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March 27, 2024

Airborne 03.27.24: Bong's P-38, Lunar Ldr TOD, Baconator Via UAV

 Also: 2024 AMA National Fun-Fly, B-29 Doc and B-25 Berlin Express, Rex B737 FFS, Dreamliner Pilot Seats

 
 
The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center has embarked on a search for the remains of its WWII ace namesake's aircraft, working with preservation specialist Pacific Wrecks in an effort to find the P-38 Lightning "Marge". Richard, or 'Dick' as friends and internet-adepts today know him, racked up a healthy medal case throughout his time in the Army Air Corps, downing 40 Japanese aircraft in the Pacific Theater. Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lunar lander is not answering their calls, despite hopes that its solar system would possibly provide enough juice to answer the phone. They called an official "time of death&q

The Future is Here: A Nine Dollar Baconator Delivered By Drone

DoorDash and Wing Join Hands for Drone Deliveries From One Wendy’s Location

Those displeased with the sometimes spotty outcomes of manual food delivery are in luck now that DoorDash is partnering with Wing to provide drone deliveries to customers in one select region in Virginia (as long as they want food from the Wendy's on Franklin Street). Of course, like every piece of news involving customer-facing drone delivery, the affected area remains tiny in the grand scheme of things. It's a natural outcome of the industry's position at the moment, which is still working out the kinks and taking baby steps before setting millions - or billions - of autonomous aircraft whizzing through the US airspace system with cheeseburgers in tow. Ri

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Kansas University Announces Aerospace Engineering Degrees

Remote Learning Programs Available for Would-Be Engineers Breaking Into The Industry

Kansas University announced a new offering, a Master's of Science and Master's of Engineering in the field of Aerospace Engineering. The University of Kansas cites increasingly rosy job prospects for those going into the field, with a growth rate of 6% per year for the next 5 to 10 years. The school describes itself as a "world-class community of students, educators, and researchers shaping the next generation of aerospace systems," perfectly situating them to offer an engineering program with "research skills, technical knowledge, and problem-solving techniques".

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Women in Aviation International Finishes 35th Conference

Growth Abounds for Inernational Sisterhood

Women in Aviation International capped off its 2024 Conference with a flurry of activity, completing its year get-together for the 35th year running - and things were busier than ever. The Conference saw some record attendance and exhibition numbers, with more than 5,200 attendees representing 35 countries. The WAI Chapter network has grown, too, reaching 180 chapters in 26 nations. There's more international growth to do, though, since the USA accounts for 140 chapters domestically, with only 40 outside the states. The scale is also apparent from the level of industry support at WAI2024, with more than 200 distinct companies, groups, and organizations making an appearance.

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Rex Moves B737 FFS From Ansett Grounds, Refusing Sale

Domestic Carrier Digs In Its Heels, Establishing Own Trading Facility After Leaseback Loggerheads

Rex, the “largest independent regional and domestic airline” in Australia, stood its ground in a beef with international but somehow surprisingly Australian Ansett Aviation Training, deciding to move their expensive, spiffy 737 sim to a new facility instead of selling it off. The tale is interesting - or as close to interesting as drama in the aviation training industry goes - as the Rex Level D FFS, a Boeing 737NG, UPRT-approved model, had spent its life at an Ansett facility in Brisbane, Australia. Its term of residence expired in 2023, and Ansett Aviation Training refused to extend its term with a new contract. Rex says that they w

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FAA Announces $20M in Control Tower Refurb

20 Small & Regional Airports tot See Improvements

The FAA is awarding $20 million to the creation or refurbishment of 20 airport-owned traffic control towers across 17 states under the 'Contract Tower Program'. The money comes from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, specifically earmarked to "smaller and regional airports to improve safety and support critical aviation operations such as commercial passenger flights, cargo flights, emergency services, agricultural aviation, and flight training." The airports range from Bullhead International in Arizona, where the tower will gain better fire protection, comms equipment, security, mechanical, and interior enhancements along with ADA-compliant layouts.

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Airborne 03.15.24: AEA24 LIVE!, NTSB on P-63/B-17 MidAir, Hartzell-Whirlwind

Also: Boeing Whistleblower, Joby Aviation, Aircraft Parts Bust, AF Crew Trains w USCG

Our Airborne schedule will be interrupted next week as we live-stream AEA2024. AEA Dallas 2024 is coming up soon, running from March 19th to the 22nd -- and the Aero-News network, in over 15 years of expert coverage, will bring you the very best of it LIVE at www.airborne-live.net. ANN LIVE Coverage of the 2024 AEA Convention and Trade Show Starts Tuesday, 03.19, at 0915ET With the New Product Introduction Session! LIVE Interview Segments Start at 1500ET, on Wednesday and 1200ET on Thursday! The initial bolus of investigative material has been published in the on

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Airborne 03.15.24: AEA24 LIVE!, NTSB on P-63/B-17 MidAir, Hartzell-Whirlwind

