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September 23, 2023

Skydio to Launch X10 Enterprise Drone Model

Matters of Ability, Questions of Trust

Skydio has debuted its latest Enterprise drone, the Skydio X10—a model embodying an eminently useful synthesis of cutting-edge data-capture cameras, autonomy, and versatile hardware conducive to applications within the defense, energy, public-safety, transportation, construction, and communication sectors. The X10’s arrival at market coincides with the Western word’s fundamental shift away from Chinese manufactured Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS, colloquially, drone) platforms. 

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Assembly of Lilium Jet Fuselages Underway

Seven Shells for Seven Test Aircraft

Lilium GmbH, the German aerospace concern, has commenced assembling fuselages for its Lilium Jet—an eVTOL personal air vehicle the company asserts remains on track for a late-2024 maiden flight. Fuselage assembly instantiates a tangible manifestation of Lilium’s ability to see its planned eVTOL proceed from conceptualization to actualization. The fuselage currently under construction is the first of seven such structures salient to the near-term assemblies of seven flight-test and certification iterations of the Lilium Jet.

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NTSB Final Report: Piper J3C Aircraft

Flight Instructor Stated That The Pilot Receiving Instruction Had Been “Making Really Steep Turns” 

Analysis: The pilot receiving instruction had not flown a float-equipped airplane in 3 years, so the flight instructor considered the training flights as review. The flight instructor stated that, during their 2-hour morning flight, the pilot receiving instruction sat in the front seat and that he tended to “fly too slow” and “turn sharply.” The instructor had to “push the nose down on several occasions.” After eating lunch and refueling the airplane, the afternoon flight began, with the pilot receiving instruction sitting in the rear seat. The flight instructor estimated that the

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