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December 08, 2023

Airborne 12.08.23: EcoPulse eFlies!, Rotor 550X, Epic E1000 GX FIKI Cert

 Also: Van's Clarifies, Crocodile-Egg Crash, ISS Disposal Cost, Eve Joins Flexjet

 
 
A Daher TBM equipped with a suite of 6 electric motors took its first flight, going up for 100 minutes as the crew established function checks of major systems. The EcoPulse sports a hybrid powertrain, taking flight with a combined battery and turbogenerator arrangement that provides power to a series of electric motors mounted on each wing's leading edge. Rotor Technologies showed off the newest addition to their production line in the form of the R550X, the "largest uncrewed civilian helicopter on the market". The aircraft is based on the tried and true Robinson R44 Raven II, granting it a 1,200-lb payload thanks to its lack of pilotage. Much

OSIRIS-REx Return Investigation Complete

Drogue Failure Result of "Inconsistent Wiring Label Definitions"

A recent return mission carrying samples from the asteroid Bennu raised eyebrows at NASA when a drogue chute failed to deploy during the landing sequence. During the return of the OSIRIS-REx mission, a drogue was supposed to deploy at 100,000 feet to stabilize and slow the capsule during a 5-minute descent down to 10,000 feet. Instead, the signal triggered a different reaction at 100,000', jettisoning the parachute prior to it even deploying. With its retention cord cut, the main parachute was forced to take the entire deceleration load on its own. Luckily, NASA says, the margins as designed were sufficient to protect the Bennu sample.

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USAF Grounds the Osprey

Bodycount Continues to Rise for Military's Favorite Whirligig

The United States Air Force has grounded its fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft a week after a fatal crash involving 8 Special Operations Command servicemen off the coast of Japan. The USAF isn't saying exactly what they believe happened yet (likely holding out hope they can blame this one too on pilot error), but the Navy and Marine Corps similarly grounded hundreds of their own Ospreys when a preliminary investigation into recovered wreckages seemed to indicate material failure.

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Airbus Gains H160 Certification in Canada

North About to See More Competition in the Medium Helo Market

Airbus Helicopters has been granted Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) type certification for its H160 helicopter, positioning the aircraft for entry into the Canadian market. The H160 has proven quite popular on its home continent since its unveiling in 2015. The medium utility helo has proven popular thanks to its typical Airbus DNA, offering buyers the usual combo of high-tech flight decks, quality furnishings, and safety accouterments.

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Rotor Begins Production on Uncrewed Helicopter

Crop Dusting Operators Push for Rapid Entry into Production

Rotor Technologies showed off the newest addition to their production line in the form of the R550X, the "largest uncrewed civilian helicopter on the market". The aircraft is based on the tried and true Robinson R44 Raven II, granting it a 1,200-lb payload thanks to its lack of pilotage. Much like its parent Raven, the R550X offers 3 hours of endurance and a top speed of 150 mph (given the right conditions, of course) allowing it to be used as an actual aircraft - not a tiny ISR drone. 

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ALPA Joins Calls for Mental Health Programs

Navigating Mental Health in Aviation Summit Scheduled to Dissect Issues

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) too has called for changes in the way the federal government approaches the issue of mental illness in the aviation industry, taking aim at what they feel is an "outdated system". “The United States can—and must—do more to support pilots and all aviation workers when it comes to mental health issues,” said ALPA president Captain Jason Ambrosi.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 11.29.23: Legal 4-Seat LSA, Robin Liquidates, Montaer

Also: EAA Grant, Oshkosh Dates, Mini B-29 v Golf cart, Aerolite 120 Bows Out

Here’s a look into the future... Flyer Indústria Aeronáutica's locally assembled RV-10 LSA received approval from Brazil's ANAC, making it the first such multi-passenger SportPlane in the world. The Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil started in on their own MOSAIC-style regs by granting authorization to a 4-place aircraft, with approval to a type of plane pilots around the world have eagerly awaited. Light plane manufacturer Robin Aircraft has been pushed into liquidation by way of French court order after the judges overseeing the firm&rsq

