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October 31, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 10.31.23: Drone Delivery, Lunar Mission, Archer Dismissal

 Also: Dream Chaser Test, B-21 Taxi Testing, SpaceX Launch Sked, TX Drone Law 

Citizens of Lockeford, California and College Station, Texas are bracing for the rolling out of Prime  Air—Amazon’s much-anticipated drone delivery service—which the online giant debuted in the two towns. Amazon Pharmacy is a service by which College Station residents can have prescription medications delivered by drone. Intuitive Machines has announced jointly with SpaceX that liftoff of the IM-1 lunar mission is targeted for a multi-day launch window opening 12 January 2024. The Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission will be the company’s first attempted lunar landing as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CL

Additional Details Released on Alaska Airlines Flight 2059 Incident

Pilot Who Attempted Engine Flame-Out had Used Hallucinogens On 22 October 2023, off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot Joseph David Emerson, 44, attempted to deploy the engine fire-suppression systems of an in-flight Horizon Air Embraer E-175. Had he succeeded, the regional jet’s powerplants, both of them, would likely have flamed out over the mountainous terrain south of Seattle, Washington. Comes now 30 October and news that Emerson was returning home from an emotional weekend during which he was reminded acutely of a close friend who’d died unexpectedly nearly six-years ago.

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Embraer Releases 2023 Third-Quarter Numbers

Thirty-Percent Increase in Aircraft Deliveries Noted

Embraer delivered 43 jets in 2023’s third-quarter, an increase of thirty-percent compared to 2022’s third-quarter, during which 33 aircraft were delivered. Commercial Aviation has shown robust delivery growth, soaring from ten to 15 aircraft, a fifty-percent increase compared to the same period in 2022. For Executive Aviation, there was also an increase; 28 jets delivered (19 light and 9 medium) representing a 22-percent increase compared to 2022's third-quarter.

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USAF F-16 Intercepts Civilian Aircraft Strayed Too Near Biden

… Again

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled a U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet and a lone MH-65 helicopter to intercept a civilian aircraft that entered restricted airspace near the Wilmington, Delaware residence of Joe Biden. The two military aircraft made contact with the civilian plane at approximately 14:25 EDT on Saturday, 28 October 2023, and escorted the latter to an uneventful landing at a nearby airport.

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Leonardo Increases AW169 Helicopter’s Capabilities

Bigger, Better, More

The capabilities of Leonardo’s AW169 light-intermediate twin-engine helicopter will grow further by dint of the launch of a 5,100 kg (11,243-pound) Increased Gross Weight (IGW) kit and a new 11-seat configuration fully-compliant with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Report 690. Both upgrades will be made available for the helicopter’s skid landing-gear iteration.

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NATA CEO Curt Castagna to Co-Chair EAGLE Initiative

In Service of the Greater Good

During the third week of October 2023, representatives of the EAGLE initiative announced NATA president and CEO Curt Castagna will serve as the program’s co-chair, alongside Lirio Liu, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Executive Director of Aircraft Certification Services. A joint undertaking of the FAA and a number of aviation industry partners, the EAGLE (Eliminate Aviation Gasoline Lead Emissions) initiative seeks to expand and accelerate actions and policies conducive to the development and safe proliferation of a viable high-octane unleaded replacement for extant one-hundred-octane low-lead aviation gasoline (100LL).

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Community Aviation Hosts New Blog by Rich Stowell

Post Targets CFIs and Low-Time Pilots

Community Aviation recently began hosting a blog penned by award-winning Master Flight Instructor Rich Stowell—a recognized subject matter expert in loss of control in light airplanes, 2014’s National FAA Safety Team Rep of the Year, and 2006’s National Flight Instructor of the Year. Mr. Stowell’s blog focuses on stick and rudder issues; posts are geared toward flight instructors and low-time VFR pilots.

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Embry Riddle Researchers Building a Better Anemometer

The Answer, My Friend, is …

As a matter of convention, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)—colloquially, drones—measure wind-speed, direction, and cumulative effect by dint of onboard flow-sensors. Data so gathered informs the operators of such platforms and enhances the safety of both close-range and Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) flights. A group of Embry-Riddle researchers, however, is attempting to leverage GPS for purpose of gleaning more accurate and reliable wind information.

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European Medical Drone Partners with Dufour Aerospace

Aero2 UAV to Help Link Swedish Hospitals

European Medical Drone, the Swedish drone operator engaged in connecting hospitals by means of drone transportation, and Dufour Aerospace, the Swiss eVTOL concern, have signed a development cooperation and purchase agreement for 11 Aero2 uncrewed tilt-wing aircraft. Subject agreement includes the delivery of one Aero2 X2.3 prototype aircraft in 2024 and ten serial Aero2 aircraft to follow in 2026. Assisting in the transaction is Swedish helicopter vendor and Dufour Aerospace partner Savback Helicopters.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 150K

Airplane Was Less Than 100 Ft Above The Water And Was In A Descending Right Turn

On September 30, 2023, at 1942 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 150, N6312G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Gilford, New Hampshire. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A preliminary review of radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed, the pilot departed Rhode Island T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) Providence, Rhode Island, about 1810, and was destined for the Laconia Municipal Airport (LCI), Laconia, New Hampshire. About 1938, the pilot entered a right downwind leg of the traffic pattern for runway 26 at

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Classic Aero-TV: Just Like The 'Real' Thing – Redbird/Disney’s ‘Dusty’ FlightSim

From 2014 (YouTube Version) -- Disclaimer: No Matter What He Tells You, Tom Patton Is Not A Certified Firefighting Pilot

While at EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton checked out what was going on at the Redbird Flight Simulation display. Tom talked with Josh Harnagel, the Director of Online Marketing for Redbird Flight Simulations. Redbird is becoming known as the innovator in aviation simulation and in the way simulation is used in flight training. However, as important as flight simulation can be, it’s also a lot of fun. Harnagel said they were approached by the Walt Disney Company to produce a simulation program to be used

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.23)

Aero Linx: The International 180/185 Club The International 180/185 Club is a social organization whose 1200+ members have one thing in common:  they all own or have a passion for Cessna Skywagons.  Pilots pride themselves in flying these “workhorses” of the sky.  These planes have fixed gear and a tailwheel framework.  The Skywagons’ unique characteristics require these planes be flown on the ground as well as in the sky.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.31.23): Radio Magnetic Indicator

Radio Magnetic Indicator An aircraft navigational instrument coupled with a gyro compass or similar compass that indicates the direction of a selected NAVAID and indicates bearing with respect to the heading of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.31.23)

“It is not an easy process for them to get back into the cockpit. They will have to go through these evaluations by a psychiatrist and a neuropsychologist to do that. … This is a pilot who basically is being responsible saying, ‘I am not up to flying because of my grief or whatever.’”   Source: Dr. Brent Blue, a physician and senior aviation medical examiner who works with pilots battling drug and alcohol issues, in media discussions following off-duty Alaska Airlines pilot Joseph David Emerson's attempts to deploy the engine fire-suppression systems of an in-flight Horizon Air Embraer E-175.

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