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May 11, 2023

Airborne-Flight Training 05.11.23: T-7A Delay, Army Safety, NBAA Conference

 Also: More Honors For The Kings, FedEx Mother/Daughter, Skyhawk Panel, Aviation Bill

 
 
The T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer won't be expected to reach initial operational capability until spring of 2027 according to an Air Force release. The aircraft was supposed to be the next-generation replacement for the long-in-the-tooth, but venerable, T-38 Talon. Following his 28 April aviation safety stand-down order, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General James McConville set forth he expects the service’s helicopters to be airborne in a matter of days. Speaking before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel, McConville explained he had directed aviation units to pause all flight operations for purpose of reviewing all procedures

Vulcanair Shows Off 8.3 Gph Fuel Burn in 180HP Skyhawk Alternative

New Cowling Offers Lower Head Temps, Increased Efficiency in Vulcanair V1

The Vulcanair V1 is shaping up to be more efficient than before now that the design sees a freshly revamped cowling, providing cooler head temps and lower fuel burn than the original spec. The V1 has been making the rounds and seeing lots of interest on the tour circuit, according to marketing VP Michael McMann. At the October University Aviation Association Convention, passers-by were reportedly impressed at the modest fuel burn for the 180-hp Lycoming IO-360 equipped in the high-wing, tricycle-geared aircraft.

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Raptor on the Mend Returns to Service

Refurbished F-22 Raptor Takes to the Skies After Years of Repair

One of the precious few F-22 Raptors left in the fleet has returned to service after years of repair, completing a test flight at the 514th Test Squadron's home base of Hill Air Force Base. The crew at the aircraft's station in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson has been on the hunt for replacement parts for more than half a decade, hoping to return the aircraft back to service after a takeoff mishap in 2018. The aircraft was disassembled and shipped up north to JBER, where crews began the arduous process of bringing tail number AF-07-146 back to airworthiness.

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Remains of Bankrupt Virgin Orbit Hungrily Eyed

More than 30 Entities Signal Interest in Troubled Space Launch Outfit

Virgin Orbit Holdings announced an update in the sale process for the company, noting that it has so far obtained more than 30 indications of interest in buying the space tourism operation. The company’s hard financial position hasn’t dissuaded would-be buyers from hungrily eyeing the remains of Branson’s attempted satellite delivery service, which showed plenty of promise to become one of the most affordable options on the market - once they get the kinks out. A troubled economic current made financing the continued money-burning endeavor untenable for existing investors, leading to a sale of the company as it tightens the belt and tries to retain as much

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Airborne 05.03.23: Air Combat USA v Fullerton, AA Strike Vote, Army Standdown

Also: Theater In the Woods, Beechjet 400 Lithium-Ion, 11th Circuit Court, FAA Noise Policy

ANN is investigating a long drawn out battle between Air Combat USA, a pretty well-known and highly regarded business that offers simulated air combat flights with SF-260 aerobatic mounts... and the City of Fullerton... which evicted them from their business location some years ago and has reportedly done some serious damage in the process. Notwithstanding reports that a deal is at hand, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the labor union for which American Airlines pilots, has authorized a strike. The authorizing of a strike is the first in a long and complex successi

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Airborne 05.03.23: Air Combat USA v Fullerton, AA Strike Vote, Army Standdown

Also: Theater In the Woods, Beechjet 400 Lithium-Ion, 11th Circuit Court, FAA Noise Policy

ANN is investigating a long drawn out battle between Air Combat USA, a pretty well-known and highly regarded business that offers simulated air combat flights with SF-260 aerobatic mounts... and the City of Fullerton... which evicted them from their business location some years ago and has reportedly done some serious damage in the process. Notwithstanding reports that a deal is at hand, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), the labor union for which American Airlines pilots, has authorized a strike. The authorizing of a strike is the first in a long and complex successi

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Aero-TV: Retro On the Wing - Junkers A50 Junior Reintroduced

The Once and Future LSA

Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke AG was among the storied German aircraft concerns by which 20th Century aviation was shaped and a great many European cities were leveled between 1939 and 1945. Ten years before what is now known as the E.U. was saddled with the nom de guerre European Theater, Junkers developed and produced a remarkable aircraft widely regarded as the progenitor of all modern sport aircraft. A sleek machine it was, clad from engine-cowl to rudder in corrugated duralumin sheet, beneath which an all-metal airframe and dual-spar, full-cantilever wings instantiated the era’s most advanced mater

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Airborne-Flight Training 05.11.23: T-7A Delay, Army Safety, NBAA Conference

Also: More Honors For The Kings, FedEx Mother/Daughter, Skyhawk Panel, Aviation Bill

