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November 06, 2022

Chinese Commuter Cargo Drone Takes Flight

Remote Piloted, Quad-Engine Drone Takes to the Skies in Maiden Flight

Sichuan Tengden Sci-Tech Innovation completed its first test flight of the firm's upcoming 4-engine, long-haul UAV in Sichuan China earlier this month. The Twin-Tailed Scorpion, a high-wing, multiengine aircraft, will come in 2 different variations to tailor performance to customer demand. The aircraft tested was the larger Twin-Tailed Scorpion D, equipped with what appear to be 4 turboprop engines. Smaller variants will include the 3-engine Twin-Tailed Scorpion A (TB-A), and the 2-engine Twin-Tailed Scorpion.

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AD: Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters

AD 2022-22-03 Requires Inspecting The Forward Cabin Roof Ceiling Harnesses And Installation

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a report of smoke and fire in the cockpit. This AD requires inspecting the forward cabin roof ceiling harnesses and installation, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD becomes effective November 17, 2022.

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