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April 23, 2024

VFS Announces World eVTOL Directory Now Lists Over 1,000 Designs

VFS eVTOL Aircraft Directory Now Documenting Over 1,000 Designs

The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced a significant milestone in the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) sector, with its World eVTOL Aircraft Directory now documenting over 1,000 aircraft designs. This comprehensive registry, hosted on the VFS Electric VTOL News website, details a vast array of concepts developed by more than 430 designers, ranging from established aerospace giants to innovative startups and independent designers.

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Airborne-NextGen 04.23.24: UAVOS UVH 170, magni650 Engines, World eVTOL Directory

 Also: Moya Delivery Drone, USMC Drone Pilot, Inversion RAY Reentry Vehicle, RapidFlight

UAVOS has recently achieved a significant milestone in public safety and emergency services with the first operational deployment of its UVH 170 unmanned helicopter, designed specifically for wildfire suppression. The deployment, which involved both day and night operations, represents a critical advancement in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in managing natural disasters. In a landmark agreement announced on April 22, 2024, magniX, a leader in electric aviation technology, has entered into a Letter of Intent with Harbour Air to supply 50 magni650 electric engines. This initiative is set to transform Harbour Air, North America's largest

Wheels Up Gives Colorado Operation the Ax

Downsizing Will Result in 65 Job Losses

Has-been private jet operator Wheels Up has notified employees at one of its locations that they would be laid off in the near future, putting 65 people out of work. The operator told those at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport of Jefferson County, Colorado that pretty much all Wheels Up employees there would be getting the axe. “All of Wheels Up’s operations at the hangar are expected to cease," the announcement reads. It effectively puts to rest ops for the "Uber for Jets" operator at the third largest airfield in the state.

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magniX and Harbour Air inn LOI for 50 magni650 Electric Engines

magniX and Harbour Air Ink LOI for 50 magni650 Electric Engines

In a landmark agreement announced on April 22, 2024, magniX, a leader in electric aviation technology, has entered into a Letter of Intent with Harbour Air to supply 50 magni650 electric engines. This initiative is set to transform Harbour Air, North America's largest seaplane operator, by electrifying its fleet starting with the iconic De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver aircraft. The collaboration between magniX and Harbour Air dates back to December 2019 when they achieved a historic milestone by successfully retrofitting and flying the eBeaver, making it the world's first fully electric commercial aircraft.

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AeroMech Announces RVSM for Piper Fury

Piper's Spiciest Turboprop Gains More Functionality via STC

The latest iteration of the long-lived Malibu platform - now the Matrix and Meridian - cut a pretty impressive figure upon its recent announcement, offering the same single-engine affordability and family hauling capacity of classic Pipers, with a brand-new Pratt & Whitney PT-6A-52. With better performance than ever before, operators venturing into flight levels may find it a tad irritating to miss out on using Reduced Vertical Separation Minima. Having RVSM equipment and authorization makes planning and flying easier all around, with more tracks and altitude blocks available to aircraft equipped for it.

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French LSA Manufacturer Establishes Toehold in Florida, Expands Home Facilities

Elixir Aircraft Rolls Out Additional Capacity

French sport plane manufacturer Elixir Aircraft announced a continuation of its never-ending production expansions, this time adding facilities in the US and France. The new location in France will see the addition of 10,700 square feet near Elixir's flagship location in La Rochelle, France. The new one will produce composite parts for the fuselage and flight control systems, nestled in the comfy little town of Aytré (who apparently offered a better deal for the new factory).

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Flight Sims Make a Splash at Sun 'n Fun

With Expo Ahead, Sim Folks Go Recruiting for Fresh Faces

The Flight Simulation Association capped a successful week of acquiring new acolytes at Sun 'n Fun 2024, thanks to a bevy of demonstrations that showed the IRL pilots just how far the industry's come. At the Future 'n Flight Plaza, the Flight Simulation Association brought out a full roster of all the greats, like Microsoft Flight Sim, X-Plane, and DCS with varying levels of cockpit hardware. Full-motion, virtual reality, and more affordable desktop units show just how deep the flight sim addiction could go - and how realistic its training can be. “

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Continental Unveils New CD-170R Engine For Rotary Applications

Continental Launches New Engine Designed for Rotary Wing Applications

Continental has announced the launch of its new CD-170R engine, designed specifically for rotary wing applications. Revealed at Friedrichshafen, Germany, the CD-170R is the latest addition to Continental's CD-100 series and aims to enhance the performance of rotorcraft. The engine, which is awaiting certification from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), builds on the technology of its predecessor, the CD-170, with a 170-horsepower output and advanced Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) systems to improve fuel efficiency and operational reliability.

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NTSB Final Report: Extra Flugzeugbau GMBH EA300/L

Contributing To The Accident Was The Pilot’s Use Of Methamphetamine...

Analysis: The pilot departed on a local flight to perform low-altitude maneuvers in a nearby desert valley. The pilot flew into a gap between ridgelines and performed maneuvers that consisted of flying low through the valley and then performing a turn and climb maneuver to fly in the opposite direction. The maneuvers were similar to aerobatic maneuvers called a wingover, in which the airplane makes a steep climb followed by a turn at the top of the climb using the rudder and a descent flying back in the opposite direction from which the maneuver began...

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Classic Aero-TV: 'Never Give Up' - Advice From Two of FedEx's Female Captains

From 2015 (YouTube Version): Overcoming Obstacles To Achieve Their Dreams…

At EAA AirVenture 2015, FedEx arrived with one of their Airbus freight-hauling aircraft and placed it on display for AirVenture attendees to explore. While having the airplane on display added to the AirVenture adventure, there is more to the story. The crew piloting airplane was all-female. In the video you’ll meet two determined women who found a way to progress in aviation through fortitude and persistence. The interview starts in the left seat with Dolores Pavlec

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.24)

Aero Linx: Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) The Air Charter Safety Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Founded in 2008, our mission is to lead and support the advancement of the highest aviation safety standards. By sharing information, resources and tools, we help enable the business, charter and fractional ownership industry to offer the safest aviation operations in the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.24): Line Up And Wait (LUAW)

Line Up And Wait (LUAW) Used by ATC to inform a pilot to taxi onto the departure runway to line up and wait. It is not authorization for takeoff. It is used when takeoff clearance cannot immediately be issued because of traffic or other reasons. 

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.23.24)

"We are excited to accelerate the adoption of electric aviation technology and further our journey towards a sustainable future. The agreement with magniX underscores our commitment to revolutionize commercial aviation with electric propulsion and to pave the way for cleaner, quieter, and more efficient air travel." Source: Bert van der Stege, CEO of Harbour Air, in comments made as magniX entered into a Letter of Intent with Harbour Air to supply 50 magni650 electric engines. 

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