The T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer won't be expected to reach initial operational capability until spring of 2027 according to an Air Force release. The aircraft was supposed to be the next-generation replacement for the long-in-the-tooth, but venerable, T-38 Talon. Following his 28 April aviation safety stand-down order, U.S. Army Chief of Staff General James McConville set forth he expects the service’s helicopters to be airborne in a matter of days. Speaking before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel, McConville explained he had directed aviation

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uAvionix Frequency Manager Released

Dynamic Frequency Management System Sorts, Supports Multiple Uncrewed Aircraft Simultaneously

Communications specialist uAvionix has tackled a standing issue in uncrewed aviation with a system to manage multiple Command and Control frequencies for simultaneous, discrete UAV missions. As the industry looks to expand into more real-world use cases of UAV cargo delivery and multi-unit survey, fleet managers have begun to run up against issues of frequency congestion and interference between separate aircraft - and the skies aren't getting any less congested as the industry grows. The Dynamic Frequency Management System (DFMS) works with C2 on the protected 5030 to 5091 MHz aviation spectrum, enabling enterprises to dynamically assign freque

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SmartSky Networks Completes Dassault Falcon 2000 STC

Flagship Internet Installation Successfully Converts Falcon into Do-All Business Machine

SmartSky Networks announced their newest collection to the company's portfolio of STC's after obtaining approval for their air-to-ground system in the Dassault Falcon 2000EX. The suite provides high-speed internet throughout the duration of a flight, providing passengers and crew a symmetrical, 2-way data link for whatever they need. From video streaming to multi-user conferences, the SmartSky system can handle user needs with aplomb. After returning the aircraft to service, the company saw 7 gigabytes of data used over a 3-hour test flight from Colorado to the Bahamas, split between uploaded and downloaded content.

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Honeywell Offers Live Guidance for AAM Certification and Regulation

Advanced Air Mobility Industry Nets 1st Commercial Guidance Doc

Advance Air Mobility, the aviation industry’s gestating aircraft segment, has become the beneficiary of a novel document by Honeywell in the form of the “industry’s first certification reference guide across key vehicle segments”. The AAM industry is still in the midst of taking its baby steps, with designers, manufacturers, and regulators all hammering away at establishing the codes, procedures, norms, and rules that will accompany worldwide fleets of VTOL aircraft sporting a whole suite of new propulsion systems. Honeywell is throwing its hat into the ring to help nascent AAM companies find their footing as they look to design and certify crewed and uncr

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FAA Grants Percepto BVLOS Approval Near Critical Infrastructure

First of its Kind Permission Signifies Trust in Companies’ UAV Operations

Percept has been the first to receive a novel BVLOS waiver approving autonomous drone operations at “any critical infrastructure site in the U.S. without anyone on site, or ground-based or detect and avoid systems.” The announcement is a significant show of faith in Percepto’s operation, showing that the FAA feels confident in allowing the company to extend its autonomous inspection and monitoring services in areas vital to continued service in electricity, connectivity, and fueling. The approval allows Percepto to operate an uncrewed aircraft beyond visual line of sight inside of shielded airspace, without any humans onsite - most importantly, w

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NTSB Prelim: Aerotrike Cobra

The Trike Remained In The Spin Until It Impacted The Ground

On April 1, 2023, about 0735 mountain daylight time, an unregistered Aerotrike Cobra weight shift control (WSC) light sport airplane, commonly referred to as a “Trike” was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to family members, the pilot departed from the Dona Ana County International Jetport Airport (DNA), Santa Teresa, New Mexico, the morning of the accident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.11.23)

Aero Linx: Aeronca Aviators Club

The Aeronca Aviators Club is now officially back! Originally founded by Joe and Julia Dickey, who published a very informative and enjoyable newsletter for many years before retiring from the aviation world. Their style and words were unique, and any attempt at imitation will fall short. Therefore, we resolve to bring you a new version of this venerable name with new contributors, experienced Aeronca owners, flyers, mechanics, historians, and enthusiasts. This is a self-supporting endeavor, backed by the administrative tools, experience and resources of the Bellanca-Champion Club. Except for the back-office and some staff in common, this Club is a separate e

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.11.23): Total Estimated Elapsed Time [ICAO]

Total Estimated Elapsed Time [ICAO] For IFR flights, the estimated time required from takeoff to arrive over that designated point, defined by reference to navigation aids, from which it is intended that an instrument approach procedure will be commenced, or, if no navigation aid is associated with the destination aerodrome, to arrive over the destination aerodrome. For VFR flights, the estimated time required from takeoff to arrive over the destination aerodrome.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.11.23)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "I’m pleased with the number and quality of the indications of interest we’ve received, which we believe reflects the innovative ideas and hard work the team has put into the development of this unique system. I look forward to continuing to work with those who have expressed interest and other parties as we approach the final bid deadline.” Source: Virgin Orbit CEO Dan Hart, who seems optimistic in a notice to investors, as the company seeks cash to bring it out of bankruptcy.

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