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September 07, 2023

Airborne Affordable Flyers 09.07.23: AEA v MOSAIC, Rotax Fly-In, DarkAero 1 Prototype

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Notwithstanding the buzz MOSAIC has occasioned amongst pilots and aeronautical stakeholders, AEA notes that little mention has been made of the FAA’s intentions—under MOSAIC—to amend nine discrete regulations. Moreover, the docket includes 17 supporting documents (including two draft ACs), 129 footnotes, 26 Federal Register cites, and seven policy documents equating to well over 1000 pages of information. A Rotax-branded shindig at the Weiße Möwe Wels airfield saw a strong  turnout of almost 300 guests from across the continent and beyond. The numbers may not be eye-popping to an American audience, accustome

Gulfstream G700 Test Aircraft Surpass Performance Projections

Faster, Farther, More Comfortably

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation—airframer to the world’s economic, political, and social elite and maker of aircraft renowned by pilots and engineers alike—made known on 05 September 2023 that its segment-leading and all-new Gulfstream G700 will, in actuality, deliver even better performance and greater cabin comfort than the company’s augurs initially predicted. Over the course of the model’s flight-testing and certification campaigns, the G700 consistently demonstrated higher-than-predicted speed and range as well as lower-than-predicted cabin-altitude.

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NTSB Prelim: Bell 407; Sikorsky S-64E

Bell 407, N555AS, And A Sikorsky S-64, N4037S, Collided Midair Near Cabazon, California

On August 6, 2023, about 1844 Pacific daylight time, a Bell 407, N555AS, and a Sikorsky S-64, N4037S, collided midair near Cabazon, California. The Bell was destroyed, and the pilot and two qualified non-crewmembers were fatally injured. The Sikorsky sustained minor damage and the pilot and copilot were not injured. Both helicopters were operated as public-use firefighting aircraft.

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