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January 06, 2023

Airborne 01.06.23: Walt Cunningham, A4A v The Bahamas, Autel EVO Max4T

Also: Anti-Helo Nonsense, FCC UAS NPRM, ThrustSense Autothrottle, LODA Correction
The legends of yesterday are disappearing at a breathtaking rate. Former astronaut Walter Cunningham, who flew into space on Apollo 7, the first flight with crew in NASA’s Apollo Program, died early Tuesday morning in Houston. He was 90 years old... and he was our friend (ANN's Jim Campbell still carries around his 'Turtle' card to this day, with Walt's sig). Cunningham was selected as an astronaut in 1963 as part of NASA's third astronaut class. Get this... the airlines are upset about FEES... at least, with fees that don’t line THEIR wallets. Airlines for America (A4A) has filed a complaint with DOT alleging unjustifiable, unreasonably discriminatory, anticomp

Ordinance to Ban Helicopter Operations Rescinded

The Road Through Hoboken

We're seeing stories like this with greater frequency... and it is concerning... A proposed ordinance to regulate air traffic over Hoboken—a Hudson County, New Jersey city falling within the greater New York metropolitan area—has been axed from the agenda of the municipality’s august city council. Subject ordinance, which sought to ban all non-essential helicopter traffic from overflying the city, was to have been imminently voted upon by Hoboken councilmembers.

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Autel Robotics Introduces EVO Max4T Drone at CES

AAM Concepts Abound at 2023 Consumer Electronics Show

Autel Robotics’s EVO Max 4T UAV is an intelligent, innovative flight platform at once suited to commercial, prosumer, and hobbyist applications. Engineered for both easy manual operation and robustly reliable autonomy, the EVO Max 4T is quickly and easily configurable to missions as disparate as search and rescue, firefighting support, mapping, security, surveillance, and facility and infrastructure inspection. Parties interested in learning more about the EVO Max 4T UAV and other Autel Robotics products are invited to visit booth 18315 at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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RYSE to Demo RECON eVTOL at Las Vegas CES

High Expectations in Sin City

RYSE Aero Technologies, the Mason, Ohio-based aviation and aerospace component manufacturing company, will conduct daily on-site flight demonstrations of its RECON ultralight electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) vehicle at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. RYSE Director of Regulatory Affairs and Aerodynamics Erik Stephansen will personally pilot the six-motor, six-rotor RECON electric aircraft in West Plaza outside the Las Vegas Convention Center at outdoor demo booth #WP-20—thereby making RYSE the first eVTOL concern to fly at CES.

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FCC NPRM Heralds UAS Spectrum Licensing

For the Alleviation of Growing Pains

On 04 January 2023, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made public a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) setting forth proposed statutes for the operation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in the 5030-5091 MHz band. Public comments pertaining to subject NPRM must be submitted no later than thirty-days after the publication of such in the Federal Register.

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Airborne 12.27.22: Scalewings Speeds Up, ICAS 2022, ElonJet Doxing

Also: Airventure Tickets on Sale, InSight Retired, CubCrafters Buys Summit Skis, Flair Contract

Over the holiday, Scalewings looked over the year to see how production is coming, and things are looking better than ever. Despite the youth of the company, the company has managed to complete, ship, and deliver the first 8 of its beautiful P-51 Mustang. The 2022 ICAS Convention American showed clear skies ahead for the airshow community in 2023 and beyond. A total of 1,377 delegates gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada, including 683 event organizers working on 164 different air shows, principally in the United States and Canada. The show also saw the release of

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Satcom Direct Installs Prototype Ka-Band Terminal

Plane Simple Array to be Tested Aboard Gulfstream G550

Founded on the belief that time is a precious commodity, Melbourne, Florida’s Satcom Direct (SD) commits itself in perpetuity to the goal of establishing and maintaining the connectivity industry’s highest standards. SD’s proprietary technologies span the business aviation, marine, government, and telecommunications sectors. On 04 January 2023, Satcom Direct announced it had completed the first ever installation of its Plane Simple Ka-band antenna on a business jet. The aircraft retrofitted with the Plane Simple array was none other than SD’s own Gulfstream G550.

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Classic Aero-TV: The Sporty's Foundation - Giving Back To The GA Community

From 2019  (YouTube Version): It's All About The Future of General Aviation

We talk about the general aviation community, and that’s what it is – not just pilots and aircraft owners, but all the skilled technicians that support them. With glass cockpits, composite technology, and new powerplants, maintenance and support are all the more necessary. The Sporty’s Foundation strives to reach young people at the earliest possible age. Since its inception, EAA’s Next Step has been the primary recipient of Found

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 12.15.22: MOSAIC AWOL?, LSA Flt Training, E-AB Stats

Also: "Dragon" Ultralight eVTOL, Electric Aircraft Race, Aura eGlider Tow, EAA Homebuilding Week

The SportPlane industry has had its hands tied in regards to designing and building for the future by the promise and broken promise of MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certificates). Once expected and pretty much promised for an NPRM by Oshkosh 2022, the Sport Aviation community instead gets to sit on its hands for another year and Oshkosh 2023. With Cessna 172s pricing out at well over the purchase cost of a house, the LSA industry has found its airframes utilized more and more for flight training all across the US, as well as the world. The

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Airborne-NextGen 12.28.22: Falco Xplorer, NASA Tilt Wing, CA Drone Fine

Also: H2-Powered Airships, Multimodal Hydrogen Airport, NATO-Spec Sensor Pod, Hermeus-Pratt & Whitney

Leonardo has completed the first phase of flight testing for its upcoming Falco Xplorer drone. The aircraft now moves on to the second phase of the campaign as part of the company's "Be Tomorrow 2030" plan. The Xplorer will be the largest UAV ever made by Leonardo. The company says it has everything it needs for a successful, combat-ready UAV platform, from sensors and aeronautics to software and control. Advanced Aircraft Company has been selected to develop a tilt-wing prototype UAV for NASA. The "aero-activated", uncrewed aircraft will make cons

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NTSB Prelim: Raytheon Aircraft Company C90A

As The Airplane Continued Southbound, It Began A Right Turn, Then It Entered A Spiraling Right Descending Turn

On December 15, 2022, about 2114 Hawaii-Aleutian standard time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company (formerly Beech) C90A, twin-engine, turbine-powered airplane, N13GZ, is presumed to have sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Kaupo, Hawaii. The airline transport pilot, flight paramedic, and flight nurse are presumed fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 air ambulance positioning flight. The flight, operated by Guardian Flight LLC, dba Hawaii Life Flight, departed the Kahului Airport (OGG) on the Island of Maui, Hawaii, at 2053, on an instrument flig

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.06.23)

Aero Linx: Navion Society The American Navion Society publishes a newsletter bi-monthly and is a major source of Navion parts, publications, and technical information. It maintains a current membership of over 800 and from the inception in 1960, over 8600 Navion enthusiasts have passed through the ranks. The membership numbers started with #150, except for #1 that was issued to Leo Childs, the manager of the Rangemaster factory. Membership number 8888 has just been issued. An Annual Convention and Fly-in is held each summer in a different part of the United States. A list of former Convention sites is listed below which shows the scope of area the ANS covers. The Society has a tab

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.06.23): Ground Delay Program (GDP)

Ground Delay Program (GDP) A traffic management process administered by the ATCSCC, when aircraft are held on the ground. The purpose of the program is to support the TM mission and limit airborne holding. It is a flexible program and may be implemented in various forms depending upon the needs of the AT system. Ground delay programs provide for equitable assignment of delays to all system users.

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