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April 15, 2023

CAF Aircraft Take Part in Tornado Relief Efforts

In Like a Lion …

On 29 March 2023, in the wake of a four-day outbreak of 31 confirmed tornadoes, a composite squadron of Commemorative Air Force (CAF) aircraft from multiple CAF Wings delivered medicine, water, trash bags, baby wipes, and other needed supplies to the town on Rolling Fork, Mississippi, through which an EF4 tornado tore on 24 March.

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Airman Receives Distinguished Flying Cross

ISR Pilot’s Actions Saved 184 Lives

On 28 March 2023, during the 363d Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing Commander’s Leadership Summit, at Virginia’s Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Master Sergeant Zachary Cooper was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his valor and comportment in the face of enemy fire. The decoration was presented to Cooper by General Mark Kelly.  

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In Memory of Larry Flynn

President, Gulfstream Aerospace

Following a courageous battle with cancer, Mr. Larry Flynn, 71, passed on from a remarkable and well-lived life on 12 April 2023. A former president and vice-president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and General Dynamics respectively, Mr. Flynn made a distinguished and memorable career of his lifelong passion—the aerospace industry.

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Airborne 04.07.23: Mk-II Aurora Spaceplane, UK Museum Threatened, Collier Trophy

Also: Brew Crew Blunder, Seaplane Pilots Association, United Aviate Academy, Tamarack Winglet Separation

Dawn Aerospace has successfully completed the first series of rocket-powered test-flights of its Mk-II Aurora spaceplane. The flight-test campaign was carried out at New Zealand’s Glentanner Aerodrome on 29, 30, and 31 March. The accomplishment occasions an important milestone in the Aurora platform’s development and advances the company’s stated mission of “revolutionizing space access.” The U.K.’s Cornwall Aviation Heritage Centre’s (CAHC) plans to relocate its collection of aviation artifacts to a new site have

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US Army LUH-72A Lakota Fleet Adopts ICARUS Device

Tales from the Hood

ICARUS Devices—a Wisconsin-based start-up founded by Nick Sinopoli in the wake of a friend’s aviation-related death—announced the U.S. Army has issued an Airworthiness Release authorizing use of the company’s Instrument Conditions Awareness, Recognition, and Understanding System (ICARUS) Device throughout the entirety of the service’s LUH-72A Lakota fleet.

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NBAA Calls Upon FAA to Amend SMS Proposal

One Size Does NOT Fit All

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), by dint of comments submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 12 April 2023, made clear that while the larger aviation industry supports, more or less, de rigueur initiatives to enhance safety of flight, the agency’s new proposal to saddle private, air-taxi, and business aviation with Part 121 Safety Management System (SMS) regulations misses the mark—by a wide margin.

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SkyDrop Obtains New Zealand Approval for Drone Delivery Hub

First Operational Hub will “Unlock Revenue-Generating Deliveries" with a Clear Path to Economic Viability

SkyDrop, neé Flirtey, has obtained its Part 102 approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch the firm's first drone hub in Huntly, New Zealand. The new location will allow them to provide “live store to door drone delivery” in the country, operating BVLOS in a revenue-generating manner. SkyDrop is excited for the change, saying that the recent approval unlocks “ revenue-generating drone deliveries with a clear path to economic viability for SkyDrop and its customers.”

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Boeing Nabs Pegasus Upgrade Contract

First Block Upgrade Already in Pipeline for Newest Addition to Tanker Fleet

Boeing has been granted the contract for a Block 1 upgrade for the KC-46A to the tune of $184 million, an upgrade that will provide the Pegasus with a qualitative improvement in secure communications. The Air Force has already lauded the KC-46 program for delivering a next-generation, secure platform for fleet support, but Block 1 will add even more robust comms systems to bolster the tanker’s survivability in contested environments.

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Classic Aero-TV: 'WHOA Control' To The Max: Kitfox S7 STi Gets MORE STOLworthy!

From 2015 (YouTube Version): One Of The Most Revered Classic SportPlanes Gets A New Set Of Wings... And Capabilities

If you try to think about a kit airplane company that has passed the test of time, one of the first names that would come to mind is, Kitfox. This year they showed up at EAA AirVenture 2015 with what could best be called an “addendum” to their popular series 7 airplane, and ANN’s News Editor, Tom Patton, was there to get the scoop. Tom met with Kitfox President and CEO, John McBean, to find out what&

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 182S

Airplane Impacted Mountainous Terrain About 30 Miles SW Of CPR At An Elevation Of About 6,990 Ft Mean Sea Level (MSL)

On March 21, 2023 about 1601 mountain daylight time, a Cessna, 182S, N314FR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Alcova, Wyoming. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation. The operator reported that the pilot departed Evanston-Uinta County Airport - Burns Field (EVW) Evanston, Wyoming, on an aerial pipeline patrol.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.23)

Aero Linx: Regional Airline Association (RAA)

Regional airlines provide critical links connecting communities throughout North America to the national and international air transport networks and the vast economic benefits that connectivity brings. It is likely that you have flown on regional airlines regularly. In many cases, flights with fewer than 100 seats feature major airline branding and are operated by regional airline partners under code-sharing agreements. These airlines have their own operating certificates and their own employees. Some regional airlines serve communities through the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. Often, regional airlines are the only viable transportation link

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.23): Say Altitude

Say Altitude

Used by ATC to ascertain an aircraft's specific altitude/flight level. When the aircraft is climbing or descending, the pilot should state the indicated altitude rounded to the nearest 100 feet. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.15.23)

"SkyDrop is excited to work with the CAA to make New Zealand the innovation leader in speedier, cheaper, and greener last-mile drone delivery. This approval is a groundbreaking milestone for SkyDrop, and the drone delivery industry,"  Source: Matthew Sweeny, SkyDrop's Founder, and CEO, as SkyDrop, neé Flirtey, has obtained its Part 102 approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to launch the firm's first drone hub in Huntly, New Zealand.

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