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July 13, 2023

Airborne Affordable Flyers 07.13.23: NEW SportAv Expo, Scalebirds, Sonex Setback

 Also: Kitfox Upgrades, Helicycle Update, Alto NG, SportPlane Resource Guide Update

 
 
There are strong indications that a new sport aviation event, still wavering between either a November or January timeframe (until they finish with industry surveys) will be announced during Oshkosh’s opening day... and one stunning detail bodes REALLY well for its potential for success. The event is being organized to be conducted at none other than Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL... While there are a number of SportPlane companies replicating quite a few historic military aircraft, only one is bringing the P-36 back to American skies. Scalebirds notes that the P-36 saw combat from Day One and was credited with two of the first

Wisk eVTOL to Make AirVenture Debut

Wisk and Reward

Wisk Aero, the California-based, Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) concern and wholly-owned Boeing subsidiary, announced on 12 July that its sixth-generation air taxi will make its EAA AirVenture debut in 2023. In addition to displaying its eVTOL air taxi at the Wisk chalet, the company’s AirVenture 2023 campaign will see the convening of a special forum addressing the impact of autonomous air taxis on general aviation.

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Aerobility Scholarship Awarded to Hastings Woman

Venturing Into a Brave New World

On 10 July 2023, Aerobility announced a 35-year-old woman from Hastings in East Sussex had learned the basics of flying a light aircraft after having been awarded one of the organization’s scholarships. Ann-Marie ‘Az’ Baldwin, who is diagnosed with ADHD and Autism, remarked of her achievement: “I applied for a scholarship because I love aircraft and I am always looking up when planes go over. I didn’t know that it would ever be an option to fly.”

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Doroni eVTOL Flies

Company Founder Pilots Inaugural Flight

Founded in 2016 for purpose of providing the world an entirely new mode of sustainable transportation, Miami, Florida-based Doroni Aerospace announced on 12 July 2023 that company founder Doron Merdinger had become the first individual to successfully pilot a personal electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft in the United States. In addition to marking a major milestone in the development of Doroni’s eVTOL, the flight speaks at once to the company’s dedication to the advancement of emergent aviation technologies and fidelity to its stated mission of “offering a safety-centric, eco-friendly mobility option to the public—commonly referred to as flying cars

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Footage of Utah Firefighter Rescue Released

Up from the Ashes

Newly-released video footage shot by a Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau helicopter crew captured the hoist rescues of two firefighters from the Cedar Knoll wildfire in the Beehive State’s Manti-La Sal National Forest. The video shows one of the firefighters being hoisted aboard the rescue helicopter on a stretcher. The second firefighter was lifted out of the inferno by a responding crew-member via the hoist.

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flyExclusive and SmartSky Complete Citation XL Wi-Fi Installation

flyExclusive Receives FAA Part 145 Certification

Air-To-Ground (ATG) connectivity system developer SmartSky Networks announced on 10 July 2023 that its Wi-Fi service had been installed aboard a Cessna Citation XL jet belonging to flyExclusive, the North Carolina-based charter operator and aircraft fractional ownership concern.

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NASA Hoodwinks Axiom and Collins

Games People Play

NASA has awarded Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace task orders under existing contracts to advance spacewalking capabilities in low Earth orbit and moonwalking services for Artemis missions. The latest Exploration Extravehicular Activity Services (read Spacesuit) task orders, each valued at $5-million, are intended to see Axiom Space begin work on a spacesuit for use in low Earth orbit, and Collins Aerospace to commence working on a spacesuit for use on the lunar surface—each company essentially saddled with making its suit functionally interchangeable with the other’s.

