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October 22, 2021

Airborne 10.22.21: Jetson ONE, Nonagenarian Skydives, Drones v Lava

Also: NASA Adjusts Crew-3 Sked, Southwest Relents, ACR Electronics, Blue Sky Now Shipping
Swedish company Jetson has officially launched their ONE, a commercially available, personal electric aircraft with VTOL capabilities. The cockpit is flanked by four twin rotors, and the folding, ultralight vehicle appears ready for sale in its recently released promotional video. The ONE appears suited for the recreational crowd, with space for a single pilot and… well, there’s probably somewhere to wedge a granola bar somewhere in that tubing. Piloting is accomplished by a fighter like HOTAS configuration, with the right hand controlling three axes of flight, and power on the left. Ten years ago, history maker Pat Moorehead completed a record 81 jumps

'Ultralight' VTOL Jetson ONE Launched

Sales Begun on “Manned Drone”

Swedish company Jetson has officially launched their ONE, a commercially available, personal electric aircraft with VTOL capabilities. A lithe, lean cockpit flanked by four twin rotors, the folding, ultralight vehicle appears ready for sale in its recently released promotional video. Showing footage not unlike FPV drone flight, only the hands visibly grasping the controls indicate that UAV pilots may finally be able to have their dream: a quad-rotor drone big enough for them to ride. 

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Airborne-Flt Training 10.07.21: EAGLE AMT, L3Harris, SportPlane Resource Guide

Also: Drone Night Authorization, 20 More Skyhawks, Bad USMA Flt Lesson, Colorado UAS Demo

In an effort to grow the necessary talent for Aviation’s ever-growing maintenance demands, Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois will soon offer a fellowship program for students building their careers. Partnering with AAR, they created the fellowship to offer a cash award, to be granted to ten students and recipients who work a minimum of two years with AAR. The funds can be used to cover the costs of tuition, fees, materials, and are annually renewable for those students in good standing. L3Harris To Train Pilots for Newest Iceland Airline, PLAY Ai

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Wing Strikes Deal with Walgreens for UAV Shipping

Store-to-Door, On-Demand Delivery to Come

Walgreens has selected drone delivery specialist and former Alphabet, Inc. company Wing for its upcoming metropolitan delivery systems, with a test location set up in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas region. In a parking lot staging area, Walgreens personnel will pack, process, and load packages onto the delivery drones, with Wing’s flight operations overseeing the shipment straight to customers across Frisco and Little Elm. Wing’s drone carrier is advertised with an average service of 6-mile flights in 6 minutes carrying small parcels, most suited to small cargo like food, parts, and medication.

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Stranded Dogs To Be Rescued By Drone From Lava

Is This the Moon Landing of the Zoomer Generation? 

The ongoing volcanic activity of Cumbre Vieja, on the Spanish Isle of La Palma, has been a subject of internet interest since it began. A thankfully bloodless, fun-to-watch play, since early evacuations successfully removed residents from danger. Not all the island’s residents have escaped, however, as viewers remotely touring the situation noticed four scrawny, haggard dogs trapped behind a house. Stuck behind the exclusion zone, with local airspace closed near the volcano, the dogs seemed doomed to starvation or death by lava flow. Local UAV companies Tecnofly and TicomSolutions stepped up to the plate and began airlifting food and water to the beleaguered animals, securing their sur

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Trick Or Treat... NASA Adjusts Crew-3 Launch Schedule

Joint SpaceX Effort Set for Oct. 31

The upcoming joint launch of Crew-3 by NASA and SpaceX has been moved to Sunday, October 31, at 02:21 EDT. NASA says that they require more time for spacecraft processing and preparation. Set to use the combination of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft, this launch will be the third operational NASA astronaut delivery in the last year. Carrying astronauts Raja Chari, mission commander, Tom Marshburn, pilot, and Kayla Barron, mission specialist, with ESA’s Matthias Maurer, the Crew Dragon Endurance will launch from Complex 39A at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew entered their official pre-mission quarantine last week, and will begin final training and prepa

