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May 28, 2023

Natilus Selects ZeroAvia ZA600 Hydrogen-Electric Engines

Thrust Reversal

On 25 May 2023, Natilus announced a partnership with British/American hydrogen-electric aero-propulsion-system concern ZeroAvia, by which the two companies will jointly develop hydrogen-electric engines for Natilus’s nascent Kona cargo aircraft. According to a statement put forth by the two firms, ZeroAvia’s ZA600, 600-kilowatt hydrogen-electric engine is to be the sole hydrogen-electric propulsion scheme Natilus will make available to buyers of its novel Kona short-haul feeder UAV. The announcement belies Natilus’s formerly expressed intention to power its Kona aircraft with conventional turboprop engines.

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Classic Aero-TV: EAA’s Eric Fatla - One A&P’s Journey Begins

From 2014 (YouTube Version): This Is How A Great Life Gets Its Start... Enjoy!

While at EAA AirVenture 2014, Special Aero-News Correspondent, Michael Maya Charles, got a little off the beaten track and visited the Kermit Weeks hangar located on the north side of Wittman Regional Airport. While not actually part of the AirVenture exposition, Charles found a story that bodes well for the future of general aviation. Charles was lucky enough to be there at a time when he could meet a young man by the name of Eric Fatla. Eric is the kind of guy that works behind the scenes, but without him the scenes couldn’t take place. 

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney Aircraft Corp. M20K

Shortly After The Loss Of Engine Power, The Left Wing Dropped

On May 6, 2023, about 1400 eastern daylight time, a Mooney M20K airplane, N262MK, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Central Jersey Regional Airport (47N), Manville, New Jersey. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that earlier in the day he had departed for a visual flight rules cross-country flight after the airplane had a new propeller installed.

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