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May 23, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 05.23.23: CAP Drones, Altitude Angel, DJI Matrice 350 RTK

 Also: DeltaHawk DHK180, Stratolaunch Test, Reliable Robotics test, ERAU Rocket Record

The United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol’s (CAP) North Carolina Wing (NCWG) has taken delivery of ten new Teal-2 military-grade drones by which to more effectively carry out its mission of providing emergency assistance to citizens across North Carolina and neighboring states. Altitude Angel has released a new version of the popular UK-region UAV flight planning tool Drone Assist, also announcing a number of additional integrations that will see it become a single-stop app for all its drone services. DJI announced the launch of its Matrice 350 RTK (M350 RTK). Featuring a 55-minute maximum flight-time and a payload of 5.95-pounds,

Textron Aviation Unveils Cessna Citation Ascend

New Model Expands 560XL Series

Textron has unveiled the Cessna Citation Ascend, the newest model in Cessna’s proven and popular 560XL series. Made public on the eve of 2023’s European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), the Citation Ascend—by virtue of its wholly redesigned cockpit, improved performance, and a more luxurious cabin—pleasantly disrupts the midsize business jet market. EBACE attendees will enjoy access to a mock-up of the new model, which is currently under development and expected to enter into service in 2025.

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Jet It HondaJet Fleet Remains Grounded

Safety Stand-Down Ongoing

On Friday, 19 May, Jet It—the North Carolina-based charter and fractional ownership concern—initiated a safety stand down in the wake of an 18 May Summerville, South Carolina (DYB) runway excursion involving a private HondaJet operator. On 22 May 2023, Jet It CEO Glenn Gonzalez emailed his company’s customers for purpose of informing such that Jet It’s HondaJet fleet remained grounded in a safety stand down. A group representing HondaJet owners subsequently condemned Mr. Gonzalez’s email, tacitly alleging hyperbole and misrepresentation of salient facts.

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