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June 24, 2024

Fake Pilot With Fake A/C Registration Pleads Guilty

Repeat Alaskan Offender Guilty Of Acting as Airman Without a Pilot's Certificate and Aircraft Registration Fraud

Just what aviation needed, yet another black eye... this time from a repeat offender (see the attached wanted poster for previous crimes charged over a decade ago) who's had no end of trouble with the feds over the last decade-plus. On June 6, 2024, Michael Anthony Roberts pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska to charges of acting as an airman without a pilot's certificate and aircraft registration fraud. 

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B-29 Doc Gets Around! Adds To Tour Schedule

Historic Aircraft Adds Wings & Wheels At Decatur Airport To Its August Schedule

The ever-so-mobile B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will be a part of the Wings & Wheels event at Decatur Airport, August 3-4, 2024. B-29 Doc, one of 1,644 B-29 Superfortress aircraft built by the Boeing Company in Wichita, KS, during World War II, will be available for ground and cockpit tours, as well as B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides during the tour stop in Decatur, Illinois. “Doc’s appearance at the event is bound to be a significant draw for aviation enthusiasts and history lovers alike” stated Decatur Airport Director, Tim Wright. “Seeing this historic aircraft in person will be a unique and unforgettable experience, and

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Starliner Return Delayed Again... And Again

One Really Has To Wonder What's Happening With This Test Flight?

Another day, another Starliner delay... or so it seems. NASA and Boeing leadership report that they are 'are adjusting the return to Earth of the Starliner Crew Flight Test spacecraft with agency astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams from the International Space Station.' The move off Wednesday, June 26, deconflicts Starliner’s undocking and landing from a series of planned International Space Station spacewalks while allowing mission teams time to review propulsion system data. Uh-huh....

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Wright Brothers Trophy Recipient is Ben Baldanza

His Innovations Made Significant Impact on Airlines Throughout Career

The 2024 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy will be awarded to Ben Baldanza at the Aero Club of Washington’s 76th Annual Wright Memorial Dinner on December 13, 2024, in Washington, D.C. The announcement was made on June 17 by the National Aeronautic Association, who established the Trophy in 1948. The prestigious honor commemorates the memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright and is awarded to a single person who has made significant contributions of public service and great value to aviation in America.

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Coast Guard Rescues 2 People From Downed Seneca II

Aircraft Went Down Off The Turks And Caicos Islands

A Piper PA-34-200 Seneca ditched into the sea about 10 miles off Northwest Point, Providenciales, following a loss of engine power. The aircraft was enroute from North Palm Beach County Airport, FL (F45) to Providenciales International Airport (PLS/BPV) when it experienced power loss. The Coast Guard rescued two people on board, Saturday, after F-BXLZ, a Piper Seneca, ditched 10 miles northwest of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. A Coast Guard Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew hoisted both individuals and transported them to emergency medical services at Turks and Caicos International Airport in stable condition.

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Raisbeck Aviation High School Wins GAMA Design Challenge Award

Team Was the Best Of 60 Competitors

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the winner of the 2024 GAMA Aviation Design Challenge is the team from Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Washington. Taking second place was the Porter High School team in Porter, Texas, and the third-place award went to the Gonzaga College High School team in Washington, D.C. More than 60 high school teams representing 28 states from around the country vied for the awards.

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Airborne 06.17.24: Icon Sale?, Risen TransAtlantic Crossing, ISS Scare

Also: AirVenture Schedule, Aero-Playground, LA ANG F15 Milestone, Eve Air Mobility

Court documents have identified ‘SG Investment America’ as the successful bidder in the convoluted bankruptcy process that should see them as Icon Aircraft’s new owner. It was not a big draw--especially after a rumored 450 possible bidders turned them down... 'SG Investment America' is not as American as titled but pretty much owned by Chinese corporate interests... making Icon the latest of several American aviation concerns that have had their ownership and Intellectual property taken over by companies based in China... An amazing flight has just been comple

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Aero-TV: SUN 'n FUN Medical - Ready to Treat More Than Sunburns

The Medical Team of SNF Is Prepared For Just About Anything

After a little medical incident of the Aero-News team, ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell stopped by the medical facility for a quick tour at this year’s SUN ‘n FUN 2024.The lovely Margo Wesley, Chairman of Sun ‘n Fun Medical Hospitality, gave everyone a rundown of the human-maintenance facilities that keep the show going year after year. With huge crowds descending upon lakeland every year, it’s not too surprising that the Aerospace Center for Excellence has created a fairly plush little medial facility, allowing staff on site to take care of a wider spectrum of in-field issues w

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NTSB Final Report: Blue Side Up Inc Comp Air 8 SS52

The Pilot Of The Airplane Declared Minimum Fuel With Air Traffic Control (ATC)

Analysis: The pilot and passenger departed on a cross-country flight. Automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the airplane flew at a cruise altitude between 11,000 ft and 13,000 ft mean sea level (msl) on a north to northeast heading consistent with its planned destination for most of the flight. About 30 minutes before the end of the flight, the airplane began a descent and then turned east. Shortly thereafter, the pilot of the airplane declared minimum fuel with air traffic control (ATC). A few minutes later the pilot declared critical fuel due to a fuel leak.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.24)

Aero Linx: EC-130J Commando Solo The EC-130J Commando Solo, a specially-modified four-engine Hercules transport, conducts airborne Information Operations via digital and analog radio and television broadcasts. These missions are often flown at night to reduce probability of detection in politically sensitive or hostile territories. The EC-130J are flown by the 193rd Special Operations Wing, a Pennsylvania Air National Guard unit, gained by Air Force Special Operations Command.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.24): Touchdown Zone Lighting

Touchdown Zone Lighting Two rows of transverse light bars located symmetrically about the runway centerline normally at 100 foot intervals. The basic system extends 3,000 feet along the runway.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.24.24)

“We are taking our time and following our standard mission management team process. We are letting the data drive our decision making relative to managing the small helium system leaks and thruster performance we observed during rendezvous and docking. Additionally, given the duration of the mission, it is appropriate for us to complete an agency-level review, similar to what was done ahead of the NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 return after two months on orbit, to document the agency’s formal acceptance on proceeding as planned.” Source: Steve Stich, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. reiterating the latest reasons for Starliner to remain in place, in space. 

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