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September 22, 2022

Eviation Taxi-Tests Alice After CEO Named

Interim CEO Gregory Davis Gets a Promotion Before Promising Taxi Performance for E-Commuter

Eviation has been hard at work on their all-electric commuter aircraft, completing their first high-speed taxi test days after announcing the installation of Gregory Davis as Chief Executive Officer. The company updated aviation enthusiasts with a short video of the test, showing their twin engine (or, twin motor) aircraft accelerating down the runway with relaxed stability before nosing up and easing the front wheel off the tarmac a couple times for good measure. With the test successful, it was handshakes all around before heading back to the hangar to prepare for the next milestone.

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USAF to Unveil B-21 Raider in December

Next-Generation Strategic Bomber Set for Reveal Ahead of Continuing Development

The Air Force confirmed plans to reveal the long awaited B-21 Raider by year’s end, finally showing off the futuristic replacement for both the B-1 and B-2 bombers. The B-21’s unveiling will take place at a Northrop Grumman ceremony held at its production facilities in Palmdale, California in the first week of December. The Raider will be an immensely important aircraft, taking a prime position in the United States’ nuclear deterrent forces as a highly survivable, long-range, penetrating strike bomber. 

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Airborne 09.21.22: G700/G800 Engine Cert, Reno Tragedy, Mriya Rebuild?

Also: 101st' Pee Wee Martin, FAA Rejects Airline’s Request, Russia v Starlink, RACCA UPS Scholarships

Gulfstream has announced the all-new Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines by which its G700 and ultralong-range G800 aircraft are to be powered have achieved EASA certification. Gulfstream president Mark Burns remarked: “The certification of the Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines for the G700 and G800 is a significant step that brings us closer to delivering these game-changing aircraft to our customers..." The Reno Air Racing Association confirmed that a "fatal incident" occurred on Sunday, 18 September 2022, during the third lap of the event's Jet Go

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Famed Cosmonaut Valery Polyakov Dead at 80

Na Zdorovye, Tovarisch!

Soviet-era cosmonaut Valery Polyakov, who logged the single longest stay in space, has died at the age of 80. In a social media post, officials of Roscosmos, the state entity responsible for the entirety of the Russian Federation’s space undertakings, wrote: “The Roscosmos State Corporation regrets to announce the death of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of Russia, USSR pilot-cosmonaut, holder of the world record for the longest flight into space (437 days) Valery Polyakov. We express our deep condolences to the relatives and friends of Valery Vladimirovich."

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Bell’s P-39 Aircobra In Three Acts

War, Restoration, and Relinquishment

First flown in 1938 and fielded by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941, Bell’s P-39 Aircobra was born into war. It was a strange creature, the P-39 was ahead of its time in many ways, yet wanting for rudimentary features essential to air-combat—of which it saw a great deal. One P-39, forced down by a 1943 tropical storm, sat idle at its Cape York crash-landing site for more than forty-years before being salvaged by a team of aviation enthusiasts from the northeast-Australian cities of Cairns and Townsville.

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Regional Airline Association Issues Statement on Republic Airways Petition

FAA Denies Request to Consider Private, Part 141 R-ATP Flight School Equivalent to Military Pilot Training

The RAA has weighed in on the FAA's decision to deny a Republic Airways attempt to lessen the experience requirement for those pilots graduating from their LIFT Flight Academy. The airline filed a petition last April requesting an exemption from Part 61.160, arguing that its Restricted-ATP program sufficiently resembles US Military training in quality and spirit. If granted, the exemption would allow graduates of its pilot school to fly under the same experience requirements as former military aviators. If it had been approved, the graduates of the LIFT Academy would be able to fly for Republic Airways at 750 hours of total flight time i

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L3Harris, Embraer Collaborate on KC-390 Tanker

Smaller, Lighter, Tanker May See Success as Flexible, Improvised-Runway Ready Refueler

L3Harris and Embraer have inked a deal to develop an "Agile Tanker" in their efforts to address USAF operational requirements in "contested logistics environments." The deal will expand the capabilities of the Embraer KC-390 Millennium tactical tanker aircraft, using it as a canvas to create a more advanced, resilient variant of the refueler. The changes will include an improved refueling boom, more robust systems to support agile or improvised basing, greater endurance, and resilient communications systems supporting JADC2 requirements.

