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July 17, 2023

Airborne 07.17.23: eAircraft Symposium, Comp Air 6.2, 'Flight to End Polio'

 Also: VerdeGo Aero, Nova-C Lunar Lander, Delta Orders A220s, Avflight

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), the event will be held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 22 and 23 July—the weekend prior to AirVenture 2023 -- where ANN’s crew is already hard at work at our onsite HQ building. Comp Air Aviation will bring its slick and capable Comp Air 6.2 to EAA’s AirVenture 2023. The aircraft will be featured at booth 315 on the AirVenture grounds. A great deal of progress has been made on the Comp Air 6.2 since it debuted as little mo

Comp Air 6.2 to be Displayed at AirVenture 2023

Of Promises Kept

Comp Air Aviation, the Merritt Island, Florida-based manufacturer of high-performance aircraft and float kits, will bring its slick and capable Comp Air 6.2 to EAA’s AirVenture 2023. The aircraft will be featured at booth 315 on the AirVenture grounds. A great deal of progress has been made on the Comp Air 6.2 since it debuted as little more than a fuselage and some big promises in 2022.

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'Flight to End Polio' Readies to Leave Australia

Global Circumnavigation for a Good Cause

Two Iowa pilots are currently circumnavigating the globe in a Cessna 210 Centurion for purpose of raising money to eradicate polio (poliomyelitis)—a crippling, paralytic, viral disease which remains very-much-extant and ravages populations worldwide. To date, the endeavor has raised upwards of $1-million.

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VerdeGo Aero and SMA Announce SR-305-VDG Engine

New Powerplant Optimized for Hybrid-Electric Applications

After more than two-years of development, Verdego and SMA have proudly unveiled the SMA SR-305-VDG engine, the increased power-output and diminished mass and volume of which dramatically benefit Verdego’s hybrid-electric powerplants—for use in which the SMA mill is exclusively produced.

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Duncan Aviation Retrofits Dassault Jet with Hydrographic Cabinetry

Preening the Falcon 2000

During a recent 2C/4C inspection (36/72-month), Duncan Aviation delivered a fully refurbished Falcon 2000 with a fresh exterior livery and an all-new interior featuring cabinetry sporting hydrographic finishes. In addition, the aircraft received a Collins Pro Line 21 avionics upgrade, a Collins Venue CMS upgrade, Gogo AVANCE L5, a GH-39000 Electronic Standby Instrument System, a LASEREF IV Inertial Reference System, and Dual USB ports.

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Turbulence Injures 4 Aboard Allegiant Airbus A320

2 Crew, 2 PAX to Local Hospital

Four passengers aboard an Allegiant Air Airbus A320 narrow-body airliner were injured in severe turbulence over St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday, 12 July 2023.

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Classic Aero-TV: SureFooted -- Jessica Cox Continues To Inspire Aviators

From 2015 (YouTube Version): There Are No Horizons Unreachable To The Inspired Flyer Who Dreams Big

Aviation has had a history, albeit a short history, of showcasing people who inspire us. A recent example of inspiration born of aviation is Jessica Cox, the young lady who although born without arms was able to obtain her pilot certificate. In this video, her story continues, and it's a video that can inspires us far beyond the world of aviation. While at Sun 'n Fun 2015, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, had a chance to talk with Jessica about a new and exciting experience she encountered, and we get updated regarding her various

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on June 2023 Mooney Accident

Left in a Huff

The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a 25 June 2023 accident in which a Mooney M20R, registration N13LV, was destroyed and its pilot—the aircraft’s sole occupant—lost his life. The accident-aircraft was operated as a personal flight under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Pegasus Airlines Acquires 36 A321neo Aircraft

Turkish Delight

Pegasus Airlines has signed an agreement with Airbus by which the airline will take delivery of 36 new A321neo narrow-body jets. The acquisition is consistent with the air-carrier’s aspirations to modernize its fleet, thereby saving fuel, reducing CO2-emissions, and upping profits. By dint of 2017, 2021, and 2022 amendments to an original 2012 aircraft order, Pegasus has secured a total of 150 new Airbus jets—of which 108 are A321neos.

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UAS4STEM Competition Returns to AirVenture 2023

Those Magnificent Kids and Their Flying Machines

EAA AirVenture 2023 will see the return of the UAS4STEM competition for high school students. Organized by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, the event features groups of students, ranging in age from 11-years to high school seniors, who build Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)—which is to say, drones—and pit such against those of rival teams in a variety of competitions.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-30

The Left Engine Decreased From 2,400 RPM To 1,000 RPM Briefly And Increased Back To 2,400 RPM

On June 8, 2023, about 1219 Mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-30, N7318Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Nephi, Utah. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he departed Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC), Cedar City, Utah, to relocate the airplane to Skypark Airport (BTF), Bountiful, Utah, for an annual inspection.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.17.23)

Aero Linx: Howard Aircraft Foundation

Become a member... Howard Newsletter Delivered Quarterly: Delivered electronically and via postal service Your source for the latest in Howard news, operational, and maintenance tips. Authored and delivered quarterly. Instant Access to Howard Aircraft Drawings and Reference Material: Over 4,000 engineering drawings for the DGA series of aircraft. Over 50 technical reports used during certification. Numerous operation and maintenance manuals -- All in high resolution and available instantly. Attendance to Yearly Howard Fly-in: Historically takes place the weekend prior to Airvent

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.17.23)

"We've been trying to do this flight for four years... We were ready to go in 2020, but ten days before launch COVID-19 broke out. In 2021 COVID canceled us a second time, and last year we were ready to depart and fly via Russia when the invasion of Ukraine occurred. So this flight has been a long time coming."   Source: Peter Teahen, a Cedar Rapids funeral home director, and John Ockenfels, the retired CEO of an Iowa City recycling concern, are flying around the world in support of Polio eradication...

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