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May 29, 2022

Airborne 05.20.22: Jessica Cox v JFK, Starliner!, AF Goes Hypersonic

Also: CAF B-25 Miss Mitchell, Centenarian Skydive, USAF & Drone Racers, S Korea Bell 505s

A model-C Ercoupe, N26R, owned and operated by Jessica Cox of ‘RightFooted International’  and motivational documentary ‘RightFooted’, was almost destroyed in the brief minutes it sat on the ramp at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The source of the destructive force was a business jet performing a 360-degree turn in the vicinity of the Ercoupe. Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is FINALLY in orbit, heading for the International Space Station following the launch Thursday of the next-generation spacecraft on a U

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AAAA Celebrates Senate Approval Of AAIM Act

Alliance For Aviation Across America Celebrates Senate Passage of Infrastructure Modernization Act

Earlier this week, the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) celebrated the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation’s passage of the Advanced Aviation Infrastructure Modernization Act (AAIM) (SB.4246). The AAIM lays the foundation for national support for infrastructure improvement through investments in emerging technologies, advanced air mobility (AAM), new takeoff and landing facilities known as “vertiports,” and associated infrastructure.

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Joby Aviation Hopes To Fly Passengers By 2024

Joby Aviation One Certification Away From Launching Aerial Ridesharing Service

Earlier this week, Joby’s all-electric aircraft received FAA Part 135 Air Carrier Certification, which clears the way for it to begin operating its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in on-demand air taxi operations in the United States. With this in hand, Joby Aircraft is now one step away from the certification trifecta (Air Carrier, Type, and Production), and expects to add the Type certificate in sufficient time to launch the aerial ride-sharing service by 2024!

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UK Trial Set For Qatar Airways And Airbus

Airline Seeks $1-Billion in Damages for Alleged A350 Flaws

Airbus and Qatar Airways are heading to court to settle a case that threatens to dissolve one of aviation’s closest commercial partnerships. The case, a bitter, safety and contractual dispute, was brought by Qatar Airways after the carrier grounded 21 of its A350 long-haul airliners over flaws in their protective coating. The airline has questioned the jets’ defenses against lightning—which strikes commercial jets about once a year—and is suing Airbus for $1 billion in damages for idled planes.

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Next-Generation SpaceX Vehicles Prepare For Testing

Preparations Underway for Possible Late-May Test Firing

After six months of relative inactivity, SpaceX has delivered a new Starship prototype to its Starbase, TX launch facility. The new activity illustrates how anodyne Starbase’s last year has been, and raises hopes that 2022 will prove an eventful year—as the company makes ready for Starship’s first orbital launch attempt – albeit with an entirely different rocket.

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Klyde Morris (05.27.22)

Klyde Engages In A Little Model Rocket Envy


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USAF Eyeing Long Endurance For Recon

Platform Aerospace’s Vanilla UAV Endurance Gets Attention Of US Air Force

In the fall of 2021, Platform Aerospace launched its modified VA001 Vanilla UAV above Edwards Air Force Base in California, USA on 24 September 2021 and recovered it on 02 October 2021. This flight for 8 days 50 minutes, and 47 seconds across 12,2000 miles of continuous flight, set a world record for Group 3 Ultra-Long Endurance UAS (ULE UAS), and also piqued the interest of the United States Air Force.

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Classic Aero-TV: No Longer A Science Project --GWI's Electric eSpyder SportPlane

From 2013 (YouTube Version): A True 'First' -- An All-Electric SportPlane Kit

Some time ago, GreenWing assumed the rights to the Flightstar line of ultralights a reputable SportPlane line that has been built and flow for decades. However; with the addition of electric propulsion, GWI's Yuneec 24kw system on the e280 eSpyder has received German DULV certification and opened up new markets to the fledgling SportPlane builder. The eSpyder, marketed at $39,900 for a turnkey unit, is estimat

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Partnership Pursues Hybrid And Fully Electric Caravans

Southern Airways Expected to Lead Introduction of Electric Cessna 208B

Surf Air Mobility (SAM) has partnered with magniX (sic) and AeroTEC to develop and certify hybrid and fully-electric powertrains for new and existing Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft. SAM plans to develop supplemental type certificates for its proprietary electrification solutions, powered by magniX’s market-leading electric propulsion units (“EPUs”). AeroTEC will provide engineering, testing, program management, and certification expertise to support design, development, and FAA Certification.

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NASA’s AFRC Director McBride Retiring

David McBride, Director of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center Retires

Having begun his career with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) some 35 years ago as an intern, Mr. David McBride (pictured) now retires from his position as Director of the Armstrong Flight Research Center (ARFC), effective 30 June 2022. Mr. McBride was appointed to this position in January 2010 where he oversaw all aspects of management, strategy, and operations at the ARFC, which was one of ten field centers, and the lead for atmospheric flight research, operations and testing.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 414

...Planned To Complete A Local Flight To Evaluate The Autopilot’S Performance

On May 2, 2022, about 1550 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 414 airplane, N46TA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Joseph A. Hardy  Connellsville Airport (VVS), Connellsville, Pennsylvania. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The flight was operated as a post-maintenance functional check flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.22)

Aero Linx: The South Carolina Aviation Association The South Carolina Aviation association is South Carolina’s only state-affiliated group for aviation professionals and enthusiasts. SCAA actively promotes aviation growth through airport development and safety to meet the air transportation and economic development needs of South Carolina. During the last few years the association has used its grassroots efforts to pass legislation that improves aviation in South Carolina. A legislative event is held each year to provide members an opportunity to meet and build relationships with their legislators.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.22): Navigation Reference System (NRS)

Navigation Reference System (NRS) The NRS is a system of waypoints developed for use within the United States for flight planning and navigation without reference to ground based navigational aids. The NRS waypoints are located in a grid pattern along defined latitude and longitude lines. The initial use of the NRS will be in the high altitude environment in conjunction with the High Altitude Redesign initiative. The NRS waypoints are intended for use by aircraft capable of point-to-point navigation.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.29.22)

“... the procedures we’ve prepared lay a foundation for our future eVTOL operations. Over the coming months, we will use our Part 135 certificate to exercise the operations and customer technology platforms that will underpin our multi-modal ridesharing service, while also refining our procedures to ensure seamless journeys for our customers." Source: Ms. Bonny Simi a former airline pilot, and Head of Air Operations and People at Joby Aircraft, discussing the path forward for certified carriage of passengers.

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