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August 29, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 08.29.23: Autel Upgrades, India Moon Ldg, Tomahawk Robotics

 Also: DOJ Sues SpaceX, Teal 2 Military UAV, Kelluu Airships, ZeroAvia

 
 
Autel's EVO Max series of drones are the beneficiary of some new features via an update to the accompanying app and firmware. Overall, the improvements amount to some quality-of-life updates here and there, with a handful of very convenient features. India’s Chandrayaan-3 mission landed on the moon successfully, less than a week after a competing Russian mission impacted the surface after unsuccessful orbital maneuvering. The successful touchdown of Chandrayaan-3 is a feather in the cap for India’s space program as it vies for recognition in the international spacefaring community. AeroVironment has announced its anticipated acquisition of Tomahawk Robo

SpaceX Crew-7 Mission Docks Safely at ISS

Seventh Heaven

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-7 mission blasted spaceward from Launch Complex 39A of Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 03:27 EDT on the morning of Saturday, 26 August 2023.

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Alaska Airlines Pilots to Receive Pay Raise

Profiting by Foresight

Alaska Airlines pilots—by dint of a no-one-left-behind clause added in autumn 2022 to their contract with the Seattle-based air-carrier—will receive an 11.2-percent pay bump by which their wages will remain commensurate with those of pilots in the employs of competing airlines. In the absence of the aforementioned clause, Alaska Airlines pilots would have received only the four-percent pay-raise specified in the contract’s original language.

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Aero-TV: Improved Alto NG Available for U.S. Sale

Czech List Items

Designed and produced by Czech ultralight and Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) concern Direct Fly Alto, the Alto NG (Next Generation) is a two-place, full-cantilever low-wing monoplane perched atop a fixed tricycle undercarriage. The Alto NG’s fuselage comprises primarily aluminum, and the machine’s empennage features conventional fixed vertical and horizontal stabilizers with hinged rudder and elevator assemblies and composite fairings. The aircraft is powered by a single, forward-mounted, one-hundred-horsepower, naturally-aspirated, fuel-injected, four-cylinder, horizontally-opposed, Rotax 912ULs engine featuring liquid-cooled cylinder

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Red Cat Integrates Remote ID to Teal 2 Military UAV

Integrated System “Outranges”, “Outpaces” Competing UAVs with Improved Network Coverage

Red Cat Holdings has sharpened their “military-grade sUAS” with the receipt of remote ID certification from the FAA. The addition of a legally mandated drone capability doesn’t quite represent a groundbreaking, game-changing shift in the light UAV market, but Red Cat was proud of their integrated Remote ID syste, saying it “ goes above and beyond the technology being used in competing drones.” The system sits neatly inside the Teal 2, broadcasting data from the flight control system about once per second. That improved frequency “ensures a high level of accuracy” according to the manufacture

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Wing Names Couple as Drone Delivery's Best Customers

UAV Courier Services a Game Changer for Elderly Living

Since 2019, Paul and Susie Sensmeier have taken to the handy, easy delivery of drones more than anyone else in the world - according to Wing. The firm says that the Sensmeier house has seen more than 1,000 drone deliveries, putting them above and beyond the regular early adopter of fancy, whiz-bang tech. Looking back on the things they've ordered, their love of droneborne delivery makes sense: Paul is the driver of the household, but with both in their early 80's, driving has become more of a chore than it once was. 

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Albuquerque Double Eagle Airport Groundbreaking New Hangars

High Flying Hangars, LLC to Kick Off 1st Phase of New Construction

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Double Eagle II Airport will host a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the start of construction on hangars for 50 aircraft, greatly expanding the GA footprint of the region. Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller will be on hand along with a handful of local stakeholders, congratulating High Flying Hangars, LLC on their upcoming work. The event will feature comments from Kenny Hinkes, company developer overseeing the expansion, along with Mayor Keller. Afterward, the construction site will see ground broken to local applause. 

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Airborne 08.21.23: Gryder Loses Suit, AEA Report, NTSB V YouTube Fraud

Also: Russia Pushes ADIZ, Volga-Dnepr v Canada, Julie Clark Award, Piper Sales

A Texas court has ruled that online allegations made by controversial YouTuber Dan Gryder against Texas pilot and airport-owner Charles Cook were false and defamatory. District Court Judge John Chupp of Texas’s Tarrant County ordered Gryder to pay Cook a total of $1,081,667 plus interest. Dan Gryder is the proprietor of Probable Cause, a YouTube channel dedicated to the analysis of aviation incidents and accidents. Detractors of his channel contend Gryder’s analyses are hasty, often presumptuous, and vituperative in degrees ranging from tacit to overt. AEA has released

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Aurora Flight Sciences Celebrates 30 Years

Boeing's Studious Subsidiary Looks Back on Past Projects

Aurora Flight Sciences took a moment to look back on some of its more intriguing resume moments, celebrating 30 years in experimental aviation. Aurora looked back on its heritage of making "low-cost, high-performance aircraft" throughout its UAS developments like the Perseus Proof of Concept. Perseus was a battery-powered, autonomous aircraft designed under NASA's Small High-Altitude Science Aircraft (SHASA) program, which later evolved into the Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology (ERAST) project.

