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April 09, 2023

Classic Aero-TV: Aquatic WACO Update - WACO YMF-5F Builds Appeal

From 2018 (YouTube Version): Float-Equipped Biplane Turns Heads At AirVenture

WACO Aircraft brought its latest airplane, the YMF-5F Floatplane, to AirVenture this summer. When the aircraft was introduced last year, the company said that the combination of a new 300 HP engine, the new MT constant speed propeller and Aerocet 3400 Amphibious floats helped make this ambitious project a reality. This blending of equipment has allowed WACO to build a great performing, exceptionally fun, and beautiful WACO Amphibious float plane, the YMF-5F (The "F" is for Float, and Fun).

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DA62 MPP Sees Continued Success in European Survey Market

2Excel Expands Diamond Survey Fleet

Diamond's twin-engine aerial survey aircraft has once again proven popular, with another sale to 2Excel  in the UK. The company opted for a DA62 Multi-Purpose Platform with a Trakka TC-375 camera and the Diades Marine C-Ranger 200 maritime radar, able to provide surveillance over marine and coastal environments. The DA62 MPP took pole position as a recon aircraft, combining a slow loiter speed and 10 hour endurance to provide the same data collection at a fraction of the cost.

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NTSB Prelim: Star Lite SL1

The Owner Observed It Enter A Climb, Followed By The Left Wing Separating From The Fuselage

On February 15, 2023, about 1730 Pacific standard time, an unregistered Star Lite SL-1, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Corning, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The unregistered airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The owner of the airplane stated that on the day of the accident he and the accident pilot were taking turns flying the airplane.

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