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November 14, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 11.14.23: Starship Launch?, B-21 Raider, Helijet Buys Betas

 Also: Another Flying Car, Ingenuity Twofer, Shipborne JUMP 20 UAV, Police Drone

The much-anticipated second test flight of the SpaceX Starship may finally be imminent... but the main reason for the delay has little to do with R&D, but bureaucracy... especially from the folks at the Fish & Wildlife department... which hold the keys to the last remaining roadblock. Nearly a year after its original unveiling last December, the B-21 Raider was spied making its first flight test, exciting aviation enthusiasts with the long-running B-2 Spirit’s successor. Despite the futuristic and utilitarian design of flying wings, they remain a niche aircraft type, only really in service with the US Air Force in the B-2. Helijet Internatio

Cargojet Sells off B757 Freighters

Another Cargo Operator Throttles Back

Cargojet will be easing up on its plans to continue converting Boeings to freighter specifications, in addition to selling off a few of its Boeing 757s. The move is just another in recent ripples throughout the air cargo market that betray a cooling off throughout the industry.  Cargojet will be listing 4 of its surplus 757 freighters despite their relative freshness. The firm recently dropped more than $5 million on each of the aircraft, converting them from passenger layouts and overhauling their engines.

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Archer MOUs With InterGlobe for Indian Air Taxi, eVTOL Service

Should All go Well, Up to 200 Midnight Aircraft Sold to InterGlobe

InterGlobe Enterprises, an Indian travel and hospitality conglomerate, has opted for Archer Aircraft's eVTOL with an agreement to "launch and operate an all-electric air taxi service in India", bureaucracy permitting. The two companies will embark on a path to provide "urban mobility with safe, sustainable, and low-noise electric air taxi service that is cost-competitive with ground transportation", as well as begin exploration into a "variety of other use cases for the electric aircraft in India, including cargo, logistics, medical and emergency services, as well as private company and charter services."

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