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April 14, 2023

Airborne 04.14.23: DJI Inspire 3, Volcano Hazard, AEA New Products-LIVE!

 Also: Sikorsky Protest Denial, Flexjet Scraps IPO, BOC Aviation Wins $406M, Flight School Support Contract

 
 
DJI has debuted its Inspire 3 model, a full-frame 8K cinema drone. The Inspire 3 features a sleek, integrated design, a 160° Field Of View (FOV) night-vision First Person View (FPV), and DJI’s O3 Pro transmission and control system—that supports a dual-control mode in which one operator can manage the drone’s camera exclusively while a second operator pilots the contraption via a front-facing FPV camera. The Eruption of Russia’s Mt. Shiveluch—one of the vast nation’s most active volcanoes—has prompted the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team to issue a Code Red warning to flight

DJI Introduces Inspire 3 Cinema Drone

Cinematography Is The Focus

DJI has debuted its Inspire 3 model, a streamlined, precise, full-frame 8K cinema drone the company asserts “sets a new standard for cinematic-grade aerial filming systems.”

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Bombardier Surviving Divestiture Gamble

Fighting Weight

In 2016, Bombardier commenced progressively selling off the entirety of its commercial aviation assets, culminating in the 2020 sale of the company’s stake in Airbus’s A220 program. The sale of its transportation division left Bombardier—a once widely-diversified concern with stakes in the snowmobile, real-estate, and finance sectors—with only its business jet unit. Comes now 2023 and Bombardier has transformed itself from a multinational conglomerate with a crushing $9-billion debt load to a svelte and efficient operation enjoying 23-percent year-over-year growth and quadrupled post-COVID profitability.

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Eruption of Russian Volcano Threatens E.U. Flights

Fire in the East

The Eruption of Russia’s Mt. Shiveluch—one of the vast nation’s most active volcanoes—has prompted the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team to issue a Code Red warning to flights operating within a one-hundred-thousand-kilometer area surrounding the mountain. The warning states in part: “Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.”

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 4: Switchblade Flies!, Montaer MC01, SnF Island

Also: April 1st WARNING, UH-60 Accident, CompAir 6.2 Flies, Pan Am Flt Academy

Samson Sky, the “flying motorcycle” guys, have been a perennial fixture at airshows for years, many of us thought they were nothing but so many flashes in the pan... We have all just been corrected in a most pleasant manner. "We climbed to 60'; above the runway, flew approximately 4,500'; and then landed on the runway again.” The Light Sport industry offers a number of interesting variations on the aeronautical theme.... But the class high-wiing look perseveres... And occasionally may be improved upon... the Montair MC01 hopes to do just that. While Lakeland may b

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Airborne-Flight Training 04.06.23: ForeFlight Buys CloudAhoy, King's CFI Program

Also: Piper Ambassadors, CAE In Vegas, Pan Am Flight Academy, Russian U in China

ForeFlight has acquired CloudAhoy, a provider of post-flight debriefing, analytics, and flight operations quality assurance (FOQA) software products at once germane to flight training, business aviation, general aviation, and military aviation operations. ForeFlight’s brass asserts the deal strengthens the company’s data analytics tools and services—the lot of which provide a seamless digital ecosystem across all phases of flight. King Schools’ new Flight Instructor Program is designed to allow instructors to track their students’ progress through Ki

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Merlin to Vet Autonomous Flight System

FAA Awards Boston Company $1-Million

On 12 April 2023 it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had awarded Merlin Labs a $1-million contract for purpose of demonstrating the capabilities of its Merlin Pilot product under the auspices of onboard safety pilots. Flight-testing of the autonomous flight system will be conducted along three test routes, the entirety of which originate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’s  FAA-designated UAS test site. The flights will be conducted in cooperation with Everts Air Cargo.

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GAO Report Cites Pilot Error In National Guard Helicopter Mishaps

In Pursuit of Improvement

Since 2012, U.S. Army and Air Force Air National Guard helicopters have collectively suffered nearly three-hundred non-combat accidents in which 28 servicemembers’ lives have been lost. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has ascribed blame for the majority of subject accidents to human error deriving of overconfidence, poor communication, lack of awareness, and pilots’ failures to follow training standards.