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Aura Aero Receives LOI for 200 Electric Regional Aircraft

19-Seater Finds Customers While Still in Mockup Form

French sustainable aviation manufacturer Aura Aero has announced their signage of an LOI for their prospective Electric Regional Aircraft (ERA), a 19-seat commercial passenger craft for small passenger carriers and regional airlines. Amedeo has signalled its intent for purchase 200 in total, to get a head start on green aircraft in their leasing fleet as the net-zero industry goal approaches in 2050. The race for low-emission, hybrid, and electric aircraft for passenger service has brought in billions of dollars as a multitude of new companies vie for the crown. Government regulations, industry benchmarks, and bragging rights for marketing departments make for an irresistible combination th

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Classic Aero-TV: The Raisbeck/Hartzell Solution - Re-Propping The King Air 350

From 2017: New Composite Prop Introduced For King Air 350…

Hartzell Propeller and Raisbeck Engineering are collaborating on new structural composite swept blade props for the Beechcraft King Air 350 turboprop. The prop was introduced at AirVenture 2017 in July. The new King Air 350 propellers are an extension of the propeller blade technology advancements developed jointly by Hartzell and Raisbeck for the King Air 90, King Air B200 series and King Air 300 series aircraft. The new composite propellers have an extended 3,000-hour, three-year warranty. The King Air 350 collaboration by the Hartzell Raisbeck team has led to an increase in take-off,

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FAA Proposes Longer Rest Period Between Shifts for Flight Attendants

Proposed Rule Would Increase The Rest Period To 10 Consecutive Hours

The FAA has just proposed new regulations to require that flight attendants have a longer rest period between shifts. The proposed rule would increase the rest period to 10 consecutive hours when scheduled for a duty period of 14 hours or less. Playing to the FA unions, DoT is already crowing that, "The Biden-Harris Administration is proud to advance policies that protect and empower workers. This proposal will contribute to a safer, healthier workplace for flight attendants," said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28R-200

First Point Of Impact (FPI) Was Identified By A 12-Foot-Tall Juniper Tree

On September 22, 2021, about 1624 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28R-200, N3906X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Page, Arizona. The pilot was fatally injured and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration captured the airplane’s climb out at 1211 Pacific daylight time about 1 nm north of its departure airport in San Martin, California. The mean sea level (msl) altitudes below are reported as geometric altitudes and were obtained from t

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.21)

Aero Linx: The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI - The World Air Sports Federation, was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organisation with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide, ratifying world and continental records and coordinating the organisation of international competitions. It is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). After more than a century of steady growth, FAI is now an organisation of more than 100 member-organisations, forming a strong network linking all those who participate in

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.22.21): Remote Communications Outlet (RCO)

Remote Communications Outlet (RCO) An unmanned communications facility remotely controlled by air traffic personnel. RCOs serve FSSs. Remote Transmitter/Receivers (RTR) serve terminal ATC facilities. An RCO or RTR may be UHF or VHF and will extend the communication range of the air traffic facility. There are several classes of RCOs and RTRs. The class is determined by the number of transmitters or receivers. Classes A through G are used primarily for air/ground purposes. RCO and RTR class O facilities are nonprotected outlets subject to undetected and prolonged outages. RCO (O’s) and RTR (O’s) were established for the express purpose of providing ground-to-ground communications between a

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.22.21)

“For Amedeo, sustainable aviation is more than aspirational and we are committed and focused on partnerships in sustainable aviation that will define the next three decades in aerospace. We have seen various concepts showcased in the market and Aura Aero has an edge with the skillset, talent and design that we stand behind. Their prototype Integral, is the first stepping stone to a larger electrical regional aircraft...” Source: Gabriella Lapidus, CCO at Amedeo, who has partnered with French sustainable aviation manufacturer Aura Aero and announced their signage of an LOI for their prospective Electric Regional Aircraft (ERA), a 19-seat commercial passenger craft for small passenger carriers and regional airlines. Amedeo has si

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