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April 30, 2022

S-52L Hummingbird Manufacturer Looking for Corporate Partner

Vertical Aviation Tech Eager to go from Experimental Kit Helicopter to Production Aircraft

Vertical Aviation Technologies has announced that it's on the hunt for a strategic partner for the manufacture of their Hummingbird S-52L helicopter. The S-52L is a 4-spot helo based on the older Sikorsky S-52 with a bevy of modifications, new tech, materials, and processes. The end result, Vertical says, is a much more modern, safe, and higher performing aircraft. Vertical acquired the engineering and flight test data from Sikorsky. Since 1991, they have offered the aircraft as an experimental kit helicopter, but a recent deal has made them the owner of the Type Certificate for the S-52.

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Hartzell Exhibits Collection at Aero Friedrichshafen

Sustainable Aviation Discussions to be Held at German Trade Show with Propeller Showcase

Hartzell has announced some fresh exhibits for this year's AERO Friedrichshafen, with a bevy of propellers for traditionally fueled, electric, and hydrogen-powered aircraft on tap. Hartzell will have its contingent of propeller specialists on hand to hobknob and explain their product lineup, with personnel from sales, engineering and the C suite in tow. The company will take advantage of the show to wheel and deal with the European aviation industry in town for the event, taking full advantage of Aero Friedrichshafen.

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NTSB Prelim: Beech A35

Pilot 'Observed That The Fuel Pressure Dropped To Zero'

On March 6, 2022, about 1015 eastern standard time, a Beech A35, N764B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Waco, Georgia. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that he was on a short cross-country flight when the engine began to lose power. He observed that the fuel pressure dropped to zero and attempted to regain power by hand-pumping the auxiliary fuel pump.

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