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August 23, 2023

Airborne 08.23.23: Falcon 6X Cert, Russian Moon Crash, MidWest LSA Expo

 Also: Emergency AD For Bell 407, Coulson USFS Contract, Reliable Robotics, Textron 

 
 
EASA nad the FAA have issued the type certificate for Dassault’s Falcon 6X. These certifications conclude a more than two-year-long test campaign during which 1,500 flight hours were logged worldwide. First units are undergoing final completion. Russia’s first attempt at establishing a lunar presence in almost 50 years ended in disappointment when their tiny, uncrewed lander impacted the surface following a failed orbital maneuver. Luna 25, named to establish some continuity with decades of Soviet moon missions under the old space race program, would have been a landmark for the country’s space program. The Aero-News Network is

Reliable Robotics Continues the March Towards an Autonomous Caravan

RPA Caravan Put Through its Paces in Simulated Airspace, Vectors, Movements

Reliable Robotics completed a handful of simulations and flight testing surrounding its remotely piloted aircraft system in more congested airspace under the FAA’s Urban Air Mobility Airspace Management Demonstration. The demo is funded by the FAA through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, bringing about a week of flights in Northern California under the watchful eye of stakeholders and participants in a live test environment. The tests showed off Reliable’s capabilities under a remote control system, undergoing vectoring, airspeed diversion, and flight under simulated weather in (pretend) bravo airspace.

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Coulson Nabs 10Y USFS Tanker Contract

Firefighter Sees $7.2B Contract to Operate, Service C-130H and B737 FireLiner

Aerial firefighting specialist Coulson Aviation has gotten a contract from the US Forest Service for a full decade of operation and maintenance, preventing and containing wildfires with the firm's trademark 737 FireLiner aircraft. The FireLiner is Coulson's in-house, STC'd Boeing specialist and their biggest claim to fame. The converted aircraft offer a high-speed, high-throughput tool to douse fires before they conflagrate. The FireLiner is the result of 40,000+ hours of work in reaching operational compliance, an aircraft that can use its full performance envelope and transport personnel to the site without traditional restrictions.

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JetBlue Eyes Military Rotor Folk for Fresh Faces

Gateway Rotor Transition Program Opens to Transition US Military Helo Pilots to Company

JetBlue has opened up its 8th program under the "Gateway" series of initiatives, this time taking aim at military pilots of rotary-wing aircraft as a base of future company pilots. The Gateway Rotor Transition Program offers a "prescribed talent pathway" for trained military helo personnel, allowing them to "transition their existing expertise as helicopter pilots and acquire the necessary skills and certifications needed to join JetBlue as a first officer." Accepted candidates obtain a conditional job offer prior to beginning their focused Rotor Transition Program, eventually proceeding directly into the jetway as a newly minted First Officer (trainee) after c

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NYET! Russian/Euro Lander Mission Fails Upon Impact with Lunar Surface

Russia Tries “Stealing a March” on Spacefaring Community only to Fall Flat

Russia’s first attempt at establishing a lunar presence in almost 50 years ended in disappointment when their tiny, uncrewed lander impacted the surface following a failed orbital maneuver. Luna 25, named to establish some continuity with decades of Soviet moon missions under the old space race program, would have been a landmark for the country’s space program. Their timeline gained notice in the international spacefaring community as a sneaky way to steal 3rd base amid a handful of competing missions, each attempting to survey the same landing area for similar purposes.

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Air Force Aims to Keep Aviators with Demo FY23 Retention Program

Pilots Remain in High Demand, but is $50,000 Enough for Another Contract?

The US Air Force has published its 2023 Rated Officer Retention Demonstration Program, which could provide up to $50,000 a year for “select aviators” with service commitments expiring in fiscal year 24/25 when they re-up. The National Defense Reauthorization Act directed the USAF to put a demo program into place in a modest effort to retain some of the military’s most expensive, trained talent before cutting them loose to considerable profit in the civilian world. The result, is a tiered monetary incentive available to those under Undergraduate Flying Training Active Duty Service Commitments expiring in fiscal year 2024 or 2025 the opportunity to sign a con

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Airborne-NextGen 08.15.23: Archer Update, Airshow UAS Incursions, VX4 Crash

Also: NASA SpaceX Crew-7, USMC AAM Interest, India v Chinese UAVs, Parazero Scores Again

