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July 11, 2022

ScaleBirds P-36 Radial-Engined Replica Is Flying

Exquisite Single Seater is Powered by Seven Cylinder Verner Radial Engine

ScaleBirds Honcho, Sam Watrous, has confirmed that their P-36 replica has now flown a number of times and outside of the usual teething pains (baffling, cooling, yada yada), the P-36 looks to have a very bright future. Overall controllability appears promising and the ground handling also appears to be on target. Instrumentation was a little off, so performance numbers are not yet available. The first flights were conducted by a respected member of the test flying community, Eliot Seguin, noting that “ have a great little airplane here!”

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Breaking News... The RV-15 IS Flying!

Van's Offers A Quick Peek At The Bird That Got Everyone Excited At OSH21

Well... its real and it's flying. Despite a lack of detailed info, we now know that Van's Aircraft is flying the engineering protype of the RV-15, their first high-wing bird, announced at Oshkosh last year. Over the weekend, Van's popped a very short video of a test flight of the bird on YouTube and set the sport aviation community on fire within minutes. The video shows N7357, registered just last May as an 'RV-8X' conducting a pretty short takeoff followed by nearly a minute of inflight beauty shots.

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Aero-TV at SNF22: Passing the Torch Across the Airport Fence

Tango 31 Aero Clube: Bridging the Gap Between Aspiration and Achievement

Among the lesser but nonetheless enduring losses of the September 11th tragedy is the freedom airplane aficionados once had to loiter outside airport perimeter fences and look on as aircraft came and went. Today’s young people are largely without means to cozy-up to aircraft operations. The visceral thrills by which I was inspired aloft have been outlawed, and the business of selecting a career has been relegated to YouTube influencers and reality-television.

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Highway Landings Advance Combat Agility

Heading Out To the Highway

A number of Air National Guard aircraft—to include: A-10 Thunderbolt II, USAF Special Operations Command MC-12W Liberty, C-145A Combat Coyote, U-28 Draco, and USAF Reserves C-146a Wolfhound landed, took off and performed integrated combat turns on a closed 9,000-foot section of Michigan Highway-28. The occasion marked the first time integrated combat turns—which enable the quick rearming and refueling of running aircraft—have been conducted on a U.S. public highway.

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U.S. Airports to Receive Federal Funds

Good Times at the Trough

The U.S. Federal Government is making ready to hand-out nearly one-BILLION-dollars in funding from former Vice President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The monies will be allocated to 85 U.S. airports for purposes as laudable as building new air-traffic control-towers and as questionable as creating Service Animal Relief Areas. Historically, the federal government—through the agency of the FAA—has invested in runways, control towers, and back-of-house infrastructure.

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Dominion Energy and Skydio Secure BVLOS Waiver

Over the Hills and Far Away …

Dominion Energy, the multi-state power-utility headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and Skydio, the first American drone manufacturer to exceed $1-billion in value, have jointly announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Dominion Energy a waiver to fly Skydio drones beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) for purpose of inspecting power-generation facilities in seven states.

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Urban Air Mobility On the Rise

Eve Hosts UAM Industry Summit

Eve Air Mobility—the subsidiary of Brazilian air-framer Embraer and producer of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft—recently brought together representatives of its customers and partners. The assemblage, which comprised more than 20 participants from over 10 countries, gathered in Lisbon, Portugal, to advance the inchoate Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry and develop standardized approaches to: general and aircraft operations, maintenance networks and parts distribution, aircraft performance, Urban Air Traffic Management (UATM), cabin design and passenger journey. 

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NTSB Prelim: Mooney M20E

Airplane Experienced A Partial Loss Of Engine Power

On June 18, 2022, about 0945 central daylight time, a Mooney M20E airplane, N5895Q, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near  Stillwater, Oklahoma. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The pilot reported that about 20 to 25 minutes into the flight, while in cruise about 4,500 ft, the airplane experienced a partial loss of engine power.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.11.22)

Aero Linx: European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) Since 1956 the European Association for Aviation Psychology (EAAP) provides a forum for professionals working in the various domains of aviation psychology and human factors. With more than 560 members worldwide we facilitate - from a European perspective - a professional network to encourage the successful management of human performance in aviation. If you are working in the field of aviation psychology and human factors, and your are looking for professional exchange and stimulation, join our association and contribute to its future challenges and opportunities to promote the human side of aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.22): Surveillance Approach

Surveillance Approach An instrument approach wherein the air traffic controller issues instructions, for pilot compliance, based on aircraft position in relation to the final approach course (azimuth), and the distance (range) from the end of the runway as displayed on the controller’s radar scope. The controller will provide recommended altitudes on final approach if requested by the pilot.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.11.22)

"This airplane was built to evaluate and test the design, and what we've been learning from this engineering 'tool' test airplane will result in refinements and changes that will appear in the final 'kit' aircraft design... This is the engineering prototype, from which we develop the kit airplane. We will take orders once we know when kits can be delivered. That takes some time." Source: Van's Aircraft... in statements made with a short video posted to YouTube offering the sport aviation community the first look at the miuch-anticipated RV-15.

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