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August 25, 2023

Airborne 08.25.23: Perlan 2!, Modified RotorWay A600, Vans Update

Also: Prigozhin Shot Down, Daher Defribillates, Delta-Skyborne, Destroyed and Scrapped A/C

 
 
The Perlan Project’s Perlan 2 spaceglider took flight on August 23rd, looking to take a jaunt over the Andes mountains of Peru to celebrate “National Ride the Wind Day”. After 2.5 hours of flight, the Perlan 2 was making a good vertical speed of 8 knots at a pressure altitude of 45,500 feet. By the end, the Perlan 2 was able to reach a max altitude just north of 60,300 feet, taking the better part of 5 hours to hit their max altitude. Californian defense contractor Advanced Tactics, Inc. has signed an agreement with Rotor X Aircraft Manufacturing Company for the design, modification, and production of a new and improved version of t

Texas Aerial Firefighting Efforts Impeded by Interloping Drone

Beyond the Vilest Limits Of Stupidity (BVLOS)

A drone operating in close proximity to the 150-acre Barth Fire in east-south-central Texas’s Caldwell County inadvertently neared to within feet of a helicopter engaged in fighting the blaze. The 18 August incident raised renewed awareness of the hazards posed by unauthorized drones to both aviation resources and firefighters on the ground.

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Airbus’ Perlan 2 Takes Flight Over Patagonia

High-Altitude Test Flight Helps Find Room for Improvement

The Perlan Project’s Perlan 2 spaceglider took flight on August 23rd, looking to take a jaunt over the Andes mountains of Peru to celebrate “National Ride the Wind Day”, lofting themselves into an attempt at a world record of 90,000 feet in a crewed glider. Those interested in the Perlan Project got to track the live telemetry of the project, watching as the Perlan 2 was towed up to its initial altitude before lifting up and away off the bountiful, fierce mountain waves over the Andes. After 2.5 hours of flight, the Perlan 2 was making a good vertical speed of 8 knots at a pressure altitude of 45,500 feet. By the end, the Perlan 2 was able to reach a max altitude just

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Daher Supports Backcountry Aviation Defibrillator Project

Kodiak 100 Aircraft Safeguarding Lives in Idaho’s Backcountry

Backcountry airfields are valuable resources, facilitating a multitude of endeavors ranging from outdoor adventures to conservationism, to emergency medical transport. Daher—the French industrial conglomerate and parent company of general aviation aircraft marques TBM, Kodiak, and SOCATA—has demonstrated its support of such remote sites by facilitating the delivery of critical care defibrillators across the state of Idaho using the company’s Kodiak 100 aircraft.

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FAA Responds to New York Times Article on Close Calls

Administration Not too Pleased with Taking the Blame Fires Back with ‘Facts and Logic’

The FAA published a response to a recent article reviewing the apparently lackluster safety performance in an industry apparently - to the untrained eye, at least - beset by near-collisions and spookily close calls. The page, entitled "Close Calls and the New York Times: What You Need to Know", the FAA maintains that the U.S. aviation system is the safest in the world. They do admit that some problems exist, while pointing out the myriad safety efforts and overall impressive record established in terms of reducing fatalities throughout the airline ecosystem at home.

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Bristow Helicopters Nabs Irish Search & Rescue Contract

Irish Department of Transport Hands Off Mission for 10 Years

Bristow Ireland Limited, a subsidiary of the greater Bristow Group, will soon handle the provision of rotary and fixed-wing search & rescue services for the Irish Coast Guard. The firm will begin taking on their contract in the 4th quarter of 2024, stationing 6 SAR-configured Leonardo AW189 helicopters from 4 bases located in Sligo, Shannon, Dublin Weston, and Waterford, Ireland. In accordance with the contract to sport the ‘latest evolution of mission systems’ per the Irish Coast Guard, the AW189s will sport day/night/IFR avionics exceeding FAA and EASA Part 29 requirements.

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ALPA Applauds DOT and FAA Action Regarding Public Charter Loophole

The Raiments Altruism

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set forth its intent to examine the so-called public charter loophole that airlines—the proposed SkyWest Charter operation, for example—use to skirt the aviation safety rules that have led to a 99.8 percent reduction in airline passenger fatalities in the United States. Earlier this year, the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) called on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to reject a proposal from SkyWest to shift its current flying, which operates under the safety-centric provisions of FAR Part 121, to a surrogate airline that it created with the intention of operating the same aircraft with fewer seats under FAR Part 135’s less-stringent safety regulations&m

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Airborne 08.16.23: MiG-23 Airshow Crash, USCG Rescue, Wheels Up Bailout

Also: Hartzell Engine Tech Alternator, Super Petrel Accident, WV College, VX4 eVTOL Mishap

For more than twenty-years, crowds have thrilled to Thunder Over Michigan, a gala event counted among the U.S.’s premier air-shows. Regrettably, the event’s 25th anniversary was marred by the loss of a Soviet-Era MiG-23 (NATO designation Flogger). The Sunday mishap saw the MiG-23’s two occupants eject from the aircraft as it traversed the airspace over Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Willow Run Airport (YIP). This week, the United States Coast Guard and Navy rescued four divers—Ben Wiggins, 64; Luke Lodge, 26; Daniel Williams, 46; and Evan Williams,

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Classic Aero-TV: Para-Motoring... In Miniature - Opale Paramodels RC PPG Flyers

From 2017 (YouTube Version): A Whole New Look To Model Aviation…

One of the newest types of aircraft gaining popularity in the RC world is scale model powered paragliders. Frank Bustgens, Marketing Director for Opale Paramodels, was demonstrating the miniature powered paragliders at AMA Expo West in Ontario, CA late last year. He told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the company has been making the aircraft since 2009, and was introducing them now into the U.S. Market.

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NTSB Prelim: Scoda Aeronautica LTDA Super Petrel LS

As The Airplane Approached The Powerlines, It Appeared To Take A “Sudden” Nose Down Attitude

On August 13, 2023, at 1128 eastern daylight time, a Scoda Aeronautica Ltda Super Petrel LS, N239WD, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hickory, North Carolina. The private pilot and the student pilot-rated passenger 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-Broadcast (ADS-B) data, the flight originated from Hickory Regional Airport (HKY) Hickory, North Carolina about 1120 and flew to the northeast at an altitude of 1,600 ft mean sea level (msl) and a groundspeed of about 98 knots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.23)

Aero Linx: American Navion Society Welcome to the American Navion Society.Your society is here to support the Navion community. We are your source of technical and operating information and social activities for the Navion in all its variants: canopy, L-17, Rangemaster, D-16 and Camair twins. Whether you are an owner, potential owner, enthusiast or just want explore this marvelous aircraft, please browse our site. Our forum is open for anyone to join the discussions. We encourage all owners to join the Society but with or without a Navion everyone is eligible.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.23): 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 (08.25.23)

“Some airlines use the public charter loophole to cut costs by skirting lifesaving safety rules, but if they run similar operations as commercial scheduled airlines, then they are not operating as charter, and that’s an issue. ALPA is committed to ensuring that small communities continue to receive robust air service through strong Essential Air Service reform, but that service should never come at the expense of safety. Closing the public charter loophole would be a step forward for safety that will guarantee one level of safety, so passengers flying into small communities can depend on the same safety and security as passengers flying in Atlanta or New York.” Source:  Read More




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