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July 16, 2023

Classic Aero-TV: Tom Schnell's Mi-2 - Modern Work For Elder Russian Helos

From 2019 (YouTube Version): An Historic Aircraft Solving Modern Challenges

Sitting in the Warbirds area at AirVenture 2019 was a pair of Soviet-era MI-2 helicopters which are being used as testbeds for a lot of new technology at the University of Iowa. The aircraft is used to test cutting-edge avionics, enhanced vision systems, and other innovations. It is designed to allow instrumentation to be changed quickly, letting researchers make adjustments to their experiments and more quickly bring their ideas to fruition. How did that come to happen, and why the MI-2?

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17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium Imminent

New Student Discounts Announced

Representatives of more than forty of the world’s leading electric aircraft developers will contribute their expertise and insight to the 17th Annual Electric Aircraft Symposium (EAS). Hosted by the Vertical Flight Society (VFS), a non-profit technical organization dedicated to the advancement of vertical flight, the event will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 22 and 23 July—the weekend prior to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2023. Organized by industry and government stakeholders in the electric aircraft and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) sectors, the Electric Aircraft Symposium is the world’s longest-running electric aviation technology conference.

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Delta Discloses Order for 12 A220 Aircraft

The Toulouse-Atlanta Connection

U.S. legacy air-carrier Delta Air Lines has disclosed an order for 12 additional Airbus A220-300 narrow-body jets, thereby bringing the airline’s total, firm A220 orders to 131 aircraft. All told, Delta’s order-book comprises 45 A220-100 and 86 A220-300 five-abreast, single-aisle airliners. Currently, Delta is the world’s largest operator of A220 family aircraft.

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Nova-C Lunar Lander Passes Complete Spacecraft Test Run

One Small Step for …

Intuitive Machines announced it had successfully conducted a test run of its Nova-C lunar lander. The undertaking occasioned a significant technical achievement and evinced the company’s progress toward the completion of its lunar lander. The complete-spacecraft test run verified the Nova-C lander’s flight software, avionics, liquid oxygen and liquid methane loading, high-pressure helium system performance, propulsion system functionality, and culminated in a hot-firing of the lander’s main engine.

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Airborne 07.07.23: Vans v Laser, Wheels Up Sues, Joby Update

Also: JAL Clothing Rental Program, Air Service to Small Communities, Viva Aerobus, Mid-Continent Expands

In response to customer reports of cracks appearing in parts manufactured via laser-cutting processes between February 2022 and June 2023, Van’s Aircraft has disseminated a letter setting forth: “As many of you likely know: Some of the laser-cut parts made during that period have formed cracks in holes either when being dimpled by a builder, or when riveting a dimpled hole. There are a variety of variables that may contribute to this occurring..." Wheels Up has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court Southern District of New York al

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Spain’s Environmental Minister Criticized For BizJet to Bicycle Display

Miles by Jet, Meters by Bicycle

Spain’s Minister of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge and Deputy Prime Minister Teresa Ribera faced swift and vehement backlash after an alleged act of hypocrisy. A viral video depicting Ribera arriving on bicycle to the European Union’s 11 July climate summit in Vilnius, Lithuania has been widely impugned as a garishly gratuitous publicity stunt staged for the purpose of upping the minister’s ESG stock and currying favor with the environmental lobby.

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MT-Propeller 7-Bladed Model Proving Popular

75 Pilatus PC-12s Currently Sporting MT’s The Silent 7 The world's first seven-blade propeller is currently installed on 75 European and U.S. specimens of Pilatus’s venerable PC-12, single-engine turboprop aircraft. Developed by MT-Propeller and dubbed The Silent 7, the impressive air-screw redefines PC-12 performance, significantly improving on the climb, cruise, and even the descent characteristics of the model’s five-blade OEM propeller.

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Avflight Adds 25th FBO

West Michigan Regional Airport (BIV) Location Opens

Avflight announced on 13 July 2023 that it had acquired FlightLevel Aviation’s FBO operation on Holland, Michigan’s West Michigan Regional Airport (BIV). The acquisition occasions the 25th addition to Avflight’s global FBO network and the company’s eighth facility in its home state of Michigan.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA23

Pilot Performed A Forced Landing To A School Parking Lot

On June 23, 2023, about 0730 central daylight time, a Piper PA-23-160 airplane, N4307P, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.The pilot was planning on flying the airplane to the Transylvania Community Airport (3NR3), Brevard, North Carolina, to have an annual inspection performed. Prior to the departure at the Ocean Springs Airport (5R2), Ocean Springs, Mississippi, the pilot fueled the airplane for the cross-country flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.23)

Aero Linx: Bücker Club

The history of Bucker aircraft... The history of Bücker Aircraft is presented here as collected from a number of sources. The first, most comprehensive section comes from the May-June 1983 edition of "Air Britain Digest" and was written by K. Plamer and L. F. Sarjeant, edited by M. J. Hooks. Stephen Craig copied it and provided it for inclusion here. Optical Character Recognition was used to transcribe it.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.23): Terminal Radar Service Area

Terminal Radar Service Area

Airspace surrounding designated airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring, sequencing, and separation on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The AIM contains an explanation of TRSA. TRSAs are depicted on VFR aeronautical charts. Pilot participation is urged but is not mandatory.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.16.23)

“This additional order from the largest A220 customer and operator is yet another strong endorsement for the value and opportunities offered by this latest generation aircraft family. The A220 provides Delta the flexibility to right-size its operations, gaining in efficiency and offering superior single-aisle comfort. In service with Delta, the A220 has proven to be a game changer in its size category in highly competitive North America markets.” Source: Airbus chief commercial officer and head of international Christian Scherer commented on an additional order from Delta Airlines, extensively expanding its Airbus footprint.

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