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July 21, 2022

Rise of the Electric Archer

CAE and Piper to Develop Electric Powered Iteration of Iconic Aircraft

CAE will partner with Piper Aircraft Inc. to develop an electric-powered variant of Piper’s Archer (PA-28-181) light, utility-aircraft. The conversion of the iconic airplane from its legacy, single-internal-combustion-engine configuration to electric power will be via a kit for which CAE and Piper intend to obtain Supplemental Type Certification (STC).

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Trig Avionics TX56 and TX57 Nav/Com Radios Impress

Units Offer Advanced Features, Easy Installation, and Intuitive Operation

Trig Avionics Limited, the avionics design and manufacturing concern with offices in Scotland and The Netherlands, has confirmed the immediate availability of its stand-alone TX56 and TX57 Nav/Com units. The devices represent a milestone for the company insomuch as they complete Trig’s stack product line—a series of slim, user-friendly avionics components designed to save panel space and ease installation and pilot workload. The TX56 and TX57 Nav/Coms provide both VFR and IFR pilots crisp and clear stereo communication, faster tuning, a programmable USB database, and dual watch—a feature that permits pilots to monitor two Com or Nav frequencies contemporane

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Embraer and Collins Testing Carbon Nanotube Anti/Deicing Technology

Autumn of the Piccolo Tube

Embraer, the Brazilian multinational aerospace manufacturer and world’s third-largest producer of civil aircraft, has partnered with Collins Aerospace, the Raytheon subsidiary and global supplier of avionics and aeronautical systems, to develop, test, and implement a carbon nanotube electro-thermal heating technology. If successful—and initial indications are promising—the emergent wizardry may well revolutionize the means by which airframes, rotors, and aircraft components are kept free of ice.    

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Airborne 07.13.22: Sonex Mini-Jet x 2, 737 Max 10 Threat, Webb Telescope

Also: Russian Airliner Theft, Instructor/Student Robbed, Turkey Restricts Own Pilots, Queensland Bell 429s

Sonex Aircraft is accepting deposits for its SubSonex JSX-2T, a two-place, home-built, personal jet. The JSX-2T is intended, in part, to serve as a trainer for pilots seeking to transition into Sonex’s single-seat SubSonex JSX-2—upon which the new airplane is based. Construction of the JSX-2T prototype is well-underway, and the aircraft will be on-display at AirVenture 2022. The company says it plans to begin flight-testing the JSX-2T in the autumn. Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun has declared he’ll scrap the 737 MAX 10 program if Congre

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Aim High? Government Scientist Insinuates Prostitute Into USAF Missile Research

Aiming Too High, Maybe…

In an instance evocative of a Monty Python skit, a senior U.S. government scientist artfully duped his boss into hiring a prostitute to a handsomely salaried position within a prestigious research team tasked with developing hypersonic missiles for the U.S. Air Force.    

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Avmax and Universal Hydrogen to Convert Twenty Aircraft to Hydrogen Power

Keeping the Great White North Green

Universal Hydrogen Co.—the California energy concern about the noble endeavor of making hydrogen-powered commercial flight a near-term reality—has announced that Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc.—the Canadian lessor of regional aircraft—has placed a firm order to convert twenty of its regional aircraft to run on hydrogen.    

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CAE Announces New eVTOL Simulator

Because eVTOL Pilots Need Training Too…

CAE Inc. (formerly Canadian Aviation Electronics)—the manufacturer of simulation and modeling technologies and provider of aviation training services—has announced the launch of its CAE-700MXR Flight Simulator. The immersive, high-fidelity simulator targets the emergent electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (eVTOL) market and provides cost-effective, realistic, and scalable flight-training for the pilots of such contraptions.    

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Classic Aero-TV: The Sikorsky HoverFly - CAF's Amazing Heli-Restoration Project

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Not Everything At Heli-EXPO Was Brand New…

People attend shows like Heli-EXPO to see what is the latest and greatest in aircraft and associated systems and equipment. But not everyone exhibiting at the show in Dallas in March had something brand new on display. Such was the case with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), which is dedicated to restoring and flying vintage military aircraft. At their booth, attendees saw the bones of an iconic rotorcraft, the Sikorsky Hoverfly. Keegan Chetwynd, Curator for the Commemorative Air Force, told ANN CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that the Hoverfly was the first mass-produ

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Airborne-UnCrewed 07.12.22: Zephyr 'S', Dominion-Skydio, Powering the VX4

Also: Urban Air Mobility, CAPSTONE Spacecraft, Advanced Air Mobility Caucus, Aero-TV at AUVSI22: Percepto

The Airbus Zephyr “S” took off on 15 June 2022, from the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground and remains aloft at this point. It is capable of reaching an altitude of 70,000-feet, and remaining aloft for a period of time measurable in months. The wings of the 165-pound Zephyr-S stretch an expansive 82-feet and house solar-collectors that power the craft’s twin propellers. Dominion Energy and Skydio have jointly announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Dominion Energy a waiver to fly Skydio drones beyo

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 152

(Video) Showed The Airplane In A Fully Developed Spin Prior To Impacting Terrain

On June 24, 2022, about 0903 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 152, N934JH, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident in Mendon, Utah. The flight instructor and pilot receiving instruction sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the flight school’s chief pilot, the purpose of the flight was to conduct spin training for the pilot receiving instruction. The accident airplane departed Logan-Cache Airport, Logan, Utah. Preliminary ADS-B data provided by the FAA indicated that the airplane traveled to an aviation practice area about ten nautical mile

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.21.22)

Aero Linx: International Federation Of Airworthiness We aim to be the most internationally respected independent authority on the subject of Airworthiness. IFA uniquely combines together all those with responsibility for policies, principles and practices concerned with the continuing airworthiness of civil transport aircraft throughout the world. IFA’s mission is to contribute to the debate and formation of policies, which affect the Airworthiness of civil aircraft worldwide, and to influence Regulators, Airlines, Maintenance Organisations and Governments to constantly improve aviation safety. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.21.22): State Aircraft

State Aircraft Aircraft used in military, customs and police service, in the exclusive service of any government or of any political subdivision thereof, including the government of any state, territory, or possession of the United States or the District of Columbia, but not including any government-owned aircraft engaged in carrying persons or property for commercial purposes.

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