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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

Airborne 02.28.24: Switchblade Update, Spy Balloon, Avidyne Goes R/W

Also: Genesys AP on E-480B, Seaplane Mishap, B-29 Doc Resked, Mississippi ANG AH-64 Down

The team behind the Switchblade 'flying car' has updated their fanbase on the aircraft's current state, describing their recent issues, challenges, and desires for the program. The most recent news pertains primarily to polishing certain aspects of the design, less than a year after they first completed a successful test flight. Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-48) is demanding answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray on the agency’s knowledge of, and analysis performed on, the Chinese spy balloon that traveled more than 4,000 miles across the United States just over a year ago. Issa’s letter was sent as a response to the Biden Administration’s refusal to disclose any findings from the Bureau’s examination of the balloon after it was shot down by the Air Force. Avidyne is starting HAI with the news that their partner, U.K.-based Hor

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

Bristow Went Shopping at Heli-Expo 2024

New Order With the Italians Adds 10 to 20 Leonardo AW189s

Bristow Helicopter is collecting more Leonardo aircraft with an order for 10 firm aircraft, and options for 10 more. The deal highlights Bristow's expansion plans from the 2025 to 2028 time frame. Business is booming for the firm, thanks to considerable demand for Offshore Energy Services, executive transport, and some new contracts across Northern Europe for Search & Rescue services. With all that work to be done, Bristow wants to capitalize on demand above and beyonds its current stable of 21 AW189s. That's not the whole kaboodle, either, since Bristow is still expecting 5 more of them from a previous order. All in all, the AW189 fleet could end up anywhere from 36 to 46 aircraft with the most recent order. 

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 02.27.24: Drone Arrest, Wisk-TX Air Taxi, New Glenn

Also: 800 Drones 4 Ukraine, Scheibel Wins, More Balloonacy, Collier Trophy Nom's

An enterprising Pennsylvania man has been making a living by offering his drone services to local deer hunters, tracking down the game they hit in an effort to make good on their kills (and eliminate undue suffering to some animals)  - a job the state arrested him for. Wisk Aero has entered into a partnership with the City of Sugar Land, Texas, to bring their electric, 12-engine VTOL aircraft to taxi service in the area. Wisk has been hard at work pursuing regulatory approval for their 4-seat, 6th generation air taxi, looking forward to starting Part 135 passenger operations within a handful of years. Blue Origin's New Glenn vehicle was successfully rolled out and upended for the first time, this week, on the pad at Launch Complex 36 (LC-36). The upending is one in a series of major manufacturing and integrated test milestones in preparation for New Glenn’s

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

Airborne 02.26.24: Onerous Piper AD, AEA LIVE Coverage, Belgian F-16 Demos

Also: More Balloonacy, Collier Trophy Nom's, Daher Internships, New Glenn Debut

Over-reach, maybe? EAA and the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) have both filed comments opposing a sweeping airworthiness directive (AD) proposed by the FAA affecting almost every high-wing vintage Piper aircraft. The AD would require rudders built of 1025 carbon steel to be replaced with new rudders made from 4130N low-alloy steel. It’s THAT time of year... and we’re just weeks away from ANN’s annual LIVE webcast of the uber-exciting Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show... where ALL the real cool things in the avionics world are seen for the first time... and again, we’re doing this live. Starting at 0830 Central Time, on Monday, March 19th, ANN will start programming LIVE from Dallas, TX, and will offer FIRST looks at upwards of 30 or so companies participating in the ever-exciting ‘New Product Introduc

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

German Medical Specialist Buys 10 More H145s

Airbus Continues to Provide Bulk of Fleet for DRF Luftrettung

Airbus Helicopters completed a deal with German helicopter emergency medical services operation DRF Luftrettung for the sale of up to 10 H145 aircraft. The sale will see 7 firm orders for aircraft filled, with 3 options available if DRF wishes to continue expanding its fleet. The firm is already a member of Airbus' 'HCare Smart' contract, providing comprehensive parts-by-the-hour support. The company operates more than 50 Airbus H135 and H145 helicopters across 40 bases across Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

IMPORTANT: eSportPlane Resource Guide Survey Data Sought

Easy Online Forms Available For Sport Plane Manufacturers And Suppliers To Be Listed In The Upcoming eSPRG

Work on the SportPlane Resource Guide is going well… Albeit a little bit behind schedule, because as we got into this process, things became a bit more complicated simply because we learned we could do an even better job at certain aspects of this project than we thought from the beginning. They say that the enemy of true quality is the phrase "good enough" and we want to be far more than “good enough.” FMI: www.sportplane.com, Online eSPRG Vendor Survey Form, Online eSPRG Sp

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

Klyde Morris (03.04.24)

Klyde Has The Down and Out WiFi Blues

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

Airborne Programming Continues Serving SportAv With 'Airborne-Affordable Flyers'

With The eSPRG Only Weeks Away From Its Start Date, A-AF Will Help To Support Sport Flyers, Worldwide

With the all-new and all-digital SportPlane Resource Guide getting ready for publication early next year, the Aero-News Network is pleased to announce yet another addition to the Airborne video news programming roster… Airborne-Affordable Flyers. Dedicated to keeping people up-to-date on the most affordable aspects of sport and general aviation, Airborne-Affordable Flyers is one of our most exciting offerings yet. A-AF will delve into more than just the current LSA community, but look at all aspects of aviation to examine and evaluate the most enjoyable, and most affordable, solutions to flying, operating, and owning aircraft in the 21st century.

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

NTSB Final Report: Cessna 180A

Failure Of The Landing Gear Float Due To Inadequate Maintenance Of The Floats And Corrosion

Analysis: The pilot was departing on a cross-country flight in a float-equipped airplane when the accident occurred. She had contacted a family member and stated she was departing; however, she did not arrive at the destination when expected. A search was initiated, and the airplane was located partially submerged in the departure lake. Postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed that both floats were heavily corroded and separated from the fuselage. There was no evidence that either float had contacted a foreign object in the water. A portion of the hull on the right float tore open and bent back.

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Mon, Mar 04, 2024

We're Accepting Resumes -- AND Hiring! ANN Puts Out 'Help Wanted' Sign

BIG Upgrades In The Works --- ANN Is Seeking EXCEPTIONAL New Staffers

The last few years have been about as challenging a time as we can recall... but we survive (yeah, we're kinda surprised, too) and look forward to 2023 and what we see as a very rewarding (and yes, still challenging) new generation of activities at ANN. After some truly weird times during the pandemic, ANN continues to expand slowly, but surely, and we have some truly intriguing upgrades coming up over the next few months. In other words, we're about to grow again -- REALLY/TRULY -- and in some novel directions. The much-appreciated expansion of "AIRBORNE UNLIMITED", the incredible potential of the all-new digital edition of the

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