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December 30, 2023

Diamond Ships Special Mission DA62s to Nigeria

MPP Aircraft Find Another Welcoming Home Down South

Diamond Aircraft publicized a welcoming ceremony for two Nigerian DA62 MPP aircraft, showing off an eager NAF reception for the new planes. The Nigerian Air Force now sports 4 aircraft, each equipped with Diamond's "cutting-edge electro-optical systems". The MPP package provides a series of light, compact sensors that make for a cost-effective, versatile ISR platform. The MPP's twin-engine reliability doesn't imply a high fuel burn, with all 1,264 nm of its max range unwinding to the tune of 7.4 gallons per hour. Add in a 126-knot cruise and seating for 4 and it makes sense why cash-strapped operators love the DA62 MPP as an achievable eye in the sky.

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uAvionix Becomes Primary Systems Integrator in Tulsa Range

Skyway UAS Range Chooses Mainstay for Drone Evaluation Facility

uAvionics has been awarded a contract by Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education, making them the primary developer and system integrator for the Skyway UAS range near Tulsa, Oklahoma. The company will "deploy centrally managed, networked Command & Control (C2) and Detect & Avoid (or DAA) services that enable uncrewed Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations between nodes on the Skyway." The backbone of the scheme will be uAvionix’s SkyLine Cloud-based service, the same one that was approved for the firm's recent BVLOS testing in North Dakota.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna P210N

Shortly After Departing The Runway, He Experienced A Loss Of Engine Power

On December 2, 2023, about 1343 Pacific standard time, Cessna P210N, N7LV, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Big Bear City, California. The pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that after landing at Big Bear City Airport (L35), Big Bear, California, he topped off the wing fuel tanks and taxied to runway 26. During the takeoff, he applied takeoff power and rotated at 80 knots. Shortly after departing the runway, he experienced a loss of engine power.

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