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September 21, 2021

Airborne 09.17.21: Roll-Royce ePlane, eStarling Test Flt, B-2 Accident

Also: Steve Dickson Keynotes NBAA, 4AIR Launches SAF Guide, Boeing Outlook, EAA Space Day

Rolls-Royce’s first all-electric aircraft, the “Spirit of Innovation”, has completed its maiden flight, which took place in the UK for about 15 minutes. The beginning of the flight testing phase includes a collection of performance data on its electrical power and propulsion system. In time, the goal of the aircraft speed is to exceed 300 miles per hour. The current speed record stands at 210 miles per hour. Samad Aerospace, based in the UK, has completed the first test flight of its fully electric Starling aircraft successfully. The Starling air

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Aero-TV At OSH21: Building 5G Air To Ground Network With Gogo Business Aviation

Mark Sander Speaks To ANN At Oshkosh About the 5G Future

Gogo Business Aviation has been building air-to-ground networks for around twenty years. Right now they are working on 5G network construction, with plans to build about 150 ground sites that will overlay their existing sites and begin to work simultaneously together. “We are a network operator for aviation exclusively. We started with our first-generation network about twenty years ago, then in 2008 we built up our 3G network, our air to ground network, which is the one that became popular with business aviation,” Sander explains.

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Airborne-Unmanned 09.14.21: Terrafugia Commaris, Av-Autonomy, G-1 Archer

Also: Korean Startup, GAMA Welcomes Three, Eve and Microflite, Altitude Angel

Terrafugia reveals the launch of a new brand, Commaris. The brand’s first product, the Seeker, is an electric, fixed-wing/VTOL hybrid aircraft designed explicitly for autonomous commercial aerial applications. The Seeker can fly for more than three hours without changing the battery, with top speeds just over 60 mph. The capabilities for the payload are up to 10 lbs. Assembly or disassembly is possible in the field in under three minutes. ASTM International’s autonomy design and operations in aviation administrative committee AC377 will be hosting the 2nd Annual A

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FAA Invites Public Comment For Draft Environmental Review For SpaceX Program

Public Hearing To Take Place October 6 and 7  

The FAA invites the public to provide its input on the draft environmental review for the proposed SpaceX Starship/Super Heavy program in Boca Chica, Texas. The Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment investigates the potential environmental impacts of SpaceX’s initial mission profile for the program, including launch and reentry. It also reviews debris recovery, the integration tower and other launch-related construction, and local road closures in Boca Chica, among other issues. A public hearing is planned virtually for October 6 and 7 as part of a 30-day public comment period that will conclude on October 18.

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Media Reports Insist That Feds May Indict Former Boeing Test Pilot Over 787 MAX

No Details On Alleged Charges Have Been Released

Federal prosecutors are preparing to indict a former Boeing test pilot suspected of misleading aviation regulators over the safety issues blamed for two fatal 737 MAX crashes, The Wall Street Journal, as well as a number of other media outlets, reported Thursday -- citing people familiar with the matter. It would, says the Journal, "be the first attempt to hold a Boeing employee accountable" for conduct before the two crashes. According to the Journal, Mark Forkner was Boeing’s 737 MAX chief technical pilot during the development of the aircraft and was the lead contact between Boeing and the FAA over how pilots should be trained to fly the planes.

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Europcar Brazil Places Order For 50 Skyworks Aeronautics eGyro Electric Aircraft

The Pair Looks Forward To Making Affordable Mobility Accessible To The Masses

Europcar Brazil has shared plans to purchase 50 eGyro electrically powered vertical take-off and landing aircraft from Skyworks Aeronautics for use in Brazil. Europcar shares their anticipation as the purchase plans move forward. “Europcar Brazil is extremely excited to partner with Skyworks Aeronautics to bring safe, efficient, and cost-effective electric aircraft solutions to Brazil,” stated Paulo Gaba, Chief Executive Officer of the Autotur Group, the Europcar franchisee for Brazil. “This initial order for Skyworks’ revolutionary eGyro reflects our understanding that though aviation certainly connects the world in important ways, we h

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Merlin Labs Receives Certification Basis For Autonomous Flight System

Civil Aviation Authority Of New Zealand Accepts Merlin's Certification Plans

Merlin Labs shares that the certification basis for its takeoff to touchdown autonomy system has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand in collaboration with the FAA. Merlin is now the first company to reach an agreement on an approach for the certification of aircraft autonomy, according to a media release. Following a crawl, walk, run approach, this system incorporates an onboard safety pilot who will continue to act as legal pilot in command.

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AIAA Says the Aerospace Industry Outlook Is Positive

Survey of Industry Professionals Reveals What The Future May Hold

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics looked towards the future and asked its members and the aerospace community to gauge overall sentiment and industry outlook. This first report is available now and the full report will be released the week of September 27.  The report reveals perspectives of those who are driving the profession forward. The data spans the three AIAA domains—Aeronautics, Aerospace Research and Development, and Space.

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Daher Reveals Three New Innovation Centers

Creativity And Collaboration Are Central To The Designs

Daher reveals three new innovation centers that have been designed to accelerate innovation and development within the Group. Creativity and efficiency will be promoted in the new facilities,  and will be operational in 2022. Login, the Toulouse-based innovation acceleration platform’s purpose is to improve and transform the industrial logistics industry, which plays an essential role in company competitiveness, by embracing an open and collaborative approach to innovation. Located near Nantes, this second project is designed to accelerate innovation in composite structural components for aerospace applications, and reduce their technological maturity lead time. 

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NTSB Prelim: Klapp Peter A Klapp KR-2S

Reported That Pilot Announced That He Was Returning To The Airport Due To A Canopy Problem

On September 3, 2021, about 1016 eastern daylight time, an amateur-built Klapp KR2S airplane, N729PK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3), Wadsworth, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the airplane took off from runway 20 at 3G3 at 1011. The airplane proceeded to the southwest after takeoff. When the airplane was about 2.5 miles southwest of the airport, a 180° left turn was executed to a northeast ground track back toward the airpor

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.21)

Aero Linx: European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) Since 1956 the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) provides a forum for professionals working in the various domains of aviation psychology and human factors. With more than 560 members worldwide we facilitate - from a European perspective - a professional network to encourage the successful management of human performance in aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.21): Simultaneous ILS Approaches

Simultaneous ILS Approaches An approach system permitting simultaneous ILS approaches to airports having parallel runways separated by at least 4,300 feet between centerlines. Integral parts of a total system are ILS, radar, communications, ATC procedures, and appropriate airborne equipment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.21.21)

“We are living at a time of incredible opportunity and excitement as it relates to aviation. At a time in history where demand for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods, as well as growing desire for effective emissions-free flight converge, this partnership with Europcar Brazil allows us to work together to demonstrate the transformative impact of gyronautics in the world’s fourth largest market for civil helicopters. Together, we look forward to making affordable mobility accessible to the masses in Brazil and beyond.” Source: John Michel, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Skyworks Aeronautics, discussing the plans by Europcar Brazil to purchase 50 eGyro electrically powered vertical take

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