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August 18, 2023

Airborne 08.18.23: AF BWB Prototype, Lahaina Airlift, CiES STC

 Also: Enstrom Update, Powered-Lift SFAR, Folding Knee Desk, Spirit-Wayman Partnership

 
 
etZero has benefitted from a US Air Force award of $235-million to build an airliner-scale, piloted, Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator in partnership with Northrop-Grumman and Scaled Composites. The funds will be distributed over a four-year period culminating, presumably, in a 2027 first-flight. The planned aircraft will be assembled at Scaled Composites’s Mojave, California facility and powered, ostensibly, by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW100-series Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines. General aviation aircraft owners and pilots mobilized their machines and mustered their skill, courage, and humanity in equal measure for purpose of esta

CiES Fuel Level Sender Granted STC Approval

Bringing Part 25 Fuel Measurement to General Aviation

CiES Inc. is a Bend, Oregon-based designer and manufacturer of modular embedded aircraft systems and sensors. The company’s fuel-level senders have largely transformed—and bettered—fuel-management in general aviation aircraft. On 10 August 2023, CiES’s next-generation fuel-sender—which features dynamic damping, pitch-compensation, and expanded digital communication capabilities—was granted FAA TSO-C55a Approval.

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Piper Reports Strong Q2 2023 Growth

Paying the Piper

On 17 August, Piper Aircraft announced its 2023 second-quarter (Q2) delivery and revenue figures. Across all metrics, the company’s performance surpassed 2022’s second-quarter—evincing stabilization of the general aviation aircraft market. Compared to Q2 2022, Piper’s aircraft deliveries increased by nearly 14-percent; revenues increased by upwards of 19-percent.

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Wings Over the Rockies Upcoming Events Announced

Of Celebration and Solemnity

Wings Over the Rockies (WOTR), the Colorado-based non-profit dedicated to fostering public interest in aviation by promoting awareness of humankind’s past, present, and future aeronautical and space endeavors, has announced a pair of upcoming events, the tenors of which illustrate the depth and breadth of aviation’s salience to humankind’s global endeavors and the extent to which flight underpins the heights of man’s nobility and the depths of his savagery.

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Aspen-Trio Avionics Digital Autopilot Options Introduced

Economies of Synergy

Aspen Avionics, the Albuquerque-based avionics concern and maker of the popular Evolution Flight Display family of products, and Trio Avionics (The STC Group LLC), have announced the integration of Trio Pro Pilot autopilot and Aspen Avionics display packages for over a dozen aircraft models. The combined package(s) may be purchased from Aspen Avionics and Trio authorized dealers and start at $10,750 for the affordable Aspen Evolution E5 flight display and Trio Pro Pilot autopilot.

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Airborne-Flight Training 08.10.23: EAA Milestones, FAI Conference, Aerobility

Also: Thrust Flight Exam Authority, IADA Scholarships, Girls in Aviation Day, Stratus Financial

Two members of Millstadt, Illinois’s EAA Chapter 64 have reached personal piloting milestones. Diane Earhart of Belleville, Illinois has earned the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, marking the 50th anniversary of her 27 February 1973 first solo flight. The award was presented to Earhart on 22 April 2023. Serendipitously, Earhart’s student, Mia Petruso, 16, of Waterloo, Illinois made her first solo flight on 13 May 2023. In October 2023, the United States will host the FAI 117th Annual Conference. The event, which will take place in Dayton

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Airborne-Flight Training 08.10.23: EAA Milestones, FAI Conference, Aerobility

Also: Thrust Flight Exam Authority, IADA Scholarships, Girls in Aviation Day, Stratus Financial

Two members of Millstadt, Illinois’s EAA Chapter 64 have reached personal piloting milestones. Diane Earhart of Belleville, Illinois has earned the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, marking the 50th anniversary of her 27 February 1973 first solo flight. The award was presented to Earhart on 22 April 2023. Serendipitously, Earhart’s student, Mia Petruso, 16, of Waterloo, Illinois made her first solo flight on 13 May 2023. In October 2023, the United States will host the FAI 117th Annual Conference. The event, which will take place in Dayton

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Peregrine Receives FAA Organization Designation Authorization

Engineering Approvals Streamlined

Established in 2009 and based at Denver’s Centennial Airport (APA), Peregrine is an engineering, certification, and manufacturing concern providing end-to-end FAA-approved STC solutions. In August 2023, the Federal Aviation Administration granted Peregrine Organization Designation Authorization (ODA), thereby allowing the company to process engineering approvals on a streamlined, expedited basis.

