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October 20, 2022

Airborne 10.20.22: The Flex!, MagniX Spools Up, Hartzell Propels BizAv

 Also: AIRO and Current Aviation, Praetor 500-600 Full Motion Sim, Honeywell Sat, G700 Tour

It slices, it dices, it makes julienne fries... uh, almost. OK... that was an exaggeration, but Mid-Continent’s FLEX avionics system really is getting huge notice for being able to do just about anything. We talked to the MCIA gang at NBAA to get the latest update on the current state of FLEX. The upcoming electric generation of aircraft has a number of issues to surmount... powerplants., power delivery, power storage and more. But MagniX is leading the charge (so to speak) on the powerplant front with some sophisticated designs that are already flying on a number of promising airframes. NBAA is not all bizjets... as a matter of fact, it might surprise you

Eviation Makes Sale of 25 Aircraft to Upstart German Airline

Evia Aero Planning for European Commuter Line with Electric, Fixed Wing Aircraft

Eviation Aircraft has made a sale of 25 aircraft to Germany’s Evia Aero, marking a healthy order for the young, fixed-wing electric commuter. Evia Aero, a young airline that has yet to begin public service, plans to use the 9-passenger aircraft as a workhorse in its regional travel network spanning Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands. The Alice should be a good fit for Evia operations, with a 250-nm range, quiet operation, and electric power. 

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Textron Announces 20-Unit Order from Fly Alliance

Florida Pt 135 Operator Eyes Expansion with 4 Firm Citation XLS Orders and Options for More

Textron continued their NBAA lucky streak with a purchase agreement with Fly Alliance for up to 20 Cessna Citations. The order stands for 4 firm aircraft purchases with options for up to 16 additional aircraft to begin delivery of the first XLS Gen2 in 2023. Fly Alliance will add the Citations into its fleet of luxury private charter jets based out of Florida and Rhode Island.

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Avidyne Releases Learjet 55C LPV Upgrade

Dual Atlas FMS Adds GPS Coupling to Existing EFIS Equipment

Avidyne has announced a flight deck upgrade for the LearJet 55C, allowing owners and operators to upgrade their long-lived aircraft with modern capabilities and safety accouterments. The Dual Avidyne Atlas Flight Management System Retrofit Upgrade provides fully-coupled GPS approach capability, including LPV, LP, LNAV, and VNAV approaches. Even better, the upgrade does not require a full replacement of the legacy EFIS86-L system, allowing operators to retain their existing EFIS displays.

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Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power Provide NBAA Coverage

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and True Blue Power

NBAA-BACE 2022 Booth #2469

Cut the Cords with New True Blue Power® Wireless Chargers 

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Airborne 10.12.22: Flying Car Race, Alaska GPS Routes, HondaJet Elite

Also: Kargo UAS, Gray Eagle 25 Modernized, Disney's Gulfstream, Aura Aero

In autumn 2022, history was made on the salt-flats of South Australia when Airspeeder pilot Zephatali Walsh beat fellow-competitor Fabio Tishcler in the frenetic, inaugural EXA remotely-piloted race. The race occasioned the first instance in which the two pilots were given license to press their 4.1-meter-long eVTOL machines to the utmost in a blade-to-blade, fully-competitive remote race setting. The race took place over a one-kilometer digital sky-track, with the competition playing out in two sessions. Just in time for the start of 'serious' weather, the FAA is publishing 54 G

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Gulfstream Announces World Tour with Fully Loaded G700s

Business Aviators Around the World Have a Date with a Traveling Gulfstream

Prospective Gulfstream buyers may soon have a chance to see one in the flesh once a pair of fully outfitted G700 production aircraft begin making their rounds all over the world. The World Tour will take place once NBAA-BACE wraps up, with the aircraft heading to South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia while making appearances at appropriate events along the way.

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Gulfstream to Expand Customer Support with Dallas Overhaul Facility

New Center to Focus on Brakes, Wheels, and Landing Gear Repair Before 2Q 2023

Gulfstream has announced an expansion to its operations in North America, with a new component repair and overhaul facility planned in Fort Worth, Texas. The 100,000 square-foot facility will start out with a focus on wheels, brakes, and landing gear systems when it begins service in the 1st half of 2023. Gulfstream anticipates its mission to expand over time as the brand's domestic fleet continues to grow.

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Joby Applies for Japanese Aircraft Certification

eVTOL Aircraft Likely to Use Streamlined Approval Process for US/Japanese Certification

Joby Aviation has announced their application to the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) for the validation of an FAA type certification for their electric VTOL aircraft. The move comes right after US regulators confirmed a streamlined approval process for US applicants to validate their designs in Japan. The move sets up the company to hit the ground running with their future launch of an aerial ridesharing service using its 5-seat, piloted multirotor fixed wing aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: North Dakota Leads The Way - A Focal Point For UAV Innovation

From 2015 (YouTube Version): North Dakota Has Become An Aero-Technological Breeding Ground

While at the Unmanned Systems 2015 Conference, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, spent a lot of time looking at UAS aerial vehicles and talking with the manufacturers that produce them. However, there’s more to it than producing the hardware; there is also a need to promote a place where research can take place, and that’s exactly what the state of North Dakota is doing.

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Embraer Announces Additional Praetor 500, 600 Full Motion Simulator

FlightSafety International to Bring Sim Online in 2nd quarter of 2023, Bringing Total to 3

Demand for training in Embraer’s Praetor 500/600 jets has outpaced FlightSafety’s current pair of simulators, leading them to plan for the type’s growth by purchasing an additional unit for its Orlando, Florida location. Placing the new FFS in the school’s Orlando facility will place it about an hour by ground from the Melbourne (Florida) headquarters of Embraer Executive Jets. The area is a good fit, given the high concentration of aircraft and operators.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech 95-B55 (T42A)

Controller Instructed The Pilot To Stop His Turn And Maintain 3,000 Ft MSL

On September 10, 2022, about 1237 eastern daylight time, a Beech BE-55, N3670D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hartwell, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to family, the pilot flew from Florida to Georgia to attend an event.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.20.22)

Aero Linx: European Aviation Maintenance Training Committee (EAMTC) Being keenly aware of the unique role that training provides in ensuring and promoting safety, the EAMTC promotes safety through training via its meetings, interaction between members and its relationship with other industry bodies. Training best practice is promoted in the same manner and via Guidelines and Recommendations publications made available to members.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.20.22): Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) GNSS refers collectively to the worldwide positioning, navigation, and timing determination capability available from one or more satellite constellations. A GNSS constellation may be augmented by ground stations and/or geostationary satellites to improve integrity and position accuracy.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.20.22)

“The creation of an all-electric European commuter fleet of Alice aircraft will advance an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future of flight. Evia Aero further showcases the commitment of German-based companies to revolutionize air travel. Together we can enable a future where electric air travel is the standard for the next generation.”  Source: Gregory Davis, President of Eviation, as the company announced that it has made a sale of 25 aircraft to Germany’s Evia Aero, marking a healthy order for the young, fixed-wing electric commuter. 

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