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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

SpaceX Discloses Lessons Learned From 2nd Starship Flight Test

Spacefaring Company Builds On The Success Of Starship’s Second Flight Test

Elon Musk's revolutionary space company is disclosing some of the lessons learned from the most recent Starship flight trials. They explained that, "The second flight test of Starship and Super Heavy achieved a number of important milestones as we continue to advance the capabilities of the most powerful launch system ever developed."

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Colorado Bill Working Its Way to Aviation Industry

Aero-Ignorant State Would Lock Funding For Those Who Fail to Enforce New AvGas, Noise Mitigation, and Governance Guidelines

Colorado battles over aviation in the state have continued with the latest progressive salvo, a bill titled "Reduce Aviation Impacts on Communities." The bill includes more or less what anyone familiar with the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) battles waged near any airport with valuable real estate nearby - A handful of reasons from climate-affecting fuels and noisy aircraft to lead exposure and discrimination offer a plush toolkit to any who see aircraft and their operations as an eyesore or impediment to increased portfolio value.

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Switchblade Engineers Update Fanbase on Development

Flying Car Revisions Focusing on Easier Production, Increased Payload

The team behind the Switchblade 'flying car' has updated their fanbase on the aircraft's current state, describing their recent issues, challenges, and desires for the program. The most recent news pertains primarily to polishing certain aspects of the design, less than a year after  they first completed a successful test flight. With many of their bases covered, Switchblade staff are looking to decrease production costs through refinement of existing processes and procedures, and snagging whatever performance improvements they can in the process.

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Enstrom Expands Partnerships With Longtime Friends

Airwolf Aerospace to Provide STC'd TB17 Battery, Aviation Specialty Insurance Enstrom-Specific Program

Enstrom Helicopter Corp has expanded its deal with Airwolf Aerospace to include the firm's TB17 Lithium-Ion battery line from True Blue Power. The change will see an STC-approved TB17 added as an option for all Enstrom 480B aircraft. As with nearly all lithium batteries, the change offers improved power delivery, reliability, and weight savings over traditional lead-acid batteries. Over the lifecycle of a traditional battery, operators see additional savings thanks to an 8-year average battery life for the True Blue Power kit.

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Pivotal Delivers Quartet of BlackFly Aircraft to USAF

Testing Aims to Develop Doctrine, Assess Capabilities of Newfangled Aircraft

Pivotal has delivered 4 of 8 of its eVTOL BlackFly aircraft to the US Air Force for evaluation, kicking off a test regime to carve out doctrine for the next generation of lightweight aircraft. The BlackFlys were accompanied by a pair of flight simulators leased to Modern Technology Solutions, Inc (MTSI), a prime support contractor for the AFWERX program. They appear to be the bunch spearheading the testing program, emblazoning previous BlackFly aircraft with combined Opener/MTSI branding.  

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Sun 'n Fun 2024 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

ANN again finds itself in the surprising and exciting position of partnering with the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in presenting Real-Time Daily news coverage of the first major aviation event in the better part of a year. Yeah... 'exciting' barely describes what we're feeling... along with an intense workload that just won't quit. As a matter of fact, we're conducting THE most extensive news program ever assembled for such an important event -- including the monstrous SnF Innovation Preview. And... that's why we're writing this...  ANN and SnF's new Digital Daily will be taking on the speedy and mobile capabilities of the best in online media to offer exciting daily news programming via a number of rich media assets, in Real-Time, throughout each day of the long-awaited event. Designed to be the most accessible aviation news event program extant, the  Read More

Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Bigger, Better, Badder… The 2024 SnF Innovation Preview Is On The Way!

Last Year's SnFIP ROCKED The Industry.... We're Aiming To Do Even More for 2024!

The 50th Annual SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo is proud to present, as the lead-in to the aviation year via its partnership with the Aero-News Network, the upcoming 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The aviation world is driven by new developments in technology, design, and innovation… And focusing the entire Aero-Verse at the beginning of the year on all that is cool, interesting, innovative, important, and pivotal is the ultimate aim of the 2024 SUN ‘n FUN Innovation Preview. The SUN ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo, as the aviation world's leadoff event and a history of many decades of service to the aviation industry, is the perfect place to make a stand on focusing the future of news coverage, responsibly and credibly, on the gear and products that will become prominent, even critical, in each coming year.

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Airborne 02.26.24: Onerous Piper AD, AEA LIVE Coverage, Belgian F-16 Demos

Also: More Balloonacy, Collier Trophy Nom's, Daher Internships, New Glenn Debut

Over-reach, maybe? EAA and the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association (VAA) have both filed comments opposing a sweeping airworthiness directive (AD) proposed by the FAA affecting almost every high-wing vintage Piper aircraft. The AD would require rudders built of 1025 carbon steel to be replaced with new rudders made from 4130N low-alloy steel. It’s THAT time of year... and we’re just weeks away from ANN’s annual LIVE webcast of the uber-exciting Aircraft Electronics Association Convention and Trade Show... where ALL the real cool things in the avionics world are seen for the first time... and again, we’re doing this live. Starting at 0830 Central Time, on Monday, March 19th, ANN will start programming LIVE from Dallas, TX, and will offer FIRST looks at upwards of 30 or so companies participating in the ever-exciting ‘New Product Introduc

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Airborne 02.23.24: GA Sales UP, IRS v BizAv, Twin Otter Ferry Suit

Also: Air Canada ChatBot, USPA Seeks Action, JetBlue Pilots, G700 Records

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) showed that business is doing all right, with all aircraft segments seeing a modest 3.6% increase in shipments over 2022. Overall, the biggest winners were surprisingly piston aircraft, at an 11.8% increase over 2022 shipments. The runners-up were turbine helicopters and turboprop fixed-wing aircraft, training at 10.4% and 9.6% increases respectively. The IRS will begin ramping up scrutiny on the use of corporate jets for flight departments around the country, hammering those who allegedly use their official corporate aircraft for decidedly non-corporate travel -- no matter what additional damage may result. A widow of one deceased pilot aboard Google co-founder Sergey Brin's DHC-6 Twin Otter has sued, citing his co-owners' approval for an allegedly improperly installed auxiliary fuel system. The

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Wed, Feb 28, 2024

Recoil Aerospace Close to Offering T1000-E Wildfire System

1,000-Gallon Drop Tank Light, Robust Option

Recoil Aerospace says they are "on the brink of a major milestone" in the course of offering their T1000-E Wildfire Suppression System. The suite is 'nearing final approval' of the Supplemental Type Certificate required to bring it to market. The T1000-E offers operators a "leap forward in aerial firefighting capabilities", offering a well-rounded combination of features and capabilities at a pricepoint more accessible to smaller operators. Recoil has already begun ramping up production of the tanks to meet demand ahead of the toasty 2024 wildfire season, and is now taking deposits.

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