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August 28, 2023

Lakeland, FL-Based ‘Affordable Flying Expo’ Now in Advanced Planning Stages

Yup... We Are Serious About This...

With the demise of the once well-regarded fly-ins at Sebring and DeLand, many sport aviation fans and companies have abhorred the vacuum that has been created in their absence. While Sun ‘n Fun and Oshkosh provide a lot of opportunities to see the best and brightest from among the sport aviation industry’s finest offerings, those immense shows provide less opportunity for close inspection, demo flights, and special attention for that unique and valuable segment of the aviation world. 

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Airborne 08.28.23: DoJ v SpaceX, Boom Readies For Flight Test, Montaer 4-Place

 Also: WI Airport Threatened, RIP: Creighton King, That's All Brother, Clifford Henderson Trophy

 
 
Alleging the world-leading orbital space-launch provider’s hiring practices discriminate against asylum seekers and refugees, the Biden DOJ has sued SpaceX. In a statement, the DOJ set forth: “The lawsuit alleges that, from at least September 2018 to May 2022, SpaceX routinely discouraged asylees and refugees from applying and refused to hire or consider them, because of their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” the Justice Department said in a statement. Boom Supersonic, the American company about the highly-speculative business of designing and producing a supersonic airliner dubbed

Famed C-47’s Autumn 2023 Itinerary Published

That’s All, Brother to Tour Western U.S.

The Douglas C-47A Skytrain Dubbed That’s All, Brother will make autumn 2023 tour stops in Colorado, Utah, California, New Mexico, and Texas. At each stop, visitors will be afforded opportunity to view the aircraft, tour its interior, and purchase rides aboard such. Crews expert in That’s All, Brother’s history, restoration, and operation will answer questions about the aircraft and recount the exploits of the fighting men by which it was flown and maintained.

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Licensed, Modified RotorWay A600 On the Way from Advanced Tactics, Inc

AFWERX Contractor Sets its Sights on LSA Helo Market with Fly-By-Wire Entrant

Californian defense contractor Advanced Tactics, Inc. has signed an agreement with Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Company (heir to RotorWay Helicopter Company) for the design, modification, and production of a new and improved version of their A600 Turbo kit helicopter. Their decision to diversify away from the world of government contracting lies in their hopes of a tidal shift for light sport aircraft, particularly upcoming changes that could broaden the utility envelope and marketability of the homebuilt light helicopter. 

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Racing Pilot of Note, Creighton King, Lost in Utah Aircraft Mishap

Family, Friends, and Aero Formula 1 Community Mourn Creighton King

The pilot of a Cassutt 111M racing airplane killed in the vicinity of West Jordan, Utah’s South Valley Regional Airport (U42) on Wednesday, 23 August 2023 has been identified as Creighton King, 50, of West Valley City, Utah. King, who was successively identified by family-members, the West Jordan Police Department, and social-media posts, was the downed aircraft’s owner and had raced the machine for more than a decade. A Facebook group dedicated to Cassutt aircraft claimed Mr. King, at the time of the accident, had been testing the plane in advance of a forthcoming race.

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National Association of Flight Instructors Publishes Summit Topics

Tips, Tricks, and Wisdom On Deck in Lakeland This October

The first ever NAFI Summit will be held this October from the 24th to 26th at the Sun 'n Fun campus of Lakeland Linder International Airport. The Florida home of all things aviation will "bring together CFIs, industry leaders, and others in aviation education" to attend "more than 25 interactive seminars designed to help CFIs improve their skills, refine their techniques, and increase their business acumen". NAFI has always been a dedicated group regarding those points, looking to improve the general stock of general aviation instructor while ensuring they can provide their services year after year - ideally as lifelong professionals instead of begrudging industry stopovers.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 08.17.23: MidWest LSA Expo, MOSAIC Update, DarkAero

Also: BlackFly Early Access, AEA on MOSAIC, iFly EFB 12.2, Cessna 120-140 Association

One of the more enjoyable events we attended last year was the Midwest LSA Expo which, this year, will be held September 7–September 9 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (MVN) in Illinois. Unusually well-run, though a little bit lower key than Lakleand or Oshkosh, the Midwest LSA Expo is dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of Light Sport Aircraft and the community that surrounds them. The responses to MOSAIC grow and many of those we have seen are thoughtful and well-targeted on issues of interest to sport flyers everywhere… especially in asking for a more l

