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January 13, 2024

Samson Sky Rings in New Year with Crowdfunding Pitch

Capital Needed for Production Engineering, Parts Production, and Development 'til VCs Invest

Flying car manufacturer Samson Sky rang in the new year with a new round of crowdfunding through Wefunder, hoping to drum up additional cash to expand their production facilities as they make the jump to an entirely different material. Samson Sky calls their shot before swinging, saying "if this were like any other kit aircraft, and we only needed to produce kits sufficient for maybe 300 per year, things would be different." Samson says they want to aim much higher out the gate, despite the fact they have yet to ship a single production Switchblade. "Our market is much larger than that, and the demand is much higher. So much higher," they add, "that w

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Vapor 55 MX Packs Anti-Armor Wallop in Tiny Package

AeroVironment Completes Multi-Drop Shryke Munitions Test

AeroVironment completed a multi-drop, live fire exercise using guided Shryke munitions, proving the fighting capability of their VAPOR 55 MX UAV. The little drone fired off a handful of 4 missiles, each one delivering a 40mm anti-armor warhead. The Shryke pseudo-missiles offer a low signature, lightweight munition to mission planners, using glide performance to maneuver themselves to the target sans the heat and racket a traditional missile motor would create. That makes the entire ensemble a "highly effective, low-collateral damage solution to the front lines" according to Shryke's manufacturer Corvid.

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SkyDrive Road Trips to India

Gujarat Deal Begins Laying Groundwork for Japanese eVTOL Ops

SkyDrive incorporated has seen a new Series C funding round through a 3rd-party allotment of shares to Suzuki Motor Corporation, refilling the coffers to keep development going. SkyDrive and Suzuki made a journey to the "Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit 2024", running from January 9th to the 13th in Gujarat, India. The trade show is supposed to be one of the largest exhibitions in the world with 'Cutting-Edge Technology', making it a fine place for the eastern eVTOL manufacturer to show off its wares. The team brought out its 1/5 scale Skydrive SD-05 aircraft, making use of the Maruti-Suzuki India Limited booth.

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Sportys Unveils Flight Gear Cell Backup Battery

Spend a Little Extra for a Known Quantity

Sporty's continued its foray into the world of cell phone accessories, providing a 10,000 milliamp-hour battery back to their Flight Gear Backup Battery Lineup. “Any time you add an electronic device to the cockpit, you run the risk of interference with the radios,” says Sporty’s Director of Aviation Products Doug Ranly. “We’re very concerned about that problem, so we’ve tested the Flight Gear Battery pack in multiple aircraft and through hundreds of flight hours to ensure that it won’t become a nuisance in the plane.”

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Oshkosh Performers Sign on for AirVenture 2024

Spectacles Abound for Summertime Airshow

The Experimental Aviation Association has published this year's Airshow roster for AirVenture 2024, showing off the planes and performers of both the afternoon and nightly spectacles. The 71st iteration of the EAA's flagship fly-in will run from July 22nd to the 28th at Wittman Regional Airport, as usual, and will feature a total of 9 air shows throughout the 7-day span. Nightly shows cap off the 24th and 27th, adding additional ticket value.

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OnFlight Gains Service Center Approval, Begins Work on Embraer EJs

Executive Jets Get Another MRO Option in Cincinnati, Ohio

OnFlight, Incorporated has become an authorized and approved Embraer Authorized Service Center by Embraer Executive Jets. Their home base in Cincinnati, Ohio gives them a solid start in snagging business from all around the midwestern US. The addition of OnFlight to Embraer's Executive Jet maintenance network reinforces customer options, making sure they can never stray too far from factory-quality service and support.

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NTSB Prelim: Hawker Beechcraft Corp G36 (Witness) Observed The Airplane Flying

(Witness) Observed The Airplane Flying Low Over The Water From West To East

On December 21, 2023, about 1714 Eastern Standard Time, a Hawker Beechcraft Corp. G36 (File photo, below) airplane, N23VS, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Buford, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to the pilot’s family, the airplane was based at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), Atlanta, Georgia, and the purpose of flight was to perform a local flight in the area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.13.24)

Aero Linx: Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.13.24): Radar


A device that provides information on range, azimuth, and/or elevation of objects by measuring the time interval between transmission and reception of directional radio pulses and correlating the angular orientation of the radiated antenna beam or beams in azimuth and/or elevation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.13.24)

“Whether it’s during the afternoon or night air shows at Oshkosh, the performers who fly here are headliners who are among the best in the world. The air show community knows that the AirVenture crowds are the most knowledgeable anywhere, and appreciate the skill and precision necessary to fly these aircraft to the edge. That brings out the best in these pilots and creates unforgettable memories every year at Oshkosh.” Source: Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions, chatting about the upcoming AirVenture Airshow selection.

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