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Airborne-Flight Training 04.06.23: ForeFlight Buys CloudAhoy, King's CFI Program

Also: Piper Ambassadors, CAE In Vegas, Pan Am Flight Academy, Russian U in China

ForeFlight has acquired CloudAhoy, a provider of post-flight debriefing, analytics, and flight operations quality assurance (FOQA) software products at once germane to flight training, business aviation, general aviation, and military aviation operations. ForeFlight’s brass asserts the deal strengthens the company’s data analytics tools and services—the lot of which provide a seamless digital ecosystem across all phases of flight. King Schools’ new Flight Instructor Program is designed to allow instructors to track their students’ progress through Ki

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 3: LightSpeed!, Super Petrel XP, BIG Piper Buy

Also: Air-Britain, FAA Lifetime Achievement, NASA Update, BizAv Boom... NOT?

It’s not enough to build great headsets anymore... now they have to start doing tricks... and the Lightspeed Delta Zulu is leading the pack. We've Had one here at ANN for a few weeks and while we could go on about how well it works as a stand-alone headset, it's the CO Monitoring capability and the apps that go with it that get so much attention and should... Like Lightspeed, Super Petrel USA had some great news to impart at the Sun ‘n Fun Innovation Preview. The new XP variant was conceived to accommodate Rotax’s 915is aircraft engine... Piper Aircraft has signed a

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Embry-Riddle to Receive $485,000 FAA Grant

Monies to Cultivate Future Aviation Workforce

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a $485,000 Federal Aviation Administration grant by which the institution will ostensibly help meet growing job demand in the aviation and aerospace industries.

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 2: Flying the DA50RG!, Boomula Update, SnFIP Rocked

Also: Kolb Aircraft, Cuban Hang Glider, Kodiak 100 Prop Upgrade, truSky ADS-B Spoofing Detection

Just prior to the festivities at SnF23 got a start, we had the chance to do a quick test jaunt in Diamond’s long-awaited DA50RG. The conditions were not great... a direct crosswind, lots of nearby scud hiding arriving SnF traffic, and limited time in which to enjoy the flight... but, the DA50 delivers an exceptional stable platform with solid handling qualities that befits a serious traveling machine. One of the Innovation Preview presentations that seemed to get a lot of attention was the expanded look at Aerox’s Boomula... In keeping with its 'It&rsq

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Airborne Unlimited SnF23-Day 1: Carbon Cub UL, Rotax 916!, Junkers A50 Jr

Also: Quality Aircraft Accessories, UAE Training Program, No New FAA Admin... Yet, Lockheed Vega

CubCrafters announced the latest addition to the Carbon Cub UL lineup with a lightweight, turbocharged Rotax-powered Cub geared for sales outside its home American market. The new Carbon Cub UL replaces the model's usual engine, the Titan CC340, with a Rotax 916 iS. The smaller, lighter engine provides a few benefits: The 160-hp Rotax enables the Cub to 2 adults with a full fuel load and a 'reasonable' amount of baggage at a 1,320 lb max takeoff weight. There is a new Rotax in town and a number of sport aircraft manufacturers are salivating at the prospect...

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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. The Ze

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter Company R44 II

Provide(d) Aerial Support To Ground Brpd Units That Were Conducting A High-Speed Pursuit

On March 26, 2023, about 0238 central daylight time, a Robinson R44 II helicopter, N441PD, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Port Allen, Louisiana. The pilot and tactical flight officer sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.14.23)

Aero Linx: Fairchild Club You need not own a Fairchild to be part of our Club and share our enthusiasm for the Airplanes. If you are fortunate enough to have a Fairchild airplane, please let us know about it. We try to keep records by Model Number, by Country/State of the owner and by owners last name. Members will receive the Club Newsletter, Fairchild Flyer,  four times a year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.14.23): Radar Service Terminated

Radar Service Terminated Used by ATC to inform a pilot that he/she will no longer be provided any of the services that could be received while in radar contact. Radar service is automatically terminated, and the pilot is not advised in the following cases...

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.14.23)

“The ash reached twenty-kilometers high; the ash cloud moved westwards and there was a very strong fall of ash on nearby villages... The volcano was preparing for this for at least a year. … and the process is continuing; though it has calmed a little now.” Source: From a statement by Danila Chebrov, director of the Kamchatka branch of Russia’s Geophysical Survey, discussing the eruption of Russia’s Mt. Shiveluch—one of the vast nation’s most active volcanoes—which has prompted the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team to issue a Code Red warning to flights operating within a one-hundred-thousand-kilometer area surrounding the mountain.

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