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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

First New Enstrom Helicopter Flies

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In May 2022 Surack Enterprises purchased storied helicopter marque Enstrom with the near-term aim of restarting parts production, and the longer-term objectives of resuming helicopter production and improving and updating the Enstrom fleet. Comes now January 2023, and Surack is actualizing its ambitions.

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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

Airborne 01.30.23: Electric CH750, AEA Career Site, Britten-Norman TP

Also: 1st Block 70 F16, Covington Aircraft, Lazer v Helo, S Pole Starlink

NUNCATS has seen the first flight of its Zenith CH750-based Electric Sky Jeep at the UK's Old Buckenham airport. The project aims to create an affordable, sustainable, electric courier aircraft to provide health service to remote communities. NUNCATS (No Unnecessary Novelty Community Air Transport Services) hopes to provide a stable, reliable form of backcountry transport for doctors, teachers and medical supplies. The Aircraft Electronics Association has sweetened the pot for members of the group, adding a website to recruit and retain employees throughout the avionics industry. The site, AeroCareers.net, is designed to be a "one-stop shop to help recruit and retain the next generation of talent", offering a few tools and highlights particular to the electronics market. Along with its focus on AEA-applicable careers, the site shines a light on career paths in aviation. An

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Tue, Jan 31, 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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Tue, Jan 31, 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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Tue, Jan 31, 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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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 01.31.23: CA Drone Midair, Electra Aero, MightyFly

Also: Doroni 25 Unit Sale, Starlink At S Pole, Rocket Lab, Natilus Autonomous Cargo

The TSB of Canada has released its final report on their investigation of an August 2021 incident in which a police drone collided with a small, single-engine Cessna near the Toronto/Buttonville Municipal Airport. On 10 August 2021, while on final approach under day VFR conditions to YKZ’s Runway 15, a Cessna 172N—registration C-GKWL, collided with a DJI Matrice M210 RPA. The Cessna was crewed by a student pilot and a certified flight instructor. Electra.aero, Incorporated has been selected by the U.S. Air Force AFWERX innovation arm for a Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) award to foster the company's work on sustainable STOL aircraft. The deal secures up to $85 million between private investments, government funding, and matching SBIR money to be used on Electra's development of a full-scale pre-production prototype electric short takeoff and land

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Tue, Jan 31, 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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Tue, Jan 31, 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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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

Airbus Helicopter Arm Sees Return to 2019 Flight Levels

As Industry Recovers, Helicopters See Boost in Demand, Use

Airbus Helicopters capped off 2022 with 374 gross orders, and a net of 362. The firm says it highlights the ongoing market recovery with an "impressive" 216 light, single engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52% share of the civil and parapublic market. Airbus customers are back in the skies, too, with the brand's worldwide helicopter fleet logging hours on par with 2019 usage.

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Tue, Jan 31, 2023

NBAA Scholarships Awarded

Schedulers & Dispatchers Disburse $27,500 in Funding at SDC2023

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has announced the award of $27,500 in scholarship funds for continuing aviation education. The scholarships are offered in tandem with the NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Committee, who recognized the awardees at this year's  NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference. The 2023 conference ran from January 24 to 26 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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