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May 09, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 05.09.23: FL v DJI, New Mars Heli, FAA Expands Counterdrone Ops

 Also: Vertical Flight Society, New FAA Admin Nom?, Droneup-Iris, A2Z Drone Delivery

The Florida legislature has enacted a law by which Sunshine State governmental, police, fire, and similarly-critical agencies were barred from utilizing drones made by a “foreign country of concern.” The legislation tacitly but clearly refers to China, and strongly implies Chinese drone-maker Shenzhen DJI Sciences and Technologies Ltd.—more widely known as Da Jiang Innovations, or simply DJI. AeroVironment has been awarded a $10-million contract by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to co-design and co-develop rotary-wing concepts germane to NASA’s Mars Sample Recovery Helicopter mission—a near-future initiative

B-29 Doc Coming To Tulsa-Tulsa Air And Space Museum & Planetarium

Will Operate June 8-11, 2023, at Tulsa International Airport

The B-29 Doc History Restored Tour will land in Tulsa, Okla., at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium (TASM), June 8-11, 2023, at Tulsa International Airport. The tour stop will include B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and cockpit tours of B-29 Doc, one of only two B-29 Superfortress aircraft still airworthy and flying today. “The Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium is an inspiring facility that tells the story of aviation and provides visitors unique and up close exposure to the world of flight,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director.

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Beechcraft Denali Cockpit Jumps On The AutoLand Bandwagon

Will Be Available As A Standard Feature At Time Of Entry Into Service

Claiming that customer input was a part of the decision-making process, Textron is adding Emergency Autoland capability to its new Beechcraft Denali single-engine turboprop. The new feature is being implemented into the aircraft’s development and flight test program and will be available as a standard feature at time of entry into service. The Emergency Autoland system provides a means for the aircraft to land automatically in the unlikely event of pilot incapacitation. A passenger can activate the Emergency Autoland system by pressing a dedicated button in the cockpit.

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More Honors For The Kings... This Time From WAI

"I Hang Around With Martha..."

That's how John King introduces himself when he and Martha take the stage at public events. It proved to be true in a new sense in February, when the Kings were inducted together into Women in Aviation Intl's Pioneer Hall of Fame John King found himself the first and only man in the company of more than 100 trailblazing women -- the likes of Amelia Earhart, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and astronaut Sally Ride -- who have made their marks in the history of aviation. 

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Airborne 05.01.23: Aerobility, Virgin Galactic Resumes, ISS Extended

Also: Army Apache Midair, Avolon MAX Order, EAA Hiring, Piper Aviation Museum

Aerobility is a U.K. charity about the commendable mission of providing disabled individuals access to the challenge of piloting an aircraft. Through various fundraising initiatives and thoughtful management strategies, Aerobility allows disabled individuals to get behind the controls of an aircraft for a fraction of the commercial rate. Virgin Galactic—the California-based spaceflight subsidiary of archetypal billionaire-cool-guy-knight Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group—resumed flight-testing of its VSS Unity spacecraft on Wednesday, 26 April 2023. The non-powere

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Aero-TV: Kolb Aircraft to Resume Production of Select Models

New Owners Look to Revitalize Popular Ultralight Marque

Kolb Aircraft Company is a Kentucky-based manufacturer of kit-built ultralight aircraft. Founded in 1980 by Homer Kolb—who flew his initial design, the Kolb Flyer, in 1970—the company has marketed a dozen models of ultralight and experimental flying-machines, selling and delivering over 3,500 specimens in the last 43-years. In 1999, the company was sold to a group of investors; moved to London, Kentucky; and renamed The New Kolb Aircraft Company. Re-mastered, relocated, and rebranded, the New Kolb concern introduced several fresh models to the legacy Kolb lineup, to include the Pelican and the

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Astronaut Sam Durrance Goes West

Veteran Of Two Shuttle Missions... And A Good Friend... 

