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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Michigan Man Dead After Firing on Police Helicopter

Air-Crew and Responding Officers Unhurt

On Tuesday, 24 January 2023, at approximately 20:30 EST, a 33-year-old man holed up in a derelict house north of Detroit’s downtown district pointed a laser at a patrolling police helicopter before opening fire on the aircraft with a rifle.

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne 01.27.23: MASSIVE-SnF Innovation Preview!, Aerox Boomula, Brazil DA62s

Also: Gogo 5G Chip Passes, NTSB v Ethiopia, BizAv Slowdown, Nuclear Spacecraft Engine

The 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 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The aviation world is driven by new developments in technology and innovation... And focusing the entire Aero-Verse right at the start of 2023 on all that is cool, interesting, innovative, important, and pivotal is the ultimate aim of the 2023 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. Aerox Aviation Oxygen Systems LLC has brought to market a unique headset accessory to which it has ascribed the memorable appellation Boomula, a portmanteau that concisely describes the product’s structure and purpose—a headset-mounted boom terminating in an oxygen cannula.Compatible with most continuous-flow portable and installed aircraft oxygen systems, the Boomula mounts to any

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne 01.20.23: Hydrogen Plane, Admin Controversy, Unleaded Avgas

Also: Jet It to Gogo AVANCE L3, R66 Pressure Fueling, Navy Accident, 15th Annual Midwest LSA Expo

ZeroAvia, the British/American hydrogen-electric aircraft developer, announced on 19 January 2023 that it had successfully flown a 19-seat Dornier 228 testbed aircraft, the left-engine of which had been replaced with a full-size prototype of the company’s hydrogen-electric powertrain. The test aircraft’s right-engine remained the 776-shaft-horsepower Honeywell TPE-331 turboprop mill rightly bestowed upon the 228 by Dornier Flugzeugwerke. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is stating he will push to confirm Phillip Washington, Joe Biden’s pick for FAA Administrator. Schumer’s assertion was made in the wake of the recent FAA database failure and the grounding of nearly ten-thousand US domestic flights -- raising questions about the protracted vacancy of the FAA’s top office. A group of 7 aviation stakeholder organization

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne 01.23.23: CAF P-47N Rebuild, Ultralight Webinar, NOTAM Fiasco

Also: SWA Strike Vote, Biz A/C Sales, Vertical Sells 25, Sun 'n Fun 2023 Stringers

The Commemorative Air Force successfully fundraised for the restoration of their Republic P47 Thunderbolt, bringing in $38,552 - 193% of their $20,000 goal. The money will go to purchase a new engine mount, as well as a new set of brakes for the aircraft. Now that the P47 has been out of production for more than half a century, suitable replacement parts are few and far between. The EAA's Virtual Ultralight Day webinars return this year, running from February 21 to 23. The online seminars will allow experts from the ultralight community to share some of their bountiful experience at no cost, with 15 sessions spanning a wide gamut of ultralight-themed material. The 3-day event will see 5 webinars per day... As the smoke clears following the FAA's disastrous NOTAM problem earlier this month, a clear pattern of systemic issues comes into focus. The widespread outage o

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 01.24.23: DARPA X-Plane, VX4 eVTOL, HYSKY Society

Also: Hydrogen-Electric Engine, H3 Dynamics-Hylium, Hidden Level, Wisk Aero

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Aurora Flight Sciences a contract to build a full-scale demonstration aircraft under the auspices of the agency’s Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) project. Subject program aims to design, build, and flight-test a novel X-plane that incorporates Active Flow Control (AFC) as a primary design consideration. Vertical Aerospace has inked a deal with Japan's Marubeni Corporation for the reservation of 25 VX4 eVTOL aircraft. The deal saw a pre-delivery payment for the reservation of upcoming delivery slots, making the firm Vertical's first Asian customer to put money down to reserve their spot in line. Marubeni's newly guaranteed slots come out of its earlier order of up to 200 VX4 aircraft, from their deal made with Vertical in 2021. On 20 January 2023, the Vertical Flight Soci

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 01.26.23: SAFE/Hoover LF, School Rebuild, CA Hiring

Also: Navy T-6 Accident, IL Ultralight Symposium, BizAv Scheduler Certificate, UA Training Center

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has entered into a partnership with the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation and Aero-News. This will bring the wealth of knowledge held by SAFE through cooperation with Aero-News programming. Throughout the series, the career of legendary aviator Bob Hoover will function as a throughline between lessons and topics, touching on aspects of his lengthy career to impart CFI essentials. The First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) flight training program remains open to students following a devastating 2022 fire that destroyed much of the institute’s campus and hangar facilities in the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory of Ontario. External support from Canada’s aviation industry was pivotal to the program’s recovery and the rehousing of students displaced by the tragedy. Recent years have seen Canad

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne 01.25.23: Blades Team To Quit, $outhwest Bucks, SAFE/Hoover Foundation

Also: Illinois Ultralight Symposium, CAU/MyGoFlight, APFAS To Picket, AirVenture Performers

Founded as a subsidiary of 2Excel Aviation, the Blades Aerobatic Team, for 17-years, was the only full-time civilian aerobatic team in the UK. The Blades team comprised eight pilots, including five full-time display performers, all of whom formerly served in the British Royal Air Force as members of the storied Red Arrows Aerobatic Team -- but they are shutting it all down. Southwest Airlines continues to live down the consequences of operational shortfalls that egregiously and irreparably disrupted the holiday travel plans of thousands of its passengers. The airline—amidst the fallout of more than 16,000 flights canceled or delayed between 21 December and 31 December 2022—has agreed to provide pilots and other employees additional compensation for the concerted efforts they put forth during the year-end mayhem. he Society of Aviation and Fligh

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

NBAA Welcomes SMS NPRM Comment Period Extension

Optics and Overreach

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA)—the Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization that collects, interprets, and disseminates operational and managerial data related to the safe, efficient, and cost-effective use of business aircraft—welcomed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) January 2023 decision to extend the public comment period on a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would expand the compulsory implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS).

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Sun 'n Fun 2023 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

ANN again finds itself in the surprising and exciting position of partnering with the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in presenting Real-Time Daily news coverage of the first major aviation event in the better part of a year. Yeah... 'exciting' barely describes what we're feeling... along with an intense workload that just won't quit. And... that's why we're writing this... This year’s event is set to be the first major aviation gathering of the year. ANN and SnF's new Digital Daily will be taking on the speedy and mobile capabilities of the best in online media to offer exciting daily news programming via a number of rich media assets, in Real-Time, throughout each day of the long-awaited event. Designed to be the most accessible aviation news event program extant, the Sun ‘n Fun Digital Daily 

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Sat, Jan 28, 2023

Airborne News Programming Expands With 'Airborne-Affordable Flyers'

With The eSPRG Only Weeks Away From Its Start Date, A-AF Will Help To Support Sport Flyers, Worldwide

With the all-new and all-digital SportPlane Resource Guide getting ready for publication early next year, the Aero-News Network is pleased to announce yet another addition to the Airborne video news programming roster… Airborne-Affordable Flyers. Dedicated to keeping people up-to-date on the most affordable aspects of sport and general aviation, Airborne-Affordable Flyers is one of our most exciting offerings yet. A-AF will delve into more than just the current LSA community, but look at all aspects of aviation to examine and evaluate the most enjoyable, and most affordable, solutions to flying, operating, and owning aircraft in the 21st century.

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