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July 22, 2023

Robinson Displays R66 Police Helicopter at APSCON

To Serve and Protect

The 2023 iteration of the Airborne Public Safety Association’s Conference (APSCON) saw Robinson Helicopter Company display a new R66 Police helicopter recently added to the rotary-wing fleet of Florida’s Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Robinson personnel were joined at the 19-21 July, Orlando, Florida event by aviation officers of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, who fielded attendees’ operational and tactical questions. 

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FAA Unveils AAM Implementation Plan

An Introduction to Innovate28

The FAA has released an implementation plan setting forth the steps by which the agency, industry, governmental, and private stakeholders intend to safely facilitate the commencement of  Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) operations in the near-term. Comprising equal-parts feasibility and folly, the FAA’s plan—assonantly dubbed Innovate28—posits the existence of a functioning, U.S. domestic, at-scale, AAM ecosystem by 2028—as connoted in the plan’s jaunty appellation.

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Texas Aircraft Manufacturing Introduces New 'LSA' Offering

Corralling Texas Aircraft’s Stallion

Hondo, Texas-based Texas Aircraft Manufacturing has partnered with its sister company, Brazil’s Industria Paulista de Aeronaves (INPAER), to introduce the four-place Stallion S-LSA. The aircraft will be the team’s first approved under the FAA’s proposed 'LSA2023' (MOSAIC)  rules.

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Cicaré USA’s Cicaré 8 Helicopter Gaining Market Share

LTF-ULH Rotorcraft Impresses

Cicaré USA’s Cicaré 8 helicopter has achieved certification under the LTF-ULH regulations for ultralight helicopters (under 1320-pounds maximum take-off weight). The helicopter is the first to be certified under the new weight class. The Cicaré 8 also holds French certification under the European nation’s Class 6 requirements. Moreover, the FAA has designated the Cicaré Trainer an approved air training device (ATD).

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ZeroAvia Completes Initial Flight-Testing of ZA600 Powerplant

Hydrogen-Electric Engine Powers Dornier 228

ZeroAvia, the British/American hydrogen-electric aircraft developer, has completed initial flight-testing of its prototype ZA600 hydrogen-electric powerplant at the U.K.’s Cotswold Airport (GBA). The tenth flight in the initial series was completed last week, and saw a cruise test to establish projections for future ranges using the system, thus teeing up the first cross-country flights as the next stage of testing and demonstration.

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Enstrom Invites Customers, Fans to EAA AirVenture 2023

The Oshkosh-Menominee Connection

Enstrom cordially invites all persons interested in rotorcraft—pilots and non-pilots alike—to join representatives of the storied rotorcraft marque at EAA’s AirVenture 2023 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Enstrom’s AirVenture 2023 campaign will include the unveiling of a trio of new rotorcraft, which includes the company’s new 480B and 280FX models. AirVenture attendees—all six-hundred-thousand (estimated) of them—will have opportunity to witness first-hand the helicopters' all-glass instrument panels, as well as the superior quality of their lively new interiors and stylish exterior paint-jobs.

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DART Aerospace Debuts Bell 505 External Heli-Utility-Basket

A-Tisket, A-Tasket …

DART has announced the launch of a new external-cargo Heli-Utility-Basket designed specifically for Bell’s popular 505 helicopter. Prosaically dubbed The Bell 505 Heli-Utility-Basket, the unit is the latest in DART’s proven line of rescue and utility baskets. The new Bell 505-optimized model joins DART's existing series of Heli-Utility-Baskets for helicopter models such as Airbus’s H125, Bell’s 407, Robinson’s R66, and Agusta Westland’s AW119.

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NTSB Improves CAROL Search Functions

Database Access and Download Capabilities Enhanced

The National Transportation Safety Board has updated its Case Analysis and Reporting Online (CAROL) database. Subject database allows users to search for and examine data germane to investigations and recommendations across the entirety of the agency’s purview. In addition to broadened search and download capabilities, CAROL now includes an expanded aviation dataset for information pertaining to investigations from 1962 to present.

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Gulfstream Expands Customer Support in Asia

Summer in Savannah

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation has announced the addition of three authorized warranty facilities in China to its worldwide Customer Support network. Deer Jet in Beijing, Business Aviation Asia Limited in Shenzhen and ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services China in Tianjin are now authorized by Gulfstream to provide warranty repairs and maintenance services.

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McFarlane Aviation Plans Impressive AirVenture Campaign

New Products and a 600 Page Catalog to Make OSH Debuts

McFarlane set forth on 19 July that it’s delighted to once again take part in EAA AirVenture. The company values the opportunities to interact with pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts occasioned by the yearly event. McFarlane’s AirVenture 2023 campaign will comprise three separate booth areas (C-3131, C-3157/3158, and B-2079), at which the company will introduce a new six-hundred page catalog and numerous new products.

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Airborne 07.14.23: OSH Debuts--Mayman Speeder, Hummingbird, Cloud Seeders

Also: Flightcell – v2track, flyExclusive-SmartSky, ALTO Aviation, Honda Aircraft Builds

Mayman Aerospace is the designer and manufacturer of a so-called Air Utility Vehicle (AUV) dubbed Speeder. Parties bound for EAA’s AirVenture 2023 are invited to view the machine for yourselves and learn more about Speeder by visiting Mayman Aerospace at AFWERX Booth 324. Vertical Aviation Technologies—makers of the four-place Hummingbird helicopter kit—cordially invite AirVenture attendees, one and all, to drop by next week and inspect a customer’s Hummingbird 300L. The  beautiful Hummingbird 300L was built by Mr. Vic Syracuse of Locust

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ASA 2024 FAR/AIM to Commence Shipping in August

Newest Edition of an Old Favorite

Aviation Supplies & Academics, Inc. (ASA) announced on 18 July 2023 that the 2024 edition of the company’s perennially-popular FAR/AIM (Federal Aviation Regulations/Airman’s Information Manual) will commence shipping on 15 August. The ASA FAR/AIM Series delivers accurate, reliable, and trusted content of eminent usefulness to aviators, dispatchers, and aircraft maintainers. Printed on premium paper and known for its user-friendly format and layout, ASA’s FAR/AIM Series books are indexed and clearly-note regulatory changes enacted since the tome’s previous publication.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.22.23)

“Ensuring this new generation of aircraft maintains the highest level of operational safety that defines commercial aviation today.” Source: From a statement by our dear friends at the FAA, describing its role in integrating AAM into the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS).

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