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August 05, 2023

Progress Continues on DarkAero's Upcoming Aircraft

Up-and-Comer Offers Update on Lightweight LSA

The DarkAero team updated followers on the current laundry list of tasks to prepare their first prototype for flight, with work continuing on the fuel pump, aerodynamics, cooling system, and panel. Throughout July, the team worked on the fuel system, checking out their newly revised fuel sump tank for leaks and til tests. Slosh tests and a variety of positional adjustment tried to simulate the ham-handed maneuvering of a novice pilot to see how much - if any - fuel could transfer between the left and right tanks under a worst case scenario.

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Stratus Financial – AeroGuard Partnership Announced

Financial Aid Provider Allys with Flight Training Center

Founded in 2020 by a group of FAA Certificated flight and ground instructors, Stratus Financial specializes in funding flight instruction. The company has developed lending products optimized for student pilots, thereby adhering to its expressed mission of  “we want to help you get your wings as swiftly as possible.” On 02 August 2023, Stratus Financial announced its partnership with AeroGuard Flight Training Center, a Phoenix, Arizona-headquartered flight-training academy with a reputation for excellence in aviation education.

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Virgin Galactic Discloses Q2 2023 Financials

Gaining Traction?

Virgin Galactic has announced its 2023 second-quarter financial results and provided an update of the business state and goals. Founded in 2004, Virgin Galactic is the commercial space-tourism subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group conglomerate. Though long embattled and chronically cash-strapped, the company’s recent string of successful space-launches invites optimism—albeit of the guarded persuasion.

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Another... Cirrus SF50 Jet Bent in Bend

Visions of Troubles Past

A Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet was damaged when its nose-gear apparently collapsed during a landing at Oregon’s Bend Municipal Airport (BDN). The aircraft’s three occupants were reportedly unharmed. The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 PDT on the afternoon of Thursday, 03 August 2023 and resulted in a two hour closure of the airport’s single, 5,200 x 75-foot Runway 16/34.

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Embraer Delivers Big Q2 2023 Numbers


Embraer S.A., the multinational aerospace manufacturer of commercial, military, executive, and agricultural aircraft founded in 1969 and headquartered in São Paulo, Brazil, has made public its Q2 2023 earnings report. Compared to 2022’s second-quarter, the deliveries of the Brazilian air-framer’s aircraft increased by a tremendous 47-percent. Moreover, the company’s backlog of firm orders reached a handsome $17.3-billion (USD).

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Summit Aviation Pioneers Apprenticeship Program

A First in the First State

Summit Aviation Inc.—a Greenwich AeroGroup company headquartered in Middletown, Delaware and a factory-authorized service center for Bell, Cessna, Raisbeck Engineering, and Sikorsky—has earned the distinction of being the first Delaware employer to register Apprenticeship Standards with the state’s Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training, Office of Apprenticeship. In addition, Summit Aviation has successfully completed an Apprentice Agreement, thereby distinguishing the company as the first in Delaware to introduce the Aviation Maintenance Mechanic Registered Apprenticeship program.

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Newly-Released Report Bodes Poorly for Hydrogen Propulsion

Sweet Lucidity

A report newly set forth by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)—a Washington D.C.-based independent nonprofit providing technical and scientific analysis to environmental regulators—impugns the commercial applications of fuel-cell powered turboprop aircraft. The ICCT contends hydrogen-electric fuel-cell-powered ATR and De Havilland Canada turboprops—specifically, ATR’s 72-600 and Bombardier’s (nee De Havilland’s) Dash-8 Q400—could have sufficient range to service most turboprop routes, but only when carrying many fewer passengers than the aircrafts’ respective design capacities.

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ParaZero Sees US Order for UAV Safety Chutes

Unnamed OEM Selects Emirati BRS for Drone Safety System

ParaZero Technologies recently inked a deal to supply their SafeAir system to an “air taxi and cargo drone solutions company in the USA. ParaZero’s SafeAir is, looking past the corporate fluff, a smaller, more compact ballistic parachute system for uncrewed or multirotor aircraft in the greater UAV family. Computer controlled deployment and constant flight monitoring provide a greater margin of safety for the aircraft and those below it.

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA46

(Pilot) Experienced A Medical Emergency And “Blacked Out”

On July 15, 2023, at 1515 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-46-500TP airplane, N444RR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts. The pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight was operated as Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.According to the passenger, the pilot had just performed a go-around maneuver while on approach to runway 06 at Martha’s Vineyard Airport (MVY), Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, when he experienced a medical emergency and “blacked out.”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.05.23)

Aero Linx: International Ryan Club The International Ryan Club is a community dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of pre-WWII Ryan aircraft. Help us keep the Ryan flyin! Members enjoy access to a network of Ryan enthusiasts, technical resources, vintage publications and the ability to post questions, events, news, photos, and classified ads to community forums.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.05.23): Radio Magnetic Indicator

Radio Magnetic Indicator

An aircraft navigational instrument coupled with a gyro compass or similar compass that indicates the direction of a selected NAVAID and indicates bearing with respect to the heading of the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.05.23)

"We are excited to be working with Stratus Financial to provide our students with access to financial guidance and support. We believe this partnership will help us continue to provide the highest quality flight training while also giving our students the tools they need to succeed in their careers." Source: From remarks made by AeroGuard Flight Training Center CMO James Constable, following announcements about a Stratus financing program for future pilots.  

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