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August 26, 2023

Biden DOJ Sues SpaceX

From A Priori to Zero Tolerance

Alleging the world-leading orbital space-launch provider’s hiring practices discriminate against asylum seekers and refugees, the Biden DOJ has sued SpaceX.

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Wisconsin Airport Faces Sudden and Unforeseen Closure

Portage, Wisconsin Faces Loss of C47 Municipal Airport

The Common Council of the City of Portage, Wisconsin is set to vote on a resolution which proposes to permanently and unexpectedly close the Portage Municipal Airport (C47). The proposal from which the resolution arose was put on the City of Portage Common Council’s agenda on Friday, 18 August 2023. The move—unforeseen and unwelcomed by many members of the Portage community—was further decried upon the announcement that the Common Council’s vote on the resolution would be held less than one-week after the proposal’s introduction.

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Fourth Conspirator Found Guilty of Aerospace Industrial Espionage

California Man Awaits Sentencing

A California man has been found guilty of conspiracy to steal aircraft design and testing information as part of a plot devised for purpose of hastening the development and regulatory approval of a third-party’s aircraft technology. Following a five-day trial in the U.S. District Court in Savannah, Georgia, Juan Martinez, 53, of Yorba Linda, California, was convicted on one count of Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets—so stated U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia Jill E. Steinberg.

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Airborne 08.18.23: AF BWB Prototype, Lahaina Airlift, CiES STC

Also: Enstrom Update, Powered-Lift SFAR, Folding Knee Desk, Spirit-Wayman Partnership

etZero has benefitted from a US Air Force award of $235-million to build an airliner-scale, piloted, Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator in partnership with Northrop-Grumman and Scaled Composites. The funds will be distributed over a four-year period culminating, presumably, in a 2027 first-flight. The planned aircraft will be assembled at Scaled Composites’s Mojave, California facility and powered, ostensibly, by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW100-series Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines. General aviation aircraft owners and pilots mobilized their machines and must

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American Airlines Flight Attendants to Picket

Strike Authorization Vote Results Pending

Upwards of 26,000 American Airlines (AAL) Flight Attendants are demanding a new contract comprising long-sought pay and quality-of-life improvements. On 30 August 2023—the Wednesday preceding the busy Labor Day travel weekend—American Airlines Flight Attendants represented by the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) will hold a series of informational pickets at twelve AAL Flight Attendant bases across the U.S. The planned-pickets will see the results of a strike authorization initiative recently voted upon by AAL Flight Attendants made public.

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Alabama Students to Build Van’s RV-12

Tango Flight Program Fostering Interest in Aerospace Careers

The 2023/24 school year will see schools in Mobile County, Alabama’s Satsuma City School System offer Tango Flight, a two-year program by which students build an actual two-seat airplane. Students enrolled in the Tango Flight program undergo two-years of didactic training germane to aerodynamic principles, aircraft design and construction, and building techniques. Contemporaneously, students undertake the construction of a Van’s RV-12—a popular kit airplane produced by Oregon-based Van’s Aircraft.

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Klyde Morris (08.21.23)

What Klyde and His Friends Could Have Done With $235 Million...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Duncan Completes STC on Gogo AVANCE Upgrades for Hawker-800XP

Connectivity for a Venerable Platform

Duncan Aviation’s Engineering & Certification Services has developed a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) covering the equipment upgrade from Gogo Business Aviation’s legacy Air-to-Ground (ATG) systems to the newer AVANCE L3 Wi-Fi system for operators of the Hawker 800XP (HS-125/800XP) business jets. Subject STC was completed on such an aircraft at Duncan Aviation’s satellite facility on Chesterfield, Missouri’s Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS).

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Airlines Upcycling Crew Uniforms and Aircraft Components

Repurposing with Purpose

South Korean flag-carrier and Hanjin Group subsidiary Korean Air has donated first-aid kits fashioned from upcycled aircrew uniforms to two Seoul-area community organizations. The move speaks at once to the veracity of the air-carriers social conscientiousness and the ingenuity of its sustainability initiatives. The term upcycle denotes the reuse of discarded objects or materials in ways conducive to the creation of products of higher quality or value.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna T206H

During The Go-Around, The Airplane Seemed Low And Then The Witness Lost Sight Of The Airplane

On July 30, 2023, about 1230 mountain daylight time, a Cessna T206H, N918KG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Valley County, Idaho. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness, who was located near the airport observed the airplane attempt to land in gusty wind conditions. Subsequently, the pilot aborted the landing and accomplished a go-around. During the go-around, the airplane seemed low and then the witness lost sight of the airplane, when it went around a ridgeline.

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Classic Aero-TV: How It All Started - Sporty's Founder Hal Shevers

From 2019 (YouTube Version): One-On-One With The Founder Of One Of The Best-Known Aviation Products Companies

Sporty's started out as "Sportsman's Market Incorporated" ... but according to founder Hal Shevers, "that was a mouthful" and people were simply referring to the company as "Sporty's". And that's what the company has been called ever since. Hal founded Sporty’s over 50 years ago as a young flight instructor, and he’s been flying and teaching aviation ever since. In the mid-1960s, he pioneered the three d

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.26.23)

Aero Linx: Taylorcraft Foundation, Inc. The Taylorcraft Foundation is exclusively organized for charitable, educational & scientific activities and is intended to preserve the history and technical information of Taylorcraft organisations and the airplanes the produced. This Foundation is a chartered Ohio Corporation and has been granted USA IRS 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, tax exempt, organization. The Taylorcraft Foundation maintains archives, provides information and research assistance when possible to aircraft owners, and works to preserve Taylorcraft history.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.26.23): Lost Communications

Lost Communications Loss of the ability to communicate by radio. Aircraft are sometimes referred to as NORDO (No Radio). Standard pilot procedures are specified in 14 CFR Part 91. Radar controllers issue procedures for pilots to follow in the event of lost communications during a radar approach when weather reports indicate that an aircraft will likely encounter IFR weather conditions during the approach. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.26.23)

“Tango Flight has a test pilot, and once it’s clear to their engineers and quality assurance, he will come down and take possession of the plane, and then he will test fly it. And when they give it the okay there, then the plane is good to be on the market.”   Source: Satsuma City Schools superintendent Tim Guinn, discussing the future of an RV-12 currently under construction by his students.

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