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January 11, 2023

Airborne 01.11.23: Scalebirds P-36, Aerobility, NWOC Warbird Conference

Also: Super Bowl LVII TFR, EAA Canadian Council, FAA-Korea Coop, ERBS Reentry
The Scalebirds P-36 test aircraft has been flying for a while now and as most flight test programs prove, there is always room for tweaking. The P-36 is turning out to be a solid attraction for warbird enthusiasts on a budget, powered by an uncommon Verner 7U Radial engine and designed for light aerobatics. Andy Braybrook, a 35-year-old Grantham, UK man, has been picking up the basics of aviation thanks to the disabled flying charity, Aerobility. A motorcycle accident 6 years prior caused Braybrook to suffer a spinal cord injury at the 7th cervical vertebra, putting him in a wheelchair. Braybrook was eager to take the flight training charity up on its offer. A 'Must' Attend eve

Virgin Orbit UK Mission Fails To Make Orbit

System Experienced An Anomaly, Ending The Mission

The first attempt to launch satellites from British soil reportedly reached space late Monday, but ultimately fell short of reaching its target orbit. After taking off from the runway at Spaceport Cornwall – which just a few weeks ago was transformed from a mere slab of empty cement at a commercial airport to the world’s newest space launch operations center – and travelling to the designated drop zone, Cosmic Girl, the customized 747 that serves as the LauncherOne system’s carrier aircraft, released the rocket.

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The Vertical Flight Society Boasts New Corporate Members

2022 Expands Industry Group with eVTOL Surge

The Vertical Flight Society says that things are running better than ever, thanks in large part to a field of quickly proliferating eVTOL interest. The Society said that it added a net gain of 20 corporate members in the last year, bringing its total corporate body to 183 in all. That growth comes from the seemingly endless parade of electric and sustainable-flight vertical takeoff aircraft manufacturers, a bonanza of VTOL tech that has brought renewed interest and attention to vertical flight. 

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