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September 13, 2022

Airborne 09.12.22: MidWest LSA Expo, Zlin Savage Norden, MD Helicopters

Also: F-35 v China, SpaceX to Launch Iridium, UAL Buys 200 Eve eVTOL, Electra Hybrid Engine
ANN’s Jim Campbell escaped the office for a few days to venture to the MidWest LSA Expo... up in the wilds of Mt. Vernon, Illinois. While a bit on the smaller scale of LSA showcases, the event appears to be one of the most friendly we have ever encountered. Everything is free... admission, parking, you name it -- most of the LSA folks who need to be there, do turn out... and the LSA-interested folks that show up, mostly from the midwest USA, seem really interested... And more than a few brought checkbooks... and used them. During Jim Campbell’s escape to the MidWest LSA Expo, he managed to con SportAirUSA’s Bill Canino into a quick eval flight to

Blue Origin Whiffs It During Uncrewed Launch

"Anomaly" During NS-23 Launch Tests Bounds of Capsule Escape System

Blue Origin viewers got a little bit of excitement during the broadcast today, as the uncrewed NS-23 launch ended with some dramatic flare as the crew capsule apparently aborted the launch and departed the booster. Viewers of the livestreamed launch saw NS-23 ascend to a height of about 30,000 feet before spying an unexpected spurt of flames from the New Shepard crew capsule. The capsule appeared to ignite its rocket-powered escape system just over a minute after launch, separating far sooner than would be proper for a successful journey to ther Karman line. The capsule ascended to its apogee of 37,000 feet before releasing its drogues as it came back down

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Democrats Allege Federal Monies Misused by Airlines

Of Pots and Kettles

In a letter to the Treasury Department’s deputy inspector general, Congressional Representatives. Carolyn Maloney (Dem. New York) and James Clyburn (Dem. South Carolina) have alleged U.S. airlines willfully applied federal funds earmarked for the preservation of aviation jobs, the compensation of air carrier industry workers, and the sustainment of scheduled flight operations to buyouts and staff reductions.

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Qatar Airways – Airbus Rift Deepens

Consortium Cancels 19 Qatari A350 Orders

Qatar Airways and Airbus have, for months, been fighting in the British courts over losses incurred by the airline subsequent the grounding of 21 of its 53 A350 long-range, wide-body airliners. Qatar’s civil aviation authority deemed the airplanes un-airworthy following the discovery of substantial deterioration of their exterior paint and protective coatings. Pursuant the conflict, Airbus has summarily cancelled a Qatar Airways order for 19 additional A350 aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Aergility - Heavy Lifting via Heavy Thinking

Florida Based Company Develops Heavy Lift Cargo Drone

Aergility—the Florida-based company that develops and builds autonomous, long-range, high-payload, cargo-carrying, hybrid-electric, vertical takeoff and landing, unmanned aerial vehicles—has unveiled a prototype of its ATLIS UAV. The vehicle’s long-range, heavy-lift capabilities are conducive to humanitarian, disaster-relief, military, and industrial missions conducted in areas where ground transportation is impossible, impractical, or flat-out dangerous.

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Air Canada Donates Historic Lockheed Electra

Storied Aircraft Destined for Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum

In celebration of its 85th Anniversary, Air Canada—the flag carrier and largest airline of the Great White North—has donated a rare and iconic Lockheed L-10A Electra to Winnipeg’s Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The airplane—registration CF-TCC, is one of three purchased in 1937 by Air Canada forerunner Trans-Canada Airlines, and was—until recently—one of only two airworthy Lockheed L-10As in the great, wide world.

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NASA Looks to Late September Artemis Launch Date

Memories of Mudville

The whole of the civilized world is acutely aware of the difficulties with which NASA’s Artemis program has been plagued. On two separate occasions, flight controllers aborted launches when problems arose with United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Space Launch System (SLS), the rocket by which humankind is to return—eventually—to Earth’s moon. Sources within the space agency have unofficially posited the next attempt to get Artemis I moon-bound will be made either Friday, 23 or Tuesday, 27 September 2022—pursuant to the SLS rocket being repaired and passing a series of tests.

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Airbus and HeliDax Sign First HCare Classics Support Contract

New Program Seeks to Extend Legacy Model Service Life

HeliDax, in support of its contracts with the French government, has signed the first-ever HCare Classics contract with Airbus Helicopters. Subject program was developed by Airbus Helicopters to meet the parts, maintenance, technical, and data needs of operators of out-of-production, Airbus legacy helicopters.

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Boeing Moves Some Metal With Polish Apache Sale

AH-64E Selected for KRUK Attack Helo Program in Large, 96-Aircraft Sale

While the Apache may seem a bit long in the tooth to some, the platform still has a lot to offer given Boeing's sale of 96 brand-new AH-64E aircraft. The number was a surprise to many, expected to be at most 32 helicopters, enough to outfit 2 squadrons. Instead, Deputy Prime Minister Mariusz B?aszczak announced the purchase of 96 AH-564E helicopters, enough to fully outfit 6 squadrons. That's only the most recent in a string of arms orders made in recent memory as the country continues a nearly $15 billion shopping spree on everything from artillery, tanks, and fighters to attack helicopters.

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II

The Helicopter Impacted Wires That Appeared Masked In The Top Of The Mesquite Tree Groove Canopy

On June 26, 2022, about 0830 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 helicopter was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Blackwell, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The purpose of the aerial application flight was to apply selective herbicide, targeting a large grove of mesquite trees. After loading the herbicides nearby the target spray area, the pilot took off and completed 2 or 3 passes over the mesquite grove.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.13.22)

Aero Linx: Official Homepage of Brigadier General Chuck Yeager Brigadier General Chuck Yeager was a United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot best known for exceeding the speed of sound in level flight. On October 14, 1947, U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager became the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, piloting this Bell X-1 research aircraft. Yeager named the airplane “Glamorous Glennis” in tribute to his wife, Glennis Yeager. The aircraft has been on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C., and is currently temporarily on the floor of the Mall location.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.13.22): IFR Takeoff Minimums And Departure Procedures

IFR Takeoff Minimums And Departure Procedures Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, prescribes standard takeoff rules for certain civil users. At some airports, obstructions or other factors require the establishment of nonstandard takeoff minimums, departure procedures, or both to assist pilots in avoiding obstacles during climb to the minimum en route altitude. Those airports are listed in FAA/DOD Instrument Approach Procedures (IAPs) Charts under a section entitled “IFR Takeoff Minimums and Departure Procedures.” The FAA/DOD IAP chart legend illustrates the symbol used to alert the pilot to nonstandard takeoff minimums and departure procedures. When departing IFR from such airp

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.13.22)

“Boeing is a far mightier aircraft maker than Airbus.” Source: From a statement by Qatar Airways' Mr. Al Baker summarizing his disappointment with Airbus. Qatar Airways and Airbus have, for months, been fighting in the British courts over multi-hundred-million-dollar losses incurred by the airline subsequent the grounding of 21 of its 53 A350 long-range, wide-body airliners.

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