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April 30, 2023

Virgin Galactic Resumes Flight-Testing

Branson’s Space Tourism Dream Remains Alive

Virgin Galactic—the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of archetypal billionaire-cool-guy-knight Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group—resumed flight-testing of its VSS Unity spacecraft on Wednesday, 26 April 2023. The non-powered, gliding test-flight occasioned the first instance in which Unity has flown independently of a carrier aircraft since July 2021, when the unique vessel rocketed Branson and Virgin Galactic employees Beth Moses, Sirisha Bandla, and Colin Bennett to an altitude of approximately 278,900-feet—albeit not without consequence.

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Piper Aviation Museum Dedicates New Exhibit

Piper Conceptual Artist Dick Clark Honored

Situated appropriately upon Lock Haven, Pennsylvania’s William T. Piper Memorial Airport (LHV), the Piper Aviation Museum celebrates the American light-aircraft marque after a fashion befitting its storied and historically-significant past. In April 2023, the museum dedicated a new exhibit featuring the airplane styling and artwork of longtime Piper Aircraft Corporation head of styling and design, Dick Clark.

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Pacific Airshow Gold Coast to Host Newly Imported Canadian T-33

Canadair-Made F-80 Shooting Star Trainer Derivative Imported to Star in Queensland Air Show

Courtesy Aircraft did the needful in helping the transfer of a former Canadian Air Force T-33 to Australia, just in time to show up for the Australian Pacific Airshow. The shipment won’t be hassle-free by any means - since when have warbirds ever been so easy to work with? - but the Courtesy Aircraft crew has already begun breaking the plane down into some of its constituent elements for shipment from their Rockford, Illinois home base.

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Red Cat Launches Teal 2 UAS at AAAA Summit

Military-Grade Drone Optimized for Night Operations

On 26 April 2023, Red Cat Holdings—the San Juan, Puerto Rico-based purveyor of robotic hardware and software germane to the global drone industry—announced the launch of its Teal 2 military-grade small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS). Previously limited to early-adopters such as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, which ordered 54 specimens of the robust, quad-copter drone, the Teal 2 was declared universally available to military, government, and commercial customers at 2023’s Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, Tennessee.

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GAMA Welcomes Seven New Members

Lucky Seven

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)—an industry trade association representing general aviation aircraft manufacturers—announced on 27 April 2023 that its membership roster had been graced by the additions of MedAire, Inc. and VSE Aviation as Members; and Elroy Air, H55, “And” Battery Aero, Reliable Robotics, and Transcend Air as Associate Members Electric Propulsion & Innovation Committee (EPIC).

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Classic Aero-TV: Canadian Pilots Speak Out - Privatization North of the Border


From 2017 (YouTube Version): Canadian Pilots Open Up To Aero-News At AirVenture…

Canada has had a privatized Air Traffic Control System for some time. With the debate raging over privatization in the U.S., Aero-News stringer Maxine Scheer caught up with some Canadian GA pilots at AirVenture to ask them what it was like to fly under such a system. EAA Canadian Council member, Ian Brown, told Scheer that they don't notice that it is a privatized system at all. "We get a bill once a year, and my b

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ATSG Offers Converted 767s for Lease

Israeli Aerospace Industries Delivers Newest Carrier-to-Frieighter Conversion

Air Transport Services Group has added a pair of freshly converted Boeing 767-300 freighters to their fleet of leases, completed by Israel Aerospace Industries. The aircraft will be overseen by ATSG’s subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management. Both will first be leased to Amerijet International, a lessee with 9 other company aircraft in their fleet.  The 767-300s are based on former passenger-spec aircraft, overhauled to give it a new lease on life.

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NTSB Prelim: Holland Travis E Velocity

Accident Flight Was The First Flight Since... (Amended Airworthiness Certificate)

On April 15, 2023, about 1039 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Velocity, N2357, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Andrews, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.According to the current airplane owner, the airplane suffered a landing accident in 2004, and was purchased by a salvage facility. That facility removed the engine and avionics, then sold it to the previous owner, who installed a newly overhauled engine equipped with a turbocharger.

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NTSB Prelim: Aero Vodochody L-139

ADS-B Data Showed That The Airspeed Gradually Decreased While On Approach To Runway 18

On April 19, 2023, about 1837 central daylight time, an Aero Vodochody L-139 Albatros 2000 airplane, N1390A, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Bridgeport, Texas. The front seat pilot and the rear seat flight instructor sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.The airplane is part of the Darkstar Air Racing team, which the pilot owns, and she also performs racing duties.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.23)

Aero Linx: The University Aviation Association (UAA) The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation to our members, the industry, government and the general public. Through the collective expertise of our members, UAA plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs that represent all segments of aviation. Today, UAA is comprised of over 1200 members from more than 220 colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. The organization and its members are poised to meet the ever-changing needs of the aviation industry and address the challenges of the 21st century.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.23): Permanent Echo

Permanent Echo Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth's surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain. Permanent echoes are distinguished from “ground clutter” by being definable locations rather than large areas. Under certain conditions they may be used to check radar alignment.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.30.23)

“Releasing Unity for a glide flight today is one of the final steps towards commercial spaceline operations. The data from this validation flight will clear the way for our return to space and, ultimately, lead to the launch of commercial service.” Source: Virgin Galactic president of spaceline missions Mike Moses, explaining the plan moving forward as Virgin Galactic hopes, once again, to get on a track that will lead to commercial space operations... maybe.  

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