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Klyde Morris (09.19.22)

Klyde Deals With The FBI....


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Parker-Hannifin Completes Sale Of Aircraft Wheel & Brake Division

Parts Manufacturer For General, Business, Rotary, And Military Aviation Finds New Home

Parker-Hannifin Corporation has completed the sale of the Aircraft Wheel and Brake Division, headquartered in Avon, Ohio to Kaman Corporation of Bloomfield Connecticut. Their new home will see the division leave a "leader in motion and control technologies" and move to a "leading manufacturer of components and materials for aerospace, defense, industrial, and medical markets." The European Commission cleared the acquisition of Meggitt PLC by Parker with some conditions, earlier this year setting the sale into motion.

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Classic Aero-TV: A FADEC Engine For LSA - UL Power's UL350is Aero Engine

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Minimize Your Cockpit Workload With FADEC...

ANN News Editor Tom Patton talks with Robert Helms, the General Manager of UL Power North America. Helms explains that UL Power is located in Belgium and got its start in aircraft engine production in 2006. Their first engine was used in a European light helicopter. The 350iS engine is designed from the ground up as an airplane engine, and in many respects it’s typical of a Continental or Lycoming engine but has the advantage of modern technology. Ideally suited for light sport aircraft, it delivers 20 H.P. more than the continental 0-200 but is 80 pounds lighter.

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NATA Welcomes 2nd Term for TSA Head Pekoske

Administrator Continues Tenure as Travel Industry Continues to Recover

The Transportation Security Administration has voted to confirm David Pekoske for a 2nd term as Administrator following his September 15th Senate confirmation. Pekoske will continue to serve as the Administration's 7th administrator, heading up the TSA in a quixotic and unpredictable travel climate. Every day, his organization screens more than 2 million travelers, with a workforce of 60,000 employees operating in the US transportation system. Prior to his start as TSA head in 2017, Pekoske worked as an executive in the government services industry, providing counterterrorism, security and intelligence support services to a variety of government bodies in addition to servi

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Airborne-Flight Training 09.15.22: Elektra Trainer, PAL Airlines, Whirly-Girls

Also: Atlas Air and Wings Over the Rockies, WestJet Pilots, Remote Pilot Test Prep, Unruly Passenger

Elektra Solar GmbH has won the prestigious eTrophy at the Eletcrifly-In competition in Bern, Switzerland.  Elektra’s brand new two-seater UL Elektra Trainer aircraft beat out concepts from rival manufacturers Pipistrel and X-eye. The eTrophy is awarded to the electric aircraft that travels the longest, un-recharged distance to the competition. Elektra’s test pilot, engineer, and sales manager Uwe Nortmann departed the Baden-Württemberg airfield, a grass airstrip in the southern German town of Pfullendorf, on 10 September and p

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney Aircraft Corp. M20K

Airplane Climbed To An Altitude Of 15,000 Ft For The Almost 5-Hour Flight

On August 13, 2022, about 1231 central daylight time, a Mooney M20K airplane, N30EV, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Hanna City, Illinois. The pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight. The flight departed Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF), Santa Fe, New Mexico, about 0639 mountain standard time, destined for Peoria International Airport (PIA), Peoria, Illinois. A review of archived Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that after departure, the airplane climbed to an altitude o

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.22.22)

Aero Linx: Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) Formerly known as the Australian Ultralight Federation, Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus) is the peak body in Australia responsible for administering ultralight, recreational and Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) operations. We train and certify pilots, flying instructors and maintainers (almost 10,000 members), register a fleet of over 3,200 aircraft, oversee the operations of 174 Flight Training Schools around the country and support almost 50 Aero Clubs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.22.22): Visual Descent Point

Visual Descent Point A defined point on the final approach course of a nonprecision straight-in approach procedure from which normal descent from the MDA to the runway touchdown point may be commenced, provided the approach threshold of that runway, or approach lights, or other markings identifiable with the approach end of that runway are clearly visible to the pilot.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.22.22)

“The Roscosmos State Corporation regrets to announce the death of the Hero of the Soviet Union, Hero of Russia, USSR pilot-cosmonaut, holder of the world record for the longest flight into space (437 days) Valery Polyakov. We express our deep condolences to the relatives and friends of Valery Vladimirovich." Source: The official Roscosmos statement about the end of an uncommon life, of a man who achieved some amazing milestones...

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