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August 09, 2023

Airborne 08.09.23: AEA MOSAIC Critique, FAA v Air Tours, Voyager 2

 Also: Opener Aero, Piper M600/SLS HALO System, History Restored Tour to UT/CA, Cessna 120-140 Convention

 
 
Recently, the FAA published its long-anticipated and much-discussed proposal to expand opportunities—certification and otherwise—for Sport Aircraft and Pilots. Dubbed Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC), the proposed legislation’s ramifications are broader, considerably, than many LSA enthusiasts yet realize. The FAA contends it is moving to improve the collective safety of air-tours across Hawaii. The agency has outlined, more or less, what it touts a “consistent new process where air-tour operators can receive authorization to safely descend below specific altitudes to avoid flyi

Aerobytes Supports British Flying Charity Aerobility

A Study in Graciousness

Surrey, U.K.-based Aerobytes, a provider of FDM / FOQA / MFOQA / MOQA / FDA software and analytical-tools to fixed- and rotary-wing operators, has agreed to gift a substantial financial sponsorship package to Aerobility, a British charity about the commendable work of providing disabled individuals access to the independence-fostering challenge of piloting an aircraft. Aerobytes’s munificence will sustain Aerobility’s mission, underwriting the charity’s core operational costs and facilitating additional investment in the dignity and self-actualization and of the individuals borne aloft by dint of Aerobility’s commitment to “opening the skies to everyone, regardless of their ch

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NASA Reestablishes Contact with Voyager 2

An Interstellar Shout Acknowledged

On 21 July 2023, contact with Voyager 2 was lost after a programming error skewed the probe’s transceiver-array a few critical degrees away from Earth. Fortuitously, on 06 August, following a 16-day communication blackout, NASA reported contact with the spacecraft had been reestablished over a distance of some 12.3-billion miles.

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Opener Aero Launches BlackFly Early Access Program

The Art of Dialogue

The Opener BlackFly is an eVTOL personal air vehicle designed by Canadian engineer Marcus Leng and produced by Palo Alto, California-based Opener Aero. EAA AirVenture 2023 saw Opener Aero debut its Early Access Program (EAP), a milestone heralding BlackFly’s market readiness and commercialization. The program enables participants to provide Opener Aero feedback pertaining to their individual customer experiences with the BlackFly eVTOL platform.

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AEA Urges Aviation Stakeholders to Read MOSAIC Fine Print

Devils Amongst the Details

In the days preceding the gala opening of EAA’s AirVenture 2023, the FAA published its long-anticipated and much-discussed proposal to expand opportunities—certification and otherwise—for Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) and Sport Pilots. Dubbed Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC), the proposed legislation’s ramifications are broader, considerably, than many LSA enthusiasts yet realize. In point of fact, the NPRM pertaining to MOSAIC is wide-ranging, affecting myriad facets of the aerospace sector.

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New Mexico Looks to Acquire Second Aircraft

Prospective King Air Purchase Would Double State’s Aircraft Fleet

More than a decade after a thrifty former governor pared the state’s aircraft fleet to a single machine, New Mexico is making ready to acquire a second airplane. The Land of Enchantment’s legislature has approved a $9-million capital outlay appropriation for the purchase of a new state airplane. Documents obtained under a public-records request indicate New Mexico’s government expects to take delivery of the aircraft by April 2024. Subject aircraft will be used, ostensibly, to transport state executives and employees, as well as physicians traveling to provide care in remote locales, and children attending a school for the blind and visually-impaired

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NASA Works to Restore Supersonic Passenger Flight

Lockheed-Martin X-59; Meet Your Mach-er

Concorde made its last commercial flight on 24 October 2003, flying from New York to London at Mach 2.0—twice the speed of sound—in about 3.5-hours. Twenty-years on, no commercial airliner has exceeded—or neared, for that matter—supersonic speed. NASA, by dint of its Quesst mission, an ostensibly clever acronym connoting Quiet SuperSonic Technology, has set out to return supersonic flight to the purview of the world’s commercial airlines. The program is predicated, in part, on Lockheed-Martin’s X-59 Quesst, an experimental supersonic aircraft being developed at the storied defense contractor’s famed Skunk Works.

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Duncan Aviation’s Aurora Facility Gains Securaplane Service Capability

Power Supply Support Added to Lineup of Duncan Capabilities

Satellite Avionics Crew Lead Justin Weber has been hard at work at Duncan’s Aurora, Oregon facility, expanding the roster of services offered at the location to include Securaplane power supply services. The Securaplane lineup provides accessories for enterprise, government, or military aircraft to provide in-flight video cameras, security systems, emergency and backup batteries, chargers, inverters, and wireless control systems.

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Classic Aero-TV: Center of Attention – Oshkosh Tower/AirVenture 2015

From 2015 (YouTube Version): No Matter What, You Can't Get To The BIG SHOW Without KOSH Tower!

It’s been said that during EAA AirVenture, the control tower at Wittman Regional Airport is the busiest tower in the world. In this video you have the chance to see how it works and to listen-in on some of the communications. ANN reporter, Bruce Brandon, had the opportunity to interview, Elaine Buckner, who is the Air Traffic Manager at the EAA AirVenture control tower. When Bruce asked if it’s really true this is the busiest control tower in the world, she replied that it is, and even more uniquely it does it without working a 24 hour schedule.

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Northrop Grumman Earnings Call Offers Peek Behind the Curtain for 2023

B-21 Bomber Looking good for 2023 Flight Test Schedule

Northrop Grumman’s 2nd Quarter earnings call had an intriguing tidbit for next-gen bomber enthusiasts, with CEO Kathy Warden offering a few juicy tidbits about the current state of the company as a nice side dish. Of note, the B-21 Raider has been successfully powered up for ground testing, with reports optimistic enough to expect the program to hold to its previous developmental timeline. As such, Northrop could end up seeing the first B-21 ground tests before the end of the year.

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NTSB Final Report: Bell 206-L4

Helicopter Was Under Contract To The State Of Alaska’s Department Of Natural Resources (DNR)

On July 20, 2023, about 1105 Alaska daylight time, a Bell 206L-4 helicopter, N311MH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Wainwright, Alaska. The pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The helicopter was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 on-demand charter flight.The Helicopter was owned and operated by Maritime Helicopters, Homer, Alaska, and according to the director of operations, the helicopter was under contract to the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) being used to transport scientific crews to various remote locations within the North Slope region.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.09.23)

Aero Linx: Beechcraft Heritage Museum The Museum began as the Staggerwing Museum Foundation, incorporated in October 1973 under the auspices of the Staggerwing Club. In April 2007, the Museum was renamed Beechcraft Heritage Museum to reflect our commitment to promoting aviation education and preserving the heritage of all Beechcraft models from 1932 through the present.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.09.23): Land And Hold Short Operations

Land And Hold Short Operations Operations which include simultaneous takeoffs and landings and/or simultaneous landings when a landing aircraft is able and is instructed by the controller to hold-short of the intersecting runway/taxiway or designated hold-short point. Pilots are expected to promptly inform the controller if the hold short clearance cannot be accepted.

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