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April 28, 2024

Skydweller Aero Marks First Flight of Unmanned Solar-Powered Skydweller.

Unmanned Skydweller Solar-Powered Aircraft Flies

Skydweller Aero has successfully completed the first flight of its solar-powered aircraft, the Skydweller, on April 4, 2024. This groundbreaking aircraft, which boasts a wingspan exceeding that of a Boeing 747, undertook its inaugural flight autonomously--without any human pilot onboard or in direct control--from Stennis International Airport in Bay St Louis, Mississippi.

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Gulfstream Begins G700 Deliveries

Gulftream Begins Deliveries of G700

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced the delivery of the first two G700 aircraft, marking a significant milestone with the rapid customer deployment following its FAA type certification. Celebrated for introducing the largest cabin in the business aviation industry, the G700 enhances passenger experience with features such as 100% fresh air, minimal noise levels, and natural light from its 20 panoramic oval windows. This luxury jet is not only about comfort but also performance, capable of flying 7,750 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 and achieving a maximum speed of Mach 0.935, making it the fastest in the Gulfstream fleet.

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VoltAero Begins Certification Tests on Electric-Hybrid Cassio 330

Cassio 330 Hybrid Enters Certification Tests

VoltAero, a pioneering force in electric aviation, has commenced certification testing for the innovative electric-hybrid powertrain of its Cassio 330 aircraft. This testing phase marks a crucial step in the development of the Cassio e-aircraft family, specifically tailored for the five-seat Cassio 330. The testing is conducted on a ground-based bench that simulates real-world conditions, using components designated for the final production model.

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NBAA Lauds Irish Aviation Authority Decision to Allow GA Access to DUB

Irish Aviation Authority Decision on DUB GA Access Gets NBAA Approval

The NBAA has expressed its approval for a draft decision by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) that ensures continued access for general aviation, including business aircraft, to Dublin Airport (DUB). This decision comes in response to earlier proposals by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to ban non-scheduled "ad hoc" flights as part of efforts to keep the airport's total annual passenger numbers under a current cap of 32 million. This cap was under scrutiny while discussions about expanding the airport's capacity to 40 million passengers were ongoing.

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Irish Helicopter Leasing Company Orders 20 Airbus H175s

GD Helicopter Finance Orders 20 Airbus H175 for Leasing

GD Helicopter Finance (GDHF), the Dublin-based start-up in helicopter leasing and finance, has struck a significant deal with Airbus Helicopters, securing a contract for 20 H175 helicopters. This agreement includes ten firm orders with an option for ten additional aircraft. These helicopters, known for their versatility and advanced technology, will be offered for lease to clients globally, targeting markets such as energy, search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services (EMS), and parapublic operations.

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NAA Issues Call for Drone Operators to Give Way to Aerial Applicators

NAAA Reminds Drone Operators to Yield to Agplanes

As the U.S. agricultural season kicks into high gear, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is calling on both professional and hobbyist drone operators to exercise heightened awareness and caution during their flights. This appeal aims to mitigate the risks of aerial collisions as low-flying manned agricultural aircraft commence their crucial work over the nation's croplands.

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Classic Aero-TV: Simply Extraordinary – The Wright B Flyer Program

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Wright 'B' Flyer Organization Is Preserving Aviation History

Wright "B" Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer, membership-based, not-for-profit corporation located on the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Dayton, Ohio. They fly one Model B look-alike during the summer months, curate a hangar that doubles as a museum. The flying airplane, No. 001, is available for fly-overs and static displays at public and private events. Honorary Aviator Members, who pay the $100 membership fee, are eligible for a free orientatio

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NTSB Final Report: Beech A36

Methamphetamine Was Also Detected At Low Levels In Some Of The Pilot’S Tissue Specimens

Analysis: The pilot was a physician, and the purpose of flight was to attend to his patients for scheduled appointments at a medical office near the destination airport. He had frequently flown into the airport, which was located in mountainous terrain. Review of flight track data found that the flight followed a route that was consistent with what the pilot had entered into a flight planning application shortly before flight. Upon arrival in the destination airport area, the pilot announced over the airport’s common traffic advisory frequency that he would circle to land. There were no further communications recorded from the pilot

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.24)

Aero Linx: The Skyhawk Association The Skyhawk Association is a non-profit organization founded by former Skyhawk Pilots which is open to anyone with an affinity for the A-4 Skyhawk. We welcome all ages, male and female, pilots, maintenance personnel, modelers and photographers, aviation historians, aviation enthusiasts; anyone with a love for "Heinemann's Hot-Rod". Join those that flew and repaired her in recognizing the Skyhawk's contribution to freedom.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.28.24): Airport Marking Aids

Airport Marking Aids Markings used on runway and taxiway surfaces to identify a specific runway, a runway threshold, a centerline, a hold line, etc. A runway should be marked in accordance with its present usage such as: a. Visual. b. Nonprecision instrument. c. Precision instrument. (Refer to AIM.)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.29.24): Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI)

Visual Approach Slope Indicator (VASI) An airport lighting facility providing vertical visual approach slope guidance to aircraft during approach to landing by radiating a directional pattern of high intensity red and white focused light beams which indicate to the pilot that he/she is “on path” if he/she sees red/white, “above path” if white/white, and “below path” if red/red. Some airports serving large aircraft have three-bar VASIs which provide two visual glide paths to the same runway.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.28.24)

"It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for manned aircraft to see a drone while conducting crop-enhancing and other aerial applications at low altitudes and high speeds. We urge drone operators to equip their UAS with detect and avoid technology and to always yield the right of way to manned aircraft to ensure a safe growing season." Source: Andrew Moore, CEO of NAAA, repeating a message calling on both professional and hobbyist drone operators to exercise heightened awareness and caution during their flights.

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