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July 11, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 07.11.23: Joby Cert Plans, Merlin Trial, Webb Space Telescope

 Also: Pulsar Fusion, Archer Hosts Feds, Spaceport Nova Scotia, Schiebel Camcopter S-100

Joby Aviation, builder of eVTOL aircraft, announced that it has submitted the entirety of its certification plan to the FAA, thereby occasioning the imminent completion of the third of the five stages upon which FAA certification of new aircraft types is predicated. Previously; the FAA awarded Merlin a $1-million contract for purpose of demonstrating the capabilities of its autonomous flight architecture, dubbed Merlin Pilot, under the auspices of onboard safety pilots. Subject flight-testing was to be conducted in cooperation with Everts Air Cargo along three test routes, the entirety of which originate from the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraf

USCG Evacuates Cardiac Arrest Victim from Gulf Oil Rig

Patient Transported to Galveston Hospital

On Sunday, 09 July, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) evacuated a crew member from an oil rig some 88-miles off the Gulf coast of Freeport, Texas. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a notification at 05:46 CDT that a 50-year-old oil rig crewman was experiencing symptoms of cardiac arrest and was in acute need of medical assistance.

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Disappointed... Sonex Highwing Will Not Debut at AirVenture 2023

Good Things Cannot be Rushed

Sympathetic to the disappointment apt to be occasioned by the news, Sonex conceded by way of a 09 July statement that a prototype of its inchoate Highwing model will not be ready for 2023’s EAA’s AirVenture. Acutely cognizant of the degree to which the Highwing departs from Sonex’s design orthodoxy, engineers are undertaking comprehensive analysis of the model’s fuselage for purpose of ensuring it will meet or exceed designers’ goals while remaining a lightweight, efficient structure. Engineers’ analyses will be confirmed by additional structural testing ahead of ASTM certification.

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U.S. Military Aircraft to Abound at AirVenture 2023

All the King’s Horses

EAA AirVenture 2023 will see the United States’ military services comprehensively represented by a broad and impressive array of combat, cargo, utility, and support aircraft, to include ...

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Embraer Demonstrates E195-E2 in Uzbekistan

Steppe-ing Up

Embraer, by way of a series of static-displays and demonstration flights, has introduced its E195-E2 narrow-body airliner to representatives of Uzbekistan’s government, media, and national airline. The Brazilian airframer’s efforts speak compellingly to a burgeoning Uzbek aircraft market driven by need for improved domestic and regional connectivity within the immense, doubly-land-locked Central Asian country.

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Glacier Park International Airport Awarded $7-Million for Expansion

Starving on Pork

Glacier Park International Airport’s (FCA) ongoing expansion and modernization initiative has been furthered by a degree commensurate with $7.3-million federal tax-dollars. The monies will sustain, to some small degree, the undertaking’s second phase, to include the expansion and renovation of the facility’s baggage claim area, rental car lot, and upstairs gates on the airport’s south side—so states FCA airport director Rob Ratkowski.

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Innovative Solutions & Support to Acquire Several Honeywell Product Lines

Shaking the Giant’s Hand

On 10 July 2023, IS&S announced it had entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Honeywell International by which it will acquire key assets specific to a number of the aerospace technology giant’s communication and navigation products. 

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Classic Aero-TV: The Ever-Evolving AirCam - Raising the Bar Higher Than Ever

From 2019 (YouTube Version): New AirCam Option Allows For The Installation Of A Third Seat

The recently announced Aircam 'Gen-3' model airframe now has the option of incorporating a third seat located behind the second seat as well as a 220-pound gross weight increase from the current 1,680-pound max gross weight -- totaling up to 1,900 pounds. The new jump seat can be readily converted between cargo usage or the carrying of a third passenger. And yes; the full enclosure canopy can be added to the Gen-3 AirCam with the third seat -- whic

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Kiwi Helicopter Tour Operators Plead Guilty to Safety Breaches

22 Lives Lost in 2019 White Island Volcanic Eruption

Three helicopter tour operators have pleaded guilty to willfully violating safety protocols during the 2019 eruption of New Zealand’s White Island volcano. The disaster claimed 22 lives and severely injured over twenty additional individuals. Notwithstanding volcanic activity, White Island is a popular tourist attraction and a perennial moneymaker for air-tourism concerns.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.11.23)

Aero Linx: The Oregon Pilots Association

The Oregon Pilots Association was founded in 1936. OPA has grown to over 2,200 members with local chapters throughout the state. OPA membership is open to anyone interested in general aviation. Many non-pilots and past pilots belong to OPA and share major objectives including the encouragement of safe flying practices by pilots and promoting aviation with the general public. Local OPA chapters provide flight scholarships, educational forums for aviation enthusiasts as well as to serve as a resource to local communities seeking the benefits of local aviation facilities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.23): Continue


When used as a control instruction should be followed by another word or words clarifying what is expected of the pilot. Example: “continue taxi,” “continue descent,” “continue inbound,” etc.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.11.23)

“The demonstration flights provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the operational efficiency, low maintenance costs, and adaptability of our E2 family to challenging conditions, making it a perfect fit for the Uzbekistan market.” Source: From a statement by Embraer vice-president of sales and marketing Michal Nowak, detailing a series of static-displays and demonstration flights, introducing its E195-E2 narrow-body airliner to representatives of Uzbekistan’s government, media, and national airline.

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