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November 19, 2023

Schweizer 'Refreshes' First OEM Certified S300CBI

Announces OEM Certified Helicopters Program

Schweizer Helicopters are alive and kicking.... or at least rotating (jn part). The company has completed the first helicopter of its new OEM Certified Helicopters Program. The refurbished S300CBi is the complete package... and includes a new engine, blades, interior, paint, and low-time components. Priced below the cost of a new model, like new aircraft offer customers a more affordable option in helicopter ownership.

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Another Day, Another Rescue... USCG Rescues 2 People, Dog Off FL Coast

MH-60 To The Rescue... 90 Miles Out in The Gulf

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued two people and their dog, Saturday, about 90 miles off Hernando Beach after their sailboat became disabled. The couple and their dog were brought back to Air Station Clearwater in good health, although the dog seemed a bit out of sorts throughout the rescue. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a digital selective calling alert, at approximately 11 a.m., alerting the Coast Guard to the mariners' distress. It was reported a porthole broke allowing water to get into the vessel damaging some of the electronics. 

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Ethiopian Buys 11 A350-900s

Consolation Prize for Airbus Eases Sting of Scaled Down Dubai Orders

Ethiopian Airlines Group will leave the Dubai Airshow with a receipt (or more accurately, an MoU) for 11 brand new A350-900s in tow. The total order book with the carrier now sits at 33 aircraft in all, with 4 of the top-of-the-line A350-1000s. Their fleet today stands at 20 -900 models, the largest operator of the type in Africa.

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Drone Express' Courier Offers 85-Lb Payload

Delivery-Focused UAV Sports 20-Mile Range with Corporate Partners Ready to Go

Drone Express showed off their new DE-2023 Phoenix quadcopter, a small courier drone aimed squarely at the burgeoning UAV-delivery market. The model sits in that comfortable size range to carry payloads up to 85 pounds, covering a large breadth of packages in the domestic logistics chain. Range is adequate, with a 20-mile circle from its launch point allowing for passable coverage of a good chunk of the average metro area. With additional delivery hubs, that should do just fine.

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Boeing and Zero Petroleum Embark on SAF Project

Zero’s Techniques Aim to Produce Fuel from Air and Water

Boeing has announced a sustainable aviation fuel effort in conjunction with Zero Petroleum of the United Kingdom that will one day produce workable jet fuel from "air and water". Despite the core idea seeming a little out-there, Boeing says Zero's technology can pull it off. "The hydrocarbon fuel obtains carbon from direct air capture and hydrogen from water electrolysis. This Power-to-Liquid process has the potential to significantly reduce emissions across the lifecycle, provided there is an abundance of renewable electricity."

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Emirates’ Airbus Order for 15 Planes Lackluster

A350-900 Not Getting the Love After Carrier’s Tryst with Boeing

Emirates left the Dubai Airshow with a clutch of widebody orders, bringing its total backlog with the manufacturer to 65 aircraft in all. The order saw them requisition 15 A350-900s, a fair bit fewer than originally expected. Early gossip surrounding the show pointed to disappointing performance of the -900 models in use with Emirates already. According to showtime water cooler talk, the newfangled Rolls-Royce Trent engines have proven a little high-maintenance in the Middle Eastern climate, dampening Emirates' enthusiasm to add more of the same.

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Klyde Morris (11.17.23)

Smoke, Mirrors... and Klyde!


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Classic Aero-TV: A Look At Avidyne GLAS - New Life for Old Jet Panels

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Avidyne Introduces 'GLAS' At NBAA

The big news from Avidyne at NBAA 2018 was "GLAS" ... the GPS Legacy Aviation System. The GLAS protocol, provides direct interface to legacy avionics systems in these CitationJet aircraft without the exorbitant costs of external adapter boxes or EFIS factory upgrades, according to the company. The company is actively involved in multiple FMS upgrade programs to the venerable Cessna Citation series of aircraft, using their IFD550/545 FMS navigators to provide LPV approach capability, electronic approach charts, wireless connectivity, and ADS-B compliance.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus SR22

He “Just Happened To Look Up” And Saw That The Airplane Was Flying Directly Toward A Large Pine Tree

On October 11, 2023, about 2130 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR-22, N253BC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Martinsville, Virginia. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot refueled the airplane, completed a preflight inspection, updated the airplane’s electronic flight instrument system, and departed Blue Ridge Airport (MTV), Martinsville, Virginia, for a night, visual flight rules cross-country flight to Oklahoma. The pilot reported that on takeoff, after he established a posit

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.19.23)

Aero Linx: Colorado Pilots Association Colorado Pilots Association was incorporated as a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation in 1972. It is a statewide organization with over 700 members dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly. Objectives of the organization are to promote aviation and flight safety, to protect the rights of pilots, and to be of assistance to the general public in aviation matters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.19.23): Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)

Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) An airport lighting facility providing vertical visual approach slope guidance to aircraft during approach to landing by radiating a directional pattern of high intensity red and white focused light beams which indicate to the pilot that he/she is “on path” if he/she sees red/white, “above path” if white/white, and “below path” if red/red. Some airports serving large aircraft have three-bar VASIs which provide two visual glide paths to the same runway.

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Bell 429 Sent to Cameroon

Offshore Oil Helo First of the Type in Region

Bell has another bird headed to West Africa courtesy of the oil and gas market, with a shiny new Bell 429 picked up by Caverton Helicopters Limited. The operator will press the new helo into service as a courier for offshore platforms off the coast of Cameroon. The firm notes it's the first 429 to operate in the region.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (11.19.23)

“We created our new OEM Certified Helicopters Program to help bring the fleet back to life and provide a more affordable way for customers to get into helicopter ownership or upgrade to a new helicopter.”

Source: Schweizer President and CEO David Horton, explaining the modus operandi behind the company's refreshment program. The refurbished S300CBi is the complete package... and includes a new engine, blades, interior, paint, and low-time components. 

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