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June 02, 2023

Airborne 06.02.23: Air Tours Attacked, Skydivers Over Sixty, EAA Beer?

 Also: China’s C919, Sierra Space, Ameriflight Drones, Bizarre Utah A/C Mishap

The National Park Service (NPS) and the FAA are rewriting the regulations by which air tours over U.S. national parks are conducted. Extant drafts of the agencies’ Air Tour Management Plans (ATMPs) call for radical and reactionary measures the likes of eliminating air tours in their entirety in some U.S. parks and, in others, cutting such undertakings by as much as 86-percent. Founded in 1992 under the guiding premise “You don't quit skydiving because you get old; you get old because you quit skydiving,” Skydivers Over Sixty (SOS) has evolved into an international organization comprising upwards of 2,650 members hailing from thirty n

Cubcrafters Sees 9% Rise in Stock Value

Company Gains Value Thanks to Streak of Good News

Cubcrafters was proud of their recent stock valuation after the share price of its public offering was raised to $5.45 after some good news. In November of 2022, the company began offering stocks at $5.00 a share, with a minimum buy-in of $400 per investor. Since that Regulation A+ public offering, the company has ridden a wave of good news to see the share prices rise to $5.45. It's a victory for the little guys, when much of the Part 23 and homebuilt industry lay almost entirely outside the stock market's purview. Even more impressive for Cubcrafters is the capacity to maintain its value - particularly when the wider stock market continues come down from its 2021 fever pitch. 

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Italian Operator Adds 43 Airbus Helos to Shopping Cart

Air Corporate Keeps Expanding its Fleet with Ever-Popular ACH Aircraft

Italian operator Air Corporate signed an order for 43 Airbus helicopters on the last day of EBACE 2023, making the team's week with a mondo sale at the eleventh hour. The deal includes 40 single-engine helicopters from the H125/H130 series, with 3 ACH160s from Airbus Corporate Helicopters. The -160s will be equipped in Line configuration, with the Lounge package to be added to a pair of ACH160s from an older order. Overall, Air Corporate holds 28 additional orders, with 17 deliveries made in the last 2 years.

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Aero-TV: Extra; the Airplane, the Man, and His Grand DeLand Plan

Germany’s Best by Way of Florida

Established in 1980 by German aerobatic pilot Walter Extra as a means by which to design and develop his own airplanes, EXTRA Aircraft—EXTRA Flugzeugbau in its founder’s native tongue—has evolved into one of the world’s premier makers of aerobatic aircraft. In autumn 2022, Walter Extra—who in addition to founding Extra serves as the company’s CEO—announced the formation of EXTRA Aircraft USA LP. The facility is based at Florida’s DeLand Airport (DED) and provides factory-authorized parts and maintenance support to all North American EXTRA aircraft owners. Add

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Dynon Offers Trade-In Program to SkyView HDX

Program Gives $1,000 for Eligible 10", 7" Displays

Dynon is looking to make some deals with operators with a new trade-in program that grants $1,000 for older 10"/7" SkyView Classic, Touch, or SE displays. The program allows SkyView HDX buyers to return their older displays and get a $1,000 rebate on their new system, which could represent anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3 of the price of their new system at current prices. 10" displays nab more money, of course, with the smaller 7" ones netting only $700 back. The program is available only via Dynon, with HDX displays purchased at retail ineligible for the deal.

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Ameriflight Receives FAA Exemption to Operate Drones

The Light in Ameriflight

On 30 May 2023, Ameriflight announced it had received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to operate drone aircraft. The approval renders Ameriflight the first Part 135 Cargo airline to receive such exemption and allows the air-carrier to conduct Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) operations under its current Part 119 Air Carrier Certificate for Part 135 operations. Moreover, the FAA has granted Ameriflight approval to add Matternet’s M2 UAS—the first drone-delivery system granted standard Type Certification by the Federal Aviation Administration—to its fleet, thereby heralding the launch of the United States’ first fully operational, large-scale drone-delivery operation.

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Airborne 05.22.23: Stratolaunch Test, J-3 Raffle, B-2 Safety Pause Lifted

Also: TOCSIN-4 CO Monitor, AAL Labor Agreement, CAP Drones, BAE Compact HUD 

Stratolaunch confirmed that it had successfully completed a separation release test of TA-0, the company’s Talon-A separation test vehicle. The flight was Roc’s 11th and occasioned the second instance in which the company’s teams conducted flight operations within Vandenberg Space Force Base's Western Range. The Historic Aircraft Preservation Society announced it is offering a classic Piper J-3/L-4B Cub as the grand prize of its summer 2023 fund-raising campaign. The aircraft, dubbed Lulu Belle, began life as an Army L-4B and was assigned to North Carolina&rsqu

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EBACE Shows an Industry Going Whole-Hog on Self-Regulation

NBAA Sees "Spirit of Optimism and Opportunity" Abroad

The National Business Aviation Administration wound down its time at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2023 with some remarks about the future of the industry, seeing positive developments and an optimistic attitude. This year saw many exhibitors pushing for increased efficiency on all fronts, advertising lower fuel burn and emissions throughout their products. While the NBAA's optimistic take could be seen as a hunky-dory, 'ain't life grand' approach to the industry, there's an undercurrent of understanding among business-aviation stakeholders: "We'll regulate ourselves, so the government won't have cause to". 

