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August 22, 2023

Airborne-NextGen 08.22.23: MD-90 Becomes X-66A, BWB Prototype, Drone Search

 Also: Iranian Drones, Eve eVTOL, AEA Q2/23 Avionics Report, NBAA on AAM

Boeing is making ready to modify an MD-90 narrow-body airliner—transforming the machine radically for purpose of testing the company’s Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) architecture under the auspices of NASA's Sustainable Flight Demonstrator project. Upon completion of an extensive series of structural modifications, the MD-90 will emerge as the X-66A. JetZero has benefitted from a US Air Force award of $235-million to build an airliner-scale, piloted, Blended Wing Body technology demonstrator in partnership with Northrop-Grumman and Scaled Composites. The funds will be distributed over a four-year period culminating, presumably, in a 2027 first-fli

FAA Issues Emergency AD For Bell 407

An Investigation By Bell Textron Canada Limited Identified 43 T/R Blades That Could Have Missing Adhesive 

An Emergency Airworthiness Directive, AD #2023-17-51, has been sent to owners and operators of Bell Textron Canada Limited Model 407 helicopters over concerns with possible issues in the aircraft's tail rotor. According to the E-AD, "This emergency AD was prompted by a report of a disbonded area in a tail rotor (T/R) blade due to missing adhesive between the upper skin and core. Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Transport Canada Emergency AD CF-2023-63, dated August 17, 2023 (Transport Canada AD CF-2023-63), to correct an unsafe condition on certain serial-numbered Bell Textron Canada Limited M

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Textron Shakes Up Management Team

Scholl Named President & CEO Of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.; Shortt Named President & Ceo Of Textron eAviation

Textron has confirmed that Rob Scholl, President & CEO of Textron eAviation, has been named President & CEO of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. Additionally: Kriya Shortt, senior vice president, Global Parts & Distribution, at Textron Aviation, has been named president & CEO of Textron eAviation, succeeding Scholl. Both appointments are effective August 31, 2023.

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