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October 08, 2023

Opener Aero Rebrands to Pivotal Aero LLC

Helix eVTOL Announced

The eVTOL concern formerly known as Opener Aero has rebranded, emerging as Pivotal Aero LLC. Founded by Canadian engineer Marcus Leng and renowned for its unique BlackFly tilt-architecture aircraft, Pivotal has announced the imminence of Helix, the company’s first scalable production vehicle. After the fashion of its BlackFly forebear, Helix features distinctive tilt-aircraft architecture, simple user interface, and outstanding safety predicated upon fault-tolerance and triple-modular redundancy.

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JAL and Regent Craft to Study Seaglider Operations in Japan

Inheritors of the Ekranoplan Legacy

Japan Airlines (JAL) and Rhode Island, U.S.-based Regent Craft have entered into a comprehensive partnership under which the two companies will pioneer seaglider operations in Japan. Subject agreement follows strategic investment in Regent by JAL Innovation Fund—a JAL Group subsidiary firm established in 2019 for purpose of providing Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) funding to startup companies deemed capable of bringing added-value to the global airline industry. The all-electric seaglider currently being developed by Regent is a wing-in-ground effect craft which functions after the fashion of the ekranoplan ground-effect vehicles developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s and ‘70s.

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Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.28.23: Zenith Gathering, NAA Record, Airport Ban

Also: NINTH Generation Helicycle, Van’s Web Portal, EAA AeroEducate, EarthX Batteries

Zenith Aircraft thanked a throng of Zenith owners, pilots, and enthusiasts who participated in the 32nd annual Zenith Aircraft Homecoming. The 15-16 September 2023 grass-roots event was held in and around the company’s Mexico, Missouri factory, and comprised an array of leisure and educational activities that included hands-on workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and even a barbecue banquet. Aero-News Network congratulates Sonex builder Lou Toth, who set a National Aeronautics Association (NAA) speed over a recognized course record in Dream

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Congressmen Recognized by NATA

Graves & Larsen to Receive Distinguished Service Awards

United States Congressman Sam Graves (Republican-Missouri), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, and Congressman Rick Larsen (Democrat, Washington State), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, will receive the National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) 2023 Distinguished Public Service Award. Subject award recognizes the collaborative work of the congressmen in passing the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act (H.R. 3935), a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration as well as aviation-safety and infrastructure programs for the next five-years. The bill&md

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Las Vegas Airports to Offer SAF During NBAA-BACE 2023

Clean Fuel in Sin City

Aircraft flying into Las Vegas for 2023’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will have an opportunity to fuel up with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), an innovation ostensibly salient to the aviation industry’s expressed goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions in coming years. Slated to be available at HND, North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) and Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), SAF—according to the companies by which the stuff is made—reduces aviation carbon emissions by up to eighty-percent.

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Kaman and Near Earth Autonomy Awarded U.S. Army Contract

Companies to Demonstrate Autonomous Heavy-Lift VTOL

Near Earth Autonomy, Inc. and Kaman Corporation subsidiary Kaman Air Vehicles have been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army under which the two entities will demonstrate an unmanned, heavy-lift, Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) platform capable of moving loads in excess of eight-hundred-pounds over distances of at least one-hundred-miles. The vehicle resultant, ostensibly, of the Near Earth-Kaman partnership will be plied to aerial resupply and troop transport and evacuation.

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BJC Fuel Sales to be Entirely Lead-Free by Autumn 2024

Colorado Airport Well Ahead of FAA’s 2030 Deadline

The management of Broomfield, Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC) asserts the facility is on track to make the switch to exclusive unleaded aviation fuel sales three years ahead of the FAA’s 2030 deadline. In addition to being the Centennial State’s fastest-growing airport, BJC is home to fifty businesses and no fewer than three flight-schools.

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Classic Aero-TV: Viking Twin Otter 400--Bringing the DHC-6 Back Into Production

From 2011 (YouTube Version): Rugged, Legendary, STOL Twin Makes A Comeback

The de Havilland Twin Otter is an airplane with a long history, and it gained a reputation as a workhorse of an airplane. But after it went out of production, Viking Air became one of the principal suppliers of spare parts and service to keep the airplanes flying. Dave Curtis, President and CEO of Viking Air Limited, told ANN at NBAA in Las Vegas this year that he often heard operators ask why the airplane wasn't put back into production.

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NTSB Final Report: Piper PA46

Pilot’s Failure To Maintain Directional Control During The Landing

Analysis: The pilot of the single-engine turboprop airplane stated that he flew a straight-in visual approach to the 5,500 ft-long asphalt runway. He added that the airplane was on a correct glidepath and correct airspeed of 120 knots on short final approach. The main landing gear touched down first during the landing, followed by the nose landing gear. As soon as the nosewheel touched down, the airplane pulled to the left. The pilot corrected with right rudder input, but the airplane pulled again to the left and the pilot again applied right rudder.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.08.23)

Aero Linx: The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA)  The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes. It is the largest, most-representative professional membership organization in the fields of aerospace medicine and human performance. AsMA is a scientific forum providing a setting for many different disciplines to come together and share their expertise for the benefit of all persons involved in air and space travel. The Association has provided its expertise to a multitude of Federal and international agencies on a broad range of issues, including aviation and space medical standards, the aging pilot, and ph

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.08.23)

“Providing SAF for aircraft departing from this year’s convention not only makes the event more sustainable, but allows NBAA members to take an active role in helping the industry to achieve our net-zero target.”   Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen commenting as to how aircraft flying into Las Vegas for 2023’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) will have an opportunity to fuel up with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), an innovation ostensibly salient to the aviation industry’s expressed goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions in coming years.

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