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September 14, 2022

Airborne 09.14.22: New Shepherd Failure, Tamarack Adds M2Gen2, Airline $$$

Also: SF50 Vision Crash, Qatar v Airbus, Late September Artemis Launch?, DHC-3 Wreckage Found
Blue Origin viewers got a little bit of excitement this week 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... Tamarack announced the first SMARTWING upgrade of Cessna’s Citation M2 GEN2—an aircraft Cessna’s parent company, Textron Aviation, asserts will: “… usher in the next generation of

Three Injured in Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Chute Deployment

First In-Field Deployment of SF50 Ballistic Parachute System

A Cirrus SF50 Vision jet came to rest in a marshy area near Kissimmee, Florida's Gateway Airport after its pilot, for reasons yet unknown, deployed the aircraft's ballistic parachute. The plane's three passengers were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The incident marks the first in-field deployment of an SF50 ballistic recovery system. 

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Tamarack Completes Inaugural Citation M2 Gen 2 Upgrade


Tamarack has announced the first SMARTWING upgrade of Cessna’s Citation M2 GEN 2. Collectively, the FAA and EASA certified SMARTWING modification improves high and hot take-off performance, boosts aircraft climb-rate, enhances high-altitude and landing stability, and increases range by decreasing both drag and fuel-burn. The Citation M2 Gen 2 is the latest in Cessna’s CE525 family of aircraft.

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Update: Uncrewed Blue Origin Rocket Suffers Booster Malfunction

New Shepard Escape System Proved Effective

A mission-ending anomaly occurred during an unmaned flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on the morning of 12 September 2022. No lives were lost in the incident, and both Blue Origin and New Shepard—within the context of spaceflight malfunctions—acquitted themselves honorably. Had a crew been aboard the capsule, they would have experienced a memorable tumult of racket and high gravitational forces before landing—inauspiciously but unhurt—in the West Texas desert.

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Aero-TV at Osh22: SF-1 Archon SportPlane is Everyman’s Fighter

Miramar Looks with Hector International Prices

Even the most J-3 Cub-loving, low-and-slow-going, staunchly traditional pilots secretly aspire to fly jet fighters—at least once. Not in combat, not for the duration of a career, but for an afternoon or two, high above the earth, alone in the vastness, astride power unmatched, and performance unequaled. Seductive though the notion of flying a jet fighter may be, the monetary realities of owning such a contraption are starkly terrifying. The legacy F-16 costs a cool $8,000-per-hour to operate, and fifth-generation machines such as Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and F-22 get aloft to the tun

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Four Month Prison Sentence for Unruly Airline Passenger

Justice for All

A New York woman has been sentenced to four months in prison followed by 36-months of supervised release for unruly behavior aboard a 2021 American Airlines flight from Dallas to Los Angeles. Kelly Pichardo—who pleaded guilty to interfering with a flight-crew—will also pay American Airlines $9,123 in restitution.

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PAL Airlines Pilots Ratify First Collective Agreement

Contentious Relationship Sees Progress with 92% 'Yes' Vote on 3-Year Pilot Group Contract

PAL Airlines have a reason to celebrate after ratifying the very first collective agreement with their employer, with a confirming vote of 92% among eligible pilots. PAL Airlines of Canada is a regional airline primarily operating throughout Eastern Canada, providing scheduled flights, air charter, and air cargo with a fleet of Dash-8s and Beech 1900Ds. 

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Airborne 09.02.22: 20th TBM 960, Chinook Grounding, Artemis I

Also: Air France Brawl, Pilot Training Book, B-2 Modernization, Lufthansa 787

Daher's newest version of the TBM family, the TBM 960, has been a popular addition to the fold. The TBM has proven a fast seller at home and abroad. The lucky recipient of aircraft number 20 was Johnie Weems, a South Florida businessman. This plane will be his fourth TBM, no small feat for any model in the competitive business turboprop market. The winning formula, he says, is the single-pilot capability of the Daher aircraft. The Army issued a surprising grounding order earlier this week, halting flight operations for more than 400 Chinook helicopters over an issue that coul

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NTSB Prelim: Harvey J Brock Tango 2

The Missing Rotor Blade Was Discovered In A Wooded Area About 312 Feet East-Northeast From The Main Wreckage

On July 30, 2022, about 1005 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Tango 2 gyroplane, N8680G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Melrose, Florida. The flight instructor and pilot under instruction, were fatally injured. The gyroplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. On the day of the accident, the flight instructor and pilot under instruction departed Melrose Landing Airport (FD22), Hawthorne, Florida at an unknown time. After the departure from FD22, witnesses observed the gyroplane flying around the local area, with one witness observing and

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.14.22)

Aero Linx: International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) IBAC promotes the growth of business aviation, benefiting all sectors of the industry and all regions of the world. As a non-profit, international trade association, IBAC proudly represents the interests of business aviation -- for the industry, by the industry -- through its official observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), worldwide advocacy, and globally recognized, voluntary safety standards programmes: the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO™), and the International Standard for Business Aviation Handlers (IS-BAH™). 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.14.22): Mountain Wave

Mountain Wave Mountain waves occur when air is being blown over a mountain range or even the ridge of a sharp bluff area. As the air hits the upwind side of the range, it starts to climb, thus creating what is generally a smooth updraft which turns into a turbulent downdraft as the air passes the crest of the ridge. Mountain waves can cause significant fluctuations in airspeed and altitude with or without associated turbulence.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.14.22)

“We’re thrilled to work with the most recent GEN 2 models as well going forward. This is an outstanding aircraft and we’re proud to serve our customers by adding some performance and offering another level of safety for their families or in their charter operations.”

Source: Tamarack president Jacob Klinginsmith, as Tamarack announced the first SMARTWING upgrade of Cessna’s Citation M2 GEN2.<

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