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January 03, 2023

Airborne 01.03.23: DarkAero!, Chinese Fighter Jets, Mexico Ramp Checks

Also: Sikorsky Protests Bell, ZeroAvia Obtains Approval, Airport Worker Killed, Harrier Pilot Extradition
DarkAero is the embodiment of a shared aspiration to develop a kit aircraft of surpassing speed, range, and efficiency. The brothers Ryley, River, and Keegan Karl, have plied their considerable expertise and energies with the DarkAero-1 -- a single-reciprocating-engine, low-wing, retractable-tricycle-undercarriage, normal category airplane. With a wingspan of just under 24-feet, and an empty weight of 750-pounds, the DarkAero-1 is not a large airplane. A Chinese fighter jet reportedly neared to within ten-feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over contested waters of the South China Sea. The Chinese pilot’s shortsightedly aggressive

DarkAero’s Mission to Push Boundaries

Family-Owned Kit Manufacturer Works Dark Magic

Founded, owned, and funded by brothers Ryley, River, and Keegan Karl—a trio of University of Wisconsin graduates with respective degrees in aerospace, computer/electrical, and mechanical engineering—DarkAero is the embodiment of a shared aspiration to develop a kit aircraft of surpassing speed, range, and efficiency.The aircraft to which the brothers Karl have plied their considerable expertise and energies is the DarkAero-1, a single-reciprocating-engine, low-wing, retractable-tricycle-undercarriage, normal category airplane, the claimed performance of which beggars belief.

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Cyber-Espionage and the B-21 Raider

Secrets and Subterfuge

As the B-21 Raider and its keepers bask in the warm afterglow of an ostentatious rollout, China’s legions of high-tech, cyber-espionage brigands have taken to their keyboards for purpose of penetrating the veil of secrecy surrounding the sixth-generation stealth bomber and its constituent technologies.

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Amazon Launches Drone Delivery Service

Aspiration to Acquisition via Direct

The means by which contemporary commerce is conducted changed forever on Friday, 23 December 2022. As the larger world frantically occupied itself with holiday parties and last minute Christmas shopping, citizens of Lockeford, California and College Station, Texas marveled as the advent of Prime Air—Amazon’s much anticipated drone delivery service—played out in the skies above their respective towns.

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Airborne 12.19.22: NY State v Helo's, Enstrom Certified, AF Hypersonic

Also: Marine Charged, United Aviate Taps APS, Ampaire Nets $150K, Embraer E195-E2/E190-E2

It didn't get much more ridiculous than this... The State of New York’s Senate Bill S7493A as put forth by the New York State Assembly and State Senate, and forwarded to the desk of Governor Kathy Hochul, would have heavily impacted helicopter operations in New York. The far-reaching and potentially catastrophic bill would have allowed anyone to sue a pilot, flight department, line service personnel, or company employee for alleged rotorcraft noise pollution by a flight operation in the state of New York. BUT... there’s some good news. Governor Hochul

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Sikorsky Readies for Full-Rate CH-53K King Stallion Production

It’s Good to be King—Finally

As Sikorsky gears up to commence full-rate production of its CH-53K King Stallion, the United States Marine Corps is making ready to train more of its units with the extraordinarily powerful new helicopter. Capable of carrying 27,000-pounds across a 110-nautical-mile combat range, the CH-53K King Stallion is three-times as powerful as its CH-53E Super Stallion predecessor. The King Stallion’s ability to move Light Armored Vehicles (LAV) across long stretches of sea is likely to prove an invaluable asset as the Chinese threat looms and the Pentagon turns its attention toward the islands of the Pacific.

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Classic Aero-TV: Seated On The Edge Of Forever -- A PPC's Bird's Eye View

From WAYBACK In 2011... (YouTube Version): A Segment Of The Sport Aviation World That Truly Lives "Low And Slow"

Pity the life of ANN's Chief videographer, Nathan Cremisino... shoot the most exciting aircraft in the world, attend the most intriguing events in the aerospace community... and now and then, just fly along to geek out at how cool aviation, in all its many forms, can be. Yeah... Nathan has a hard life... as you can plainly see by this video shot at the Popular Rotorcraft Association Fly-In in Mentone, IN. The event, normally populated by rotorcraft, shared the skies with quite a few members of the powered parachuting community and it was clear

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA28

Dark Night Conditions Prevailed Around VNC At The Time Of The Accident

On December 3, 2022, at 1938 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-151, N4676F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Venice, Florida. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. Preliminary Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), St. Petersburg, Florida, on the afternoon of the accident and flew to Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), Venice, Florida. The accident occurred during takeoff on the return flight to PIE while the airplane wa

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AD: MHI RJ Aviation ULC

AD 2022-26-04 Prompted By A Report Of An Oxygen-Fed Ground Fire Event...

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all MHI RJ Aviation ULC Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of an oxygen-fed ground fire event potentially caused by electrical arcing from a faulty surround light wire on the third crew member's (observer) oxygen mask. This AD was also prompted by the determination that additional inspections and a bracket trim are needed to address the unsafe condition. This AD requires an inspection for discrepancies of the observer's oxygen mask stowage box and stowage compartment, oxygen hose connections and routing, and the associated electrical harness, and corr

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AD: Airbus Canada Limited Partnership

AD 2022-26-06 Prompted By Reports Of Flight Control (Horizontal Stab, Rudder, And Elevator) Decals Degrading And Peeling

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Canada Limited Partnership Model BD-500-1A10 and BD-500-1A11 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of flight control (horizontal stabilizer, rudder, and elevator) decals  degrading and peeling (damage), reports of operators painting over these decals, and reports that procedures to replace these decals were inaccurate, potentially causing incorrect positioning of replacement decals.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.03.23)

Aero Linx: Ercoupe Owners Club We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally  followed. The members of the Ercoupe Owners Club provide each other mutual support as we keep these classic aircraft in the air. Along the way, we've found that Coupe people are a little bit special, themselves. Please browse our site and enjoy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.03.23): Tetrahedron

Tetrahedron A device normally located on uncontrolled airports and used as a landing direction indicator. The small end of a tetrahedron points in the direction of landing. At controlled airports, the tetrahedron, if installed, should be disregarded because tower instructions supersede the indicator.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.03.23)

“It’s got power for days; you can do anything you want.” Source: Staff Sergeant Dakota Schneider, a crew-chief instructor serving in Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, discussing the future as Sikorsky gears up to commence full-rate production of its CH-53K King Stallion, the United States Marine Corps is making ready to train more of its units with the extraordinarily powerful new helicopter.

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