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September 04, 2023

Development of DarkAero Prototype Proceeding Apace

Speed Demon Taking Shape in the Badger State

Work continues on the DarkAero 1 prototype, with late-summer 2023 efforts focused on testing and the accomplishment of minor remaining systems tasks such as improving the aircraft’s landing gear articulation system, refining the canopy jettisoning system, realigning elevator hinges, and heat shielding the remainder of the machine’s engine-compartment. Efforts are underway, also, to bring on additional technicians for purpose of accelerating progress on the DarkAero 1 prototype and supporting increased demand for DarkAero Services.

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FAA Approves ClearVision Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS)

Universal Avionics Synthetic Vision System Impresses

Universal Avionics (UA) has partnered with AerSale—a Coral Gables, Florida-based supplier of aftermarket aeronautical products and engineering services—to develop and certify AerAware Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS). Stated broadly, Universal's EFVS solution facilitates improved situational awareness and aircraft control during day or night periods of degraded outside visibility. The system contemporaneously expedites and enhances the safety of aircraft departure and approach operations in hard IFR conditions.

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Piper Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association Rebrands

Organization Now Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association

At its 2023 annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) announced a rebranding to the Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (PMOPA).

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New York Mayor Attempts to House Illegal Aliens on Small Town Airport

Massena, New York Residents Outraged

New York City Mayor Eric L. Adams is contemplating utilizing a small airport in upstate New York as a destination for illegal immigrants. Officials of the village of Massena—a hamlet spanning 4.73-square-miles and home to some 10,151 residents—were neither informed of Adams’s intention to transform Massena International Airport (MSS) into a de facto holding-facility for illegal migrants nor consulted by state or federal officials. Adams's proposal sharply contradicts New York Governor Kathleen Hochul's edict setting forth illegal aliens should remain exclusively within New York City’s five boroughs. 

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Elfly Group Secures Norwegian Government Grant

Monies to Hasten Development of Noemi Electric Seaplane

Following receipt of an $8 million-plus grant from Enova SF, Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Elfly Group is to forge ahead with the production of a full-scale prototype of its all-electric commercial seaplane. Dubbed Noemi (No-Emissions), the aircraft instantiates its designers’ ambition to contemporaneously improve Norway’s air-transport infrastructure and safeguard its unique and spectacular natural vistas and indigenous flora and fauna.

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Airborne 08.25.23: Perlan 2!, Modified RotorWay A600, Vans Update

Also: Prigozhin Shot Down, Daher Defribillates, Delta-Skyborne, Destroyed and Scrapped A/C

The Perlan Project’s Perlan 2 spaceglider took flight on August 23rd, looking to take a jaunt over the Andes mountains of Peru to celebrate “National Ride the Wind Day”. After 2.5 hours of flight, the Perlan 2 was making a good vertical speed of 8 knots at a pressure altitude of 45,500 feet. By the end, the Perlan 2 was able to reach a max altitude just north of 60,300 feet, taking the better part of 5 hours to hit their max altitude. Californian defense contractor Advanced Tactics, Inc. has signed an agreement with Rotor X Aircraft

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EAA Chapter 534 to Host Pancake Breakfast at (LEE) Hangar

Bread and Circuses

On 30 September 2023, EAA’s Chapter 534 will host a fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast at their hangar at the Leesburg International Airport (LEE) in Leesburg, Florida. In addition to serving a menu of blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage patties, and coffee or juice, the event will afford attendees opportunity to visit the chapter’s hangar, meet its members, and learn about the Squadron 534 youth group.

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Klyde Morris (09.01.23)

Klyde: The Media Tends To Run Out Of Adjectives


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F-15EX Successfully Completes Key Testing & Evaluation Stage

DOD Full-Rate Production Decision Pending

Boeing’s F-15EX Eagle II fighter has successfully launched a variety of air-to-air and air-to-ground standoff munitions, thereby completing a key testing and evaluation phase—so stated the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, 30 August 2023. The data resultant of the testing will inform, in part, the DOD’s decision vis-à-vis full-rate production of Boeing’s extensively-modified, dramatically-improved iteration of McDonnell Douglas’s battlefield-proven fourth-generation fighter jet.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna P210N

Weather Radar Showed The Flight Track Entering An Area Of Heavy Precipitation Which Was Followed By The Airplane Entering A Rapidly Descending Right Turn

On August 10, 2023, about 1005 eastern daylight time, a Cessna P210N, N210JT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Junction City, Georgia. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane departed Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Sarasota, Florida about 0800 with a destination of Thomaston-Upson County Airport (OPN), Thomaston, Georgia. The airplane was operating under an instrument flight rules flight plan and had been cruising at flight level 200 (20,000 ft msl).<

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EASA Proposes VTOL Regulations

Defining Tomorrow’s E.U. Regulatory Environment

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed a body of regulations germane to the safe operations of Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft (VTOL), which include air-taxis, thereby heralding the arrival of subject aircraft in European skies.

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Ignite Flight Academy Adds New Training Device

one-G Foundation 1G-650 AATD Supplements School’s Curricula

Lincoln, Nebraska-based aviation training facility Ignite Flight Academy is expanding its one-G Advanced Aviation Training Device fleet. The respected Cornhusker State concern will presently supplement its Part 141 and Part 61 professional pilot programs with an additional one-G Foundation 1G-650 AATD by virtue of which learners will be afforded opportunity to sharpen their instrument flying skills via meteorological and equipment challenges at once impractical, unlikely, and unsafe in actual aircraft.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.04.23)

Aero Linx: The Cardinal Flyers The Cardinal Flyers are a group of owners, operators and flyers of the Cessna 177 Cardinal. This is our web home, the Cardinal Flyers Online. Our purpose is to bring Cardinal Flyers together around the world, both virtually and physically, while communicating our member's experiences, wisdom and knowledge in creative and effective ways. We are about technical knowledge exchange, but also about building a community of Cardinal owners.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.04.23): Progressive Taxi

Progressive Taxi Precise taxi instructions given to a pilot unfamiliar with the airport or issued in stages as the aircraft proceeds along the taxi route.

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