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October 07, 2022

FAA Certifies Robinson R66 Night-Vision Compatible Cockpit

Peering Into the Florida Night

On 30 September 2022, Robinson Helicopter received FAA certification for the Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible configuration of its R66 police helicopter. Such certification is predicated upon evaluation of the helicopter’s interior and exterior lighting, as well as its instruments and avionics—all of which must be deemed conducive to day or night flight operations with or without the use of night vision goggles.

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Tom Reilly To Be Inducted Into EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame

SO Deserved! Of Magnificence and Flying Machines

Tom Reilly of Douglas, Georgia, whose prowess as both an airman and a restorer of historic aircraft are lauded within the warbirds community, will be inducted into the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame on 10 November 2022 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Reilly is one of five individuals to be honored that evening with various Experimental Aircraft Association halls of fame inductions.

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Pilot Sues Southwest After Colleague Exposes Himself In Flight

Cockpit Insanity

Southwest Airlines pilot Christine Janning is suing her employer, her pilots union, and Captain Michael Haak, a former colleague Janning alleges disrobed in front of her and committed a lewd act while the pair were crewing a 2020 flight from Philadelphia to Orlando.

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Airborne 09.30.22: Tornado Damage, Nat'l Aerobatics Champ's, EAA Chapter 534

Also: Around The World-Again, New H160s, Recovery of DHC-3, Delta Pilots Claim 1000 Day Contract Delay

At approximately 21:30 EDT on the night of 27 September 2022, as the southeastern U.S. braced for Hurricane Ian’s landfall, a separate storm—believed to have been a tornado—struck the city of Pembroke Pines in southeastern Florida’s Broward County. Damage caused by the storm, though widespread, was particularly heavy at North Perry Airport (HWO), where some 15 aircraft were overturned and otherwise battered about. The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will return to Salina, Kansas in October 2022. The 2022 U.S. National Aer

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AeroTV: Enstrom Helicopters Rises Anew

The Sweet Sound of Second Chances

In May 2022 Surack Enterprises purchased storied helicopter marque Enstrom with the near-term aims of restarting parts and eventually helicopter production, and a longer-term objective of improving and updating the Enstrom fleet. Company owner, Chuck Surack, earned his venture capital by starting Sweetwater Sound, one of the world’s largest online retailers of musical instruments and equipment. Whether or not Surack will strike as rich, resonant, and sustained a note with Enstrom as he did with Sweetwater remains to be seen, but initial indicators are promising.

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.29.22: More ATPs, Wright State, ANG Milestone

Also: More USAF Fighters Urged, “Pappy” Spinks Honored, “Flying Classroom”, Mil Recruitment Lags

The pilot shortage may see a small respite of sorts, as statisticians dig into FAA numbers to see that 9,087 freshly certificated commercial airline pilots have been minted in the last 12 months, besting 2019 numbers by nearly 2,500 pilots. The AirLine Pilot’s Association is happy to see the improvement, as Captain Joe DePete announced at the Association’s annual Air Safety Forum. Wright State University and First Flight Aviation will be teaming up to offer flight training near the birthplace of aviation itself in Huffman

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LIFT Academy-Indiana Wesleyan University Partnership Announced

Learning and Burning on the Indiana Prairie

Indianapolis’s Leadership In Flight Training (LIFT) Academy, one of America’s largest and most in-the-news flight training schools, has announced a partnership with Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) by which the two institutions seek to create new didactic and practical career pathways for aspiring commercial pilots. Starting in autumn 2022, students will be able to combine LIFT’s flight training and IWU’s academic curricula to contemporaneously earn two and four-year college degrees and commercial pilot certificates. Graduates of the program are afforded opportunity to move directly from their studies

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Airborne 09.30.22: Tornado Damage, Nat'l Aerobatics Champ's, EAA Chapter 534

Also: Around The World-Again, New H160s, Recovery of DHC-3, Delta Pilots Claim 1000 Day Contract Delay

At approximately 21:30 EDT on the night of 27 September 2022, as the southeastern U.S. braced for Hurricane Ian’s landfall, a separate storm—believed to have been a tornado—struck the city of Pembroke Pines in southeastern Florida’s Broward County. Damage caused by the storm, though widespread, was particularly heavy at North Perry Airport (HWO), where some 15 aircraft were overturned and otherwise battered about. The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will return to Salina, Kansas in October 2022. The 2022 U.S. National Aer

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Army Wants More Enhanced CH-47F Block II Chinooks

And Boeing Wants To Deliver!

