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April 04, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 04.04.23: 40-Seat Hybrid eVTOL, HALO Space, Virgin Orbit DOA?

 Also: Inflatable Space Habitat, E.U. SAF, VFS 2023 Group Award, E.U. CO2 Policy

 
 
LYTE Aviation showed off a pair of brand new, sustainable aircraft in the 40-seater SkyBus and cargo-hauling SkyTruck. The hybrid, electric VTOL aircraft sport a 4.5 tonne payload, 1,000-km range, and 300 km/hr top speed with largely conventional technology. HALO Space has announced the next step in its journey towards edge-of-space commercial tourism. Following a successful December 2022 test-flight of the company’s helium-balloon ascent platform from Indian soil, HALO Space is making ready for a second test-flight, which will ascend spaceward from southern Spain later this year. Sir Richard Branson’s cash-strapped Virgin Orbit announced it w

Light Aero Engines - A Big Punch in a Little Package

"Redneck Proven" ATV Engine Proves Capable in Tiny Aircraft

 Finding the right combination of horsepower, weight, durability, and affordability is a tough act to balance. Getting all those aspects just right for your application can keep a builder up at night, not to mention the myriad of offerings smattering the interwebs confuses the choice that much more. Many have sought 2-stroke engines as the answer to light aircraft power needs, but they have their own raft of issues including reliability as the most profound.

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Artemis II Astronauts Named

Four to Go

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) made public the names of the four astronauts selected to serve as the Artemis II mission’s primary crew. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson stated: “The Artemis II crew represents thousands of people working tirelessly to bring us to the stars. This is their crew, this is our crew, this is humanity's crew. NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman, Victor Glover, and Christina Hammock Koch, and CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen, each has their own story, but, together, they represent our creed: E pluribus unum—out of many, one."

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King Schools Giving Away $3000 Ground School Prep Courses

Comprehensive Programs Benefit Students & CFIs Alike

King Schools’ new Flight Instructor Program is designed to allow instructors to track their students’ progress through King Schools’ courses. The program provides flight instructors with a dashboard by which they and their students are linked—after a fashion. Instructors can invite students to link up, or students can invite their instructors. In either case, CFIs gain access to such progress as their students may or may not be making as they proceed through their King Schools courses.

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Full Stop Aviation Joins MX Aircraft Sales & Service Family

Building on Relationship with Aerobatic Pilot Rob Holland, Full Stop Expands Their Scope

Full Stop Aviation has officially joined the network of MX Aircraft Service Centers, allowing them to provide comprehensive services for MXS and MX2 aircraft. The MX Aircraft brand provides aviators with high-performance, carbon fiber aircraft geared towards unlimited category aerobatics, in particular its high-performance single-seat MXS and tandem MX2 models. The MXs have proven quite popular with those in the know, with use by the high profile Breitling aerobatic team and more.

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Airborne 03.27.23: Blue Origin, Comp Air 6.2, SnF Innovations!

Also: Hartzell, Dynon and Airmate, Last Czech WWII RAF Pilot, Mig-29s For Ukraine

Blue Origin’s crew-rated suborbital launch vehicle dealt with a mission-ending anomaly during NS-23, an un-manned flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on the morning of 12 September 2022. No lives were lost in the incident, and both Blue Origin and New Shepard—within the context of spaceflight malfunctions—acquitted themselves honorably. Comp Air Aviation plans to display its Comp Air 6.2 at Booth MD 7-B of Lakeland, Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo 2023. A great deal of progress has been made on the Comp Air 6.2 since SUN ‘n FU

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Lyte Aviation Unveils 40-Seat Hybrid eVTOL

SkyBus, SkyTruck Aim for Best of Both Worlds with Hydrogen/Electric Hybrid and Traditional Turbine Engines

LYTE Aviation showed off a pair of brand new, sustainable aircraft in the 40-seater SkyBus and cargo-hauling SkyTruck. The hybrid, electric VTOL aircraft sport a 4.5 tonne payload, 1,000-km range, and 300 km/hr top speed with largely conventional technology. The SkyBus, or LA-44, is about "5 times more efficient than traditional rotary wing aircraft", according to Lyte. 

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Aerobatic Panther Kit Enjoyed the Sights at SNF 2023

Panther Team Readies Tandem Model

The low-wing, tailwheel, Panther showed up to Sun 'n Fun 2023 with the team in tow, letting their little speedster shine in the Florida sun. The highly affordable, aerobatic-ready Panther provides buyers with no shortage of smiles per mile, containing the best aspects of a versatile but cost-effective homebuilt, with the high-speed performance of bigger, costlier aircraft.

