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April 22, 2024

Airborne 04.22.24: Rotor X Worsens, Airport Fees 4 FNB?, USMC Drone Pilot

 Also: EP Systems' Battery, Boeing SAF, Repeat TBM 960 Order, Japan Coast Guard H225 Buy

Despite nearly 100 complaints totaling millions of dollars of potential fraud, combined with employees who claim to have been defrauded, numerous false statements, aand an attempt at a bankruptcy that failed; the Rotor X situation continues to decline. Rotor X STILL claims to be reorganizing and entertaining offers from investors -- but this is a well-worn excuse that has been utilized numerous times without fruition. The Fernandina Beach Florida Municipal Airport (FNB) is considering implementing an automated aircraft landing fee system proposed by Airport Director Sam Carver -- one that could have a decidedly negative effect on GA In the area. T

Fernandina Beach Airport Eyes Automated Landing Fees to Target Flt Training

KFNB Looks to Automated Fees to Discourage Touch and Go Landings

The Fernandina Beach Florida Municipal Airport (FNB) is currently considering implementing an automated aircraft landing fee system proposed by Airport Director Sam Carver. This initiative, aimed at generating additional revenue, is primarily focused on funding essential maintenance projects, including a $4 million runway refurbishment scheduled for next year. During a recent Airport Advisory Commission meeting, representatives from Vector Airport Systems detailed their PlanePass program. This system utilizes aircraft tracking technologies to identify and bill aircraft landings, excluding local pilots who hangar their planes at the airport.

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Daher Celebrates Repeat TBM 960 Order at AERO Friedrichshafen

Daher Scores Repeat TBM 960 Order at AERO Friedrichshafen

At the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show this week, Daher celebrated a notable business transaction with the signing of a repeat order for the TBM 960, involving German entrepreneurs Hubert Kristen and Peter Dirkorte. This event, held in Friedrichshafen, Germany, underscores the continued appeal of the TBM 960, Daher's premier model in its lineup of highly efficient turboprop-powered aircraft. Kristen and Dirkorte, business partners based in Northern Germany, have been utilizing a TBM 960 for their business travels since 2023.

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SpaceX to Launch Inversion RAY Reentry Vehicle in Fall

Inversion to Launch Reentry Vehicle Demonstrator Aboard SpaceX Falcon 9

This fall, the aerospace startup Inversion is set to launch its Ray reentry demonstrator capsule aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 as part of the Transporter-12 Rideshare mission. Founded in 2021 in a Los Angeles garage, Inversion aims to revolutionize space transport by enabling cargo delivery to any location on Earth within an hour. The Ray capsule, a significant stride toward this goal, represents the company's inaugural venture into space.

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The Women's Aerospace Network Announces Women in Space Awards

WAN Announces 2024 Women in Space Awards

The Women's Aerospace Network (WAN) was officially launched in Washington D.C., inaugurating an ambitious platform aimed at fostering diversity and inclusion within the aerospace sector. The organization announced its first initiative, the Women in Space Awards, to celebrate and propel women into aerospace careers, reflecting global participation with over 100 nominees from more than 20 countries. Founded by Holly Pascal, the network seeks to showcase the diverse achievements within aerospace to inspire a new generation of leaders.

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Archer Aviation Opens DC Office to Deal With U.S. Regulatory Agencies

Archer Aviation to Expand Government Relations Efforts With New DC Office

Archer Aviation has announced the opening of a new office in Washington D.C., significantly expanding its government relations efforts as it gears up for the commercial launch of its innovative electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Under the leadership of former FAA Chief Billy Nolen, who now serves as Archer's Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer, the office will focus on policy, government, and regulatory affairs.

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Lycoming Releases Update on Investigation Into Use of UL94 Fuel

In a significant development impacting piston-engine aircraft operations, Lycoming Engines has released an update on its investigation into valve seat recession observed in engines using UL94 fuel. The inquiry was sparked by the University of North Dakota (UND) Aviation program's experience after switching its fleet to UL94, a 94-octane unleaded fuel, in June 2023. Despite initial positive outcomes, UND detected abnormal valve seat recession after logging 46,000 flight hours with the new fuel, prompting a return to the traditional 100LL avgas in October.

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Monarch Energy Eyes $1B Investment in Rockford, IL for SAF

Rockford, IL to Get $1 Billion Hydrogen SAF Investment

Monarch Energy, a California-based green hydrogen project developer, is contemplating a monumental $1 billion investment in Rockford, Illinois, to produce sustainable aviation fuel. This initiative was discussed in a recent meeting that included U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth and local officials. The fuel produced would primarily support operations at the nearby Chicago Rockford International Airport, potentially extending to other regions.

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NTSB Final Report: Hagerty Glasair Super IIS-TD

During The Climb, About 4,500 Ft Mean Sea Level, The Engine Began To Run Rough, And Shortly Thereafter Lost All Power

Analysis: The pilot reported that during the climb, about 4,500 ft mean sea level, the engine began to run rough, and shortly thereafter lost all power. The pilot immediately turned back toward the departure airport, which was about 5 miles from his position. He began troubleshooting the loss of power, but power was not restored. The pilot was able to glide to the airport; however, in a right turn to align with the runway, the pilot felt the onset of an aerodynamic stall. He leveled the wings, the airplane overshot the runway, descended abruptly, and impacted a grass area hard next to the runway.

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Classic Aero-TV: A 2011 LSA Q&A – What’s Missing From Today’s LSAs?

From 2011 (YouTube Version): The Third Question (of Five) Is Put Forth Among The Attendees of the 2011 US SAE

OK... three questions down, two to go... are you feeling better educated about LSAs yet? One of the most enjoyable interactions we at ANN and Aero-TV undertake at the dozens of events we attend is the chance to talk NOT with the newsmakers... but to those that the news we report on affects most... YOU. At the 2011 Sebring Sport Aviation Expo, we spent extra time asking the attendees a series of five questions... both to gauge the kind of interest that LSA holds for the aviation community as well as the strength of that inter

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.22.24)

Aero Linx: VA Department of Aviation The Virginia Department of Aviation is a state transportation agency whose mission is to cultivate an advanced aviation system that is safe and secure, and that also provides for economic development, promotes aviation awareness and education, and provides the most efficient flight services for the Commonwealth leadership and state agencies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.22.24): Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System--ODAL

Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System--ODAL Omnidirectional Approach Lighting System consists of seven omnidirectional flashing lights located in the approach area of a nonprecision runway. Five lights are located on the runway centerline extended with the first light located 300 feet from the threshold and extending at equal intervals up to 1,500 feet from the threshold. The other two lights are located, one on each side of the runway threshold, at a lateral distance of 40 feet from the runway edge, or 75 feet from the runway edge when installed on a runway equipped with a VASI.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.22.24)

"Ray's first mission is a major step on the path to making returning from space an everyday occurrence. We have developed Ray at a record low cost while simultaneously making investments into our next-generation vehicle..."  Source: Justin Fiaschetti, Co-Founder and CEO of Inversion -- the aerospace startup Inversion is set to launch its Ray reentry demonstrator capsule aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 as part of the Transporter-12 Rideshare mission.

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