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August 22, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 08.22.23: MD-90 Becomes X-66A, BWB Prototype, Drone Search

 Also: Iranian Drones, Eve eVTOL, AEA Q2/23 Avionics Report, NBAA on AAM

Boeing is making ready to modify an MD-90 narrow-body airliner—transforming the machine radically for purpose of testing the company’s Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) architecture under the auspices of NASA's Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project. Upon completion of an extensive series of structural modifications, the MD-90 will emerge as the X-66A. JetZero has benefitted from a US Air Force award of $235-million to build an airliner-scale, piloted, Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator in partnership with Northrop-Grumman and Scaled Composites. The funds will be distributed over a four-year period culminating, presumably, in a 2027 first-fli

ANN Sending Its 'A' Team To Cover The MidWest LSA Expo

We'll Be There To Conduct Interviews And Flight Tests For ANN And The SportPlane Resource Guide

As the potential for FAA's surprise MOSAIC NPRM sinks in for the light and sport aviation community, the Aero-News Network is prepping a team to attend the upcoming MidWest LSA Expo in order to pave the way for even better coverage of the topic... and enjoy one of the more enjoyable sport flying events in the aviation community. The primary role for the ANN Team will be to conduct interviews and flight tests for the massive new SportPlane Resource Guide (eSPRG)... which appears to have grown from the 1100 pages of its last iteration to over 2000 in the new all-digital format we've adopted for the future.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Bell 407

An Investigation By Bell Textron Canada Limited Identified 43 T/R Blades That Could Have Missing Adhesive 

An Emergency Airworthiness Directive, AD #2023-17-51, has been sent to owners and operators of Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 407 helicopters over concerns with possible issues in the aircraft's tail rotor. According to the E-AD, "This emergency AD was prompted by a report of a disbonded area in a tail rotor (T/R) blade due to missing adhesive between the upper skin and core. Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Transport Canada Emergency AD CF-2023-63, dated August 17, 2023 (Transport Canada AD CF-2023-63), to correct an unsafe condition on certain serial-numbered Bell Textron Canada Limited M

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Montaer Releases 4-Spot MC-04

Family-Sized Aircraft Arrives from Brazilian LSA Manufacturer

Montaer Aeronaves unveiled a follow-up to its 2-seat MC-01 Aircraft, with a 4-seater sporting IFR-ready avionics and a parachute. The all-metal, high-wing, tricycle geared MC-04 sports a Rotax 916 iS with all 160 turbocharged ponies under the hood, granting it a 132-knot cruise for 800 nautical miles. A constant-speed prop helps to put the finishing touch on a nice little package from a firm ordinarily associated with 2-seater LSA’s.

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Gyro Revolution Opens Florida Operation

New York Operation to Relaunch Brookhaven Location

Gyro Revolution is a Gyroplane sales, service, and training concern. The Ronkonkoma, New York-based company is among the U.S.’s premier gyroplane flight-training institutions and offers multiple levels of gyroplane certification. Gyro Revolution recently opened a satellite operation in Florida’s Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. The new facility is located on Hollywood, Florida’s North Perry Airport (HWO) and offers demo and training flights in the Cavalon 915iS gyroplane—a two-place aircraft built by Hildesheim, Germany’s AutoGyro.  

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Textron Shakes Up Management Team

Scholl Named President & CEO Of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.; Shortt Named President & Ceo Of Textron eAviation

Textron has confirmed that Rob Scholl, President & CEO of Textron eAviation, has been named President & CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. Additionally: Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Global Parts & Distribution, at Textron Aviation, has been named president & CEO of Textron eAviation, succeeding Scholl. Both appointments are effective August 31, 2023.

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Lost Hiker Found with Help from Drones

A Communal Effort

An 18-year-old hiker gone missing in North Carolina’s Crowders Mountain State Park was rescued by Gaston County police officers. park rangers, his fellow-hikers, and a number of drones. The young man was reported missing on Wednesday, 16 August and may have spent the night in the wilderness—so infer park rangers who happened across his vehicle in the state park’s parking-lot and commenced searching immediately thereafter.

