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May 10, 2022

FedEx Is First Recipient of Cessna SkyCourier

Textron Aviation Delivers First SkyCourier Off The Production Line to FedEx

Earlier today, on 9 May 2022, Textron Aviation celebrated the delivery of its first Cessna SkyCourier to Federal Express (FedEx). The SkyCourier is a high-wing twin-engine utility turbo-prop aircraft, and is expected to be the first of 50 such aircraft for which FedEx will take delivery. Earlier in March 2022, Textron aviation received FAA certification for this new aircraft that was design and manufactured by them. 

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Airborne 05.02.22: Elixir Turbo, S-52L Hummingbird, Sonaca 200 NG

Also: Sporty's Sport Pilot Course, 777x Pushed to 2025, DJI Nixes Russia/Ukraine, B-29 History Restored

Elixir Aircraft announced a few updates at this year's Aero, ranging from coveted CS-23 certification, to a new trim level boasting a Rotax 915iS Turbo. Elixir Aircraft showed off their spiffy new CS-23 approval at the show, which has spurred them on to greatly expand their manufacturing capability with such a large, wide ranging market at stake. The French manufacturer holds more than 40 backorders for aircraft. Vertical Aviation Technologies has announced that it's on the hunt for a strategic partner for the manufacture of their Hummingbird S-52L h

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ACR Group Takes On Blue Sky Network

ACR Group Adds Blue Sky Network To Its Stable Of Offerings

ACR Group Corporation (ACR Group) perhaps best known to General Aviation folks for its personal locator beacons (PLB’s) and Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT’s), recently announced on 9 May 2022 that it acquired Blue Sky Network, an Iridium Satellite Connectivity Solutions firm. ACR Group, founded in 1993 has a long history, over 60 years, of ‘saving lives’ through its product line of PLB’s and other safety products for use in emergency situations. ACR has evolved over the years, integrating complementary companies (and their products) into its lineup, and the addition of Blue Sky Network is yet another. 

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Aero-TV At AUVSI 2021: North Carolina Still First In Flight With Drones

NC DOAV On The Leading Edge of Integrating Drones In The State’s Ecosystem

Amanda Conner, Aviation Business Development Manager (NCDOAV) spoke to Aero-News Network about the state’s efforts to align developers, workforce partners, and technical assistance to further emphasize North Carolina’s (NC) commitment to competitively attracting uncrewed aerial systems, further cementing its claim to “first in flight”, and “showing that NC can stand above the rest”.

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Blue Origin’s NS-21 Names Astro Customers

Next Blue Origin NS-21 To Launch with First Mexican-Born and Second Brazilian

On 9 May 2022, Blue Origin, Amazon’s commercial space program announced the crew of its New Shepard mission NS-21 and six customer astronauts with varied backgrounds. Evan Dick an ATP-rated pilot who previously flew on the NS-19 mission in Dec 2021; Katya Echazarreta, currently pursuing a masters degree in electrical and computer engineering, and previously worked on five missions at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, most notably Perseverance Rover and Europa Clipper. Ms. Echazarreta will be the first Mexican-born and youngest American woman to fly to space; Hamish Harding, a business jet pilot and deep-dive expert; Ja

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Autel Robotics Offers Updates for EVO’s and App

Autel Robotics Releases Software and Firmware Updates for App and EVO Drones

Autel Robotics on 9 May 2022 announced the availability of software updates for its EVO series of drones, specifically the Nano and Lite editions, as well as a software update for its Autel Sky App. For the Evo Lite, the promise of new features and other improvements include: Dynamic Tracking Support which apparently ‘keeps a person in frame’ like a personal watchman, think ‘selfie-in-motion’ and has several modes for ‘smart following’ and ‘object avoidance.’

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Indian & U.K. Airlines Cry Shortage: Passengers Left Hanging

Airlines Rampant Delays and Passenger Bumping in India and U.K.  

Apparently, several Indian airlines have been denying passengers from boarding, even when passengers were on time. Subsequently, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) has urged that the airlines provide appropriate compensation/make amends to passengers who have been bumped from flights, or face “strict action” and possibly “financial penalties as per regulations.”

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NTSB Prelim: S D Martin Stallion

At An Altitude Of About 50 Ft Above Ground Level, The Engine Stopped

On March 13, 2022, at 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Aircraft Designs Inc. Stallion airplane, N262KT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Ridgeland, South Carolina. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 flight test flight. The pilot reported that the accident flight was the airplane’s 5th flight during phase 1 flight testing for the experimental amateur-built airworthiness certificate.

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AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

AD 2022-10-05 Prompted By Reports Of Two Landing Incidents In Which The Alpha Limiter Engaged In The Landing Flare

The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2020-05-12, which applied to all Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GVII-G500 and GVII-G600 airplanes. AD 2020-05-12 required revising the existing airplane flight manual (AFM) to incorporate revised limitations and procedures. This AD was prompted by reports of two landing incidents in which the alpha limiter engaged in the landing flare in unstable air, resulting in high rate of descent landings and damage to the airplanes. This AD retains certain requirements, and also adds and replaces certain AFM sections with more restrictive limitations and procedures. The FAA is issuing t

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.10.22)

Aero Linx: Flying Physicians Association FPA members are physician-pilots promoting safety, education and human interest projects relating to medicine and aviation. FPA organizes regional chapter meetings and an annual national meeting offering a unique combination of continuing medical education (CME), presentations by world-class aviation figures, and varied charitable and recreational opportunities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.10.22): Wind Shear Escape

Wind Shear Escape An unplanned abortive maneuver initiated by the pilot in command (PIC) as a result of onboard cockpit systems. Wind shear escapes are characterized by maximum thrust climbs in the low altitude terminal environment until wind shear conditions are no longer detected.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.10.22)

"Oshkosh, to us, seems the perfect place to get started on watching aviation recover the past couple of years... and so ANN is putting EXTRA effort and resources into our coverage of Oshkosh 2022... just a little over 70 days hence. We are now starting the process to seek talented stringers to help us present Oshkosh and the sport and general aviation community to the world around us. If you ever thought about joining us, this is THE year to do it." Source: From ANN, in it's annual outreach to the aviation world, to find outside stringers to help with our coverage of Oshkosh and offer new and fresh viewpoints to aviation's greatest annual event.

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