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October 30, 2023

Airborne 10.30.23: Van's Troubles, Rotor X Messiness, SWA Buys More Max's

 Also: SpaceX Launch Frenzy, Suit Dismissed Against Archer, NATA Defends Pt 135, Dream Chaser Test

 
 
Van’s Aircraft is facing serious cash-flow issues resultant of a confluence of unfavorable events and circumstances... Van’s will take some time, spanning 27 October through mid-November 2023, to evaluate means by which to most comprehensively and efficiently satisfy builder concerns regarding laser-cut parts. Also, the company will review the costs of its parts and kits. During the aforementioned period, shipments of Van’s parts will be delayed, kit orders will not be processed, and refunds will not be issued. The Rotor X situation is getting stranger by the day. After a late september Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing, the

Boeing Reports Third Quarter Results

A Mixed-Bag at Big “B”

The Boeing Company recorded third quarter revenue of $18.1-billion, GAAP loss per share of $2.70 and core loss per share (non-GAAP) of $3.26. Third-quarter results were impacted by unfavorable defense performance and lower 737 deliveries. Boeing reported operating cash flow of $0.0-billion and free cash flow of $0.3-billion non-GAAP.

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Southwest Acquires 108 New 737 MAX-7 Jets

Boeing Expects FAA Will Certify Model by Year’s End

Boeing and Southwest Airlines have entered into an agreement by which the Dallas, Texas-based air-carrier will acquire 108 new 737 MAX-7 narrow-body jets. Southwest’s selection of the fuel-efficient aircraft is consistent with the airline’s modernization strategy and affords the carrier flexibility by which to expand its fleet and route structure.

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A Breakdown of the Latest F-35 & F-15EX Contracts

A Tale of Two Tales

The flyaway cost of Boeing’s F-15EX Eagle II is approximately $90-million per each lot-two aircraft—some $7.5 million more than the going price of Lockheed-Martin’s lot-15 F-35A. The USAF and Boeing finalized a contract for the F-15EX’s next three production lots on 28 September 2023. Under subject agreement, U.S. taxpayers will shell-out “approximately” $90-million for every lot-two F-15EX, an eye-watering $97-million for each lot-three jet, and a slightly-less-if-not-still-preposterous $94-million per lot-four jet. By way of comparison, the current flyaway cost of Lockheed-Martin’s stealthy, slow, and thus far demonstrably unreliable F-35A—the iteration of the fifth-generation f

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Intuitive Machines IM-1 Lunar Mission Launch Window Announced

Moonward Ho!

Intuitive Machines, Inc., the Houston, Texas-based supplier of space products and services supporting sustained robotic and human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond, has announced jointly with SpaceX that liftoff of the IM-1 lunar mission is targeted for a multi-day launch window opening 12 January 2024. The Intuitive Machines IM-1 mission will be the company’s first attempted lunar landing as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, a key facet of the space agency’s Artemis lunar exploration efforts. The science and technology payloads sent to the Moon’s surface as part of CLPS are intended to lay the foundation for human lunar missions and a sustainable human presence on the

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Aero-TV: Arcline Investments Acquires Hartzell Aviation

As the Propeller Turns…

In keeping with an ethos espousing the virtues of “investing in technology driven, meaningful-to-the-world industrial businesses that enable a better future,” Nashville, Tennessee-based Arcline Investment Management has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hartzell Aviation from Tailwind Technologies. A self-professed growth-oriented private equity firm. Arcline currently controls some $8.9-billion in cumulative capital commitments. Hartzell Aviation is an amalgamated entity comprising Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Aerospace Welding, and Hartzell Engine Tech. The aforementioned divisions were unifie

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Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings Debuts Jet Prep Pretreatment

More than Skin-Deep

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings has introduced Jet Prep Pretreatment (CM0220P01), a chrome-free, water-based, translucent, sol-gel metal pretreatment solution designed specifically for aerospace applications. The two-component pretreatment kit provides superior adhesion and corrosion protection over aluminum substrates and pairs with aerospace-grade corrosion-protective epoxy primers and topcoat paint systems.