Also: Boeing Whistleblower, Joby Aviation, Aircraft Parts Bust, AF Crew Trains w USCG

Our Airborne schedule will be interrupted next week as we live-stream AEA2024. AEA Dallas 2024 is coming up soon, running from March 19th to the 22nd -- and the Aero-News network, in over 15 years of expert coverage, will bring you the very best of it LIVE at www.airborne-live.net. ANN LIVE Coverage of the 2024 AEA Convention and Trade Show Starts Tuesday, 03.19, at 0915ET With the New Product Introduction Session! LIVE Interview Segments Start at 1500ET, on Wednesday and 1200ET on Thursday! The initial bolus of investigative material has been published in the ongoing s

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Bell Offers Avionics Upgrade Package for 412EP Aircraft

Bring Older Aircraft Up to Factory Spec With Ready-Made BasiX-Pro

Bell Textron has gotten FAA certification for its Basix-Pro Glass Retrofit Kit, creating a new flight deck upgrade compatible with all Bell 412EP models. The new glass cockpit retrofit suite offers all the usual benefits of a glass panel, with synth vision, reduced workload, greater screen space for mapping and charting, and better all-around situational awareness. The retrofit kit offers installers the same gear used in the production line at Textron, with the same Astronautics displays and Garmin avionics included with everything needed to hook them up. It's a great way to upgrade a faithful old aircraft, doing away with old, finicky vacuum gauges and replacing them with depe

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StandardAero Introduces CTEM for LEAP Engines

MRO Further Adds Capability to Portfolio of Services

StandardAero, having completed the CFM LEAP engine stand up, is now ready to offer Continued Time Engine Maintenance (CTEM) workscopes for LEAP powerplants. It's good news for those operating the LEAP-1A found in the Airbus A320neo family, or the LEAP-1B from the Boeing 737 MAX. StandardAero can perform high-pressure turbine shroud replacements for either version of the LEAP engine. The company moved pretty quick in getting ready to service them, since the news comes scarcely one year after it signed a CFM Branded Service Agreement covering the LEAP-1A and LEAP-1B.

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NTSB Final Report: Aircraft Designs Inc. Stallion

When The Pilot Raised The Landing Gear, The Engine Immediately Lost All Power

Analysis: The pilot observed a high voltage warning during the experimental amateur-built airplane’s takeoff roll on the 5th flight during phase 1 testing. The pilot continued the takeoff and the airplane climbed normally to an altitude of 50 ft. When the pilot raised the landing gear, the engine immediately lost all power. He performed a forced landing straight ahead to a field, during which the fuselage sustained substantial damage. A postaccident examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the primary alternator circuit breaker was open.

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Classic Aero-TV: 2009 Airshow Stunner – Art Nalls’ Civilian Harrier

From 2009 (YouTube Version): Nalls Summarizes the Civilian Harrier’s First Year on the Air Show Circuit

Art Nalls’ made history when in the 2009 air show season, he premiered the first civilian “Harrier” show on the circuit.  Aero-TV caught up with Nalls at the 2009 ICAS Convention. In addition to successfully completing the six show benchmark, Nalls’ announced several other accomplishments; beyond completing the designated air show schedule, another pilot received qualification for the civilian Harrier. Though the retired USMC major general has had over 2,500 hours in the Harrier, Joe Anderson is not new to the Ha

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.27.24)

Aero Linx: Utah Back Country Pilots Association (UBCP) Through the sharing experiences, the UBCP has built upon a foundation of safe operating practices in some of the most challenging aspects of back country aviation. Because of the great initiative exercised by the UBCP Board Members of the past, airstrips such as Mexican Mountain, once sought to be closed, are open to the public today. The UBCP and its members endorse and exercise responsible use practices such as "Pack it in / Pack it out" and "Tread Lightly" as well as some of our own in-house programs. From hosting regular meetings, to back country fly-ins, and our random meet-ups on Fremont Island, the UBCP aims to build a community of ba

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.27.24): Estimated (EST)

Estimated (EST) When used in NOTAMs “EST” is a contraction that is used by the issuing authority only when the condition is expected to return to service prior to the expiration time. Using “EST” lets the user know that this NOTAM has the possibility of returning to service earlier than the expiration time. Any NOTAM which includes an “EST” will be auto−expired at the designated expiration time.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.27.24)

"Expanding our partnership with DoorDash and launching in the U.S. is a direct result of the success we've seen from our initial collaboration in Australia, where Wing has served tens of thousands of customers via the DoorDash app for over a year now. Wing has now made over 350,000 deliveries across three countries and looking ahead we are focused on providing a fast, affordable and safe service to our partners so they can better serve their customers. This moment continues our meaningful expansion of this service in the U.S. and advances our shared goal to better the last-mile delivery ecosystem." Source: Cosimo Leipold, Head of Partnerships, at Wing, chatting about their partnering with DoorDash to provide drone deliveries to c

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