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Airborne 08.21.23: Gryder Loses Suit, AEA Report, NTSB V YouTube Fraud

Also: Russia Pushes ADIZ, Volga-Dnepr v Canada, Julie Clark Award, Piper Sales

A Texas court has ruled that online allegations made by controversial YouTuber Dan Gryder against Texas pilot and airport-owner Charles Cook were false and defamatory. District Court Judge John Chupp of Texas’s Tarrant County ordered Gryder to pay Cook a total of $1,081,667 plus interest. Dan Gryder is the proprietor of Probable Cause, a YouTube channel dedicated to the analysis of aviation incidents and accidents. Detractors of his channel contend Gryder’s analyses are hasty, often presumptuous, and vituperative in degrees ranging from tacit to overt. AEA has released

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Classic Aero-TV: LTA Aviatrix Cheri White -- The Intricacies of Gas Ballooning

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Cheri's Achievements Are Exceeded Only By The Heights She Has Achieved As A World-Class Balloonist

You may all be a little sick, by now, in hearing about the amazing team ANN's Aero-TV crews has at the 2010 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta... the sites, the sounds, the colors, the staff, the crews, the PILOTS... they all made an extraordinary week even more so. And one of our favorite people was a balloon pilot, Cheri White, who launched herself (and partner Mark Sullivan) into the late night ether to take a chance in seeking the top spot in t

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NTSB Prelim: Air Tractor Inc AT-802

The Airplane Impacted A Bean Field And Came To Rest Upright

On August 8, 2023, about 1150 central daylight time, an Air Tractor AT-802 airplane, N804AA, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Gilman City, Missouri. The pilot was fatally injured. The flight was conducted under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 as an aerial application flight. A witness to the accident stated that he was driving south on State Highway K near the water tower when he first saw the airplane. The airplane was flying above him near the intersection of Highways K and B. The airplane appeared to be flying south, then turned east, and back to the north. Right before he turned his vehicle right on Highway B, the airplane started to turn &ldqu

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.29.23)

Aero Linx: British Model Flying Association The BMFA is the National Governing Body for the sport of model flying. Its aims are to promote, protect, organise and encourage model flying within the UK. Typically there are around 750 affiliated clubs and a combined membership of over 30,000 members, all of whom have entered a partnership to ensure that model aircraft and drone flyers have a voice and their rights are recognised by the authorities. The mandate for the BMFA to do this comes from the Royal Aero Club, dating back to 1922, the Civil Aviation Authority and the UK Sports councils. The BMFA also represents the UK in the international forum through its recognition by the Federatio

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ANN FAQ (Updated): You Can Sponsor ANN And/Or Aero-TV!

Help ANN Grow So That We Can Be Of Greater Service To You!

For over 25 years, ANN has set the pace for the growing and evolving aero-info revolution. No other news service has done what ANN has done... and no one did it before Aero-News showed the rest of the aero-world how it's done. But.... we're embarking on the most aggressive programs and efforts we have EVER undertaken... so new sponsors to help us meet our lofty goals are more welcome than ever before. We hope that's you... or a company that you do business with... and that you'll see fit to speak up for and advocate ANN's value to the aviation world, in no uncertain terms. ANN has produced some 500,000 individual stories for publication online since it's full-time inception in 19

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.29.23): Navigation Reference System (NRS)

Navigation Reference System (NRS)

The NRS is a system of waypoints developed for use within the United States for flight planning and navigation without reference to ground based navigational aids. The NRS waypoints are located in a grid pattern along defined latitude and longitude lines. The initial use of the NRS will be in the high altitude environment. The NRS waypoints are intended for use by aircraft capable of point-to-point navigation. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.29.23)

“This fantastic news combined with our aircraft order book, future growth plans, and industry-leading financial strength and stability further solidifies your careers and your family’s long-term security.” Source: Alaska Airlines vice-president of flight operations Captain Dave Mets, commenting in a message to the carrier’s 3,600 pilots, after their pilots scored a major pay raise.

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