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January 12, 2024

Airborne 01.12.24: Pivotal Helix Ready, Lunar Delays, MD Heli Loved 2023

Also: Hyundai AAM Prototype, Gaffney G1000 Book, Ryanair Shortage, X-66 Boeing Concept
 
 
Pivotal, nee Opener, is accepting orders for its successor to the BlackFly eVTOL, the "Helix". The opening price stands at $190,000 (sans taxes, fees, etc) with a $250 deposit securing place in line. First customer shipments are expected to begin on June 10, 2024. Once known under its prior name Opener, Pivotal made waves with a human-demonstrable, single seat, battery powered VTOL aircraft at AirVenture 2022. NASA updated its schedule for its Artemis campaign, glossing over delays that have been introduced to the original schedule. Claiming that the program will establish the foundation for long-term scientific exploration at the Moon, as

MOSAIC Comment Drafting Guide Goes Live

Submissions on Next-Gen LSA Rules Accepted Until 01/22/24

The EAA has helped aviators weigh in on the FAA's proposed MOSAIC changes ahead of the January 22nd cutoff, publishing a guide to draft effective comments. The EAA encourages members who comment independently on the FAA MOSAIC proposal to "do so with suggestions and recommendations that highlight the proposal’s positive benefits for general aviation." Ideally, those comments will provide "constructive recommendations to enhance the FAA’s proposal. EAA’s comments will reflect overall support on behalf of our membership, while providing key recommendations for enhancing the proposal."

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Airbus Sees Strong Commercial Market through 2023

Backorders Stand at 8,598 aircraft

Airbus delivered 735 commercial aircraft to 87 discrete customers over the recently completed year, "demonstrating strong performance despite a complex operating environment". The Commercial Aircraft arm at Airbus obtained 2,319 new orders throughout the year, with a 2,094 net increase. In total, 2023 activity brought the Airbus commercial backlog to just a hair under 8,600 planes.

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Hyundai Shows Off Newest AAM Prototype at CES 2024

Unusually Traditional Offering Sports 120-mph Cruise, 8 Rotors

Supernal, a Hyundai Motor Group subsidiary, showed off its S-A2 concept at CES 2024. The 2+2 electric aircraft is "the latest milestone in Supernal's roadmap to commercialize safe, efficient and affordable everyday passenger air travel" according to the marque. The design is a bit unorthodox given its Korean origins - most eVTOL designs are aimed at providing affordable and eco-friendly air taxi service, but Supernal built the S-A2 around the more traditional aircraft layout of 2 pilots and 2 passengers.

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Rex Alexander Named Recipient of HAI’s Salute to Excellence Safety Award

Rex Is The President of Five-Alpha and A Valued ANN Journalist, As Well...

HAI has confirmed that Five-Alpha Founder and President Rex Alexander (and one of ANN's favorite fly-writers and videographers) is the recipient of the 2024 Salute to Excellence Safety Award. The award, sponsored by BLR Aerospace, recognizes outstanding contributions in the promotion of safety and safety awareness throughout the international vertical aviation community. It will be presented Feb. 26, 2024 at HAI HELI-EXPO 2024 in Anaheim, California. A veteran rotorcraft professional, Alexander has made significant strides increasing safety in the vertical aviation industry through patience, diplomacy, and perseverance. Alexander began flying in 1985 as a helicopter pi

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Airborne 01.04.24: Delta Pullback, Haneda Collision, Cops v MI Drone

Also: USAF Vet Caps 31 Years, SpaceX , Samson Sky, Turkish ANKA-3

Delta said it will hire fewer pilots in 2024 than it did in 2023, rolling back to about half of what it onboarded last year. The change might sound spooky to those eyeing the airline industry for a future career, with fears of a recession and omnipresent inflation always in the back of student pilots' minds. The airline reiterated that it still plans to hire 1,000 new pilots this year, and that it's still a pretty high number for an average year. Eye catching images of an Airbus A350 engulfed in flames greeted American viewers waking up to begin their 2024, after a ground collision

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Daher Appoints Fresh Faces

Cédric Eloy to Lead Industrial Services Division, Aymeric Daher to Head Logistics Division

Daher announced some fresh faces in the Executive Committee, promoting two from within the company to head up divisions within the firm. Starting January 1st, Eloy has become the lead of Daher's Industrial Services Division, bringing the firm's “Take Off 2027” plan to life. In accordance with his move upwards, he has been added to the Daher Executive Committee, just like his new colleague Aymeric Daher.

