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November 25, 2023

SpaceX Updates Details About Starship IFT2 Test Launch

November 18th Test Launch Is Producing Immense Amounts of Data

SpaceX is releasing a few tentative details about the recent IFT2 Starship test... continually emphasizing to all those who can't see the successes for the perceived failures, that this was, indeed, a test. Among the many bullet points, SpaceX is noting the following: On November 18, 2023, Starship successfully lifted off at 7:02 a.m. CT from Starbase in Texas and achieved a number of major milestones...

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Dates Confirmed Through 2027

It's Never Too Early To Plan For Oshkosh...

The most pleasant aspect of having celebrated my 50th Oshkosh attendance is the knowledge that I can look forward to many more (God willing...). The event continues to evolve and grow and while not all the changes are always met with complete agreement, the massive gathering that is Oshkosh does show that the aviation world is capable of coming together at least one week per year in order to celebrate all things aeronautical. And... that gives me hope.

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6th Annual Women's Aviation Career Symposium Set

Professional Career Conference Scheduled For Women From High School Junior Through Retirement

The Women’s Aviation Career Symposium (WACS) will be held for the sixth year on March 16, 2024. WACS is a professional career conference for women from high school junior through retirement and will take place at the Western Michigan University College of Aviation in Battle Creek, Michigan. Designed to introduce women to aviation and to promote networking, education, and scholarships, WACS takes pride in building up the aerospace community in Michigan and surrounding Great Lakes States.

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Liberty University Adds 16 More Cessna Skyhawks

Will Be Added To Liberty University's Existing Fleet Of 24 Skyhawks

Textron Aviation has reached an agreement with Liberty University for the purchase of 16 Cessna Skyhawks to be delivered beginning in 2026. The aircraft will add to Liberty University's existing fleet of 24 Skyhawks to ensure that the university's students receive the highest quality pilot training aircraft available. "We are proud to support Liberty University's aviation program and equip students with access to the industry-leading Cessna Skyhawk," said Chris Crow, vice president, Piston Sales.

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Airborne 11.17.23: Hydrogen Deltahawk, Hybrid Cropduster, Blue Condor

Also: ATI Cargo Pilots, AeroGuard, True Blue Power Takes On Piaggio, Remote Pilot Ground School

DeltaHawk Engines dropped a surprise on us this week by disclosing their simulation analysis of a new,  hydrogen-fueled variant of its engine family for multiple markets. These tests apparently demonstrate  DeltaHawk’s engine architecture will adapt to hydrogen fuel, and allow for the development for a variety of  markets in addition to aviation. Wright Electric and Axter Aerospace capped off a successful flight test using their prototype hybrid-electric agricultural aircraft, proving the viability of a 1.2-Megawat

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ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving Holiday

Yes... We Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For The Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 24th and 25th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Airborne will be published through Tuesday the 21st, and resume on Monday, the 27th.

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AD: Austro Engine GmbH Engines

AD 2023-20-03 Prompted By Reports Of Piston Failures

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Austro Engine GmbH Model E4 and E4P engines. This AD is prompted by reports of piston failures and the determination that certain batches of pistons were manufactured with a dimensional deviation in the piston pin bore and piston diameter. This AD requires repetitive engine oil analysis for aluminum content outside the acceptable limits and, if necessary, replacement of the pistons, piston rings, con-rods assembly, and crankcase or, as an alternative, replacement of the engine core. This AD is effective December 11, 2023.

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AD: Epic Aircraft, LLC Airplanes

AD 2023-20-07 Prompted By A Report That During A Production Ground Test, The Flap Position Switches Were Not Properly Rigged

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Epic Aircraft, LLC Model E1000 airplanes. This AD was prompted by improperly rigged flap position switches. This AD requires installing a secondary full position limit switch to the flap system, installing a switch ramp on the flap actuator, and modifying the take-off position switch rigging. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective November 22, 2023.

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Classic Aero-TV: Smarter Than We Areā€“Best Tugs Tackles Serious Aircraft Movement

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Best Tugs Echo Can Move Nearly Anything

Best Tugs showcased its new Echo line of tugs at NBAA-BACE last month. The line includes three variants that can move all types of vehicles, including airplanes, helicopters, boats and trailers weighing up to 18,000 pounds. The tugs feature power steering, an optional wireless winch that can be controlled from Echo's helm or via a Bluetooth control as you work near the loading tray, and a built-in radio to keep crews up to date on where tugs with certain capabilities/attachments are located and where they are needed. Operators can listen to incoming traffic to identify aircraft and qu

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NTSB Final Report: Aviat Aircraft Inc A-1B

On The Third Flyover, The Airplane Was Lower Than The Previous Passes And The Airplane’s Left Wing Struck The Model

Analysis: The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that he intended to land on a dry lakebed behind a model that was being photographed and create a ‘wall of dust’ using the airplane for a photograph. During the landing roll, the pilot stated he was moving too fast to stop before reaching the model and elected to execute a go-around. He then returned to the lakebed and landed, where he saw that the model had been seriously injured.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.25.23)

Aero Linx: Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI)

The FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) is the medical certification, research, education, and occupational health wing of the FAA's Office of Aerospace Medicine. The goal of our activities is to enhance aviation safety. Thus, our principal concern at CAMI is the human element in flight - pilots, flight attendants, passengers, air traffic controllers - and the entire human support system that embraces civil aviation. We study the factors that influence human performance in the aerospace environment, find ways to understand them, and communicate that understanding to the aviation community.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.25.23): No Gyro Approach

No Gyro Approach A radar approach/vector provided in case of a malfunctioning gyro-compass or directional gyro. Instead of providing the pilot with headings to be flown, the controller observes the radar track and issues control instructions “turn right/left” or “stop turn” as appropriate.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.25.23)

"With a test like this, success comes from what we learn, and this flight test will help us improve Starship’s reliability as SpaceX seeks to make life multiplanetary. Data review is ongoing as we look for improvements to make for the next flight. The team at Starbase is already working final preparations on the vehicles slated for use in Starship’s third flight test, with Ship and Booster static fires coming up next."   Source: Quoted from a SpaceX statement detailing many of the datapoints already discovered early in the analysis of the latest test.

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