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November 10, 2021

Airborne 11.10.21: Embraer Energia, Pilots v Vaccines, Mars Ketchup?

Also: XeVision New LED HID Lighting, Upgraded Ka-226T, Carpenter Avionics, Republic Airways

Embraer announced its new family of sustainable concept aircraft as it seeks to prepare for industry, world, and company goals of decreasing carbon emissions. The move will help set the stage for Embraer’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The first, ready by 2030, is the Energia Hybrid E9-HE, a 9-seater aircraft with hybrid electric propulsion, rear-mounted engines, and a 90% CO2 emissions reduction. The second, ready by 2035, is its battery powered sibling, the Energia Electric E9-FE. The 9-seat FE will emit zero CO2 emissions and be driven by aft contra-rotating propellers. Around the same time, in 2035, the H2 Fuel Cell Energia is expected. US Freedom Flyers

Airborne-Unmanned 11.02.21: Drone Racing League, World Record, Parrot Training

Also: Alaska Air Group and ZeroAvia, Ageagle Acquires Sensefly, Progress To ISS, AirHub Update From XPO21

Next year's CES, the Consumer Technology Association’s banner event for all things technology, has a new opening act to kick off the show. The Drone Racing League (DRL), will close out their 2021 Algorand World Championship Season on the infamous Vegas Strip itself, in Las Vegas Nevada. The DRL is a proper companion piece for the event, as the world watches the newest advances in consumer technology, the core of the racing series. A Chinese student team broke another world record in UAV development again, when their custom built carbon fiber

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Crew-2 Successfully Returns From ISS

Endeavor Touches Down Off Florida Coast

NASA's Crew-2 astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida after completing the agency's second long-duration commercial crew mission to the ISS. The international crew spent a record 199 days in orbit, beating their Crew-1 predecessor's previous NASA record of 168 days. The international crew consisted of Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur of NASA, Akihiko Hoshide of JAXA, and Thomas Pesquet of the ESA. The team returned aboard their Crew Dragon spacecraft, the Endeavour, in a parachute-assisted touchdown. The craft was quickly recovered by SpaceX recovery vessels, to return the astronauts to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. 

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Upgraded Ka-226T Completes Test Flight

The Climber, Née “Hoodlum”, to Debut at Dubai Flight Show

Rostec State Corporation's Russian Helicopters Holding Company has commenced its flight tests and made the successful first flight of the Kamov Ka-226. The testing has been centered at the test facility of the Mil and Kamov National Helicopter Center, a hub for the country's rotary expertise. For the first time in Russian Design history, the rotorcraft will be blueprinted and developed entirely in digital design software. The modernized Sergei is an update to the small, twin-engine utility helicopter. Known for its integration of a modular, reconfigurable pod in place of a traditional cabin, Kamov's Sergei, or Hoodlum, in NATO parlance, has been a commercial standby

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XeVision Releases New LED HID Landing and Taxi Lights

High Performance, Lightweight, Robust Aircraft Lighting

One constant gripe among pilots flying frequent backcountry landings, among all the supposed advancements over the decades, is the anemic, unimpressive performance of factory lighting systems even on new aircraft. It could be forgiven to lag some time behind the automotive industry, but even newer LED lights seem inferior to high-performance HID equipment used on high-end cars and custom off-road light bars. When bringing in a flight in the dead of night, facing an unlit, rural strip, pilots want as much light they can get. Ideally, a landing light for a bush plane would have sufficient throw and coverage, while being bright enough to identify hazards and critters seemingly eager to jump into

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Classic Air Medical Buys 5 Bell 407GXi

Another Day, Another Sale for Bell's Popular Belle

Bell Textron has signed an agreement for 5 Bell 407GXi helicopters with Classic Air Medical. The aircraft are set for delivery in 2022 to provide urgent air transport throughout the western region, serving patients in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The company joins fellow 407GXi operators Life Flight Network and Global Medical Response, who each recently signed a purchase agreement of their own for 12 and 6 of the type, respectively. The aircraft will bring the Classic Air fleet additional capabilities for all-weather and nighttime flight. With its glass panel avionics and night goggle optimization, the 407GXi can be flown easily in conditions that would bring a hig

