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July 08, 2022

Airborne 07.08.22: Elixir 2 OSH22, Virgin Galactic, TBM-960 Delivers!

Also: Airbus Zephyr “S”, SpaceX Starship-24, American Airlines Pays Up, NASA v China
Elixir Aircraft has announced that it intends to broaden its presence in North America. Elixir’s advance will begin with AirVenture 2022, where the company will have 2 Aircraft on display. To promote awareness and sales of its Part 23 certified 912-iS and 915-iS aircraft, the company plans to invest in a dedicated U.S. sales and marketing team. Further, they have an eye toward eventual U.S. production of the company’s aircraft. Virgin Galactic has completed an agreement with Boeing's Aurora Flight Sciences to manufacture the Company’s next generation motherships. The mothership carries the spaceship to its release altitude of approximately 5

NTSB Issues Probable Cause Report On Dale Snodgrass Accident

"The Pilot’s Failure To Remove The Flight Control Lock Before Departure..."

E-I-C Note: Too many know-it-alls who seemed to think they were clairvoyant have had too much to say about this tragedy long before the Probable Cause report and actual evidence saw the light of day... and we're sick of it -- and we KNOW that many of Dale's loved ones feel likewise. SO... here is what the NTSB ultimately reported, without further comment.

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Elixir Aircraft America Bound

French Airframer’s One-Shot at Oshkosh

Elixir Aircraft—the French aerospace concern that asserts complexity is the reason current aircraft suffer from failures and are expensive to operate—has announced it intends to broaden its presence in the North American market. To promote awareness and sales of its Part 23 certified 912-iS and 915-iS aircraft, the company plans to invest in a dedicated U.S. sales and marketing team. Further, more substantial investment is being considered in a U.S. assembly facility and demonstration site—with an eye toward eventual U.S. production of the company’s aircraft. 

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Airborne 07.01.22: VariViggen!, Gulfstream G800 1st Flt, Jetson One

Also: Air Plains 172XPa, Psyche Delayed, CAPSTONE Launch, FARA Prototype Update

The forebear of Rutan’s famous, globe-trotting, space-going, industry-changing machines was a strange and wondrous craft he dubbed the VariViggen on account of its sporting a canard—after the fashion of SAAB’s 37 Viggen fighter aircraft. Rutan began building the VariViggen in 1968 and flew the rear wing, forward canard, pusher-prop beastie in 1972. 2022 marks the fiftieth-anniversary of the VariViggen’s first flight and Oshkosh appearance. Alas, only one flying specimen of the historic aircraft reportedly remains. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has annou

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Aero-TV at AUVSI22: Ascent AeroSystems Delivers Big with NX30 UAV

Delivery-Optimized Model Joins Spirit Atop Coaxial Hierarchy

Ascent AeroSystems, the Massachusetts-based manufacturer of compact, all-weather, high-performance coaxial unmanned aerial systems, stands ready to avail itself of opportunities likely to be presented by the inchoate, drone-delivery industry. The company’s Spirit and NX30 models offer operators compact cylindrical forms that reduce airframe mass and aerodynamic cross-section, thereby allowing the vehicles to undertake flight-operations in relatively high-winds.

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B-25 Yellow Rose Returns to Flight

The Commemorative Air Force Icon Rises After Nearly Five-Years

The Commemorative Air Force’s B-25 Yellow Rose—assigned to the organization’s Central Texas Wing—has returned to operational-status after nearly five-years on the ground. After a 30 June shakedown flight, the grand old bird winged its way to Austin-Bergstrom International to put in a showing at the Independence Day, Austin Warbird Expo. In November 2017, the Yellow Rose’s crew discovered an issue with one of the airplane’s engines. Maintenance personnel would later determine the afflicted engine required removal and replacement before the airplane could again venture aloft.

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Vertical Aerospace and Molicel Partner to Power the VX4

A British Aircraft Maker and a Taiwanese Battery Company Walk Into a Bar…

Vertical Aerospace—the Bristol-based, British aerospace concern that designs and builds zero emission, electric-powered, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft—has announced a partnership with E-One Moli Energy Corp—a Taiwanese manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries under the Molicel brand. The deal will see Molicel supply high-power cylindrical cells for Vertical’s VX4 eVTOL aircraft.

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Alabama to Host 2022 Air Sports World Games Canopy Piloting Competition

Sweet Home Alabama, Where the Skies …

The fear of falling is hardwired into human-beings. Even a crawling baby will not proceed over a precipice. Skydiving’s popularity, therefore, cannot be explained rationally. Ostensibly, leaping from an aircraft and plummeting earthward is a thrilling business. Viewed through the lens of monies spent on its pursuit, skydiving is a BIG business. Lacking rationale and commanding both passion and vast sums of money, skydiving most closely approximates a religion—the high-sacrament of which will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, 09 July, when elite skydivers from more than 15 countries will come together and compete in the Air Sports World Games Canopy Piloting Competition. 

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NTSB Prelim: Piper PA-28RT-201

Examination Of The Engine Revealed A Hole In The Crankcase Near The No. 4 Cylinder

On June 6, 2022, about 1610 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28RT-201, N160LL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Panama City, Florida. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured and another passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The morning of the accident, the airplane arrived at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), Panama City, Florida, and parked on a local fixed based operator (FBO) ramp at 0941.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Airplanes

AD 2022-13-06 Describes The Unsafe Condition As Baggage Nets Installed With Defective Buckles

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Model DA 40, DA 40 F, and DA 40 NG airplanes. This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as baggage nets installed with defective buckles, which may result in failure of the baggage net to restrain the baggage or cargo, which could lead to injury to the occupants in the case of an emergency landing. This AD requires identifying and replacing the affected part. The FA

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.08.22)

Aero Linx: The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) was launched in 1997 as part of the industry-government Safer Skies Initiative to improve aviation safety. Revitalized in 2011, the GAJSC works to improve general aviation safety through data-driven risk reduction efforts focused on education, training, and enabling new equipment in general aviation aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.08.22): Release Time

Release Time A departure time restriction issued to a pilot by ATC (either directly or through an authorized relay) when necessary to separate a departing aircraft from other traffic.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.08.22)

"The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot’s failure to remove the flight control lock before departure, which resulted in a loss of airplane control and impact with terrain. Contributing to the accident was his failure to perform an adequate preflight inspection and flight control check before takeoff." Source: From the NTSB Probable Cause report that completes the investigation into the tragic accidenrt that robbed the aviation world of one of our finest aviators, Dale 'Snort' Snodgrass.

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