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December 18, 2022

Airborne 12.09.22: Aura eTowPlane, B-21 Rollout Clues, False Pilot

Also: Volato HondaJet Order, F-16 Goof, Modifying Global 6000s, Savback Helicopters

ura Aero has obtained the approval of the French Gliding Federation for their purchase of an electric INTEGRAL. The Federation will use their new aircraft as a glider tow for a local club. The electric operation will help to minimize sound pollution, carbon emissions. While such reductions are dandy, the most important aspect to young students and cash-strapped gliding enthusiasts is the cost of electric operation over avgas-powered tow planes. On 02 December 2022, the United States Air Force rolled out its new, long-range, intercontinental, stealth, strategic bomber du

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Klyde Morris (12.16.22)

Klyde Bemoans (AGAIN) the State of Space Reporting...


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Air New Zealand VoltAero Partnership Announced

Kiwi Carrier to Evaluate Cassio Platform

VoltAero, the French aerospace concern about the business of developing the Cassio family of hybrid-electric aircraft, has been named one of Air New Zealand’s Mission Next Gen Aircraft demonstration partners. The instance speaks to Air New Zealand’s interest in VoltAero’s Cassio platform as a possible solution to its sustainable fleet ambitions. VoltAero and Cassio—in ethos and praxis—align with the Kiwi air-carrier’s goal of collaborating with aerospace innovators for purpose of hastening the advent of zero-emission passenger/cargo flights.

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Fulcrum Air Begins Drone-Enabled Power Line Repair Work

UAV-Slung Payloads Allow Rapid Reconstruction in Canadian Wilderness

FulcrumAir power line construction and maintenance, has begun using its E7500 heavy lifting drone on the work site, offering slung loads up to 120 lbs. The company put its drone to work with K-Line Line Maintenance and Construction in the Canadian wilderness, rebuilding a 138 kV line being reconstructed in the great white north. 

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Flexjet Nails Recent Air Charter Safety Audit

7th Successful Safety Evaluation Sets Bar for Charter Operators

Flexjet announced its successful passage of the Air Charter Safety Foundation's IAS audit, their 7th victory in all. The company was the first to pass the then-new Industry Audit Standard in 2009, and since then has maintained a successful standing throughout 7 straight audits. Flexjet has continued to combat even the slimmest vestige of customer stress surrounding charter flight safety, bolstering its Safety Management System with outside assistance from GE's Insight software and industry know-how.

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Embraer’s E195-E2 and E190-E2 Receive Transport Canada Type Certification

A Jet Family for All Hemispheres

Following certification from ANAC (Brazil), the FAA (USA), and EASA (Europe), Embraer’s robustly successful E2 family of narrow-body commercial jets, the E195-E2 and E190-E2, has received Type Certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA).

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TransAstra Awarded Emergent Space Technology Contracts

Endowments to Hasten Maturation of Orbital Capabilities

TransAstra is a Los Angeles-based orbital logistics and space mining concern about the ambitious business of “advancing the industrialization and settlement of space through the sustainable and ethical development of critical, dual-use space infrastructure technologies powered by the resources of space and the energy of the sun.” The company has been provided funding through two federal Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs implemented to hasten the development of technology beneficial to the commercial aerospace market and supportive of undisclosed governmental missions.<

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Gulfstream G650 Makes Industry-First 100% SAF Flight

Fuel for Thought

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.—maker of superb business jets beloved of the world’s amply monied and their supremely fortunate pilots—has distinguished itself as the business jet industry’s first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to operate one of its stock aircraft on one-hundred-percent-Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). The flight saw a Gulfstream G650 powered by Rolls-Royce BR725 engines depart and return without incident to the company’s headquarters on Georgia’s Savannah/Hilton Head Airport (SAV).

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Classic Aero-TV: Kitfox On Steroids - 180 HP(!) for Your Kitfox STi

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Kitfox Innovates With Their STi Variation Of The Series 7 Super Sport Kit Airplane…

When visiting EAA AirVenture it can be fun to walk around to see what’s new; to look at what’s never been there before. However, sometimes what is new is when you find a well-established company that has weathered the aviation storm and is still innovating. An example of this is the Kitfox Aircraft Company. While at EAA AirVenture 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited with John McBean, the President and CEO of Kitfox Aircraft to talk about a new variation of the STOL inspired

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NTSB Prelim: Beech F33A

Airplane Impacted The Ground Adjacent To The Runway And A Taxiway

On December 5, 2022, about 2116 central standard time, a Beech F33A, N9142Q, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident shortly after takeoff from the Clarence E Page Municipal Airport (RCE), Yukon, Oklahoma. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Braodcast (ADS-B) flight track data, the airplane had departed the Stillwater Regional Airport (SWO), Stillwater, Oklahoma, at 1848, and arrived at RCE at 1915.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.18.22)

Aero Linx: The Bellanca-Champion Club Dedicated to the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, American Champion Citabria, Decathlon, Scout, Champion and AviaBellanca Skyrocket lines of aircraft, their furtherance, history, preservation and maintenance. The Bellanca-Champion Club welcomes all owners, pilots and enthusiasts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.18.22): Protected Airspace

Protected Airspace The airspace on either side of an oceanic route/track that is equal to one-half the lateral separation minimum except where reduction of protected airspace has been authorized.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.18.22)

“Gulfstream has long prioritized sustainable products and practices through innovations in aerodynamics, aircraft technologies, engineering, manufacturing, and infrastructure, as well as in facilities operations and our investments in SAF research and development.” Source: Gulfstream president Mark Burns, as the company just distinguished itself as the business jet industry’s first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to operate one of its stock aircraft on one-hundred-percent-Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

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