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April 24, 2022

Bacardi Sues American Airlines for Cargo Loss

400 Cases of Cognac Missing In Transit, Says Liquor Company

Bacardi has filed suit against American Airlines for more than $65,000 of loss for the carrier's misplacement of more than 400 cases of French cognac. The suit was filed in US District Court in Pasadena, California, where the airline is accused of taking on 1,680 cases of French brandy last September. The mystery began when the Paris to Los Angeles flight appeared stateside, Bacardi alleges, missing more than 6 full pallets of product. Bacardi says that the total loss reached 420 cases of the premium spirits, worth about $65,820.

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Stacking Delays Lead to Crew-4 Postponement

Axiom-1 Return Trip to Begin April 24 Instead

Originally scheduled to launch to the International Space Station atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster on Saturday, April 23, 2022, NASA’s Crew-4 mission has been delayed. Although the booster is poised on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center with its Flight Readiness Firing successfully completed, and a brand new Dragon spacecraft atop, the Falcon 9 booster will have to wait a few days before lofting astronauts Jessica Watkins, Samantha Cristoforetti, Bob Hines, and Kjell Lindgren into orbit. 

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Starlink Selected for JSX Connectivity Partner

SpaceX Internet Option Finds First In-Flight Customer

SpaceX has announced its service will enter use with small independent air carrier JSX as an in-flight internet solution. Until now, the provider has not been a high-profile option, with most opting for SmartSky or Gogo to provide service off of terrestrial Air-to-Ground networks. Starlink's satellite based service stands apart from the crowd, and according to a JSX tweet, passengers on their flights will soon be able to use the internet free of charge once rollout is complete.

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Klyde Morris (04.22.22)

Klyde Has Little Hope For Civility At KJAX...


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No Surprise... FAA Downgrades Russian Air Safety Rating Restricts Any Expansion

Restricts Any Expansion Of Service Or Partnerships 

The FAA has downgraded the air safety rating for Russia, restricting any expansion of service or partnerships since Russia’s Federal Agency for Air Transport does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. Under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, the FAA assesses the civil aviation authorities of all countries with air carriers that have applied to fly to the United States, currently conduct operations to the United States or participate in code-sharing arrangements with U.S. partner airlines. 

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Airborne 04.11.22: SnF22 Rocked!, Aero 1000 UL 4 Stroke, Basic Med Welcome In DR

Also: Aero Friedrichshafen Expo, Cessna Bags CJ3+ Order, King Schools Concierge Service, Benjamin Davis honors

OK... SUN ‘n FUN is barely in the rearview mirror, having ended yesterday, but early estimates indicate that the show was a major success... signaling, perhaps, that the long dreary influence of COVID may finally be over. Crowds were good from the start and were constantly active throughout the week... even through Thursday’s rain tantrums. Vendors reported solid results and several major players used SnF22 to make BIG announcements... An Air Tech Quicksilver, on display at SnF22 showed off the Aero 1000 Engine. The engine is a wat

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Beta Raises $375 Million for AAM Cargo Aircraft

Beta Technologies Continues Marching Forward with Successful Series B Round for Alia Cargo Aircraft

The Vermont company said its Series B round was led by TPG's Rise Climate fund, with assistance from Fidelity. The $375 million brings its total valuation to $2.4 billion in its quest to develop its Alia aircraft. The investment will allow them to further develop the ecosystem required for a cargo version of the Alia, from charging to fleet support. Beta has been hard at work courting clientele for its future wares, receiving the affections of UPS and AmazonAMZN, in addition to the Air Force and United Therapeutics, among others.

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Eve Lines Up Partnership with Thales

Brazilian Engineering Programs to Receive Technical Support and Developmental Assistance from Local Thales Facilities

Eve Air Mobility has entered into an agreement with Thales to develop their eVTOL aircraft in Brazil. The strategic partnership will involve a series of joint studies through 2022 to examine the technical, economic, and overall feasibility of a fully electric aircraft. Thales will contributes its extensive expertise in avionics, electric, flight controls, nav systems, comms, and ergonomics to the development of Eve's aircraft. 

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Classic Aero-TV: It's ALL About the Processor - Qualcomm's Snapdragon Program

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Snapdragon, Visual Inertial Odometry Demonstrated At The Show...

Qualcomm’s drone and robotics technologies reduce the on-board computing footprint while offering robust connectivity, advanced processing power and longer battery life. The company demonstrated two of its more recent developments at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Chad Sweet, Senior Director of Engineering for Qualcomm Research told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the Snapdragon Oversight Drone takes video from two fisheye cameras and stit

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Vertical Proceeds With Certification

Concurrent CAA/EASA Certification Approved, New Regulatory Management Added as eVTOL VX4 Moves Along

Vertical Aerospace is trucking along with their certification efforts, adding a former EASA certification director to the company to lead regulatory engagement, and completing a bit of corporate housework in preparation for wider testing. They have obtained approval to concurrently validate their VX4 eVTOL aircraft with the EASA and the UK Civil Aviation Authority. That will allow it to be certificated to the UK's standards with minimal extra fuss, time, and cost, with both processes running simultaneously.

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NTSB Prelim: Dietrich Ryan S-4 Coyote 1

Pilot’s First Flight In The Accident Airplane After It Was Repaired

On April 8, 2022, about 1530 Pacific standard time, an experimental amateur-built Rans S4 Coyote 1, N3156D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Chula Vista, California. The pilot was the sole occupant and was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated that he completed a preflight inspection of the airplane with his mechanic and then started the airplane and taxied to runway 27.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.22)

Aero Linx: The Air Medical Physician Association The Air Medical Physician Association is an international organization committed to patient-focused, quality critical care transport medicine by promoting excellence in medical direction, research, education, safety, leadership, and collaboration.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.22): Execute Missed Approach

Execute Missed Approach Instructions issued to a pilot making an instrument approach which means continue inbound to the missed approach point and execute the missed approach procedure as described on the Instrument Approach Procedure Chart or as previously assigned by ATC. The pilot may climb immediately to the altitude specified in the missed approach procedure upon making a missed approach. No  turns should be initiated prior to reaching the missed approach point. When conducting an ASR or PAR approach, execute the assigned missed approach procedure immediately upon receiving instructions to “execute missed approach.”

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.24.22)

"...allows us to complete the construction of our production facilities and accelerate our certification work to create a greener and more efficient future for all applications of aviation, starting with cargo and logistics and moving to passenger missions immediately thereafter."  Source: In a statement addressing a current funding round, Kyle Clark, Beta Technologies' founder and CEO, notes the $375 million brings its total valuation to $2.4 billion in its quest to develop its Alia aircraft. The investment will allow them to further develop the ecosystem required for a cargo version of the Alia, from charging to fleet support.

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