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Airborne 08.14.23: iFly EFB Update, Hawaii Fire Rescue, B-29 Doc

Also: Curtiss JN-4 Jenny Restoration, Girls in Aviation Day, MD Helicopters, Private Jet Service$

Adventure Pilot has announced the release of iFly EFB 12.2, an update by which the aviation community may avail itself of advanced EFB features, to include integration with Avidyne's advanced flight displays. iFly EFB 12.2 integrates with Avidyne's advanced Integrated Flight Display (IFD) systems, thereby bringing higher degrees of collaboration and efficiency to users’ flight-planning endeavors. The DoD has mobilized active-duty and reserve military helicopter crews under numerous commands to support firefighting operations across the embattled Hawaiian Is

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United Airlines Pledges $1.25-Million to Aviation and STEM Education

Foresight in Action

United Airlines has pledged $1.25-million to the funding of aviation and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools across the airline’s seven hub locales: Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The airline will also help fund aviation and STEM curricula in Phoenix and across Hawaii. The monies will be awarded to DonorsChoose.Org, a U.S. non-profit organization that permits individuals and companies to donate directly to public school classroom projects.

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NTSB Final Report: Cameron Balloons US O-120

Postmortem Toxicology Testing Of Specimens From The Pilot Was Consistent With The Recent Use Of Cannabis (THC) And Cocaine

Analysis: The pilot was conducting a sightseeing flight, with four passengers on board the balloon. Near the conclusion of the flight, the pilot maneuvered the balloon to land in an open field across a major intersection. Power lines were orientated nearly perpendicular to the balloon’s flight path to the field. The power lines were hung between metal poles that were about 78 ft high. A review of surveillance video from a local business revealed that the balloon began a climb before the intersection, with the power lines across the road. Video then depicted the balloon descending into the power lines as

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Classic Aero-TV: The Patrouille De France: The Long-Awaited US Tour

From 2017 (YouTube Version): Team Trained All Winter To Adapt To U.S. Air Show Rules

The Patrouille de France performed in April at Sun 'n Fun, and then toured a large portion of the U.S. during the month of April. In an interview with ANN Editor in Chief Jim Campbell, Lead Solo Pilot Capt. Aubert said that the team trained all winter for the 2017 demonstration to match with U.S. regulations for military team performances at air shows. The logistics were challenging, but he said that at each location in the U.S., the team had support personnel waiting for them to help facilitate their performances.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.22.23)

Aero Linx: Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA)  Since 1972, PAMA has been dedicated to promoting professionalism and recognition of the aviation maintenance technician through communication, education, representation, and support of continuous improvement in aviation safety. Our mission is to promote continuous improvement in aviation safety through communication, education, representation and support of our members.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.22.23): Circle To Runway (Runway Number)

Circle To Runway (Runway Number) Used by ATC to inform the pilot that he/she must circle to land because the runway in use is other than the runway aligned with the instrument approach procedure. When the direction of the circling maneuver in relation to the airport/runway is required, the controller will state the direction (eight cardinal compass points) and specify a left or right downwind or base leg as appropriate; e.g., “Cleared VOR Runway Three Six Approach circle to Runway Two Two,” or “Circle northwest of the airport for a right downwind to Runway Two Two.”

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.22.23)

"Whether it's using model planes to teach middle-schoolers the dynamics of flight or taking a field trip to see how a simulator works, we're proud to help teachers get the resources to inspire the next generation of aviators. We're proud to team up with to support teachers who are doing incredible work and changing the lives of students around the country."   Source: From a statement by United Airlines senior vice-president and chief communications officer Josh Earnest, after it pledged $1.25-million to the funding of aviation and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools across the airline’s seven hub locales: Chicago, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York, Houston

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