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April 24, 2024

Airborne 04.24.24: INTEGRAL E, Elixir USA, M700 RVSM

 Also: Viasat-uAvionix, UL94 Fuel Investigation, AF Materiel Command, NTSB Safety Alert

Norges Luftsportforbund chose Aura Aero's little 2-seater in electric trim for their next glider tow aircraft. The INTEGRAL E takes the low-wing, tricycle gear, bubble canopy design and replaces an assortment of piston engines with Safran's ENGINeUS electric power plant. The result, which should enter service in 2026 (or thereabouts, given developmental delays). French sport plane manufacturer Elixir Aircraft announced a continuation of its never-ending production expansions, this time adding facilities in the US and France. Stateside, Elixir will open a reassembly facility in Florida at the Sarasota Bradenton Airport. Parts delivered from France w

U of OK Adds Aircraft to Training Fleet

University of OK Adds Advanced Aircraft and Helicopters to Training Fleet

The University of Oklahoma celebrated a significant expansion in its aviation training capabilities with the introduction of eleven new aircraft to its School of Aviation. This event, which took place on Friday at OU's Max Westheimer Airport, featured the arrival of the school's first two helicopters and nine Piper single-engine airplanes. OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. highlighted the importance of the new additions, stating, "Welcoming these new aircraft today marks a significant milestone that serves as a tangible illustration of OU's longstanding commitment to strategically align with our state's workforce needs."

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Kaman Private Buyout Successful

With Acquisition Finished, NYSE Delisting is On the Way

Kaman Corporation has been fully digested by its acquiring company, Arcline Investment Management L.P. The transaction was announced in January, representing an all-cash transaction of approximately $1.8 billion adding ("Arcline”) in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.8 billion. “We are thrilled to announce the completion of this value-maximizing transaction with Arcline and are proud to have delivered an outcome that is in the best interest of our shareholders, employees and customers,” said Ian K. Walsh, Kaman Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “As we enter our next phase as a private company, we are confident

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30th AERO Friedrichshafen Ends As Resounding Success

30th AERO Friedrichshafen Wraps

The 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen (April 17 - 20, 2024), the leading global trade fair for General Aviation, Air Sports and Business Aviation, has come to a successful close. "We already had high expectations for the anniversary AERO, but the trade fair far exceeded our expectations this year despite the far from ideal weather conditions," says Stefan Reisinger, Managing Director of trade fair organizer fairnamic GmbH. Tobias Bretzel, Show Director AERO, adds: "Over 680 exhibitors from 38 countries and the high number of visitors from all over the world underline the international significance of AERO..."

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Aura Aero Integral E Given EASA Permit To Fly

EASA Grants 'Permit to Fly' for Aura Aero Integral E

EASA has granted AURA AERO the "Approval for Flight Conditions for Permit to Fly" for its innovative two-seater electric aircraft, the INTEGRAL E. This significant step, announced at the conclusion of the AERO Friedrichshafen 2024 event, paves the way for the forthcoming flight test campaign in France, as the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) will now issue the necessary authorization based on this permit. INTEGRAL E, the latest addition to the INTEGRAL family of aircraft, which includes the INTEGRAL R and INTEGRAL S, both powered by single-piston engines, represents a pivotal achievement in electric aviation.

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Daher Delivers First Kodiak 100 Series III at AERO Friedrichshafen

First Kodiak 100 Series III Delivered at AERO Friedrichshafen

Daher Aerospace achieved a significant milestone with the delivery of its first Kodiak 100 Series III aircraft to a Polish customer, marking a new expansion in its European market presence. The event was celebrated at the AERO Friedrichshafen trade show in Germany, where the aircraft was officially handed over. The new owner, Polish businessman Mariusz Saran, was represented by Piotr Lasek of Plane4you, a company that assists clients in acquiring new and pre-owned aircraft. Saran, who began flying three years ago, sought a dependable aircraft to visit customers and partners across Europe. The Kodiak 100 Series III was chosen for its ability to operate from the diverse airstrips thr

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Savback Helicopters Introduces 'Advancements' in Helicopter Technology

Savback Helicopters Debuts New Helicopter Advancements at AERO Friedrichshafen

Savback Helicopters is making an impact at the 30th edition of AERO Friedrichshafen, as it introduces advancements in helicopter technology and seeks to expand its market reach. The Sweden-based helicopter and fixed-wing sales specialist, which is the exclusive distributor for Konner helicopters in several European countries, is showcasing two models from its inventory: the Airbus Helicopters' H160 and the light utility H125. A pivotal development for Savback is the recent certification of Konner's K1-S19 turbine helicopter by Sweden's Civil Aviation Authority.

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Embraer Backlog Hits Peak Despite Increased Delivery Tempo

Jet Manufacturer Passes 1st Quarter with Flying Colors

Embraer's order book is just as full as ever, hitting the highest level since 2017. The company says it's increased its pace of deliveries by 67% in the first quarter of 2024, handing over 25 jets to customers compared to 15 in the same time frame last year. They even set a record for 1st quarter deliveries, last seeing that level of activity in 2016. All in all, Embraer's sitting pretty with the business it has at the moment, seeing continued popularity for its smaller, lighter aircraft like the Phenom and Praetor series.

