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April 19, 2023

Airborne 04.19.23: Starship Part 2, SkyDrive SD-05 eVTOL, Tempest Buy-In

 Also: T-38 For Sale!, Unleaded Fuel Update, Pan Am Academy 737 MAX-8 Sim, USAF v English

SpaceX halted the test launch of its Starship due to a stuck valve in the 1st stage booster, cutting the launch sequence at 40 seconds. SpaceX chief Elon Musk live tweeted the launch as the fateful takeoff approached, only to announce that "a pressurant valve appears to be frozen, so unless it starts operating soon, no launch today." Not long after he said the firm was "offloading propellant, retrying in a few days... SkyDrive’s SD-05 will soon be available to the little guy, now that the company is accepting orders from private owner-operators. The move is still a bit uncommon in the eVTOL scene, with most manufacturers cont

Pre-Owned Business Aircraft Market Rebalancing

So States the International Aircraft Dealers Association

IADA set forth in its First Quarter 2023 Market Report that a global survey of its members occasioned a more optimistic six-month outlook for the pre-owned business aircraft marketplace than was anticipated in the fourth-quarter of 2022. The expressed expectations are supported by the sales results of IADA’s accredited dealers, which collectively buy and sell more aircraft by dollar-volume than the remainder of the world’s pre-owned aircraft dealers combined.

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True Blue Power Unveils USB chargers, AC/DC Converters for CRJ-550s

STC Provides 100W Charging to 53 Passenger Seats on Regional Jets

Regional jet carriers have a new option to revamp their passenger experience now that True Blue Power has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate for the installation of both its  TC2000 AC-to-DC Voltage Converters and MAX Power TA360 USB Chargers on the Bombardier CRJ-550. The USB chargers provide seats, galleys, and cockpits with up to 100 watts per port, enough power to charge the full gamut of personal electronic devices throughout any flight.

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