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July 27, 2022

Airborne Oshkosh Day 3: WomenVenture, TL Aircraft, Enstrom

07.27.22: HAI’s Jim Viola, AeroSys Speaks Up, Pedal Plane Parade, Pelton Int'vw-Pt 3

It’s time for WomenVenture 2022! While women make up a small percentage of the aviation population, EAA, WAI, the 99s, and others are looking to change all that for the better. TL Aircraft is showing a widely varied line of sport aircraft, high-wing, low-wing, tandem, side-by-side, you name it... and there is even a small turboprop in the works! Enstrom Helicopter is back and with highly motivated new ownership. The venerable piston and turbine helicopter manufacturer is putting tough times behind them and looking forward to the future. ANN Rex Alexander caught up with HAI Boss Jim Viola to talk all things rotorcraft. HAI has a demanding role these days with the explosion of a new ge

Russia Threatens Withdrawal from International Space Station

Roskosmos Boss Asserts Russia Will Build Its Own Orbital Outpost

Russia, in the midst of a protracted conflict with Ukraine and crippling economic and technological sanctions levied against it by Western nations, has announced that it will withdraw its support of and end its participation in the International Space Station.Yuri Borisov, head of Roskosmos—the state corporation that oversees Russian Federation space endeavors—states that Russia will honor its ISS obligations until 2024, after which the superpower will begin construction of its own space station.

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SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo Announces Innovation Preview

And Yes... It's Powered By The Aero-News Network

One of Aviation's most important events also leads each year in terms of its time, prominence, and ability to energize the aviation community for the coming year. With that in mind, the SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo is announcing a way to energize the aviation community in an exciting and powerful presentation format that will be webcast to the world LIVE by an aviation news network that has pioneered online aviation news programming (especially LIVE programming) for over a quarter-century. Picture this... Opening day of Sun 'n Fun 2023... early in the evening, in front of a large gathering of aviation's finest in a stunning outdoor pavilion near SnF HQ...

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Battle to Increase ATP Retirement Age Begins

New Interest Groups Formed to Raise Retirement Age of Pilots

As the pilot shortage gains ground on the industry, a pair of new special interest groups have appeared on the scene to bolster a campaign aimed at increasing the useful span of the average ATP holder’s career. The groups, “Raise the Pilot Age” and the “Coalition for Airline Pilots Age 68 Retirement Campaign” (CAP68), take a similar tack in their efforts to improve the availability of airline pilots beyond the current 65-year age cutoff. The plan, according to CAP68, is to raise the mandatory retirement age to 68 through legislative activism by capitalizing on recent developments in air travel.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 07.19.22: VoltAero, Albatross Collab, USMC MQ-9As

Also: Vertical Aerospace, eVTOL Cora, SpaceX Undeterred, Drone Competition

VoltAero, in an effort that is likely to have an impact on the uncrewed vehicle community, has called for increased coordination, standardization, and recognition among Europe’s airworthiness authorities. The call followed the forced postponement of planned demonstration flights of the company’s Cassio-1 electric-hybrid aircraft in the Netherlands. Differences in French and Dutch regulations pertaining to the registration and certification of aircraft precipitated the cancellation of the demo-flights... Cambium has partnered with Applied Aeronautics for purpose of de

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Piper Announces Electric Archer Through Partnership With CAE

An STC For The Electric Archer, M600 MEL, And The 1000th Pratt & Whitney engine

By Maria Morrison, ANN Senior Editor The years have flown by for Piper Aircraft Inc., and this year is the 85th for both the company and its iconic Piper Cub. The anniversary has been met with massive growth and demand post-pandemic. Their revenue has increased nearly 35% from last year, and international sales have grown by 66%. They can barely even demonstrate aircraft now because so many are being snatched up by customers. In late February 2022, the FAA announced a government partnership called Eliminate Aviation Gas Lead Emissions. Piper wants to join this mission to eliminate leaded aviation fuel by 2030.

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Avidyne Updates All At Oshkosh

Avidyne’s President and CEO Dan Schwinn Gives A Techno Preview of An Air Mobility Avionics Future

By Anthony J Liberatore At the EAA Press Headquarters Avidyne President and CEO Dan Schwinn discussed a host of subjects such as the effects of supply chain issues on their business, Avidyne’s Vantage, and Avidyne’s advanced development efforts in Air Mobility Arena. In regard to supply chain issues Dan discussed the immediate impact on Avidyne as avionics manufacture and how even their competitors were affected, and he said; “In the grand scheme of electronics, manufacturing, even the biggest Avionics manufacturers are small consumers.”

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Mergers Complete, Aerospace and Defense Company AIRO Emerges

Six Aerospace Entities Combine

AIRO Group Holdings, Inc. (AIRO) has successfully merged six aerospace firms to form a single, mid-market aerospace and defense company. The emergent entity, under the leadership of CEO Joe Burns, has organized its business into four divisions: Avionics, Electric Air Mobility, Commercial Drones, and Training. Comprising established brands such as Aspen Avionics and Jaunt Air Mobility, AIRO seeks to bring autonomy, artificial intelligence (AI), and advanced air mobility operations to the mainstream commercial and military aerospace marketplaces.

