long and complex succession of prerequisites that must be met prior to American Airlines pilots walki

American Airlines Pilots Authorize Strike

Something Spiteful in the Air

Notwithstanding reports that a deal is at hand, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the labor union by which American Airlines pilots are represented, has authorized a strike in the wake of protracted contract talks with the air-carrier. The authorizing of a strike is the first in a long and complex succession of prerequisites that must be met prior to American Airlines pilots walking off the job.

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EAA to Host 2023 NIFA National Competition

SAFECON Comes to Oshkosh

For the first time in the event’s extensive history, the National Intercollegiate Flight Association (NIFA) SAFECON flight competition is coming to Oshkosh ...

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Airbus Perlan Project II to Attempt Altitude Record

Glider to Reach 90,000-Feet

On 02 May 2023, representatives of Airbus’s Perlan Mission II set forth in a statement that a team comprising expert pilots and engineers had successfully completed a flight test campaign in the U.S., thereby clearing the way for a third quarter 2023 attempt to set a new aviation world altitude record for manned, unpowered, level flight.

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Alaska Airlines to Retire A321neo Fleet

Going All-Boeing

Alaska Airlines, true to its Pacific Northwestern roots, is making ready to transition back to an all-Boeing fleet. For a period of time measurable in years, the Seattle-based air-carrier has been divesting itself of Airbus narrow-body aircraft come to it by way of the carrier’s 2016 acquisition of Virgin America, which operated an all-Airbus fleet.

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Airborne 04.25.23: Genesys IFR Helis, Aspen Update, True Blue Power

Also: MKC Gustnado, Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, WWII B-24 Pilot Found, AEA-LIVE Continues

Genesys Aerosystems is working jointly with Airbus Helicopters for the development of IFR capabilities for the single-engine H125. The Genesys Helicopter Suite will be certified to allow H125 operators to expand the helicopter's mission capabilities in all weather conditions. While Aspen completes its role in their merger into Airo Group, they continue to upgrade the capabilities of their Pro Max flight displays. They have extended runway centerlines on the MFD map, reduced auto max brightness, and are adapting the series to work with a number of new autopilot systems. T

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Beechjet 400 Lithium-Ion Battery STC Comes to Market

Launch Customer for True Blue System Announced

True Blue Power—the Kansas and California-based aerospace technology concern specializing in the design and manufacture of aircraft electrical power systems, USB and wireless chargers, power conversion products, emergency power supplies, and advanced lithium-ion batteries—announced on 01 May 2023 that the company’s Gen5 TB40 (forty amp-hour) Advanced Lithium-ion Main Ship Battery has been granted FAA Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for installation in Hawker/Beechjet 400 Series aircraft.

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DOJ Aviation Antitrust Case Thrown Out

Federal Prosecutorial Overreach Alleged

On Friday, 28 April 2023, a Connecticut federal judge ruled that no reasonable juror could convict six accused aerospace and staffing company bosses solely upon evidence presented by prosecutors. The ruling ensured the U.S. Department of Justice’s most recent—and one of its most high-profile—criminal cases will never be weighed by a jury. Handed down by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden, the ruling occasioned the first instance in decades in which criminal antitrust charges have been thrown out.

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Airborne 04.25.23: Genesys IFR Helis, Aspen Update, True Blue Power

Also: MKC Gustnado, Yellow Ribbon Honor Flight, WWII B-24 Pilot Found, AEA-LIVE Continues

Genesys Aerosystems is working jointly with Airbus Helicopters for the development of IFR capabilities for the single-engine H125. The Genesys Helicopter Suite will be certified to allow H125 operators to expand the helicopter's mission capabilities in all weather conditions. While Aspen completes its role in their merger into Airo Group, they continue to upgrade the capabilities of their Pro Max flight displays. They have extended runway centerlines on the MFD map, reduced auto max brightness, and are adapting the series to work with a number of new autopilot systems. T

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Thrust Flight Partners with Rising Aviation High School

Defining Career Pathways for Tomorrow’s Aviators

Thrust Flight, the Addison, Texas-based flight academy, announced on 01 May 2023 that it has entered into a partnership with Rising Aviation High School by which the two institutions will provide comprehensive flight training to students, thereby helping populate tomorrow’s flight-decks with a new generation of qualified pilots.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Bally Bomber - The All Time Ultimate Warbird Replica?

From 2019 (YouTube Version): Aero-News Talks With The Airplane's Builder

One of the many unique airplanes at AirVenture 2018 was a 1/3-scale B-17 bomber built by Jack Bally, who talked about the 17-year project with Aero-News at the show last summer. Bally said that the idea was born over "too much beer one night with a bunch of buddies" as they talked about what kind of airplane they could build that would be the only one of its kind. They settled on the B-17, because as far as they knew, there were no flying 4-engine scale models WWII

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Garmin Introduces PlaneSync Aircraft Management System

Simplifying Aircraft and Fleet Ownership

Garmin has announced PlaneSync, a connected aircraft management system that automatically updates avionics databases, logs flight and engine data, and allows aircraft owners/operators to remotely check fuel and systems status via the Garmin Pilot app. Available for both forward-fit and retrofit applications, PlaneSync technology is designed to bring new levels of connectivity and convenience to aircraft owners and operators alike.

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NTSB Releases Final Report on December 2021 VIS V35 Accident

Four Killed in VFR to IFR Mishap

The National Transportation Safety Board has made public its final report pertaining to a 04 December 2021 accident in which four lives were lost when a Beech V35 Bonanza, registration N7933M, went down in night IMC conditions shortly after departing California’s Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS).

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.03.23)

“The finish line is in sight. We understand that a strike authorization vote is one of the important ways pilots express their desire to get a deal done and we respect the message of voting results. Importantly, the results don’t change our commitment or distract us from working expeditiously to complete a deal. We remain focused on completing the handful of matters necessary to reach an agreement our pilots deserve.” Source: American Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Jantz noting that the air-carrier remains confident an agreement is within reach to avert a Pilot strike.

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