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ZeroAvia Reaches Partnership Agreement with Masdar

Clean Energy Company Agrees to "Explore Hydrogen Production and Supply at Key Locations"

ZeroAvia has a new partner in Emirati energy company Masdar, which will "focus initially on projects in North America and Europe, while also looking at the opportunity to establish clean flight operations in the UAE." Masdar has made a point to build itself up to be an early adopter of hydrogen fuel tech, looking to make early bird investments in strategic projects and scalable platforms in key markets. Under its current plans, the firm hopes to pump out at least 1 million tons of hydrogen per annum by 2030, the bulk of the UAE's goal to produce 1.4 million tons overall. From there, the country will only expand its efforts, intending to eventually reach 15 mil

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FAA Awards Another $121 Million to Reduce Close Calls at Airports

Funding Aims to Enhance, Standardize Airport Layouts to Eliminate Near-Accidents

The FAA announced the next batch of recipients to gain funding for improved taxiways, lighting systems, and airport accouterments in an effort to reduce runway incursions after a rash of high-profile incidents. The money will come from the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program and the recent infrastructure law. Winners of the funding include Ted Stevens Anchorage International, in Alaska; Willow Run Airport of Detroit, Michigan; Boston Logan International, in Massachusetts; Naples International in Florida; Jackson Hole Airport, in Wyoming, Richmond International, in Virginia;, Eugene F Kranz Toledo Express, in Ohio, and Ronald Reagan Washington National, in Was

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Kelluu Airships Opt for AgEagle's RedEdge-P Sensor Suite

New Equipment Takes "Inspection and Monitoring to Entirely New Level in Finland"

Kelluu Ltd, a Finnish company, has opted to install AgEagle's RedEdge-P Multispectral Sensors into their Kelluu Unmanned airships, improving their performance in their primary survey, inspection, and patrol roles. The Kelluu airships offer a high-endurance, sustainable, and reliable aircraft for use in the usual survey mission, boasting more than 12 hours of hydrogen-powered uptime while they putter around their patrol area. Kelluu's aircraft have been pressed into service as stewards of Finlands forests and lands, protecting a 15B euro market from illicit logging and parasitic infestations.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 08.17.23: MidWest LSA Expo, MOSAIC Update, DarkAero

Also: BlackFly Early Access, AEA on MOSAIC, iFly EFB 12.2, Cessna 120-140 Association

One of the more enjoyable events we attended last year was the Midwest LSA Expo which, this year, will be held September 7–September 9 at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport (MVN) in Illinois. Unusually well-run, though a little bit lower key than Lakleand or Oshkosh, the Midwest LSA Expo is dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of Light Sport Aircraft and the community that surrounds them. The responses to MOSAIC grow and many of those we have seen are thoughtful and well-targeted on issues of interest to sport flyers everywhere… especially in asking for a more l

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Classic Aero-TV: PS Engineering Double Threat--Ultimate GA Audio Panel Innovator

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Audio Panels Engineered for Pilots with Features that Make Sense…

At EAA AirVenture 2016, PS Engineering Inc. was talking about, and showing, their PMA450A and PMA8000G audio panels for aircraft. While audio panels started off as simply a box that allowed switching between a couple of radios, we are now a long way from that starting point. About the only thing these audio panels don’t do is start your morning coffee, and we’ll have to see if that shows up next year.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172

Highest Ground Speed Recorded Was 75 Knots Before The Speed Rapidly Decreased Near The End Of The Flight

On August 4, 2023, at 1201 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172P, N697FL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at North Perry Airport (HWO), Pembroke Pines, Florida, the flight instructor, and the front seat passenger sustained fatal injuries, and the rear seat passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 sightseeing flight. According to family members of the passengers, the purpose of the flight was a scenic tour of downtown Miami.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.28.23)

Aero Linx: Vertical Aviation Safety Team (VAST) We are a public–private initiative to enhance worldwide flight operations safety in all segments of the vertical flight industry. Team members comprise international regional safety teams; safety authorities, including civil aviation authorities; and other industry stakeholders that work to improve global vertical flight safety.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.23): Precision Approach Radar [ICAO]

Precision Approach Radar [ICAO] Primary radar equipment used to determine the position of an aircraft during final approach, in terms of lateral and vertical deviations relative to a nominal approach path, and in range relative to touchdown.

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