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October 26, 2023

Archer’s Midnight Prototype Takes Flight

Up and At ‘Em

After a protracted gestation and four-years of flight-testing, a nonconforming prototype of Midnight, the electrically-powered air-taxi being developed by California-based eVTOL-maker Archer Aviation, has flown. Archer founder and CEO Adam Goldstein stated: “This next phase of Archer’s flight test program is only possible because of the four years of flight testing we’ve done. Midnight is building on the successes of its predecessor aircraft and represents another significant step forward in Archer’s path to commercialization. The next year-and-a-half will be focused on continuing to rapidly advance our flight test program and Archer’s electric air taxi operations as we prepare to bring Mi

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2023 World Drone Racing Championships In the Books

South Korea’s MinChan Kim Prevails

Korean pilot MinChan Kim, 19, emerged as the overall winner of the 2023 FAI World Drone Racing Championship. His exceptional flying abilities and strategic maneuvers earned him the top spot on the podium. Coming in a close second was Japanese pilot Yuki Hashimoto, 16, who displayed remarkable speed and agility throughout the championship. Completing the top three was Victor Jonsson, 31, from Denmark, whose consistent and calculated flying secured him a spot on the podium.

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Surviving “Rosie the Riveter” Visits CAF B-24

Full Circle, Via 80 Years and a World War

In mid-October 2023, Grace (Janota) Brown—a woman whose work during the Second World War earned her the distinction of being known thereafter as one of the Rosie the Riveters so utterly indispensable to the Allied war effort—visited the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC) for purpose of being interviewed by a Dallas news outlet. During the war, Brown worked as a machinist in a Fort Worth, Texas plant operated by the Consolidated Aircraft factory. Her efforts contributed to the completion and fielding of the storied marque’s legendary B-24 Liberator heavy bomber—of which an astonishing total of 18,188 specimens were built between 1940 and 1945.

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NTSB Releases Final Report on March 2022 DA-40NG Accident

CFI and Student Seriously Injured in Engine Out Mishap

The NTSB has released its final report on a 25 March 2022 accident in which a Diamond Aircraft DA-40NG, registration N471BL, was substantially damaged and its two occupants—a flight instructor and a student receiving flight training—suffered serious injuries shortly after departing Smithfield, North Carolina’s Johnston Regional Airport (JNX). The accident-aircraft was operated as an instructional flight under Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations.

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