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February 22, 2023

National Aviation Hall of Fame 2023 Inductees Announced

Hail the Heroes

By commemorating the tenacity, vision, persistence, skill, and courage of key aeronautical figures, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) seeks in perpetuity to sustain its stated mission of: “Honoring aerospace legends to inspire future leaders.” On 21 February 2023 the National Aviation Hall of Fame made public the names of its 2023 inductees. Aero-News Network acknowledges and congratulates ...

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Alauda Aeronautics Unveils Airspeeder Mk4

First Manned Iteration of Flying Racer

Based in the southern Australian city of Adelaide, Alauda Aeronautics is a manufacturing and technology concern pursuing a unique and intriguing syncretism of aerospace and motorsports. The company was instrumental in the conception and creation of the EXA Racing Series—an electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) flying-car racing series in which manned, electric-powered multicopters compete in a synthesis of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and motorsport. In February 2022, Alauda Aeronautics announced the imminent unveiling of its Airspeeder Mk4, a breathtakingly swift, dazzlingly nimble machine with a top-speed of 196-knots.

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Popular Air Traffic Control Simulation Game Updated

[I am an] Air Traffic Controller Available on STEAM

Initially released in 1998 by Japanese tech company TechnoBrain and successively improved upon since, I am an Air Traffic Controller (aka Air Traffic Controller) is simulation computer game series that challenges players to maintain positive control of arriving and departing air-traffic in busy, terminal (Class B and Class D) airspace. Players must alternately vector multiple arriving aircraft onto the ILS final approach paths of their destination airports, land them, and direct them to their gates while contemporaneously directing departures.

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EHang eVTOL Makes First Autonomous Passenger-Carrying Flight

Chinese Vehicle, Japanese Skies, Universal Milestone

On 19 February 2023, EHang, the Chinese developer and manufacturer of Autonomous Aerial Vehicles (AAV), announced its EH216 AAV had completed a fully-autonomous—which is to say pilotless—flight carrying two intrepid passengers. Subject flight was conducted along Oita, Japan’s Tanoura Beach under approval granted by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT).

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King Air 260 Selected for Navy Trainer

Newest King Air 260 Replaces Fleet of Vintage King Air 90s

Textron Aviation has been awarded the Multi-Engine Training System (METS) contract by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), making the King Air 260 the aircraft of choice for future student pilots. The contract award will provide up to 64 King Air 260s, designated the T-54A in Navy service. The initial Lot I award will procure 10 new commercial-spec Beechcraft King Air 260s with their associated support. Lots II and III, should they be exercised, would add another 27 aircraft apiece. Deliveries are planned from 2024 to 2026.

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Bandit Flight Team Delights NHL Crowd

For Country and Freedom

On 18 February 2023, the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Carolina Hurricanes squared-off against the Washington Capitals in a rare and spectacular, nighttime, outdoor game at North Carolina State University’s Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh. The event featured a flyover by the Bandit's Flight Team, which delighted the 57,000 hockey fans in attendance.

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NTSB Opens Database Tool for GA Accidents

10 Years of Data Visualized in General Aviation Accident Dashboard

The National Transportation Safety Board has developed a new public-facing tool to analyze data regarding general aviation accident investigations. All too often a somewhat underdeveloped area of aeronautical safety, the inclusion of a specific subset of GA info within the The General Aviation Accident Dashboard is great to see as the industry looks to refine itself to be as safe as it can be.

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Airborne-NextGen 02.14.23: Pyka Cargo UAV, SpaceX-Ukraine, eRace Postponed

Also: Joby Aviation, General Atomics, Rotterdam Gets Hydrogen, Blue Origin Win

Pyka, unveiled the latest addition to its lineup of purpose-built industrial aircraft: the Pelican Cargo. The aircraft is a first in the Pyka roster, boasting "unprecedented payload", and a range of up to 200 miles. With its nose-loaded cargo system and sliding cargo tray, the Pelican can haul 400 pounds in 66 cubic feet of volume with minimal ground infrastructure. SpaceX has taken some small steps to prevent Ukraine MoD and military use of the network for long range command and control over drones, saying it falls outside the peaceful intentions of the service. Over the la

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Airborne-NextGen 02.14.23: Pyka Cargo UAV, SpaceX-Ukraine, eRace Postponed

Also: Joby Aviation, General Atomics, Rotterdam Gets Hydrogen, Blue Origin Win

Pyka, unveiled the latest addition to its lineup of purpose-built industrial aircraft: the Pelican Cargo. The aircraft is a first in the Pyka roster, boasting "unprecedented payload", and a range of up to 200 miles. With its nose-loaded cargo system and sliding cargo tray, the Pelican can haul 400 pounds in 66 cubic feet of volume with minimal ground infrastructure. SpaceX has taken some small steps to prevent Ukraine MoD and military use of the network for long range command and control over drones, saying it falls outside the peaceful intentions of the service. Over the la

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Classic Aero-TV: The DA42 NG -- Diamond Aircraft's Next Step

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Test Pilot, Rob Johnson, Introduces the Newly Certified DA42 NG

On April 10th, 2010, Diamond Aircraft announced the FAA certification of the company's latest development, the DA42 NG. In addition, the certification approved both IFR and FIKI operations. For existing DA42 owners and operators, the FAA also approved the conversion of TAE powered DA42s to the NG configuration, including the optional installation of the GFC 700 autopilot. Developed as an evolution to the turbo-diesel powered DA42 TDI, the DA42 NG pro

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney Aircraft Corp. M20

Engine Had A Low Manifold Pressure Reading And Then The Engine Sustained A Total Loss Of Power

On February 12, 2023, about 0958 central standard time, a Mooney Aircraft Corporation M20K Encore airplane, N304MA, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Lakeway, Texas. The pilot sustained no injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he had recently purchased the airplane and he was relocating the airplane to his home base at the Outlaw Field Airport (CKV), Clarksville, Tennessee. During the preflight inspection, the pilot did not observe any anomalies. He reported that the airplane had 57 gallons of fuel onboard at takeoff and the eng

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.23)

Aero Linx: Global Licensed Aircraft Dealer Association   GLADA strives to be the leading advocate in the fair business of buying, selling and leasing business aircraft. GLADA champions as a resource and leader in developing standards for efficient, effective and principled business practices in buying and selling aircraft. GLADA provides a foundation for professional development, welcoming the exchange of information amongst its members for the purpose of business growth and integrity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.23): Safety Logic System

Safety Logic System   A software enhancement to ASDE-3, ASDE-X, and ASSC, that predicts the path of aircraft landing and/or departing, and/or vehicular movements on runways. Visual and aural alarms are activated when the safety logic projects a potential collision. The Airport Movement Area Safety System (AMASS) is a safety logic system enhancement to the ASDE-3. The Safety Logic System for ASDE-X and ASSC is an integral part of the software program.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.22.23)

“With its advanced technology, the new METS platform will be more representative of fleet aircraft. The T-54A will include an updated avionics suite, automation qualities, and virtual reality and augmented reality devices to better prepare students for the advanced aircraft they will fly in the fleet.” Source: Capt. Holly Shoger, Naval Undergraduate Flight Training Systems Program Office (PMA-273) program manager, commenting after Textron Aviation was awarded the Multi-Engine Training System (METS) contract by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), making the King Air 260 the aircraft of choice for future student pilots.

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