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September 05, 2023

Airborne 09.05.23: F-15EX Completes Tests, MMOPA Rebrands, Rotax Fly-In

 Also: Aerox Buys Fluid Power, Airlander Bucks, Gogo AVANCE Upgrades, Galactic 03 Mission

Boeing’s F-15EX Eagle II fighter has successfully launched a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground standoff munitions, thereby completing a key testing and evaluation phase. The data resultant of the testing will inform, in part, the DOD’s decision vis-à-vis full-rate production of Boeing’s extensively-modified, dramatically-improved iteration of McDonnell Douglas’s battlefield-proven fourth-generation fighter jet. At its 2023 annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) announced a rebranding to the Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (PMOPA). F

Aerox Aviation O2 Systems Acquires Fluid Power Inc.

Deal Strengthens Aerox’s Supply Chain Position

O2 Aero Acquisitions, the parent company of Aerox Aviation Oxygen Systems, has acquired Hudson, Ohio-based Fluid Power, Inc, a manufacturer of military-type oxygen systems and components for the aviation industry. The acquisition broadens Aerox’s line of aviation oxygen systems for military and specialty applications and affords the company’s global customer base expanded access to Aerox’s products and services.

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Delta Air Lines 5G-Ready

Carrier Completes Updates to Radio Altimeters

Delta Air Lines has announced the completion of its move to 5-G 'immune' radio altimeters throughout the entire fleet, rendering it ready for a wave of high-speed, high-performance cellular networking. Delta has managed to outfit about 190 of its previously unequipped A220 aircraft, allowing it to stand ready despite an industry beset with supply delays. Delta may be early to the party, with other carriers possibly fighting over whatever radar altimetry units they can find. 

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Aero-TV: uAvionix Debuts New Technologies at AirVenture

The Toys of Summer

Founded in 2015 with the mission of advancing the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the United States’s National Airspace System (NAS), Montana-based uAvionix develops small, light, affordable ADS-B transponders. A fundamental aspect of the company’s mission is the facilitation of common situational awareness to all aircraft within a given airspace. uAvionix provides innovative, low-Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) TSO-certified and uncertified avionics and services to customers in the General Aviation (GA), Defense, and UAS sectors.

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Skyworks Aeronautics Readying for Utility Gyroplane Testing

Outside Investor Plavo More Kickstarts Path to Flight Demonstration

Skyworks Aeronautics might be taking to the skies with their utility-oriented Hawk 5 gyroplane in the near future, paving the way for the unorthodox offering to make a name for itself in the public safety GA market. The Hawk 5 has been bankrolled into its demonstration phase by Plavo More SPV, LLC. Skyworks hopes to capitalize on a Letter of Intent from Turkey for the purchase of 200 Hawk 5s, and has embarked on building the first flight-ready unit with the new injection of capital.

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ASA Aviator Assistant Partnership Announced

Aviator Assistant EFB Now Includes ASA's 2024 FAR/AIM

Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. (ASA) has entered into a partnership with Aviator Assistant, a provider of aviation software solutions for students and pilots. Aviator Assistant's state-of-the-art Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and flight-school management software offer pilots and flight-schools streamlined, user-friendly platforms. In partnership with ASA and effective immediately, every subscription to Aviator Assistant's EFB will include access to the newly-released ASA 2024 FAR/AIM at no additional cost.

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Winners of VFS 40th Annual Student Design Competition Announced

Winning Designs to be Presented at Forum & Technology Display

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) has named the winners of its 40th Annual Student Design Competition. The team representing the University of Maryland took first place in the Graduate category. The Georgia Institute of Technology/US Military Academy prevailed in the Undergraduate category. In addition, the Military Institute of Technology (Bangladesh) took Best New Undergraduate Entrant honors. The 2023 competition was sponsored by Sikorsky, which provided $12,500 in prize money.

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ParaZero Debuts AI-Based Safety & Awareness System for UAS Platforms

Asimov’s Third Law

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Be’er Sheva, Israel, ParaZero Drone Safety Solutions is a technology concern specializing in the safe and comprehensive deployment of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). On 01 September 2023, the company debuted SmartAir Trinity, an AI-based avionics system designed to detect malfunctions in UAS and eVTOL aircraft in real-time and provide analytics for mission debriefings. The system utilizes a new, leading-edge sensor array with advanced capabilities.

