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September 20, 2023

Airborne 09.20.23: SpaceX v DOJ, A320 In Open Field, WW I Bipe Downed

 Also: ATI Strike Authorization, Seawind 3000 Accident, Lightspeed Anniversary, Lilium Jet Assembly

SpaceX is fighting a puzzling lawsuit filed by the U.S. DOJ, which alleges they mainntain discriminatory hiring practices. SpaceX asserts the DOJ’s lawsuit is unconstitutional and has countersued. The DOJ charged: “The lawsuit alleges that, from at least September 2018 to May 2022, SpaceX routinely discouraged asylees and refugees from applying and refused to hire or consider them, because of their citizenship status, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Last week, an Airbus A320 then operating as Ural Airlines flight U6-1383 departed Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi bound for the south-ce

SkyDrive Snags Order for 50 EVTOL Aircraft from Korean Lessor

Japanese Contender Picking up Speed in Asia

SkyDrive has continued to expand its foothold in its surrounding markets, this time inking a deal for 50 of its electric VTOL aircraft to Solyu of Korea. The sale - or, more accurately, a memorandum of understanding - would/could provide Solyu with a new AAM aircraft well-suited to those passengers looking to ride far above the congested, gridlocked streets below. Should the firm go through with the agreed-upon preorder, Solyu will purchase "up to" 50 SkyDrive 3-seater eVTOL aircraft. The aircraft is in the midst of acquiring its Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) certification.

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