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May 13, 2023

Classic Aero-TV: Upgrading The Future - Profiling the Stratos 716X

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Stratos Jets Will Initially Be Offered As Kits

Stratos Aircraft presented an update on its VLJ program and introduced the Stratos 716 model at AirVenture this summer. The Stratos 716X is an evolution of the 714 Proof of Concept (PoC) aircraft. The all carbon fiber 716X features trailing link gear, is powered by a Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 and is configured with dual G3X screens, GTN 750 MFD, integrated Garmin Autopilot, dual standby attitude indicators, custom switch panels, fully automated pressurization system and air conditioni

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Pilatus Delivers 2,000th PC-12

Historic Aircraft Handed Over to PlaneSense

Renowned for the outstanding aircraft it produces for both niche and mainstream markets, Swiss aerospace manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. announced on 12 May 2023 that it had delivered the two-thousandth specimen of its popular PC-12 single-engine turboprop. The anniversary aircraft was allotted to PlaneSense—the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based fractional aircraft ownership concern—by way of symbolic thanks for the company’s long-standing loyalty to the Pilatus marque.

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Embraer Inks $5B Deal with NetJets

Mondo Sale Will Expand NetJets Fleet by 250 Praetor 500s

One can only imagine the hi-fives around Embraer today, when word came in that the company has sold $5 billion in Praetor 500s to longtime customer NetJets Aviation. The sale will provide 250 of the aircraft, which will join the NetJets fleet of similar Embraer models like the midsize Praetor 500 and older Phenom 300. The operator has continued to wax in popularity since the 2020 travel shakeup, when restrictive airline and airport conditions chased well-heeled clientele right into the arms of fractional jet and charter operators around the world.

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EAA Updates Oshkosh Procedures

Changes to Arrivals, Departures, and Schedules to be Reviewed in June 14 Webinar

The EAA has announced a few FAA-approved changes in the AirVenture Oshkosh 2023 arrival & departure procedures. The most noticeable changes will include a change in the ultralight pattern at Wittman Regional Airport, revised guidance for parking areas in the North and South 40, Elimination of the "Fond du Lac" diversion procedure, and some slight changes to air show schedules. The procedures will be in effect from Thursday, July 20th through noon on Monday, July 31st. To help newcomers, the EAA will hold a webinar on June 14th at 1900 hrs CDT to go over the notice. Details may be found at 

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FAPA Pilot Retirement/Recruitment Event Announced

Opportunity Knocks

Future & Active Pilot Advisors (FAPA) is a Nevada-based organization about the noble work of providing career and financial advice to professional pilots at all stages of their careers—from first paying cockpit gig to retirement and beyond. On 11 May 2023, FAPA announced its Second Annual Pilot Retirement Event—a recruitment initiative undertaken for purpose of addressing the ostensible shortage of pilots in certain sectors of the aviation industry. In addition to its Pilot Job Fair for journeyman aviators FAPA will host a Future Pilot Seminar for aspiring flyers.

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Picketing Season in Full Swing?

NetJets Pilots Turn Out In Hundreds for Info Picket

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) hosted the "largest informational picket in NetJets history" on May 6th, taking issue with the company's handling of the NetJets Brand. The picket took place during the 2023 Berkshire Hathaway Shareholders' Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, with more than 800 off-duty NetJets pilots & family stood up to represent the 3,000+ pilots that work for the operator. NetJets Aviation is a subsidiary of Berkshire, making them a prime pressure point for a pilot base that feels unheard by their immediate executives. 

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Archer Rolls Out First Midnight eVTOL

Ground Testing Imminent

On 28 March 2023, Archer Aviation, the California-based designer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, announced that its eVTOL, dubbed Midnight, had recently completed a six-week series of tests in RUAG’s Large Subsonic Wind Tunnel in Emmen, Switzerland. On 11 May, the company set forth it had completed final assembly of the first full-scale Midnight aircraft and shipped the machine from Archer’s Palo Alto facility to its Salinas flight test installation, where a ground-testing campaign is to be presently embarked upon.

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Air Force Brass Fired Over Misconduct

While Details Remain Unknown, Maj. Gen. Stewart is Out for Good

The commander overseeing the US Air Force's pilot training efforts was removed from his post following an investigation into possible misconduct. Major General Phillip Stewart was cut loose due to what Air Education and Training Command head Lieutenant General Brian Robinson called "a loss of confidence in his ability to lead”. Steward had been on the job for less than a year, with the alleged conduct somewhat mysterious while the investigation remains underway. For the time being, Stewart will be replaced by his former deputy, Brigadier General Christopher Amrhein, until further notice.

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NTSB Releases Final Report on October 2022 Aeronca 7AC Accident

Reverse Engineering

The NTSB has released its final report on a 02 October 2022 accident in which the pilot of a 1946 Aeronca 7AC, registration N3005E, was seriously injured and the airplane substantially damaged following a mishap since attributed to faulty aircraft maintenance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.13.23)

Aero Linx: Classic Airplane Association of Arizona 

The Classic Airplane Association of Arizona, Inc. (CAAA) was incorporated in Arizona as a not for profit corporation on January 10, 2014. The CAAA roster includes over 100 members. Although most are from Arizona, membership is open to anyone anywhere who has an interest in antique and classic aircraft. It is not necessary to own an aircraft or to have a pilot license to become a member. Meetings are typically held at the Casa Grande Airport on the last Saturday of each month and is open to all members. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.13.23): Pre-Departure Clearance

Pre-Departure Clearance

An application with the Terminal Data Link System (TDLS) that provides clearance information to subscribers, through a service provider, in text to the cockpit or gate printer. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.13.23)

Aero-News Quote of the Day

“Today we announced our exciting progress that the final assembly of our first Midnight aircraft is now complete and it is preparing for its flight test program. This aircraft will accelerate and reduce risk on our certification program paving the way for our team to focus on building and conducting piloted operations with conforming aircraft to support the goal of entering into service in 2025.” Source:  Read More

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