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Piper Aircraft Brand Ambassador Program Expands

Middle Georgia State University Students Welcomed

On Tuesday, 28 March 2023, Piper Aircraft announced the addition of two new brand ambassadors to the company’s Piper Brand Ambassador Program. Subject individuals are pursuing professional flight degrees and FAA pilot certification and ratings at Middle Georgia State University (MGSU), a Piper Flight School Alliance member and longtime Piper Aircraft fleet customer.

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Have Passport? Travel Your State For Rewards

Flying the Skies of Virginia Could Pay Dividends

Earlier today, we bumped into Anthony Sotelo, Public Relations and Education Specialist with the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) who spent the week at Sun n Fun 2023 with his team in their mobile trailer, seeking to increase awareness of the aviation assets of Virginia!

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European Aviation Sector Races to Beat E.U. SAF Deadlines

Pursuing Eco-Prominence

Energy giant Repsol—the Madrid-based Spanish multinational energy and petrochemical company—has bought, for better or worse, into Europe's mad scramble to produce so-called Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) in volume. Nevertheless, the company asserts the €200-million ($217-million) plant it’s building in southeast Spain will contend with difficulties peculiar to the E.U.—difficulties it would not face were it located in North America.

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Business Aviation Boom Dying Down?

Analyst sees "Widening Declines in Bizjet Flight Activity"

WingX published a notice that may portend the end of the high-tide of business aviation experienced after the pandemic, seeing continuous drops in bizjet flights throughout the world. The industry received a record shot in the arm with the onset of pandemic restrictions and irritating travel requirements from 2020 onward, when well-heeled clientele began to look away from air carriers in favor of charters and private flight. Now, however, the record player may be winding down.

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VFS 2023 Group Award Recipients Announced

The Votes are In …

On 22 March 2023, The Vertical Flight Society announced the group recipients of its prestigious 2023 awards. For nearly eighty-years, the VFS awards program has paid tribute to outstanding leaders within the vertical flight sector and served as a catalyst for engendering technological advances. The winners of 2023’s VFS group awards will be recognized at the 79th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Thursday, 18 May 2023, during the Society’s annual forum and technology display in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Airborne 03.27.23: Blue Origin, Comp Air 6.2, SnF Innovations!

Also: Hartzell, Dynon and Airmate, Last Czech WWII RAF Pilot, Mig-29s For Ukraine

Blue Origin’s crew-rated suborbital launch vehicle dealt with a mission-ending anomaly during NS-23, an un-manned flight of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket on the morning of 12 September 2022. No lives were lost in the incident, and both Blue Origin and New Shepard—within the context of spaceflight malfunctions—acquitted themselves honorably. Comp Air Aviation plans to display its Comp Air 6.2 at Booth MD 7-B of Lakeland, Florida’s SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo 2023. A great deal of progress has been made on the Comp Air 6.2 since SUN ‘n FU

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Classic Aero-TV: Flying The Legends - Propel's Great Flying Star Wars Drones

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Fun and Fantasy through Drone Technology…

Drones come in all shapes and sizes, and we’re finding out that their design purpose is almost limitless. In this video we find a series of small drones that are based on the Star Wars movie series. While at the Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in January 2017, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talked with Jack Bishop, who is the Head Development Pilot for Propel RC.

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NTSB Prelim: Jones Jay D Cassutt M 11

Airplane Suddenly Entered An Un-Commanded High-G Maneuver, And He Lost Control Of The Airplane

On March 12, 2023, at 1505 Pacific daylight time, an experimental, amateur built Cassutt M11 airplane, N55XJ, was Substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Castroville, California. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot stated he had conducted clearing turns and was performing an aileron roll when the airplane suddenly entered an un-commanded high-g maneuver, and he lost control of the airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.04.23)

“I could not be prouder that these brave four will kick-start our journeys to the Moon and beyond. They represent exactly what an astronaut corps should be: a mix of highly capable and accomplished individuals with the skills and  determination to take on any trial as a team. The Artemis II mission will be challenging, and we’ll test our limits as we prepare to put future astronauts on the Moon. With Reid, Victor, Christina, and Jeremy at the controls, I have no doubt we’re ready to face every challenge that comes our way.” Source: NASA Johnson director of flight operations Norm Knight, discussing th

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