Our US Army is continuing to modernize its heavy-lift helicopter fleet with an order for two more CH-47F Block II Chinooks and long lead funding for additional aircraft. “Modernizing the Chinook for our Army customer is a priority,” said Ken Eland, Boeing vice president and H-47 program manager.

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Klyde Morris (10.03.22)

Klyde Notes That Picketing Ain't What It Used To Be...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Rolls-Royce Boss Calls for SAF Acceleration

The Green Manalishi

Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East—a man whose company produces primarily magnificent, gas-guzzling, luxury automobiles and turbine aircraft engines—has publicly called for the aerospace industry to hasten its march toward sustainability.

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Airborne 09.28.22: Eviation 1st Flight!, Airship Race, Yamaha LSA/Engine

Also: NBAA V Bloomberg, CA COVID Restrictions Cut, FAA Reauthorization, ATP Increases

Following years of intensive development and choruses of naysaying, Alice, the all-electric, nine-passenger commuter aircraft designed and built by Eviation, has made its inaugural flight. The nine minute undertaking saw the unconventional machine liftoff at approximately 07:10 PDT from Grant County International Airport (MWH) in Moses Lake, Washington. Test pilot Steve Crane urged Alice to an altitude of 3,500-feet and made several passes over the airport vicinity before bringing the sleek, low-wing aircraft to safe landing. Prince Albert II, of Monaco, has announced

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.29.22: More ATPs, Wright State, ANG Milestone

Also: More USAF Fighters Urged, “Pappy” Spinks Honored, “Flying Classroom”, Mil Recruitment Lags

The pilot shortage may see a small respite of sorts, as statisticians dig into FAA numbers to see that 9,087 freshly certificated commercial airline pilots have been minted in the last 12 months, besting 2019 numbers by nearly 2,500 pilots. The AirLine Pilot’s Association is happy to see the improvement, as Captain Joe DePete announced at the Association’s annual Air Safety Forum. Wright State University and First Flight Aviation will be teaming up to offer flight training near the birthplace of aviation itself in Huffman

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Emergency AD: Viking Air Limited

AD: 2022-21-51 Prompted By Multiple Recent Reports Of Cracks In The Left-Hand Elevator Auxiliary Spar

Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2022-21-51 is sent to owners and operators of Viking Air Limited (type certificate previously held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.) Model DHC-3 airplanes. This Emergency AD was prompted by multiple recent reports of cracks in the left-hand elevator auxiliary spar. The FAA’s analysis of these reports indicates that immediate AD action is warranted. The FAA is issuing this AD to detect and address cracks, corrosion, and previous repairs to the left-hand elevator auxiliary spar. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in elevator flutter leading to elevator failure, with consequent l

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NTSB Prelim: Wren Ronnie D Titan II

After Striking Trees, (The Aircraft) Had Come To Rest Inverted In A Swamp

On September 17, 2022, about 1847 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built Titan Tornado II airplane, N709RD, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Citra, Florida. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. On the day of the accident, the pilot and passenger departed Patch O Blue Airport (FD02), Orange Springs, Florida about 1835.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.07.22)

Aero Linx: Lake Amphibian Club This website is created and sponsored by the Lake Amphibian Club, to help spread the word about these wonderful, versatile amphibians that can land just about anywhere, making traveling in small aircraft adventurous, safe, and just plain fun. The public portion of the site includes a tremendous amount of information about Lakes, that should help anyone interested in the planes learn more about them.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.07.22): ICAO Three-Letter Designator (3LD)

ICAO Three-Letter Designator (3LD) An ICAO 3LD is an exclusive designator that, when used together with a flight number, becomes the aircraft call sign and provides distinct aircraft identification to air traffic control (ATC). ICAO approves 3LDs to enhance the safety and security of the air traffic system. An ICAO 3LD may be assigned to a company, agency, or organization and is used instead of the aircraft registration number for ATC operational and security purposes. An ICAO 3LD is also used for aircraft identification in the flight plan and associated messages and can be used for domestic and international flights. A telephony associated with an ICAO 3LD is used for radio communication.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.07.22)

"Ultimately, one day I'm pretty confident that you'll be able to fly from here to San Francisco on an aircraft with something like a gas-turbine burning hydrogen, but there's no way that we're going to be doing that in the next 15 years... So we need a transitional technology.” Source: Rolls-Royce CEO Warren East, commenting on his calling forcalled for the aerospace industry to hasten its march toward sustainability.

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