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March 25, 2024

Airborne-NextGen 03.12.24: Pulsejets R Back!, Mach 5?, DJI v Congress

Also: 1-gram Remote ID Module, Starship Ready?, Ampaire Acquires Magpie, Clay Lacy-Starlink

The legendary sound of the old V-1 of WWII fame is back, except this time it's powering an uncrewed, combat-ready, UAV. The autonomous aspects of drones have finally caught up to the point where having a super cheap, simplistic jet engine makes sense. North American Wave Engine Corporation got some civilian attention with the publication of its civilian-spec pulsejet engines. Stratolaunch is reporting that it has successfully completed the first powered flight of the Talon-A test vehicle, TA-1. This first flight represents a major milestone in the development of t

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Airborne 03.25.24: XB-1 1st Flight!, Joby Joins USAF, A-10C Final Demos

 Also: Moron With A Laser, EAA Aviation Museum, FAA v Santa Monica Propeller Service, Frontier MEC Lauds FO

 
 
Boom Supersonic has confirmed details surrounding the successful first test flight of XB-1, reportedly the world’s first independently developed supersonic jet, at the Mojave Air & Space Port in Mojave, California. XB-1 was flown by Boom Chief Test Pilot Bill “Doc” Shoemaker, and Test Pilot Tristan “Geppetto” Brandenburg flew the T-38 chase aircraft which monitored the flight. XB-1 took off from the Mojave Air & Space Port. XB-1 met all of its test objectives, including safely and successfully achieving an altitude of 7,120 feet and speeds up to 273 mph. Joby Aviation committed to delivering

NAA Seeks Nominations For Wright Memorial Trophy

New Timing Announced For America's 'Most Prestigious' Individual Award

NAA has disclosed that it is NOW seeking nominations for its Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. Established by NAA in 1948 to honor the memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a living American for significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States. The Wright Trophy reflects a timeline of the most innovative inventors, explorers, industrialists, and public servants in aeronautics and astronautics.

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2024 AMA National Fun-Fly Announced

Model Aviation Devotees... What Are YOUR Plans For June 28-30 This Year? 

You might consider attending the AMA National Fun-Fly, which will take place on those dates at the International Aeromodeling Center (IAC) in Muncie, Indiana. This annual event has been revamped and combined with a community day. The AMA Foundation team and AMA Headquarters staff have been working hard to make this gathering bigger and better than ever.

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USAF to Evaluate HoverCrane Drones

The Hovercrane Is An Aerial Cargo Transport Vehicle For Moving Payloads From 10-50 Lbs

OK... this is an idea we saw coming... HoverCrane has announced the award of a contract with the U.S. Air Force to provide their HoverCrane uncrewed aerial vehicle for evaluation in expeditionary resupply and other tactical missions. "Our HoverCrane team is so proud and excited to be working on this program," said Ken Snoke, CEO. "An easily deployed autonomous aircraft for shuttling supplies has been at the forefront of our development efforts, and we can't wait to see how this can positively impact our troops..."

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NASA Astronaut Tracy Dyson, Crewmates, Head For Space Station

NASA's Dyson Will Spend Six Months Aboard The Station As An Expedition 70 And 71 Flight Engineer

It's about to get crowded aboard the ISS... Three crew members including NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson successfully launched at 8:36 a.m. EDT Saturday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. Dyson, along with her crewmates Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy and spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya of Belarus, will dock to the space station’s Prichal module at about 11:09 a.m. on Monday, March 25, on the Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft.

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B-29 Doc and B-25 Berlin Express Extend Travels To Cincinnati

History Restored Tour Arrives At Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, May 23-27

B-29 Doc and the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) B-25 Berlin Express will bring the History Restored Tour to Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, May 23-27. The two historic World War II-era aircraft will be hosted by Cincinnati Warbirds EAA Chapter 18. The tour stop will include ride flights for B-29 Doc and B-25 Berlin Express, along with ground and cockpit tours for both aircraft. “Teaming up with the EAA and Berlin Express for this event in Cincinnati will give warbird fans a unique opportunity to see the aircraft that helped defend freedom and gave the Allies victory over oppression during World War II,” said Josh Wells, B-29

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Airborne 03.13.24: We Fly Deltahawk!, Kite Magnetics eTrainer, Pulsejet!

Also: FAA's New Budget, EUTELSAT Via BelugaST, SnF Warbirds, 2025 World Games Drone Race

ANN had an exceptional opportunity this week, with a chance to get a little operational experience flying an aircraft equipped with the Deltahawk DHK180 aviation diesel engine. The flight down from Racine, WI, the day before, covered a total of 818 NM, at an average 148 Kts True Airspeed and a total fuel burn of 45 gallons of Jet A -- nonstop. CKD Aero has partnered up with Kite Magnetics to create the Dakota e-Hawk, the “world’s most cost-effective two-seat electric aircraft”. The e-Hawk is intended to be the first in a lineup of kit aircraf

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Airborne-Flight Training 03.14.24: UAL Hiring Pause, APA Wants 65, Piper 100i

Also: TRU Simulation, FedEx Strike?, Women Of Aviation Worldwide, Ansett Av Training A320 FFS

