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November 02, 2023

FAA Grants Pathfinder 1 Airship Special Airworthiness Certificate

Flight Testing of LTA Research Vessel to Commence

In 2015, Google co-founder Sergey Brin founded Lighter Than Air (LTA) Research for purpose of advancing airship technologies and fostering the design, development, and construction of a new generation of ecologically conscious flying machines. The aircraft borne of Brin’s investment and the diligent work of skilled personnel split between Akron, Ohio; Mountain View, California; Gardnerville, Nevada, and the LTA’s Palo Alto, California headquarters has been ascribed the apposite moniker Pathfinder 1, and was recently granted a special airworthiness certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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EDMO Offers Protective Boot for uAvionix tailBeaconX

A Sensible Proposition

Spokane, Washington’s EDMO Distributors, Inc., a provider of aircraft electronics supplies and services, has broadened its product line to include the TBX-BOOT, a protective cover designed to shield uAvionix’s tailBeaconX from on-ground damage. Fashioned from durable, high-visibility, orange PETG plastic, the TBX-BOOT unit is custom designed and built to provide a perfect protective fit over the tailBeaconX’s clear glass sphere and dual ADS-B antennas, thereby shielding the aforementioned against accidental breakage.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 11.02.23: Zenith Workshop, Van's Update, Rotor X Woes Continue

 Also: DeLand Showcase, Rich Stowell Blog, EAA On Whitaker Confirmation, EAA Youth Program

 
 
Zenith Aircraft is returning to central Florida on 01 and 02 December 2023 for purpose of hosting its hands-on kit aircraft building workshop... to be held on the SUN ’n FUN Expo campus, and followed immediately by an informal regional Zenith fly-in gathering. The workshop will get underway on the morning of Friday, 01 December, inside the Buehler Aerospace Restoration and Training Center. Van’s Aircraft is facing serious cash-flow issues resultant of a confluence of unfavorable events and circumstances. Van’s will take time, through mid-November 2023, to evaluate means by which to most comprehensively and efficiently satisfy b

Wisconsin CAP Cadets Win High Altitude Balloon Challenge

Kittinger Cup Winners Announced

A five-cadet team from the Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP’s) Wisconsin Wing’s Stevens Point Composite Squadron has taken first-place honors in the third-annual Civil Air Patrol High-Altitude Balloon Challenge. The winning team received 2023’s Kittinger Cup and an accompanying $5,000 prize for an experiment germane to cold welding in Low Earth orbit (LEO). The Kittinger Cup and the $5,000 prize were provided by Sherry Kittinger, wife of the late U.S. Air Force Colonel, high-altitude researcher, and skydiving luminary Joe Kittinger.

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EHang EH216-S eVTOL Nears Production Certification

Unleashed in the East—More or Less

EHang Holdings Limited, a Guangzhou-based Chinese developer of Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (AAV), maintains progress is being made on the certification of the company’s EH216-S, a proprietary passenger-carrying Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platform. EHang is working in cooperation with the Southern Regional Administration of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) to secure a Production Certificate (PC) for the machine. Notably, the majority of the requisite documentation reviews, definitions, and practical assessments germane to the issuance of the vehicle’s PC have been completed. Following CAAC’s issuance of the sought-after PC, EHang will commence production of its inaugural

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Aero-TV: 'Mr. Regulation' Explains The Current MOSAIC Process

AEA's Ric Peri Goes Into Detail On Where MOSAIC Is... And Is Likely To Go

ANN knows of NO ONE who is as 'on top' of all things regulatory as AEA's Ric Peri... And by chance, we ran into Ric and some of the AEA gang at NBAA 2023 and corralled him into explaining the modus operandi for their request (along with other organizations) for an extension of the proposed Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC) rule. The request got a few folks a little hot under the collar thinking that the extension would cause extensive delays in the publication of the final rule. However; Peri seems to think that delays will be minimal, but more

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Spirit Airlines Suspends New Pilot Training

Soft Demand and Maintenance Woes Occasion Hardship

Spirit Airlines, the Miramar, Florida-headquartered U.S. ultra-low cost airline, will suspend new pilot and flight attendant training in November 2023 “until further notice;” so stated a memo disseminated throughout the company. The move evinces slower growth and softer demand than the company’s management anticipated and has occasioned the grounding of dozens of Airbus  A320neo family aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines. Spirit formerly slowed hiring and captain upgrades.

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USAF Red Devils Squadron Arrives in Middle East

Devil’s Due

The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 119th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron has arrived in U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility—namely, the Middle East—with an additional F-16 Fighting Falcon squadron, thereby bolstering U.S. presence in the region and deterring further jihadist aggression. The Atlantic City-based squadron, known colloquially as the Jersey Devils, now aligned under 9th Air Force, afford coalition leaders added flexibility vis-à-vis air operations throughout the Middle East, including contingency response capabilities and deterrence missions, while maintaining Operation Inherent Resolve’s stated Defeat-ISIS mission.