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Twelve Breaks Ground on Washington SAF Facility

Playing it Fast and Palouse

On 11 July 2023, Twelve commenced construction of a commercial-scale E-Jet fuel production facility in the central Washington city of Moses Lake. The plant’s ground-breaking ceremony was attended by controversial Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Washington state Senator Julie Warnick, and featured a panel discussion of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) partaken in by Twelve co-founder and chief science officer Dr. Etosha Cave, Alaska Airlines vice-president of strategic sourcing & supply chain Ann Ardizzone, and senior director of Microsoft’s climate innovation fund Brandon Middaugh.

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Classic Aero-TV: ‘A Dream Come True’ – Zenith’s One-Week-Wonder

From 2014 (YouTube Version): One of 2014's Most Enjoyable Events Continues To Empower Sport Aviation

Sebastien Heintz, the president and owner of the Zenith Aircraft Company said it was like a dream come true. What he’s talking about in this video is the special event that took place at EAA AirVenture 2014 called, the One Week Wonder. EAA AirVenture has, for many years, offered training forums covering various subjects in all skill sets needed for home-building an airplane. At EAA AirVenture 2014, a new idea was tried when a

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Airborne 07.05.23: NEW Sport Aviation Fly-In, Russia Nixes MAKS, Airshow Lawsuit

Also: Airbus Helicopters H160, P-Volt Kaput, Stinson Donated to EAA Chapter, Universal Hydrogen

The winter fly-ins, Sebring in January, and Deland in November, provided some excellent venues for sport aviation to shine... but the lack of location support, management issues, and other concerns have seen both these events slide into obscurity. Now... There is hope. The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) has released a statement in which the agency alleges the Kremlin has chosen to cancel 2023's MAKS “International Aviation and Space Show”) airshow, an undertaking by which Moscow showcases the alleged prowess of Russia’s civil and military aircr

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Airborne 07.05.23: NEW Sport Aviation Fly-In, Russia Nixes MAKS, Airshow Lawsuit

Also: Airbus Helicopters H160, P-Volt Kaput, Stinson Donated to EAA Chapter, Universal Hydrogen

The winter fly-ins, Sebring in January, and Deland in November, provided some excellent venues for sport aviation to shine... but the lack of location support, management issues, and other concerns have seen both these events slide into obscurity. Now... There is hope. The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) has released a statement in which the agency alleges the Kremlin has chosen to cancel 2023's MAKS “International Aviation and Space Show”) airshow, an undertaking by which Moscow showcases the alleged prowess of Russia’s civil and military aircr

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 177

Pilot Then Verified The Fuel Quantity Remaining In The Tanks Using A Fuel Stick And Subsequently Determined There Was Adequate Fuel

On June 26, 2023, about 0805 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 177 airplane, N3138T, was substantially damaged during an accident near Hot Springs, Arkansas. The pilot was fatally injured, and the student pilot-rated passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross-country flight. According to the passenger, the pilot had recently purchased the airplane and they were flying it to their homebase near Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.13.23)

Aero Linx: UK Flying Displays and Museums Welcome to this site which aims to present a pictorial record of air shows I have attended over the years as well as pictures of major aircraft museum exhibits in the United Kingdom. I hope to be able to add to these pages as time goes on. Each set of photographs are on self-contained sections of the site and are accessible via the drop-down menus on the right hand side of this page.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.13.23): Local Airport Advisory (LAA)

Local Airport Advisory (LAA) A service available only in Alaska and provided by facilities that are located on the landing airport, have a discrete ground-to-air communication frequency or the tower frequency when the tower is closed, automated weather reporting with voice broadcasting, and a continuous ASOS/AWOS data display, other continuous direct reading instruments, or manual observations available to the specialist.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.13.23)

“Many of our employees are pilots and we have long dreamed of sharing the groundbreaking, innovative work that we’re doing at Oshkosh. This year, we’re fulfilling that dream. We are excited to introduce the Oshkosh community to our sixth-generation air taxi and to share more about how autonomous flight is going to positively change the future of aviation.” Source: Wisk CEO Brian Yutko discussing the company's first major visit to the Holy Land of Oshkosh...  

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