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March 21, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 03.21.23: SU-27 Pilots Incompetent?, LIFT in Japan, CAV Systems

 Also: DJI Mini 2 SE, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inmarsat & Heron AirBridge, Sikorsky eVTOL

 
 
Senator Mark Kelly (Democrat, Arizona), a former U.S. Navy combat pilot and NASA astronaut, has openly opined that the 14 March 2023 incident in which a pair of Russian Su-27 Flanker jet fighters downed a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) over the Black Sea is ascribable to incompetence on the parts of the Russian pilots. Lift's Hexa aircraft made a notable demo for the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), obtaining approval for additional demonstrations. The company completed Phase 1 flight testing and initial envelope development with the USAF, moving onward to Alpha Flights to allow persons outside the company to fly the prototype Hexa

FAA Proposes Upping CVR Archive Interval to 25 Hours

Because 24 Hours …

Following a plethora of recent incidents involving runway-incursions and emergent traffic conflicts between Part 121 aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration has resolved to increase the archival capability of Cockpit Voice Recorders (CVR) from the thirty-minutes of magnetic-tape designs and two-hours of solid-state architectures to a comparatively expansive 25-hours. If codified, the increase would stand as a major win for the National Transportation Safety Board, which has been pushing for such a mandate since 2018.

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U.S. Senator Ascribes MQ-9 Downing to Russian “Incompetence”

A Matter of (Informed/Expert) Opinion

Senator Mark Kelly (Democrat, Arizona), a former U.S. Navy combat pilot and NASA astronaut, has openly opined that the 14 March 2023 incident in which a pair of Russian Su-27 Flanker jet fighters downed a U.S. MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) over the Black Sea is ascribable to incompetence on the parts of the Russian pilots.

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B-21 First Flight Delayed

USAF States Program Remains on Schedule

U.S. Air Force secretary Frank Kendall conceded during an address at the McAleese & Associates conference in Washington D.C. that the first flight of the service’s new B-21 Raider sixth-generation, strategic stealth bomber had "slipped from the original schedule" but remains within the project’s baseline development schedule and cost.

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Qantas Warns of Radio Interference Caused by Chinese Warships

Operators Conducting Flights Over South China Sea Cautioned

Australian flag carrier Queensland and Northern Territory Air Service (Qantas) has warned its pilots of radio interference and GPS jamming emanating from Chinese military vessels afloat on the South China Sea.

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Airborne 03.13.23: Midnight Awaits!, A Vet Remembers, Enstrom Revs Up

Also: PAL-V Medevac?, Airbus Hires, F-35 Test Flights Resume, Piper Tours

Archer is heralding the final assembly of the first production Midnight eVTOL. The company reports all major aerostructures, to include the machine’s fuselage, wing, and empennage, have been built and mated into a cohesive aircraft. What’s more, a significant portion of the inaugural Midnight’s wiring, electronics, flight-control-system-actuators, and additional systems have been successfully installed. We must never forget who and what got us here... and our responsibility to treasure it. A World War II vet got to go for a nostalgic ride aboard one of the Commemorativ

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Aerocor Publishes 2nd Edition of Beechcraft Buyer's Guide

Now Includes Aftermarket, Upgrades, Engine Programs, Common Failures

Aerocor has published the 2nd edition of its Beechcraft buyer's guide, providing helpful info for those looking to finagle a smart buy on a solid plane. The second edition follows on from the last iteration with 3 years of updates gleaned from a changing used aircraft market. Aerocor says this year, the Beechcraft Premier buyer's guide could once again create a palpable bump in demand, as seen with the 2020 release of the first edition.

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Airborne 03.13.23: Midnight Awaits!, A Vet Remembers, Enstrom Revs Up

Also: PAL-V Medevac?, Airbus Hires, F-35 Test Flights Resume, Piper Tours

Archer is heralding the final assembly of the first production Midnight eVTOL. The company reports all major aerostructures, to include the machine’s fuselage, wing, and empennage, have been built and mated into a cohesive aircraft. What’s more, a significant portion of the inaugural Midnight’s wiring, electronics, flight-control-system-actuators, and additional systems have been successfully installed. We must never forget who and what got us here... and our responsibility to treasure it. A World War II vet got to go for a nostalgic ride aboard one of the Commemorativ

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Infrastructure Committee Hears out EAA, NATA, AAAE, Others

Graves to Introduce GA Component in FAA Reauthorization Bill for 1st Time

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton testified on the vital importance of the country's general aviation system to the Aviation Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in Washington, D.C. Pelton made his way there to lobby on behalf of the industry, arguing that America has to be able to rely on an adequate, well-organized, predictable system for certification, regulation, and support. Pelton was joined by additional aviation stakeholders, like Rick Crider representing the American Association of Airport Executives, and Curt Castagna of the NATA.

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Classic Aero-TV: Paying It Forward--Vicki Cruse Scholarship Winner Kelly Hoffman

From 2011 (YouTube Version): The Memory Of An Amazing Lady Is Affecting The Future of Others

It should have been a sad, even depressing, duty... to choose among some hopeful applicants for a scholarship we established in the memory of someone amazing... and now lost. Instead, it was one of the most uplifting events of the year... and promises to con

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Bell Makes First 407GXi Sale to Taiwanese Owners

Utilities Conglomerate Ginger Aviation Opts for Bell

Bell has announced the signed purchase agreement of a Taiwan-bound 407GXi helicopter, which will soon join Ginger Aviation. Ginger Aviation will put their new aircraft to work checking power lines, assessing electrical infrastructure, and performing site inspections. Ginger's recent birth in 2022 has put them on the prowl for suitable aircraft to meet their twin utilities and aviation heritage.

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NTSB Prelim: Bell OH-58A

With A Speed Near Effective Translational Lift At 80% Torque, The Helicopter Suddenly Started To Bounce And Yaw

On February 6, 2023, about 2135 mountain standard time, a restricted category Bell OH-58A helicopter, N36FA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Yuma, Arizona. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural aerial application flight. The pilot reported that after the night application of chemical insecticide, he landed on the load truck and the chemical hopper was filled with 50 gallons of water.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.23)

Aero Linx: The Vertical Flight Society The Vertical Flight Society — founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, Inc. — is the world's only international technical society for engineers, scientists and others working to advance vertical flight technology. We bring together industry, academia and government to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight. Our members share a legacy of knowledge and accomplishment that has been driving innovation for nearly 80 years!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.23): On-Course Indication

On-Course Indication An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track, or an indication on a radar scope that an aircraft is on a given track.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.21.23)

"I'm not surprised by this. I mean, I flew with Russian pilots, fighter pilots who couldn't fly formation. And I watched this video and it's pretty obvious what happened. He lost sight of it and he crashed into it.” Source: US Senator Mark Kelly, Former Fighter Jock and NASA Astronaut, opining on what most fighter-qualified pilots seem to believe was abject stupidity on the part of the SU-27 pilot(s) involved in the collision with a US MQ-9 UAS. 

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