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Air And Marine Operations P-3 Crew And Partners Seize 730 Pounds Of Cocaine

AMO Has Two P-3 National Air Security Operations Centers

An Air and Marine Operations (AMO) National Air Security Operations Center, P-3 Long Range Tracker crew and United States Southern Command partners conducted a counter-drug operation in the Caribbean Sea leading to the seizure of 730 pounds of cocaine at the end of October, denying transnational criminal organizations operating in narcotic and transit zones an estimated $13.8 million in illicit proceeds. On October 30th, a National Air Security Operations Center—Corpus Christi P-3 Long Range Tracker crew assumed tracking of a suspect go-fast vessel in the Eastern Caribbean Sea.

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Classic Aero-TV: Aero-Ingenuity – One Man’s Quad-Rotor Odyssey

From 2015: Some Guys Just Know How To Max Out Their Capabilities... And Their Enjoyment... Of Sport Aviation

While ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, was hanging around E-Fest 2015, he saw a lot of interesting aircraft and met with some very stimulating people. Towards the end of the show Jim ran into a gentleman that was simply known as “Quad Guy,” and he could be likened to a Marvel Comics superhero. A superhero, at least, as it relates to flying quadcopters. Brian Mugele is tipping towards the extreme edge when it comes to quadcopter flying. In the video, you’ll find a guy that liked what he saw in quads but knew there had

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'Green' Onslaught Continues: DOT Announces New Climate Plan

Goals for U.S. Net-Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050

United States Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg released his administration’s newest Climate Action Plan at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Geared towards cementing a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal from the U.S. aviation sector by 2050, he promises the plan can combat climate change while growing the economy and creating skilled, high-paying employment for workers in America. The DOT emphasized a few of the goals, with increased production of sustainable aviation fuels, development of new aircraft technology, streamlining operational efficiency, and cutting airport emissions. 

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20J

After Lift-Off, The Airplane’s Wings Wobbled As It Climbed

On October 21, 2021, at 1631 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20J, N3933H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport (N21), Holly Ridge, North Carolina. The commercial pilot and one passenger were fatally injured, one passenger was seriously injured, and one passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to preliminary radar data obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot and the front seat passenger completed a 30-minute local flight at 1603. Then, two additional passengers boarded the airplane before the acciden

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD 2021-21-09 Retains The Requirements Of AD 2005-05-18, Revises The Applicability To Include Additional Airplanes

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005-05-18, which applied to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes. AD 2005-05-18 required repetitive inspections for cracking of the webs of the aft pressure bulkhead at a certain body station, and corrective action if necessary. This AD was prompted by cracking found in that inspection area on airplanes not identified in the applicability of AD 2005-05-18. This AD retains the requirements of AD 2005-05-18, revises the applicability to include additional airplanes, and adds an inspection for existing repairs on the newly added airplan

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.10.21)

Aero Linx: Welcome to the Vintage Sailplane Association The purpose of the Vintage Sailplane Association (VSA) is to promote the acquisition, restoration and flying of vintage sailplanes by its members, and to assist the National Soaring Museum in the preservation of soaring history and the promotion of vintage sailplane activity. A Vintage Sailplane is any glider of a type first flown prior to 1958, or a more recently built glider with appearance, performance and construction characteristics similar to gliders built before 1958.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.10.21): Radar Point Out

Radar Point Out An action taken by a controller to transfer the radar identification of an aircraft to another controller if the aircraft will or may enter the airspace or protected airspace of another controller and radio communications will not be transferred.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.10.21)

"The new Ka-226T is the first Russian helicopter with the entire design documentation done in digital format, significantly cutting the time required to build the machine and shortly begin flight tests. At the end of this week, the upgraded Ka-226T will make its debut at international exhibitions during the Dubai Airshow 2021, and we are confident that it will stir genuine interest among foreign customers due to its excellent flight characteristics, enabling its operation at altitudes up to 6.5 kilometers, its versatility, comfort and safety..." Source: A Rostec spokesman explaining how Rostec State Corporation's Russian Helicopters Holding Company has commenced its flight tests and made the successful first flight of the upgraded Kamov Ka

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