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Lowell Manary’s Gold Lindy Award Winning MJ-51C

This Unique Marcel Jurca Design Is A Must See For AirVenture 2022

By Anthony J. Liberatore If you stop by EAA’s Homebuilt Hangar at the northern end of the AirVenture field, you never know what gem of a homebuilt will be on display. It was by chance that I stopped by the Hangar on the pre-event Sunday, and the ariel Hot Rod in the Hangar certainly got my attention. There it stood on its tall retractable taildragger gear with a modern low drag cowl and an empennage full of P-51 DNA. Painted in a light gloss Gray with a long sliding canopy for two in the tandem seating configuration. The wings were unique, No Dihedral, which is a design hallmark of the late Marcel Jurca.

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Tetra Aviation Corp Arrives at AirVenture with Goodies in Tow

Mk-5 Cockpit Mockup Goes to Oshkosh

This year’s AirVenture will see the unveiling of eVTOL manufacturer-to-be teTra Aviation's brand new Mk-5 aircraft cockpit ahead of sales sometime next year. The exhibition is the first look at what the single-seat, electronic VTOL aircraft will provide for its pilot in its luxury-focused design. The first batch of visitors who get their buns in the seats will be able to nab a lil’ something extra from teTra in exchange for their thoughts on the design. 

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Introducing Oshkosh 2022 Sponsor, Hartzell Aviation

ANN is Proud To Have Hartzell Aviation as an Oshkosh 2022 Sposor... Visit Them At

During an AirVenture Press Conference on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, James W. Brown III and Joseph W. Brown of Tailwind Technologies, Inc., announced the formation of Hartzell Aviation, a newly-named company that brings together iconic aviation companies Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Engine Tech, and Hartzell Aerospace Welding with the shared purpose of enhancing the freedom of flight and powering the future of aviation. "The independent operating companies and products under the Hartzell Aviation banner will carry on a strong and rich tradition, with a history dating back to the Wright Brothers when Orville encouraged his neighbor Robert N. Hartzell to begin manufacturin

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ScaleWings P-51 Mustang Replica Makes Its American Debut At AirVenture 2022

70% Of The Size, But Nearly 100% Of The Fun

Maria Morrison, ANN Senior Editor Walking down rows of exhibits at AirVenture 2022, it’s easy to be drawn in by a beautiful replica of a P-51 outside the ScaleWings booth. It looks to be a perfect Mustang, just 70% smaller. But the SW-51 has another major difference from the WWII fighter: it’s made of carbon, not metal. The two-seat, dual-control aircraft can fly at 155 kts at 5,000 feet, and is equipped with a turbocharged Rotax 915iS engine. A conversion to a BMW V12 is available as well. ScaleWings’ mission is to design, manufacture, and sell the world’s most iconic scaled replica aircraft with unique design features and full carbon composite materials.

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20E

The Airplane Experienced A Partial Loss Of Engine Power

On June 18, 2022, about 0945 central daylight time, a Mooney M20E airplane, N5895Q, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Stillwater, Oklahoma. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that about 20 to 25 minutes into the flight, while in cruise about 4,500 ft, the airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power. The power had been set to 2,400 RPM and 24” of manifold pressure and it decreased to 2,000 RPM and between 11 and 12” of manifold pressure.

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Which Way, Spirit Shareholder?

Vote on Merger Leaves Spirit Execs in the Lurch, Unsure of Merger Status

The Spirit and Frontier Airlines merger stands before shareholders of the company, scheduled to vote on the matter today on whether or not the two should approve the airline as a preferred buyer. Rumor has it that Spirit’s board leans a different way than the shareholder body, preferring to merge with Frontier. The shareholders, however, just might reject the bid and push it into the arms of JetBlue Airways, whose $3.7 billion all-cash offer handily outstrips Frontier’s $2.6 billion offer. Naturally, money is only a portion of the deal, as the board and Frontier argue that a JetBlue bid has little chance of making its way past antitrust regulators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.27.22)

Aero Linx: The Air Charter Safety Foundation The Air Charter Safety Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Founded in 2008, our mission is to lead and support the advancement of the highest aviation safety standards. By sharing information, resources and tools, we help enable the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest aviation operations in the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.27.22): Local Airport Advisory (LAA)

Local Airport Advisory (LAA) A service available only in Alaska and provided by facilities that are located on the landing airport, have a discrete ground-to-air communication frequency or the tower frequency when the tower is closed, automated weather reporting with voice broadcasting, and a continuous ASOS/AWOS data display, other continuous direct reading instruments, or manual observations available to the specialist.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.27.22)

"Picture this... Opening day of Sun 'n Fun 2023... early in the evening, in front of a large gathering of aviation's finest in a stunning outdoor pavilion near SnF HQ. Two podiums stand in front of all -- and for an action-packed two hours, 20 aviation companies, exhibiting at SnF23, with REAL news to share with the aviation world, will have five minutes each, one alternating after the other, to present their most exciting news product and company developments to the SUN 'n FUN audience AND for the LIVE news cameras that will webcast all this aero-excitement to the rest of the world." Source: Just some of the details released today by Sun 'n Fun, during Gene Conrad's press conference, announcing the upcoming 2023 Innovation Preview--p

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