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November 06, 2022

Virgin Galactic Announces Primary Suppliers for Upcoming Delta Class

Bell, Qarbon Aerospace Nab Valuable Contract to Manufacture Next-Gen Spacecraft 

Virgin Galactic has entered into an agreement with Bell Textron and Qarbon Aerospace to manufacture "key subassemblies" for their next-gen Delta Class ships. Bell's expertise in rotary wing aircraft earned it a place of honor in consideration, given Delta's "unique feathering system and flight control surfaces." Qarbon, having cachet of its own in the field of carbon fiber fuselage production, received similar recognition from Virgin. 

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Klyde Morris (11.04.22)

Klyde Says Some Truly Surprising [Redacted) Things About [Redacted]


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Chinese Commuter Cargo Drone Takes Flight

Remote Piloted, Quad-Engine Drone Takes to the Skies in Maiden Flight

Sichuan Tengden Sci-Tech Innovation completed its first test flight of the firm's upcoming 4-engine, long-haul UAV in Sichuan China earlier this month. The Twin-Tailed Scorpion, a high-wing, multiengine aircraft, will come in 2 different variations to tailor performance to customer demand. The aircraft tested was the larger Twin-Tailed Scorpion D, equipped with what appear to be 4 turboprop engines. Smaller variants will include the 3-engine Twin-Tailed Scorpion A (TB-A), and the 2-engine Twin-Tailed Scorpion.

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Rocket Lab Successfully Deploys Satellite, But Fumbles Recovery

Mission Failed At An Airborne Recovery By Helicopter

Rocket Lab USA has successfully launched its 32nd Electron mission to deploy its 152nd satellite to orbit, a science payload for the Swedish National Space Agency. The MATS satellite was deployed to its 585km circular orbit by Electron following lift-off at 17:27 UTC. The “Catch Me If You Can” mission also resulted in a successful ocean splashdown of the Electron rocket’s first stage but failed at an airborne recovery by helicopter.

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AAR Corp Donates CRJ-200 to Rock Valley College AMT Program

Ex-Skywest Aircraft to Serve As Teaching Aid in its Retirement

Rock Valley College's Aviation Maintenance Program obtained an exciting donation from AAR Corporation in the form of a CRJ-200. AAR provides a range of aviation services to commercial and government operators, MROs, and OEMs, allowing them to donate a functional aircraft to Rock Valley College’s Aviation Maintenance Program on October 18, 2022.

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Classic Aero-TV: Fast, Small, & Exciting - An Introduction To FPV Racing

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Drone Racing A Hit At Sebring

The Sebring Sport Aviation Expo has "Sport" prominently featured in its name, and one of the fastest-growing segments of sports, and sport aviation, is drone racing. So it would seem to make sense that steps from the Sebring Speedway, drone racing was taking place at the January air show. Brian Morris of Team Multistar told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that there were about 110 of the fastest drone pilots competing at the show for a total prize purse of $20,000, with $10,000 going to the overall winner of the event.

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Blue Spirit Aero Advancing Towards H2 Cell Prototype

Dassault's 3DExperience Platform used to Render Upcoming 12-Engine UAV

Dassault Systèmes has taken an opportunity to advertise the utility of its "3DEXPERIENCE" cloud software, showing off Blue Spirit Aero's hydrogen UAV in progress. The  French startup is working on a propeller-laden, sustainable aircraft using the cloud platform, developing the structures of their upcoming aircraft, the Dragonfly. The fixed-wing, tadpole-like aircraft is hoped to bring hydrogen-electric, sustainable power to service sometime in 2026.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 180A

The Bottoms Of Both Floats Were Heavily Corroded And Discolored

On September 25, 2022, about 1300 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Cessna 180A airplane, N9728B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Skwentna, Alaska. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to a family member, the accident pilot sent a text message at 1240, indicating that she was ready to taxi for departure from Whiskey Lake so the family member would know when to expect her arrival.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2022-22-03 Requires Inspecting The Forward Cabin Roof Ceiling Harnesses And Installation

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of smoke and fire in the cockpit. This AD requires inspecting the forward cabin roof ceiling harnesses and installation, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective November 17, 2022.

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AD: Hoffmann GmbH & Co. KG Propellers

AD 2022-21-13 Prompted By Reports Of Cracks At Different Positions On Two Affected Propeller Hubs

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-23-17 for all Hoffmann GmbH & Co. KG (Hoffmann) model HO-V 72 propellers. AD 2021-23-17 required amending the existing aircraft flight manual (AFM) by inserting abnormal propeller vibration instructions, visual inspection and non-destructive test (NDT) inspection of the propeller hub and, depending on the results of the inspections, replacement of the propeller hub with a part eligible for installation...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.06.22)

Aero Linx: The Bellanca-Champion Club Dedicated to the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, American Champion Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Champion and AviaBellanca Skyrocket lines of aircraft, their furtherance, history, preservation and maintenance. The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots and enthusiasts.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.06.22): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.06.22)

“Bringing a rocket back from space is a challenging task and capturing it mid-air with a helicopter is as complex as it sounds. The chances for success are much smaller than that of failure because many complex factors that must perfectly align. We are proud to have successfully recovered our fifth rocket from the ocean now and we look forward to another mid-air capture attempt in future as we work toward making Electron a reusable rocket.” Source: Rocket Lab founder and CEO, Peter Beck, following their failed attempt at an airborne booster recovery.

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