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September 04, 2023

Development of DarkAero Prototype Proceeding Apace

Speed Demon Taking Shape in the Badger State

Work continues on the DarkAero 1 prototype, with late-summer 2023 efforts focused on testing and the accomplishment of minor remaining systems tasks such as improving the aircraft’s landing gear articulation system, refining the canopy jettisoning system, realigning elevator hinges, and heat shielding the remainder of the machine’s engine-compartment. Efforts are underway, also, to bring on additional technicians for purpose of accelerating progress on the DarkAero 1 prototype and supporting increased demand for DarkAero Services.

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Piper Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association Rebrands

Organization Now Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association

At its 2023 annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Malibu M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (MMOPA) announced a rebranding to the Piper M-Class Owners and Pilots Association (PMOPA).

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New York Mayor Attempts to House Illegal Aliens on Small Town Airport

Massena, New York Residents Outraged

New York City Mayor Eric L. Adams is contemplating utilizing a small airport in upstate New York as a destination for illegal immigrants. Officials of the village of Massena—a hamlet spanning 4.73-square-miles and home to some 10,151 residents—were neither informed of Adams’s intention to transform Massena International Airport (MSS) into a de facto holding-facility for illegal migrants nor consulted by state or federal officials. Adams's proposal sharply contradicts New York Governor Kathleen Hochul's edict setting forth illegal aliens should remain exclusively within New York City’s five boroughs. 

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EAA Chapter 534 to Host Pancake Breakfast at (LEE) Hangar

Bread and Circuses

On 30 September 2023, EAA’s Chapter 534 will host a fly-in/drive-in pancake breakfast at their hangar at the Leesburg International Airport (LEE) in Leesburg, Florida. In addition to serving a menu of blueberry or plain pancakes, sausage patties, and coffee or juice, the event will afford attendees opportunity to visit the chapter’s hangar, meet its members, and learn about the Squadron 534 youth group.

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EASA Proposes VTOL Regulations

Defining Tomorrow’s E.U. Regulatory Environment

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has proposed a body of regulations germane to the safe operations of Vertical Take-Off and Landing aircraft (VTOL), which include air-taxis, thereby heralding the arrival of subject aircraft in European skies.

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Ignite Flight Academy Adds New Training Device

one-G Foundation 1G-650 AATD Supplements School’s Curricula

Lincoln, Nebraska-based aviation training facility Ignite Flight Academy is expanding its one-G Advanced Aviation Training Device fleet. The respected Cornhusker State concern will presently supplement its Part 141 and Part 61 professional pilot programs with an additional one-G Foundation 1G-650 AATD by virtue of which learners will be afforded opportunity to sharpen their instrument flying skills via meteorological and equipment challenges at once impractical, unlikely, and unsafe in actual aircraft.  

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