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April 30, 2022

Airborne 04.29.22: Electric DA40, NTSB v Cirrus, Young Eagles Program

Also: Qatar A321neo Cancellation, Auterion & Drone Rescue Systems, GAO F-35 Report, Travel Demand  
Safran recently signed an agreement with Diamond Aircraft to provide an electric motor for the eDA40, an offshoot of the certified four-place DA40 aircraft. Pairing the popular DA40 with the smart ENGINeUS 100 electric motor is expected to deliver 130 kilowatts at maximum takeoff power.  Safran and Diamond expect certification of the electric motor by mid 2023 and basic EASA certification for the eDA40 by the end of 2023 or early 2024. Cirrus has goofed again. The NTSB has published a distressing report for Cirrus SR22T owners,  recommending action on a possible engine power loss on takeoff. In the report, they reference 6 separate

North Dakota Uses BVLOS Test Network for Utility Recovery

Harsh Weather Obtains Remote Inspection Services Using Vantis Network

The state's Northern Plains UAS Test Site (NPUASTS) has once again proven to be a fine investment, bringing a plethora of uncrewed aircraft operators into the state, perfectly poised to aid in case of emergency. This week, a round of severe weather brought blizzards, heavy snow, and icing across western North Dakota, hampering emergency services and embattling public works with harsh conditions and overwork. Governor Doug Burgum announced a joint release with NPUASTS that they would enlist UAS operators to survey rural areas, locating and assessing damage to utility infrastructure in order to triage recovery efforts. 

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Maine Resolves To Build SpacePort

The Final Frontier: Maine Takes A Small Step Towards Space

The Maine Legislature in its 129th session resolved to establish the Maine Spaceport Complex Leadership Council hereafter referred to as “the council” which will comprise 15 or so members; appointed from the Maine Senate, Maine House of Representative, in-state entities (from the manufacturing, foundation, college/university, or non-profit researchers using satellite-based data), and lastly, representatives directly funded by the National Space Grant College/Fellowship Program.

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