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AIR Avionics Shows Off Updates to Air Traffic Collision Avoidance System

AIR Avionics Debuts Updated CAS at AERO Friedrichshafen

At the AERO Friedrichshafen 2024, AIR Avionics, a leading German manufacturer of avionics systems, unveiled significant updates to its AIR Traffic collision avoidance products, which are crucial for enhancing flight safety in Europe's congested skies. These systems are heavily relied upon by thousands of pilots daily, ensuring safer navigation through busy airspace. The updated features, which were introduced during the expo, include a comprehensive overhaul of the traffic depiction on AIR Traffic Display units. This redesign aims to simplify the visual presentation of nearby aircraft, allowing pilots to assess and react to potential conflicts more quickly and effectively.

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Proven Switchblade System Gets USMC Reorder

Loitering Munition Sees Increased Popularity Now that it's 'Battle Proven'

AeroVironment's efforts in Ukraine apparently won them some customers around the beltway, with a nearly $9 million order being placed from the United States Marine Corps. The small, semi-autonomous loitering munition provides troops with "organic, anti-armor/anti-personnel, precision fire capability at the tactical level," while being packable to boot. AeroVironment's $8.9 contract could eventually be worth $249 million, if everything is exercised. “AV offers a battle-proven and production-ready system to support OPF-L to meet the Marine Corps’ requirements,” said AeroVironment's Senior Vice President of LMS, Brett Hush.

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Airborne 04.16.24: RV Update, Affordable Flying Expo, Diamond Lil

Also: B-29 Superfortress Reunion, FAA Wants Controllers, Spirit Airlines Pulls Back, Gogo Galileo 

Van's Aircraft posted a short video recapping the goings-on around their reorganization as they continue to move away from the brink, and by all accounts, things are going great. Clyde Hamstreet indicated that things are going pretty well in the Chapter 11 process, and they expect their reorganization plan to be approved by the court come May. Hammerstreet noted, with pleasure, that few companies in a similar position manage to survive the process, but Van's is sitting pretty. The Affordable Flying Expo is on the books for January 9th through the

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NTSB Issues Final Report on 2022 Camarillo Mooney M20K Accident

Mooney M20K Fatal Accident; Pilot Loses Control in IMC

The NTB has concluded its investigation into an accident involving a Mooney M20K aircraft that resulted in the death of the pilot. The crash occurred on June 10, 2022, shortly after takeoff from an airport in Camarillo, California. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact after the pilot lost control during flight. The NTSB's final report attributes the probable cause of the accident to the pilot's spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control of the aircraft after entering IMC. These conditions were characterized by low visibility, mist, and cloud tops ranging from 400 to 1,600 feet. On the day of the accident, the instrument-rated pilot, who was unfamiliar with the airport, p

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Classic Aero-TV: Best Seat in The House -- 'Inside' The AeroShell Aerobatic Team

From 2010 (YouTube Version): Yeah.... This IS A Really Cool Job

When ANN's Nathan Cremisino took over the lead of our Aero-TV teams, he knew he was in for some extra work and a lot of extra responsibility. Still... with all that, there ARE times when its good to be the top guy.... like when our friends at Aspen Avionics call over and ask if we want to put one of our Aero-TV videographers aboard a formation aerobatic flight with the world famous Aero-Shell Aerobatic Team. At such times, its good to be in a position to say... "Hey, I want to go..." and go. It's an amazing experience... paired up with some of the best aerobatic pilots in the business, aboard

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.24)

Aero Linx: Aviation Without Borders Aviation Without Borders uses its aviation expertise, contacts and partnerships to enable support for children and their families – at home and overseas. We ship humanitarian air cargo overseas for UK charities active abroad, we help fly light aircraft in air support of other charities operating in Africa and at home we fly up to 500 deserving kids nationwide each year on a flight of their lives in small planes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.24): Runway Lead-in Light System

Runway Lead-in Light System Runway Lead-in Light System Consists of one or more series of flashing lights installed at or near ground level that provides positive visual guidance along an approach path, either curving or straight, where special problems exist with hazardous terrain, obstructions, or noise abatement procedures.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.24.24)

“As we enter our next phase as a private company, we are confident that we will benefit from additional resources and expertise that will enable us to build upon our strong foundation and take full advantage of the hard work we have done these past several years to reposition our company. This new partnership will accelerate our transformational strategy." Source: Ian K. Walsh, Kaman Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commenting as Kaman Corporation has been fully digested by its acquiring company, Arcline Investment Management L.P.

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KleinVision Flying Car Carries First Passenger

KleinVision AirCar Carries First Passenger

In a modest but somewhat historic moment for aviation and transportation, Jean-Michel Jarre, the iconic electronic music composer, took to the skies as the first-ever passenger in KleinVision's flying AirCar. This flight occurred at Piestany international airport in Slovakia and marks a pivotal step toward integrating airborne capabilities into everyday vehicle use. The AirCar, which transitioned from automotive to aviation functionality seamlessly, has achieved significant milestones since receiving its Certificate of Airworthiness in January 2022, including over 130 flight hours and more than 520 takeoffs.

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