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November 29, 2023

Airborne 11.29.23: Robin Liquidated, L3Harris Tech Sold, Pegasus Gyro

 Also: Hatzel Eng Tech Acquires Kelly Aero, Av Emissions, H125 4 Axis AP, Electrified Caravans

 
 
Light plane manufacturer Robin Aircraft has been pushed into liquidation by way of French court order after the judges overseeing the firm’s troubled state declined the bids offered for the classic company. Owners and operators of Robin Aircraft and CAP10 planes won’t find themselves left out in the cold thanks to an arrangement with CEAPR, a local enterprise that has provided parts and support for the company’s work for years already. L3Harris Technologies announced an agreement to sell off its Commercial Aviation Solutions arm for $800M to TJC L.P. The acquisition will be made with a $700 million cash purchase price and $

Sad... Alliance for Aviation Across America Announces Director's Passing

Selena Shilad Mourned for Dedication in Aviation

The Alliance for Aviation Across America regretfully announced the passing of their long-serving executive director Selena Shilad. Shilad had "served the Alliance with distinction since its inception in 2007, and ascended to the role of executive director within a year," said the Alliance release. Her passing was a shock to many in the industry given her age, only 45-years-old. Reportedly, a "brief illness" was the ultimate and surprising cause.

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Surf Air Mobility to Electrify Entire Cessna Caravan Fleet

Regional Operator Hopes Operational Costs Halve After Conversion

Surf Air Mobility will embark on a campaign to convert its Cessna 208 Caravan fleet to all-electric power, working with Brazilian company Azul. The carrier says they can “take a meaningful step toward their goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045.” They believe they can achieve certification of a proprietary electrified powertrain some time in 2026, working with Azul to propagate emissions-free tech across the regional airline industry - or, in their terms, the “regional air mobility market”.

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Lilium Gets EASA’s Design Organization Approval

AAM Company One Step Closer to Market

Lilium has obtained Design Organization Approval from its primary regulatory authority in Europe, the EASA. The award marks a significant milestone in the Lilium Jet's timeline, giving it pole position in the eVTOL industry on the European continent. The Lilium now stands ready to hold a type certificate just a bit sooner than the rest of the pack.

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Firefly Space Fires New Antares Rocket Motor for 1st Time

Successful Hot Fire Test Proves Design in Early Milestone for Next-Gen Rocket

Firefly Aerospace finished the first hot fire test for its Miranda engine, a design bound for the 1st stage of Northrop Grumman’s Antares 330 and Medium Launch Vehicle (MLV). Firefly was proud to note that the milestone came within a year of signing the first deal to co-develop the engine with Grumman. They said that the next test will see them design a "full-duration, 206-second Miranda hot fire" before achieving qualification. Once finished, 7 discrete Miranda engines will be installed in the first Antares stages to the tune of the better part of a quarter-million pound-feet of thrust.

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Airborne 11.21.23: D-Day Squadron Returns!, EAA Hall of Fame, Republic Hire$

Also: Canadian Airport Bucks, Mojave UAV, Drone Express, RTX 1-Megawatt Motor

The Commemorative Air Force has announced a redux of its popular 2019 tour for 2024, which will bring the Douglas C-47 and DC-3 around the country to make the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The logistical troubles that accompany a wagon train of vintage air-cooled, radial engined multis will likely result in a small number of varied aircraft throughout the actual tour, but they’ll be on-brand for the D-Day Squadron. This year's new batch of EAA pioneers has been added to the Halls of Fame, with a handful representing each category served by the EAA

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Norfolk, Ne Fire Division Gets Drone Grant

Improved M30T Upgrades Fire Prevention Capabilities

TC Energy awarded the Fire Department of Norfolk, Nebraska to the tune of $20,000 for the purchase of a thermal drone and supporting equipment. The local fire chief said the Division uses a smaller, less capable UAV at the moment, spotting areas of excessive heat during ongoing structure fires or spotting incipient wildfires when out in the surrounding territories.

