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December 11, 2023

Airborne 12.11.23: Vans Prices Up 32%, Osprey Grounding, Frecce Tricolori

 Also: Skyworks Gyro, Elixir Aircraft Sale, Wright Exhibit, Uncrewed Caravan

Well... there’s bad news and some not quite-as-bad news... Van’s Aircraft is increasing most of their kit prices by approximately 32%. Online order forms will be updated with the new kit prices. Prices of individual parts and components will also be increasing, some more than 32%, and others less. While these price changes are significant, Van’s believes them to be necessary. The United States Air Force has grounded its fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft a week after a fatal crash involving 8 Special Operations Command servicemen off the coast of Japan. The last 2 years have been particularly brutal to the Osprey community. Italy’s national

OUCH: Van’s Jacks Up Pricing By 32%

Well... There’s Bad News And Some Not Quite-As-Bad News... 

Van’s Aircraft is increasing most of their kit prices by approximately 32%. Online order forms will be updated with the new kit prices. Prices of individual parts and components will also be increasing, some more than 32%, and others less. While these price changes are significant, Van’s believes them to be necessary.  In conjunction with these price changes, Van’s has also instituted new policies related to how they package and sell their kits. Moving forward, Van’s is standardizing kit offerings.

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Commercial Tankers Fuel USAF Fighters for 1st Time

Omega Air Refueling Tests Out Services on Falcons During Commando Sling 2023

The US Air Force recently used a commercial air refueler for the first time with a flight of F-16's near Singapore, bearing out the possibility of future reliance on privately-owned air tankers. F-16s from Osan Air Base refueled from a KDC-10 tanker operated by Omega Aerial Refueling services during Commando Sling 23, expanding the roster of airframes that have taken advantage of the firm's fueling capabilities. Their KDC-10 hauled more than 40 passengers attending the event, with 4 pallet positions' worth of cargo along and a fresh load of fuel. The proof-of-concept mission was a "pivotal achievement" for the USAF, since it demonstrates a "key capability the Air For

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Air Methods Receives Court Restructuring Approval

AirMed Provider Sees Chapter 11 Exit by 2024

Air Methods Corporation, the self-styled "leading air medical service provider in the U.S.", announced court approval for the firm's restructuring plans. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas confirmed the Company’s prepackaged Plan of Reorganization, which will supposedly be complete in no time at all. Air Methods even believes they will emerge from Chapter 11 "before the end of the year". The plan was unanimously approved by both voting classes, prepetition unsecured noteholders and secured lenders alike.

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Airshow London Announces Drive-In Event

September Air Show to Sport Snowbirds, Vipers, and More

Airshow London announced their headliners for this year's drive-in airshow, with the September 13-15 event sporting big names like the Canadian Snowbirds and F-16 Viper Demonstration Team. Both will be accompanied by additional North American airshow performers, with an "impressive ground display of additional aircrafts parked all weekend offering a rare and exciting aviation experience for attendees". Thankfully the London International Airport has enough space for plenty of eye candy, allowing visitors around the city a rare glimpse at aviation legends in the metal.

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Lilium Chooses Honeywell for Jet System

Circulation Systems Offer Weight Savings, Power Efficiency in All-Important eVTOL Specs

Lilium's recent selection of a cooling system shows just how slim performance margins can be in the burgeoning eVTOL game. The use of batteries throughout the modern world has well acquainted the average buyer to their deficiencies in hot climates, and the upcoming market of battery-powered aircraft is no exception. Lilium has opted for Honeywell's MicroVCS system for cabin climate control, and battery maintenance, providing suitable temps for critical functions and offering a more efficient flight.

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Airborne-NextGen 11.28.23: Pegasus Gyroplane, Stratolaunch Hypersonic, ERAU UAVs

Also: Archer Aviation, TEKEVER and CRFS, Lunar Hydrogen, Norfolk FD Drones

ARC AeroSystems announced the return of the Avian Pegasus Gyroplane. Avian stemmed from employees of Avro Canada, designing their gyroplanes in Canada and ultimately producing 3 prototype pre-production aircraft to work through the certification process. Ultimately, the firm died out in the early 70s, with its assets put up for sale. One remaining prototype, along with the design's rights and type certification, found their way into ARC AeroSystems' hands in 2023. Stratolaunch LLC has continued its efforts to develop a Mach 5 capable aircraft, helped along by a fami

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Frank G. Brewer Trophy Awarded to Cassandra Bosco

NATA Announces 2023 Winner for Lifetime Achievement

The National Aeronautic Association Has announced the recipient of this year's Frank G. Brewer Trophy, Cassandra Bosco. Bosco is "honored for a lifetime of leadership and service as an effective advocate for shaping and cultivating the next generation through aviation education." Upon accepting, she said she was “I am thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the Brewer Trophy. Throughout my career, I have loved sharing the excitement of opportunities afforded by aviation and aerospace with both career seekers and enhancers – in the hope that they will power our industry forward to even greater heights,” said Cassandra Bosco.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22T

Immediately After Turning East, The Airplane Seemed To Lose All Control

On November 22, 2023, at 1646 eastern standard time, a Cirrus SR22T, N17DT, was involved in an accident near Fairland, Indiana. The airplane was destroyed. The flight instructor and pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. A witness who was traveling eastbound on I-74 saw a small airplane to her left flying over a field southbound. The witness stated that the airplane was very low and looked stalled or as if it was hovering or hanging.

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Etihad Announces New York Flight Schedule

Emirati Carrier Makes Good on Promises to Grow 2024 Schedule

Etihad Airways will be taking their ultra-luxe Airbus A380s to the big city, with one daily flight from Abu Dhabi to New York committed. It will join a Boeing 787-9 on the same route, making it the second city in the world to see A380 service return after London. Coinciding with the announcement, Etihad will grant "special offer prices" on tickets using their top-class "Residence" tickets - starting price: $2,990...for the upgrade from 1st class, at least. “Putting the A380 on the popular New York route makes sense as we satisfy customer demand for more capacity, further growing our expanding network. The fact that our new route to Boston, Etihad’s fourth US gateway

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Classic Aero-TV: Fast, Small, & Exciting - An Introduction To FPV Racing

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Drone Racing A Hit At Sebring

The Sebring Sport Aviation Expo has "Sport" prominently featured in its name, and one of the fastest-growing segments of sports, and sport aviation, is drone racing. So it would seem to make sense that steps from the Sebring Speedway, drone racing was taking place at the January air show. Brian Morris of Team Multistar told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that there were about 110 of the fastest drone pilots competing at the show for a total prize purse of $20,000, with $10,000 going to the overall winner of the event.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.11.23)

Aero Linx: The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) The Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA) is a non-profit association formed in 1961 as Canada's voice for business aviation. Since its inception, CBAA has assumed an increasing role in its advocacy for Canadian business aviation interests. With a membership of approximately 400 companies and organizations, including operators, management companies and suppliers, CBAA represents the entire business aviation community with a unified and collective voice.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.11.23): Breakout

Breakout A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream. In the context of simultaneous (independent) parallel operations, a breakout is used to direct threatened aircraft away from a deviating aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.11.23)

“We look forward to moving ahead with a substantially stronger balance sheet and additional financial flexibility as we continue providing industry-leading air medical service to our healthcare partners, communities, customers and patients. With an optimal capital structure, Air Methods will be even better positioned to continue investing in our business and executing on our growth initiatives – including opening new greenfield bases, growing our frontline team and going in-network with additional commercial insurers – for the benefit of those we serve.” Source:  Read More





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