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December 11, 2023

Airborne 12.11.23: Vans Prices Up 32%, Osprey Grounding, Frecce Tricolori

 Also: Skyworks Gyro, Elixir Aircraft Sale, Wright Exhibit, Uncrewed Caravan

Well... there’s bad news and some not quite-as-bad news... Van’s Aircraft is increasing most of their kit prices by approximately 32%. Online order forms will be updated with the new kit prices. Prices of individual parts and components will also be increasing, some more than 32%, and others less. While these price changes are significant, Van’s believes them to be necessary. The United States Air Force has grounded its fleet of V-22 Osprey aircraft a week after a fatal crash involving 8 Special Operations Command servicemen off the coast of Japan. The last 2 years have been particularly brutal to the Osprey community. Italy’s national

Air Methods Receives Court Restructuring Approval

AirMed Provider Sees Chapter 11 Exit by 2024

Air Methods Corporation, the self-styled "leading air medical service provider in the U.S.", announced court approval for the firm's restructuring plans. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas confirmed the Company’s prepackaged Plan of Reorganization, which will supposedly be complete in no time at all. Air Methods even believes they will emerge from Chapter 11 "before the end of the year". The plan was unanimously approved by both voting classes, prepetition unsecured noteholders and secured lenders alike.

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Lilium Chooses Honeywell for Jet System

Circulation Systems Offer Weight Savings, Power Efficiency in All-Important eVTOL Specs

Lilium's recent selection of a cooling system shows just how slim performance margins can be in the burgeoning eVTOL game. The use of batteries throughout the modern world has well acquainted the average buyer to their deficiencies in hot climates, and the upcoming market of battery-powered aircraft is no exception. Lilium has opted for Honeywell's MicroVCS system for cabin climate control, and battery maintenance, providing suitable temps for critical functions and offering a more efficient flight.

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