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Subject: March 15, 2023 – Beta Technologies touts benefits of eCTOL approach

Beta Technologies touts benefits of eCTOL approach | This Caribbean island shaped a Founding Father | What’s the most fun runway to land on?

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March 15, 2023
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Beta Technologies says its electric conventional takeoff and landing aircraft, CX300, will offer a less expensive option for pilots compared with conventional aviation fuel. United Therapeutics, Air New Zealand and Bristow have committed to buy the aircraft, which is still in the certification stage.

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The jagged volcanic island rising from the blue Caribbean is visible more than 50 miles away. The lush, tropical island of Nevis has a distinctive shape that Alexander Hamilton knew well.

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Airport Focus

The Commemorative Air Force will host the Barnstormer Saturday Fly-In at Greenville Municipal Airport – Majors Field in Greenville, Texas, on May 20. A variety of vintage and historic airplanes will be on view, including an Aero Commander L26B that flew as Air Force One for President Dwight D. Eisenhower and a Douglas R4D "Ready For Duty," and rides will be available on several aircraft.

Full Story: The Herald Banner (Greenville, Texas)

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International News

A safety information bulletin has been released by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency to warn aviators of an increase in spoofing or jamming of global navigation satellite systems, which can lead to an inability to land safely. "This issue particularly affects the geographical areas surrounding conflict zones but is also present in the eastern Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, and Arctic area," the bulletin said.

Full Story: AIN Online

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Pilot Spotlight

US Air Force Maj. Lauren Olme has logged over nine hours in a supersonic aircraft, one of the first pilots who has achieved this while pregnant since the Air Force changed its policy to allow aviators to fly through the second trimester. "I can’t overexpress how amazing it is that pregnant women now have the opportunity to fly in all types of aircraft," said Olme.

Full Story: KSNB-TV (Hastings, Neb.)

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Policy Watch

The Biden administration has reiterated its support for the nomination of Denver airport CEO Phil Washington to head the Federal Aviation Administration after Republicans criticized his lack of technical knowledge, noting that only one major US airline is headed by a former pilot. "It bears noting that leadership success in a field often comes without granular, technical knowledge," said John Putnam, general counsel of the Transportation Department, adding: "The fresh perspective he will bring to his top-to-bottom assessment of the FAA’s culture and operations will be a benefit."

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The AOPA Foundation landed a major federal grant to expand the You Can Fly High School initiative that has touched nearly 50,000 students in its first six years, inspiring more than two-thirds of them to pursue aviation careers.

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AOPA Member Benefits

Since summer 2022, many pilots have been put in the unfortunate position of having to answer to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding their receipt of disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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