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May 25, 2022

Sonaca To Halt Production Of S200 Aircraft

Employees to be Retained, Support Services to be Honored

Sonaca Aircraft announced today that it will cease production of its S200 aircraft. Sonaca CEO Yves DeLatte describes the measure as a “necessary decision… ” engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic’s adverse impact on general aviation and, in particular, pilot training. The S200 is a low-wing, aluminum, monoplane airplane based on the Sling II, a South African two-seater aircraft designed and produced by Sling Aircraft in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Sling gained notoriety in 2009 when the specially modified second prototype successfully circumnavigated the Earth in forty days.

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Lindbergh Foundation Announces Creation of Decarbonization Prize Group

The Forever Flight Alliance to Offer Prizes for Sustainable Flight Innovation

The Lindbergh Foundation has announced a series of incentive prizes as a part of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the legendary pilot's original groundbreaking flight. Opening up the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, the Foundation announced a collaborative incentive effort with the XPRIZE Foundation, the NBAA, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 05.17.22: FAA Diverts eVTOL, DJI’s Mini Pro 3, Drone Fishing!

Also: Pentagon Cooks Drones, Paper Wings, Wingcopter 198, Joby Testing Noise

Recognizing the importance of keeping abreast of the technological developments in the industry, the FAA is reconsidering its approach to the certification of eVTOLs. On 16 December 2016, the FAA published the final rule representing an overhaul of airworthiness standards for GA airplanes, specifically in an attempt to enable faster adoption of “innovative safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes, while reducing costs for the aviation industry.” DJI recently launched its DJI Mini 3 Pro, a palm-able device weighing a tad over 0.5 lbs, featuring tri-directi

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Aero-TV At AUVSI2022: Intelligent Energy Extends Drone Run-Times

Intelligent Energy Pushes Drone Run Times With Hydrogen Fuel Source

We caught up with Mr. Jonathan Douglas-Smith, Aerospace Business Development Manager for Intelligent Energy to learn more about their product. Intelligent energy is manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, typically for UAV’s. The “IE-SOAR” product line, for example, allows an operator to extends the flight times of UAV’s by three to five times over state of the art batteries. Additional benefits include long lifespan, zero maintenance, and zero emissions at point of use.

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Airborne-UnCrewed 05.17.22: FAA Diverts eVTOL, DJI’s Mini Pro 3, Drone Fishing!

Also: Pentagon Cooks Drones, Paper Wings, Wingcopter 198, Joby Testing Noise

Recognizing the importance of keeping abreast of the technological developments in the industry, the FAA is reconsidering its approach to the certification of eVTOLs. On 16 December 2016, the FAA published the final rule representing an overhaul of airworthiness standards for GA airplanes, specifically in an attempt to enable faster adoption of “innovative safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes, while reducing costs for the aviation industry.” DJI recently launched its DJI Mini 3 Pro, a palm-able device weighing a tad over 0.5 lbs, featuring tri-directi

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GE Completes 100% SAF Testing on Passport

Development on Pure, Non-Petroleum Fuel Continues Among Slate of GE Aviation Projects

GE Aviation has announced the completion of testing of its Passport engine on 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel, happily reporting that the project is capable of operating on the low-carbon alternative even at high concentrations. The Passport is GE's attempt at nailing the long-range business aviation engine as the world trends towards low carbon, sustainable alternatives, boasting better fuel efficiency, reliability, and simplicity than similar legacy systems.

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Find A Crop-Duster Online!

Ag Association Says ‘Tis The Season: Find A Crop-Duster Online!

The National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) has announced that the aerial applicator industry, aka ‘crop dusters’ are ready and waiting to get the 2022 season underway. The NAAA further emphasized that farmers/growers in need of aerial applicators, whether or not a prior relationship exists, can utilize the applicator database to locate an appropriate resource. 

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Kaman To Acquire Parker Wheel & Brake Division

Parker Divests Wheel & Brake Works in Preparation for Meggitt Acquisition

Parker Hannifin (Parker) announced that it has signed an agreement to divest its Aircraft Wheel Brake Division to Kaman Corporation. The move was made in accordance with a European Commission’s stipulation that Parker divest itself of the division prior to acquiring Meggitt PLC (Meggitt), the British international company specializing in components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defense, and energy industries.

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Historic Aircraft Rides Offered: B-17, B-25, C-47, UH-1

Yankee Air Museum Of Flight: Ride in B-17, B-25, C-47, or UH-1

The Yankee Air Museum’s tour schedule run from May to September 2022, and during that time, you have several opportunities to ride in their historic ‘traveling museum’ which consists of a B-17 “Yankee Lady”, B-25 “Rosie’s Reply”, C-47 “Hairless Joe”, or UH-1 “Huey Greyhound” helicopter. Whether you are looking for something special for Father’s day (19 Jun 2022), an enthusiast, or any other occasion, this might fit the bill.

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Airbus Helicopters Announces Additional Run of Aston Martin Edition

Limited Automotive-Inspired ACH130 to Double Production run to 30 Total

Airbus has acceded to market demand to continue the manufacture of the special Aston Martin Edition of the brand’s ACH130 helicopter. The Aston Martin Edition sees the automotive marque work its sports & luxury magic on the popular VIP corporate transport. Like any limited edition worth its salt, the aircraft sold out far quicker than expected, to the point that Aston Martin and Airbus feel it’s appropriate to keep the arrangement going beyond the initial 15 helicopters made under the partnership. 

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AEA Announces 2021 Training Excellence Awards

AEA Recognizes USA And International Avionics Training Excellence For 2021

The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) recognized 42 certified repair stations for their commitment to continuing education in Avionics, through their participation in AEA-approved training for the 2021 season. They were presented with the 2021 AEA Avionics Training Excellence Award. Of the 42 member-companies recognized for their participation, two were based in Canada, one in the Netherlands, and the remainder from the USA.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 172N

When The Student Applied Full Power, The Engine Did Not Respond

On May 1, 2022, at 1820 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172N, N737LY, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Toms River, New Jersey. The flight instructor and student pilot had no injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. According to the flight instructor, he stated they took off from Old Bridge Airport (3N6), Old Bridge, New Jersey about 1700 and flew to Ocean County Airport (MJX), Toms River, New Jersey, to practice some landings.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.25.22)

Aero Linx: Lancair Owners and Builders Organization (LOBO) LOBO is the vision of a group of Lancair and Evolution aircraft enthusiasts who strongly believe in the need for a united Lancair community. LOBO's board sees many challenges in the current general aviation flying environment. Continuing safety concerns, an ever changing regulatory climate and a dwindling list of service and support suppliers are but a few of the issues affecting the continued safe enjoyment of these fine aircraft.  For these reasons, LOBO was formed to support the Lancair and Evolution aircraft communities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.25.22): Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA)

Minimum Vectoring Altitude (MVA) The lowest MSL altitude at which an IFR aircraft will be vectored by a radar controller, except as otherwise authorized for radar approaches, departures, and missed approaches. The altitude meets IFR obstacle clearance criteria. It may be lower than the published MEA along an airway or J-route segment. It may be utilized for radar vectoring only upon the controller’s determination that an adequate radar return is being received from the aircraft being controlled. Charts depicting minimum vectoring altitudes are normally available only to the controllers and not to pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.25.22)

“Seeking to win the $25,000 Orteig prize, Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 flight caused a step-change in aviation. The power of competition through incentive prizes has been proven throughout history as a great motivator.” Source: Gregg Maryniak, co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, commenting as the Lindbergh Foundation has announced a series of incentive prizes as a part of the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the legendary pilot's original groundbreaking flight. 

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