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June 23, 2023

Daher to Quadruple R&D Expenditures

Daher Has Set Up Three Innovation Centers

Daher, the French industrial conglomerate with foci across the aerospace, defense, nuclear, and automotive industrial sectors, has vowed to quadruple its research & development investment for purpose of hastening the decarbonization of its business activities and those of its customers. The statement of intent was set forth at the 54th Paris Air-Show on 20 June 2023 and rings concordant with Daher’s Take off 2027 five-year strategic plan—a sweeping initiative unveiled in February 2023 by which the company asserts its ambition to “become a large, profitable international company developing in four complementary businesses: aircraft production, manufacturing, manufactu

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Lawsuit Challenges Private Aircraft Operations in Idaho Wilderness Area

Plaintiffs Contend USFS in Violation of Wilderness Act

A number of environmental and outdoor recreation groups have filed a lawsuit against U.S. Forest Service officials. The suit alleges the agency, by dint of the named officials’ malfeasance, allowed and even encouraged the illegal use of remote airstrips in an Idaho wilderness.

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Hartzell Propeller Hosts International Prop Shop Seminar

What Happens in Piqua …

Hartzell hosted its biennial International Prop Shop Seminar from 11 through 14 June 2023. Participants included maintenance professionals, fleet operators, and representatives of propeller shops, aircraft manufacturers, airworthiness agencies, and aviation schools. Hartzell Propeller president J.J. Frigge stated: "The seminar proved to be a highly-engaging and informative event for our attendees and for the company."

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Elixir Unveils Decarbonized Aircraft Prototype

French Revolution

Elixir unveiled its prototype for a low-carbon propulsion aircraft at the Paris Air-Show’s Air Lab. The aircraft, for which no formal appellation has yet been set forth, was developed in collaboration with Air Liquide, Safran, Daher, and Turbotech under France’s Civil Aviation Research Council (CORAC) program.

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MONTE to Purchase ZeroAvia Hydrogen-Electric Engines

Getting Ahead in the Zero-Emissions Leasing Game

ZeroAvia, the British/American hydrogen-electric aircraft developer, announced that it has reached an agreement with MONTE Aircraft Leasing (MONTE)—a financial concern providing financing and leasing solutions to extant and aspiring operators of low and zero-emission aircraft. The agreement converts a pre-existing Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) for up to one-hundred ZeroAvia ZA600 hydrogen-electric engines to a definitive purchase agreement.

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NTSB Prelim: Cessna 310D

Airplane Impacted Cedar Trees And Terrain About 1,300 Feet Southwest Of The Center Of The Runway

On May 6, 2023, at 1522 central daylight time, a Cessna 310D, N6798T, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident in Ennis, Texas. The pilot and front seat passenger were seriously injured, and the backseat passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data revealed that the airplane departed David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH), Houston, Texas, at 1424 and proceeded to Ennis Municipal Airport (F41) and arrived at 1522.

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Arizona’s Sierra Charlie Aviation Orders 100 Elixir Training Aircraft

The French Connection

Elixir Aircraft, the LaRochelle France-based aviation concern founded in 2015 for purpose designing and producing “safer, more economical, more environmentally-friendly, and more versatile aircraft, announced on 20 June 2023 that Sierra Charlie Aviation—a Scottsdale Arizona-based Part 161 flight school with a faculty of over sixty instructors—has ordered upwards of one-hundred Elixir Part 23 aircraft and retained options on another fifty.  

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