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Airborne 01.04.24: Delta Pullback, Haneda Collision, Cops v MI Drone

Also: USAF Vet Caps 31 Years, SpaceX , Samson Sky, Turkish ANKA-3

Delta said it will hire fewer pilots in 2024 than it did in 2023, rolling back to about half of what it onboarded last year. The change might sound spooky to those eyeing the airline industry for a future career, with fears of a recession and omnipresent inflation always in the back of student pilots' minds. The airline reiterated that it still plans to hire 1,000 new pilots this year, and that it's still a pretty high number for an average year. Eye catching images of an Airbus A350 engulfed in flames greeted American viewers waking up to begin their 2024, after a ground collision occurre

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American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics Opens AI Advisory Group

Techno-Apocalypse Skynet Future Averted Thanks to Industry Workgroup

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics announced the formation of the AIAA Aerospace Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisory Group during its 2024 AIAA SciTech Forum. The Advisory Group was formed to "advance the appropriate use of AI technology particularly in aeronautics, aerospace R&D, and space." By now, anyone who's seen the horrifying existence of being an infantryman facing down swarms of explosive drones alongside sumptuously detailed renditions of computer generated artwo

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NTSB Prelim: Cirrus Design Corp SR22

The Airplane Impacted Trees And Terrain And Came To Rest Against A Home

On December 26, 2023, about 1813 central standard time, a Cirrus Design Corp SR22, N858RC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Canton, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. A witness heard radio transmissions from the pilot of N858RC reporting that the airplane was west of Thompson Field Airport, Canton, Texas. He then heard additional transmissions from the pilot reporting that the airplane was on the downwind, base, and final legs for runway 13, which was equipped with solar powered deck lights.

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Classic Aero-TV: Tempest Aero Group -- The Other Aerospace Consortium

From 2023 (YouTube Version): Tempest Aero Group Rides Out the COVID Storm

In 1984, Tim Henderson founded Aero Accessories, a general aviation component overhaul shop. The business focused initially on dry air pumps and mechanical fuel pumps, but steadily evolved into a manufacturer of OEM and PMA parts. In time, Aero Accessories’ specialties came to include numerous and diverse aircraft components, equipment, and systems. In 2001, a chap called Stan Fletcher teamed with Henderson to create the Tempest Aero Group—a consortium of independent aviation brands recognized for its pneumatic, ignition, and filtration products.&n

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.12.24)

Aero Linx: The International Auster Club Welcome To The International Auster Club. The oldest specific aircraft type club in the United Kingdom and possibly in the world. There are currently 347 active members in our club, sharing their knowledge and experience. You do not need to be an owner or pilot to join us. We welcome any enthusiast.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.12.24): Simultaneous Close Parallel Approaches

Simultaneous Close Parallel Approaches A simultaneous, independent approach operation permitting ILS/RNAV/GLS approaches to airports having parallel runways separated by at least 3,000 feet and less than 4,300 feet between centerlines. Aircraft are permitted to pass each other during these simultaneous operations. Integral parts of a total system are radar, NTZ monitoring with enhanced FMA color displays that include aural and visual alerts and predictive aircraft position software, communications override, ATC procedures, an Attention All Users Page (AAUP), PRM in the approach name, and appropriate ground-based and airborne equipment. High update rate surveillance sensor required for certain runway

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.12.24)

"We encourage members to consider the topics in this guide and craft comments in their own words, drawing upon their experiences to support the proposal. The FAA needs to hear support for the MOSAIC proposal from the aviation community and recommendations in areas where the proposal can be enhanced." Source: From a statement by EAA as regards the publication of a series of recommendations for replying to the MOSAIC NPRM, which must be submitted by January 22nd, 2024. Go to it, folks!

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