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November 28, 2023

Hartzell Engine Tech Acquires Kelly Aero

Magneto Specialist Becomes Latest Electrifying Acquisition

Hartzell Engine Tech has acquired the assets of Kelly Aero LLC, and will rebrand the firm's assets into PowerUp Ignition Systems in 'early 2024'. Kelly Aero, until 2021 Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, is a manufacturer devoted to aftermarket aircraft magnetos, replacement parts, and ignition harnesses for general aviation applications. The new PowerUp Ignition Systems production line will be folded into Hartzell Engine Tech's existing facilities in Montgomery, Alabama, adding about 40 employees to the family there.

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Robin Aircraft Goes into Liquidation

Lesser-Known French LSA Manufacturer Fails in Search for Buyers

Light plane manufacturer Robin Aircraft has been pushed into liquidation by way of French court order after the judges overseeing the firm’s troubled state declined the bids offered for the classic company. “The Dijon Commercial Court has just ordered the liquidation of Robin Aircraft and declined, for insufficiency or incompatibility, the three proposed takeover bids,” said CEO Casimir Pillissier in a final swan song via Robin Aircraft’s presswire. “A cold shower falls on the shoulders of all those who participated in or encouraged the adventure. The harshness of the times and the human limitations of the crew force us to get down on one knee. But t

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39th Annual “Navajo Airlift” Goes off Without Hitch

30,000 lbs of Payload Ferried Out West

Civil Air Patrol’s Arizona Wing once again put on the annual Navajo Airlife, flying out donated toys, clothes, household items, and food in a wagon train of aircraft flying out of 24 airports. The occasion marked the 39th iteration of the Airlift, ultimately ferrying donations in clothing, household supplies, educational kit, and the like for Navajo communities via the Southwest Indian Foundation. The 3-day 2023 airlift faced some stiff winds in Gallup, Arizona, leading some flights to be called off or diverted to more calm airports in the region. This year, about 80 pilots and 90 aircraft participated, which papers out to a whole lot of weight using some rough back-of-the-napkin math.

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