Archer Aviation has secured a $215-million equity investment from Stellantis—an American-Italian-French multinational automotive manufacturing corporation—Boeing, United Airlines, and a number of financial institutions including ARK Invest. The capital infusion boosts Archer’s total to-date funding to over $1.1-billion. The Coast Guard employed Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capabilities in collaboration with the FAA, Seattle PD, and Mercer Island PD to enforce FAA-issued temporary flight restrictions over Lake Washington during 2023’

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Airborne-NextGen 08.15.23: Archer Update, Airshow UAS Incursions, VX4 Crash

Also: NASA SpaceX Crew-7, USMC AAM Interest, India v Chinese UAVs, Parazero Scores Again

Archer Aviation has secured a $215-million equity investment from Stellantis—an American-Italian-French multinational automotive manufacturing corporation—Boeing, United Airlines, and a number of financial institutions including ARK Invest. The capital infusion boosts Archer’s total to-date funding to over $1.1-billion. The Coast Guard employed Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capabilities in collaboration with the FAA, Seattle PD, and Mercer Island PD to enforce FAA-issued temporary flight restrictions over Lake Washington during 2023’s Sea

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General Atomics Snags Dutch Contract for More MQ-9As

While Long in the Tooth, the MQ-9A Remains a Contender in the Military UAV Market

General Atomics made a sale to the Royal Netherlands Air Force, inking a deal to double the number of aircraft destined to join the country. The sale will add another 4 aircraft, bringing the total to 8 in all. The first bolus of new MQ-9s was delivered last year, accompanied by their ground control terminals. The aircraft were quickly pressed into service with the RNLAF, who evidently found them a good fit for their patrol and ISR missions.

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Allegiant Air Ratifies 2-year Contract Extension with Teamsters

Technicians, Stores, Admin Maintenance Staff Turn out at 75.5% Approval Rate

Allegiant Air ratified a new contract agreement with a 2-year extension to the union’s collective bargaining agreement, affecting the carrier’s line and heavy maintenance technicians, stores employees, and a core of administrators in the field. The union was represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who led the way on the CBA. The new contract was ratified by Allegiant personnel to the tune of 75.5%, representing the majority of the company’s 683 maintenance personnel.

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NTSB Prelim: Bell 47G-5

He Noticed Powerlines Down In The Street And Entangled With The Helicopter’s Skid

On August 12, 2023, about 0950 eastern daylight time, a Bell 47G-5 helicopter, N1503L, was destroyed when it was involved in accident near Mifflinville, Pennsylvania. The pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 aerial application flight. The pilot’s brother, who was also a helicopter pilot, stated that on the day of the accident he was operating a truck with the chemicals in it, and the pilot was flying the aerial application helicopter.

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Classic Aero-TV: ERAU’s Otto Maytag--2019 Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship

From 2019 (YouTube Version): One Of Four Winners Of A 2019 Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation Scholarship

The recipients of the 2019 Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation scholarship were announced at AirVenture 2019. One of those to be recognized was Otto Maytag, a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University studying at the Prescott, AZ campus. Maytag will receive a $25,000 scholarship presented through the Foundation and The Citation Jet Pilot's Association (CJP). In partnership with EARU and the CJP, the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has annually presented Embry-Riddle students with scholarships to pursue careers in aviation since 2013.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.23)

Aero Linx: The Mooney Mite Site Dedicated to the Mooney M-18 Mite, "The Most Personal Airplane," and to supporting Mite owners everywhere. The Mooney M-18 Mite is a single-place, low-wing monoplane with retractable, tricycle landing gear. It is mainly of fabric-covered wood construction designed for the general aviation market and offering extremely low operating costs. It has a wingspan of 26.8 feet, a length of 17.7 feet, an empty weight of 520 pounds, a maximum weight of 850 pounds, and a range of 350 miles or more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.23): Downburst

Downburst A strong downdraft which induces an outburst of damaging winds on or near the ground. Damaging winds, either straight or curved, are highly divergent. The sizes of downbursts vary from 1/2 mile or less to more than 10 miles. An intense downburst often causes widespread damage. Damaging winds, lasting 5 to 30 minutes, could reach speeds as high as 120 knots.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.23.23)

“Retaining our experienced aviators is key to succeeding in a warfighting environment. The demo program helps posture the Air Force to reliably retain aviators to meet current and future operational requirements.” Source: Brig. Gen. Kirsten Aguilar, Air Force Force Management Policy director, commenting on the US Air Force 2023 Rated Officer Retention Demonstration Program, which could provide up to $50,000 a year for “select aviators” with service commitments expiring in fiscal year 24/25 when they re-up.  

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