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April 10, 2023

Airborne 04.10.23: Pilot v Cobra, IFR Capable R-66, Innovation Preview

 Also: EAA B-25 Flies Again, FAA Video Game, NAAA v Drones, Overpriced Boeing

A pilot in South Africa made a hasty emergency landing after discovering a highly venomous cobra stowed away beneath his seat. Rudolf Erasmus, who was transporting four passengers aboard a Beechcraft Baron-58 reported feeling “something cold” slide across his lower back as the aircraft departed the town of Worcester in South Africa’s Western Cape. Mr. Erasmus glanced down to see the head of a Cape Cobra “receding back under the seat.” Skyryse announced plans to certify a variation of Robinson’s R66 single-turbine-engine light-helicopter for IFR flight. The aircraft is supplemented with a suite of technologies that Skyryse

NASA’s TEMPO Mission Launches

A Matter of Ball’s

Friday, 07 April 2023 found Ball Aerospace—the improbable but highly-successful division of the famed home-canning powerhouse—celebrating the successful launch of its Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument aboard a commercial satellite blasted spaceward from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. TEMPO is NASA's first Earth Venture instrument mission and will provide critical data pertaining to the Earth’s atmosphere—particularly types, concentrations, and movement of air pollution over the North American continent.

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Skyryse Introduces IFR Capable R-66

Everyone’s Everything

Skyryse has announced plans to certify a variation of Robinson’s R66 single-turbine-engine light-helicopter for IFR flight. The aircraft is supplemented with a suite of technologies that Skyryse asserts will make general aviation “safer and more affordable, with the costs of purchasing and operating this system only a fraction of pre-existing programs with the same purpose.”  

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FAA Promotes Aviation Careers with Video Game

Airport Design Challenge-Minecraft with Purpose

In an unconventional bid to promote awareness of aviation careers among America’s youth, the Federal Aviation Administration is turning to a video game the agency has dubbed the Airport Design Challenge (ADC).

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 2: Flying the DA50RG!, Boomula Update, SnFIP Rocked

Also: Kolb Aircraft, Cuban Hang Glider, Kodiak 100 Prop Upgrade, truSky ADS-B Spoofing Detection

Just prior to the festivities at SnF23 got a start, we had the chance to do a quick test jaunt in Diamond’s long-awaited DA50RG. The conditions were not great... a direct crosswind, lots of nearby scud hiding arriving SnF traffic, and limited time in which to enjoy the flight... but, the DA50 delivers an exceptional stable platform with solid handling qualities that befits a serious traveling machine. One of the Innovation Preview presentations that seemed to get a lot of attention was the expanded look at Aerox’s Boomula... In keeping with its 'It&rsq

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 1: Carbon Cub UL, Rotax 916!, Junkers A50 Jr

Also: Quality Aircraft Accessories, UAE Training Program, No New FAA Admin... Yet, Lockheed Vega

CubCrafters announced the latest addition to the Carbon Cub UL lineup with a lightweight, turbocharged Rotax-powered Cub geared for sales outside its home American market. The new Carbon Cub UL replaces the model's usual engine, the Titan CC340, with a Rotax 916 iS. The smaller, lighter engine provides a few benefits: The 160-hp Rotax enables the Cub to 2 adults with a full fuel load and a 'reasonable' amount of baggage at a 1,320 lb max takeoff weight. There is a new Rotax in town and a number of sport aircraft manufacturers are salivating at the pros

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NASA Names New Goddard Center Director

Dr. Makenzie Lystrup to Head Maryland Facility

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson has named Dr. Makenzie Lystrup director of the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Lystrup succeeds acting center director Dave Mitchell, who resumes his former duties as the agency’s chief program management officer at NASA’s Washington D.C. headquarters.

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Sebastian Heintz Grants a Peek Under the Hood at Zenith

Sun 'n Fun Courses Once Again Provide New Insights into Aviation

Zenith Aircraft head Sebastian Heintz hosted a course at the Central Florida Aerospace Academy, going over some of the essentials of STOL aircraft design with interested attendees at Sun 'n Fun 2023. The course was an interesting opportunity to pick the brain of one of the most competitive STOL marques around - Zenith is no stranger to a podium finish, in most competitions.

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China Tempers Wide-Body Acquisitions

Eastern Promises

In a move certain to make waves as far as Toulouse, China has made public its intention to assume a more temperate posture regarding Beijing’s acquisition of large Airbus jets. The move belies the Middle Kingdom’s ravenous demand for A320neo medium-haul aircraft—the accommodation of which has forced Airbus to double production at the consortium’s Tianjin, China final assembly facility.  

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One King Air's Wing-Bending Incident Report Published

Del Rio, Tx Wind Shear Incident Serves as Lesson for Part 91 Operators

The NTSB published the summary regarding a significant bout of wind shear leaving Del Rio, Texas in November of 2022, illustrating the dangers with some sobering imagery. The incident occurred while climbing out from Del Rio International Airport, passing 4,000 ft msl about 7 miles northeast of the field. The aircraft, while at climb power, went from a consistent 1,500 fpm climb to zero, then just as quickly to a descent of 1,500 ft.

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Classic Aero-TV: Anticipating Futurespace - Blue Origin Visits Airventure 2017

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Flight-Proven Booster On Display At AirVenture…

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is known primarily as a celebration of experimental and amateur-built aircraft. But over the years, the scope of the show has grown to include all aspects of aviation and aerospace. Enter Blue Origin, an aerospace company that has seen significant success over the past two years launching and recovering reusable boosters with an eye towards suborbital space tourism and commercial space launches.

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NTSB Prelim: Pilatus PC-12/45

Wreckage Debris Field Extended About 0.9 Miles Southwest Of The Main Wreckage

On February 24, 2023, at 2114 Pacific standard time, a Pilatus PC-12/45, N273SM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Stagecoach, Nevada. The pilot, and four passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 air ambulance flight. The flight, operated by Guardian Flight LLC, departed Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), Reno, Nevada, to transport a patient to Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Salt Lake City, Utah.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.10.23)

Aero Linx: School of Missionary Aviation Technology [SMAT] At the School of Missionary Aviation Technology [SMAT] we provide mission-driven students with FAA-certified training in aircraft maintenance and flight. SMAT offers a professional, certified curriculum in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Students benefit from small class sizes in which strong, lasting relationships are built with instructors and fellow students.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.10.23): Radio Magnetic Indicator

Radio Magnetic Indicator An aircraft navigational instrument coupled with a gyro compass or similar compass that indicates the direction of a selected NAVAID and indicates bearing with respect to the heading of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.10.23)

“Goddard is an incredible center and true national asset with the best and brightest minds in science and engineering; I’m humbled and honored to lead such an amazing … world-renowned team. To build upon our legacy, I’m keenly focused on growing the next generation of innovators along with ensuring our team has the resources and tools to advance technologies and make new discoveries that boost the space economy and benefit us all.” Source: Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, the new director of the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Lystrup succeeds acting center director Dave Mitchell, who resumes his former duties as the agency’s chief program management officer at NASA’s Washin

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