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November 09, 2022

HondaJet Elite II Gets TC'ed

Certified and Ready For Action...

After Honda Aircraft Company unveiled the HondaJet Elite II at this year's NBAA-BACE exhibition, it was obvious that the little bizjet company from Japan was bound and detemined to not be so little for much longer. The big news last month was their updating the bizjet with extended range, fuel economy, and automation. And now, the big news is that the Elite II is certified and ready for action.

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Mesa Airlines Pipistrel Velis Suffers Engine Issues, Uses Chute

Damage Appears Significant, But Two POBs Onboard Walk Away

A Pipistrel Velis Club (as detailed by insignia on the side of the fuselage), one of the fleet apparently destined for service with Mesa Airlines and owned by same, has gone down in Cross City, Florida, after suffering 'engine issues' while approaching the airport. The aircraft used an airframe parachute to affect a safe 'landing' despite the nearly motor-glider properties of the airframe.

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EASA Releases 'LIVE' Project List

Funded Research Continues Via European Union’s Horizon Europe Programs

EASA signed contracts for five new research projects, all funded from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme. The contracts were concluded following calls for tender and EASA as contract manager will work side by side with the appointed project leaders.

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GE Aviation Delivers 250th CT7 Engine

Milestone Crossed with Leonardo-Bound, AW149/AW189 Helicopter Power Plant

GE hit a significant milestone with its  250th delivered CT7-2E1 engine after it shipped off a freshly manufactured piece to Leonardo in late September. The engine was delivered to the Italian manufacturer for use in their AW149 and AW189 helicopter programs, a solid match for its reliable, consistent output. The CT7 has been able to leverage some of the best tech from across the GE Aviation lineup, allowing them to offer a lighter engine, lower fuel consumption, and decreased maintenance requirements compared to competing engines in its power class. 

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NTSB Prelim: Bell 206

Pilot Reported He Was Unable To Maintain Main Rotor RPM

On November 2, 2022, about 2014 central daylight time, a Bell 206B helicopter, N61KH, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Greenville, Illinois. The pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and one passenger sustained no injury. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 business flight. The helicopter, which has a normal and a restricted airworthiness certificate, had completed 14 CFR Part 137 aerial application work during the day. The two passengers onboard were loaders employed by the operator.

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