E-I-C Note: As I get older, I note that the world seems to be getting smaller... especially as the people who showed me how big and extraordinary it is, disappear from our existence. NASA Veteran Astronaut Sam Durrance, a truly unique gentleman, and a great person to discuss 'life' with, has gone west. Normally, I'd have a lot to say... but his beloved family says it best. "Sam died quietly today (May 5, 2023) surrounded by family after a long struggle with dementia and Parkinson’s disease. He had spent his final days in hospice care at a facility in Viera, Florida. Sam was a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, flying in 1990 and 1995 as a p

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Boeing Appoints New BBJ Boss

Joe Benson Leads Sales For Boeing’s Family Of Business Jets

Boeing has named Joe Benson as president of Boeing Business Jets (BBJ), the company’s VIP jet division. Benson oversees sales, support and operations for Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ portfolio of business jets operated by heads of state, VIP, corporate and charter customers -- i.e., people with serious bucks. 

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2023 FAA Drone Symposium and Advanced Air Mobility Summit On Schedule

Aug. 1-3 At The Baltimore Convention Center In Maryland

The FAA and AUVSI will again co-host the 8th Annual FAA Drone Symposium and the first-ever Advanced Air Mobility Summit this summer. The two events, from Aug. 1-3 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland, will bring together representatives from the FAA, other government agencies, international aviation experts, industry leaders and academia. The presenters and panelists will discuss the latest information and advancements related to the diverse uses of drones and the safe integration of Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) aircraft, like air taxis, into the National Airspace System.

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Airborne-NextGen 05.02.23: Virgin Orbit, DJI Ag-Drones, Joby-Toyota

Also: Reliable Robotics, GAMA, GE-25M Drones, Teal 2 UAS

The unsecured creditors of Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson’s imperiled Virgin Orbit have prevailed upon a Delaware bankruptcy judge to reject the satellite launch concern’s request to access nearly $32-million in Chapter 11 financing, contending Virgin Orbit’s parent company's arranged both the bankruptcy case and the post-filing loan for its own benefit. DJI introduced its Agras T20P agricultural drone to the Americas at Brazil’s Agrishow, an agricultural technology trade show that ranks among the world’s largest such events. The instance occasioned the platform&rsquo

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FAA Releases Airspace Blueprint for Air Taxis

Air Taxis Are Expected To Fly In Corridors Between Major Airports And Vertiports In City Centers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released an updated blueprint for airspace and procedure changes to accommodate future air taxis and other Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations. Under the blueprint, AAM operations will begin at a low rate with air taxis flying much as helicopters do today. They’ll use existing routes and infrastructure such as helipads and early vertiports. Pilots will communicate with air traffic controllers where required.

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NTSB Prelim: Maule MXT-7-180

Pilot (On Unicom Frequency) Report(ed) That He Had Engine Problems Immediately After Takeoff

On April 24, 2023, about 0846 central daylight time, a Maule MXT-7-180 airplane was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Laporte, Texas. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 pipeline patrol flight. According to the operator, the flight was intended to takeoff from Laporte, Municipal Airport (T41), Laporte, Texas, to aerial-inspect pipelines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.09.23)

Aero Linx: National Air Traffic Controllers Association

NATCA is a labor union and aviation safety organization in the United States that represents nearly 20,000 highly skilled air traffic controllers, engineers, and other aviation safety-related professionals. NATCA was certified in 1987 by the Federal Labor Relations Authority to be the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration. Today, NATCA is one of the strongest labor unions in the federal sector and represents a range of aviation safety professionals in 15 FAA bargaining units, five Department of Defense air traffic facilities, and 123 federal contract towers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.09.23): Land And Hold Short Operations

Land And Hold Short Operations

Operations which include simultaneous takeoffs and landings and/or simultaneous landings when a landing aircraft is able and is instructed by the controller to hold-short of the intersecting runway/taxiway or designated hold-short point. Pilots are expected to promptly inform the controller if the hold short clearance cannot be accepted.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.09.23)

“We continue to experience great progress with the Denali development program, and we believe the aircraft will be a game changer in the single-engine, high-performance turboprop segment. Our customers are excited for the Emergency Autoland feature on the Denali and, while our goal is to achieve type certification as quickly as possible, it is of greatest importance to assure that every detail is completed with the highest quality.”  Source: Chris Hearne, Textron senior vice president, Engineering, discussing the progress made in the Beechcraft Denali development program. 

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