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Senator Mitt Romney Tours Teal Drones SLC Facility

Growth of U.S. UAS Sector Deemed Critical

Red Cat Holdings—the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based purveyor of robotic hardware and software germane to the global drone industry—announced on 29 August 2023 that United States Senator Mitt Romney (Republican, Utah) had toured the Salt Lake City headquarters of Red Cat subsidiary Teal Drones. The August visit was undertaken for purpose of familiarizing Senator Romney with Teal’s operation and products. The factory Romney toured was purpose-built to meet the growing demand for U.S.-made drones. Romney met and spoke with Teal’s department heads and learned about the engineering, testing, manufacturing, supply chain, and compliance process germane to Teal’s products, including the

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Sherwin Williams Accepting Submissions for 2024 Calendar

Defining a Hierarchy of Liveries

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings is accepting entries for its 2024 Aerospace Coatings calendar, a yearly undertaking by dint of which the company showcases eye-catching aircraft paint schemes and exterior finishes executed with Sherwin-Williams coatings. Submissions may be of any aircraft type—from business, regional, and commercial jets to kit planes, helicopters, military aircraft, etc. The annual calendar program recognizes outstanding works of designers; providers of Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) services; and aircraft painters from across North America utilizing Sherwin-Williams brand products in their OEM and repaint facilities.

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NTSB Final Report: Munson Roger J RV-8

A Loss Of Engine Power Due To Loss Of Engine Oil Pressure

Analysis: During a cross-country flight at cruise altitude, the pilot reported a loss of engine oil pressure and loss of engine power to air traffic control and subsequently performed a forced landing to a field. The airplane impacted the ground and the wreckage was partially consumed by a post impact fire. Examination of the wreckage revealed oil staining on a portion of the horizontal stabilizer and broken pieces of the windscreen that were found at the site. Examination of the engine revealed that with the exception of the oil sump, which had been partially consumed by the postimpact fire, the crankcase, cylinders were intact, and continuity of the crankshaft and valvetr

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.05.23)

Aero Linx: It is strangely accurate to say that SuperCub.Org began with an airplane crash, but it was not the crash of a Super Cub. It was November 21, 1998. Having just received a pilot's license a few months prior, a thirty-seven year old pilot and his older brother set off for Faribault, Minnesota in a Cherokee 180 to bring his brother's daughter home from school for the holiday. A long chain of errors in judgement lead to fuel exhaustion and an off airport landing. The landing rollout through a fence row totaled the aircraft, but spared all on board. This moment caused the pilot to ponder in great depth if he should simply be content with staying on the ground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.05.23): Pilot's Discretion

Pilot's Discretion When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes. He/she may temporarily level off at any intermediate altitude. However, once he/she has vacated an altitude, he/she may not return to that altitude.   

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.06.23): Precision Approach Radar

Precision Approach Radar Radar equipment in some ATC facilities operated by the FAA and/or the military services at joint-use civil/military locations and separate military installations to detect and display azimuth, elevation, and range of aircraft on the final approach course to a runway. This equipment may be used to monitor certain non-radar approaches, but is primarily used to conduct a precision instrument approach (PAR) wherein the controller issues guidance instructions to the pilot based on the aircraft's position in relation to the final approach course (azimuth), the glidepath (elevation), and the distance (range) from the touchdown point on the runway as displayed on the radar scope.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.05.23)

“Often investors confuse ‘no competition’ with new, leading-edge, technology. Many times, that simply is not the case. Although simple in concept, the Skyworks Hawk 5 aircraft is a byproduct of decades of incremental improvement protected by numerous patents. The end result is a product that is cheaper to build, cheaper to operate, and most importantly, safer to fly than a helicopter.” Source: Paul J. Alar, President and Founder of Plavo More, touting the benefits of their new utility-oriented Hawk 5 gyroplane, paving the way for the unorthodox offering to make a name for itself in the public safety GA market.

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