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October 05, 2023

Crewed Flight Testing of Joby eVTOL Underway

Six Rotors Turning

Joby Aviation, the Toyota-backed designer and builder of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, has commenced crewed flight-testing of its eVTOL prototype. To date, four members of Joby’s flight test team have piloted the company's pre-production aircraft, collectively completing a series of initial tests which comprised, in part, thrust-borne hovers and forward transitions to semi-thrust-borne flight.

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King School’s Inaugural Envision Flight Edu-Con a Success

Aviation Education Luminaries Gather in San Diego

Aviation leaders from flight-schools and aeronautical universities converged upon San Diego in late September 2023 for the inaugural Envision Flight Edu-Con symposium. The event provided a unique platform for aviation educators and professionals nationwide to exchange ideas, share experiences, and delve into the world of aviation teaching and training.

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FAA Extends MOSAIC Comment Period by 90-Days

Public Comments Now Accepted Through 22 January 2024

The Federal Aviation Administration has added an additional ninety-days to the comment period germane to the Notice of Proposed Rule-Making (NPRM) titled Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification (MOSAIC). The comment period for the MOSAIC NPRM (published at 88 FR 47650) has been extended from 23 October 2023 to 22 January 2024. MOSAIC is a tortuously complex proposal eminently and urgently deserving of thoughtful and thorough review. The AEA encourages stakeholders to submit comments pertaining to MOSAIC as early as possible for purpose of affording the FAA opportunity to consider public opinion, and time to amend the proposal in a manner beholden thereto.

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DeKalb County Airport (GWB) Celebrates Runway Reopening

Newly-Extended Runway Promises Increased Traffic & Revenues

DeKalb County, Indiana Airport (GWB) Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Sweet Aviation celebrated the reopening of the airport’s runway with a 29 September 2023 ribbon-cutting ceremony. DeKalb County Airport Manager Russ Couchman, BF&S Civil Engineers executive vice-president Paul Shaffer, and Airport Authority board president Jess Myers addressed event attendees, which included local, state, and federal elected officials, as well as members of the press—but was closed to the public.

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NTSB Prelim: Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta

Helicopter Was Spinning In A Counterclockwise Motion For Several Full Rotations

On August 31, 2023, about 1525 eastern daylight time, a Robinson Helicopter R22 Beta, N2356M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Kingston, New Jersey. The private pilot was fatally injured. The helicopter was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 solo instructional flight. The pilot was an Israeli citizen and fixed-wing airline pilot. He held a private pilot certificate with a rotorcraft rating and had come to the United States to obtain a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft rating.

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