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Utah Aeronautics Conference Selects 2023 Awardees

Inaugural Event to Showcase Utah’s Aviation Industry

Scheduled to be held 20 through 22 June 2023 at Layton, Utah’s Davis Conference Center and Provo, Utah’s Provo Municipal Airport (PVU), the Utah Aeronautics Conference will bring together upward of five-hundred aviation professionals, state and local officials, mechanics, engineers, planners, and industry leaders for purpose of improving safety networks, sharing best practices, and fostering collaboration throughout Utah’s aviation industry.

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Malaysia's Choice to Lease Military Aircraft Portent of Things to Come?

Ministry of Defence Opts to Rent Combat Aircraft to Replace Aging Sea King Fleet

The Malaysian Ministry of Defence has announced a deal to lease a quartet of Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters from Aerotree Defence & Services of Kuala Lumpur. The deal is somewhat unorthodox to see in the defense industry, where the vast majority of armies and air forces opt to own their aircraft outright, but the costs may just be the overriding benefit for the service, costing only $40.4 million US throughout a period of 5 years. Exactly what that amount entails is unknown, but, with the right support services and benefits it's not too unlikely that it's a better deal than the country could get buying so few aircraft outright.

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Airborne 05.19.23: DeltaHawk DHK180 FAA Cert!, B-17 NPRM, Ditched F-15D

Also: VG Readies for 5.25 Flight, FedEx Strike?, Reliable Robotics, US Aviation Academy

A long time coming? Yes. But a new generation of powerplants has just been certified with the LONG-awaited news that the DeltaHawk DHK180 has received FAA certification... and is on its way to production of the jet-fueled aircraft piston engine. The 180 horsepower DHK180 is the first of a family of engines expected to come from DeltaHawk. The FAA has published a Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) germane to the adoption of a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) specific to the B-17.  ”The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model B-1

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172S

The Flight Was For Pleasure And The Pilot Planned To Have Lunch In The Area Then Return To CMA Later In The Afternoon

On April 29, about 1950 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172S, N575ND was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Los Angeles, California. The private pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot was renting the airplane from a flight school at Camarillo Airport (CMA). He had approached the school in early April for a flight review, having last flown in July 2022 in the Bay Area of Northern California. The flight review was performed in both the accident airplane and an identically equipped model and was completed two days

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.02.23)

Aero Linx: WWI Aeroplanes, Inc. WORLD WAR 1 AEROPLANES was founded by Leo Opdycke in 1961 and incorporated as a federally recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation in 1979. In 2016 a decision was made by the Board of Trustees to dissolve the organization, and transfer the assets to the Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum to allow back issues, documents and other related items to remain available to the public.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.02.23):

Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) An FAA-registered aircraft, other than a helicopter or powered-lift, that meets certain weight and performance. Principally it is a single-engine aircraft with a maximum of two seats and weighing no more than 1,430 pounds if intended for operation on water, or 1,320 pounds if not. It must be of simple design (fixed landing gear (except if intended for operations on water or a glider), piston powered, nonpressurized, with a fixed or ground adjustable propeller). Performance is also limited to a maximum airspeed in level flight of not more than 120 knots calibrated airspeed (CAS), have a maximum never-exceed speed of not more than 120 knots CAS for a glider, and have a

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Hydroplane Founder/CEO Awarded NAA's Stinson Trophy

Anita Sengupta Recognized for Decades of Work in Advancing Aviation

Hydroplane Founder Anita Sengupta was chosen as the recipient of the National Aeronautic Association's 2022 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Trophy. The award has been given since 1997 in the memory of pioneering aviation sisters Katherine and Marjorie Stinson, recognizing those who make "an outstanding and enduring contribution to the role of women in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences."

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (06.02.23)

“Since our public offering announcement, demand for our shares continued to grow. The milestone achievements that we announced in 2022, such as the introduction of the new Carbon Cub UL model powered by the multi-fuel Rotax 916iS engine, two rounds of NASA funding of our Electric Lift Augmenting Slats [ELAS] project, and strong 2022 financial performance drove the share price change.”  Source: Patrick Horgan, CubCrafters’ President and CEO, in a celebratory mood as the company continues to make progress on the financial front.

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