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SkyWest Orders 19 Embraer E175 Regional Jets

New Planes to Operate as United Express Aircraft

Embraer, the Brazilian multinational manufacturer of commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft, has agreed to the sale of 19 new E175 jets to SkyWest, Inc., the St. George, Utah-based regional air-carrier contracted by Alaska Airlines as Alaska SkyWest, American Airlines as American Eagle, Delta Air Lines as Delta Connection, and United Airlines as United Express. The 19 E-Jets, which will operate under the United Express banner per a Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA), will grow SkyWest’s United Express E175 fleet to 109 machines, and boost the total number of E175s currently in service with SkyWest to over 250. At list-price, the contract’s value is $1.1-billion.

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McFarlane Granted FAA-PMA for Cessna Fuel Selector Valves

PMA Covers Cessna 180, 182, 190, and 195 Models

McFarlane Aviation recently received FAA-PMA approval for part number MC0311070 and MC0311070-1. This new fuel selector valve is a direct replacement for OEM part numbers 0311025, 0311070, and 0311070-1. The McFarlane fuel valve occasions an expansion of the company’s extant line of such products for numerous Cessna aircraft models, ranging from the plucky 150 series to the historic 190 family. In addition to being of superior quality, McFarlane’s Cessna Fuel Selector valves are in stock and more affordable than their OEM counterparts.

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Airborne 10.20.23: Rotor X Bankrupt, Reno Replacement?, EPA v GA

Also: Citation CJ3 Gen2, flyVbird Signs LOI for 'Alice', Gogo 5G 4 Canada, BizAv Finance

ANN has learned that Rotor X has filed for bankruptcy in the state of Arizona. The official documents we've seen so far indicate that Rotor X is filing their bankruptcy, pro se, and is doing so under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code which tends to suggest that they actually think they're going to reorganize the mess that we've documented so far. Upwards of fifteen hundred pages of supporting documents have been submitted by six cities vying to earn the distinction of being named the new home of the National Championship Air Races. Respondents to the RARA’s reque

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Airborne 10.20.23: Rotor X Bankrupt, Reno Replacement?, EPA v GA

Also: Citation CJ3 Gen2, flyVbird Signs LOI for 'Alice', Gogo 5G 4 Canada, BizAv Finance

ANN has learned that Rotor X has filed for bankruptcy in the state of Arizona. The official documents we've seen so far indicate that Rotor X is filing their bankruptcy, pro se, and is doing so under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code which tends to suggest that they actually think they're going to reorganize the mess that we've documented so far. Upwards of fifteen hundred pages of supporting documents have been submitted by six cities vying to earn the distinction of being named the new home of the National Championship Air Races. Respondents to the RARA’s reque

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NTSB Prelim: Ercoupe 415

The Passenger Reported That The Flight Was Airborne For About 3 To 5 Minutes

On September 13, 2023, about 1654 eastern daylight time, an Ercoupe 415-C, N2796H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fitzgerald, Georgia. The private pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14?Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The passenger, who held a student pilot certificate, reported he was interested in buying the airplane and had been in communication with the pilot, who told him the day before that the annual inspection was just completed and to come to the airport the next day to go flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.30.23)

Aero Linx: The Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) Founded in 1997, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) has developed an integrated, data-driven strategy to reduce the commercial aviation fatality risk in the United States and promote new Government and industry safety initiatives throughout the world. The nation’s impressive commercial aviation safety record is due in part to the aviation industry and Government voluntarily investing in the right safety enhancements to reduce the fatality risk in U.S. commercial air travel. CAST’s work, along with new aircraft, regulations, and other activities, reduced the fatality risk for commercial aviation in the United States by 83 percen

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.30.23): NonDirectional Beacon

NonDirectional Beacon An L/MF or UHF radio beacon transmitting nondirectional signals whereby the pilot of an aircraft equipped with direction finding equipment can determine his/her bearing to or from the radio beacon and “home” on or track to or from the station. When the radio beacon is installed in conjunction with the Instrument Landing System marker, it is normally called a Compass Locator.

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