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December 06, 2022

Two Russian Tu-95 Bombers Damaged in Ukrainian Drone Strike

War’s Coursing Dogs

Two explosions, possibly attributable to Ukrainian suicide drone strikes, reportedly damaged a pair of Russian Tupolev Tu-95 bombers at Engels Air Force Base, a major bomber complex east of the Russian city of Saratov. The blasts claimed three lives and caused six injuries. 

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FCC Severely Curtails Planned Starlink Satellite Infrastructure

The Bitter Fruits of Righteousness

SpaceX’s second-generation Starlink network was to have spanned a massive 29,988 satellites—that was until Thursday, 01 December 2022, when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission granted Elon Musk’s space concern authority to operate only 7,500 satellites at altitudes over five-hundred-kilometers above the Earth.

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Tamarack and Prospective Partners Exploring A320 Upgrades

Eco-SMARTWING Garners Widespread Interest

Tamarack Aerospace Group is currently engaged in serious and confidential talks with single-aisle aircraft manufacturing organizations, carriers, lessors, and service organizations at the Middle East & North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) show. A number of subject organizations have reportedly stepped forward with serious interest in adapting Tamarack’s Eco-SMARTWING architecture to their respective aircraft and fleets.

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Airborne 11.28.22: Cirrus Jet Chute Save, Powered-Lift Regs, Safer E-ABs?

Also: NTSB Targets Niche Commercial Ops, Ingenuity Flight 34, CG Jayhawk Save, ASA Releases AIRCLASSICS Push-to-Talk Switch

With increasing frequency, the record of the Cirrus Vision Jet becomes all the more questionable. Friday morning, a Cirrus Vision Jet, N15VJ, went down shortly after takeoff from the Indianapolis Regional Airport. The pilot’s course of action took place early in the flight and barely a mile off the end of Runway 25. Video of the late 2020 aircraft, under the canopy, showed up swiftly on social media, and in one there seems to be a smoky trail above/behind the aircraft that might point to powerplant issues. The FAA has publis

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Aero-TV: Hartzell Aviation Formed

Famed Propeller Manufacturer Rebrands

Hartzell, the storied and inveterate American manufacturer of aircraft propeller systems, has been reorganized under the auspices of Tailwind Technologies Inc. The emergent entity, Hartzell Aviation, encompasses a growing number of brands to include: Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Aerospace Welding, and Hartzell Engine Tech. United under the Hartzell Aviation banner, the trio of historic aerospace concerns stands ready to ply its considerable expertise and experience to the advancement of the General Aviation industry.

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eVolare to Acquire Up to Ten Lilium Jets

U.K. Charter Outfit to Operate and Sell German eVTOL

On 05 December 2022, Lilium announced the signing of a contract with eVolare—a subsidiary of United Kingdom helicopter and private jet charter operator Volare Aviation. The inchoate partnership includes a firm commitment on eVolare’s part for ten Lilium Pioneer Edition Jets, with options for an additional ten aircraft. The newly-signed deal—under which Volare will make an undisclosed pre-delivery payment to secure acquisition of the first ten Pioneer Edition Lilium Jets—marks the formal launch of the platform.

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Airbus to Develop Hydrogen Powered Engine

Zero-Emission Powerplant to Inform Future Architectures

Airbus has announced that it is about the business of developing a hydrogen-powered fuel-cell engine. The hydrogen propulsion system is among the designs being considered to power a planned zero-emission commercial aircraft the consortium hopes to see in airline service by 2035.

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General Atomics Tests Networked Avenger Drone

Mesh-Networked UAVs, Aircraft Stress Test Data Sharing Capability

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems tested their collaborative, networked UAVs with crewed fighters for enhanced multi-platform sensing, demonstrating the capacity for their MQ-20 Avenger as an uncrewed aircraft. The test used the MQ-20, flying alongside a Lockheed Martin Sabreliner and a pair of F-5 Advanced Tigers from Tactical Air Support. The Tigers were equipped with internal TacIRST sensors, allowing General Atomics to perform multi-platform infrared sensing.

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Droner's Manual, Second Edition Now Available

UAV Guidebook Walks Drone Operators Through Building to Operation

ASA's 2nd edition of The Droner’s Manual compacts the most important and relevant knowledge of drone operation into a single guidebook. Author Kevin Jenkins walks would-be pilots through the needful for UAV operators looking to break into hobbyist, enterprise, or government operation. Jenkins includes stepwise guidance on building, programming, testing, and flying multirotor, fixed-wing, and hybrid frame aircraft for nearly any purpose.

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Airbus and ArianeGroup Collaborate on Hydrogen Fueling Facility

Toulouse, Blagnac (TLS) H2 Station to Open in 2025

Airbus and ArianeGroup—a joint venture of Airbus and Safran and a world-leader in space propulsion technologies—have announced they will work together to build the first liquid hydrogen refueling facility for ZEROe aircraft at Toulouse, Blagnac airport (TLS). The station is slated to be operational in 2025.

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Coast Guard Plucks Mariners from Boat After Multiple Engine, Sail Failure

North Carolina Team Saves the Day as Sailboat Drifts 100 Miles from Shore

A Coast Guard team rescued a trio of adults and a 15-year-old from a sinking sailing vessel off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The passengers were recovered from a 41-foot sailboat, the Rojodan, after they hailed the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina on the evening of November 30. The crew of the boat reported the loss of both their engines and jib, leaving their vessel stranded nearly 100 miles from shore.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.06.22)

Aero Linx: North American Trainer Association

NATA is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration and safe operation and enjoyment of military aircraft manufactured by the North American Aviation company (NAA). NATA provides members with acquisition, operational, maintenance, and safety information, formation training, advocacy, and flight training, and parts and repair referrals. Membership is open to all pilots, owners and enthusiasts of these aircraft worldwide, and includes a majority of U.S. owners of these aircraft, and owners, pilots, enthusiasts and historians from 13 countries. NATA provides type club support for all variants of the&n

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.06.22): Feathered Propeller

Feathered Propeller

A propeller whose blades have been rotated so that the leading and trailing edges are nearly parallel with the aircraft flight path to stop or minimize drag and engine rotation. Normally used to indicate shutdown of a reciprocating or turboprop engine due to malfunction.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.06.22)

“This limited grant and associated conditions will protect other satellite and terrestrial operators from harmful interference and maintain a safe space environment, promoting competition and protecting spectrum and orbital resources for future use. To address concerns about orbital debris and space safety, we limit this grant to 7,500 satellites only, operating at certain altitudes.” Source: From a short-sighted decision by the FCC effectively limiting the growth of the Starlink internet system...

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