United Airlines will pause pilot hiring like its Boeing-family companion Southwest. United won't be expanding its fleet as planned, leaving it with a large pilot base following its hiring bonanza in 2021 and beyond. Carriers feel they have enough personnel to weather through the rest of the year, even accounting for attrition. United Airlines' VP of flight operations Mar Champion said that new hire classes would be paused in May and June, possibly to resume sometime in July. The Allied Pilots Association says it believes the pilot supply is "sufficient to meet f

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Airborne 03.11.24: TA-1 Hypersonic!, Starship X 3, Biden Attacks BizAv

Also: Women Of Aviation Worldwide, APA Backs '65', Skyborne Buys Piper, Duncan Drone Repair

Stratolaunch is reporting that it has successfully completed the first powered flight of the Talon-A test vehicle, TA-1. This first flight represents a major milestone in the development of the country's first privately funded, reusable hypersonic test capability. Primary objectives for the flight test included accomplishing safe air-launch release of the TA-1 vehicle, engine ignition, acceleration, sustained climb in altitude, and a controlled water landing. SpaceX is gearing up for the third flight test of its Starship rocket, tentatively scheduled for March 14,

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Airborne 03.11.24: TA-1 Hypersonic!, Starship X 3, Biden Attacks BizAv

Also: Women Of Aviation Worldwide, APA Backs '65', Skyborne Buys Piper, Duncan Drone Repair

Stratolaunch is reporting that it has successfully completed the first powered flight of the Talon-A test vehicle, TA-1. This first flight represents a major milestone in the development of the country's first privately funded, reusable hypersonic test capability. Primary objectives for the flight test included accomplishing safe air-launch release of the TA-1 vehicle, engine ignition, acceleration, sustained climb in altitude, and a controlled water landing. SpaceX is gearing up for the third flight test of its Starship rocket, tentatively scheduled for Ma

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Airborne-NextGen 03.12.24: Pulsejets R Back!, Mach 5?, DJI v Congress

Also: 1-gram Remote ID Module, Starship Ready?, Ampaire Acquires Magpie, Clay Lacy-Starlink

The legendary sound of the old V-1 of WWII fame is back, except this time it's powering an uncrewed, combat-ready, UAV. The autonomous aspects of drones have finally caught up to the point where having a super cheap, simplistic jet engine makes sense. North American Wave Engine Corporation got some civilian attention with the publication of its civilian-spec pulsejet engines. Stratolaunch is reporting that it has successfully completed the first powered flight of the Talon-A test vehicle, TA-1. This first flight represents a major milestone in the developme

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'Sham' Dry Lease Of Aircraft Results In $700K Compromise Payment

But, Of Course, There Is No Admission Of Guilt In Agreement With DOJ

A business, that is no longer in operation, has agreed to pay DOJ serious bucks to stay out of trouble... without admitting guilt. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina confirmed that Campbell Oil Company; Executive Aircraft Services; Brian D. Campbell; and David Taylor Stephens have agreed to resolve allegations that they conducted illegal charter flights, contained in the March 10, 2023, Complaint filed by the United States captioned United States v. Campbell Oil Company et al., No. 7:23-CV-265.

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Klyde Morris (03.25.24)

Klyde Sees Ulterior Motives in 'TikTok' Videos...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Classic Aero-TV: Penn Manor High School -- TARC 2010 National Champion

From 2010 (YouTube Version): The US Champs Have Become The World's Champs!

One of the most rewarding events ANN and Aero-TV have participated in over the last year was AIA's extraordinary Team America Rocketry Challenge. Fun, inspiring, challenging... all these words do little to impart the amazing event that we witnessed and shot over the course of a few days... and we can't wait to do it again. However; one of the truly great 'bennies' of this event wa

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NTSB Final Report: Diamond Aircraft Industries DA 42

Weather Deteriorated Significantly To Include Thunderstorms, Heavy Rain, And High Wind Gusts To 54 Knots

Analysis: The commercial pilot and his flight instructor were preparing to depart on a local flight when the accident occurred. They taxied to the runway and continued the pre-takeoff and engine runup tasks. While at the holding pad, the weather deteriorated significantly to include thunderstorms, heavy rain, and high wind gusts to 54 knots. The pilots elected to hold their position to wait until the weather conditions improved. The instructor applied down elevator control and moved the left aileron into the wind. Review of available weather data indicated that a microburst caused the left wing to raise and the airplane rolled

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.25.24)

Aero Linx: The Nebraska Aeronautics Commission The Nebraska Aeronautics Commission was created by the 1935 Legislature to oversee the development of aviation in the state. The Commission operated on its own in this capacity until the creation of the Department of Aeronautics in 1945. The Aeronautics Commission consists of five members who shall be appointed by the Governor. Each member shall serve until the appointment and qualification of his or her successor. In case of a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term of a member, the appointment shall be made only for the remainder of the term. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.25.24): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen’s meteorological information (AIRMET/WA) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms that are rapidly developing and increasing in intensity, or low ceilings and visibilities that are becoming widespread which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.25.24)

“Teaming up with the EAA and Berlin Express for this event in Cincinnati will give warbird fans a unique opportunity to see the aircraft that helped defend freedom and gave the Allies victory over oppression during World War II... Having both aircraft on tour together allows us to further tell those stories and honor the men and women who have served our nation, and who continue to fight to protect freedom at home and abroad.” Source: Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director. chatting about the upcoming trip by B-29 Doc and the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) B-25 Berlin Express, who will bring the History Restored Tour to Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport, May 23-27. 

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