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Volume 30, Number 45e, November 10, 2023
Frank Borman, Astronaut And Avid GA Pilot, Dies At 95
Astronaut Frank Borman, commander of the first manned flight to circle the moon, died Tuesday (Nov. 7) in Billings, Montana. He was 95. Borman spent almost 20 full days in space over two missions and later served as the leader[…]   Read this article
FAA Launches Rulemaking Committee On Pilots' Mental Health
With concerns raised over whether pilots fear seeking treatment for mental health issues, the FAA announced today (Nov. 9) it will establish a Pilot Mental Health Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to address the issue. According to the announcement, the FAA[…]   Read this article
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NTSB Report: Accident Hawker Crew Departed Without Clearance
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Preliminary Report on the runway-intersection collision between a Textron Hawker 850XP (N269AA) and a Cessna Citation Mustang (N510HM) at Houston Hobby Airport on Oct. 24 (NTSB Accident No. DCA24FA017). No one[…] Read this article

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Switchblade First Flight (Updated)
Switchblade, the flying car concept developed over the last 14 years, flew for the first time Thursday according to a YouTube video posted by the company. The aircraft, which is powered by a hybrid electric drive system that supplies power[…] Read this article

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Textron Signs For Up To $100 Million In Foreign Military Sales Aircraft
The U.S. Army has inked a contract with Textron Aviation for Special Missions-configured aircraft, including Cessna SkyCouriers and Grand Caravans as well as Beechcraft King Air 360s and 260s. Filed under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) provision, the indefinite delivery/indefinite[…] Read this article

Short Final: Tuning In Seattle Departures
I flew out of Boeing Field in Seattle and was assigned the CBAIN departure with fixes GNEXX, KURRT and CBAIN. If you depart in the opposite direction you might get the NRVNA departure (just the one fix, “NRVNA”). It doesn’t[…] Read this article