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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

GAMA Sees 3.6% Rise in Aircraft Shipments

2023 Report Paints Picture of Healthy Enough Industry Cooling Off from 2021 High

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) showed that business is doing all right, with all aircraft segments seeing a modest 3.6% increase in shipments over 2022. Overall, the biggest winners were surprisingly piston aircraft, at an 11.8% increase over 2022 shipments. The runners-up were turbine helicopters and turboprop fixed-wing aircraft, training at 10.4% and 9.6% increases respectively. Overall, a 3.6% industry-wide increase isn't quite bad, but not really impressive after the eye-popping bull run seen in the post-pandemic years. Last year, 2022 was reported to boast a 6% increase over the previous year, and 2021 an even better 10.2% increase over the see-saw year of 2020.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Rack 'Em Up... Gulfstream Announces New City-Pair Records

G700 Sets New Standard for 50 Legs En Route to Singapore

Gulfstream arrived at the Singapore Airshow with 50 city-pair speed records under its wing, making a trip of 5,197 nm in 10h13m using a brand-new G700. The trip began in Los Angeles, California, to Nice, France in the first leg at an average speed of 0.90 Mach. Then, Gulfstream did it again, heading from Nice to Singapore for a 5,754 nm trip in 11h30m at the same speed. That made its 51st speed record for the marque, who keeps setting new standards in just how quickly global trade hubs can be connected with their ultra-capable G700. Previously, the model made the run from Savannah, Georgia to Tokyo, Japan in 10h53m, running at an average speed of 0.91 Mach.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Congressman Donalds Calls to Modernize ATC At Page Field

Fort Myers Airport Looking a Little Ragged, Say Locals

Fort Myers airport tower "needs to be modernized and rebuilt" according to a letter to the FAA from Southwest Florida Representative Byron Donalds. “The antiquated Air Traffic Control Tower at Page Field is of great concern to several aviation companies, aircraft owners, aviation flight academies, and individuals that live in the Southwest Florida community… My office has heard of several instances of unprofessional Tower controller actions," said Donalds.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Airborne 02.20.24: Uncle Sam v Drone Pilot, SnF NOTAM, Able Flight!

Also: Intuitive Machines Moonbound, Ansett Av Scholarships, Airbus 2023 Report, Armchair Airshow 

A US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Michael DiCiurcio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this complaint, the United States alleges that DiCiurcio operated drones, 'unlawfully and unsafely in the Philadelphia area between at least December 2019 to the present. The FAA has published the notice and preflight info for this year's Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo, getting aviators ready for a jaunt down to Lakeland, Florida. The notice establishes arrival and departure procedures from April 8th to the 14th. Able Flight has seen its "greatest number of flight training scholarships for people with a disability in a single year," seeing 10 new recipients enter the training pipeline as the group heads into 2024. The Class of 2024 will now be on their way to o

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Bigger, Better, Badder… The 2024 SnF Innovation Preview Is On The Way!

Last Year's SnFIP ROCKED The Industry.... We're Aiming To Do Even More for 2024!

The 50th Annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is proud to present, as the lead-in to the aviation year via its partnership with the Aero-News Network, the upcoming 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The aviation world is driven by new developments in technology, design, and innovation… And focusing the entire Aero-Verse at the beginning of the year on all that is cool, interesting, innovative, important, and pivotal is the ultimate aim of the 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The SUN ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, as the aviation world's leadoff event and a history of many decades of service to the aviation industry, is the perfect place to make a stand on focusing the future of news coverage, responsibly and credibly, on the gear and products that will become prominent, even critical, in each coming year.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Airborne 02.16.24: SnF Constellation!, Drone Soccer, VTOL Challenge

Also: Mandatory CVR Upgrades?, Joby Air Taxi, Hartzell in India, Tuskegee NEXT Summer Program

A rare appearance by the Lockheed VC-121A “MacArthur Bataan” is scheduled for this year's Sun 'n Fun 2024, granting attendees a chance to see one of the last 2 survivors of the type. MacArthur Bataan, manufactured in 1948, cuts a familiar Cold War figure as a classic rendition of a 4-engined prop airliner. The quintessentially post-war design language has yet to be seen again, with a distinctive tri-tail design, sloping roofline, rounded wing, and 4 monstrous radial engines. The Academy of Model Aeronautics reiterated a partnership it's held with the US Drone Soccer program, drawing additional attention to the group's STEM-focused educational opportunities. The AMA boosted a statement from USDS announcing preparations for the first District Championships next month, marking off a big milestone in the fledgling activity organization. A new incentive

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Airborne Affordable Flyers 02.15.24: Viking Engines, UL Instructors, Rotax FlyIn

Also: Midwest Aviation Expo, Hartzell-RAF, IAC Needs Help, AMA-FAA Reauth

ANN had the pleasure to drop in for a part of the 6th Annual Viking Engine Workshop... which turned out to be crammed with current engine flyers and a number of folks getting ready to do so. Nearly 80 people were hosted by the Viking organization who explained their engine lines and answered a number of questions, providing provided extensive insight into the rationale for their engine line... Another aviation-oriented Change.org petition has surfaced... at least until it offends someone and the Change.Org folks take it down... this time, the petition addresses the serious deficit in our ultralight instruction ranks and seeks the FAA's action in fixing this serious matter. Rotax is taking its Fly-In on the road, moving beyond its historical stomping ground of Wels, Austria. The 2024 Fly-In World Tour will see them touch down in Australia, Argentina, Canada, too, allowi

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 02.21.24: Pyka, Drone Racers @ World Games, US v Drone Pilot A

Also: Intuitive Machines, Another UAV-Related NPRM, Drone Soccer Tourney, UltraViolet EXplorer Mission

Flight operations personnel from Pyka and AFWERX gathered on the tarmac at New Braunfels National Airport to witness the arrival of Pyka's Pelican Cargo, a large-scale autonomous electric cargo aircraft with a 400-pound payload capacity and 200-mile range, built for remote off-airport operations. The FAI has confirmed that Drone Racing is to be a feature at The World Games 2025 in Chengdu, China. Following the successful debut of the drone racing competition at the 2022 Games in Birmingham, USA, this novel air sport is set to captivate audiences once again at The World Games, which runs from 7 to 17 August 2025. A US Atty, Jacqueline C. Romero, is hitting the media with the announcement that she has filed a complaint in US District Court against Michael DiCiurcio of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In this complaint, the United States alleges that DiCiurcio

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Flying Cloud Airport Sees Bonanza

Twin Cities Fields Find Double-Digit Rise in Activity

Airports ringing the Minneapolis Twin Cities have been seeing a continued surge in activity, with Flying Cloud Airport seeing a 12% bump while nearby relievers gain more than 8% in flights. The Metropolitan Airport Commission overseeing the regional operations said that the region is seeing increased activity across the board - individual aircraft operations jumped up to 370,500 over last year's 242,100. The ring of reliever airports surrounding their primary airport, Minnesota Saint Paul, have been carrying a greater load as that hub alone saw nearly 324,000 operations in 2023.

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Thu, Feb 22, 2024

Sustainability Focus at AERO Friedrichshafen

German Exhibition Emphasizes Eco-Friendly Theme

The big European aviation exhibition is once again on for this spring, with AERO Friedrichshafen running from April 17th to the 20th. This year will place a focus on the "future of aviation", allowing exhibitors to show off the latest and greatest in sustainable fuels, propulsion systems, aerodynamic advancements, and innovations that "lead aviation into the future." The capstone of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, the final day of the show, when a bevy of electric aircraft will take to the air.

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