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Airborne 11.29.23: Robin Liquidated, L3Harris Tech Sold, Pegasus Gyro

Also: Hartzell Eng Tech Acquires Kelly Aero, Av Emissions, H125 4 Axis AP, Electrified Caravans

Light plane manufacturer Robin Aircraft has been pushed into liquidation by way of French court order after the judges overseeing the firm’s troubled state declined the bids offered for the classic company. Owners and operators of Robin Aircraft and CAP10 planes won’t find themselves left out in the cold thanks to an arrangement with CEAPR, a local enterprise that has provided parts and support for the company’s work for years already. L3Harris Technologies announced an agreement to sell off its Commercial Aviation Solutions ar

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Duncan Aviation Supports Local Students

AMT Shortage Resisted Through Early Education

Lincoln North Star High School and community members in Lincoln, Nebraska, celebrated a brand-new $5.4 million hangar-style addition to the school’s Aviation and Technical Education Focus Program, energized by local employer Duncan Aviation. The program is aimed at "creating interest in aviation and training the next generation of pilots, technicians, engineers, dispatchers, and flight instructors," replenishing dwindling stocks of capable employees in a demanding profession.

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Airborne 11.29.23: Robin Liquidated, L3Harris Tech Sold, Pegasus Gyro

Also: Hartzell Eng Tech Acquires Kelly Aero, Av Emissions, H125 4 Axis AP, Electrified Caravans

Light plane manufacturer Robin Aircraft has been pushed into liquidation by way of French court order after the judges overseeing the firm’s troubled state declined the bids offered for the classic company. Owners and operators of Robin Aircraft and CAP10 planes won’t find themselves left out in the cold thanks to an arrangement with CEAPR, a local enterprise that has provided parts and support for the company’s work for years already. L3Harris Technologies announced an agreement to sell off its Commercial Aviation Solutions ar

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Classic Aero-TV: Best Seat in The House -- 'Inside' The AeroShell Aerobatic Team

From 2010 YouTube Version): Yeah.... This IS A Really Cool Job

When ANN's Nathan Cremisino took over the lead of our Aero-TV teams, he knew he was in for some extra work and a lot of extra responsibility. Still... with all that, there ARE times when its good to be the top guy.... like when our friends at Aspen Avionics call over and ask if we want to put one of our Aero-TV videographers aboard a formation aerobatic flight with the world-famous Aero-Shell Aerobatic Team. At such times, its good to be in a position to say... "Hey, I want to go..." and go.

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NTSB Prelim: RDD Enterprises, LLC Lancair LX7

The Pilot Pulled Back The Power Lever And The Lever Ball  Came Off In His Hand

On November 11, 2023, about 1241 central standard time, a RDD Enterprises, LLC, Lancair LX7 airplane, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near McKinney, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and an occupant in an automobile sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, while at flight level 250 west of Abilene, Texas, a door seal failed, and the airplane experienced a loss of pressurization.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.08.23)

Aero Linx: JAA Training Organisation (JAA TO)

JAA Training Organisation (JAA TO) is the European Training Centre of Excellence (TCE) recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) facilitating aviation-related knowledge solutions and training consultancy. Through innovative virtual training JAA TO capacitates aviation professionals globally.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.08.23): Notice To Air Missions (NOTAM)

Notice To Air Missions (NOTAM) A notice containing information (not known sufficiently in advance to publicize by other means) concerning the establishment, condition, or change in any component (facility, service, or procedure of, or hazard in the National Airspace System) the timely knowledge of which is essential to personnel concerned with flight operations.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.08.23)

"On the signal side, 'main' meant the main parachute. In contrast, on the receiver side 'main' was used as a reference to a pyrotechnic that fires to release the parachute canister cover and deploy the drogue. Engineers connected the two mains, causing the parachute deployment actions to occur out of order..."

Source: Part of an explanation/statement by NASA, concerning parachute deployment issues in the OSIRIS-REx mission.

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