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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Fake Pilot With Fake A/C Registration Pleads Guilty

Repeat Alaskan Offender Guilty Of Acting as Airman Without a Pilot's Certificate and Aircraft Registration Fraud

Just what aviation needed, yet another black eye... this time from a repeat offender (see the attached wanted poster for previous crimes charged over a decade ago) who's had no end of trouble with the feds over the last decade-plus. On June 6, 2024, Michael Anthony Roberts pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to charges of acting as an airman without a pilot's certificate and aircraft registration fraud. 

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

B-29 Doc Gets Around! Adds To Tour Schedule

Historic Aircraft Adds Wings & Wheels At Decatur Airport To Its August Schedule

The ever-so-mobile B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will be a part of the Wings & Wheels event at Decatur Airport, August 3-4, 2024. B-29 Doc, one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS, during World War II, will be available for ground and cockpit tours, as well as B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides during the tour stop in Decatur, Illinois. “Doc’s appearance at the event is bound to be a significant draw for aviation enthusiasts and history lovers alike” stated Decatur Airport Director, Tim Wright. “Seeing this historic aircraft in person will be a unique and unforgettable experience, and we are excited to have the opportunity to offer this to all of our guests at the Wings and Wheels event.”

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Starliner Return Delayed Again... And Again

One Really Has To Wonder What's Happening With This Test Flight?

Another day, another Starliner delay... or so it seems. NASA and Boeing leadership report that they are 'are adjusting the return to Earth of the Starliner Crew Flight Test spacecraft with agency astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams from the International Space Station.' The move off Wednesday, June 26, deconflicts Starliner’s undocking and landing from a series of planned International Space Station spacewalks while allowing mission teams time to review propulsion system data. Uh-huh....

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Wright Brothers Trophy Recipient is Ben Baldanza

His Innovations Made Significant Impact on Airlines Throughout Career

The 2024 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy will be awarded to Ben Baldanza at the Aero Club of Washington’s 76th Annual Wright Memorial Dinner on December 13, 2024, in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made on June 17 by the National Aeronautic Association, who established the Trophy in 1948. The prestigious honor commemorates the memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright and is awarded to a single person who has made significant contributions of public service and great value to aviation in America.

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Airborne 06.21.24: Natalie Gillis Lost In PA31, G500-600 at 100K Hrs, Starliner

Also: FlightSimExpo 2024, NBAA V Part 135 Changes, CHRONOS Digital Clock, ALPA Hates JSX

We must regretfully report that 34-year-old Pilot/Photographer/Poet/Adventurer Natalie Gills lost her life in a Canadian-registered Piper PA-31 Navajo C, C-GKSI. Gillis was a truly lovely lady and an established adventurer who took up aviation and earned her ATP just a few weeks ago. Her photography has graced the cover of Canadian Geographic and her photo work with aviation was a positive effort for our community. Gulfstream was proud to announce that its G500 and G600 aircraft have hit the 100,000-hour mark across the global fleet only a few years after introduction. The first G500 made its way to customer hands in the fall of 2018, with the longer G600 seeing delivery in the summer of 2019. Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams managed to hitch a ride aboard the Boeing Starship on June 5th, arriving at the International Space Station after some s

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Coast Guard Rescues 2 People From Downed Seneca II

Aircraft Went Down Off The Turks And Caicos Islands

A Piper PA-34-200 Seneca ditched into the sea about 10 miles off Northwest Point, Providenciales, following a loss of engine power. The aircraft was enroute from North Palm Beach County Airport, FL (F45) to Providenciales International Airport (PLS/BPV) when it experienced power loss. The Coast Guard rescued two people on board, Saturday, after F-BXLZ, a Piper Seneca, ditched 10 miles northwest of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. A Coast Guard Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew hoisted both individuals and transported them to emergency medical services at Turks and Caicos International Airport in stable condition.

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Airborne Affordable Flyers 06.20.24: Icon to China?, Risen v Ocean, ScaleBirds

Also: Sonex High-Wing Update, LAA Tech Directive, SERIOUS Balloon Action, Aero-TV: Helix Propeller

The long-awaited hearing before a Delaware Bankruptcy Judge has taken place and Icon Aircraft, carrying over $170 million dollars in debt, was pretty much sold off for less than ten cents on the dollar, to 'SG Investment America' for $15.54M. SG Investment America is a recent subsidiary of Germany's Durkopp Adler GmbH, but is owned by ShangGong Group based in Shanghai, China... and from there the legalities get interesting... but regardless, as forewarned by other investors in the company, Icon is now a Chinese owned enterprise... Risen’s Andreas Venturini and Alberto Porto committed themselves to an extraordinary personal and aerodynamic test with the announcement of their “Challenge Flight” from Italy to Oshkosh several weeks ago and we had high hopes for its success... and those hopes have been exceeded. Of the stats we kno

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Raisbeck Aviation High School Wins GAMA Design Challenge Award

Team Was the Best Of 60 Competitors

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the winner of the 2024 GAMA Aviation Design Challenge is the team from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington. Taking second place was the Porter High School team in Porter, Texas, and the third-place award went to the Gonzaga College High School team in Washington, D.C. More than 60 high school teams representing 28 states from around the country vied for the awards.

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

2024 SUN N FUN Innovation Preview Segments Published

Massive Aviation News Event Started 2024 Off With a Plethora of Exciting Info

Last year, we introduced the SnF Innovation Preview in which 25 companies introduced over 30 new planes, products, engines, accessories, and more… in other words… a LOT of news. Rotax previewed the powerful 916iS, CubCrafters showcased the Carbon Cub UL, Bose introduced the A30, Aerox revealed the Boomula… and so much more. This year, we went beyond that... way beyond all that, with a larger selection of news announcements that covered ALL aspects of sport, general and commercial aviation... all at the start of the 50th Annual SUN n FUN Aerospace Expo... the undisputed start to the aviation year. This year was also a major news-breaker... especially with the announcement that the DeltaHawk Diesel engine folks were working with Piper Aircraft on an STC for the PA44 Seminole. It also hosted the first forma

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Mon, Jun 24, 2024

Airborne 06.19.24: Lockheed-Gryder Crash, Icon Sale, AF1 Delays

Also: Citation Ascend, Colorado SKIES Academy, Belgium Airbus Heli Sale, Parachute Seals

It's been a bad week for old Lockheed twins... with one fatal accident taking two lives over the weekend (CA), and another taking place Monday evening as a 1936 twin-engine Lockheed 12A was attempting to land at Seven Lakes Airport (Georgia) shortly before 8 p.m. when it impacted a tree after going off the runway. Three people were confirmed on board and all were air-lifted to area hospitals and each are now reported to be resting and in stable condition. The long-awaited hearing before a Delaware Bankruptcy Judge has taken place and Icon Aircraft, carrying over $170 million dollars in debt, was pretty much sold off for less than ten cents on the dollar, to 'SG Investment America' for $15.54M. In a not-too-surprising turn, the next-gen presidential aircraft won't be taking off under its original schedule, adding about a year to its ultimate delivery time

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