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Airborne 11.20.23: CERTIFIED RV10!, Schweizer Refreshes 300cbi, Starship 2

Also: USCG Rescues 2 People-Dog, Coulson Fire, Flexjet AMT Training, Chaparral C1

Flyer Indústria Aeronáutica's locally assembled RV-10 LSA received approval from Brazil's ANAC, making it the first such multi-passenger sportplane in the world. Flyer Indústria Aeronáutica's RV-10 iteration cuts a familiar figure to those leaving the line back home. Line aircraft feature a Lycoming IO-540 with 260 horsepower good for a 211 mph top speed and 20,000-foot ceiling. Brazilian RV-10s will be factory-finished and ready to go, requiring nothing of prospective owners other than a checkbook and a license. Schweizer Helicopters are alive and ki

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Airborne 11.21.23: D-Day Squadron Returns!, EAA Hall of Fame, Republic Hire$

Also: Canadian Airport Bucks, Mojave UAV, Drone Express, RTX 1-Megawatt Motor

The Commemorative Air Force has announced a redux of its popular 2019 tour for 2024, which will bring the Douglas C-47 and DC-3 around the country to make the 75th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The logistical troubles that accompany a wagon train of vintage air-cooled, radial engined multis will likely result in a small number of varied aircraft throughout the actual tour, but they’ll be on-brand for the D-Day Squadron. This year's new batch of EAA pioneers has been added to the Halls of Fame, with a handful representing each category served by the EAA

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The Repo Man Cripples Russian Civil Fleet

76 Leased Aircraft Held, Repossessed or Detained, Accounting for 40% of Domestic Fleet

Russian Transport Minister Vitaly Savalyev let slip an interesting factoid regarding the effects of western sanctions on his home country, admitting that a considerable portion of the civilian passenger fleet had been repossessed by the owners abroad. Lessors detaining and repossessing their aircraft cut off as much as 40% of the Russian passenger fleet, or so estimates would say. Savalyev’s slip of the tongue confirmed that 76 aircraft were lost in such a manner throughout 2022, when foreign-owned aircraft operating for Russian airlines were detained in countries throughout their usual networks.

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Bell Selected for DARPA SPRINT Program

Design Work and Concepts to Be Reviewed In Phase 1A

Bell Textron has joined the running for DARPAs Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) X-Plane program. The first phase, 1A, will see Bell work on a concept to be submitted for formal design review. No actual fabrication will be required in this phase.

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Airborne 11.20.23: CERTIFIED RV10!, Schweizer Refreshes 300cbi, Starship 2

Also: USCG Rescues 2 People-Dog, Coulson Fire, Flexjet AMT Training, Chaparral C1

Flyer Indústria Aeronáutica's locally assembled RV-10 LSA received approval from Brazil's ANAC, making it the first such multi-passenger sportplane in the world. Flyer Indústria Aeronáutica's RV-10 iteration cuts a familiar figure to those leaving the line back home. Line aircraft feature a Lycoming IO-540 with 260 horsepower good for a 211 mph top speed and 20,000-foot ceiling. Brazilian RV-10s will be factory-finished and ready to go, requiring nothing of prospective owners other than a checkbook and a license. Schweizer Helicopters are alive and ki

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NTSB Prelim: Xtremeair GMBH XA42

Once In The Spin, The Rotation Stopped, Then The Airplane Entered A Secondary Spin And Descended To Ground Contact

On November 15, 2023, about 1040 central standard time, an Xtremeair GMBH XA42, N42XM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Union City, Tennessee. The private pilot receiving instruction and a flight instructor were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. The airplane was recently purchased by the private pilot and two other pilots. The flight instructor was providing instruction to all three owners for familiarization and to meet insurance requirements. The goal was to meet the insurance requirements and increase each pilot’

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Classic Aero-TV: CJP's Cheryl Hardy-The Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarships

From 2019 (YouTube Version): CJP Partners with The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation

Despite having received a wealth of prestigious honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy, and enshrinement in National Aviation Hall of Fame, Bob Hoover’s most significant contribution to the aviation community was the importance he placed on serving as an example and mentor to future aviators. In partnership with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Citation Jet Pilots Association, the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation presents the annual Bob Hoover Presidential Scholarship to ERAU students pursuing

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.29.23)

Aero Linx: Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Vision: To maintain the prestigious position of the foremost aviation training institution in Africa and be amongst the best in the world. Mission: To consistently provide the aviation industry with professionals and other personnel through training and related services for safe transportation in accordance with international standards.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.29.23):

Charted VFR Flyways Charted VFR Flyways are flight paths recommended for use to bypass areas heavily traversed by large turbine-powered aircraft. Pilot compliance with recommended flyways and associated altitudes is strictly voluntary. VFR Flyway Planning charts are published on the back of existing VFR Terminal Area charts.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.29.23)

“Selena will be remembered for her unwavering commitment in her role as a tireless, passionate, resourceful and effective coalition builder and aviation advocate, whose generosity enriched the lives of those of us fortunate enough to know her, At this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with her beloved daughter, Amaya, her parents, Shafi and Karen, and her brother, Justin.”   Source: NBAA Boss, Ed Bolen, in comments made after the Alliance for Aviation Across America regretfully announced the passing of their long-serving executive director Selena Shilad.

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