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NASA C-130 Makes Inaugural Trip to Antarctica

Flight Supports NASA’s GUSTO Balloon Mission

On 28 October 2023, following a grueling journey undertaken for purpose of delivering NASA’s Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory (GUSTO), the space agency’s C-130 Hercules touched down safely at McMurdo Station on the southern tip of Antarctica’s Ross Island. A United States research station, McMurdo is operated by the National Science Foundation and hosts NASA’s Antarctic long-duration balloon campaign, via which the GUSTO mission will take a scientific balloon flight beginning December 2023.

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Delta Air Lines - Hughes Partnership Announced

Airline to Retrofit 400+ 717s with Hughes In-Flight Connectivity

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, a provider of broadband equipment and services, and Delta Air Lines have entered into an agreement by which the Atlanta, Georgia-based legacy air-carrier will outfit upwards of four-hundred of its Boeing 717 narrow-body airliners with Hughes’s In-Flight connectivity solution.

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Airborne-NextGen 10.24.23: Drone Racing Champ's, FAA v Space, EcoJet!!

Also: Archer in UAE, EPA Endangerment Finding, Supernal, European Alliance for Zero-Emission Av

Korean pilot MinChan Kim, 19, emerged as the overall winner of the 2023 FAI World Drone Racing Championship. Coming in a close second was Japanese pilot Yuki Hashimoto, 16, who displayed remarkable speed and agility throughout the championship. Completing the top three was Victor Jonsson, 31, from Denmark, whose consistent and calculated flying secured him a spot on the podium. SpaceX vice-president for build and reliability William Gerstenmaier has urged lawmakers to streamline extant regulations for purpose of increasing the number of FAA pers

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Airborne-NextGen 10.24.23: Drone Racing Champ's, FAA v Space, EcoJet!!

Also: Archer in UAE, EPA Endangerment Finding, Supernal, European Alliance for Zero-Emission Av

Korean pilot MinChan Kim, 19, emerged as the overall winner of the 2023 FAI World Drone Racing Championship. Coming in a close second was Japanese pilot Yuki Hashimoto, 16, who displayed remarkable speed and agility throughout the championship. Completing the top three was Victor Jonsson, 31, from Denmark, whose consistent and calculated flying secured him a spot on the podium. SpaceX vice-president for build and reliability William Gerstenmaier has urged lawmakers to streamline extant regulations for purpose of increasing the number of FAA pers

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Airborne 10.23.23: JAL v Sumo Weight/Balance, Zenith Workshop, Alto Bought

Also: Michael Whitaker Nom, ATI Pilots, “Galactic 05” Research Mission, flyExclusive Buys CJ3 Gen2

Japan Airlines recently found itself uncomfortably middled between national pride and the immutable principles of physics. JAL was recently forced to add an extra domestic flight for purpose of accommodating a sizable group of sumo wrestlers traveling to attend the Special National Sports Festival on Amami Oshima Island in Japan’s southern Kagoshima Prefecture. Zenith Aircraft Company is returning to central Florida on 01 and 02 December 2023 for purpose of hosting its popular hands-on kit aircraft building workshop. Subject

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NTSB Prelim: Gyro Technic GT-VX2

Witness Reported Observing The Accident Gyroplane Fly Directly Into Powerlines, Flip Upside Down, And Fall Inverted Into The River

On October 8, 2023, about 1640 central daylight time, an experimental Gyro Technic GT-VX2 gyroplane, N557LJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Saint Peter, Minnesota. The pilot was fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot departed from Mankato Regional Airport (MKT), Mankato, Minnesota, about 1400 as a flight of two gyroplanes. After the departure from MKT, the two gyroplanes continued to Le Sueur Municipal Airport (12Y), Le Sueur, Minnesota, and completed multiple landings in the traffic pattern.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.02.23)

Aero Linx: Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) We represent over 500 airports in 55 countries. Our members facilitate over 90% of commercial air traffic in Europe. Air transport supports 13.5 million jobs, generating €886 billion in European economic activity (4.4% of GDP). In response to the Climate Emergency, in June 2019 our members committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions for operations under their control by 2050, without offsetting. Based in Brussels, we lead and serve the European airport industry and maintain strong links with other ACI regions throughout the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.02.23): Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) A transportation system that transports people and property by air between two points in the NAS using aircraft with advanced technologies, including electric aircraft or electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, in both controlled and uncontrolled airspace. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.02.23)

“Pathfinder 1’s experimental flight test program is to demonstrate and establish the flight envelope for the airship…. LTA’s test plan is tailored to include substantial indoor and outdoor ground testing, using a build-up approach to gradually increase the flight envelope.” Source: From a letter supporting its application for a special airworthiness certificate by the Federal Aviation Administration, for its Pathfinder 1.

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