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October 14, 2023

Aerobility Launches 'Flying Stars' Campaign

Showcasing the Triumphs of Disabled Flyers

Inspirational videos celebrating the remarkable stories of disabled people whose lives have been changed for the better after discovering the magic and wonder of flight through charity Aerobility are at the center of a new on-line campaign. The "Flying Stars" video series will shine a spotlight on the journeys of disabled individuals who have discovered their passion for flying and achieved their dreams of becoming aviators. Each Flying Star comes from diverse backgrounds and has conquered personal challenges with the power of flight.

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Enstrom Honors Long-Time Employee

Helicopter Maker Dedicates James Bournonville R&D Center

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation’s experimental hangar now bears the name of Jim Bournonville, a long-time employee of the Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of piston and turbine helicopters. Mr. Bournonville was born and raised in Menominee, Michigan—Enstrom’s home town and base of operations—and went to work for the helicopter-maker in 1968. After many years of serving as Enstrom’s Head of Manufacturing, Bournonville joined the company’s R&D division, where he took on the roles of Senior Mechanic and Production Supervisor. Jim’s numerous designs and innovations helped grow Enstrom’s reputation for building safe, powerful, and aff

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SkyDrive & Suzuki Partner to Produce SD-05 eVTOL

Companies Eying Inchoate Indian Air Mobility Market

In June, 2023, SkyDrive Inc., an eVTOL concern based in Toyota City in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, and the Suzuki Motor Corporation entered into a partnership by which a SkyDrive-designed eVTOL aircraft known as the SD-05 will be built by Suzuki in a Japanese plant owned by the multinational mobility manufacturer. Per the provisions of the partnership agreement, the aforementioned plant will manufacture up to one-hundred SD-05 eVTOLs per-year. Production is slated to commence in spring 2024.

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Airborne 10.06.23: BN-2 Islander Returns!, MOSAIC Delay, Edu-Con 2023

Also: Opener Aero-Pivotal, UAL Order, Ascension Academy, Ascend Mock-Up

In the late 1960s, for purpose of contemporaneously meeting demand and controlling production costs, Britten-Norman moved its manufacturing operations from the U.K. to Romania. In an ironic reversal of fortune, the company, in June 2023, announced aircraft production would return to Britten-Norman’s historic digs in the village of Bembridge on the U.K.’s Isle of Wight. As expected, the FAA has extended the comment period 90 days for its NPRM titled “Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification” that was published July 24, 2023. In that d

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Airborne 10.06.23: BN-2 Islander Returns!, MOSAIC Delay, Edu-Con 2023

Also: Opener Aero-Pivotal, UAL Order, Ascension Academy, Ascend Mock-Up

In the late 1960s, for purpose of contemporaneously meeting demand and controlling production costs, Britten-Norman moved its manufacturing operations from the U.K. to Romania. In an ironic reversal of fortune, the company, in June 2023, announced aircraft production would return to Britten-Norman’s historic digs in the village of Bembridge on the U.K.’s Isle of Wight. As expected, the FAA has extended the comment period 90 days for its NPRM titled “Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification” that was published July 24, 2023. In that d

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X-1FBO Enhances X-1 Single-Point Fuel System

Ramping Up …

The latest version of X-1 Cloud Connect, v2.9, has emerged as a game-changer for fuel truck operations. By virtue of the cutting-edge cloud technology indigenous to the X-1 Cloud Connect Modem (X-1CC), v2.9 dramatically advances fuel automation. Gone are the days of one-way communication; Cloud Connect v2.9 is an IoT powerhouse that not only collects data from fuel trucks’ registers, but sends crucial information back to such.

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General Atomics Demonstrates Aerial Recovery System

A Fine Catch …

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has demonstrated an advancement in its Aerial Recovery System (ARS) for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems/Air-Launched Effects (SUAS/ALE). Subject advancement comprises the in-flight deployment and subsequent retraction of a towline fitted with a so-called smart end feature from a GA-ASI MQ-20 Avenger Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).

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Wider√łe Airlines Selects Universal Avionics FMS Connectivity

Norwegian Carrier Future Proofs Dash 8 Fleet

Widerøes Flyveselskap AS, known otherwise as Widerøe Airlines, is a Bodø-based Norwegian air-carrier and the largest regional airline operating in Europe’s Nordic countries. The airline operates a fleet of 44 Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft and serves over forty domestic and international destinations. In October 2023, Widerøe Airlines selected Universal Avionics (UA), the Tucson, Arizona-based technology concern with primary foci in Flight Management Systems (FMS) and cockpit instrument displays for private, business, and commercial aircraft, to retrofit its fleet with Universal’s Connected Flight Management Systems. The upgrade, which comprises supp

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Trimec Aviation & Universal Avionics Develop Falcon 2000/EX STC

Upgrade Comprises Universal InSight Flight Display

Trimec Aviation, a certified FAA Part 145 Repair Station (#18TR248C) based on Texas’s Fort Worth Meacham International Airport (FTW), and Universal Avionics (UA) are completing the first Falcon 2000/EX aircraft Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for UA’s InSight Flight Display System. Subject system replaces the Rockwell-Collins legacy Pro Line 4 suite.

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

From 2012 (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 w

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NTSB Final Report: Seawind 3000

Airplane Contacted The Water Three Times Before Pitching Up, Banking To One Side And Then Impacting The Water

On September 15, 2023, about 1058 Pacific daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Seawind 3000 amphibious airplane, N57TJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Bellevue, Washington. The pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations(CFR) Part 91 personal flight. According to witnesses, the airplane was initially heard and then seen departing from Lake Sammamish in a south-southeast direction. During the departure, the airplane contacted the water three times before pitching up, banking to one side and then impac

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.23)

Aero Linx: Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) ARSA is devoted to the worldwide civil aviation maintenance industry—from its global corporations to the small, independent businesses. ARSA members are located on five continents and in nearly 20 countries. The association’s experts create tools for members to navigate the maze of government mandates while enhancing safety, efficiency and productivity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.23): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.14.23)

“Since our humble beginnings in 1993, we have been on a remarkable journey. We've touched the lives of countless individuals with disabilities, empowering them to achieve their dreams of flight. We offer a range of experience flights, educational courses, and scholarships to ensure anyone can fly with Aerobility. We know how participating in aviation changes lives and we want as many people as possible to experience that.”   Source: Mike Miller-Smith, CEO at Aerobility, detailing the remarkable stories of disabled people whose lives have been changed for the better after discovering the magic and wonder of flight through charity Aerobility.

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