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Amentum Awarded $223-Million Executive Airlift Contract

Pomp On the Wing

Founded in 2020 and headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, Amentum is an American government and commercial services contractor. Amentum announced it had been awarded a $223-million contract by the U.S. Air Force’s 316th Wing, the provisions of which call for Amentum to facilitate the timely worldwide air-transportation of U.S. VIPs—primarily federal lawmakers, presidential cabinet members, and senior military and civilian leaders.

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NBAA Weighs in on Milestone AAM Efforts

Hot Air Rises

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) has addressed two initiatives broadly believed critical to the safe, timely, and successful integration of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS). Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is defined, generally, as an air-transport system concept comprising new, transformational aircraft designs and flight technologies into existing and modified airspace operations. The NBAA’s comments—as informed by the Association’s AAM Roundtable and Emerging Technology Committee—provide direction to government agencies vis-à-vis proposals potentially impacting pilots, manufacturers, infrastructure developers, and other aerospace stakeholders.

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Satcom Direct Awarded Canadian Government Contract

Three Year Deal Facilitates Multi-orbit Aeronautical Connectivity

Satcom Direct Avionics, the Canadian division of Satcom Direct (SD), has won a competitive bid to deliver multi-band aeronautical connectivity services for Shared Services Canada (SSC) and its clients for a period of up to seven-years. The instance occasions the first signing of such an agreement between the two entities, which will see SD Avionics provide appropriately secured high-speed broadband and datalink services, hardware, hosting, and infrastructure services to support global aeronautical missions for SSC and other federal Canadian government bodies.

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Google Joins Amex GBT-Shell Aviation SAF Program

Alphabet’s Soup

American multinational technology company Google has joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) program overseen by American Express Global Business Travel (Amex GBT) and Shell Aviation. Google’s collaboration with Amex GBT and Shell Aviation furthers the tech-giant’s ambition of reaching net-zero carbon-emissions across the entirety of its operations by 2030.

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NTSB Prelim: Mesnard Velocity Twin

Pilot Reported To First Responders That After Departing The Airport, The Airplane "Had An Engine Failure"

On August 1, 2023, about 0922 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Velocity Twin, N106VT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sandersville, Georgia. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane had arrived at Kaolin Field Airport (OKZ), Sandersville, Georgia, about mid-day on the July 31, 2023, to stop for fuel and have the engines examined by a local authorized dealer for the engine manufacturer. The mechanic reported that they completed an inspection

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.23)

Aero Linx: American Navion Society Welcome to the American Navion Society. Your society is here to support the Navion community. We are your source of technical and operating information and social activities for the Navion in all its variants: canopy, L-17, Rangemaster, D-16 and Camair twins. Whether you are an owner, potential owner, enthusiast or just want explore this marvelous aircraft, please browse our site. Our forum is open for anyone to join the discussions. We encourage all owners to join the Society but with or without a Navion everyone is eligible.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.23): Hold-In-Lieu Of Procedure Turn

Hold-In-Lieu Of Procedure Turn A hold-in-lieu of procedure turn shall be established over a final or intermediate fix when an approach can be made from a properly aligned holding pattern. The hold-in-lieu of procedure turn permits the pilot to align with the final or intermediate segment of the approach and/or descend in the holding pattern to an altitude that will permit a normal descent to the final approach fix altitude. The hold-in-lieu of procedure turn is a required maneuver (the same as a procedure turn) unless the aircraft is being radar vectored to the final approach course, when “NoPT” is shown on the approach chart, or when the pilot requests or the controller advises the pilot

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