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November 19, 2023

Schweizer 'Refreshes' First OEM Certified S300CBI

Announces OEM Certified Helicopters Program

Schweizer Helicopters are alive and kicking.... or at least rotating (jn part). The company has completed the first helicopter of its new OEM Certified Helicopters Program. The refurbished S300CBi is the complete package... and includes a new engine, blades, interior, paint, and low-time components. Priced below the cost of a new model, like new aircraft offer customers a more affordable option in helicopter ownership.

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Drone Express' Courier Offers 85-Lb Payload

Delivery-Focused UAV Sports 20-Mile Range with Corporate Partners Ready to Go

Drone Express showed off their new DE-2023 Phoenix quadcopter, a small courier drone aimed squarely at the burgeoning UAV-delivery market. The model sits in that comfortable size range to carry payloads up to 85 pounds, covering a large breadth of packages in the domestic logistics chain. Range is adequate, with a 20-mile circle from its launch point allowing for passable coverage of a good chunk of the average metro area. With additional delivery hubs, that should do just fine.

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus SR22

He “Just Happened To Look Up” And Saw That The Airplane Was Flying Directly Toward A Large Pine Tree

On October 11, 2023, about 2130 eastern daylight time, a Cirrus SR-22, N253BC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Martinsville, Virginia. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot refueled the airplane, completed a preflight inspection, updated the airplane’s electronic flight instrument system, and departed Blue Ridge Airport (MTV), Martinsville, Virginia, for a night, visual flight rules cross-country flight to Oklahoma. The pilot reported that on takeoff, after he established a posit

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Bell 429 Sent to Cameroon

Offshore Oil Helo First of the Type in Region

Bell has another bird headed to West Africa courtesy of the oil and gas market, with a shiny new Bell 429 picked up by Caverton Helicopters Limited. The operator will press the new helo into service as a courier for offshore platforms off the coast of Cameroon. The firm notes it's the first 429 to operate in the region.

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