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Wed, Jul 17, 2024

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.17.24): Decision Altitude (DA)

Decision Altitude (DA) A specified altitude (mean sea level (MSL)) on an instrument approach procedure (ILS, GLS, vertically guided RNAV) at which the pilot must decide whether to continue the approach or initiate an immediate missed approach if the pilot does not see the required visual references.

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Wed, Jul 17, 2024

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.17.24)

"SpaceX will perform a full investigation in coordination with the FAA, determine root cause, and make corrective actions to ensure the success of future missions. With a robust satellite and rocket production capability, and a high launch cadence, we’re positioned to rapidly recover and continue our pace as the world’s most active launch services provider."

Source: A SpaceX statement issued after a rare inflight loss of a mission as a second stage booster misfired and caused its payload to be lofted into a much lower orbit than planned.

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Airborne 07.15.24: Airplane Thief, Joe Engle Goes West, B-29 To Decatur

Also: Boeing Deliveries, Caravan STC, Ukraine F-16s, Bell 505 Mexican Tour

A 28-year-old man residing in Concord, California, is out on bail after being arrested in connection with an attempted theft of multiple airplanes from the Buchanan Field Airport (KCCR). Police have charged the man with six felonies including attempted grand theft and attempted fraud. The story began when a local owner got wind of his aircraft being advertised for sale. Which took him by surprise since he knew nothing about it nor had he authorized it. NAA paid tribute to USAF Major General Joe Henry Engle, who passed away on July 10, 2024. Engle always had a passion to fly. But he got his start when he got to the University of Kansas where he spent summers sweeping hangars at Cessna. His boss recognized his passion and began teaching and mentoring him about airplanes. The Wings & Wheels event at Decatur Airport (KDEC) in Decatur, Illinois, was recently added to the B-29

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Airborne 07.12.24: Dillingham Saved, Jim Inhofe Goes West, Boeing Plea

Also: Warrantless Drone Use by Police, PHI Airbus H160, NTPS Change of Command, Bush Marine One

A 50-year lease was signed on Friday July 5 by U.S. Army Garrison Hawai’i Commander Col. Steve McGunegle, Hawai’i Governor Josh Green, M.D., and the Hawai’i Department of Transportation Director Ed Sniffen for Kawaihpai Airfield, known more widely as Dillingham Airfield (PHDH). James Mountain Inhofe, a tireless aviation advocate and Republican retired Senator from Oklahoma, has died at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke on July 4. He had retired from the Senate in 2023 because of his health, and had four years left in his term. He was Oklahoma’s longest serving Senator who served as chairman of both the Armed Services and the Environment and Public Works committees. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing avoided a messy trial and potentially much higher financial penalties by pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the fede

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

New iPad Organizer Kneeboard From Sporty’s

Promises Functionality and Convenience

Sporty’s Flight Gear stable of products has a new tool available: the new Flight Gear iPad Organizer Kneeboard. It’s an all-in-one organizer with multiple compartments and pockets for pilots to keep an iPad EFB along with whatever other items they like to keep handy in an easily accessible place during flight. The kneeboard has a universal mounting surface that accommodates most iPad sizes and even cases. The iPad angle can be adjusted for glare with the folding kickstand that folds flat for stowage. There are pockets for batteries and charging cables and of course an adjustable leg strap. There is even a pocket for a paper notepad with a pen loop for those occasions when notating weather or clearances.

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 07.16.24: Joby Record, Pelican Spray, Beta’s ALIA

Also: UAS4STEM, uAvionix Waiver, 1st J-1 Pulsejets, ZeroAvia Hydrogen

Joby Aviation managed to pull off a 523-mile flight using their hybrid electric/hydrogen VTOL aircraft, once again putting them near the front of the sustainable pack in terms of real-world accomplishment. Their demonstrator finished off a 523-mile flight putting out nothing but water as the byproduct of its hybrid powerplant. SLC Agricola is one of the largest agricultural producers in Brazil, working 1.7 million acres of farmland and is a leading innovator of farming practices. SLC has signed a commercial agreement with Oakland, California, -based Pyka Inc. for the purchase of its fully autonomous and all-electric aerial application platform, the Pelican Spray aircraft. The conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL), all-electric battery-powered, fixed-wing ALIA aircraft produced by BETA Technologies of Burlington, Vermont, successfully conducted a flight test carrying cargo from

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

New College Internship Program Launched at NBAA Regional Forum

Partnership Provides Students Real-World Experience

The recent National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Regional Forum at Westchester County Airport (KHPN) in White Plains, New York, was the launch pad for a new partnership between the airport’s sponsor Westchester County, and Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. The partnership creates a paid college internship intended to set up students for good-paying jobs in the aviation industry with real-world experience in airport administration, operations, and airline services. Students will simultaneously have numerous opportunities to interact with private pilots, FBOs, commercial airlines, and flight departments of Fortune 500 companies. The internship was announced after NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (pictured) spoke to the 3,000 attendees at the forum.

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

SLC Agricola Purchases All-Electric Aerial Application Aircraft

Pyka to Deliver Its Fully Autonomous Pelican Spray Model

SLC Agricola is one of the largest agricultural producers in Brazil, working 1.7 million acres of farmland and is a leading innovator of farming practices. SLC has signed a commercial agreement with Oakland, California, -based Pyka Inc. for the purchase of its fully autonomous and all-electric aerial application platform, the Pelican Spray aircraft. With this agreement Pyka represents a significant customer addition and boosts its entry into one of the largest agricultural markets in the world. It also positions Pyka to expand its efforts into major row crops such as soybeans, corn, and cotton.

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Airborne 07.10.24: Starship 5, Bahama$$$, Dillingham Airfield Saved

Also: USCG MH-60T Crew Save, Second Las Vegas Airport, CAF PT-19, Diamond-Turkish Airlines

SpaceX’s Starship will launch in four weeks according to SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk. Musk, who also owns social media platform X, posted there on July 5, "Flight 5 in 4 weeks." The approximate two-month turnaround after its last flight June 6 is faster than the previous launch interval for Starship. That’s because Flight 4 went entirely according to plan so there were fewer technical issues to resolve... A new fee schedule under the Bahamas Customs Management Regulations 2024 popped eyeballs with manifold increases over previous fees, with inbound flights tripling in cost - or worse. Given the Bahamas' interesting relationship with private aviation, those in the know bemoan a surprise turn that could put a real dent in the amount of GA traffic they get. A 50-year lease was signed on Friday July 5 by U.S. Army Garrison Hawai’i Commander

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Tue, Jul 16, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 07.09.24: Skyryse One, AFS SPRINT, AAL Low-Carbon

Also: GE Hybrid Electric Engine, Simulated Mars Mission, Drone Exhibition, Shell Steps Back From SAF

Skyryse, designer and developer of the One, has announced their first public exhibition of the pared-down, simplified-control helicopter. Skyryse proudly touts the fact that their new design only requires a "single control stick and two touch screens" in a strong turn away from the norm of complex, advanced rotorcraft. Aurora Flight Sciences has been chosen to continue onwards designing and developing its 'SPeed and Runway Independent Technologies' (or SPRINT, of course) X-Plane Demonstration Project. The original program entered phase 1 in December of 2023, promising to develop a familiar silhouette to B-2 and F-117 that could offer the commissioning entity, DARPA a low-drag, fin-in-wing demonstrator. American Airlines is increasing its investment in novel engine technology to achieve its aggressive goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by

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