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October 15, 2023

Airborne Affordable Flyers 10.05.23: Rotor X Scandal, MOSAIC Delay, Van's Update

Also: Vertical Aviation Technologies, Young Eagles Milestone, Axe eVTOL, LODA NPRM

A couple of years ago, new ownership bought the Rotorway helicopter kit operation and rebranded it as Rotor X. Over the course of many months, we received numerous complaints about Rotor X, with reports of dozens of customers who claim to have bought helicopter kits or sub kits not gotten what they paid for. Some have paid in full, with amounts exceeding well in excess of $100,000, and received little or nothing (so far) in return. As expected, the FAA has extended the comment period 90 days for its NPRM titled “Modernization of Special Airworthiness C

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Classic Aero-TV: Minimax Aircraft Tugs - Getting Pushy With Robinson Helis

From, 2016 (YouTube Version): The Compact Robby Mover…

While at Sun ‘n Fun 2016, ANN News Editor, Tom Patton, checked in with a company that was showing an electric tug for the Robinson helicopter. Tom met up with Greg McMichael, the chief design engineer for Minimax Aircraft Tugs to get the details. The first thing you’ll probably notice in this video is that the tug is very compact, and McMichael says that’s the way they intended it. He describes it as being easy to move around and that it can be easily connected to

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.15.23)

Aero Linx: Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) 

Since 1977, the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Defense (DoD) who install, maintain, support and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment, inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries, develop flight procedures, and perform quality analyses of complex aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.15.23)

“I first met Bob at EAA’s DC-3 ground school in the mid ‘90s. Bob was the consummate professional and an outstanding instructor and mentor. He wound up conducting my type rating in the DC-3 just a few years later. We continued to work side by side as the two examiners supporting EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast. His knowledge and abilities in large radial-powered, multi-engine aircraft were unsurpassed and I learned so very much from him throughout the times that we flew together. A true gentleman, Bob was a true EAA ambassador as well as caretaker for all the rare vintage aircraft that he held in such high regard with his expertise. Bob will be missed by not just EAA, but all in the warbird and vintage aircraft communities that had the privilege to work with

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